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Sep 28 08:08

Why Doesn’t Janet Yellen Resign?



Taboola
Sep 28 08:06

FOIA: How Police Convinced the FAA to Put a No Fly Zone Over Standing Rock

"We need to ensure the movement of law enforcement trying to protect the innocent is not being broadcast live by the use of drones."

When last year's Dakota Access pipeline (DAPL) protests came to a head, disturbing footage shot by Indigenous drone pilots revealed the extreme brutality of Morton County police.

Using drones, peaceful demonstrators, also called "water protectors," filmed an armored vehicle launching percussion grenades into the crowd; water cannons being fired at civilians; and continued pipeline construction after dark. Their footage helped to expose the military-style tactics used by local law enforcement to suppress dissent—excessive force that is now the subject of a class-action lawsuit filed against Morton County by on behalf of those injured at the Standing Rock protest camp.

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Absoflippinglutely unbelievable, but thoroughly predictable as orders from the monied to their alleged serfs.

Sep 28 08:01

IRAQ AUTHORISES TROOP DEPLOYMENT IN KIRKUK

Of the many controversial elements surrounding this week’s Kurdish separatist referendum in Iraq, the inclusion of the oil rich region of Kirkuk was among the most controversial.

Kirkuk has never been a part of autonomous Kurdish regions in Iraq, but in spite of this, the secessionist Kurdish leaders included Kirkuk in areas where Kurds voted to secede from Iraq. Crucially, the referendum was boycotted by Kirkuk’s non-Kurdish populations, including Iraqi Arabs.

After giving secessionist leaders a three day ultimatum to handover regional airports to Iraqi authorities, Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider Abadi now has a parliamentary mandate to send Iraqi troops into Kirkuk to police the general security against secessionist activities.

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This may well get very bloody, and quickly.

What the Kurdish political leaders fully expected from the US, after being their proxy in Syria, was an independent Kurdistan, but it looks as though the Occupied Unhinged Surveilled States of Amerika is walking back on this.

So now that the referendum has passed, overwhelmingly, just how are those in the Bowels of Power in this country going to play this?!? By supporting the Iraqi government, and betraying the Kurds, or by supporting the Kurds, and betraying the Iraqi government?!?

The US government cannot have this both ways.

Sep 28 07:57

2-Year-Old Linux Kernel Issue Resurfaces As High-Risk Flaw

A bug in Linux kernel that was discovered two years ago, but was not considered a security threat at that time, has now been recognised as a potential local privilege escalation flaw.

Identified as CVE-2017-1000253, the bug was initially discovered by Google researcher Michael Davidson in April 2015.

Since it was not recognised as a serious bug at that time, the patch for this kernel flaw was not backported to long-term Linux distributions in kernel 3.10.77.

However, researchers at Qualys Research Labs has now found that this vulnerability could be exploited to escalate privileges and it affects all major Linux distributions, including Red Hat, Debian, and CentOS.

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Linux distributions, including Red Hat, Debian, and CentOS, have released security updates to address the vulnerability.

Sep 28 07:36

Most Colorado Thing Ever: $40 And Half A Blunt Left In Apologies For Scratch On Car

What do you do if you’ve inadvertently scratched someone’s rear bumper when they aren’t around? In New York City, you, uh, do nothing. In Denver, I guess, you leave a half-smoked joint.
Or at least that’s what Mandi Shepard got after she found her rear bumper scratched after getting off work on Sunday, according to 9NEWS. The weed came with $40 in cash and a note, charmingly misspelled.

Sep 28 07:35

Mo. Bar Decides That Using ‘Lynch’ and ‘Kaepernick’ Jerseys (in That Order) as Doormat Is a Great Idea

The doormat in question is made out of the jerseys of NFL players Marshawn Lynch and Colin Kaepernick and is taped down on the bar’s front step, where customers can take the pleasure of scrubbing their feet. Fair enough. However, it’s the order in which the jerseys are arranged that has raised some eyebrows.

Sep 28 07:34

Mich. State Police Director Under Fire After Facebook Post Calling NFL Players Who Take a Knee During Anthem ‘Ungrateful, Anti-American Degenerates’

The director of the Michigan State Police is catching heat after blasting NFL players who opt to take a knee to protest the continued racial injustice in this country with a strongly worded post on her Facebook page.
According to the Detroit Free Press, Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue shared the strongly worded message on her Facebook page Sunday, calling the athletes who are using their influence and platform to bring attention to an important issue “millionaire ingrates who hate America and disrespect our armed forces and veterans.”

Sep 28 07:14

Why The United States Is the Fourth Reich

US President Trump’s declaration last week before the UN to “totally destroy” North Korea and his general ranting about American military might is on par with the Nazi Third Reich’s invocation of “Total War”.

The ease with which Trump and his senior officials talk about “military options” towards North Korea, and any other defiant nation, is arguably not just a violation of the UN Charter but also the principles of international law established at the Nuremberg Trials of Nazi leaders. Any use or threat of war that is not a clear act of self-defense is “aggression”.

The United States under President Donald J Trump is more than ever openly adopting the self-declared “right” to launch war >>>

(*woe woe woe; stop right there>>>)

Sep 28 06:57

Paul Craig Roberts: Washington Has Initiated Military Conflict With Russia

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Sooner or later it will dawn on the Russian government that Washington is not a rational government with which diplomacy can be practiced, peace pursued, and agreements reached. Sooner or later it will dawn on the Russian government that far from being rational, Washington is a criminally insane collection of psychopaths in thrall to the military/security complex which, in turn, is in thrall to its massive profits.

