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August 12, 2018

Aug 12 09:03

URGENT APPEAL FROM THE CHILDREN IN GAZA

This is difficult to write. Gaza Children’s Cinema team is mourning the destruction of the Said Al-Mishal Cultural Center which was levelled to the ground yesterday after Israeli fighter jets struck the five-story building with 10 rockets. The second largest cultural centre in Gaza was a venue for theatre and music performance in the besieged and isolated Gaza Strip. This cultural centre was one of the main places where Gaza Children Cinema team organised movie screening for children. The Said Al-Mishal Cultural Center provided spaces of entertainment and joy for generations of children and young people in Gaza; it is in total ruins now.

Aug 12 08:54

Left-wing journalists CELEBRATE the complete censorship of Alex Jones, claiming the First Amendment only applies to “official” views

“Gone are the days of leftists hating on corporations and warning of a dystopian future world run by global capitalists and in are the days of leftists cheering a dystopian present where global capitalists shut down all speech they disagree with to crush a middle class revolt,” writes Chris Menahan for InformationLiberation.com.

It just goes to show that the Left is comprised of nothing more than deranged, childish, groupthink drones who are completely consumed with a “me, Me, ME!” mentality. It’s all love and tolerance, just so long as I don’t have to be offended by anyone else’s viewpoints, is basically the liberal narrative of today – hence why we’re now in a position where conservatives are being openly censored and persecuted by liberal tyrants.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The First Amendment: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Note that freedom of the press is expressed separately from freedom of speech, meaning said freedom is NOT confined to the "official" news media.

The liberals are proving themselves to be the enemies of America.

Aug 12 08:46

North Carolina ferry captain and crew member are suspended for hoisting 'Trump 2020' flag on state-owned boat

Officials with North Carolina's ferry system have suspended a boat captain and crew member for a week after they hoisted a flag supporting President Donald Trump's re-election on a state-owned ship.

Catherine Mitchell, a passenger on the MV Frisco ferry, took a picture of the 'Trump 2020' flag flying below the U.S. flag and even with the North Carolina flag and posted it to Facebook on July 26.

The suspensions given were for 'unacceptable personal conduct,' North Carolina Department of Transportation's Ferry Division spokesman Tim Hass said on Friday to The Charlotte Observer.

Aug 12 08:45

"Free, Independent" Boston Paper Urges Collusive National Media 'War' Against Trump

"We are not the enemy of the people," exclaims Marjorie Pritchard, deputy managing editor for the editorial page of The Boston Globe, presumably referring to a characterization of 'fake news' journalists that President Trump has used in the past.

Trump's latest outburst toward the press was at an Aug. 2 political rally in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, where he told his audience that the media was "fake, fake disgusting news."

"What ever happened to the free press? What ever happened to honest reporting?" the president asked, pointing to journalists covering the event. "They don't report it. They only make up stories."

And that seems to have 'triggered' Pritchard.

And in an attempt to fight back against what she calls Trump's "dirty war against the free press," AP reports that The Globe has reached out to editorial boards nationwide to write and publish editorials on Aug. 16 denouncing the President's comments.

Collusion?



Aug 12 08:45

Vaccine Corruption Exposed To Washington State Board of Health

By Catherine J. Frompovich

Bernadette Pajer, co-president of Informed Choice Washington, made the most exceptional presentation before the Washington State Board of Health regarding fully informed medical consent and choice, full-disclosure regarding vaccine science and ingredients, plus Big Pharma’s apparently illegal tactics that deprive citizens of their inherent and indisputable rights to self-determination regarding their health, their children’s health and vaccines/vaccinations.

Ms. Pajer’s presentation needs to be studied, and even replicated...

Aug 12 08:44

Saudi Sovereign Wealth Fund Shows "No Interest" In Tesla LBO

And with Soft Bank gone, only one potential anchor investor remained: the one that started last week's Tesla surge in the first place, the Saudi Arabian Sovereign Wealth Fund, which as the FT reported less than an hour before Elon Musk tweeted his LBO proposal, had purchased a stake just below 5% in TSLA shares in the open market (but not directly from the company), sparking speculation that it may be interested in acquiring the entire company.

However, as Reuters reports on Saturday, these hopes were also crushed because according to two sources familiar with the matter, "Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) has shown no interest so far in financing Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s proposed $72 billion deal to take the U.S. electric car maker private, despite acquiring a minority stake in the company this year."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Elon Musk is toast! The SEC is already investigating him. (Wish they had been that vigilant with Bernie Madoff.)

Aug 12 08:42

Trump Slams Sessions: "He Is Scared Stiff And Missing In Action"

Ten days after Trump lashed out at Jeff Sessions, when on August 1st he demanded the Attorney General "should stop this Rigged Witch Hunt right now", the president once again escalated his attacks on Sessions on Saturday, tweeting that Sessions is "scared stiff" and "Missing in Action" in a series of tweets questioning if there will be an Inspector General report about the Steele dossier, Steele's meetings with former Deputy Attorney General, Bruce Ohr and Ohr's wife, Nellie Ohr.

Aug 12 08:41

DONALD TRUMP TWEET: “It was Fusion GPS that hired Steele to write the phony & discredited Dossier, paid for by Crooked Hillary & the DNC….”

