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June 13, 2018

Jun 13 05:37

Move Along, No Bubble Here. Nothing Can Go Wrong

Jun 13 04:09

Hitler's Forgotten Library

By the late 1930s Hitler had three separate libraries for his ever-expanding collection. At his apartment he removed a wall between two rooms and installed bookshelves. For the Berghof, his Alpine retreat near Berchtesgaden, Hitler built a second-floor study with handmade bookcases; color photographs of the finished space show an elegant setting with Oriental carpets, two globes, and bookcases fitted with glass doors and brass locks ... By his own admission, Hitler was not a big fan of novels, though he once ranked Gulliver's Travels, Robinson Crusoe, Uncle Tom's Cabin, and Don Quixote (he had a special affection for the edition illustrated by Gustave Doré) among the world's greatest works of literature.

Jun 13 04:02

Israeli Minister Says European Union 'Can Go to a Thousand Hells,' After Body Criticizes Israel

"The European Union can go to a thousand hells," said Israel's National Infrastructure, Energy and Water Minister Yuval Steinitz in response to a statement criticizing Israel for an incident involving a human rights activist. In a statement, European Union spokesperson Maja Kocijancic called on Israel to investigate the incident in which Jafar Farah, director of the NGO Mossawa, the Advocacy Centre for Arab Citizens in Israel, claimed he had his leg broken by police during a demonstration against the deaths of dozens of Palestinians in events on the Gaza border on May 14. The spokesperson called on Israel to investigate the incident that is expected to add fuel to the fire of the growing tension between the European Union and Israel.



Jun 13 03:58

I just visited Iran. Here’s what I heard about the U.S.

I went to Iran this month to attend a conference on the Palestinians, Jerusalem, and the greater Middle East sponsored by an Iran-based non-government organization. On the sidelines of the meeting, I met with students at Mashhad University, Ferdowsi University, and at a woman's educational institute, as well as with visiting scholars from Tehran ... It was not hard to learn students' opinions. "What does America want from us? To force us to negotiate? We did, we agreed, already, in 2015," said one student in a reference to the year to nuclear agreement was signed. "Regime change - do Americans even know we vote for our government here?" said another ... The students expressed an ongoing concern the United States wants to destroy them.

Jun 13 03:57

Bernie Sanders: ""The United States is "fighting terrorism" in some 76 countries"

This is the first time I've heard an actual tally of the number of countries the US is performing black ops in.



Jun 13 03:38

Mass Shootings and Psychiatric Drugs: The Connection

The drugs aren’t the only causative factor, but they produce what I call the Johnny Appleseed effect throughout society. Sprinkle enough of the drugs among enough people and you get otherwise unexplainable violence popping up—in schools, in workplaces. The psychiatric plague eats out the country from the inside.

Jun 13 03:34

Google’s Evil Anti-Gun Censorship Fails

Online firearms retailer Brownells over the weekend had their popular YouTube channel terminated by the video hosting service owned by Google. Brownells’ YouTube channel was in service as of Sunday evening with some 22 million views logged across all videos.

Jun 13 01:20

Woman sues NASA over piece of moon gifted by Neil Armstrong

A woman has sued NASA to make sure that the US space agency doesn`t take back a piece of moon gifted to her by Neil Armstrong -- the first person to walk on the lunar surface.
Laura Cicco from Cincinnati has filed a lawsuit in a federal court, stating that the vial of moon dust she has was a gift from Armstrong who was a friend of her father, The Washington Post reported on Tuesday.

June 12, 2018

Jun 12 23:56

More Ways Creepy Facebook Spies on You

The creepy ways Facebook spies on its users have been detailed in a bumper document presented to Congress. They include tracking mouse movements, logging battery levels and monitoring devices close to a user that are on the same network. The 454-page report was created in response to questions Mark Zuckerberg was asked during his appearance before Congress in April.