In other words, for the powerful interest groups that control the US government, war is a profit center. No amount of Russian diplomacy can do anything about this fact.

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Sep 28 06:45

Neo-Nazi Ditches Swastika Tattoos After Befriending An Unlikely Person



Sep 28 06:26

US May Push Iran Into Becoming Next Nuclear Crisis

It’s no secret that the Trump administration is busily building a case to have the United States repudiate the P5+1 nuclear agreement with Iran. Even when the president grudgingly conceded that Tehran was complying with the explicit terms of the accord, he groused that Iranian leaders were violating “the spirit” of the document.
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Unfortunately, administration officials and a vocal flock of hawks in the United States seem determined to sabotage the accord. The latest salvo was the speech that U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley delivered to the ultra-hawkish American Enterprise Institute on September 5. That address contained a multitude of distortions, all of which seemed designed to build a foundation for the administration to repudiate the agreement>>>



Sep 28 06:12

The Art of No Deal

In the past few weeks, President Trump has given the world an instructive look at his negotiating style, as he lurches dangerously through the international china shop. I’m not talking here about his attempt to intimidate the leader of North Korea or intervene in the quarrel between American allies in the Persian Gulf. Those have not gone well.

Let’s focus instead on the Iranian nuclear deal, also known by its official initials JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action)>>>

Sep 28 06:01

Raimondo: Propaganda and the Catalonian Referendum

The laziness of journalists is legendary. Especially these days, when the line between journalist and propagandist has been blurred, the many ways in which these scribblers take shortcuts and otherwise seek to make their jobs less strenuous have been greatly increased. While outright plagiarism used to be the favored method, with the advance of technology this has become much easier to detect, and so the self-indulgent scribe has moved on other, less obvious shortcuts. The substitution of opinion for the reporting of facts is one way to fill up a page, and, in tandem with this, the adoption of a formula is now a mainstay of “mainstream” journalism. This is unashamedly borrowed from those writers of pure fiction who labor in the fields of various sub-literate genres – say, pornography – and must churn out large quantities of product in order to pay the rent. >>>

Sep 28 05:36

Saudi Arabia To ALLOW Women To Drive - But NOT Have An Opinion



Lockerdome
Sep 28 05:36

The Militarization of the NFL

Professional sports should stop shilling for the warfare state.

Before 2009, Colin Kaepernick would have had to find some other way to protest racism against African Americans. That’s because until the height of the Iraq War, NFL football players weren’t even required to leave the locker room for the national anthem, much less stand for it.

(*Everybody's Mad As Hell at The Pitsburgh Steelers for reverting to that old NFL policy
That seems like the simplest solution .
Before the knee protests players didn't exactly stand at attention while the anthem was performed
. you'd see them doing stand in place Calisthenics , toe raises , trunk twists , bouncing from one foot to the other , grasping a towel that's hanging around the neck , etc.
They're there to play football , not to praise ceaser I MEAN TRUMP , and they're not members of the armed forces . )

Sep 28 04:49

Mattis Escapes Rocket Attack In Afghanistan

Both the Taliban and ISIS have claimed responsibility for the incident, in which a series of rockets hit the airport after Mattis’ arrival. One civilian was reported killed and many wounded when a stray rocket hit a nearby house.

Mattis complained the attack was a “criminal act,” and “a classic example of what the Taliban is up to right now.” It’s unlikely anyone will deny firing missiles at an airport is a crime

(*No more than anyone would deny Assad gassing his own people as soon as The UN showed up to inspect in Syria would be)

Sep 28 02:55

How to Bring Down the Elephant in the Room

First, a painful, but needed, clarification:

Basement crazies. Neocons. Zionists. Israel Lobbyists. Judaics. Jews. Somewhere along this list we bump into the proverbial “elephant in the room”. For some this bumping will happen earlier in the list, for others a little later down the list, but the list will be more or less the same for everybody. Proper etiquette, atleast in the West, would want to make us run away from this topic. I won’t. Why? Well, for one thing I am constantly accused of not discussing this elephant. Furthermore, I am afraid that the role this elephant is playing is particularly toxic right now. So let me try to deal with this beast, but first I have to begin with some caveats.

Sep 28 02:51

Very Dangerous Escalation in Syria

By now many of you must have heard the news: a Russian Lieutenant-General, Valery Asapov, and two Colonels have been killed in what appears to be a very precisely targeted mortar attack. Just as in the case of the Russian military police unit recently attacked near Deir ez-Zor, the Russians are accusing the Americans of being behind this attack. To make things even worse, the Russians are now also officially accusing the Americans of actively collaborating with ISIS:

September 27, 2017

Sep 27 22:19

Anti Semitic British Filmmaker Ken Loach Won’t Say the Holocaust Happened, Calls Founding of State of Israel “Based on Ethnic Cleansing”

British filmmaker Ken Loach is in hot water this afternoon. He told the BBC’s Daily Politics presenter Jo Coburn that: “All history is our common heritage to discuss and analyse. The founding of the state of Israel, for example, based on ethnic cleansing is there for us all to discuss.”
Note: For that he is anti-Semitic!



