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May 12, 2018

May 12 17:53

U-TURN! Ofcom WON'T remove Russia Today's broadcast rights despite claims of Putin stooge

RT faced backlash following the nerve agent attack in Salisbury and was accused of promoting the Russian interpretation of events, leading Ofcom to announce they would consider whether to remove their license.

Tom Tugendhat, the Chairman of the Commons Foreign Affairs Select Committee, denounced the channel as a “hostile agent” and accused RT of conducting “information warfare.”

Following the Salisbury attack Ofcom said it would consider whether RT’s broadcast license holders, ANO TV Novosti, were “fit and proper”.

But in a stunning U-turn the regulator now appears to have changed its mind.

May 12 12:28

Starbucks Becomes America's Largest Public Restroom

Starbucks Opens Restrooms to Non-Paying Non-Customers. Which is all they are going to have when they become a shit house for bums

May 12 11:17

U.S. MOVES FORWARD WITH MULTIBILLION-DOLLAR “SMART BOMB” SALE TO SAUDI ARABIA AND UAE DESPITE CIVILIAN DEATHS IN YEMEN

Last month, warplanes belonging to the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen repeatedly bombed a wedding party in the northern part of the country, killing more than 20 people, including the bride, and injuring dozens of others. In the days that followed, local media published a photograph of a bomb fragment with a serial number tying it to the U.S.-based weapons manufacturer Raytheon.
Now the State Department is taking preliminary steps toward a massive, multibillion-dollar sale of similar weapons to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, three congressional aides, a State Department official, and two other people familiar with the sales told The Intercept.

The State Department has yet to announce the exact details and dollar value of the package, but it is said to include tens of thousands of precision-guided munitions from Raytheon, the same company that was involved in producing the weapons used in last month’s strike.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

PLEASE, LORD, NO!!!

It feels like the entire American public has been at a "slow frog boil", a situation where the frog doesn't know it is in danger of dying, until it is too late; so it is with the normalization of weapons sales to absolute despots, to create a genocide which the B.O.Y. ( the Butcher of Yemen, AKA the Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman) is doing in Yemen.

I have rarely felt more completely out of control of my government than I do right now, as our alleged government continues to hurtle, at breakneck speed, toward more wars in the Middle East, most probably culminating in a war against Iran, which probably means a war against Russia.

May 12 11:10

EXPERTS SAY KEEP AMAZON’S ALEXA AWAY FROM YOUR KIDS

What’s the best way to keep adults from questioning the use of a deeply problematic product? Get them started when they’re too young to question anything. Amazon has a new addition to its line of voice-commanded artificial intelligence Alexa assistants, marketed for use by children as young as 5 years old, who can barely grasp a box of juice, let alone digital privacy. Now, a coalition of children’s privacy and psychology advocates are warning parents away from Amazon’s latest, cutest device, saying it could normalize surveillance and harm children’s mental development.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Until such devices are mandated in the home of US citizens (and we may not be all that far away from something like this happening), Mike and I will continue to avoid this technology as though it were the plague.

May 12 11:06

UK ACCIDENTALLY ADMITS USE OF HORRIFYING, ORGAN RUPTURING WEAPONS IN SYRIA

At the beginning of the month (May 2018) the British Ministry of Defence seemingly on accident revealed for the first time that they are unloading horrifyingly inhumane, thermobaric weapons out of drones onto the people of Syria: and it wasn’t even in this recent April 2018 escalation of tension, but last year. They are doing it more often than they’d like to admit.

Somehow the use of thermobaric weapons seems less humane than ripping a person to shreds with shrapnel.

The weapons work by igniting oxygen surrounding the weapon.

A cloud of explosive chemicals is released, and upon impact the fuel-air mixture is detonated, exploding the lungs of animals and human beings in the vicinity, not damaging structures much but filling the lungs of all animals with fuel and burning them in what may be one of the most horrifying ways imaginable to die.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Absoflippinglutely unbelievable!!!

But then again, please remember that this one of the countries selling bombs and weapons to Prince Salman of Saudi Arabia, which he is using to assassinate infants, women, children, and the medically fragile elderly in Yemen.

This... from the country which gave the world the Magna Carta; how in the name of heaven could it have fallen so morally low as to be doing this in Syria?!?!?



May 12 11:02

The 2017 Statistics Just Came Out... And The "War On Cops" Is Officially A Myth

Though right-wing commentators continue to decry the ‘war on cops,’ the latest data released by the country’s top law enforcement undermines that alarmist narrative.

May 12 11:02

Israel Now Faces New Rules Of Engagement In Syria

Even as CNN is out with a new report condemning Iran for denying any responsibility or role in the latest massive exchange of fire between Israel and Syria, The New York Times has admitted (albeit buried deep in the story) that Israel was the actual aggressor and initiator of hostilities which threatened to spiral out of control overnight Wednesday and into Thursday morning.

While CNN and most Israeli and mainstream media sources blame Iran for initiating an attack on Israel, on the very day of the early morning strikes (Thursday), the Times acknowledged, "The barrage [of Syria/Iran missiles] came after an apparent Israeli missile strike against a village in the Syrian Golan Heights late Wednesday."