“The big story that the Fake News Media refuses to report is lowlife Christopher Steele’s many meetings with Deputy A.G. Bruce Ohr and his beautiful wife, Nelly. It was Fusion GPS that hired Steele to write the phony & discredited Dossier, paid for by Crooked Hillary & the DNC….”



Aug 12 08:41

The CIA's Double Standard Revisited

The Central Intelligence Agency has practiced a double standard for many years. Former CIA director David Petraeus escaped a jail sentence despite providing eight notebooks of highly classified information, including names of covert operatives, to his biographer-mistress. Conversely, Reality Winner, a former Air Force linguist, has been in jail for the past year, awaiting sentencing for leaking a classified report about Russian interference in the 2016 elections. Everyone in the United States is talking about Russian interference in the U.S. elections.

Aug 12 08:39

Russian Warship Said To Locate And Track US 'Stealth' Nuclear Sub For Hours

Russian state-owned RT News translated sections of the exclusive Izvestia story, and describes the claimed April incident as follows:

The frigate Admiral Essen of the Russian Black Sea Fleet managed to track down one of the Ohio-class submarines currently in service with the US Navy, Izvestia newspaper revealed on Friday, citing a source in the Russian Navy. The Russian ship left Sevastopol, a major Black Sea port located on the Crimean Peninsula, on March 13 and returned on June 30. The frigate was deployed most of the time in the Mediterranean Sea.

RT touts the claimed success of the operation, echoing military sources, as follows:

The pursuit lasted more than two hours, during which the Russian ship recorded the basic parameters of the American submarine, which will be deciphered and added to the acoustic characteristics of the submarine...

Aug 12 08:37

Iran Sanctions Fallout: China Takes Over French Share In Giant Iran Gas Project

When it comes to the Middle East, China has not been shy about its recent ambitions to expand its geopolitical influence in the Gulf region: Just last week we reported that the Chinese Ambassador to Syria, Qi Qianjin, shocked Middle East pundits and observers by indicating the Chinese military may fill the void left in the wake of the collapse of ISIS - and most regional armies - and directly assist the Syrian Army in an upcoming major offensive on jihadist-held Idlib province.

The "[Chinese] military is willing to participate in some way alongside the Syrian army that is fighting the terrorists in Idlib and in any other part of Syria," the ambassador said in an interview with the pro-government daily newspaper Al-Watan, subsequently translated by The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI).

Aug 12 08:37

Censorship Purge Signals Imminent False Flag Violence Before Mid-Term Elections... Bigger Than 9/11?

The aggressive, unprecedented PURGE of Alex Jones / InfoWars underscores the desperation of the totalitarian deep state that’s about to make a move to eliminate President Trump and / or steal the elections.

Anyone who believes that the sudden de-platforming of Alex Jones across over a dozen online services and platforms isn’t coordinated collusion is delusional. The coordinated de-platforming effort is clearly directed by the deep state to eliminate a prominent, dissenting voice in preparation for unleashing a history-shaping false flag attack that’s likely going to be bigger than 9/11.

The radical Left is escalating its violence across America, and the tech giants are dramatically escalating their censorship actions to silence all independent voices that might question any “official” narrative.

It all points to something big about to come down - something so big that only the official narrative can be allowed to be heard or spoken.



Aug 12 08:35

North Korea Praises Trump, Slams Other US Officials for Sabotaging Peace

The North Korean Foreign Ministry accused “high-level officials within the US administration” of “going against the intention of President Trump to advance the DPRK-US relations” in a statement Thursday. Meanwhile, the socialist state renewed calls for a permanent peace treaty so that “a mood will be created for creating trust."

The press statement, carried by Korea Central News Agency, laid out the position of the government of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), the official name of North Korea, on the burning question of peace on the Korean Peninsula: US President Donald Trump wants peace, but the agreement reached in Singapore in June is being sabotaged by other US state officials.

Aug 12 08:34

North Korea Rejects All US Denuclearization Proposals – Reports

North Korea has turned down all proposals by the United States to start the process of complete denuclearization, US media reported.

Pyongyang declined giving up part of its nuclear arsenal in the near future as a gesture of goodwill, calling US proposals "gangster-like," diplomatic sources told CNN on Friday.

Aug 12 08:34

Is Merkel saving face? Controversial Germany-Spain deal on migrants comes into force

As a Berlin-Madrid deal to send back migrants coming though Spain comes into force, critics call it a "symbolic" gesture aimed to calm the political storm in Germany but that will not solve the migrant crisis.

Germany reached a deal on Wednesday for Spain to take back previously registered migrants who show up at the German border. The move is seen as the first step towards implementing a deal which Merkel earlier reached within the ruling coalition to defuse the political dispute in Germany over migration.



Aug 12 08:33

Trump blames ‘clowns and losers’ Comey & co for loss of FBI’s ‘stellar reputation’

US President Donald Trump branded ex-FBI executives James Comey and Andrew McCabe as “clowns and losers” in a tweet criticizing them and other officials for ruining the once “stellar reputation” of the FBI.

“Will the FBI ever recover its once stellar reputation?” he asked while calling out Comey and McCabe, along with former FBI agent Peter Strzok and “his lover, the lovely Lisa Page” – a former FBI lawyer.

Trump claimed that they along with other dismissed top officials tarnished the name of the FBI. “So many of the great men and women of the FBI have been hurt by these clowns and losers!”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Dear President Trump

The FBI's reputation has not been stellar going back at least to the COINTELPRO scandal of the 1960s.