Sep 27 21:36

PLAYBOY FOUNDER HUGH HEFNER DIES AT 91

He might have lived the best life in history for an American male. Great photos here - including a 70s pic of Hefner with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Wilt Chamberlain.

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Sep 27 18:50

Ministers should cut carbon emissions to ZERO by 2050 or face legal action, says UK's former chief scientific adviser

Ministers should tighten the UK's climate change target or face legal action, the country's former top scientist has said.

Sep 27 18:44

Hani Hanjour: 9/11 Pilot Extraordinaire

On 27 November 2009 PilotsFor911Truth.org published a simple fact about the flight of Flight 77 which makes a conventional hijacking scenario impossible - according to Flight Data provided by the NTSB the Flight Deck Door was never opened in flight. The status of the door was polled every 5 seconds from 12:18:05 GMT to 13:37:09 GMT, and each poll logged the door as closed.

No-one entered the cockpit of the plane during the flight, therefore it was not flown into the Pentagon by an Arab hijacker.

Sep 27 18:01

UK Counter-Terror Police Arrest 11 In Far-Right National Action Investigation

Eleven people have been arrested across England and Wales as part of an investigation into neo-Nazi terrorist group National Action, Greater Manchester Police say.

It comes after three alleged members of National Action, including serving British soldiers, appeared in court charged with terrorism offences.

Sep 27 16:19

Why Do You Eat Bacon And Eggs? - corbettreport

Published on Sep 27, 2017SHOW NOTES: https://www.corbettreport.com/?p=24124

Because the Beech-Nut Packing Company told you to, that's why. But don't take it from me, take it from the man who engineered the campaign himself, Edward Bernays. So what other ideas have been woven so thoroughly into the fabric of our society that we no longer even stop to think about them?

Sep 27 16:06

To Address Inequality, Let's Take On Monopolies

Most Americans know that our country has become extremely unequal. They may not know that the richest 0.1% of Americans own as much wealth as the bottom 90%, or that the richest one percent took more than half of all income growth since 1979. But they know that the rich benefit more and more nowadays, while middle and working class families take home less and less.

Sep 27 15:53

Sessions Might Be Planning to End Mueller’s “Witch Hunt”

Attorney General Jeff Sessions could be back from wherever he’s been for the last several months. He hired Matthew Whitaker to serve as his chief of staff, taking Jody Hunt’s place as Hunt moves up to assistant attorney general in charge of the department’s Civil Division. What makes Whitaker unique is he thinks Mueller’s investigation could be a “witch hunt”.

He also thinks a strong case could have been made against criminal Hillary Clinton.

Sep 27 15:35

Corbyn Ready To Take Over Task Of Negotiating Brexit

British Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn will voice his party’s readiness to govern and to take over the job of negotiating Brexit.

According to Corbyn’s office, he plans to say the party is “on the threshold of power” in a speech he is slated to give to the party’s annual conference on Wednesday.



Owl 3
Sep 27 15:27

Russia Releases Photos Showing U.S. Special Forces, SDF, Working In ISIS Territory With No Fear Of Attack

By Brandon Turbeville

On September 24, the Russian Ministry of Defense may have corroborated what many researchers and journalists familiar with the Syrian crisis have been exposing all along; that the United States is working directly with ISIS on the ground and that its SDF forces are doing so as well.

The Russian MOD has released photos allegedly depicting U.S. forces and ISIS working alongside one another against Russian and Syrian forces in Deir ez-Zour...

Sep 27 15:15

Illegals costing Americans RECORD $135 billion a year…

The swelling population of illegal immigrants and their kids is costing American taxpayers $135 billion a year, the highest ever, driven by free medical care, education and a huge law enforcement bill, according to the the most authoritative report on the issue yet.... And despite claims from pro-illegal immigration advocates that the aliens pay significant off-setting taxes back to federal, state and local treasuries, the Federation for American Immigration Reform report tallied just $19 billion, making the final hit to taxpayers about $116 billion.

Sep 27 15:10

Kurdistan referendum results: 93% of Iraqi Kurds vote for independence, say reports

Almost 93 per cent of those who took part in the referendum on support for Kurdish independence from Iraq have voted to split from Baghdad, officials have said. The results of Monday's vote were announced on Wednesday evening by election officials in Irbil, the semi-autonomous Kurdish Regional Government (KRG)'s capital.



Carambola
Sep 27 15:06

FEMA Director Urges Americans to Develop “a true culture of preparedness” But No One Is Listening

It looks like preppers aren’t that crazy after all. FEMA’s new director, Brock Long, has repeatedly said that Americans do not have a “culture of preparedness,” something that is much-needed with the startling uptick in natural disasters. Long has only been the director of FEMA since June 20 of this year and already has had to deal with a historic number of disasters in this short period of time. Perhaps this reality is why Mr. Long is so adamant that Americans need to get prepared to take care of themselves and that we need to raise our children to understand this too. That’s not the warm fuzzy thing that people who refuse to prepare want to hear, so the mainstream media gives his advice little attention. A culture of preparedness is indeed the answer, and preppers have known this for a very long time.

Sep 27 14:53

The "Pod People" And The PlaneThat Crashed Into the Pentagon

Only in Warner Brothers cartoons does the Coyote leave a cookie-cutter outline of himself as he crashes into the rock face. In the real world (someplace that the "pod people" need to spend more time in) collisions are more complex. Airplanes do not make clean outline holes in buildings they collide with any more than cars make clean outline holes in walls they collide with. The Pentagon, built mostly of wood and concrete, and in that one section having been recently reinforced, is a heavy and solid object. Jet aircraft, designed to be able to fly, are very thin and lightweight. They are, if you think about it, mostly filled with air, like an aluminum balloon. They are not designed to penetrate other objects or to remain intact while doing so.