May 12 11:01

FBI Veteran Blasts The Agency's "Shocking Disrespect For Congress"

Did the tide just change? Yesterday, we detailed The Wall Street Journal's extraordinary claims that The FBI hid a mole in the Trump campaign and the ongoing debacle playing out between House Intel Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA), the Department of Justice, and the Mueller investigation concerning a cache of intelligence that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein refuses to hand over.

May 12 11:00

School district shuts down information after Stoneman Douglas shooting

The Broward school district’s repeated, emphatic — and it turns out, false — statements that Nikolas Cruz had not been in a controversial disciplinary program fit a pattern of an institution on the defense and under siege.

Facing significant legal and political exposure over the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, the district has tried to keep information from the public and put out untrue and misleading statements, frustrating parents who say this is the time for maximum transparency.

The district is fighting in court against the release of school surveillance video. It flatly refused to issue any records regarding the shooting to the news media, in a possible violation of the state’s open-records law.



May 12 10:59

The Endless Clinton Campaign

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s 2018 global grievance tour touched down in Australia this week. The Democratic nominee for President in 2016 has been selling tickets to provocative events in which she explores the alleged shortcomings of her compatriots. Meanwhile back home, her team is once again tapping some of the very wealthiest of her compatriots to support the family enterprise.

May 12 10:59

PENTAGON REPORT ON NIGER RAISES MORE QUESTIONS THAN IT ANSWERS

The Pentagon’s newly released 8-page report on the Niger incident had a very clear narrative. From the moment local commanders endorsed the mission to the recovery of the four bodies of slain US soldiers, the report goes out of its way to lionize everyone’s actions, and downplay errors.

This makes sense, because underlying these conclusions is the fact that the Pentagon has no intention of holding anyone to account for the mistakes made. Yet the summary report’s decision to tread very lightly on a lot of potentially embarrassing specifics means that it ultimately raises a lot more questions than it answered.

Fortunately, a lot of those answers exist, as this 8-page version was just a summary of a 180-page full report on the incident. The administration is keeping that carefully secret, however. They say that the report needs to be heavily reviewed, and redacted, before ever being made public.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is, to my best judgment, simply another act, supporting the expropriation of resources, to which the US government, nor multi-national companies which support it, overtly and covertly, have no moral right whatsoever, and we never see real, meaningful compensation of the people from whose lands these resources are, for all practical intents and purposes, stolen.

The deeply colonial attitudes of the US government toward places like Africa, have never really changed; they have just "shape shifted", to make those attitudes appear more morally acceptible to 21st century Americans.

To me, and people who think like me, this is completely, morally unacceptable.

May 12 10:54

To Polish Ire, Trump Signs Law to Recover Jewish Property Stolen in Holocaust

U.S. President Donald Trump signed an act Wednesday that will place pressure on dozens of countries to recover property stolen from Jews during World War II.

May 12 10:54

US MILITARY HAS A MEME WARFARE BRANCH

In both the sense of macro images and general memetics, the United States military is now openly exploiting these phenomena for propaganda purposes and meme warfare. I have been warning for years about the destructive nature of dependence on macro images (memes) as a communication device on the internet. It is a compulsive behavior devoid of any merit. It is a swashbuckling smorgasbord of signaling that programs its participants towards ever greater depths of reductionism. And now that they have realized we have conditioned and dumbed ourselves down enough by it, the military wants to weaponize it against us.



May 12 10:54

Who Ordered Black Cube’s Dirty Tricks?

I had completely forgotten about the encounter until this past weekend. Then, The New Yorker’s Ronan Farrow contacted me and, to my amazement, read back portions of my conversation with the fake journalist; Farrow had obtained a copy of Black Cube’s transcript from his sources. What I had thought was a misguided, conspiracy-minded reporter had been one of the firm’s operatives, Farrow explained.

May 12 10:52

Israel Nudges Trump Towards War With Iran

Donald Trump has put America on a path to war in the Middle East. Future historians will look back on his decision to scuttle the Iran nuclear deal, and related actions, as a folly akin to George W. Bush’s invasion of Iraq. The consequences could be equally catastrophic.

If you wish to understand what’s really going on, don’t just keep your eye on Trump, whose zigzag pronouncements on Mideast strategy have demonstrated a characteristic lack of intellectual coherence. Instead watch Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who thinks in straight lines. His aim is to get America to curtail Iranian power and influence in the region—a level of power and influence, it should be noted, that was greatly heightened by America’s 2003 Iraq invasion, supported avidly at the time by none other than Benjamin Netanyahu.

May 12 10:51

TORTURE? LET’S ALSO NOT FORGET ASSASSINATION

The nomination of CIA operative Gina Haspel to be CIA director has, fortunately, given rise to powerful arguments against the U.S. government’s participation in torture, a practice that is common to tyrannical regimes. The critics of Haspel’s nomination are right: The United States should never be engaged in evil conduct, and the torture of a human being is without any doubt whatsoever evil conduct. That’s why torture is inevitably associated with such regimes as Nazi Germany, the Soviet Union, and North Korea. It has no place in a country whose very own founding document, the Constitution, expressly prohibits the federal government from inflicting “cruel and unusual punishments” on people.

May 12 10:50

Elor Azarya returns home to a hero’s welcome after 9-month prison term for killing Palestinian

“I’m glad it’s over”, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, as Elor Azarya, the soldier-medic who shot the incapacitated Palestinian suspect Abdel Fatah Al Sharif, returned home from his prison term served for ‘manslaughter’, after merely 9 months.

