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Aug 07 15:38

Poland to Accept Migrants – From Europe Only

Migrants from Middle East, Africa not welcome



Taboola
Aug 07 15:37

Study: Letting illegals stay costs 6 times more than deporting

Critics often say it would be far too expensive for the United States to deport all illegal immigrants.

But the cost of letting them stay in the country would be much, much higher, according to a new analysis by the Center for Immigration Studies.

In fact, it would cost roughly six times as much to allow all current illegal immigrants to live in the U.S. for life than it would to deport them all, the study found.

CIS used data from Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which reported the average cost of a deportation was $10,854 in fiscal year 2016. This figure includes the cost of apprehension, detention and processing.

Meanwhile, the average lifetime net fiscal drain (taxes paid minus services used) for each illegal immigrant is $65,292.

Aug 07 15:35

Video: African Migrants Go Wild After Crossing Border; Virtually No Women or Children

A new video shows a huge gang of African migrants celebrating after they arrived in the Spanish north African enclave of Ceuta. Virtually no women or children can be seen in the footage.

The clip shows around 300 African men going wild with delight after they crossed the Tarajal border and “ran along the esplanade where they were held by security forces to be taken to the Temporary Immigrant Shelter Center.”

You’ll notice that there are almost zero women or children. Some of the migrants are so destitute that they can be seen carrying smartphones.

As we previously reported, just 1.4% of migrants who arrived in Italy in the first five months of this year were Syrian refugees and a mere 0.36% were Libyan.

Aug 07 15:24

Johns Hopkins Surgery Prof: 'I Gave Out Opioids Like Candy'

A professor of surgery at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore says he "gave out opioids like candy" as he was taught in school "to give every surgical patient a prescription for 30-90 opioid tablets upon discharge."

Aug 07 15:17

Oxford Jazz concert-goer violently attacked after veiled threat from UK Jewish organisation

Drummer Will McClure, 73, who attended my concert on the evening of 6 August was subjected to an attack outside the concert by some anti Atzmon hooligans. He was injured in his eye and suffered from shock.

A week ago, the Oxford Albion Beatnik Book Shop, which hosted my concert, received a threatening letter from Stephen Silverman of the Campaign Against Anti-Semitism (CAA). Silverman hinted that something may happen unless the club surrendered to his demand and cancelled the concert. On the night of 6 August we saw the first violent attack against a Jazz audience. Will’s eyes bled for an hour...>>

Aug 07 14:55

POLICE RECEIVE GOD’S EYE TECHNOLOGY, GOOGLE EARTH WITH REAL TIME TIVO CAPABILITIES

“A new surveillance system that collects and records information in real-time — and then lets trackers rewind, zoom in and follow certain targets — has hit the test market streets of Baltimore, Md., and Dayton, Ohio, and in at least one crime-fighting unit in California,” the Washington Times reported.

The surveillance software sounds a lot like Google earth with real time and TIVO like capabilities, able to search any individuals location and associations through out their day. A law enforcement officer could track your daily voyage from when you leave your home in the morning until you return in the evening.

The system will be able to track your daily trends, where you travel to, who you are with, when you visit and for how long. Any crimes you may commit throughout your day could be used against you.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I don't know about you; but this article just makes me profoundly uncomfortable.

That everything I say and do can be surveilled, then used against me?!?

Thank you, no; I think I will pick up an abacus, and get away from computers and the phones, if this is the reality now.

Aug 07 14:48

Debbie Wasserman Schultz Says She Doesn’t Regret Standing By Arrested IT Staffer

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz says she “did the right thing” by not immediately dismissing an IT staffer after he was banned from the House computer network and fired by other members of Congress.

Aug 07 14:23

U.S. May Begin Airstrikes Against ISIS in Philippines

The Pentagon is considering a plan that allows the U.S. military to conduct airstrikes on ISIS in the Philippines, two defense officials told NBC News.

The authority to strike ISIS targets as part of collective self-defense could be granted as part of an official military operation that may be named as early as Tuesday, said the officials. The strikes would likely be conducted by armed drones.

Aug 07 13:59

Professor Encourages Students To Choose Their Own Grades To ‘Reduce Stress’

According to online course syllabi for two of Dr. Richard Watson’s fall business courses, he has introduced the policy because “emotional reactions to stressful situations can have profound consequences for all involved.”

“…this policy might hinder the development of group skills and mastery of the class material…” Tweet This

As such, if students feel “unduly stressed by a grade for any assessable material or the overall course,” they can “email the instructor indicating what grade [they] think is appropriate, and it will be so changed” with “no explanation” being required.



Aug 07 13:38

Video: Keiser Report: Bitcoin Drama

In this final episode of the Keiser Report from Freedom Fest in Las Vegas, Max and Stacy encounter Peter Schiff in the halls of the convention center and challenge him on bitcoin. Max continues his interview with bitcoin entrepreneur Charlie Shrem to discuss the latest drama and innovation in the cryptocurrency space.

Aug 07 13:37

Video: Venezuela Inaugurates Constituent Assembly Amid Street Violence

Venezuela’s newly-elected Constituent Assembly has been inaugurated amid a backdrop of more street violence.

Aug 07 13:34

The Currency Paradox

It has long been believed that Capitalism is the last economic system. It has triumphed over its rivals, socialism and communism, and has now come to define modern society. Many believe that the religion of Adam Smith was the culmination of all of our economic experiments. To many, not only is Capitalism the best economic system that humanity has ever devised, it is the best that it will ever devise.



Owl 1
Aug 07 13:34

‘We Will Not Be Blackmailed,’ Chicago Suing Trump Over Immigration Laws

Chicago is taking legal action against the US Justice Department over its threats to withdraw money from so-called “sanctuary cities” following a controversial executive order by President Donald Trump, Mayor Rahm Emanuel has announced.

Aug 07 12:55

POLICE RECEIVE GOD’S EYE TECHNOLOGY, GOOGLE EARTH WITH REAL TIME TIVO CAPABILITIES

Imagine Google Earth with Real Time Capabilities Able to Search Anyones Location By a Click of a Mouse

Aug 07 12:52

AL GORE BOMBS IN THEATERS: ‘THIS WAS NOT SUPPOSED TO HAPPEN’: GORE’S SEQUEL COMES IN DISMAL 15TH AT BOX OFFICE – GORE FANS ALLEGE FILM ‘SABOTAGED’ BY PARAMOUNT

Of course it was “sabatoged” by Paramount. How could it be anything else? I mean, Gore is so credible. And he’s such a good prognosticator. Now where IS ManBearPig?

Aug 07 12:50

US Plans ‘Global’ Drills To Counter Russia & Other ‘Complex Threats’ – Top US Military Official

The US military is shifting towards a “more global” exercise program in preparation to deter what they term a “more assertive Russia” as well as countering other complex threats, a senior officer commanding the US forces in Europe has said.



Aug 07 12:38

How to collect funds from Spotify’s $43.5 million dollar class action settlement

The class action lawsuit opened against Spotify by Melissa Ferrick and David Lowery has been settled. Months prior, Ferrick and Lowery brought Ferrick v. Spotify USA Inc. to the court system, suing the popular music streaming service for copyright infringement, alleging that Spotify made some music available on its platform without the license to do so. Those artists whose compositions were shared via Spotify consequently did not receive royalties for their music’s use, but may now collect compensation from the $43.45-million-dollar class action settlement.

Those eligible to receive a payout from the settlement fund include those who own copyrights on compositions that were made available by Spotify for stream/download without a license during the class period, December 28, 2012-June 29, 2017. Artists whose compositions were shared via Spotify during the period must have had a certificate of registration issued or applied for the appertaining compositions during the class period.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Claire just received no less than 9 notifications that her copyrighted works were made available on Spotify! On one hand she is flattered, but on the other hand, she is angry that we were not notified that Spotify was using her works so that we could help promote them, and, of course, that Spotify did not obtain our permission in the first place!