Aug 12 08:32

Trump Takes on the Fed

How could the president take control? Bove explained:

The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve is required to have seven members. It has three. Two of the current governors were put into their position by President Trump. Two more have been nominated by the president and are awaiting confirmation by the Senate. After these two are put on the Fed’s board, the president will then nominate two more to follow them. In essence, it is possible that six of the seven Board members will be put in place by Trump.

Those seven, along with five federal district bank presidents, compose the Federal Open Market Committee, which sets monetary policy; and one of those district bank presidents, Minnesota Fed head Neel Kashkari, is already arguing against further rate increases. Bove concluded:

Aug 12 08:25

Report: Meteor Made 2.1 Kiloton Explosion Over Air Force Space Command Base Thule, Greenland.

Where is Space Force When You Need Them? Scientists Tweet Incident; Air Force is Quiet.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Weapons test gone awry?

Aug 12 08:24

YOUTUBE IS CENSORING SF’S NEW 1.5-HOUR LONG VIDEO “RUSSIAN MILITARY CAMPAIGN IN SYRIA 2015-2018”

YouTube is censoring SouthFront’s new 1.5-hour long video “Russian Military Campaign in Syria 2015-2018“.

This video is a detailed summary of military and political developments in Syria since the start of the Russian military operation until now. It was released by SouthFront on August 11.

Less than 2 hours after the release, this video was placed behind an age restriction because it allegedly includes “violent or graphic content that appears to be posted in a shocking, sensational, or disrespectful manner”. The age-restriction clearly impacts a possible reach of the video because it does not allow people without YouTube accounts to watch it.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

YouTube doesn't want people to know the US government lost in Syria.



Owl 1
Aug 12 08:17

IRS Grants Tax-Exempt Status To Lesbian ‘Pussy Church Of Modern Witchcraft' That Excudes Men, Transgender People

Pussy Church of Modern Witchcraft might strike you as something you would find in the Onion, rather than here on a Forbes tax blog, but it is a real deal. You can find it on Charity Navigator and Guidestar. The IRS recognized it as a 501(c)(3) organization and went the extra step of recognizing PCMW as a church, the most enviable of all tax statuses. exempt not only from income tax but also from the transparency that filing Form 990 creates. A church does not have to apply for exempt status, but it is a prudent step particularly for an innovative organization like PCMW. My source indicated that the approval process was reasonably quick and there was no push-back from the IRS. ...

Webmaster's Commentary: 

But conservative groups got hammered under the Obama administration.



Aug 12 08:03

Republican Lawmaker Tells CNN He Was Told Russia Played Role in Charlottesville Riots

A lot has happened on the one-year anniversary of the Charlottesville riots. US President Donald Trump has said he condemns racism, his critics have criticized him and, true to form, someone in Washington found a way to blame the Russians.

When there's no evidence proving Moscow was behind election-meddling or collusion, it's time to throw the "Russia did it" bombshell elsewhere. Congressman Tom Garrett found the perfect opportunity to do just that during a slot on CNN on Saturday.

Citing a conversation which he says he had with the director of the FBI, Garrett (R-VA) added a new chapter to the endless tome of">Tom Garrett found the perfect opportunity to do just that during a slot on CNN on Saturday.

Citing a conversation which he says he had with the director of the FBI, Garrett (R-VA) added a new chapter to the endless tome of unsubstantiated claims against Russia.

(*Blam.ing The Russians On CNN: It's not just for Democrats , anymore)

Aug 12 07:59

Team of crows tasked with picking up garbage in theme park

A team of six specially trained crows will be tasked with cleaning up rubbish from the grounds of a French theme park, reports the AFP.

Aug 12 07:42

Iranian, Kazakh Presidents Discuss Replacing Dollar-Based Trade with National Currencies

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and his Kazakh counterpart Nursultan Nazarbayev in a meeting in Kazakhstan on Sunday conferred on ways to increase economic cooperation, emphasizing the need for both countries to use national currencies for trade instead of dollar.

Tehran and Astana can take more effective steps on the path of development of bilateral relations by establishment of more brokering ties and using their national currencies," President Rouhani said during the meeting on the sidelines of leaders of Caspian Sea littoral states' summit in the Kazakh port city of Aqtau on Sunday.

He also underscored the necessity for strengthening banking relations between the two countries to further expand bilateral economic ties.

>>>



Aug 12 07:34

All white crowd of protesters in Charlottesville chants “black lives matter”

An all white crowd of protesters could be heard chanting “black lives matter” over and over again at a rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, Saturday night as a state policeman dressed in full riot gear was savagely attacked and beaten by members of the unruly crowd.

Aug 12 07:02

WAR OR PEACE ?

American politicians provoke a slew of emotions, from tears of rage to tears of laughter. But perhaps the uppermost emotion is one of pity.

With a few honorable exceptions, it is such a pity that the American people are misled by such buffoons. It is such a pity that the American and Russian people — who have so much in common as human beings — are nevertheless being driven towards a state of war by these buffoonish politicians.

Senator Rand Paul, like his father Ron, is an honorable exception.

Paul was in Russia last week offering a hand of peace and dialogue.