Jun 12 23:46

What’s Wrong With The Economy: 9 Toxic Dynamics

Beneath the surface signals of an eternally rising stock market and expanding GDP, we all sense something is deeply, systemically wrong with the U.S. economy. These nine structural dynamics generate secondary dynamics, all of which are toxic to social mobility, sustainable prosperity, accountability and democracy...

Jun 12 23:24

Feds Collect Record Taxes; Still Run $532.2B Deficit...

The federal government collected a record $1,143,141,000,000 in individual income taxes through the first eight months of fiscal 2018 (Oct. 1, 2017 through the end of May), according to the Monthly Treasury Statement released today.

Jun 12 23:14

G-6? 7? 8? How About the Gang That Can’t Shoot Straight?

I have to say that as much as I don’t like the direction Trump’s foreign policy has gone, there are still plenty of moments of unbridled joy in watching the man work a crowd.

His suggestion of allowing Russia back into the G-7 is one of those moments. Trump has a nearly preternatural way of getting under the skin of his opponents. And this stink bomb was one of them.

It highlighted the divide between the G-7, one of the most important tools of control by the globalists, and Trump.

Jun 12 18:13

Snowflake psychology students offered exam RESIT after some ‘reduced to TEARS’ by test

STUDENTS at Bath Spa University have been branded snowflakes by fellow pupils when several began to “cry like babies” in a psychology exam after a topic they thought would “definitely” come up did not appear in the paper.

Psychology students have been given a second chance at the exam after the tears forced “around half” of those sitting the test to get up and walk out.

The situation has been labelled a “farce” by one student while another argued the resit opportunity unfairly benefited those who had caused the disruption at the expense of those who had revised properly.

Jun 12 18:08

EU EXPANSION: Macedonia could join bloc after ending tense row with Greece over name

The tiny Balkan country has repeatedly tried to join the EU and Nato, but its attempts have been blocked by neighbouring Greece.

Athens officials had objected to the name Macedonia, fearing territorial claims on a northern Greek province of the same name.

But Greece and Macedonia have today reached a historic agreement to resolve the long-running diplomatic dispute.

The former Yugoslav republic will now be officially known as the Republic of Northern Macedonia.

Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev said the deal would pave the way for the nation's eventual membership of the EU and Nato.

Jun 12 18:02

Hawaii volcano update: Kilauea crater almost DOUBLES in size as eruption devastates

3D maps produced by USGS show the significant widening at Halema’uma’u crater since mid-May

The scientific agency said: “Magma in the summit magma chamber has drained over the past month due to the Lower East Rift Zone eruption, causing much of the floor and rim of Halema’uma’u to drop or collapse.

“These changes have resulted in a much deeper crater, with rubble covering the floor.”

The deepest part of the crater is now 280m, which reaches below the previous crater floor.

Jun 12 18:01

Net Neutrality Is Dead — What Now?

As of June 11th, the legal protections against content discrimination on the internet are gone. As far as the FCC is concerned, net neutrality is dead.

Jun 12 18:00

The Class Issues Facing Autoworkers As UAW Constitutional Convention Opens

With the quadrennial convention of the United Auto Workers (UAW) set to open Monday in Detroit, there are signs of an upsurge in militancy on the part of US autoworkers. An explosion of anger against a sweetheart deal between the UAW and General Motors to bring low paid subcontract workers in the Lordstown Assembly plant in advance of the layoff of 1,500 workers and a similar deal at Lake Orion Assembly were followed by a spontaneous walkout by Ford Flat Rock Assembly workers after a supervisor tried to restart the line following the horrific injury of a veteran worker.

Jun 12 17:59

Italy to do 'SAME THING' with other boats as Salvini demands France and UK STEP UP

Speaking to the press, Mr Salvini said: "Should there be other boats from other foreign ONGs with a foreign flag, we will do the same.

"Hadn’t we stopped this boat, where would it have landed? In Italy. And tomorrow it would have been the same and the day after it would have been the same.

"There will be other arrivals, obviously: I don’t have a magic wand, I am not Superman. I wanted to start a debate on a continental level and to prove Chancellor Merkel’s point that 'Italy was left alone, it can’t go on like this.’