The release was early on several counts: First, what was clearly murder got reduced to a ‘manslaughter’ charge to begin with. Then, despite the court noting that Azarya showed no remorse and in fact had said that Al Sharif “deserved to die”, despite the court noting “we have dealt with a case in which the committing of the felony and the level of guilt of the defendant are of excessive egregiousness”, noting that “the reason for shooting by the defendant was not rooted in a sense of danger”, the court gave him a ridiculous sentence of 1.5 years, at the low end of the term suggested even by the prosecution (14-48 months).



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May 12 10:50

Palestinian killed, 167 wounded in final “March of Return” Gaza protest

Palestinians in the besieged Gaza Strip are protesting for the seventh Friday in a row as part of the Great March of Return movement.

The rallies are part of a six-week protest that will culminate on May 15 to mark what Palestinians refer to as “the Nakba” or “catastrophe” – a reference to Israel’s establishment in 1948, when 750,000 Palestinians were forcibly removed from Palestine.

Since the protests began on March 30, at least 48 Palestinians in the coastal enclave have been killed by Israeli forces and more than 8,500 wounded.

Marchers are demanding the right to return to their homes seized by Israel in 1948.

May 12 10:44

NORTH KOREA TO PUBLICLY CLOSE NUCLEAR TEST SITE ON MAY 23-25, INVITES JOURNALISTS

North Korea will openly dismantle its nuclear test site around May 23-25, state media said. Pyongyang has invited foreign journalists, including those from the US, to cover the event.

The dismantling will involve collapsing all tunnels with explosions and blocking their entrances. All observation facilities, research buildings, and security posts will be removed, KCNA reported.

Notably, journalists from other nations, including China, Russia, South Korea, the UK and the US, will be invited to cover the event.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is a very hopeful sign, and a very wonderful prelude to Kim Jung Un's meeting with President Trump in Singapore next month.

As horrifically as I view President Trump's withdrawing from the P5+1 treaty with Iran (which, I believe, is a step forward toward a war against Iran), I am feeling that the outcome of this meeting with Kim Jung Un may well be positive.

Fingers crossed on this.

May 12 10:41

Hawaii braces for worse lava flows from erupting volcano

More destructive lava flows could soon hit Hawaii’s Big Island as the Kilauea volcano erupts, posing a greater threat than oozing magma that has so far destroyed dozens of homes and forced thousands to evacuate, scientists said.

As a lava lake at Kilauea’s summit drains inside the volcano, magma is running underground. It could burst to the surface as large, fast-moving and intensely hot lava flows and produce higher levels of toxic gases, Hawaiian Volcano Observatory scientist-in-charge Tina Neal said.

“What will take a turn for the worse in terms of hazard is if hotter, fresher magma makes it to the surface, and that could be what is coming,” Neal told a conference call on Friday. “Once a new batch of hotter, gassier magma makes it to the surface we might see larger, higher eruption rates.”

May 12 10:40

Hawaii officials hope Kilauea volcano eruption won't deter travelers

Hawaii tourism officials are hoping Kilauea's eruption won't deter travelers from visiting the state's largest island -- even as geologists warn the volcano could soon shoot large boulders out of its summit. Travel industry executives note that most of the Big Island is free of eruption threats from Kilauea, which began spewing lava and gas into a residential neighborhood earlier this month.

The Big Island is "immense" and there are large parts that are unaffected by the volcano, said George Szigeti, CEO of the Hawaii Tourism Authority.



May 12 10:40

The 'witch-hunt' that wasn't: The actual figures behind Troubles legacy investigations

A Northern Irish human rights organization has hit out at claims that a "witch-hunt" is underway against UK armed-forces veterans who served in Northern Ireland between 1968 and 1998.

The Pat Finucane Centre, a Derry-based advocacy group, took to Twitter to counter"inaccuracies and blatant lies," published in a Daily Mail 'scoop.' The piece labeled government plans to form a new Historical Investigations Unit (HUI), tasked with investigating unsolved murders during the conflict, as a "betrayal of our soldiers...again!"

But statistics provided by the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) and originally published by the BBC prove that this is not the case.

The setting up of the HUI was agreed as part of 2014's Stormont House Agreement – overseen by both the Irish and UK governments – and will take over from the now-defunct Historical Enquiries Team (HET), which ran from 2005 to 2014.

May 12 10:37

‘Could the army overthrow a Corbyn government?’ Telegraph op-ed piece gets slammed

Militaristic fantasies were unleashed on The Telegraph's op-ed pages this week, when a piece asked: 'What would a 21st century British coup look like? And what would a Corbyn government have to do to survive it?'

Throwing partisanship out the window, The Telegraph published an opinion piece written by Paul Carter, a political commentator who is writing a book about Harold Wilson and Louis Mountbatten. He wondered if the near-coup led by Earl Mountbatten of Burma could happen in modern times. "Only one week after Jeremy Corbyn's election as Labour leader, a serving general of the army warned of a direct and public challenge if a future Prime Minister Corbyn jeopardised the country's security: 'The army wouldn't stand for it... people would use whatever means possible, fair or foul to prevent that,'" Carter wrote

May 12 10:37

Conservative Activist, Journalist Lauren Southern Detained at Calais, Banned From Entering UK

The government has banned Canadian right-wing activist and journalist Lauren Southern from Britain, being held at Calais just days after Austrian activist Martin Sellner and author Brittany Pettibone were refused entry at Heathrow.