Aug 07 12:16

Jodie Foster Blows the Whistle on Elite Hollywood Pedophile

Actor Jodie Foster has revealed an incident that happened to her when she was just a child where a sleazy Hollywood Elite attempted to lure her into a rape.The two-time Oscar winning former child star revealed during an interview that a top producer tricked her into a pedophile trap by faking a movie role opportunity when he knew her parents were away.

Aug 07 12:03

Ernst Zündel: A Lover, not a Hater, (by Michael Hoffman)

We have known few men who have loved our people and our civilization more than he did. It is not an exaggeration to say that he gave his life for love of them.

Aug 07 11:54

Italy Sends Warships into Libyan Waters to Block Refugees

On August 3, the Italians government sent the frigate Commandante Borsini into Libyan territorial waters to stop refugees fleeing Libya for Europe. This violation of the sovereignty of Libya, a former Italian colony, aims to destroy refugee vessels and force refugees back into Libya, where the militias that have controlled the country ever since the devastating NATO war against Libya in 2011 detain them in appalling conditions.

The Italian parliament has approved a law allowing the Italian navy to trespass into Libyan waters under the pretext that they are helping the Libyan coast guard to arrest refugees. Italian Defense Minister Roberta Pinotti even declared that the goal was to “reinforce Libyan sovereignty.” A large majority in parliament voted for the intervention, 328 to 113 in the lower house and 191 to 47 in the upper house.



Lockerdome
Aug 07 11:50

Why China and Russia Agreed to Tough New Sanctions on North Korea

On Saturday, Security Council members imposed sanctions on North Korea for the seventh time since its first 2006 nuclear test.

New ones aim to deprive Pyongyang of around one-third of its export revenues, cutting them by about $1 billion.

They ban DPRK exports of coal, iron, iron ore, lead, lead ore, and seafood. They prohibit all new joint ventures, ban new investments in current ones, and prohibit sending more workers abroad for jobs.

They tighten restrictions on technology to prevent Pyongyang from acquiring military related items. North Korean vessels caught violating SC resolutions will be banned from entering foreign ports.

Imposing sanctions is one thing, enforcing them another. North Korea is adept at exploiting loopholes in restrictions and minimizing them other ways.

Most important, China wants Pyongyang’s economy kept from imploding. It accounts for around 90% of its exports. It’s the DPRK’s key ally.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These sanctions may well have slowed down the US rush to war against North Korea; but ultimately, these sanctions may not stop it from using war against North Korea to achieve the outcome it wants, which, in spite of what Rex Tillerson has stated publicly, is regime change in the North.

That, would - of course - most likely to cause China to enter into the hostilities on North Korea's side.

But the biggest thing with which the UN Security Council has to contend is not Kim Jung Un's threats; it is what he is actually willing to do, militarily, to confront these sanctions, or whether he will, begrudgingly, enter into negotiations with the US, China, and Japan.

I frankly do not hold out a lot of hope for the latter.

Aug 07 11:31

Saudi Arabia defends decision to execute 14 Saudi Shiites

Saudi Arabia is defending its decision to execute 14 minority Shiites — whose verdicts sparked criticism in the United States and Europe — declaring in a rare public statement that their trials were conducted fairly.

The men were arrested for their involvement in demonstrations in 2011 and 2012 during the Arab Spring revolts and were later sentenced to death in a secretive counterterrorism court, according to human rights activists and the men’s relatives, who also say that some of the men were tortured and forced into making false confessions.

The group included a teenager who was arrested at the airport before boarding a flight to visit a university in Michigan, and a youth who is half-deaf and nearly blind, activists said.

Shiites in the Sunni-majority kingdom have long complained of discrimination and harassment by authorities.

Last month, the kingdom’s highest court upheld the death sentences, clearing the way for the executions to take place any day now.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is essentially mass religious genocide, premised on a differing interpretation, and leadership, of Islamic factions, coupled with the brutality of torture obviously used through which to gain the desired false confessions.

And Prince Salman, really; how completely, primitively medieval do you want Saudi Arabia to look to the rest of the world?!?

Because you could do no worse, in that regard, than allowing these executions to move forward, rather than commuting them on humanitarian grounds, which is absolutely within your power to arrange.

Aug 07 11:20

Myanmar rejects allegations of human rights abuses against Rohingya

Myanmar on Sunday rejected allegations of crimes against humanity and ethnic cleansing during a crackdown against Rohingya Muslims last year, accusing the United Nations of making exaggerated claims in its report on the issue.

Rohingya militants killed nine border guards in October, sparking a response in which the army was accused of raping Rohingya women, shooting villagers on sight and burning down homes, sending an estimated 75,000 people fleeing to Bangladesh.

A U.N. report in February said security forces instigated a campaign that "very likely" amounted to crimes against humanity and possibly ethnic cleansing. This led to the establishment of a U.N. probe which is being blocked by Myanmar.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If Myanmar is blocking this probe, it's a dead moral certainty that at least some of these accusations are, unfortunately, quite true.

Aug 07 11:07

U.S. Sanctions Bill Adds More Targets To The List; U.S. Set To Sanction Itself Into Isolation

By Brandon Turbeville

With the new U.S. sanctions bill having been passed by a united Congress and signed by a President allegedly opposed to it, U.S. sanctions are now all over the news. But the sanctions bill was not just a step toward a second Cold War with Russia, the bill was also aimed at North Korea, Iran, China, and even Europe. In his excellent study of the bill, “U.S. Sanctions: A ‘Loony Tunes’ Bad Remake; ‘Irreversible Decline Of The U.S. As A Global Superpower,” F. William Engdahl described the legislation as being a “nuclear barrel bomb with sanctions flying in all directions.” Sadly, Engdahl is right...

Aug 07 11:05

Protests erupt as India troops kill Kashmir fighters

Indian troops have killed at least three suspected fighters in a gun battle in Indian-administered Kashmir, officials say - an incident that has led to another round of protests.

Fighting erupted in the divided Himalayan region after government forces raided a cluster of homes on a tip that the fighters were hiding in northwestern Sopore area, Muneer Ahmed Khan, police inspector general, said on Saturday.

He said that as the soldiers began searching homes, they came under gunfire from the fighters.

A police statement said the men belonged to the Lashkar-e-Taiba group. Police on Tuesday had killed one of the group's senior Kashmir leaders, Abu Dajana.

As the news of the latest killings spread on Saturday, thousands protested and clashed with police in several parts of the region as residents chanted slogans against India and in favour of the fighters who have fought against New Delhi's rule since 1989.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

To the Government of India, a word, please: as a signatory to the UN Charter, you are treaty-bound to support peaceful self determination.

Give the Kashmiri people their long promised referendum, to determine if they want to remain with India; join Pakistan; or declare their independence.

India, the world is watching right now, as what you will do to bring this bloodshed to an end.

Aug 07 10:59

IDF to start drafting students during military prep week

Instead of sending draft orders to 11th grade students and plucking them out of their school year for a battery of tests ahead of their conscription, the army will now start doing so during their ‘Gadna’ week, where they first learn about the army life.

The Education Corps and the Personnel Branch of the IDF are currently advancing an initiative to, for the first time, send Israeli draft orders to teens in 11th grade during attendance at their pre-military preparation week.

The first to experience the combination of these two experiences are thousands of high school students who are scheduled to spend the military prep week—in Israel known as Gadna—at the Hahava Alon base in the Galilee in the coming school year.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder just what wars these kids and getting groomed and prepped to fight; against Iran, or for the continued, slo-mo genocide against the Palestinian people?!?