"I wanted to involve those who were not involved like Spain and I’d like Malta to assume its responsibilities, proportionally to its territorial extension.

"I’d also like France to be involved, the UK to be involved. I’d like everyone to feel a bit like Italy."



Jun 12 17:59

‘Wake Up Punchy!’ Trump Hits Back At ‘Low-IQ’ De Niro Over F-Bomb At Tonys

President Donald Trump is swinging back at actor Robert De Niro, who cursed him out on live TV during the Tony Awards ceremony, to a standing ovation from the New York audience.

Jun 12 17:56

Italy threatens to drop France summit over migration criticism

French President Emmanuel Macron, who had been criticized for not offering to take in the boat at a French port, broke his silence on the topic during a Cabinet meeting Tuesday, denouncing the “cynicism and irresponsibility of the Italian government,” government spokesperson Benjamin Griveaux said at a press conference. Earlier, a spokesperson for Macron’s party, Gabriel Attal, said on a TV show that “the line of the Italian government is nauseating.”

The Italian government responded with a statement saying “Italy cannot accept hypocritical lessons from countries that in the migration field have always preferred to turn their head to the other side,” Italian media reported, adding that Rome is considering canceling a summit between Macron and Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte on Friday.

Jun 12 17:52

Questionable Tactics Used in Vaccine ‘Safety’ Testing

Trial data from Merck shows that Gardasil vaccinations may actually increase your risk of cervical cancer by 44.6 percent if you have been exposed to HPV strains 16 or 18 prior to vaccination.

Jun 12 17:50

Mass Shootings and Psychiatric Drugs – the Connection

I’ve been tracking the connection on school shootings and psychiatric drugs since 1999.

Jun 12 17:32

The ONLY Issue That Matters! Who CONTROLS The MONEY!



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Jun 12 17:16

U.S. Intelligence Community Wants To Use DNA For Data Storage

By Aaron Kesel

The U.S. intelligence community wants to unlock more efficient ways to store troves of data humans generate every day, and it believes inside DNA is the storage area...

Jun 12 17:09

U.S. Border Patrol Arrest Convicted Rapist Trying To Sneak Back Into Arizona

Douglas Border Patrol agents apprehended a 28-year-old Mexican man Friday morning east of Douglas and later identified him as a previously-deported, convicted sex offender.

Jun 12 16:23

OFFICIAL TOMMY ROBINSON VIDEO: "Thank You! #FreeTommy London 2018"



Jun 12 16:01

US Blocks UN Investigation Into Israeli Military Killings In Gaza

Col. Larry Wilkerson says the United States is "in the back pocket of Israel like we have never been associated with any other country in the world."

Jun 12 15:57

Diplomacy Is Better Than War In North Korea

Today’s historic Singapore Summit, the first meeting of a U.S. president and North Korean leader, has been knocked for too many concessions by the U.S. But against a backdrop of possible nuclear war, it would be overly cynical not to recognize the meeting’s potential for good.



Jun 12 15:53

Syrian Army Enhancing Anti-Aircraft Defenses on Golan Heights – Reports

The Syrian army is reinforcing its air defenses near the Golan frontier as tensions with Israel continue, a Syrian army commander said on Tuesday.

According to the commander, in the coming days additional backup is set to be deployed as the conflict has moved toward the southwest region of the country, Reuters reported.

The placement of the Russian-made Pantsir S1 is intended “to renew the air defense system against Israel in the first degree,” Reuters reported the commander as saying.

Last month, there was a risk of escalation of the conflict after Israel launched a massive airstrike against what it said were 60 "Iranian" military targets in Syria, calling the measure retaliation for the firing of nearly two dozen rockets into the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

Jun 12 15:47

Porn Star Stormy Daniels’ Attorney Says Russia Is Out To Get Him

Michael Avenatti, the lawyer representing porn star Stormy Daniels, says he is being targeted by Russia in a smear campaign, for his efforts to hold US President Donald Trump to account for an alleged affair with the porn actress.