"Then I picked [the plane] up as it struck very low into the Pentagon. The wings folded back and it was like watching someone slam an empty aluminum can into a wall. The jet folded up like an accordion." [Mike Walter - eyewitness]

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As promised on the radio show.

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Sep 27 14:51

American activist Barbara Lerner Spectre calls for destruction of European ethnic societies

Sep 27 14:44

JEWISH LEAD DESTRUCTION OF EUROPE IN MULTICULTURAL PUSH

Sep 27 13:50

The Real Constitution

The real U.S. Constitution, which was scrapped long ago, does not permit judges to be its final interpreters, executive orders, coercion of the people of a State by the federal government, delegation of control of the currency to a private banking cartel, the subsidy of private corporations, or calling the militia to active service except in case of invasion or rebellion and at the request of the State.

Sep 27 13:27

Feds Collect Record Taxes Through August; Still Run $673.7B Deficit

At the same time that the federal government was collecting a record $2,966,172,000,000 in tax revenues, it was spending $3,639,882,000,000—and, thus, running a deficit of $673,711,000,000.

Sep 27 13:23

Sarah Sanders Kills Reporter With One GLORIOUS Sentence

Somebody call the ‘wambulance’ because this snowflake is hurting…

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Sep 27 13:18

Our Crazy-Making, Profiteering Education-Career Maze

This is the American education-career maze–ineffective, self-defeating, wasteful, irrational, and apparently designed to maximize student confusion, poor choices and profiteering by higher education and the student-loan racketeers.

Sep 27 13:10

Government Ruined 653,249 Lives Over Cannabis in 2016 Because 5 Corrupt Industries Paid Them To

In the land of the free, citizens found in possession of a plant — that grows wild on every continent except Antarctica — can and will be kidnapped, caged or killed. In fact, in just the short time it took you to click this article and read this first paragraph, someone was just arrested for cannabis.

Sep 27 12:51

Credit Rating Agencies Can’t Be Trusted

RT talked to investing guru and financial commentator Jim Rogers who said the American rating agencies are incompetent and have “made a lot mistakes in the past decades.” --“They’ve been so wrong so many times in the past. They are totally incompetent; they don’t know what they are doing,” said Rogers.

Sep 27 12:46

Children’s Mental Health And Societal Pressures

What is happening to our society? How and when did we lose the joy of just being alive? Increasing numbers of our children are depressed, anxious and in need of urgent medical help. Researchers from UCL Institute of Education and the University of Liverpool have found that 25% of girls and 9% of boys are depressed at age 14.

Sep 27 12:45

When China Got The Bomb

“THE UNITED STATES HAS GREAT STRENGTH AND PATIENCE, BUT IF IT IS FORCED TO DEFEND ITSELF OR ITS ALLIES, WE WILL HAVE NO CHOICE BUT TO TOTALLY DESTROY NORTH KOREA.”

—PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP
UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY
SEPTEMBER. 19, 2017

Well, that certainly got everyone’s attention. Not as snappy as Trump’s almost Biblical threat to unleash “fire and fury” on Pyongyang, but considering this was Trump’s first address before the UN, definitely impressive.

Sep 27 12:40

BILL O’REILLY RETURNS TO FOX NEWS – FOR A NIGHT

The best clips from his appearance on Hannity last night. He rails against the mainstream media's anti-Trump bias that has taken over cable news.

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Sep 27 12:37

Highlight | Tom Fitton Speaks At Tea Party Rally, Annihilates Corrupt IRS Overlords

Fantastic job from Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton. He needs to run for Senate.

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Sep 27 12:36

Rockets Hit Afghan Capital As Mattis, NATO Chief Arrive

Up to 20 rockets have struck the airport and surrounding areas in Afghanistan’s capital of Kabul hours after US Defense Secretary James Mattis and NATO’s General Secretary Jens Stoltenberg arrived in the country on an unannounced visit.

Sep 27 12:32

Breathing Easy: 40yo Toy Removed From Lung Op ‘Cancer’ Patient

A suspected cancer patient was given the all-clear after doctors discovered a possible tumor was in fact a toy traffic cone lodged “in the very last place he would look.”

The Playmobil toy sat unnoticed in the man’s body for 40 years, according to medical experts who published the case study in the British Medical Journal. They say that, to their knowledge, this was the first such instance of a foreign object in the body being overlooked for such a long time.

Sep 27 12:23

Trump's Big Problem: He Talks Too Much

President Trump's speech in Alabama Friday night lasted one hour and 23 minutes. A transcript of his remarks runs to just over 12,000 words.
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What is striking is that the football remarks, which set off another media/political firestorm for Trump, are in the simplest sense a result of the president just talking too much.
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"Reagan said to me one day, 'How long do you think I can hold an audience?'" Rollins recalled in a conversation Monday.

When Rollins said he did not know, Reagan explained, "Here's what I do. I pick someone in the audience. I watch them. I watch their reaction, every so often look across the room."