Ideologically, I'm sure the IDF will "boil" these kids slowly, and inculcate justthe right amount of venom for the hatred of both peoples, so that murder against them becomes the "trained and appropriate" response.

Aug 07 10:59

WALL STREET FINES DOWN 66% UNDER TRUMP'S GOLDMAN SACHS-FILLED ADMINISTRATION

Since taking office in January, President Donald Trump has chosen ex-Goldman Sachs bankers to fill several key positions within his administration. According to a Wall Street Journal analysis published Sunday, it appears that the nation's largest financial institutions are benefiting greatly from having their friends in government.



Aug 07 10:50

German techno band faces charges for Crimea concert: Ukraine envoy

German techno band Scooter faces significant legal consequences for performing at a festival in the Crimea region of Ukraine that was annexed by Russia in 2014, the Ukrainian ambassador to Germany said an interview published Saturday.

Andrij Melnyk, Ukraine's envoy to Germany, told the Funke Mediengruppe newspaper chain that the band's decision to enter the Crimea region "illegally" on Thursday was "not only a scandal, but also a crime with serious legal consequences."

Melnyk said Ukrainian prosecutors had already begun legal proceedings against the band.

"This isn't some minor infraction, but a serious crime that will be punished," he told the newspaper group.

The band was due to appear at the ZBFest rock festival in Balaklava on Friday.

Scooter front man H.P. Baxxter told German media last month the band was going to Crimea to perform music, not engage in politics.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Andrij Melnyk, a word (or two), please.

First, let us politely strip away your completely idiotic, lying pretext that Russia allegedly "annexed" Ukraine.

Ukraine was regime changed by US/IMF/Soros agents in 2014, when the non-Eurocentric, duly elected Yanukovich got thrown under a bus, and Poroshenko got "anointed" as Ukraine's president, in an election more crooked than is a dog's hind leg.

President Obama publicly admitted to US culpability in this process:

Obama admits that the US brokered a deal in support of regime change in Ukraine

It's not Russia that's pushed Ukraine to the brink of war

Also, unless you have a really lousy case of SMD (Selective Memory Disorder), you will recall the reality about Victoria Nuland's nearly bragging about having spent 5 billion dollars to create regime change in Kiev in a presentation:

Victoria Nuland's Admits Washington Has Spent $5 Billion to "Subvert Ukraine"

Those, sir, are the realities of the situation; there was no annexation of Crimea by Russia; the Crimeans held a referendum of their people ( an exercise in peaceful self-determination, which as a signatory to the UN Charter, Ukraine defends, right?!?) as to whether Crimeans wanted to stay with Ukraine, post-coup, or petition the Russian Federation to join it. In an overwhelming majority vote, the Crimeans voted to petition the Russian Federation to become a member, and the Russian Federation accepted their petition.

Now, as to these German nationals performing in Crimea; if, in fact, they are German citizens, the law of Ukraine holds absolutely no sway in Germany, so there is utterly no legal foundation for a prosecution against them.

IF Germany decides to prosecute them, due to their going along with the "US Party Line" which supports the lie of Russian annexation, that is well within Germany's purview.

Now I am no fan of techno pop; but as a sister musician operating in a profoundly different musical paradigm (I'm a published Christian fine arts composer), art needs to be free, and be performed wherever there is welcomed, and not politicized.

Sir, in pursuing this lawsuit, you are appearing to the world, to be behaving as the nether end of a jaysap, and I would strongly encourage you to drop this lawsuit, and right now, for the sake or your and Ukraine's international reputation.

Aug 07 10:44

Russian Meddling In US Vote Seriously Damaged Ties: Tillerson

Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential election has created “serious mistrust” between Washington and Moscow and damaged mutual ties, according to American Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

Aug 07 10:41

FOUR MASS. GOV. OFFICIALS BUSTED Making Fake I.D.s for Illegals, Registering Them to Vote

Four state Registry of Motor Vehicle clerks along with two other people were arrested Wednesday after authorities say they were making false identifications through the registry and selling them to people living in the country illegally, some of whom had been deported in the past.

Some of those phony licenses and identifications were used to fraudulently register to vote in Boston, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.



Aug 07 10:40

How Trump threw peace, prosperity under AIPAC bus

Two days ago, a close colleague of mine was on the line from Greenwich, Connecticut to discuss my upcoming book when the conversation turned to these new Russia sanctions. My colleague related a story from Capital Hill and an insider who explained the vote on the sanctions law. The gist of this insider's revelation was that the overwhelming "yes vote" in Congress indicated one powerful player behind the curtain - America's pro-Israel lobby AIPAC.

Aug 07 10:39

The US Marines tested all-male squads against mixed-gender ones, and the results were pretty bleak

The Corps’ summary of the experiment, posted online today by NPR, concludes that combat teams were less effective when they included women.

Overall, the report says, all-male teams and crews outperformed mixed-gender ones on 93 out of 134 tasks evaluated. All-male teams were universally faster “in each tactical movement.”

Aug 07 10:35

Obama’s IRS ‘misled’ Obamacare customers: Audit

The Obama administration “misled” Americans into thinking signing up for Obamacare would be cheaper than it really was, according to an inspector general’s report Thursday that said the IRS dramatically understated the actual cost of enrolling.

IRS officials sent the letters to try to prod Americans to comply with the 2010 health law’s “individual mandate” that penalizes them for not holding coverage.

But as part of the letters, the IRS said most people could find plans for $75 a month or less once government subsidies were figured in.

That was untrue — in fact, the average cost was more than twice that figure, at $168 a month, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration said.

Aug 07 10:35

The Madness Is Back: Homeowners Take Out Mortgages To Buy Bitcoin, Cars And Wine

It's been about a decade since the term "mortgage arbitrage" made headlines. It's back.

In the clearest sign yet of just how late far the investing cycle the developed world finds itself, the FT writes that wealthy British homeowners are again borrowing against their property to invest in bonds, equities, alternative investments or commercial property as the low cost of debt creates opportunities for “mortgage arbitrage”. And while taking out a mortgage to invest in "safer" arbs like corporate bonds, commercial real estate or private equity would be at least understandable, if not excusable, in the current low-yield regime, some more extreme "investment" decisions suggest that the madness and euphoria that marked the peak of the last asset bubble is back: because while growing numbers are prepared to risk using their primary residence as collateral, some are ready to gamble on extremely volatile assets like bitcoin, wine and cars.

Aug 07 10:34

US Special Forces Working In Close Proximity To Terrorist Hezbollah

The Pentagon has just confirmed deployment of US Special Forces in Lebanon to support the Lebanese Army in an upcoming coordinated military campaign aimed to clean out an ISIS border pocket in the country's northwest. Regional media outlets are describing the coming major new offensive as "imminent". But awkwardly for the US, the fight will necessitate some level of coordination with Hezbollah, which the US considers a terrorist organization.

Aug 07 10:31

Unexpected North Korea Breakthrough Delays Trump Trade War With China (For Now)

A global punitive campaign on North Korea propelled by sharp new U.N. sanctions - amounting to a $1 billion ban on North Korea exports - received a welcome, and unexpected, boost on Sunday from China, the North's economic lifeline, when Beijing slammed its neighbor for its ongoing missile and nuclear tests.

The Saturday sanctions agreed to unanimously in a 15-0 Security Council vote are aimed at cutting North Korean exports by about $1 billion a year, a move that would hit laborers and fishermen. Existing joint ventures would be prevented from expanding their operations. The new sanctions could cut off roughly one-third of North Korea's estimated $3 billion in annual exports, ostensibly denying the nation of funds for its weapons programs. All countries are now banned from importing North Korean coal, iron, lead and seafood products, and from letting in more North Korean laborers whose remittances help fund Kim Jong Un's regime.