Jun 12 15:47

Mueller Scrambles To Limit Evidence After Indicted Russians Actually Show Up In Court

Special Counsel Robert Mueller is scrambling to limit pretrial evidence handed over to a Russian company he indicted in February over alleged meddling in the 2016 U.S. election, according to Bloomberg.

Mueller asked a Washington federal Judge for a protective order that would prevent the delivery of copious evidence to lawyers for Concord Management and Consulting, LLC, one of three Russian firms and 13 Russian nationals. The indictment accuses the firm of producing propaganda, pretending to be U.S. activists online and posting political content on social media in order to sow discord among American voters.

The special counsel's office argues that the risk of the evidence leaking or falling into the hands of foreign intelligence services, especially Russia, would assist the Kremlin's active "interference operations" against the United States.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This... is rich!!

Jun 12 15:46

Inside The Public Health Crisis Of Rising Suicide Rates In The United States

A new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found the US suicide rate rose by 25 percent over the past two decades. Topping the list was North Dakota, where suicides have risen by 57 percent from 1999 levels. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States.

Jun 12 15:33

VANISHED! GOVERNMENT RECORDS FACED 'WHOLESALE DESTRUCTION' UNDER OBAMA

The Obama administration, motivated by politics, engaged in the “wholesale destruction” and “loss” of tens of thousands of government records that should have been preserved by law, according to an investigative reporter.

Thomas Lipscomb, founding publisher of Times Books, explained at Real Clear Politics that National Archivist David Ferriero discovered in the process of transferring Obama administration records in the National Archives that many key records are missing.

He explained that Ferriero, a “first-rate librarian,” has been leading a much-needed digital overhaul and expansion of the National Archives over the nine years of his appointment that will greatly improve access to the files.

Jun 12 15:30

Politicians fear for safety as threats against Congress skyrocket

In 2016, there were 902 threatening incidents and communications against members of Congress. By 2017, the reports had more than doubled to about 2,000, according to the House Sergeant at Arms office.


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Jun 12 15:11

False ‘Active Shooter’ Alarm At Justice Dept After New Asylum Rules Announced

Department of Justice staff had to “shelter in place” after reports of an active shooter at Pennsylvania Avenue. Washington, DC Metropolitan Police sweeped the building for a shooter.

The all-clear was given shortly before 5:00 pm local time, police confirmed to local media. No shooter was found. The report was not made from inside the DOJ but by a “third party,” police said.

Jun 12 15:10

Epileptic 12-Year-Old’s Vital Medical Cannabis Confiscated By ‘Criminal’ UK Authorities At Border

The mother of 12-year-old Billy Caldwell has slammed UK authorities as “criminals” for confiscating medical cannabis which is vital for keeping her son’s potentially deadly epileptic seizures at bay.

The cannabis oil was taken off Charlotte Caldwell at Heathrow airport on Monday morning. Charlotte had traveled, along with Billy, to the Canadian city of Toronto last week to stock up on the oil. Without the medicine, which is now running out, her son was having up to 100 seizures a day.

Jun 12 15:09

Theresa May ‘Regrets’ Not Meeting Grenfell Survivors In Aftermath Of ‘Unparalleled’ Tragedy

Prime Minister Theresa May said she will “always regret” her response to the Grenfell fire in its immediate aftermath as she outrageously failed to visit traumatized and grieving survivors.

Almost 12 months since the fire at the 24-story block in north Kensington killed 72 people, including a stillborn baby, the Tory leader has admitted her personal response to the fire was below standards.



Jun 12 14:40

Mueller Scrambles To Limit Evidence After Indicted Russians Actually Show Up In Court

Special Counsel Robert Mueller is scrambling to limit pretrial evidence handed over to a Russian company he indicted in February over alleged meddling in the 2016 U.S. election, according to Bloomberg.

Jun 12 14:38

NYT Carries IDF Attack On Murdered Medic–Reveals It’s A Smear In 20th Paragraph

A reporter at the most influential paper in English-language media appears to not know the difference between a government “tightly editing” and selectively editing video.