Back home, however>>>

(*"What does he think he's doing ?"
whitehorse souce )

Aug 12 06:54

World Population Growth Visualized (1950-2100)



Lockerdome
Aug 12 06:10

Elderly Men Missing From Nursing Home Found At Heavy Metal Fest

***
The men had traveled about 25 miles to rock out at Wacken Open Air, a festival that took place from August 2 to August 4

>>>

(*Ain't That America ? Not even AntiFa Weekend Could Stop The Old Duffers !)



Aug 12 05:53

Rachael Ray’s dog food brand Nutrish sued over glyphosate contamination claims

Rachael Ray’s dog food brand, Nutrish, is now facing a $5 million lawsuit filed by Markeith Parks, who claims that her dog food is contaminated with glyphosate herbicide.

Aug 12 00:04

Bankrupt America: Bankruptcy Soars As The Country Grapples With An Unprecedented Debt Problem

America, you officially have a debt problem, and I am not just talking about the national debt. Consumer bankruptcies are surging, corporate debt has doubled since the last financial crisis, state and local government debt loads have never been higher, and the federal government has been adding more than a trillion dollars a year to the federal debt ever since Barack Obama entered the White House. We have been on the greatest debt binge in human history, and it has enabled us to enjoy our ridiculously high standard of living for far longer than we deserved. Many of us have been sounding the alarm about our debt problem for a very long time, but now even the mainstream news is freaking out about it. I have a feeling that they just want something else to hammer President Trump over the head with, but they are actually speaking the truth when they say that we are facing an unprecedented debt crisis.

August 11, 2018

Aug 11 23:56

3D Printed Guns: Debating Inevitability

For those fearful of guns being 3D printed and then used by criminals, they should begin understanding and then addressing what actually drives certain individuals to violence. Understanding that socioeconomic factors, not merely access to firearms drives violence, will open up the possibility to more practical solutions to diminish gun violence. Gun control efforts are already proven ineffective, and with 3D printing, soon to be rendered impossible. 3D printing will bring with it greater individual wealth and influence, but with it, society will have to learn to live with the greater individual responsibility that comes with it.

Aug 11 23:30

The Grand Irony of RussiaGate: The U.S. Becomes More Like the U.S.S.R. Every Day

When the Soviet regime exiled Sakharov in 1980, everybody assumed the USSR was permanent and impregnable to collapse. In other words, “it can’t happen here.” But it did happen, and believing “it can’t happen here” did nothing but hasten the collapse.



Aug 11 23:23

Police Using Mouth Swab Tests For Stoned Driving Despite Admitting They’re Inaccurate

It is strange that there is such an obsession with busting people for driving with cannabis in their system, especially in states where it is recognized as a medicine that people can get a prescription for. Every single day millions of people drive around with drugs like Xanax and Percocet in their systems and no one thinks twice about it.

Aug 11 16:42

Feds continue classified experiments on humans

The U.S. government continues to perform highly secretive experiments on human subjects, according to partial information about these continuing experiments released under a Freedom of Information Act request.

Aug 11 14:25

Underground explosion in New York City

A major underground explosion rocked a portion of Franklin D Roosevelt River Drive Saturday afternoon forcing emergency services to respond to the scene.



Aug 11 13:00

DoJ makes $3.4B available for 1 October victim assistance programs

The Justice Department has made available $3.4 billion in grant money for local victim assistance programs to help those affected by the tragic 1 October massacre which reportedly left 58 people dead and hundreds of others wounded.

Aug 11 09:40

Next News Network joins REAL.video

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Aug 11 09:36

Erdogan urges Turks to dump dollar to support lira

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called on the country’s citizens to sell foreign currencies to support the lira which has seen a record plunge against the US dollar amid a diplomatic conflict with Washington.

"Change the euros, the dollars and the gold that you are keeping beneath your pillows into lira at our banks. This is a domestic and national struggle," Erdogan said, as quoted by the Associated Press.

Aug 11 09:28

Confirmed: Mark Zuckerberg Personally Made Decision to Ban Infowars

This follows the revelation that Apple CEO Tim Cook also personally took the decision to ban the Infowars podcast.

Confirmation that both Cook and Zuckerberg was involved underscores the stark reality that billionaires and giant corporations that control the public discourse are now wielding more power over free speech than governments.

As Jones himself tweeted today, “Should billionaires & huge corporations get to decide what we can say and read?”



Aug 11 09:27

VIDEOS – 538 VIOLENT ATTACKS ON PEACEFUL TRUMP SUPPORTERS. IF YOU CAN’T DEMONSTRATE PEACEFULLY, THE ALTERNATIVE IS NOT TO DEMONSTRATE AT ALL, OR BE PREPARED TO STRIKE BACK AT YOUR ATTACKERS! WHICH WILL IT BE?

Aug 11 09:26

Antifa to Protest ‘Alt-Right’ in D.C.: Abolish ICE, No Borders, Close Prisons

Law enforcement and city officials are preparing for protesters and counter-protesters to descend on Washington, DC, this weekend.

According to the shutitdowndc.org website, the Antifa side of the equation has purposes far beyond responding to the Unite the Right 2 demonstration set to take place on the Charlottesville, Va. rally anniversary on Sunday at Lafayette Park across from the White House.

The National Park Service has issued a permit to Jason Kessler for his Unite the Right 2 rally from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the park and its website has a list of instructions, including warning people not to bring weapons and to resist taunts from “provocateurs.”

The permit states that as many as 400 people may show up for the event, which has a stated purpose, according to the permit, of promoting “white civil rights.”

