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Sep 26 13:23

FLASHBACK: The Data That Turned the World Upside Down

Hannes Grassegger & Mikael Krogerus. Jan 28 2017, 9:15am

Psychologist Michal Kosinski developed a method to analyze people in minute detail based on their Facebook activity. Did a similar tool help propel Donald Trump to victory? Two reporters from Zurich-based Das Magazin went data-gathering.?

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"Pretty much every message that Trump put out was data-driven," says Cambridge Analytica CEO Alexander Nix

Sep 26 13:19

Alabama County Pays Ransom To Recover Hacked Data

After hackers targeted one of the largest counties in Alabama with a ransomware attack last week, officials in Montgomery County were forced to pay a ransom of $37,000 worth of Bitcoin to unlock nearly 70 terabytes of data.



Taboola
Sep 26 12:57

Hillary Clinton refuses to rule out challenging "legitimacy" of Trump's election win

Hillary Clinton has said that she “would not” rule out questioning the legitimacy of the 2016 US election over the investigation into Russian interference.

The former Secretary of State told National Public Radio she would dispute Donald Trump’s win if it turns out that allegations of Russia hacking were more insidious than the country originally thought.

Sep 26 12:54

If You Blame Hillary Clinton for Benghazi, You Probably Couldn’t Serve on This Jury

Next Monday, Ahmed Abu Khattala will become the only person to go on trial for the 2012 attack on the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya. The government alleges that Abu Khattala, a Libyan, was a member of the terrorist group Ansar al-Sharia and was one of the ringleaders of the attack that resulted in the deaths of US Ambassador Chris Stephens and three other American State Department employees.

Sep 26 12:51

FLASHBACK 2015 - Report: At least 50 teams were paid by Department of Defense for patriotic displays

A government oversight report released Wednesday by Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake offers new details about how the Department of Defense paid professional sports teams and leagues for patriotic displays honoring American soldiers.

The report expands on one that became public last May and resulted in changes to the National Defense Authorization Act for 2016, prohibiting the expenditures and calling on leagues and teams to donate the money to organizations that support the military, veterans and their families.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Some corporate media outlets are trying to dismiss this story as a hoax.

Sep 26 12:50

Trump's New UK Ambassador Wrongly Accuses Britain of Spending 'Minimum' on Its Military

Donald Trump’s new ambassador to Britain has incorrectly accused the Government of spending the “minimum” on defence.

Woody Johnson, a 70-year-old billionaire, suggested the UK’s funding was not enough to maintain its global standing.

“Whether you have the capability you need to be a powerful nation going forward, I think you are going to have to determine,” he told the Telegraph.

"We spend at least twice that much and we could still spend more. And we probably should spend more as well."

(*Sounds like he's on point with The Trump Agenda to me !)



Emigrate While You Still Can - Finca Bayano In Panama!

Finco Bayano
Sep 26 12:45

North Korea Said To Seek Help From Republicans "To Figure Out Trump"

In what may be the most bizarre development of the day, the WaPo reports that in their ongoing feud with President Trump, the North Korean government has quietly sought the help of an unlikely counterparty: Republicans.

Sep 26 12:43

The NFL: Big Business With Big Tax Breaks

If You Build It ...

Besides the tax exemption, the NFL can also get a break through big stadium deals. Take, for example, the Dallas Cowboys.

In the late 1990s, the Dallas Cowboys and the team's owner, Jerry Jones, began plans to expand their stadium or build a new one. Jones shopped in and around Dallas for years, asking for public assistance to fund the stadium.

He found an audience in Arlington, a city just outside of Dallas. The price tag for the public was $325 million. (Jones was responsible for the balance of the money for the $1.2 billion stadium. Dallas News says Jones' contribution "was paid with commercial loans, league funding and proceeds from a ticket and parking tax.")

Sep 26 12:39

Paid Patriotism: Six Ways The NFL Is Directly Connected To The Government

There's a reason why football is called America's pastime. Americans —if they watch the sport or not— are unconsciously paying for it. Controversy brought on by NFL star Colin Kaepernick taking a knee during the National Anthem last season, and subsequently looking for employment this season, has put the organization founded in 1920 under a microscope.

Non-Profit Status.
Believe it or not, the NFL is non-profit. The IRS expanded Section 501(c)6 of the Internal Revenue Code, which "provides for the exemption of business leagues, chambers of commerce, real estate boards, boards of trade and professional football leagues, which are not organization." As noted by The Washington Post, this exception means the NFL’s headquarters in New York led by Goodell is spared tax payments that some estimate to be $10 million annually— because the teams and not the NFL make money.

Sep 26 12:35

What Happens If You Eat Saturated Fat?

At least since the middle of the 20th century, Americans have been warned not to eat saturated fat. The idea was that fats that are solid at room temperature, like butter or the fat found in meat like beef or lamb, would raise cholesterol and clog coronary arteries. More recent research reveals, however, that saturated fats are not all alike in their effects (Santaren et al, Journal of Lipid Research, online Sep. 19, 2017). In addition, other components of the diet as well as the microbes that reside in the intestines have an important impact on the effects of eating saturated fat (Li & Tang, Current Atherosclerosis Reports, Aug. 25, 2017). A diet containing saturated fat does not necessarily result in sky-high cholesterol, as one reader reports.



Sep 26 12:35

How the NFL Fleeces Taxpayers

Taxpayers fund the stadiums, antitrust law doesn't apply to broadcast deals, the league enjoys nonprofit status, and Commissioner Roger Goodell makes $30 million a year. It's time to stop the public giveaways to America's richest sports league—and to the feudal lords who own its teams.
Last year was a busy one for public giveaways to the National Football League. In Virginia, Republican Governor Bob McDonnell, who styles himself as a budget-slashing conservative crusader, took $4 million from taxpayers’ pockets and handed the money to the Washington Redskins, for the team to upgrade a workout facility. Hoping to avoid scrutiny, McDonnell approved the gift while the state legislature was out of session. The Redskins’ owner, Dan Snyder, has a net worth estimated by Forbes at $1 billion. But even billionaires like to receive expensive gifts.
And on and on........

Sep 26 12:26

The New York Times had an anti-Hillary Clinton agenda? That's untrue

In her book, Hillary Clinton says the news media has not done enough soul-searching about its role in her loss.

Her argument boils down to this: too much firepower was aimed at her emails, part of a long pattern of unfair scandal mongering over the years. Unfair press coverage fueled the “lock her up” frenzy and created doubts in the minds of some undecided voters.