May 12 10:36

Identitarian Activists Martin Sellner and Brittany Pettibone Detained at Heathrow Ahead of Planned Speech

Austrian hipster-right Identitarian leader Martin Sellner was detained and refused entry to Britain on Friday at Heathrow airport ahead of a planned speech at Speaker’s Corner in Hyde Park, London.

Sellner, along with his partner, YouTube political commentator and author Brittany Pettibone, was refused entry into the UK according to the British branch of the Generation Identity movement.

In a press release, the group said that Sellner and Pettibone arrived in Britain at Luton airport at 1 pm and were told they were being detained because of the planned speech, with authorities claiming Sellner represented, “a far-right group and intend[s] to incite racial hatred.”

The pair were then moved to Heathrow airport at 1 am where they were both placed in detention, along with other foreign nationals waiting to be deported.



May 12 10:36

Polish Senate Speaker to Take ‘Legal Steps’ Against US Mayor for Defamation

Polish Senate Speaker Stanis?aw Karczewski announced Friday that he will be taking legal action against Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop after the American politician accused him of being an "anti-semite."

Fulop also called the 62-year-old a "white nationalist + holocaust denier" who "has zero credibility" in a Thursday tweet. His accusations came after the Polish politician said Wednesday that the proposed permanent removal of Jersey City's Katy? memorial, commemorating the deaths of Polish servicemembers and civilians during World War II, was "scandalous and very unpleasant for us."

May 12 10:35

America Needs a Katyn Memorial

Polish politicians are engaged in a heated rhetorical battle with a U.S. citizen over the Katyn massacre, where thousands of Poles were gruesomely executed by the Soviet NKVD at the beginning of the war, before Adolph Hitler turned on Joseph Stalin. That there is a controversy between Poles and Americans over this is not new. Such controversies are a feature of the Polish–American relationship.

May 12 10:34

The Latest: Mayor Calls Statue Legal Battle 'Grandstanding'

Jersey City's mayor is calling a legal effort to block the move of a statue commemorating the 1940 massacre of Poles "political grandstanding."

Local Polish groups opposing the move filed for a temporary restraining order Tuesday.

The Katyn memorial sits in a plaza just across the Hudson River from New York City and has been called "gruesome" by the head of a group renovating the plaza.

Mayor Steven Fulop has said the statue is being relocated for the renovation of the plaza where it now stands.

On Tuesday Fulop said there is no valid basis for the legal challenge, and that he is committed to "building a park for Jersey City residents" and placing the statue at a new location in Jersey City.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I do not think it is a coincidence that a statue showing poles in a sympathetic light is being removed just as Israel (and the US) are demanding holocaust reparations from Poland.



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May 12 10:29

Open rebellion? Europe signals patience drying up as US re-imposes harmful Iran sanctions

Europeans are angry over the latest US-imposed set of sanctions harming EU interests in the wake of Donald Trump quitting the Iran nuclear deal. The EU needs to decide whether to finally stand up for itself, analysts told RT.

Aside from imperiling a landmark international accord and endangering regional and global security, the US pull-out from the 2015 agreement with Iran will have crushing economic consequences for Europe. French, German and UK firms stand to lose billions of euros in investments and trade if they are forced to comply with the sanctions that will be re-imposed and expanded now that the US is no longer a signatory of the nuclear deal.

Now, facing the ruinous economic and political fallout from Washington’s unwillingness to honor its agreements, Europe has signaled that it may choose to pursue its own interests – as opposed to obediently swallowing what the US dictates.

May 12 10:24

MASS ICE RAIDS LEAVE A TRAIL OF MISERY AND BROKEN COMMUNITIES

A MONTH AFTER dozens of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents surrounded a meatpacking plant in Morristown, Tennessee, and detained 97 men and women who worked there, the tight-knit rural community is still reeling, but the initial shock has seeped into a quiet pain, as families adjust to lives without work and their loved ones.

As those shipped to immigration detention facilities across the country started appearing before judges for bond hearings this month, some families were reunited, though still facing deportation proceedings, while others braced for long separations. As of Thursday, 20 of those arrested on April 5 were released — but many more remained in detention. “Tragedy continues to unfold,” said Stephanie Teatro, co-executive director of the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition. “Some families are getting really terrible news.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As a compassionate human being, I am sorry for these people, but that being said, they needed, very clearly, to understand that this imprisonment, and forced repatriation, could well be the result of their illegal immigration to this country.

If they absolutely did not, in the immortal words of the commedian Ron White, "You can't fix stupid."

Unless and until this lesson gets learned, there will be more of these activities to deport people who have come here illegally.

This country, and various of its states, are being bankrupted through unfunded mandates for the support of illegal aliens, which we can no longer tolerate.

At this part of the 21st century, this is not the country about which Emma Lazarus wrote, "Give me your tired, your poor... your huddled masses yearning to breathe free." The entire nature of work is changing, from mechanical, computer-controlled burger flippers, to entire factories running primarily under computer control.

Unless people have the skills to compete here, they are going to, generally, be an incredible financial burden, and strain, on the country's economic system.

May 12 10:20

Is The Trap Being Set In The Middle East? Breaking Down The Plan

McCain admits he passed along the dossier to get Trump.US/NK summit will take place on June 12 in Singapore. Macron and Merkel are scrambling now, Merkel says the US cannot protect us.