Aug 11 09:25

IN POSSIBLE MESSAGE TO U.S., IRAN FIRES ANTI-SHIP MISSILE DURING NAVAL DRILLS

Iran test-fired a short-range anti-ship missile in the Strait of Hormuz during naval drills last week that Washington believes were aimed at sending a message as the United States reimposes sanctions on Tehran, a US official said on Friday.

The official, however, did not suggest that such a missile test was unusual during naval exercises or that it was carried out unsafely, noting it occurred in what could be described as Iranian territorial waters in the Strait.

Aug 11 09:24

ISRAELI AIRCRAFT STRUCK GAZA DAY AFTER PALESTINIANS KILLED IN PROTESTS

An Israel aircraft on Saturday struck targets in the Gaza Strip in retaliation for incendiary aerial devices launched into southern Israel a day after three Palestinians were killed during violent protests along the border fence.

Earlier in the day an incendiary balloon was found near the dining room of a community in the Eshkol Regional Council.

Aug 11 09:22

Twitter Permanently BANS Conservative Gavin McInnes and the Official Proud Boys Account

Twitter has banned both the official verified account for the Proud Boys and the account belonging to their founder, comedian and CRTV host Gavin McInnes.



Taboola
Aug 11 09:21

APPEALS COURT: NO IMMUNITY FOR SHOOTING INNOCENT PEOPLE 15 TIMES

Two Los Angeles Sheriff's Department deputies are hearing -- for the fourth time -- they'll be personally responsible for a string of Constitutional violations resulting in them filling two innocent people with bullets. At this point, the officers have lost at the district level, the Appeals Court, got a partial remand (but no grant of immunity) from the Supreme Court, and are back in front of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals losing again.

Aug 11 09:18

As Denuclearization Talks Stagnate, North Korea’s Foreign Minister Heads to Iran

Pyongyang may be realizing the lessons it can learn from the fate of the JCPOA, namely that any ground ceded by Washington may well be a tactical retreat that doesn’t veer from a strategy steeped in hostile intent.

TEHRAN – Iran welcomed the Foreign Minister of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK, as North Korea is officially known), Ri Yong-ho, to Tehran one day after the U.S. reimposed sanctions on Iran. The visit also came in the midst of faltering talks between Pyongyang and Washington over fulfilling the goal of denuclearizing the Korean peninsula.

Ri met with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday, when the foreign minister briefed Rouhani on the ongoing talks between the DPRK and the U.S.

Ri also criticized Washington’s abandonment of the landmark six-party nuclear agreement, or Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which offered sanctions relief in exchange for Iran curbing aspects of its civil nuclear program. On May 8, U.S. President Donald Trump walked away from the agreement>>>

Aug 11 09:10

May, Hunt silent as UK's best arms customer kills dozens of children in Yemen bus attack

After a Saudi-led attack in Yemen killed and injured dozens of children, the public is again questioning London's arms sales to Riyadh. Officials have kept silent, helped by the MSM which fails to question the UK's involvement.
According to the International Committee of the Red Cross, the body count from Thursday's attack sits at 51, including 40 children. Seventy-nine others were also injured in the attack, 56 of whom were children. It is understood that the bus was bringing children home from a picnic when it was attacked.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Hey, these kids were just "collateral damage", not real people, and fully deserved to have the crap bombed out of them with British munitions!!" - Official #12 Downing Street spokes-slush.

Aug 11 09:07

China will buy Turkey on the cheap

Like the fall of the Ottoman Empire after World War I, Turkey’s present financial collapse has been expected for years. The sloth of credit rating agencies and the laziness of bank credit committees allowed Turkey to struggle on a year or two longer than it should have, but the collapse of the Turkish lira this week after a long, sickening decline surprised no-one.

Turkey’s volatile president Recep Tayyip Erdogan might have put off the crisis, but instead decided to butt heads with US President Trump over the arrest of an American Protestant minister for alleged terrorism.

Aug 11 09:06

Saudi claims ‘badge of pride’ in break with Canada

Canada’s foreign ministry raised alarm over the arrest of a number of Saudi activists, including Samar Badawi, the sister of the jailed blogger Raif Badawi. Raif’s wife and children reside in Canada.

Most irksome to the Saudi authorities, Canada labeled those arrested as “peaceful human rights activists” and called for their “immediate release.”

The Saudi foreign ministry snapped back with a barrage of Tweets, calling the Canadian appeal an attack on its sovereignty, announcing a freeze on new trade deals, and declaring the Canadian ambassador a “persona non grata.”

Riyadh quickly cancelled all academic scholarships for its students in Canada, who number in the thousands. A $15 billion sale of Canadian combat vehicles, inked under the previous administration, hangs in the balance.

It was a shock response, but one that analysts say was calibrated to send a big message with minimal cost.

Aug 11 09:05

EXCLUSIVE: Suicidal airport worker who stole a 76-seat plane and performed stunts before crashing into an island in a ball of flames is a married 29-year-old from Alaska who dreamed of joining the military

Horizon Air Q400 stolen from Seattle-Tacoma Airport by a suicidal ex-employee who flew in loop-the-loops

F-15 fighters scrambled 'within minutes' and directed the plane from populated areas towards the coast

Plunged into a heavily wooded area on the sparsely-populated Ketron Island and was engulfed by flames

Police described the pilot as a 29-year-old employee who lived in Pierce County but did not name him

His main role at the airport was to unload bags, and seems to have had no flying experience

Aug 11 09:02

Seagram's heiress Clare Bronfman charged in connection with alleged sex cult NXIVM

An heiress to the Seagram's liquor fortune has been charged with racketeering in the United States in connection with the operation of a cult-like group whose leader has been accused of sex-trafficking.