Sep 26 12:21

Breaking video: ISIS fighter admits that ISIS is forbidden to attack Kurdish forces in Deir Ezzor

A video has just been released on social media showing the interview of an ISIS fighter from Deir Ezzor who admits that the terrorist group’s forces in the region are forbidden by their commanders from attacking US-backed, Kurdish-led militias.

The interviewee, Mohammed Moussa al-Shawwakh, says that his group, tasked with defending the area around the Conoco Gas Fields, was ordered to allow Kurdish forces to enter the strategic site. The order, he says, came from a top regional emir (leader) called Abu Zaid.

The ISIS fighter’s confession goes on to mention that Kurdish-led forces were also allowed to enter other gas and oil fields in the region in order to make propaganda videos.

Sep 26 11:58

Leaked Descriptions Of Infamous "Russia Ads" Derail Collusion Narrative "They Showed Support For Clinton"

Less than a week after Facebook agreed to turn over to Congressional investigators copies of the 3,000-odd political advertisements that the company said it had inadvertently sold to a Russia-linked group intent on meddling in the 2016 presidential election, the contents of the ads have – unsurprisingly – leaked, just as we had expected them to.

Congressional investigators shared the information with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team, which has repeatedly allowed information about its investigation into whether members of the Trump campaign actively colluded with Russian operatives to leak to the press. Once this happened, we knew it was only a matter of time before the ads became part of the public record.

Sep 26 11:23

Venezuela says Trump is acting like 'the world's emperor'

Foreign minister Jorge Arreaza retaliates after US sanctions and a new travel ban against Venezuela, as well as harsh words from Trump

Sep 26 11:20

Roger Stone tells the House Intel Committee how it is, demands an apology, calls ranking member a liar

Stone said that although investigators think that he was somehow involved some type of collusive activity between the Trump Campaign and the Russian State there is “not one shred of evidence” to back up the allegation which Stone said is “conjecture” at best.

Sep 26 11:19

Russia rejects revision of Iran nuclear deal

A Russian Foreign Ministry official on Tuesday rejected possible revision of Iranian nuclear deal, saying that it could aggravate sharply the situation in the region.



Owl 1
Sep 26 11:19

U.S. President Donald Trump Quietly Signs Law To Allow Warrantless Searches In Parts Of VA, DC and MD

By Aaron Kesel

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...

Sep 26 11:06

NFL TEAMS STAYED IN LOCKER ROOMS FOR ANTHEM UNTIL 2009—THEN DOD BEGAN ‘PAYING FOR PATRIOTISM’

What many people are missing in this debate is the fact that prior to 2009, NFL teams did not generally stand for the anthem. While having the option to do so individually if they chose to, most of the time they stayed in the locker room during this pregame ritual.

“NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy confirmed this morning the practice began in 2009, adding, ‘As you know, the NFL has a long tradition of patriotism. Players are encouraged but not required to stand for the anthem.’”

Additionally, it has come to light that many of the “patriotic” pregame displays in the NFL are simply propaganda displays that were paid for by the U.S. Department of Defense and the National Guard – meaning that these displays were actually paid for by the American taxpayers.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Absoflippinglutely unbelievable!!!

At least, now we know.

Sep 26 11:03

Enough evidence of civilian deaths, US self-investigation of Syria strikes insufficient – HRW to RT

The US-led coalition is underreporting the civilian casualty figures in Syria, the deputy director of terrorism and counterterrorism division at Human Rights Watch has told RT, criticizing the US's secretive and insufficient self-investigation methods.

On Sunday, Human Rights Watch (HRW) revealed that the US-led coalition fighting Islamic State in Syria killed at least 84 civilians, including 30 children, when it carried out two lethal airstrikes near Raqqa in March. The US-led coalition, however, insists that there was no civilians present at the time of the attacks.

Sep 26 10:59

THE CDC’S STRANGE CASE OF POUL THORSEN, MD, PHD, VACCINE DATA MANIPULATOR “EXTRAORDINAIRE”

A few months ago after reading the book Master Manipulator, I wrote an article about Poul Thorsen, MD, PhD, the Danish medical researcher who produced the ‘premiere safety study’ that vaccines do not cause Autism; however, the study was produced fraudulently, but the CDC still promotes it and has not retracted it from vaccinology research, as science protocol requires.

One of the questionable studies involved is “A population-based study of measles, mumps, and rubella vaccination and autism” co-authored by Poul Thorsen, See comment in PubMed Commons below N Engl J Med. 2002 Nov 7;347(19):1477-82. It’s the study CDC particularly likes to point to regarding vaccines and Autism, and is published online here. The research was about ethylmercury in Thimerosal attributing to and/or causing Autism.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In an age where science can increasingly be "bought", to enhance a pharmaceutical company's bottom line, please be very careful when your prescribing physician suggests a brand new, just out of the box treatment or vaccine for whatever ails you.

Because I have personally been a victim of a pharmaceutical company's "buying" the allegiance of my former physician by paying them for "recommending" certain prescriptions for my joint pain (which never really worked as advertised), at 68, I have absolutely no difficulty in asking a prescribing physician if they are getting compensated, in any way, for prescribing a medication for me.

Trust should never be an absolute; trust has to be earned.



Sep 26 10:53

Violent crime in US rises again, murders up 8% ? FBI

The new numbers show that “the worrying violent crime increase that began in 2015 after many years of decline was not an isolated incident,” the FBI said That year saw a 3.3 percent increase in violent crime, including an 11.4 spike in homicides over 2014.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That coincides with the flood of migrants into the US, and as an article further down shows, half the crimes being committed in Germany are by migrants.

Sep 26 10:41

US sanctions 8 North Korean banks, 26 individuals

Trump administration slaps sanctions on 8 North Korean banks, 26 bank workers living abroad

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US has declared economic war on North Korea.



Sep 26 10:40

Kirkuk governor declares overnight curfew after Kurdish independence vote

The head of police department in Iraq’s northern oil-rich city of Kirkuk says the governor has imposed a curfew following the closing of polls in a controversial referendum on the independence of the semi-autonomous Kurdistan region from the central government in Baghdad.

Sep 26 10:40

Water Authority seeks to pipe water from four rural valleys

The fate of four rural Nevada water basins will be decided in the next few weeks.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Basically, Nevada wants to pump more water away from farmers so that Las Vegas can have more water fountains.