Carambola
Aug 07 10:30

Rare Earths Are China's Most Potent Weapon In A Trade War

In October 1973, the world shuddered when the Arab members of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries imposed an oil embargo on the United States and other nations that provided military aid to Israel in the Yom Kippur war. At the same time, they ramped up prices.

The United States realized it was dependent on imported oil — and much of that came from the Middle East, with Saudi Arabia the big swing producer. It shook the nation. How had a few foreign powers put a noose around the neck of the world’s largest economy?

Well, it could happen again and very soon. The commodity that could bring us to our knees isn’t oil, but rather a group of elements known as rare earths, falling between 21 and 71 on the periodic table.

Aug 07 10:30

Yanking The Bank Of Japan's Chain - "It's Basic Math, Stupid!"

Based on the simple reflection that arithmetic is more than just an abstraction, we offer a modest observation. The social safety nets of industrialized economies, including the United States, have frayed at the edges. Soon the safety net’s fabric will snap. This recognition is not an opinion. Rather, it’s a matter of basic arithmetic. The economy cannot sustain the government obligations that have been piled up upon it over the last 70 years.

Aug 07 10:29

‘Tough Love’: Frustrated US Business Owner Livestreams Homeless Encampment

Gary Watts, the owner of a car repair shop in Everett, Washington, installed a video camera on top of his building to livestream a sidewalk homeless encampment across the street from his workplace.

The royal wedding cake, showing the first cut made by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, is seen in Buckingham Palace, London, Wednesday July 20, 2011, before going on display to the public during the palace's annual summer opening.

The video stream is currently 24/7 on Facebook, and the frustrated small-business owner has bigger plans in store, according to Komonews.com.

"We'll be adding more high definition cameras and it will be part of a 24-hours-a-day live-streaming YouTube channel called Tweakerville USA," said Watts, owner of Z Sport Automotive. For those interested in a primer on underground drug culture in America, "tweakers" is slang for methamphetamine addicts.

Aug 07 10:28

Israel moves to shut down local operations of Al Jazeera

Israel plans to revoke the media credentials of Al Jazeera TV journalists, close its Jerusalem bureau and pull the Qatar-based station's broadcasts from local cable and satellite providers, Communications Minister Ayoub Kara said on Sunday.

The closure did not appear imminent, however, and an Israeli official said a legal process was still required to implement most of the proposed steps.

Aug 07 10:26

Did Nuclear Weapons Cause Japan to Surrender?

Aug 07 10:26

Trump Resigns The Presidency

I never thought I'd live to see this nation completely fall apart. Yet that appears to be something that must happen if the earth is to survive. Then there's the arrival of the October collapse that will be unavoidable, if we're all not just melted nuclear waste that will no doubt be part of the next extinction-event in the long and troubled history of this planet?

Aug 07 10:22

WOW The Federal Reserve Smacks Down Paul Krugman

In a recent column, The New York Times economist Paul Krugman attacked the deregulation of banking and called banking before deregulation "boring banking."

He blamed the crises since the deregulation as being caused by the deregulation.

But none other than the Federal Reserve has come out to refute Krugman's claim. In an essay, Were Banks ‘Boring’ before the Repeal of Glass-Steagall?, Nicola Cetorelli, an assistant vice president in the Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s Research and Statistics Group, concludes:

Aug 07 10:22

Time to End the Lost Afghan War

Media reports claim President Donald Trump let loose on his generals behind closed doors, blasting them royally for their startling failures in Afghanistan, America’s longest war.

The president has many faults and is a lousy judge of character. But he was absolutely right to read the riot act to the military brass for daring to ask for a very large troop and budget increase for the stalemated Afghan War that has cost $1 trillion to date.

Of course, the unfortunate generals are not really to blame. They have been forced by the last three presidents to fight a pointless war at the top of the world that lacks any strategy, reason or purpose – and with limited forces. But they can’t admit defeat by lightly-armed Muslim tribesmen.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mr. President, a word, please: you are not responsible for that excrement sandwich, known as the US/NATO failing occupation of Afghanistan; you inherited that from the Bushbama presidencies.

The most intelligent, and rational, thing you and the director of NATO can do at this point, is to get US/NATO troops out of Afghanistan as quickly as is safely possible, then negotiate with whatever government is left in Kabul for the pipeline and mineral rights.

After all the blood and money spent, this is truly the best, and in fact, only sane option here.

Aug 07 10:21

First Violent Attack Against Jazz Audience

Drummer Will McClure (73) who attended my concert last night was subject to an attack outside my concert by some anti Atzmon hooligans. He was injured in his eye and suffered a shock.

A week ago, Oxford Albion Beatnik Book Shop that hosted my concert received a threatening letter from Stephen Silverman (CAA). Silverman hinted that something may happen unless the club surrendered to his demand and cancelled the concert. Tonight we saw the first violent attack against Jazz audience. Will was bleeding from his eye for an hour.

Aug 07 10:20

US Firms 'Will Shamelessly Occupy New Niche' in Russian Market Amid EU Sanctions

US companies are likely to take advantage of the EU's decision to introduce anti-Russian sanctions over the Siemens scandal, political expert Alexei Mukhin argued. According to him, Siemens could easily be replaced by American companies, "which will shamelessly occupy the new niche" in the Russian market.

Aug 07 10:15

Federal Court Dismisses US Veterans’ Lawsuit Over Burn Pits

The long, sad story of burn pits has included years of US veterans facing major health ramifications from being stationed near the pits, breathing in the toxic fumes from them. With studies showing the open burning of munitions and waste was wildly dangerous, you’d think this would be a slam dunk for a lawsuit.

That’s not the case, however, as US District Court Judge Roger Titus has dismissed a lawsuit by veterans and family members related to the health problems, and even deaths, caused by the burn pits, saying there was no way to hold anyone accountable for it.

The burn pit problem has been well documented for several years, but Titus insisted the lawsuit against KBR could not proceed, because the military contractor which ran the burn pits didn’t get to decide where to position them, that being a military decision.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I, cynically, have to wonder: just how much of Judge Titus' portfolio is invested directly in KBR, or other members of the military/industrial complex, to the point where he believe (and rightly) that allowing this law suit to go forward would be a slippery slope, opening the door to other lawsuits, which would destroy his portfolio's value horrifically?!? And if, in fact, that was the case, did he not have the moral and legal obligation to recuse himself from the case?!?

The lawyers for those who brought this case forward should have known if this was true, and demanded that another judge try the case because the judge would have been economically biased against the plaintiffs, if that reality existed.

Apparently, in his bitterly cold, sang-foid appraisal, those Vets killed or maimed for life due to proximity to these burn pits, were simply "collateral damage" to the military process, and irrelevant, expendable human beings anyway, so they, and their families, were utterly unworthy of any compensation whatsoever, due to the damage their proximity to these burn pits caused.

Tortured logic serves the military industrial complex, and their profit margins, quite nicely, and this decision is a brilliant demonstration of this kind of soulless, mental exercise.

Aug 07 10:15

New Chief Of Staff Reins In White House Aides-And Trump’s Tweets

On his fifth day on the job as Donald Trump’s new chief of staff, John Kelly gathered about 200 White House aides for a meeting where he spelled out in blunt terms the way things are going to work in the West Wing he now oversees.

Aug 07 10:14

Struggling to survive on the Mississippi Delta: Inside the lives of some of America's poorest people

The national poverty rate is about 15 percent; it's 22 percent for Mississippi. In most Delta counties, it's 30 to 40 percent.