"I can hold an audience for about 20, 23 minutes >>>

(*But that's only because Reagan wasn't working the crowd with perpetual campaign rhetoric 11 months into his tenure)

Sep 27 12:01

Syria prepared to discuss post-war autonomy with Kurds in geo-strategic blow to the US and Israel

Syria’s Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Walid Muallem has stated that once the conflict against terrorist groups is finished in Syria, Damascus will be willing to politically negotiate internal autonomy for Syrian Kurds.

Sep 27 12:01

BREAKING: Iraq authorises troop deployment in Kirkuk

Kirkuk is being claimed by Kurdish secessionists even though it is not part of existing autonomous Kurdish regions of Iraq.

Sep 27 11:58

Coroner's report on the death of Otto Warmbier appears to dispute claims made by his parents that he was tortured and disfigured by the North Koreans

A coroner's report on the death of Otto Warmbier conflicts with some claims made by his grieving parents, who say he was tortured during the 15 months he was detained by the North Korean government.

In an interview on Fox & Friends on Tuesday, Fred Warmbier said that when his son was released and returned to the U.S. in a medically-induced coma in June, it 'looked like someone had taken a pair of pliers and rearranged' his bottom teeth.

But the Hamilton County Coroner's report, obtained by the Cincinnati Enquirer on Tuesday, found Otto's teeth were in 'natural and in good repair' when he died six days after returning to the U.S.

The coroner found a collection of 10 scars on Otto's 'well-developed, well-nourished' body, but nothing serious enough to indicate he was tortured.

Sep 27 11:38

Mattis Comments on Terror Attack Targeting Him at Kabul Airport

Raw video from Mattis presser just hit the wires on a war we can't win.

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Sep 27 11:33

GOP is dead, Obamacare is alive

Remember back in 2012 when then-vice president Joe Biden told us, "Bin Laden is dead; General Motors is alive"? The good old days. That was also around the time Senators John McCain and Lisa Murkowski promised to repeal Obamacare – along with a bunch of other Republicans seeking re-election to Congress.

Fast forward to 2017>>>

Sep 27 11:29

We Get Sick, They Get Rich

Our current health care system in the United States works just fine — for the corporate executives who run it.

Take, for instance, Michael Mussallem, the CEO at Edwards Lifesciences — a California-based company that makes heart valves and assorted other medical devices. Since 2010, Mussallem has pocketed an astounding $246 million in compensation.

Sep 27 11:14

Trump Plans Drastic Corporate Tax Cuts

US President Donald Trump will unveil a proposal to cut personal and corporate taxes by at least $5 trillion over 10 years, under a sweeping White House and Congressional plan that aims to slash the corporate tax rate by 15 percent, one of the lowest rates in the industrial world.

Sep 27 11:09

American Wars are Disobeying the Constitution

(*America's War On Free Speech Sure Is !
The President Says FIRE THE S.O.B. greeted with thunderous applause , because he ran on a platform of Political Correctness being BAD for America
However , he said FIRE THE S.O.B. because he , himself found something that he personally found to be Politically Incorrect .
Under THIS President , I feel I've got something to worry about for pointing out the 100 yard hole in his veneer)

Sep 27 10:31

WaPo Forced To Retract Claim That Obama Told Zuckerberg To Tackle Alleged Russian Meddling

The Washington Post has been forced to remove Russia from the headline and alter the content of its front-page “scoop” over a supposed conversation between Barack Obama and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, after the social network denied the newspaper’s claims.

Under the headline“Obama sought to prod Facebook on Russia role,” the three-author story alleged that “Obama and his top aides quietly agonized over how to respond to Russia’s brazen intervention on behalf of the Donald Trump” prior to the 2016 election, before the last US president “pulled the youthful tech billionaire aside and delivered what he hoped would be a wake-up call” last November.

Sep 27 09:44

Netanyahu convenes security cabinet to discuss Iran missile threat

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday called a special meeting of his security cabinet following Iran’s testing of a ballistic missile that can reach Israel over the weekend.

The missile test, along with efforts to get world powers to cancel or fix the Iran nuclear deal, were the top priorities at the meeting, Israel Radio reported.

Netanyahu also planned to brief the body on his meetings last week in New York during which he held discussions with US President Donald Trump and separately with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly.

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It appears that Iran gave Netanyahu a gift with this missile test; now, he has something else to talk about other than the corruption trial, coming up soon!!

Sep 27 09:38

WORLD NEWSSpanish Police to Take Over Catalan Polling Stations to Thwart Independence Vote

Spain's government said on Tuesday police would take control of voting booths in Catalonia to help thwart the region's planned independence referendum that Madrid has declared illegal.

The dispute has plunged Spain into one of its biggest political crises since the restoration of democracy in the 1970s after decades of military dictatorship.

Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has said the referendum is against the law and the constitutional court has ordered it be halted while its legality is determined. Catalonia's separatist government, however, remains committed to holding it on Sunday.

Rajoy, speaking on Tuesday alongside U.S. President Donald Trump in Washington, said it would be "ridiculous" if the affluent northeastern region declared independence from Spain.

Trump said he opposed the referendum and wanted a united Spain. "I really think the people of Catalonia would stay with Spain. I think it would be foolish not to," he told reporters.

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Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, a word, please; as a country which is a signatory to the UN, for which the concept of peaceful self-determination is enshrined in its charter, does the Spanish government have any possible clue about how geopolitically lousy the optics are of these moves against the Catalonian referendum?!?

I am having a double Picard facepalm, at warp speed, upon reading this!!!