New York Times reporter Herbert Buchsbaum (6/7/18) wrote up a propaganda video posted by the Israeli Defense Force, showing Rouzan al-Najjar–a 21-year-old medic the Israeli Defense Force shot and killed earlier this month—apparently throwing a tear-gas canister, along with a brief clip of her purportedly saying, “I am here on the front line and I act as a human shield.”

Jun 12 14:37

‘Games Aren’t Bad’ Vs ‘No Use For Them’: 9yo Put In Rehab After Playing PC Game For 10h A Day

A 9yo British girl has been placed in rehab for her addiction to online gaming. Her parents say she was playing for 10-hours a day without taking a break.



Jun 12 14:37

Top Gloomy Predictions Of Internet’s Near Future

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few months, you’ve heard about the impending death of net neutrality. Well, after much debate and consternation, that day has finally arrived. Net neutrality is dead.

Jun 12 14:30

British Nationalists Face-Off With Pro-Palestine Al Quds Marchers

Pro-Israeli British nationalists scuffled with police and pro-Palestine demonstrators at this year’s Al Quds march in London.

The protest was part of Quds Day, an annual protest against Zionism the current and historical actions of Israeli state. Counter-protests were arranged by supporters of Israel and were attended by British nationalists opposed to the event’s link to Lebanese group Hezbollah. A large police presence mostly kept the two groups apart.

Jun 12 14:23

With eyes on Iran, Netanyahu praises Trump over North Korea summit

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday hailed US President Donald Trump’s summit in Singapore with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un as “historic” and an “important step” in denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula, while linking the meeting to the US leader’s “tough stance” on Iran.

“I congratulate US President Donald Trump for the historic summit in Singapore,” Netanyahu said in a statement. “It is an important step in the effort to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula.”

Jun 12 14:21

Judge Rules AT&T Can Acquire Time Warner

A federal judge ruled Tuesday that AT&T Inc. T 0.50% can proceed with its planned acquisition of Time Warner Inc., TWX 0.05% rejecting the Justice Department’s allegations that the deal would suppress competition in the pay-TV industry.

U.S. District Judge Richard Leon announced his decision in a packed courtroom, ruling that antitrust enforcers at the Justice Department had not proven their case against the merger.

“I conclude the government has failed to meet its burden,” Judge Leon said. “The court has now spoken and the defendants have won.”



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Jun 12 14:15

How U.S. And Turkey Determine The Fate Of Kurds

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu during the meeting with his U.S. counterpart Mike Pompeo agreed on Syria’s city of Manbij roadmap, providing for the withdrawal of the Kurdish militia linked to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party or PKK on June 4.

Jun 12 14:15

Specialists Needed To Ferret Out Sites For Censorship

The war on “fake news” is about to go to an entirely new level. According to media reports, Facebook has been seeking to hire “news credibility specialists” that will be tasked with “evaluating” which news publishers are “credible” and which are not. If the goal was just to simply filter out the handful of websites that purposely publish fake news stories, that would be fine.

Jun 12 14:13

US Public Being Misled On Trump-Kim Summit

Establishment media is either unwilling or unable to accurately cover the intricacies of the Trump-Kim summit as well as Pyongyang’s serious diplomatic efforts, says Gareth Porter.



Taboola
Jun 12 13:22

Hawaii volcano eruption: Lava shoots 160ft - Kilauea on RED ALERT with VOG to spread

Jun 12 13:21

INTUIT CREDIT CARD SERVICE SHUTS DOWN PAYMENTS ON ALL GUN PURCHASES

Several gun-related businesses were suddenly — and without warning — disrupted in recent weeks when Intuit stopped processing credit card payments because sales were gun-related, The Post has learned.

Jun 12 13:20

Voyeurs Flock To Newly Gender Neutral Swimming Pool To Stare At Naked Women

A programme at a Swedish open-air swimming bath in Malmö that eliminated gender-separate areas to encourage transgender bathers has resulted in men taking the opportunity to stare at naked women.

Jun 12 13:14

Bill Clinton Confronted Five Times At Austin Speaking Event

Great Stuff!