Aug 07 10:07

DOJ RELEASES EMAILS COMEY’S FBI SAID ‘DID NOT EXIST’

The Department of Justice has quietly released emails that former director, James Comey’s FBI claimed did not exist. Among media blackout, and as silently as possible, the government released over 400 pages of emails related to the infamous private meeting between Bill Clinton and Loretta Lynch.

The Department of Justice on Friday released the 413 pages of emails related to a controversial private meeting between former President Bill Clinton and then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch during the FBI’s investigation into then-presidential-candidate Hillary Clinton’s Benghazi emails. The emails also show that the mainstream media we know is not only corrupt and full of nothing but propaganda but also colluded with Democrats to ensure there was the right type of reporting on this meeting.

Aug 07 10:07

One Killed, 6 Injured In Suicide Attack On NATO Troops In Afghanistan

One NATO soldier was killed and five were injured, along with an interpreter, when a Taliban suicide bomber struck a patrol in Afghanistan.

The attack took place Thursday evening in Qarabagh District, Kabul province, according to the press service of Operation Resolute Support, NATO’s mission in Afghanistan.

Aug 07 10:07

US Marine was told by his neighbors that he could not fly the American Flag in his yard all year long …

This is his response. Is this not one of the best “UP YOURS!!!”, you’ve ever seen?

Aug 07 10:06

64 Years Later, CIA Details Long-Hidden Role in Iran Coup

In 1953, the U.S. and Britain overthrew Iran's democratic government. The reason was oil. Iranian Prime Minister Mohammad Mosaddegh had nationalized the country's oil industry, angering Britain and the oil company that today is known as BP. The British partnered with the CIA to out Mosaddegh and install the Shah, who ruled until his overthrow in the Iranian Revolution of 1979.

Aug 07 10:05

Kenya deports 1 American and 1 Canadian for election meddling

Kenya has decided it doesn’t need western assistance to ensure it has “free and fair” elections.

The African country is holding a national vote for president, deputy president, and parliament on 8 August.

But the election will have to go forward without the help of two foreign advisors.

John Phillips, a US citizen and chief executive of political consultancy Aristotle, and Canadian citizen Andreas Katsouris, a senior executive at the same firm, were arrested on Friday and deported from Kenya on Saturday, according to Reuters.

The two men were providing political consulting services to opposition presidential candidate Raila Odinga and his National Super Alliance party. Polls show Odinga and incumbent president Uhuru Kenyatta neck-in-neck in the race for the Kenya State House.

Kenya’s last two presidential elections were marred by violence and charges from the losing side of vote rigging. Unrest following the 2007 vote left hundreds dead.

Aug 07 10:05

Another Columnist Fired for Mentioning Jews

Framing his piece as an attack on the push to close the pay gap at the BBC, Mr. Myers wrote:

“I note that two of the best-paid women presenters in the BBC — Claudia Winkelman and Vanessa Feltz, with whose, no doubt, sterling work I am tragically unacquainted — are Jewish. Good for them. Jews are not generally noted for their insistence on selling their talent for the lowest possible price, which is the most useful measure there is of inveterate, lost-with-all-hands stupidity. I wonder, who are their agents? If they’re the same ones that negotiated the pay for the women on the lower scales, then maybe the latter have found their true value in their marketplace.”

Aug 07 09:59

Eggs contaminated with pesticide have made their way onto British shelves

European eggs at the centre of a contamination scare have been distributed in Britain, it has been revealed.

Aldi and Lidl stores in Germany have already taken millions of eggs off shelves amid fears they are tainted with traces of the pesticide Fipronil.

Supermarket giant Aldi said it was a 'purely precautionary' measure and added that eggs sold in its UK stores were produced in Britain.

Aug 07 09:58

SAUDI BULLDOZERS FLATTEN POPULATED TOWN AS RESIDENTS FLEE CARNAGE

HUNDREDS OF SHIA MUSLIMS IN AWAMIYA ARE FORCED FROM THEIR HOMES AMID FIGHTING AND COMPULSORY EVICTIONS.

The Saudi government has been forcibly relocating residents of the restive city of Awamiya as clashes continue between soldiers and militant groups in the old city.

Hundreds of people have fled or been evacuated from Awamiya since the beginning of the current troubles which have killed at least seven people, including two police officers. According to al-Hayat newspaper, the government received requests from residents and farmers around Awamiya to help them flee the violence.

However, activists say that residents have been driven out of their homes and their properties seized by private development companies, primarily in and around the historic Almosara district.

An image sent to Middle East Eye by an Awamiya activist showed a requisition order pinned to a house in the district of al-Shweikah, about 6 km south of Almosara.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How Israeli of Prince Salman and the Saudi government!!

But will you hear a PEEP out of the presstitutes and whorespondents on this issue ?!?

Were I a betting woman, I would bet, absolutely not!!

Aug 07 09:51

US to Respond to Russia's Move to Reduce US Diplomatic Mission by September 1

Talking to reporters after a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on the sidelines of the 50th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM) and Related Meetings, which is currently underway in Manila, Tillerson said that he had informed his Russian counterpart about it, according to the Associated Press.
Tillerson, however, did not specified regarding the US retaliatory measures.

According to Tillerson, the White House wants to continue cooperating with Russia and not to cut off ties due to the existing contradictions.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid sanctions that Congress placed against Russia, North Korea, and Iran, may well have far worse consequences than imagined.

It has already brought North Korea and Iran closer together.

Iran ditched the dollar earlier this year.

Iran ditches US dollar as a medium of exchange

China and Russia ditched the dollar earlier this year.

Russia and China bypass US Dollar

What happens when the rest of the world follows this trend, and the US, even with all of its military might, is unable to stop this?!?

Aug 07 09:50

Former Facebook exec warns society will collapse into chaos and conflict within 30 years as robots put half of humans out of work (and he's living as a recluse in the woods to avoid it)

Antonio García Martinez, a former Facebook product manager and Silicon Valley author, became terrified of technology and quit his job to live a life as a recluse with a bucket toilet and assault weapon in the woodlands north of Seattle.

'You may not believe it but it's coming, and it's coming in the form of a self-driving truck that's going to run you over,' he told the BBC in an upcoming two-part BBC documentary 'Secrets of Silicon Valley'.

Aug 07 09:47

U.S. military is developing 'variable nukes' that can be dialed up or down in power to to target everything from a small neighbourhood to an entire city

The US Air Force is planning to develop 'variable nukes' that can be dialed up or down in destructive power to target everything from a small neighbourhood to an entire city.

Current bombs already have or can be set to low yields of 20 kilotons, meaning an explosion wouldn't even touch an area a mile or so from the location of the detonation.

The new 'mini nukes' would offer the President 'a new option' military bosses say.

Aug 07 09:39

AFRICAN CHILDREN PAY THE PRICE FOR “CLEAN GREEN” ELECTRIC CAR BATTERY TECHNOLOGY

Goldman Sachs, the merchant bank, calls cobalt ‘the new gasoline’ but there are no signs of new wealth in the DRC, where the children haul the rocks brought up from tunnels dug by hand.

Adult miners dig up to 600ft below the surface using basic tools, without protective clothing or modern machinery. Sometimes the children are sent down into the narrow makeshift chambers where there is constant danger of collapse.

Cobalt is such a health hazard that it has a respiratory disease named after it – cobalt lung, a form of pneumonia which causes coughing and leads to permanent incapacity and even death.

Even simply eating vegetables grown in local soil can cause vomiting and diarrhoea, thyroid damage and fatal lung diseases, while birds and fish cannot survive in the area.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How horrifically ironic; children dying, or having their breathing compromised for life, in the process of creating "clean energy."