Sep 26 10:39

"Gold-Backed' RMB Oil Contracts

Sep 26 10:38

Pentagon Considering Retiring 100 F-35s Before They Ever Fly

The US Department of Defense is considering a change in direction with their fleet of F-35s, in which more than 100 fighters would be retired from combat rather than upgraded with a new software configuration.



Lockerdome
Sep 26 10:36

Are YOU having problems with iOS 11? Apple users complain the update drains their iPhone's battery and slows down apps

Some users claim that their phones 'just get stuck on apps' and that a hard reset is the only way to resolve the issue.

Apps including Reddit, Snapchat, Twitter, Facebook, Messenger, Safari, all appear to be affected.

For others the iOS update has drained their battery life - although there appears to be an explanation for this problem.

Wandera, a London-based mobile security company, found iPhones using iOS 11 took 96 minutes to empty their battery from 100 per cent charge.

Those on iOS 10 took longer, at 240 minutes.

Liana La Porta, head of content marketing at Wandera, conducted a study of 50,000 iPhones battery life.

The study found that battery drain may down to the iPhone's Spotlight app.

Sep 26 10:31

Nigel Farage RIPS INTO Sadiq Khan after London Mayor compares Donald Trump to ISIS

NIGEL FARAGE leapt to the defence of Donald Trump after London Mayor Sadiq Khan accused the US President of using ISIS-style rhetoric.

Sep 26 10:30

WARNING: Indonesian Volcano Sending Out Powerful Shakes 500 Times per Day

Mount Agung volcano on Indonesia's Bali island has reached a critical stage with almost 500 tremors recorded per day, local media reported Tuesday, citing Indonesia's National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB).

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Planet Earth is really rocking and rolling these days!



Sep 26 10:29

Man convicted of terror offence for refusing to give police phone and laptop password

The director of an advocacy group has been convicted of a terror offence after refusing to give police passwords to access his phone and laptop at Heathrow Airport.

Muhammad Rabbani vowed to appeal the first verdict of its kind after being handed a 12 month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £620 in costs at Westminster Magistrates' Court.

The director of Cage was stopped under the Terrorism Act on 20 November last year after returning home from a wedding in Doha, Qatar.

Officers demanded access to his phone and laptop under wide-ranging powers granted by Schedule 7 of the law.

It allows police and immigration officials to stop, search, question and detain anyone at British ports and airports to determine whether they were involved in the “commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism” – with or without reasonable suspicion.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Like all the other erosions of our civil liberties this law will do nothing to stop real terrorists, who know not to use the internet for communications or to keep sensitive data on their phones and laptops.

The above hollowed-out coin can hold a micro SD card. Micro SD cards can hold huge amounts of data, topping out at 400 Gbytes; more than a third of a terabyte.

Real criminals and terrorists will use devices like this to protect their secrets, while law abiding citizens who simply desire their right to privacy are harassed and, as in this case, arrested.

Sep 26 10:19

How an Economy Grows and Why it Doesn't



Sep 26 10:15

Source: Deloitte Breach Affected All Company Email, Admin Accounts

Deloitte, one of the world’s “big four” accounting firms, has acknowledged a breach of its internal email systems, British news outlet The Guardian revealed today. Deloitte has sought to downplay the incident, saying it impacted “very few” clients. But according to a source close to the investigation, the breach dates back to at least the fall of 2016, and involves the compromise of all administrator accounts at the company as well as Deloitte’s entire internal email system.

Sep 26 10:15

Merkel Defends Open Borders Migrant Policy After Election Shock

German Chancellor Angela Merkel defended an election campaign that left her conservative bloc in first place but significantly weakened as she embarked Monday on what could be a lengthy quest to form a new government.

Merkel said the success of a nationalist, anti-migrant party that finished third in Sunday’s election won’t influence her foreign, European and refugee policies. She once more defended her decision to let in large numbers of migrants, saying Germany wouldn’t again face the humanitarian crisis that let to it.

Sep 26 10:14

Almost Half of Crimes in Berlin Committed by Migrants

Almost half of the individuals suspected of a recorded crime in Berlin last year were individuals who don’t have a German passport, the latest police statistics show.

Sep 26 10:14

Migrant Ikea Killer Demands Permission to Leave Prison So He Can Visit McDonald’s

Failed Eritrean asylum seeker Abraham Ukbagabir, who murdered a woman and her son in an Ikea in Västerås, Sweden, is now demanding he be let out of prison temporarily so he can visit McDonald’s and do some shopping.


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Owl 2
Sep 26 10:10

Military conducting multiple operations to help Hurricane Maria-struck Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands

The Defense Department has dispatched about 2,600 troops to aid Hurricane Maria victims in the U.S. Virgin Islands and in Puerto Rico, where access to power and communications remained severely limited five days after the Category 4 storm struck the U.S. territory.

Sep 26 10:10

Zinke: One-third of Interior Employees Not Loyal to Trump

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said Monday that nearly one-third of employees at his department are not loyal to him and President Donald Trump, adding that he is working to change the department's regulatory culture to be more business friendly.

Zinke, a former Navy SEAL, said he knew when he took over the 70,000-employee department in March that, "I got 30 percent of the crew that's not loyal to the flag."

Sep 26 10:09

"Fake Nukes": Iran Faked Ballistic Missile Launch

On Saturday, when a defiant Iran allegedly confirmed the existence a brand new ballistic missile it has unveiled just hours earlier at a military parade in Tehran, we reported that Iranian state television released video footage Friday claiming to show the launch of a new type of medium-range ballistic missile.

But it turns out this was "fake news", or rather "fake nukes", as Iran never actually fired a ballistic missile, according to Fox News government sources, and instead the video released by the Iranians was more than seven months old – dating back to a failed launch in late January, which resulted in the missile exploding shortly after liftoff, according to two U.S. officials.



Sep 26 10:09

SPANISH SUPPRESSION OF CATALAN INDEPENDENCE MOVEMENT CONTINUES TO ESCALATE

Disobedient Media previously reported on the suppression of the Catalan independence movement in Spain. Since our first coverage of the issue, repressive tactics in Spain have continued to escalate. Disobedient Media’s report on the issue was also disingenuously smeared by Spanish media outlet El País. The press outlet also heavily criticized Edward Snowden and Julian Assange for having expressed concern on the matter.

That El País would perceive an independent news source like Disobedient Media as damaging enough to warrant such a response illustrates the deep insecurity the Catalan independence movement has stirred in Spain. El Paísdevoted a large, inaccurate chart to our coverage of the events:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Disgusting on the part of the Spanish media and government, but thoroughly predictable.