Not allowing this referendum may well place Spain in the peril of having a civil war; and that, sir, is something no sane Spaniard would want to see happen!!!

Sep 27 09:29

Artificial sweeteners raise the risk of type-2 diabetes, new study confirms

Results of a small study concluded that habitual use of artificial sweeteners can dampen the body’s response to glucose. Researchers saw that the change led to an impaired absorption of nutrition, which increased the participant’s’ risk of developing type-2 diabetes. Damning though this may be for healthy adults wanting to keep their blood sugar levels in check, these findings bring a whole wave of worry for diabetic patients looking for a sugar substitute.

Sep 27 09:27

WAS FACEBOOK PRESSURED INTO FINDING ‘SOMETHING’ TO IMPLICATE RUSSIA?

Robert Parry of Consortium News just published an extremely important article picking apart The Washington Post’s latest attempt to convince readers that Russia influenced the 2016 U.S. election. In this case, by purchasing a measly $100,000 of Facebook ads.

The Washington Post, which has a history of falsely claiming certain alternative media websites work for the Kremlin, is owned by billionaire Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon, which has a $600 million contract with the CIA. When it comes to Russia hysteria, the paper is in a class of its own.

What follows are some key excerpts from Parry’s piece, WPost Pushes More Dubious Russia-bashing. You should read the entire thing and share.

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Why am I completely unsurprised by these revelations?!?

Folks, this was desperation on the cusp of madness, and there is no "there" there!!

Sep 27 09:26

Japan considers killing cash by launching own cryptocurrency

Authorities in Japan are considering starting a digital currency to be called the J-Coin. By doing so, Tokyo will reduce cash circulation in the country.

Sep 27 09:23

Russia & US to create new space station in moon’s orbit

Russia and the US have agreed to build a new space station called Deep Space Gateway in the moon’s orbit, the head of Russia’s Roscosmos space agency said, adding that the first modules could be ready between 2024 and 2026.

Sep 27 09:22

US long overdue destroying its chemical weapons, Putin says as Russia completes disposal (VIDEO)

Unlike Russia, the US is not observing its own pledge to dispose of its chemical weapons arsenal, the President Vladimir Putin said ahead of the destruction of the last batch of Russian chemical weapons on Wednesday.

“Russia strictly complies with its international obligations, including those related to non-proliferation and reductions of weapons of mass destruction,” Putin said.

“Historically Russia was one of the largest holders of chemical weapons and the US remains one. Unfortunately the US is not observing the deadline for disposing of its chemical weapons. They have pushed the date back three times, citing a lack of funding. This, frankly, sounds strange,” he added.

Sep 27 09:22

Deloitte is a sitting duck: Key systems with RDP open, VPN and proxy 'login details leaked'

Monday’s news that multinational consultancy Deloitte had been hacked was dismissed by the firm as a small incident.

Now evidence suggests it's no surprise the biz was infiltrated: it appears to be all over the shop, security wise.

On Tuesday, what seemed to be a collection of Deloitte's corporate VPN passwords, user names, and operational details were found lurking within a public-facing GitHub-hosted repository. These have since been removed in the past hour or so. In addition, it appears that a Deloitte employee uploaded company proxy login credentials to his public Google+ page. The information was up there for over six months – and was removed in the past few minutes.

Sep 27 09:18

¡Dios mío! Spain blocks DNS to silence Catalan independence vote sites

As a controversial referendum on the independence of Catalonia draws near, the Spanish government has expanded efforts to shut it down, even blocking access to some websites.

After a number of .cat websites covering the referendum were aggressively shut down by the authorities, pro-independence groups set up new websites at different addresses, including referendum.party and ref1Oct.eu.

Now it appears that those websites are being partly blocked within Spain – putting informational websites on a par with copyright infringing sites like The Pirate Bay and extremist Islamic websites.

Sep 27 09:16

Cisco polishes the axe for more HQ job cuts

Cisco is saying farewell to 310 more staff from its corporate HQ in California, according to a filing with the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) system.

As part of its struggle to stay relevant in a world of cloud tech, the router and switch maker has spent the past seven years restructuring by removing people deemed to have the wrong skills and hiring new folk.

Back in May, Switchzilla confirmed its intent to chop 1,100 job worldwide, with 250 reductions earmarked for HQ in San Jose.

Sep 27 09:12

U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP QUIETLY SIGNS LAW TO ALLOW WARRANTLESS SEARCHES IN PARTS OF VA, DC AND MD

As former White House chief of staff and current Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has said: “You never let a serious crisis go to waste.” While everyone was worried about the hurricanes, U.S. President Donald Trump signed away the Fourth Amendment buried in a new bill. He set a precedent by empowering the police state to allow warrantless searches in parts of VA, MD and D.C. near the Metro train system.

The new safety commission will take over from the current Federal Transit Agency (FTA), which has been in charge of safety oversight for the Washington Metropolitan Area Interstate Compact (WMATA) since October 2015.

“We’ll set this up and get the FTA out of Metro. They are happy to get out, and we’re happy to get them out,” Metro Board of Directors Chair Jack Evans told Bloomberg BNA. “I’m glad we got this thing. If nothing else, we’ll get our money.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Absoflippinglutely unbelievable!!