Aug 07 09:34

U.S. TROOPS FLOW INTO YEMEN AND MORE ARE PROBABLY ON THE WAY

Emirate officials greeted U.S. forces at an airport in Hadramaut province on Friday as they entered Yemen. Mainstream media is wishy-washy describing the role that the troops will play which indicates that their activity is likely much more involved than officials would like to admit. BBC even whitewashed over the presence, using the term “US-backed troops” instead. Yemeni media, on the other hand, has been crystal clear in their reporting, insisting that the fields are directly under control of U.A.E. and U.S. troops.

According to Yemen’s Saba News Agency, U.S. and Emirate forces swiftly expelled AQAP from oil and gas fields in Shabwah province. This operation led many Yemeni’s to worry about the U.S. and their allies intentions and possible looting of Yemen’s resources; especially so considering that the United Arab Emirates relies heavily on Qatar for gas.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

To the people of Yemen; what US forces, combined with Saudi forces, are attempting to do here quite simple: to regime change the country to a Western-centric government; to expropriate physical resources to which it has utterly no moral right ( like Yemen's oil); and insure that the oil, and other resources, are only sold in US dollars.

And those Yemenis who oppose this are simply assassinated, then labeled as "collateral damage", and "neutralized with extreme prejudice"- even their infant children, as the following images will attest:

Images: Yemeni children murdered and maimed for life, courtesy of Saudi bombing raids

I am singularly distressed about being a citizen of a country which colludes with Saudi war crimes in Yemen; this announcement of the deployment of more US troops signals a ratcheting up of the slo-mo Saudi genocide of the Yemeni people, until the Saudi/US-desired results are accomplished.

Aug 07 09:33

Germany economy on edge: Shock PLUNGE in industrial output is biggest fall in six months

GERMANY's industrial output sank in June sparking fears for the eurozone's largest economy, which is heavily dependent on manufacturing.

Factory and construction firms output fell by a an economically damaging 1.1 per cent, the biggest fall in six months, according to the latest data from the German Economy Ministry.

Aug 07 09:31

Scrimping EU to pull £4.3bn from Turkey while snatching cash from UK to fill Brexit hole

THE cash-strapped European Union (EU) is set to withdraw its promise to hand £4.3billion in pre-accession aid to Turkey in a bid to bridge the financial gap left by Brexit.

Günther Oettinger revealed it is very “unlikely” the money, designed to bring Europe and Turkey closer together, will be paid to Ankara as tensions deteriorate between both countries.

Aug 07 09:22

Sex robots are ‘saving lives’ and helping customers who MARRY them avoid a 'messy divorce'

SEX robots have “saved lives” after customers have married their dolls following the end of a relationship or the death of a spouse, a top bot creation company has claimed.

Aug 07 09:21

Turkey Can Occupy Europe in 3 Days

Aug 07 09:21

Video: Yemen War Pushes Country ‘Towards The Edge Of A Cliff’ – UN

Yemen's ongoing conflict and a “man-made” humanitarian catastrophe has “no end in sight,” the head of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) in the war-torn country has said, warning that nearly 7 million people are at risk of starvation.

Aug 07 09:20

Playing Politics With The World’s Future

Finally … the U.S. Congress has produced a piece of legislation. And it passed with quasi-unanimous, bi-partisan support. Only its substance is not so much a deep reflection on the foreign policy interests of America, but rather, the desire to hurt, and incapacitate the U.S. President in any future dealings with Russia. (And never mind the worrying impulse towards conflict with Russia this entails, or its collateral damage on others).

Aug 07 09:18

Merkel horror: EU chief says Germany will have to pay up to £9BN to fill UK's Brexit hole

GERMANY could have to pay up to an extra £9 billion a year into the EU budget to cover the black hole left by Brexit, the bloc’s finance chief has admitted.

Aug 07 09:16

Video: ‘Keys To The Sky’: Mig-29 Airplanes Compete In Air Battles In Southern Russia

Mig-29 airplanes took to the sky to compete in the battle, destroying air targets

Aug 07 09:15

‘Violent violation of our sovereignty’: North Korea defiant after new sanctions, rejects talks

North Korea on Monday angrily insisted tough new United Nations sanctions would not stop it from developing its nuclear arsenal, and warned it would not negotiate while being threatened by the United States.

The message of defiance was the first major response to the US-drafted sanctions that the UN Security Council unanimously approved over the weekend that could cost North Korea US$1 billion a year while restricting crucial economic links with China.

Aug 07 09:14

The false flag that started the Vietnam War

In 1964, Lyndon Johnson ran and won the presidency on a campaign of "No War in Vietnam."

Then "something" happened on the night of August 4th in the Gulf of Tonkin (after a previous incident on August 7th) in international waters off of Vietnam.

Just six days later, the normally slow-moving Congress passed the infamous Gulf of Tonkin Resolution which formed the basis for military action in Vietnam.

It was all based on a deliberate fraud as this former active duty Navy lieutenant explains.

Aug 07 09:12

North Korea warns US would turn into 'sea of fire' after fresh UN sanctions

North Korea has warned that the US would turn into a "sea of fire" after the UN announced a fresh round of punitive sanctions over the country's weapons programme.

On Saturday, 5 August, the UN Security Council unanimously agreed to impose economic sanctions targeting the exports of seafood, coal, iron ore, iron, lead and lead ore. The US-drafted resolution also calls for capping the number of North Korean workers allowed overseas – those who earn money for the reclusive Pyongyang regime.

Aug 07 09:10

Al Jazeera Slams Israel’s Move to Ban Network: These Are Actions of Only Democracy in Mideast?

Al Jazeera denounced on Monday Israel's decision to close the Jerusalem bureau of Qatar's flagship satellite network, saying that the measure "undermines" Israeli claims to be the Middle East's sole democracy and that it will take legal action.

On Sunday, Communications Minister Ayoub Kara (Likud) announced Israel would revoke the press credentials of Al Jazeera journalists, effectively preventing them from working in the country, in addition to shutting down their Jerusalem bureau and preventing their broadcasting on Israel's satellite networks. His announcement came in response to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's call to remove the media network from the Jewish state based on claims that it incites violence against Israel.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The logic here is simple enough; Tel Aviv pathologically cannot tolerate any reasonable, honest, and documented stories about its corruption, racism, and its deeply, brazenly apartheid-like Palestinophobia.

And when a guy like South Africa's Bishop Desmond Tutu labels Israel's actions toward the Palestinians as "apartheid", this is a guy who truly knows what he is talking about.

Bishop Desmond Tutu says Israel is guilty of apartheid in its treatment of Palestinians

However, that being said, such a move will not stop either Al Jazeera, or other independent media, from reporting the truth regarding Israel's slo-mo genocide against the Palestinians.

In fact, such a move on the part of Minister Ayoub Kara will simply serve to focus the spotlight to an even more radar-like, unblinking lens, 24/7, against Israeli atrocities against the Palestinian population.

IF Kara thought, for a millisecond, that this would reduce coverage on the plight of Palestinians, he was absolutely, epic-fail, wrong in his assessment.

Aug 07 09:04

DHS: TETHERED DRONE TESTED IN SECURING TRUMP’S VACATION GOLF COURSE IN NEW JERSEY

DHS has announced it will test a tethered drone for surveillance over the Trump National Golf Course in New Jersey, where the president is on a 17-day vacation which started on Friday. Tethered drones fly at altitudes of 300-400 feet. The fly autonomously, but an operator on the ground can control the cameras.

Aug 07 09:02

Google And YouTube Target “Conspiracy Theories” in New Quality Control Update

By Aaron Kesel

Google continues to make George Orwell’s book 1984 a reality by censoring free speech and free flow of information.

On July 27, 2017 Google updated their quality raters guidelines...