Not reported was the numerous cigars thrown on stage in his direction

Jun 12 13:02

Trade Row ‘Will Cost Canada A Lot Of Money’

US President Donald Trump has said that Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s criticism of his trade negotiation tactics following the G7 summit is “probably going to cost the people of Canada a lot of money.”

Jun 12 12:47

French Thought Police

The French government of Emmanuel Macron has introduced a new law to protect the French from “fake news” during election periods. This vaguely drafted amendment to existing press law seems to have been inspired by Macron’s resentment at rumors circulated against him during last year’s presidential election – which didn’t prevent him from winning.

Jun 12 12:47

“Iconic" Feminist Bookstore Closes From Lack of Sales, Blames White [Power]

— and it’s all the fault of you blue-eyed devils.

Jun 12 12:45

Watchdog Uncovers Clinton Coverup At Obama DOJ

Now, thanks to Judicial Watch, however, there is evidence that the decision about what to do with Clinton was made in April 2016. The 16 pages of emails containing this information came from an investigation into the Clinton-Lynch ‘tarmac meeting,’ and include even more Peter Strzok emails. These communications also include instructions to “stay away” from discussing Hillary Clinton’s email investigation honestly or plainly.

In October 2016, Judicial Watch, interested in the meeting between Bill Clinton and Loretta Lynch, filed a lawsuit under a Freedom of Information Act request for documents related to the investigation and the meeting. At the time, Loretta Lynch, Obama’s Attorney General, was allegedly involved in an investigation of Hillary Clinton for her email server and the classified information it illegally contained.

Jun 12 12:45

The US Economy Is a Giant Ponzi Scheme

Jun 12 12:44

When Army Became A Four-Letter Word

“There was a young man who said though, it seems that I know that I know, but what I would like to see is the I that knows me, when I know that I know that I know” …Alan W Watts.

Propaganda is a language that deals in fear. Its’ modus operandi is to deliver…in pied piper fashion… misnomer after misnomer…defence fighter becoming terrorist…with the objective of welding faux credentials onto public consciousness.

Jun 12 12:21

Sheriffs warn of recent phony cop scams

Sheriffs across central New York are warning residents of phone scams in which callers claiming to be sheriff's deputies demand money over the phone.

Within the Daily Star's coverage area, reports have been filed in Otsego and Chenango counties.

According to department officials, the callers claim to be from the civil division of the sheriff's department requesting a fine be paid.

Otsego County Sheriff Richard Devlin Jr. said three or four people have filed reports where the caller informs the victim that they have missed jury duty and must pay a fine to avoid court.

Devlin cautioned that the callers are claiming to be deputies but are not always giving the same reason for the fine.

Jun 12 12:17

Paul Craig Roberts: In The Western World, Truth Is An Endangered Species

Nowhere in the Western world is truth respected. Even universities are imposing censorship and speech control. Governments are shutting down, and will eventually criminalize, all explanations that differ from official ones. The Western world no longer has a print and TV media.

Whistleblowers are prosecuted and imprisoned despite their protection by federal statue. The US Department of Justice is a Department of Injustice. It has been a long time since any justice flowed from the DOJ.

The total corruption of the print and TV media led to the rise of Internet media such as Wikileaks, led by Julian Assange, a prisoner since 2012.

Assange is an Australian and Ecuadorian citizen. He is not an American citizen. Yet US politicians and media claim that he is guilty of treason because he published official documents leaked to Wikileaks that prove the duplicity and criminality of the US government.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The one thing the world has now, is the independent media; and we should hang on to that for dear life, right now.

IF the independent media is forced to close its doors, collectively, humankind will have nothing but the official government propaganda, and that... can be seriously hazardous to your health.

Jun 12 12:11

Consumer Prices Surge At Fastest Pace Since 2011, Real Wage Growth Slumps

Last night's Singaporean show was the prelude to the rest of the week's real action - central banks - and nothing drives The Fed more than inflation anxiety as exhibited by Core CPI this morning... and it printed hot.