May 12 10:17

NORAD CONFIRMS RUSSIAN STRATEGIC BOMBERS INTERCEPTED OFF ALASKAN COAST

Two Russian strategic bombers were intercepted by US military aircraft in international airspace within 200 miles of Alaska's coast on Friday morning. NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command) confirmed the incident in a statement to CNN, which involved US F-22 stealth fighters escorting the large Russian planes in international airspace away from the US coastline for 40 minutes , according to Reuters .

NORAD and USNORTHCOM spokesman Canadian Army Maj. Andrew Hennessy confirmed in a statement a day after the encounter that, "At approximately 10 a.m. ET, two Alaskan-based NORAD F-22 fighters intercepted and visually identified two Russian TU-95 'Bear' long-range bomber aircraft flying in the Air Defense Identification Zone around the western coast of Alaska, north of the Aleutian Islands."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

They were still in INTERNATIONAL AIR SPACE, folks; this was a little "tit for tat" move, on the part of the Russians, and Alaska was under absolutely no danger of any kind of an attack.

Putin is many things, but one of the things he is definitely not, is stupid.



May 12 10:10

MAPPING ERIK PRINCE'S PRIVATE MERCENARY EMPIRE

(Authored by Ty Joplin via Albawaba.com)

Erik Prince is the modern architect of private military firms

His latest venture is in training security personnel in China

But he's been all over the world, outsourcing militaries to cheap labor markets

Al Bawaba has provided a partial map to track Erik Prince's activities over the years.

Erik Prince, the brain behind the infamous private military firm Blackwater, is now in China training security forces.

Prince is partially responsible for modernizing the private army for the post 9/11 world, outsourcing militaries to cheap, specialized labor pools and skirting traditional regulations meant to ensure accountability for armed forces.

His journey from hiring mercenaries to help bolster the U.S. occupation in Iraq to China is long, dizzying and includes stops around the world to train Colombian mercenaries to help make a private army for the U.A.E. and outfitting crop duster planes with missiles to be fired at Armenians.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

From a business standpoint, what Prince has done is to have seen a need, and filled it.

But what deeply concerns me here is a lack of standards, where the ends always justify the means; a lack of true morality; and a lack of accountability in the actions of Prince's mercs.

May 12 10:09

Iran Deal: China Has Good Experience of Circumventing US Sanctions - Academic

China is likely to maintain cooperation with Iran even after the resumption of the American sanctions regime, scholars told Sputnik, adding that Beijing could play the role of a broker by creating a common platform for talks on the future of the Iran nuclear deal following Washington's decision to exit the agreement.

Beijing has a very good experience of using workarounds while developing cooperation with countries subjected to American sanctions, Irina Fyodorova, a senior researcher at the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS), told Sputnik China, commenting on Donald Trump's May 8 pullout of the Iran nuclear deal and his decision to resume anti-Tehran restrictions.

May 12 10:08

Russian FM: Ukrainian Military Veterans Threatened Russian UN Diplomat

Former participants of the so-called anti-terrorist operation (ATO) conducted by Ukraine in the Donbas region have threatened a Russian diplomat on the sidelines of the event held in the UN Headquarters, Russian Foreign Ministry's spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Friday.

According to Zakharova, on Wednesday Ukraine held an event dedicated to the issues related to the so-called fake news and propaganda. The event, which was reportedly held within the framework of the UN Committee on Information activities, was also attended by the representative of the Russian ministry.

May 12 10:07

Mike Pence Shut Down Robert Mueller With These Six Words

Mitchell quizzed Pence on whether he thought the Mueller probe was a “hoax.”

Pence avoided her gotcha question and instead declared that “it’s time to wrap it up.”


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May 12 10:07

Israel’s Violence on Gazans’ Non-Violence

Norman Finkelstein says that Israeli forces have conducted “a murderous assault on non-violent protesters” in Gaza’s Great March of Return because non-violent protest threatens not Israel, but its occupation

May 12 09:59

NOT READY FOR PRIME TIME: UK LAW ENFORCEMENT FACIAL RECOGNITION SOFTWARE PRODUCING TONS OF FALSE POSITIVES

Law enforcement agencies have embraced facial recognition. And contractors have returned the embrace, offering up a variety of "solutions" that are long on promise, but short on accuracy. That hasn't stopped the mutual attraction, as government agencies are apparently willing to sacrifice people's lives and freedom during these extended beta tests.

The latest example of widespread failure comes from the UK, where the government's embrace of surveillance equipment far exceeds that of the United States. Matt Burgess of Wired obtained documents detailing the South Wales Police's deployment of automated facial recognition software. What's shown in the FOI docs should worry everyone who isn't part of UK law enforcement. (It should worry law enforcement as well, but strangely does not seem to bother them.)

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The number of false positives are horrific here; unless and until it gets a great deal better, police forces around the world should not be using this technology, period, end of discussion.

May 12 09:53

State Department Refutes 'Pompeo's Plan' on Economic Aid for North Korea

US State Department spokeswoman appeared to dismiss an interpretation of top diplomat Michael Pompeo's promise of a brighter future for North Korea that allegedly involved US economic assistance.