Aug 07 08:54

TURKEY & QATAR STAGE MILITARY DRILLS AMID GULF DIPLOMATIC CRISIS

Turkey and Qatar have staged joint military drills showcasing their strategic alliance, according to Qatari media. It comes after Turkish troops moved into Qatar following a diplomatic and transport blockade imposed against Doha by several Arab countries.

The drills were aimed at preparing Qatar's military to defend "vital economic, strategic and infrastructure facilities," Al-Sharq newspaper reported, as quoted by Reuters.

The exercises come after Turkish media reported that joint drills would be taking place August 6-7, with officials saying they would be aimed at "strengthening the defense capabilities of both countries" and "boosting efforts to combat armed groups and maintaining stability in the region."

According to Anadolu agency, Qatari Emiri Navy Commander Rear Admiral Mohammed Nasser al-Mohannadi visited the Turkish frigate ‘TCG Gökova’ last week, which is docked at Hamad Port in Qatar.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This situation could ignite at any moment, as Saudi Arabia has gone back to its original position that its 13 requirements must be met by Doha, and Doha has stated that it will not respond of any of the items with which Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries want done.

Turkey's military already being in Qatar, and doing military exercises, means that Doha hopes the Turkish military presence will preclude any Saudi Arabian military moves against it.

And as a further complication, Qatar is home to the largest military base in the Middle East, Al Udeid Air Base, housing 11,000 US military.

IF Saudi Arabia decides to go in militarily, if Qatar is recalcitrant, how is the US going to respond, and what will be the standing orders to the CO's at Al Udeid?!?

This is rapidly devolving into one hot mess.

Aug 07 08:43

A Thirty Year History of 'Russian Aggression'

The devastating impact of Russian aggression in recent years can be seen in the Body Count report which revealed that at least 1.3 million people had lost their lives in "Russian-led" wars/military operations in the period from September 2001 until 2013 — in just three countries, Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan. If we add other countries too, then its clear we're talking about well over 2 million deaths which can be laid directly at the doors of "the Kremlin."

Pretty shocking eh? But of course, the above didn't happen. Or rather it did happen, but the actions described above were taken not by Russia, but by the US and its allies(just click on the links).

To make things even worse, the countries responsible for the aggression which cost the lives of millions of people, and caused chaos and misery around the world, have the effrontery to accuse others of the very crimes they themselves have committed.

Aug 07 08:41

The 10 worst health HOAXES pushed as “science” over the last 100 years

When a trend goes viral, millions of Americans “board that train” without giving it a second thought; however, come to find out, most of these massively popular trends aren’t trends at all, but rather propaganda-led health Ponzi schemes that have led millions of “sheeple” (people who act like ignorant sheep) off their own health cliff. Long before the internet, and even before television, science demons (evil humans in white lab coats) were hard at work inventing ways to slowly poison Americans with chemical-based food and chemical-laced medicine, and they needed marketing experts to fool the public with catchy tag lines and slogans that could be plastered all over print media.

Aug 07 08:35

Ex-SF Mayor Suggests GOP Foreign Policy Estab. Wants Trump Impeached

Former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown suggested that the Republican foreign policy establishment may want to see President Donald Trump impeached after dining with two of its most prominent members.

Aug 07 08:35

The Solar Eclipse That Sparked a WWII Scandal

With war looming, the 1937 sky show transformed a remote island in the Pacific into a strategic pawn.

Aug 07 08:31

Gitmo Judge Lifts Stay On 9/11 Trial Hearing

A Guantanamo judge has lifted a ban on military commission hearings at the island after an agreement was worked out with the Pentagon. The stay was issued after the prison commander banned the use of a separate boat to transport the judge to the hearings.

For years, judges presiding over terrorism cases at Guantanamo traveled across the bay from an airstrip to the courthouse in a small Coast Guard speedboat, instead of a ferry used by other visitors including 9/11 families, prosecutors, defense lawyers and reporters. The use of the separate boat was designed to avoid compromising the trail by keeping the parties separate.

Aug 07 08:31

Against all odds, BRICS nations get their act together

Despite the China-India border standoff, US economic warfare against Russia, and other woes, the five countries' trade ministers concentrated on creating conditions for better cooperation

Aug 07 08:31

Anti-Populist Coward Jeff Sessions Threatens the First Amendment

When you take a look at which issues Jeff Sessions gets most passionate about (asset forfeiture, drug war foolishness, cracking down on media), there’s one thing that ties it all together. He has a very deep-seated and visceral disdain for the American public. He’s your typical cowardly prosecutor looking to make a name for himself by picking on the weak and dispossessed, while never targeting elite criminals. One thing you’ll always notice about Sessions is how much of a thug he is. He’d never dare take on a bank executive or powerful politician, but prefers to marshals resources toward the most anti-populist crusades possible. His latest move to target freedom of the press is no exception.

Aug 07 08:30

New Monsanto Emails Raise Questions On Safety Of RoundUp Products

Documents released yesterday in a lawsuit against Monsanto have resulted in new questions about the company’s efforts to influence the news media and scientific research and revealed internal debate over the safety of its highest-profile product, the weed killer Roundup.

As the New York Times notes today, new internal emails, among other things, reveal ethical objections from former employees to "ghost writing" research studies that were pawned off as 'independent' analyses.

Aug 07 08:29

‘Keep your stinky face out’ North Korea’s bizarre threat to teach US 'some manners'

The strange comments come following a series of condemnations from American officials over the hermit state’s latest missile test and ongoing nuclear weapons programme.

State newspaper Rodong Sinmun has published a series of articles threatening the United States with military force in response repeated condemnations of its violations of international law.

And one article cites an unnamed spokesman for the North Korean Foreign Ministry, who promised to use “strategic nuclear force” to “teach the US some manners.”

Aug 07 08:28

Russia vows move to cut reliance on dollar

Russia will speed up work on reducing its dependence on US payment systems and the dollar as a settling currency in response to US sanctions, RIA new agency cited Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov as saying on Monday.

Aug 07 08:28

Video: Food & Metals: UNSC Sanctions Key Exports Of North Korea

The UN Security Council votes unanimously in favor of sweeping new sanctions against North Korea, in response to Pyongyang’s intensifying missile tests.

Aug 07 08:28

Overbrook bakery closes, blames city soda tax

CC Orlando & Sons, which baked countless wedding and holy communion cakes and pastries since its founding on an Overbrook corner in 1948, closed after business Sunday.

The Orlando family cited not only the challenges of the baking business in these days of ubiquitous Dunkin’ Donuts shops and 24-hour supermarkets but the city’s 1.5-cent-per-ounce tax on sugary beverages and a recent rise in property assessments.

“The soda tax was the kill shot,” said Anthony Voci Jr., a grandson of Christopher Columbus “Chick” Orlando and now a lawyer in Philadelphia.

Aug 07 08:27

It’s Not Fair: Smart People Need to Check Their “Cognitive Privilege”

There’s a new kind of “privilege” in town, and if you suffer from it, you can’t help it any more than you can help your skin color or your gender. (Although, of late, gender seems to be completely open to debate and have nothing to do with biology.) If you are an intelligent person, you have “cognitive privilege” according to an op-ed.

Well, that’s just really not fair, is it?

Aug 07 08:27

Fox News Host Eric Bolling Suspended Over Sexual Harassment Claims

Is Fox News imploding?

In just the past year or so we’ve seen the departure of Megyn Kelly, Greta Van Susteren, Bob Beckel, Bill O’Reilly, a suspension of Charles Payne, the departure and death of Roger Ailes, and even a cancellation of the popular late-night show “Red Eye.”