And by the way, does the incumbent Spanish President, Mariano Rajoy, want his country to remain in the UN?!?

And I say this, because he, at the moment, is having a "SMD" moment, (selelctive memory disorder moment) because he needs, and right the heck now ,to remember, that as a signatory to the UN, and an alleged advocate of its charter, the concept of "peaceful self-determination" is a value which is thoroughly enshrined in that charter.

Sep 26 10:01

SPYING BICYCLES LET POLICE KNOW WHO AND WHERE YOU ARE

Can you recall when your parents bought your first bicycle? Can you recall how thrilled you were when you didn’t need training wheels?

Those were great memories right?

Now imagine a future, where parents are forced to buy a bicycle that uploads all your kids data to a NASA spy satellite that knows exactly where they are are at all times.

This can’t be real, I’m joking right?

Sadly, this is no joke.

Tomes Software, is working with the Ford motor company to develop a device that will alert vehicles that a cyclist is close to you and vice-versa. The company claims, their device will cut down on bicycle, vehicle collisions.

A recent article in the Detroit Free Press reveals, that Tomes Software is working with Ford, Trek and NASA to develop bicycles that collect and transmit all kinds of personal data. (Click here to learn more about NASA spy satellites.)

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The question has to be asked; at what point will Americans be able to buy a bike or car, which doesn't spy on you?!?

In our case, Mike and I are going to buy a car from the 50s, and adopt a Cuban mechanic!! :-)

Sep 26 09:54

CHINA CONDUCTS FIRST EVER LIVE FIRE MILITARY DRILL IN ITS FIRST OVERSEAS MILITARY BASE IN AFRICA

The Chinese military has for the first time staged live-fire drills at the country's first overseas base opened recently in the Horn of Africa, near the strategic Straits of Hormuz in Djibouti.

Less than two months after inaugurating and deploying troops to China's first foreign naval military base abroad, the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLA) held live-fire drills for the first time in this east African location on Friday, the South China Morning Post reported on Monday.

China’s first overseas military facility was inaugurated on August 1 after being under construction for more than a year. China’s military presence in Djibouti will continue until 2026, with a contingent of up to 10,000 soldiers. Beijing has long wanted to use its several footholds in Africa to seek closer ties with nations on the continent that could help it gain access to natural resources and provide new markets.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

China is in Africa for the same reason that the US is there as well; the embarassment of riches in natural resources to exploit.



Sep 26 09:53

2017 German Parliament Elections: A View from Russia

The main result of these elections is undoubtedly the relative failure of the three major parties, the Christian Democratic Union, Christian Social Union, and Social Democratic Party. The 2017 parliamentary elections are the worst in history for the oldest German party, the Social Democratic Party, and for CDU/CSU the smallest margin since 1949. Although the CDU/CSU bloc has kept its position in parliament as the biggest faction, its leader, Angela Merkel, has not hid her disappointment, admitting that she hoped for a better outcome for her bloc.

Sep 26 09:52

Antifa activists protest in Germany as right-wing AfD enters parliament for 1st time (VIDEO)

Hundreds of anti-fascist activists (Antifa) gathered in Berlin on Sunday to protest the Alternative for Germany (AfD) party’s gains in the parliamentary elections, with crowds chanting “Go away,” “Nazi pigs,” and “Say it loud, say it clear, refugees are welcome here.”

Sep 26 09:50

Ann Coulter: They Don’t Call It “The Great Tweet Of China”

Either Trump understood the urgency of our border crisis, as his every campaign speech suggested, or it was just meaningless boilerplate to get himself elected. If it was the latter, then our search continues for one politician who won’t lie to us.

It was precisely the Nietzschean Eternal Recurrence of politicians promising to get tough on immigration, but never, ever doing it, that caused voters to cling to Trump like a life vest in a tidal wave.

Sep 26 09:49

Tony Blair: British public is changing its mind on my decision to invade Iraq in 2003

Asked why the Iraq conflict still causes outrage across the UK, the former Prime Minister said his justification for taking the country to war was still a "huge issue" for the public.

Speaking to Politico, he said: "Because it was a hugely contested decision, and because the intelligence turned out to be, in many cases, faulty, and obviously that’s a huge issue for people.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It wasn't faulty, you were flat-out lying!



Owl 3
Sep 26 09:49

Roy Moore: Just Another Kosher Zionist

From Moore's own website: "We must remember that Israel is the United States' most important ally and partner in the Middle East and should reject agreements or policies that undermine Israel's security. We should pass the Taylor Force Act and move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem."

Sep 26 09:48

AfD win is wake up call for Merkel and EU warns William Hague

WILLIAM Hague has called the Alternative for Germany (AfD) shock election results "a wake up call to a complacent Europe" and warned the bloc's super powers now had to think seriously about how to tackle immigration.

Sep 26 09:47

Catalan farmers drive 1,000 tractors through town center in protest

A thousand members of the Young Farmers and Ranchers of Catalonia (JARC) union drove their tractors through the streets of the Catalonian town of Lleida on Saturday, protesting against an alleged recent crackdown on Catalan democracy by the Spanish government.

Sep 26 09:47

Merkel’s days as German Chancellor are probably now numbered

The rise of the right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) dominates the headlines, but the most significant outcome of the German election is that Angela Merkel’s days as Chancellor are probably numbered. This has grave implications for Europe and the wider world.



Carambola
Sep 26 09:47

'ISRAELI FLAGS WON’T SAVE YOU': ERDOGAN THREATENS IRAQI KURDS WITH FAMINE OVER REFERENDUM

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned that Iraqi Kurds will “not be able to find food” if Ankara decides to halt the flow of trucks and oil into the region, adding that all military and economic sanctions are on the table.

“[They] will be left in the lurch when we start imposing our sanctions,” Erdogan said in a speech broadcast live on television on Tuesday, as quoted by Reuters.

“It will be over when we close the oil taps, all [their] revenues will vanish, and they will not be able to find food when our trucks stop going to northern Iraq.”

Erdogan also warned that “flying Israeli flags” would not save the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) from regional isolation.

“If the only support for the KRG’s referendum is given by Israel and if the [outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party] PKK starts celebrating [the results] even before the polls close then there can be neither innocence nor legitimacy,” Erdo?an said, as quoted by Hurriyet.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF the response to the referendum was positive (and we still don't know precisely how the vote went, because results have yet to be revealed) I am very concerned about massive further violence as a result in this part of Iraq.