"Misleading headline," State Department’s Heather Nauert tweeted. "If DPRK denuclearizes, they could have a brighter future one day, which could include international trade, investment and visitors from around the world," she wrote, using an abbreviation for North Korea.

Pompeo said earlier at a meeting with his South Korean counterpart that Washington was ready to help North Korea "achieve prosperity" if it gave up nuclear weapons. The Fox News channel published a report saying the North would receive US economic help.



May 12 09:52

'America Has No idea About the World It Wants to Run' - Scholar

President Trump’s decision to pull out of the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran has dismayed just about everyone, with the United Nations, the EU, Russia, Turkey all criticizing his “hard exit” from the groundbreaking accord.

In an interview with Sputnik, Marco Lombardi, director of the Italian Team for Security, Terroristic Issues & Managing Emergencies center in Milan (ITSTIME), explained Trump’s move by his apparent desire to get off the track beaten by his predecessor and show the world that America has a new president now.

He added, however, that the decision to withdraw from the Iran deal shows once again that “America has no idea about the world it wants to run.”

May 12 09:50

Protest Erupts in Germany Calling for Release of 'Nazi Grandma'

An 89-year-old woman, dubbed the “Nazi Grandma,” was arrested on Monday and taken to prison to serve her two-year sentence for holocaust denying. Specifically, she suggested that the notorious Auschwitz concentration camp was a “work camp” and was not used for systematic extermination.

Hundreds of protesters, primarily from the Die Rechte party, rallied in the city of Bielefeld, west Germany, on Thursday, calling for the release of Ursula Haverbeck, according to Deutsche Welle.

Webmaster's Commentary: 
May 12 09:39

Nearly Half of French Unhappy With Macron's Foreign Policy - Poll

Over half of the French are dissatisfied with French President Emmanuel Macron's general attitude to his US counterpart Donald Trump, who is withdrawing the United States from Iran nuclear deal, a poll showed.

Such words as "sycophant," "deplorable," and "failure" are used overwhelmingly on the social networks regarding this topic, the Odoxa pollster said.

Fifty-five percent of the French do not approve of Macron's policy regarding the US president, according to the poll.

According to the survey, 76 percent of the French denounce the decision of Trump to pull out of the deal and 67 percent think that Europe must override Donald Trump's decision and continue to maintain trade relations with Iran, despite US sanctions.

May 12 09:38

The Tragic PC Future of America

A lot has been written and spoken about "politically correct" thinking in the United States.

Americans are keenly aware of the need to follow the rules of engagement with regard to views and opinions on issues like: gender identity, patriarchy, toxic masculinity, sexism, racism and many more. It's a mine field that must be traversed carefully in order to avoid being labeled "biased" or even worse. Speaking one's mind in opposition to the prevailing winds of "progressive political thinking" can lead to being socially ostracized, banned from publication, reprimanded at school, denied work or even fired from one's job.

The fatal flaw or mistake being made in all of this, however, is epistemological in nature. Our public discourse these days stems from how we are thinking rather than on what we are thinking.

May 12 09:36

Israeli Soldiers Shoot Palestinian Reporter in Gaza – Reports

Motasem Ahmed Dalloul with the Middle East Monitor was hit in the abdomen by a live round east of Gaza City on Friday while covering a protest, the Committee to Protect Journalists said. Watchdog called for an immediate inquiry into the incident.

"Israeli authorities must investigate the shooting of Dalloul and take all measures to ensure that the media can safely cover protests," CPJ's Middle East and North Africa Program Coordinator Sherif Mansour said.

The use of force by the Israel Defense Force, including live fire, has taken a severe toll on Palestinian journalists, Mansour said.

May 12 09:36

‘Rees-Mogg has a VERY REAL chance of becoming PM!’ Brexit expert in GLOWING recommendation

JACOB Rees-Mogg has “a very real chance” of becoming Prime Minister because the Conservative Party is now very “pro-leave”, a Brexit expert declared.

Matthew Goodwin, Kent University Politics Professor, also caused his audience to laugh when he compared Theresa May to a “body being dragged along” like a character in a Die Hard film.

He said: “We may be beginning to see a stronger eurosceptic turn within the Cabinet. We have seen Jacob Rees-Mogg and the ERG group which is 60 strong beginning to mobilise very vocally around the argument that there cannot be any form of customs union that would jeopardise what Brexit is about.



May 12 09:30

Reckless actions’ Trump warns Iran is THREATENING Middle East as tensions soar

DONALD Trump said Iran’s “reckless actions” pose a threat to regional security today as he urged other countries to press Tehran to change its behaviour.

He said: “It is time of responsible nations to bring pressure on Iran to change this dangerous behaviour.”

The US President was referring to the rockets fired at the Golan Heights from Syria this week.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Donny, there are two things you need to remember.

1. The rockets were fired in response to Israel's attack on Syria just one hour after you violated the Iran deal.

2. The rockets were fired by Syrian forces, not Iran.

May 12 09:27

Liam Fox superbly SHUT DOWN Dimbleby when he attacked Tory Brexiteers as INCOMPETENT

SECRETARY of State for International Trade Liam Fox shut down a savage attack by Jonathan Dimbleby on the BBC Any Questions show when the host accused the Conservatives of being a “bunch of incompetents”.