In what’s being described as a witch hunt, whoever is pulling the strings at Fox has set their eyes on their latest target: Eric Bolling. He’s been suspended due to accusations that he sent lewd photos to multiple female colleagues in the past, but we don’t know who any of those alleged victims even are. The dates of the allegedly offending messages were over a decade ago. Bolling’s attorney, Michael J. Bowe, told NPR that “The anonymous, uncorroborated claims are untrue and terribly unfair. We intend to fully cooperate with the investigation so that it can be concluded and Eric can return to work as quickly as possible.”

Aug 07 08:27

Tillerson Avoids Contact With North Korean Foreign Minister

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho have tried their best to avoid each other at an Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit in Manila, the Philippines.

Aug 07 08:24

Domestically-Made 'Samoud' Missile Launched on Saudi-Led Troops in Yemen's Taiz

A military source confirmed the launch of a missile ‘Samoud’ by the Yemeni Army's missile force, which was fired at the concentrations of paid troops of aggression at the camp in the Jebel Habashi district of Taiz, Nthnews reported.

According to the source, the missile hit the target, leaving dead and wounded in the ranks of the Saudi-led troops and their mercenaries in the area.

Aug 07 08:23

McMaster Worked at Think Tank Backed by Soros-Funded Group that Helped Obama Sell Iran Nuclear Deal

White House National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster served at a UK-based think tank financed by a controversial, George Soros-funded group identified by the Obama White House as central in helping to sell the Iran nuclear deal to the public and news media.

Aug 07 08:22

Jeff Sessions Endorses Theft

Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently ordered the Justice Department to increase the use of civil asset forfeiture, thus once again endorsing an unconstitutional, authoritarian, and increasingly unpopular policy.

Civil asset forfeiture, which should be called civil asset theft, is the practice of seizing property believed to be involved in a crime. The government keeps the property even if it never convicts, or even charges, the owner of the property.

Police can even use civil asset theft to steal from people whose property was used in criminal activity without the owners’ knowledge. Some have even lost their homes because a renter or houseguest was dealing drugs on the premises behind the owners’ backs.

Aug 07 08:19

Americans Voted For Change, GOP Blocking It: Brexit Leader

Former UK Independence Party (UKIP) leader Nigel Farage has blasted US Republican lawmakers for opposing President Donald Trump, saying Americans voted for change but the GOP is blocking it.

Aug 07 08:18

Cyberwar: A guide to the frightening future of online conflict

Cyberwar is still an emerging concept, but many experts are concerned that it is likely to be a significant component of any future conflicts. As well as troops using conventional weapons like guns and missiles, future battles will also be fought by hackers manipulating computer code.

Aug 07 08:15

Iraq Races To Fill The Gap Left By The Saudis

Iraqi oil exports topped 100 million barrels in July, but that’s still lower than the 3.93 million barrels per day rate Baghdad boasted back in May.

The latest figures from the Iraqi Oil Ministry do not include exports from Kurdistan, which reach international markets via the controversial Kirkuk-Ceyhan pipeline. SOMO, the national oil distribution company, said all the exported oil had originated from central and southern oilfields.

June data shows Kirkuk exporting 677,413 barrels, or 22,000 bpd. It remains unclear whether shipments from the area, formally under the control of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), have been affected in July.

Aug 07 08:15

North Korea can show it’s ready for negotiations by stopping missile launches, Tillerson says

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Monday that North Korea could show it is ready for negotiations by stopping missile launches, and said he told Russian diplomats that the Kremlin’s meddling in U.S. elections had created “serious mistrust” of them among Americans.

Aug 07 08:14

Trump Starts Twitter Feud With Sen. Blumenthal: You’re A ‘Con Artist’

Despite weeks-old claims from President Donald Trump that he has “very little time” to watch TV, the President launched an attack on Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) on Monday just minutes after the senator appeared on CNN discussing the Russia investigation.

Appearing on CNN’s “New Day” Monday morning, Blumenthal said the investigation into Russia’s involvement in meddling in the U.S. election and “potential collusion” by the Trump campaign “must be pursued.”

Aug 07 08:11

Iran and Russia to enhance military ties after new US sanctions

In light of new US sanctions on Iran and Russia, the two countries have vowed to enhance their already-deep military cooperation, according to state-run media of both countries.

In July, American lawmakers passed a bill placing sanctions on Russia for the country’s alleged interference in the 2016 US presidential election, while also extending those placed on the country for its 2016 invasion and annexation of Crimea. In response, Russia announced its expulsion of more than 700 US embassy employees.

Sanctions on Iran are meant to punish the country for its continued testing and development of ballistic missiles. Iran has lashed out at the US, saying the sanctions are an affront to the landmark nuclear deal reached two years ago, which the Iranians say they are abiding by.

Aug 07 08:11

Sen. Tom Cotton: Vladimir Putin causing US-Russia relations to tank

Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., said on Sunday that Russian President Vladimir Putin has driven relations between the two countries to a low not seen in many years.

"Russia remains an adversary to the United States. We have some overlapping interests. It would be better if our relationship was better," he told "Face the Nation" host John Dickerson on CBS. "But our relationship is not good right now because of Vladimir Putin," he added.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

'Scuse me, but who is sanctioning whom right now?

Aug 07 08:06

Report that Holocaust denier Ernst Zundel dead at 78, but wife says he sounded fine

'I spoke to Ernst just hours before and he was optimistic and upbeat as ever. There was no indication that anything was wrong,' his wife Ingrid said

Aug 07 08:06

Farewell, Ernst Zundel 

A great man -- a true hero of his people and for the world -- has just departed for Valhalla. It is said that Ernst Zundel, 78, died of heart attack in Germany. Whether the attack was artificially induced by "the usual suspects," or brought on prematurely due the years of accumulated stress and abuse that were heaped upon him by "the usual suspects" makes little difference. All over the Jewish diaspora, you can be sure that "the usual suspects" are "mazel toving" and having orgasms over the news of his demise.

Herr Zundel was a kind and gentle German-Canadian whom "the usual suspects" had jailed several times. In Canada, he was jailed for publishing literature "likely to incite hatred against an identifiable group." In the United States, "the usual suspects" had him arrested for "overstaying his visa." And, in Germany, "the usual suspects" had him imprisoned for "inciting racial hatred."

Aug 07 08:00

Why Was Prince Harry Invited To Google’s Shadowy Davos-Style Summit?

Prince Harry attended a summit in Italy this weekend at one of Sicily’s most exclusive resorts, alongside tech billionaires and pop stars. The lavish event, held in the utmost secrecy, was hosted by Google.

The prince’s attendance at the £1,500-per-night (US$1,960) Verdura Resort was not publicized on the royal circular, where the royal family’s schedule is normally set out for the public.

Aug 07 07:58

The Land of the Rising Sun: Vintage photos show life in Japan before nuclear bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki and capture a royal visit from a young Edward, Prince of Wales

These vintage photographs shows everyday life and celebrations in Japan during the early 20th century.

This collection of images include portraits of women and children wearing traditional clothing as they pose for a photographer, and snaps of the 1922 royal visit of the Prince of Wales, later King Edward VIII.

Others show the aftermath of one of the most devastating events in modern world history - the aftermath of the 1945 nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki by the U.S., which killed an estimated 150,000-200,000 people.

Aug 07 07:29

Russia to reduce reliance on US dollar & payment systems in response to sanctions

The blackmailed dummies in the US Congress just shot the USA in the ass!

The Russian government will intensify efforts to cut the country’s dependence on US payment systems and the dollar as a settling currency, said Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov on Monday, as quoted by RIA Novosti.

Aug 07 07:09

U.S. Prepared to Launch ‘Preventive War’ Against North Korea, Says H.R. McMaster

The United States is preparing for all options to counter the growing threat from North Korea, including launching a “preventive war,” national security adviser H.R. McMaster said in an interview with MSNBC that aired Saturday. The comments come following North Korea carrying out two tests of intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) last month.

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