Clare Bronfman is one of six people accused of a variety of racketeering offences in relation to the operation of NXIVM, according to a superseding indictment sworn in U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of New York.

She is accused alongside NXIVM leader Keith Raniere, Smallville actress Allison Mack and three others of working to achieve the aims of a pyramid-like scheme that used shame, guilt and blackmail to recruit and groom sexual partners for Raniere.

Aug 11 09:01

School groundsman, 46, with weeks to live, is awarded $289M by jury that found weedkiller Roundup DID give him lymphoma - and says cash will support his wife, who works two jobs, and children when he dies

Roundup does cause cancer, a jury has declared in an unprecedented trial into the health dangers of Monsanto's weedkiller.

After three days of deliberations, jurors on Friday sided with terminally-ill groundsman Dewayne Johnson, 46, who has just weeks to live, awarding him $250 million in punitive damages, plus nearly $40m in compensatory damages, bringing the total to $289m.

Specifically, in eight weeks of proceedings, the jury was left convinced that Monsanto's product caused Johnson's cancer.

Addressing a press conference on Friday evening, Johnson thanked his legal team, his wife, Araceli, and their two sons.

'It’s taken a lot of prayer, I’ve taken energy from a lot of people. I’m glad to be here to help. Hopefully this thing will start to get the attention it needs. This case is way bigger than me,' he said.

Aug 11 09:00

World Remains Blind To "Ticking Time Bomb" Counting Down To War On Australia's Doorstep

Asia is at risk of descending into a region-wide crisis with global implications, a leading expert in Asia-Pacific affairs has warned.

Dr Brendan Taylor, Associate Professor at ANU Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs, argues Asia is at a dangerous crossroads in his new book The Four Flashpoints: How Asia Goes to War.

A lot is happening in the northeast. China is set to overtake the United States as the world’s dominant power over the next decade. Questions remain over Kim Jong-un’s supposed dismantling of his nuclear arsenal. Japan is building up its military power again, and regional battles for ownership of lucrative oceans are intensifying.

Dr Taylor argues there are four key “flashpoints” — politically unstable areas with the potential to erupt into sudden conflict — and all are situated within the continent.

Aug 11 09:00

Monsanto owners call weed killer 'safe' after jury orders big payout

Monsanto's German owners insisted Saturday that the weed killer Roundup was "safe", rejecting a California jury's decision to order the chemical giant to pay nearly $290 million for failing to warn a dying groundskeeper that the product might cause cancer.

While observers predicted thousands of potential future claims against the company in the wake of Monsanto's defeat, Bayer -- which recently acquired the US giant -- said the California ruling went against scientific evidence.

"On the basis of scientific conclusions, the views of worldwide regulatory authorities and the decades-long practical experience with glyphosate use, Bayer is convinced that glyphosate is safe and does not cause cancer," the company said in a statement.

Aug 11 08:59

TSA Admits 'Quiet Skies' Surveillance Program Is Useless, Promises To Continue Engaging In Useless Surveillance

More news comes from the Boston Globe about the TSA's "Quiet Skies" program. Having decided the skies were too quiet, the TSA started nominating people for surveillance based on god knows what and sent air marshals all over the US to tail "suspects" as they unsuspectingly went about their travels. Some of the targets included flight attendants and law enforcement officers. To those tasked with this futile (and likely unconstitutional) surveillance, the program is a waste of time and resources, if not a full-blown civil liberties catastrophe.

To the TSA, this previously-hidden bullshit is just some more discretion-flexing on behalf of the American public to save them from terrorists it inadvertently admitted aren't even targeting aircraft anymore. Why go through the hassle of the boarding process, smuggling precursors past half-inept, half-asleep TSA agents when you can just rent a van from Home Depot and drive it into a crowd?

Aug 11 08:57

"US Risks Completely Losing Turkey": Erdogan Vows To Defy US "Threats" Over Pastor Brunson

Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan hit back Saturday at US "threats" over detained American pastor Brunson which has escalated tensions between the two NATO allies, sent the Turkish currency into a historic nosedive on Friday and crashed Turkish capital markets.

"It is wrong to dare bring Turkey to its knees through threats over a pastor," Erdogan lashed out during a rally in the Black Sea town of Unye.

"I am calling on those in America again. Shame on you, shame on you. You are exchanging your strategic partner in NATO for a priest."

"They are threatening us. You cannot tame our people with threats" but perhaps a collapse in the stock market will suffice: the Turkish lira crashed as much as 20% against the dollar on Friday, its biggest drop on record, after President Trump announced he would double steel and aluminium tariffs on Turkey, adding to pressure to Turkey's troubled economy. The White House has said the newly-imposed sanctions would take effect from August 13.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Yesterday, atimes.com, reported the following:

China will buy Turkey on the cheap.The article goes on to state:

"Turkey’s volatile president Recep Tayyip Erdogan might have put off the crisis, but instead decided to butt heads with US President Trump over the arrest of an American Protestant minister for alleged terrorism."

"Turkey will end up as “an economic satrapy of China,” as I predicted last November. President Erdogan in effect threw himself on the mercy of China in a barely-coherent speech earlier today.