The Kurds have been formidable US allies in terms of stomping on ISIS in Syria; but even if the US has stopped short of endorsing this referendum, where does this referendum put the US position vis a vis Turkey, Iraq, and a (soon) nearly created Kurdish state, rich with oil?!?

And don't the Kurdish people believe that such service to the US should have translated into their having their own country?!?

The US government has placed itself, Iraq, and Turkey, into a very sticky wicket, as our British cousins would say, by supporting the Kurds in fighting ISIS in Syria, but not supporting a potentially soon-coming independent Kurdistan, simultaneously potentially carving bits out of Iraq to create this new nation.

What were those in the bowels of the Occupied, Unhinged, Surveilled States of America thinking?!?!? The bottom line is here, they just weren't.

Apparently, not being able to think a scenario through to its logical conclusiion, has to be a prerequisite for working for the Federal government these days.

Sep 26 09:46

Russia test-fires ‘Topol’ ICBM with new advanced warhead

The test launch was performed at the Kapustin Yar range in Russia’s southern Astrakhan Region, the ministry said, adding that the test warhead successfully hit its target at a range in Kazakhstan.

Sep 26 09:46

Barzani’s decision to hold referendum ‘betrayal to Turkey,’ Erdo?an says

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an has warned that all military and economic measures are on the table against the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), arguing that Masoud Barzani’s decision to go ahead with the vote was “betrayal to Turkey.”

Sep 26 09:44

SPYING BICYCLES LET POLICE KNOW WHO AND WHERE YOU ARE

Can you recall when your parents bought your first bicycle? Can you recall how thrilled you were when you didn’t need training wheels? Those were great memories right? Now imagine a future, where parents are forced to buy a bicycle that uploads all your kids data to a NASA spy satellite that knows exactly where they are are at all times.

Sep 26 09:42

Reactions to Iraqi Kurdistan referendum continue

Reactions continue to pour in over the independence referendum in Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdistan region, which was held in defiance of widespread calls for its cancellation.

On Tuesday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) President Masoud Barzani that pushing for independence risked sparking an “ethnic war" in the region.

“If Barzani and the Kurdish Regional Government do not go back on this mistake as soon as possible, they will go down in history with the shame of having dragged the region into an ethnic and sectarian war,” Erdogan said in a televised speech.

He also emphasized that all options, from economic to air and land military measures, were on the table in response to the Kurdish vote.

Sep 26 09:42

DM: Closing Iran's Airspace Message to Officials in Iraqi Kurdistan Region

Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami underlined that sealing his country's airspace to the Iraqi Kurdistan region was just a message to the Kurdish officials for their insistence on holding the independence referendum.

Sep 26 09:36

First Android Malware Found Exploiting Dirty COW Linux Flaw to Gain Root Privileges

The malware uses the Dirty COW exploit to root Android devices via the copy-on-write (COW) mechanism in Android's Linux kernel and install a backdoor which can then be used by attackers to collect data and generate profit through a premium rate phone number.

Trend Micro researchers detected the ZNIU malware in more than 1,200 malicious Android apps—some of which disguised themselves as pornography and gaming apps—alongside host websites containing malware rootkits that exploit Dirty Cow.

While the Dirty Cow flaw impacts all versions of the Android operating system, the ZNIU's Dirty Cow exploit only affects Android devices with ARM/X86 64-bit architecture. However, the recent exploit can be used to bypass SELinux and plant backdoors.

Sep 26 09:35

Apple macOS High Sierra Exploit Lets Hackers Steal Keychain Passwords in Plaintext

Apple yesterday rolled out a new version of its macOS operating system, dubbed High Sierra 10.13—a few hours before an ex-NSA hacker publicly disclosed the details of a critical vulnerability that affects High Sierra as well as all earlier versions of macOS.

Patrick Wardle, an ex-NSA hacker and now head of research at security firm Synack, found a critical zero-day vulnerability in macOS that could allow any installed application to steal usernames and plaintext passwords of online accounts stored in the Mac Keychain.

Sep 26 09:33

Insteon and Wink home hubs appear to have a problem with encryption

Which is to say neither do it

Sep 26 09:33

Commander Blames Israel for Referendum "Plot" in Iraqi Kurdistan Region

Chief of Staff of Iran's Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Hossein Baqeri blasted the referendum for independence in the Iraqi Kurdistan region as a "plot" hatched by Israel and its allies.

Sep 26 09:33

Journalist Travels To North Korea, Brings Back Photos Very Different From MSM

By Brandon Turbeville

As the United States continues to drum up support for possible military intervention in North Korea, the propaganda attacks launched against the isolated Asian nation by the mainstream corporate press have intensified as well. Ranging from the semi-legitimate to the ridiculously absurd, the corporate media has launched a campaign of insults balanced only by its “resistance movement” to Donald Trump. In this case, however, Trump has the rare backing of the corporate press if only in the by the fact that the media is cheering for war harder and faster than Trump is perhaps willing to give it to them.

The corporate press has presented the entirety of North Korea as a state in which no independent thought is allowed, starvation is rampant, haircuts are mandated, and the population of the country is essentially kept in a massive prison camp with messages of brainwashing piped in to every home.

Sep 26 09:32

Monsanto Caught Ghostwriting Stanford University Hoover Institution Fellow’s Published Work

Newly-released documents, dubbed the Monsanto Papers, give the public a behind the scenes look into how far Monsanto will go to control public perception, news media and scientific research into the key ingredient in its Roundup product, glyphosate.

The documents, which include internal emails and memos, reveals among other things, how Henry I. Miller, a Robert Wesson Fellow in Scientific Philosophy and Public Policy at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, allowed Monsanto to ghostwrite an editorial he published in Forbes.com and claimed as his own in 2015.

The 2015 editorial attacked the decision by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, a branch of the World Health Organization, to classify glyphosate as a probable carcinogen.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Monsanto, in the 21st century,has become the personification of utterly despicable corporate evil.

Sep 26 09:30

War 'Will Have No Winner', China Warns Amid Fresh US-N Korea Saber-Rattling

Commenting on the recent escalation of the war of words between the US and North Korea, Beijing urged the two countries to realize that armed hostilities are never a viable way out.

Sep 26 09:30

How powerful is the North Korean air force?

The North Korean air force is estimated to have over 1,300 aircraft.

According to US government estimates, North Korea spends nearly a quarter of its GDP on their military.

A 2015 Pentagon report stated that ‘the North Korean Air Force (NKAF), a fleet of more than 1,300 aircraft that are primarily legacy Soviet models, and is primarily responsible for defending North Korean air space.’