For the 32nd consecutive month, the consensus estimate on the street was +0.2% MoM - and expectations were met - pushing the headline CPI to +2.8% YoY (as expected) - the highest since December 2011...

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Those who do not learn from financial history, are doomed to repeat it.

Jun 12 12:09

Senate Adds ZTE-Deal-Killing Amendment To "Must Pass" Defense Bill

As was widely expected, a group of senators have successfully attached an amendment that would effectively kill the Trump administration's deal with Chinese telecoms firm ZTE to a "must-pass" defense authorization bill, according to Axios- the latest sign that the movement to kill the deal is gaining momentum, even among Republicans who rarely oppose the president. The measure has found support among a bipartisan group of Senators who claim that the ZTE deal poses potential national security problems, according to Democratic Sen. Chris Van Hollen, who introduced the amendment alongside Republican Sen. Tom Cotton. In addition, Van Hollen maintains that the ZTE deal is "genuinely a bad deal" that must be overturned.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

President Trump will, if it gets that far, veto the deal, and demand that Congress create another budget which does not at all mention ZTE.

Jun 12 12:06

The Real Reason Trump Lost It With Trudeau?

In Singapore, Trump tweeted more about that piggy bank.

“Why should I, as President of the United States, allow countries to continue to make Massive Trade Surpluses, as they have for decades … (while) the U.S. pays close to the entire cost of NATO-protecting many of these same countries that rip us off on Trade?”

To understand what drives Trump, and explains his exasperation and anger, these remarks are a good place to begin.

Our elites see America as an “indispensable nation,” the premier world power whose ordained duty it is to defend democracy, stand up to dictators and aggressors, and uphold a liberal world order.

They see U.S. wealth and power as splendid tools that fate has given them to shape the future of the planet.

Trump sees America as a nation being milked by allies who free ride on our defense effort, as they engage in trade practices that prosper their own peoples at America’s expense.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is reasonable for Trump to be upset, looking at these numbers; I just wish he hadn't gotten so publicly upset.

Jun 12 11:57

The “Manbij Model”, Turkey-US Deal for Northeastern Syria

So far, so good, but the problem is that the SDF militia that would prospectively continue to administer “Rojava’s” “layered decentralization” is nothing more than a thinly “diverse” front of Arab collaborators barely concealing the reality of a Kurdish-run “deep state” (or permanent military, intelligence, and diplomatic bureaucracy) protected by over 20 American bases and an undisclosed number of French ones. Ironically, the Kurds took up arms against the democratically elected and legitimate Syrian government on the supposed basis that the minority Alawites had hijacked the country’s “deep state” and were exploiting it for their own self-interested ends at everyone else’s expense, though the fact of the matter is that it’s now the Kurds – and never was the Alawites – who are actually doing this via the “federalization” of “Rojava” as enforced by the US-created SDF.

Jun 12 11:51

As the G-7 Implodes, SCO Meeting Confirms the New Century of Multipolarity

At the G7 meeting in Canada in recent days, we witnessed unprecedented clashes between Trump and G7 leaders over the imposition of tariffs on trade. We must now conclude that the event has been relegated to irrelevance, as the G7 has heretofore derived its clout from speaking as one voice. Trump even went further, refusing to sign the final draft of the organization’s joint statement after Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau lashed out at Trump’s trade decisions. Trump showed how little he cares for his allies, leaving the summit a day early to arrive early for the meeting with Kim Jong-un in Singapore to make preparations for the long-awaited encounter between the two leaders.

Jun 12 11:51

Mexican politician who vowed to crack down on crime shot dead while posing for selfie with fan

Fernando Purón had just finished an election debate on Friday night when he was approached by a woman holding a selfie stick who asked him to take a photo with her. Surveillance footage obtained by the Vanguardia showed the 43-year-old politician falling to the ground after being shot in the head by a man who snuck up behind him. Purón, who is survived by his wife and child, reportedly died en route to the hospital.

Note how the woman with the selfie stick just quickly and calmly walks away. I think she was part of the hit team.

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