May 12 09:27

Theresa May's REVENGE as Boris Johnson FROZEN OUT of important Brexit discussions

THERESA MAY has divided her squabbling Brexit war Cabinet and frozen out Boris Johnson after the Foreign Secretary skewered the Prime Minister’s preferred customs plan, labelling it as “crazy”.



May 12 09:24

Slowly but surely, it’s beginning to sink in: A clinical lunatic is at the helm of the Jewish state

Declaring that it was long past time for his people to live once again on their ancestral soil, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly began calling Thursday for the Israeli return to their ancient homeland of Iran.

“The land of Iran has long been part of our heritage, and we implore the international community to work with us to ensure its return to the independent Jewish state,” said Netanyahu, adding that Israel was willing to use military force if necessary to reoccupy all 636,400 square miles of present-day Iran that were historically included in the promised land bestowed upon the Jewish people by biblical mandate.

May 12 09:21

UN’s top nuke inspector abruptly quits days after US pulls out of Iran deal

The chief of inspections at the U.N. nuclear watchdog has resigned suddenly, the agency said on Friday without giving a reason.

The departure of Tero Varjoranta comes at a sensitive time, three days after the United States announced it was quitting world powers’ nuclear accord with Iran, raising questions as to whether Tehran will continue to comply with it.

May 12 09:11

Smart office secrets: Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant could hear commands the human ear can't

Researchers at several universities in the United States and China have developed a method of manipulating white noise to trick digital assistants into executing commands.

Called "adversarial audio," the trick involves creating "a special 'loss function' based on CTC [connectionist temporal classification] Loss that takes a desired transcription and an audio file as input, and returns a real number as output," said U.C. Berkeley PhD candidate Nicholas Carlini.

The manipulating recording is run through a process called gradient descent until the distortion is minimized but still effective at triggering a response from digital assistants like Siri, Alexa, and Google Assistant.

May 12 09:10

Damage to North Korea’s Nuclear Test Site Worse Than Previously Thought

The damage to the nuclear test site that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has promised to shut down is more extensive than earlier assessments showed, according to a new study by a team of international scientists.



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May 12 09:09

North Korea: UN gains 'unprecedented access' during visit

The head of the UN's World Food Programme (WFP) believes there is a "sense of optimism" among North Korea's leaders after enjoying what he said was unprecedented access to the country.

David Beasley spent two days in the capital, Pyongyang, and two outside it, accompanied by government minders.

He said the country was working hard to meet nutritional standards, and hunger was not as high as in the 1990s.

"There is a sense of turning a new page in history," he told the BBC.

May 12 09:09

West Sacramento Launching Controversial Program Watching Public’s Social Media Posts

West Sacramento is the first city to launch a controversial new program that watches what people post about it online.

The pilot project gives city leaders a look at what’s trending in the city, whether it’s good or bad. It’s also creating privacy concerns around how the data is being used.

When a wave of mailbox thefts hit the city last year, people complained about it on social media, and West Sacramento was watching. City leaders were alerted to the community concerns by a new system.

May 12 09:08

Trump approves disaster aid for Hawaii's Big Island as aerial photos show huge fissures in the land and lava swallowing homes, as thousands more are told to get ready to flee Kilauea eruption

President Donald Trump has issued a presidential disaster declaration for Hawaii's Big Island as the state copes with Kilauea volcano's eruption.

Hawaii Governor David Ige said on Friday the declaration means federal assistance will be available as the state covers costs associated with damaged roads, public parks, schools and water pipes. The funds, approved one day after Ige requested them, will also cover costs for geologists and security personnel at roadblocks.

Lava flows from Kilauea volcano have destroyed 36 structures, including 27 homes, as the state suffers from declining tourism despite assurances that most of its islands remain safe. The lava flowing from 15 fissures now covers more than 117 acres.

On Friday, Hawaii County Civil Defense warned residents of lower Puna to prepare to evacuate on short notice, in the event of possible gas emissions and volcanic eruption.

May 12 09:06

Pompeo says talks with North Korea's Kim were 'warm'

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said his conversations with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un were "warm" and "good."

Pompeo spoke to reporters at the State Department a day after returning from a trip to Pyongyang to negotiate with the North Korean leader and retrieve three Americans held by the regime.

"We had good conversations, substantive conversations that involved deep complex challenges," Pompeo said about his two meetings with the North Korean leader who is known for assassinating rivals and family members, and running prison camps throughout his country.



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May 12 09:06

Netanyahu's Longtime Obsession With Iran's Nukes Is Finally Paying Off

With Trump's exit from the Iran nuclear deal, the U.S. Embassy move to Jerusalem and Israel's campaign deep in Syria – these are Netanyahu's glory days

May 12 09:05

Israel Banned Documentary

May 12 09:03

The BBC Film That Exposed Israel's Secret Illegal Nuclear Weapons (FULL Documentary)

May 12 08:58

Woman Dies After Contracting Flesh-Eating Bacteria from a Hot Tub on Florida Vacation

An Indianapolis woman died after her family said she contracted flesh-eating bacteria while on vacation, according to KTLA sister station WXIN.

May 12 08:56

She didn't see it coming: psychic arrested for $800,000 fraud

Psychic Zoe has not had a very good week. On 9 May the fortune-teller, whose real name is Ann Thompson, was arrested by the New York Police Department on suspicion of defrauding clients out of over $800,000. You’d think she might have had a premonition the police would be knocking at her door but, alas, the future isn’t always crystal clear.