They have only a handful of modern aircraft—the most capable of which are Pyongyang’s fleet of 35 or so Mikoyan MiG-29 Fulcrums.

Other relatively modern planes in Pyongyang’s inventory include 56 MiG-23 Floggers and 34 Sukhoi Su-25 Frogfoot close air support aircraft.

Sep 26 09:30

CBS's Showtime caught mining crypto-coins in viewers' web browsers

The websites of US telly giant CBS's Showtime contained JavaScript that secretly commandeered viewers' web browsers over the weekend to mine cryptocurrency.

The flagship Showtime.com and its instant-access ShowtimeAnytime.com sibling silently pulled in code that caused browsers to blow spare processor time calculating new Monero coins – a privacy-focused alternative to the ever-popular Bitcoin. The hidden software typically consumed as much as 60 per cent of CPU capacity on computers visiting the sites.

Sep 26 09:28

Researchers promise demo of 'God-mode' pwnage of Intel mobos

Security researchers say they've found a way to exploit Intel's accident-prone Management Engine, and will reveal the problem at Black Hat Europe in December.

Positive Technologies researchers say the exploit “allows an attacker of the machine to run unsigned code in the Platform Controller Hub on any motherboard via Skylake+”.

Intel Management Engine (ME), a microcontroller that handles much of the communication between the processor and external devices, hit the headlines in May 2017 due to security concerns regarding the Active Management Technology (AMT) that runs on top of the engine.

It later emerged that AMT had a simple authentication error: an attacker could login with an empty password field.

For those whose vendors haven't pushed a firmware patch for AMT, in August Positive Technologies discovered how to switch off Management Engine.

Sep 26 09:27

Bitcoin “Probably Worth Zero”

Sep 26 09:24

Russia warns of 'catastrophic consequences' if conflict erupts on Korean peninsula

As tensions escalate further, Russia and China are warning there will be "no winners" if war breaks out on the Korean peninsula.

Sep 26 09:24

The next must-have smartphone upgrades: Components you can swap yourself, and a conscience

Fairphone's second-generation handset, which was released in 2015, made a virtue of having components that could be easily swapped out by the device's owners, even if they had no technical skills to speak of. By making a device with simple-to-replace parts, Fairphone hoped it could extend the lifetime of its smartphones: rather than buy a whole device when the screen breaks, you just buy a new screen instead.

Sep 26 09:24

'Israeli flags won’t save you': Erdogan threatens Iraqi Kurds with famine over referendum

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned that Iraqi Kurds will “not be able to find food” if Ankara decides to halt the flow of trucks and oil into the region, adding that all military and economic sanctions are on the table.

“[They] will be left in the lurch when we start imposing our sanctions,” Erdogan said in a speech broadcast live on television on Tuesday, as quoted by Reuters.

“It will be over when we close the oil taps, all [their] revenues will vanish, and they will not be able to find food when our trucks stop going to northern Iraq.”

Sep 26 09:23

Equifax chief executive steps down after massive data breach

The former chief executive made over $4 million in salary last year.

Sep 26 09:23

Ailing Vietnam Vets Hunt Through Ships’ Logs to Prove They Should Get Benefits

Neither the Navy nor the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has a comprehensive list of which ships went where during the Vietnam War. As a result, veterans themselves often have to prove their ships served in areas where Agent Orange was sprayed.

Sep 26 09:22

How North Korea Could Hunt U.S. Warplanes

North Korea considers a recent Twitter comment from U.S. Pres. Donald Trump to effectively be a declaration of war against Pyongyang. As such, the Kim regime says that it will retaliate — potentially even engaging U.S. Air Force bombers flying around the Korean peninsula over international waters.

“The whole world should clearly remember it was the U.S. who first declared war on our country,” North Korean foreign minister Ri Yong Ho told reporters in New York. “Since the United States declared war on our country, we will have every right to make countermeasures, including the right to shoot down United States strategic bombers even when they are not inside the airspace border of our country.”

Sep 26 09:21

Ben Garrison Cartoon | NFL Has A New Name…

Nice work from Ben Garrison.

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Sep 26 09:19

Tucker: Trump Vindicated By Samantha Power Unmasking

More than 260 unmasking requests and Obama knew all about it.

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Sep 26 09:17

Eton student who owned toddler-rape videos allowed to use false name to protect wealthy family

Eton college pupil, Andrew Picard, who owned 1,185 indecent images of children, as well as videos of a three-year-old being raped and children being forced to have sex with dogs, was allowed to use his Mother’s maiden name by the UK courts in order to protect his wealthy family’s reputation.

Picard, whose real name is Andrew Boeckman, was spared jail and handed an 18-month suspended sentence for ten counts of possessing child pornography.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The rich seem to get special treatment no matter what they do.

Sep 26 09:16

Drills by US & allies near Korean Peninsula ‘taunt & provoke’ Pyongyang – Moscow

The military exercises the US and its allies regularly conduct near the Korean Peninsula are only provoking North Korea’s leadership into taking a confrontational stance, a senior Russian diplomat said.

Sep 26 09:15

BREAKING: ISIS fighter admits to coordinating with US-backed Kurdish forces in Deir Ezzor [video]

Moments ago a revealing video was released of an ISIS fighters operating in Deir Ezzor in Syria's east in which he admitted the terrorist group coordinates with the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to undermine the Syrian Army.

Mohammed Moussa al-Shawwakh, the man speaking in the video, reveals that an ISIS commander known as Abu Zaid, gave an order that the surrounding area around Conoco Gas Field was to be evacuated so the US-backed SDF could takeover it before government forces could reach it.

Sep 26 09:14

Russian bombers wipe out terrorist targets in Syria with cruise missiles

According to the Russian military, all targets were located outside populated areas and at a safe distance from US force and Syrian Democratic Forces groups

Sep 26 09:13

Russian aircraft fire cruise missiles at Daesh positions in Syria

Russian Defense Ministry Spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov said on Tuesday that the warplanes took off from Engels airbase, located 14 kilometers (8.7 miles) east of Russia’s major port city of Saratov, flew over territory of Iran and Iraq and launched Kh-101 air-to-surface cruise missiles at designated targets.

“The sudden strikes destroyed a number of terrorist command posts, fortifications, military hardware as well as ammunition depots,” Konashenkov said in a statement.