Turkey’s economy is likely to shrink by 10% to 20% before the bleeding stops, as I predicted June 12. Erdogan’s supposed economic miracle followed the old formula of Third World kleptocracies of the past, namely massive domestic credit issuance supported by massive foreign borrowing. Turks bought foreign consumer goods with the proceeds and the country’s current account deficit swelled to 6.5% of national output. That’s close to where the Greek current account deficit stood in early 2012 when the country’s economy imploded."

Mr. President, just a question here; did you NOT understand that your economic threats were going to throw Erdogan into China's influence?!?

Because if not realizing that this would be the case, President Trump has just revealed himself to be an astonishingly ill-informed sitting President, eager to take bad advise which reinforces his view of the world, rather than asking for the uncomfortable truth, far too often.

Aug 11 08:51

The war of Wikileaks, Assange and other outlets exposing the inner workings of power

Aug 11 08:49

Trump Condemns "All Types Of Racism" Ahead Of "Unite The Right" Rally

Ahead of the one-year anniversary of the "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia scheduled to take place on Sunday, on Saturday morning President Trump tweeted that he condemns "all types of racism and acts of violence."

"The riots in Charlottesville a year ago resulted in senseless death and division. We must come together as a nation. I condemn all types of racism and acts of violence. Peace to ALL Americans!", Trump tweeted.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Amen, Mr. President: Amen!!

Aug 11 08:47

Public Support for German Eurosceptic AfD Party Increases to Record 16% - Poll

Public support for the Eurosceptic Alternative for Germany (AfD) party has increased by 1 percent up to a record 16 percent, a fresh poll revealed on Friday.

The conservative bloc made of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and its Bavarian sister party Christian Social Union (CSU) is still the most popular political force with 31 percent of respondents supporting it, the ZDF-Politbarometer poll said.

Aug 11 08:47

How 3D Printing is Revolutionizing Housing

The housing industry is like a roller coaster.

The housing crash left houses empty and people homeless. Some neighborhoods are still littered with empty and decaying homes, some having stood empty going on 10 years now.

By this point, a lot of these homes aren’t even worth repairing. Since the crash, there has been a lot of conversation, and demand, for more housing options.

And why not? Engineers have discovered cheaper, more eco-friendly and sustainable housing options. Why not use them?

Current homes were built between 40 and 100 years ago. They now show signs of wood rot, weakening foundation, insect infestations, and mold. And without modern insulation and windows, residents shoulder high power and heating costs.

These problems will only get worse as time goes on. But what’s going to replace them?

Will people build more of the same, or start building smarter?

New Era of Housing

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is a really exciting use of the technology which will, no doubt, get traction as a profoundly useful tool in the housing industry.

Aug 11 08:47

Russia Slams UK Defence Secretary Over ‘Belligerent’ Anti-Russia Rhetoric

The Russian Embassy in the United Kingdom slammed anti-Russia rhetoric by UK Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson, saying that his statements are aimed at justifying expansion of NATO states’ defense budgets.

Earlier in the week, Williamson, in his address at the Atlantic Council, accused Moscow of aggression, cyberattacks and the political sabotage.

"An unusually belligerent rhetoric of Gavin Williamson … sheds light on the true motives behind the forced increase in spending by NATO countries, expected to reach $1.26 trillion in 2018," the embassy’s spokesperson said on Friday.

Aug 11 08:46

Trump questions why FBI hasn’t released McCabe text messages, warns ‘I may have to get involved’

President Trump questioned Saturday morning why the FBI had not provided conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch and others with text messages of former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe, warning he “may have to get involved.”

“Why isn’t the FBI giving Andrew McCabe text messages to Judicial Watch or appropriate governmental authorities. FBI said they won’t give up even one (I may have to get involved, DO NOT DESTROY). What are they hiding? McCabe wife took big campaign dollars from Hillary people......,” Trump tweeted Saturday morning. “.....Will the FBI ever recover it’s once stellar reputation, so badly damaged by Comey, McCabe, Peter S and his lover, the lovely Lisa Page, and other top officials now dismissed or fired? So many of the great men and women of the FBI have been hurt by these clowns and losers!”

Aug 11 08:46

The Russians are coming… to hit Florida's midterms, Democratic senator claims

Florida election officials say they have "zero information" about a threat of Russian hacking in the midterm election, after Senator Bill Nelson claimed the Ruskies have already penetrated the election systems of some counties.

Aug 11 08:43

Voter Fraud: Tiny Precinct in Georgia Has 276 Registered Voters, But 670 Ballots Were Cast!

Habersham County’s Mud Creek precinct in northeastern Georgia had 276 registered voters ahead of the state’s primary elections in May. But 670 ballots were cast, according to the Georgia secretary of state’s office, indicating a 243% turnout. Georgia is one of four states that uses voting machines statewide that produce no paper record for voters to verify, making them difficult to audit, experts say. There is a dire need to reform the voting system.

Aug 11 08:42

PETA will attend white supremacist rally to call for equal treatment of animals

PETA is hoping to change some minds at the white supremacist rally in Washington, D.C., this weekend.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals wants Unite the Right attendees and counterprotesters to agree on eating their vegetables and agree to leave meat and fish in their natural environments.