May 12 08:40

PETER KING | DOJ ‘Hoodwinked’ President Trump; Devin Nunes And Trey Gowdy Never Saw The Documents...

Great interview with Congressman Peter King last night as he reveals new details...

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May 12 08:37

Vladimir Putin Praises Chabad

“I would like to extend my holiday greetings to you and to all of Russian Jewry. I wish you a happy Chanukah and all of the very best, along with your family and all of the Jews in Russia. I must say that there are very positive developments in Russia. New Synagogues and Jewish Centers are opening up, and I am thankful to you for that. I hope that our joint efforts will continue to thrive and progress.”

These were the wishes of Russian President Vladimir Putin to Chief Rabbi of Russia Berl Lazar at a private audience that was granted in honor of Chanukah at the Kremlin office in Moscow.

May 12 08:37

Congress Releases All 3,500 'Russian' Facebook Ads

'Woke Blacks', 'LGBT United': Congress Releases All 3,500 'Russian' Facebook
Ads

Vladimir Putin possesses US politics and culture and finds the time to run obscure Facebook pages which change the outcome of elections

Public Health Warning: Reading these ads can cause you to become a "Russian operative" and has been known to bend your mind to vote against "the most qualified candidate ever."

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May 12 08:37

27-Year CIA Analyst Ray McGovern Discusses His Arrest On U.S. Senate Floor

This brave truth-teller is now being charged with "resisting arrest" and "obstructing Congress."

May 12 08:28

Russia Bows to US and Israel, No S-300s for Syria

It’s not forthcoming, not now at least. According to Putin’s military technical cooperation aide Vladimir Kozhin, Russia will not supply S-300s to Syria’s military – nor are talks about possible delivery being held.

Kozhin falsely claimed Syrian armed forces have “all” the air defense systems “they need” – a shameful remark, clearly untrue.

Failure to supply with what Syria vitally needs constitutes betrayal – yielding to US/Israeli interests at the expense of its own security.

If Russia fails to confront US-led aggression in Syria more forcefully, Assad could fall, his government replaced, isolating Iran ahead of similar action to replace the Islamic Republic with pro-Western puppet rule.

It’s no match against US/Israeli aggression if events unfold this way. If they achieve regional hegemony, Russia and China are next on Washington’s target list.

May 12 08:19

Why would a Swiss health-care company pay Michael Cohen $1.2 million? Look at drug prices

You know how a person with a leg cramp needs to walk it off? News of Michael Cohen’s attempted transformation last year from New York taxi medallion merchant to Washington wise man has given me a brain cramp, and I need to think it through.

May 12 08:17

Brooklyn comedian has his apartment raided by ICE because of joke on Twitter

A Brooklyn comedian claims Homeland Security agents “busted down” his door over a joke he made about Cinco de Mayo.
The quip came over Twitter last week, courtesy of Jake Flores — a self-described “pizza delivery guy” who does stand-up part-time.

May 12 08:03

MEXICO: 91 POLITICIANS MURDERED LEADING UP TO GENERAL ELECTIONS

The mayor of the municipality of Coyuca de Catalan was killed making him the 10th politician in Guerrero to be murdered during this year’s political campaign. As another politician was killed in Mexico Tuesday, the country registers 91 politicians murdered during the electoral campaign leading to the national elections scheduled for July 1, 2018.

May 12 08:00

America Just Sent a Destructive Message to North Korea By Nuking the Iran Deal

Trump may believe he is sending a strong message to North Korea that he will not hesitate to reimpose sanctions and walk away from a deal if he has to, but the reality is that he has actually sent a very destructive message to both North Korea and Iran that the U.S. can’t be trusted.

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May 12 07:53

An 81-year-old man has 'retired' after 1,173 blood donations that saved 2.4 million babies

James Harrison, 81, made his 1,173rd and final blood donation on Friday — the end of a 60-year donation streak that has saved the lives of 2.4 million babies, the Sydney Morning Herald reported. He's known, unsurprisingly, as "the man with the golden arm."

May 12 07:51

Saudi-financed Belgian mosques teach hatred of Jews, gays: report

Teaching manuals in Gulf Arab-financed mosques in Belgium promote anti-semitic stereotypes of Jews and call for the persecution of homosexuals, according to a leaked Belgian intelligence report.

May 12 07:39

Russia backtracks on Syrian missile sale after Netanyahu visit: report

"For now, we're not talking about any deliveries of new modern systems," the aide, Vladimir Kozhin, reportedly said. The S-300 sales to Syria were raised last month after the U.S., France and the United Kingdom launched a series of strikes on Syria in response to a chemical weapons attack in a Damascus suburb allegedly carried out by the Syrian government. [NOTE: At least the article says "allegedly," that's better than most!!]

May 12 07:22

Hamas and Fatah: Why the two groups are failing

The Palestinian national movement, which has led the decades-long struggle against Israel's takeover of Palestine, has reached the lowest ebb in its history, according to analysts.

But as Palestinians mark this week the 70th anniversary of the Nakba, the "Catastrophe" that followed the dispossession of their homeland and the creation of Israel in its place, there are signs of possible change.

For more than a quarter of a century, the Palestinian movement has been split into two increasingly irreconcilable ideological factions, Fatah and Hamas - now reflected in a profound geographical division between their respective strongholds of the occupied West Bank and Gaza.

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