Sep 26 09:13

Syrian Fighter Jets Equipped with Cutting-Edged Missile to Trace Modern Enemy Warplanes

The Syrian Air Force's Mig-29 fighter jets have been equipped with the latest version of Russian air-to-air missile that enable them to track enemies' modern warplanes, a Russian media outlet reported on Tuesday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Israel will ask for more money because of this.

Sep 26 09:09

Mapping out Syria's remaining battles

Although fighting continues in many areas in Syria, three provinces stand out as confrontation zones - Deir Az Zor, Idlib and Raqqa.

Sep 26 09:08

CA High-Speed Rail Contractor Gets 18% Raise After Missing Completion Date

California High-Speed Rail agreed to increase payments to its construction manager by 18 percent after failing to complete its first 32-mile section within the seven-year deadline.

Sep 26 09:08

Inclusion of Kirkuk in Kurdish Referendum to result in ‘bloodbath,’ says Turkish Minister

The decision of Iraqi Kurdistan’s authorities to conduct the referendum on independence not only on the region’s territory but also in the Kirkuk province, nominally controlled by Baghdad, may lead to an outbreak of violence in Iraq, Turkish Minister of EU Affairs Omer Celik said on Tuesday.

Sep 26 09:01

Texas Rep. kneels on House floor to show solidarity with NFL players

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) kneeled on the House floor Monday night to show her solidarity with spoiled overpaid NFL players who have disrespected our country by sitting out the National Anthem at games.

The outspoken Texas representative said that you “cannot deny” that when President Trump said ‘get that son of a bitch off the field’ he made a racist remark.

Sep 26 08:48

Syria: U.S. Central Command Declares War on Russia

Yesterday three high ranking Russian officers were killed in an “ISIS attack” in eastern-Syrian. It is likely that they were killed by U.S. special forces or insurgents under U.S. special forces control. The incident will be understood as a declaration of war.

Sep 26 08:48

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee Takes a Knee on the Floor of Congress

We watched in horror last night as the entire Dallas Cowboys team, along with their management, took a symbolic knee to support failed quarterback Colin Kaepernick and other un-American activists who protest the Star-Spangled Banner. Players who had no problem saluting the flag during President Barack Obama’s eight years in office suddenly take great offense towards America now that Donald Trump is in the White House.

Sep 26 08:47

Iraq starts major military drills with Turkey along common border

Iraqi army has commenced major military drills with Turkish military along the common border after a highly controversial referendum on independence was held in the Arab country’s Kurdish region in open defiance of the central government in Baghdad.

Sep 26 08:47

WW3, Political Theatre 2.0, Voter Fraud, and Dead Doctors. Michael Rivero - September 25, 2017

Sep 26 08:43

SPRINGTIME FOR HITLER

Germany’s new Nazis see Israel as role model

Sep 26 08:40

ANOTHER MIXED BAG OF TOONS AND IMAGES FOR A MIXED UP WORLD

Sep 26 08:39

Labour faces new anti-Semitism row after speaker at conference fringe calls for freedom of speech to cover Holocaust denial

Labour faced a fresh anti-Semitism row last night after a speaker at a party conference fringe event called for free speech to extend to holocaust denial.

At the same meeting, activists cheered as a speaker called for Jewish and pro-Israel groups to be expelled from the party.

Israeli-American author Miko Peled told a conference fringe meeting Labour members should support the freedom to “discuss every issue, whether it’s the holocaust, yes or no, whether it’s Palestine liberation - the entire spectrum.

“There should be no limits on the discussion.”

Sep 26 08:32

THE CDC’S STRANGE CASE OF POUL THORSEN, MD, PHD, VACCINE DATA MANIPULATOR “EXTRAORDINAIRE”

A few months ago after reading the book Master Manipulator, I wrote an article about Poul Thorsen, MD, PhD, the Danish medical researcher who produced the ‘premiere safety study’ that vaccines do not cause Autism; however, the study was produced fraudulently, but the CDC still promotes it and has not retracted it from vaccinology research, as science protocol requires. One of the questionable studies involved is “A population-based study of measles, mumps, and rubella vaccination and autism” co-authored by Poul Thorsen, See comment in PubMed Commons below N Engl J Med. 2002 Nov 7;347(19):1477-82. It’s the study CDC particularly likes to point to regarding vaccines and Autism, and is published online here. The research was about ethylmercury in Thimerosal attributing to and/or causing Autism.

Sep 26 08:30

SPANISH SUPPRESSION OF CATALAN INDEPENDENCE MOVEMENT CONTINUES TO ESCALATE

Disobedient Media previously reported on the suppression of the Catalan independence movement in Spain. Since our first coverage of the issue, repressive tactics in Spain have continued to escalate. Disobedient Media’s report on the issue was also disingenuously smeared by Spanish media outlet El País. The press outlet also heavily criticized Edward Snowden and Julian Assange for having expressed concern on the matter.

Sep 26 08:26

Lingerie-clad Miami high school cheerleaders cause controversy by dressing in stockings and suspenders as they perform hip gyrating routines

Stunning video has been released of high school cheerleaders performing in, what appears to be, lingerie.
The teen cheerleaders, who are reportedly from a Miami high school, are seen clad in lingerie-like outfits, boots and garters as they do their sexy dance routine.
The girls use a fan to fan their faces, and hold travel bags, as part of the routine.

Sep 26 08:24

Steelers’ black coach unhappy Army vet Villanueva stood for the anthem, but look at his T-shirt sales soar!

“This We’ll Defend.” That’s the U.S. Army motto that Pittsburgh Steelers offensive tackle Alejandro Villanueva honored when he stood for the national anthem before an NFL game.
And by “this,” the Army motto refers to the United States of America — not the National Football League.

Sep 26 08:14

Army veteran, 46, who served in the Gulf and Afghanistan is spotted at a roundabout with a 'job wanted' poster after failing with 400 applications

Left frustrated at missing out time and time again, the military man decided to take action, saying: "Things have been really difficult so I thought it was time to be proactive and try something different.
"I’ve had no response from so many applications, I just thought ‘go and give it a try and see what happens’.

Sep 26 06:35

Let’s stop playing the national anthem before sporting events

There’s an irony here, I know. What I’m wondering in this essay is whether hearing less of our national anthem will make us Americans more patriotic—in a way that improves the state of our union. There’s no question in my mind that most Americans respect the flag and the freedoms of our country when the anthem is played. But if we don’t play the anthem at movies, on television, on social media, in parks, on mass transit, before concerts, or before other public gatherings, what is so special about sporting events? Is it possible that sports leagues, run by billionaire owners, are draping themselves in patriotism that is unearned, perhaps unwarranted, for a mere game among highly paid adults? Perhaps they are even disguising the flaws of their game with giant flags, draped in violation of the US Code, while their players struggle with mental illness and brain damage?
Note: And just as important, how much money does it cost the taxpayers to have military jets do their flyover. Much.