"Humor is a powerful weapon, so PETA is adding a pinch of it to an event that's leaving a sour taste in a lot of mouths," PETA President Ingrid Newkirk said in a statement. "Skin color, species, gender, and religion shouldn't count for a bean when it comes to how any living being is treated."

Aug 11 08:41

'They will f*ck up': Company involved in Flint water crisis bids to serve largest city in Africa

Activists are concerned that Veolia, the company linked with the Flint, Michigan water crisis, is on the shortlist to manage two-thirds of water system in Lagos, Nigeria, where many children die from water-borne diseases.
"I feel Veolia is a snake, and they slithered over to Lagos to try to increase their profit margins," Nayyirah Shariff, director at Flint Rising activist group, told BuzzFeed News. "They have a history of poisoning black communities in the US, and they should not be poisoning the largest African city on the continent."

The campaigner said she was "shocked and extremely angry" when she found out that the French-owned water management company is among the three bidders for the Adiyan II project in the Nigerian capital, Lagos, which is the seventh largest city in the world.

Aug 11 08:41

99-Year-Old Nuremberg Prosecutor Calls Trump’s Detention of Children a ‘Crime Against Humanity: ’"What could cause more great suffering than what they did in the name of immigration law?"

The last surviving prosecutor at the Nazi Nuremberg trials just offered harsh criticism for the Trump administration’s family separation crisis resulting from its cruel immigration policies, calling it “a crime against humanity.”

Ninety-nine year old Ben Ferencz made the comments in a recent lengthy interview with United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, which was posted online Tuesday.

When he learned of the family separations,

“it was very painful for me,” Ferencz told Zeid. “I knew the Statue of Liberty. I came under the Statue of Liberty as an immigrant.” Ferencz was a baby when his family came to the United States from Romania.

He referenced lines from Emma Lazarus’s poem inscribed at the base of the monument, including its ending: “I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

AT 99, the man can, of course, be thoroughly forgiven for choosing NOT to remember, that under both the Bush and Obama administrations, this was perfectly fine, and no one in the press even mentioned it at all.

He also chooses NOT to acknowledge that President Trump, realizing the optics of this practice, SUCKED, reversed that policy, under the guidance of the two women he loves and trusts in his life, Melania, and Ivanka, and has made every effort, as supported by the Federal Judge in the case, to reunite families since.

Aug 11 08:37

Dutch anti-immigrant politician takes own life after claiming rape by ‘Muslim gang’

A city councilor in The Hague and member of the anti-immigrant Freedom Party has taken her own life, hours after posting a video on Facebook in which she claimed she was gang-raped by Muslims as part of an intimidation campaign.

Willie Dille, 53, reportedly ended her own life on Wednesday, two days after sharing a video on social media in which she claimed to have been kidnapped and raped by a Muslim gang over a year ago.

Dille served as an MP for the anti-immigrant Freedom Party from 2010-2012 before returning to her seat on The Hague city council. The party’s leader, Geert Wilders, is an outspoken critic of Islam. The suicide was confirmed by local Freedom Party leader Karen Gerbrands who said Dille “could no longer bear what had happened to her and the reactions she had had.”

Aug 11 08:36

Radical Father of Man Who Trained SCHOOL SHOOTERS Was Keynote Speaker at Obama’s Democratic National Convention, Possibly Tied to World Trade Center Bombing

The Democrats really know how to pick their role models and keynote speakers. This one, however, is going to give the battered political party another black eye.

Let’s begin here. Per CBS NEWS: The man arrested at a squalid New Mexico compound is the son of a controversial Brooklyn imam who was on a list of people who “may be alleged as co-conspirators” to the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, according to court documents released by prosecutors Wednesday. Siraj Wahhaj, who shares a name with his son who was arrested Saturday, testified as a character witness for Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman, the notorious “blind sheikh” who was convicted in 1995 of plotting terror attacks in the U.S.

Worse yet, the entire Democratic party celebrated this man during Obama’s second trip to the White House. That was AFTER his alleged role in the WTC bombing.

Yes, you read that correctly.

Aug 11 08:34

Saudi Arabia and Iran Woo Incoming Pakistani Prime Minister

An offer by a Saudi-backed bank to lend financially strapped Pakistan US$4 billion is likely intended to bolster Saudi influence when former international cricket player Imran Khan is sworn in in the coming week as the South Asian country’s next prime minister.

The offer was most immediately related to a statement by Asad Umar, Pakistan’s new finance minister-in-waiting, that Pakistan would decide on whether to seek a bailout from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) or friendly nations such as China and Saudi Arabia by the end of September.

Pakistan reportedly is looking to possibly ask the IMF for a US$12 billion bailout package. The country’s foreign exchange reserves have plummeted over the past year. Chinese loans have so far kept Pakistan afloat. Pakistan’s currency, the rupee, has been devalued four times since December and lost almost a quarter of its value.

Aug 11 08:33

Jared Kushner’s sleight of hand

It’s simple really: 750,000 people and their millions of descendants are actually under the misapprehension that they are refugees and therefore have rights that need to be addressed. Redefine their status, do away with the UN agency that caters to their needs, pay host countries to settle them and convince them that they are actually not Palestinians at all (another confusion of language) and, hey presto!

They may still be poor, disempowered, dispossessed and unwanted, but they are no longer an issue to be grappled with under the Ultimate Deal™. With the deftest of diplomatic sleights of hand, a thorny problem disappears.

Just like the issue of Jerusalem.

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