Sep 27 09:07

THE "RUSSIAN INFLUENCE" STORY FALLS APART - A NEW FAIRY TALE IS NEEDED

The Obama White House and some Democratic officials pressed Facebook to find evidence for alleged "Russian interference" in the U.S. election. When Facebook found none, the pressure increased. Facebook went back, again found nothing and political pressure increase further. Congress threatened to investigate. Senator Warner flew to California and demanded the "right" results. Eventually Facebook gave in:

By early August, Facebook had identified more than 3,000 ads addressing social and political issues that ran in the United States between 2015 and 2017 and that appear to have come from accounts associated with the Internet Research Agency.

All hailed Facebook - finally there was something they could build their anti-Russian campaign on.

Sep 27 08:59

US Joint Chiefs Chairman: Iran Honoring Nuclear Deal

US Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Joe Dunford offered an unusually stern rebuke of the push to withdraw from the P5+1 deal with Iran. Testifying to the Senate Armed Services Committee, he noted Iran was complying with the terms of the deal.

More importantly, Gen. Dunford warned that a US move to unilaterally withdraw from the deal would have huge ramifications internationally, raising global questions about America’s treaty obligations, and reliability as a partner in future negotiations.

Sep 27 08:58

ROGER STONE DISCUSSES INTEL CMTE TESTIMONY

Some interesting detail provided by Stone about his 3-hour testimony Wednesday.

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Sep 27 08:57

Tucker Interviews Attorney General Jeff Sessions

Sessions made a surprise appearance last night with Tucker Carlson.

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Sep 27 08:42

Syrian Kurdish commander: We're 'ready to engage' with Damascus

In an interview with Al-Monitor, a Syrian Kurdish commander says the United States should stay in Syria during the post-Islamic State process.

Sep 27 08:41

BROWN-NOSING THE ISRAEL LOBBY

Silencing the freedom of speech of legitimate boycott supporters has occurred in Berlin, Frankfurt, Munich, and more recently in Cologne.

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In the front line of those “brown-nosing” politicians are the members of the Social Party, the Christian Democratic Party, and of course, the Green philo-Semite politician Volker Beck who fervently wants to be the future leader of the campaign against “Anti-Semitism” which will be supported by his friends in the pro-Israel lobby.

Sep 27 08:41

JPMorgan Ordered To Pay Over $4 Billion To Widow And Family

A Dallas jury ordered JPMorgan Chase to pay more than $4 billion in damages for mishandling the estate of a former American Airlines executive.

Jo Hopper and two stepchildren won a probate court verdict over claims that JPMorgan mismanaged the administration of the estate of Max Hopper, who was described as an airline technology innovator by the family’s law firm. The bank, which was hired by the family in 2010 to independently administer the estate of Hopper, was found in breach of its fiduciary duties and contract. In total, JP Morgan Chase was ordered to pay at least $4 billion in punitive damages, approximately $4.7 million in actual damages, and $5 million in attorney fees.

Sep 27 08:37

In Stunning Reversal, DHS Says Russians Were Not Behind Attempted Wisconsin Vote Hacking

Just in time for the weekend, the Associated Press reported on Friday that the Department of Homeland Security had notified 21 states earlier that day that their election systems had been targeted by malicious cyber actors. The states and DHS quickly jumped to the conclusion that Russia had ordered the cyberattacks, even though it was reported that the identity or identities of the perpetrators were inconclusive Yet, the news spread like wildfire after readers had been primed as reports of possible infiltartion of state election systems had circulated for nearly a year. Even so, for many states, the call Friday from the Department of Homeland Security was the first official confirmation that their election systems had, in fact, been targeted by hackers.

Federal officials said that in most of the 21 states, the targeting was preparatory activity such as scanning computer systems.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The 2016 election was hacked... from much closer to home.

Sep 27 08:37

Murder of Mainstream Media Journalist Exposes Banking Industry at Highest Levels

The New York Post says so. According to the newspaper in 1991, the television newswoman who died in Bucks County eight years ago was murdered because she was investigating an Italian banking scandal. “Savitch was in danger after she began looking into the life and death of Italian banker Robert Calvi,” the Post said in a story published yesterday. The Post story quoted private investigator William Callahan, who alleged that Calvi was murdered after his Milan-based bank collapsed, costing the Vatican $250 million.

Sep 27 08:35

Connecticut Capital Hartford Downgraded To Deep Junk, S&P Says "Default Virtual Certainty"

Two months after S&P downgraded the state capital of Connecticut, Hartford, to junk, when it cuts its bond rating from BB+ to BB- citing growing liquidity pressures and weaker market access, the city which has been rumored is preparing to file for bankruptcy protection and which has seen an exodus of corporations and businesses in recent months, just got more bad news when S&P downgraded it by a whopping 4 notches deeper into junk territory, from BB- to CC, stating that "a default, a distressed exchange, or redemption appears to be a virtual certainty."

Sep 27 08:34

Evacuations Underway In California As Fire Rages Along The Highway

Corona, California is experiencing burning hillsides near a freeway as the Canyon fire rages on. So far, the fire has forced people to quickly evacuate their homes.

The fire has destroyed more than 1,700 acres of land near Chino Hills State Park, California, with emergency crews urging people to evacuate all homes and schools in the area. The canyon fire began close to Freeway 91 just after 1 pm on Monday and has now spread to over 2,000 acres, according to the Orange County Fire Authority.

Sep 27 08:34

Super Malaria Bug Spreads Through Southeast Asia

First identified in Cambodia, a new malaria superbug which is spread by mosquitoes, is ravaging southeast Asia. The new form of malaria is also drug-resistant, making the first line of defense against it, null and void.