Sep 26 06:11

Maxweave Waters Demands President Trump Be Impeached For NFL Comments ...Calls Trump The Most Deplorable Person She Has Ever Seen

I'm convinced, she is absolutely insane! Every time I see her I think she can't get any more bizarre than this and then she proves me wrong and slips even further down the rabbit hole. How far will she go???

Sep 26 06:02

NYPD sued by black detectives who say less-qualified white officers promoted ahead of them

Three black detectives in the New York Police Department‘s intelligence division filed a federal lawsuit against the department on Monday, saying they were denied promotions because of their race and that lesser-qualified white officers were promoted instead.

Sep 26 06:02

Teen who allegedly killed mom’s abusive ex-boyfriend won’t be indicted

A grand jury declined to indict the teen accused in the choking death of his mother’s abusive ex-boyfriend, court officials said Monday.
Luis Moux, 18, was charged with manslaughter in August after he allegedly choked his mother’s ex-boyfriend to death, police said. The teen spotted Stanley Washington beating his mother inside their Bronx apartment.

Sep 26 05:43

It's Trump Vs. The NFL And We're All Losers

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Conservatives have a blind spot for the police for reasons that are mystifying. Conservatives, after all, are hugely distrustful of government authority. Someone from the IRS or the EPA bosses citizens around and deprives them of their property and conservatives freak out.

But call that agent of the government a cop, give him a gun, the authority to kill, and a public sector union devoted to ensuring he faces zero accountability? Suddenly only racial agitators and liberal namby-pambies question his actions.

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(*and that's The Weekly Standard weighing in on this weeks Distraction For Trump)

Sep 26 05:32

Holocaust denier ordered to visit concentration camp

A court in Brussels has ordered a former Belgian lawmaker to visit five Nazi concentration camps and write about his experiences as punishment for publicly denying the Holocaust, a crime in Belgium. Laurent Louis, a far-right politician and self-proclaimed “anti-Zionist,” was convicted of Holocaust denial in 2015 after he wrote blog posts publicly doubting whether Jews were killed en masse in Nazi gas chambers during the Second World War. He received a roughly $20,000 fine and a six-month suspended prison sentence. But recently, the Brussels Court of Appeal put the prison sentence on hold and instead ordered him to take one trip per year for the next five years to Nazi death camps
Note: Our weekly dose of holocau$t lies disbelief is punishable by law!

Sep 26 05:23

UN envoy says Israel ignoring UN demand to halt settlements

Israel is not complying with a U.N. Security Council resolution demanding a halt to all settlement activity and instead is continuing to expand settlements, making a two-state solution "increasingly unattainable," the U.N. envoy for the Mideast said Monday. Nickolay Mladenov told the council that in the three months since June 20 Israel's settlement activity "continued at a high rate, a consistent pattern over the course of this year." He said activity was concentrated primarily in east Jerusalem where plans were advanced for over 2,300 housing units in July, "30 percent more than for the whole of 2016." Mladenov stressed that the United Nations considers settlement activities illegal under international ...
Note: From the very beginning right through today Israel has never obeyed international law or any other law. They are chosen by GOD!

Sep 26 04:53

The Conservative Mammoth THE NATIONAL REVIEW: I Understand Why They Knelt

Americans do not and should not worship idols. We do not and should not worship the flag.

(RELAX; it's The National Review . It morphs into yet another explanation how the first ammendment doesn't mention taking a knee as proper protesting etiquette .
And it doesn't even go near how Trump's UN Bomb Threat needed a distraction , and fast !)

Sep 26 04:12

Trump Is Playing With Fire

This week’s headlines have been dominated by reaction to US President Donald Trump’s bluster against North Korea during his address to the UN General Assembly on Tuesday. This has overshadowed the equally threatening and ominous references he made in the same speech to Iran.

Anyone listening to will have been left with two impressions: Trump’s speech faithfully echoed the utterances Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, and it brazenly beat the drums of war against Iran.

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Sep 26 03:51

Dozens of Civilians Killed When U.S. Bombed a School And a Market in Syria

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The attacks documented in the report include a March 20 airstrike that targeted a school housing displaced people in the suburban town of Mansourah, outside of Tabqa, as well as another strike that hit a packed marketplace in Tabqa City two days later. Investigators from Human Rights Watch visited the sites of both attacks this July and collected the names of at least 84 civilians who had died in the bombings, including 30 children. While witnesses who spoke to investigators acknowledged that ISIS members, along with their families, had been around the areas of the bombings, they also said many civilians were nearby who had no connection to the group.

In the case of the March 22 marketplace bombing, huge numbers of people who had been lining up to buy bread at a local bakery were killed by an airstrike>>>

Sep 26 03:38

Trump Is Trying to Hoodwink Us Into War With Iran

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The president claimed that “the Iran deal was one of the worst and most one-sided transactions the United States has ever entered into,” ominously concluding, “I don’t think you’ve heard the last of it. Believe me.” Such bombastic statements fly in the face of hard evidence that the 2015 accord has been successful at preventing a nuclear-armed Iran and yet another U.S. war in the Middle East.

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Sep 26 03:21

Trump Is Able to Ramp Up the Drone War Because of Obama

(*But if Trump decides to ramp up the drone strikes , despite the 'seven year old boy' image the media is trying to apply for him in liu of a strong leadership persona , he's still an adult , and can decide for himself to drone strike or not drone strike . Bear in mind if it was bad for Obama , obviously , it's just as bad for Trump . By the same token , if Trump's independent media spins Trumps use of drones to somehow be good under Trump , then Trump would not be able to do all that good killing if not for his predecessor )

September 25, 2017

Sep 25 22:29

Survey: Just A Quarter Of Americans Can Name All 3 Branches Of Government

A sizable portion of the American public seems to show little interest in the fabric of the country’s government and history, a new survey finds. Researchers at the Annenberg Public Policy Center (APPC) surveyed over 1,000 American adults, finding a shocking lack of knowledge as it pertains to U.S. politics among the general populace.

Sep 25 21:16

Scale of rebuilding Puerto Rico grows as teams discover extent of damage

With rescue teams only just reaching many interior parts of Puerto Rico the island faces years of work to repair the damage done by Hurricane Maria.

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