As of now, five countries in Southeast Asia have reported artemisinin-resistant malaria. (Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam, and Myanmar.) What is more concerning, however, is that along the border between Cambodia and Thailand, the parasite has become resistant to almost all treatments. This drug resistance is thought to be driven by a number of different factors, including patients not completing their course of drugs and inadequate treatment policies in certain regions, as well as the wide availability of the drug over the counter, including cheap substandard forms.

Sep 27 08:32

USS Ronald Reagan Supercarrier to Conduct Exercises Off Korean Peninsula

The US Navy has announced that the nuclear-powered supercarrier USS Ronald Reagan will be deployed to the Korean Peninsula to participate in joint exercises with the South Korean Navy as part of a continued American military buildup in the region as it faces off against North Korea.

Sep 27 08:32

US Taking Measures Over Russia's Alleged Violation of Open Skies Treaty

Earlier in the day, the Wall Street Journal reported that the US authorities were going to announce restrictions on Russian observation flights over the US soil within the framework of the Open Skies Treaty, beginning on January 1, 2018. According to the sources cited by the WSJ, the United States has considered restrictions on Russia’s flights over Alaska and Hawaii, among other possibilities.

Sep 27 08:30

BEX ALERT - Trump Says North Korea Tortured Otto Warmbier ‘Beyond Belief’

US President Donald Trump accused North Korea of brutally torturing US student Otto Warmbier in a Twitter post referring to a recent Fox News interview with Warmbier’s parents.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Let the demonization continue! And after Abu Ghraib, etc. the US lacks moral standing to question other countries use of torture.

Sep 27 08:28

North Korea: Trump says he is prepared to take 'devastating' military action to end tensions

Donald Trump has said that the US is ready with a "military option" to end the crisis with North Korea in the latest chapter of the escalating rhetoric between the two countries.

"We are totally prepared for the second option, not a preferred option," Mr Trump said at a White House news conference alongside Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy. "But if we take that option, it will be devastating, I can tell you that, devastating for North Korea. That's called the military option. If we have to take it, we will."

Sep 27 08:28

Joint Chiefs Chair: US Should Assume NK Nuke Can Hit US

The United States should assume North Korea can already strike the mainland with missiles, Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford said Tuesday.

Intelligence officials believe North Korea could be capable of hitting the United States by late 2018 — and Dunford told a Senate Armed Services Committee he agrees, Stars and Stripes reported.

Sep 27 08:27

Joint Chiefs Chair: Korea Military Posture Unchanged

The nation's top military officer said Tuesday he's not seen any shifts in North Korea's military posture despite the reclusive nation's threats to shoot down U.S. warplanes amid the "charged political environment" between Washington and Pyongyang.

Sep 27 08:26

Trump cuts Obama’s refugee target in half, takes more Christians than Muslims

President Trump, in just eight months in office, has succeeded in upending U.S. refugee policy, cutting by more than half the 110,000-refugee target that the Obama administration had bequeathed him and dramatically shifting the demographics of who is accepted.

Sep 27 08:26

Turkey’s Erdogan threatens to halt renewed Israel ties over backing for Kurdish state

President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an of Turkey threatened to halt steps being taken toward normalization with Israel if it does not end its support for an independent Kurdish state.

“If Israel does not reconsider its support for Kurdish independence, Turkey will not be able to take many steps we would have with Israel, too,” Erdogan said Tuesday, the day after a nonbinding referendum by Iraqi Kurdistan on whether to seek independence. His remarks were reported by the Turkish Daily Sabah.

Netanyahu was the only leader in the region to endorse the referendum.

Sep 27 08:25

Spain to deploy police to prevent Catalan independence vote

Police will be deployed at polling stations to prevent people from voting in the Catalan independence referendum, the Spanish government has confirmed.

Although the Catalonia regional government has insisted the unilateral poll will go ahead on Sunday, the Spanish government has vowed to stop the vote, which it says is a clear violation of the constitution. Spain’s constitutional court has suspended the legislation underpinning the referendum while it rules on its legality.

Sep 27 08:25

Official: Israel Benefiting From Referendum in Iraqi Kurdistan

Secretary of Iran's Expediency Council (EC) Mohsen Rezayee blasted the referendum in Iraq's Kurdistan region, and said that Tel Aviv will gain a lot from the instability and chaotic situation in the region.
"This is in the interest of Israel and those who want to expand insecurity in the region," Rezayee told reporters on Tuesday.

The EC secretary underlined that Kurdistan needs security, development and progress; any kind of conflict would make them to lag behind peace and progress.

Rezayee reiterated that the region will face insecurity which would lead to Israel's ill-treatment.

Sep 27 08:24

Israel cheers on Kurds while ignoring Palestinians

Senior Israeli politicians and the Israeli media have been showering the Kurds with warmth and support in their independence effort while ignoring the Palestinian aspirations for self-determination.

Sep 27 08:23

Foreign Ministry: Russia Supports Iraqi Territorial Integrity Amid Kurdish Vote

Russia supports Iraq's territorial integrity, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement following a referendum on independence held in Iraqi Kurdistan, RIA Novosti reported.

Morever, Moscow calls for both Baghdad and Erbil to resolve all the disagreements strongly by peaceful means, the Russian Foreign Ministry added.

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