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October 24, 2017

Oct 24 14:38

Video: ‘Worst Attacks’ Since Franco’s Dictatorship – Catalan Leader On Madrid’s Steps Toward Direct Rule

Catalan President Carles Puigdemont has slammed Madrid’s decision to impose direct rule on Barcelona as "the worst attack against the institutions and the people of Catalonia since the military dictatorship of Francisco Franco."

Oct 24 14:16

Seeking happiness beyond neoliberal consumerism

Graham Peebles examines the roots of unhappiness inherent in our neoliberal, consumption-and-competition-based world, and argues that true happiness is experienced when we cease searching and when we stop desiring.>>



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Oct 24 14:04

Is this an indication of “permanent war”?

The potential recall of more than 1,000 retired US military pilots is an indication of a “permanent war” mentality, says an American analyst.



Oct 24 14:04

Clean Water For Puerto Rico! Thanks To Solar-Powered Filtration

America has been relentlessly barraged with tragic stories of Puerto Rico’s devastation following recent hurricanes. The situation has left the world in a precarious situation where we look on helplessly wondering what we can do. That's where this group comes in...

Oct 24 13:59

New ransomware hits companies in Russia, Europe

A new wave of cyber attacks hit multiple corporate networks in Russia, Ukraine, Germany and Turkey, Russian cybersecurity company Kaspersky Lab said Tuesday.

"Our observations show that the majority of the attack's victims are located in Russia. We're also registering similar attacks in Ukraine, Turkey and Germany, but on a considerably smaller scale. The malware spreads through a number of compromised websites of Russian media outlets," the company was quoted by Russia Today as saying.

Russia's Interfax news agency, one of the country's largest news outlet, Fontanka.ru news site and another Internet-based Russian media company were reportedly under attack.

An international airport and the metro system in Ukraine's capital city Kiev were also affected.

The new cyber virus, dubbed "BadRabbit," demands a ransom payed in Bitcoin for encrypted files, which is set to go up if it is not paid in time, according to Kaspersky.

Oct 24 13:49

Why Americans Support Perpetual Wars

By Chris Kanthan

“With great power, comes great responsibility” – a quote from the movie, Superman. However, the superpower known as America can’t stop waging incessant, futile wars. With the tectonic changes in geopolitics, the callous American attitude can result in devastating global wars. Although one can justifiably blame the elites for this debacle, equally culpable are the American people who loudly cheer or silently bless the perpetual wars. Selling a war in the U.S. is like giving out candies on Halloween...



Oct 24 13:22

FBI Releases Docs On Sandy Hook Showing Feds Visited Shooter BEFORE Massacre

On December 14, 2012, the world watched the news with horror as they heard the story of 20-year-old Adam Lanza fatally shooting 20 children between six and seven years old, as well as six staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Since that fateful day, conspiracy theories have abounded from whether or not the shooting actually took place to what Lanza’s motive was.

Adam Lanza is believed to have shot his mother, Nancy Lanza, in the head at her home in Newtown, Connecticut, around 9 a.m. on December 14, before taking her car and driving approximately five miles to the Sandy Hook Elementary School, where he would slaughter the children and teachers.

According to reports, most of the shooting occurred in two of the school’s first-grade classrooms; 14 students in one classroom, and six in the other, were murdered. Only two of the victims who were shot by Lanza—both teachers—survived the attack.

Oct 24 13:21

Boston Marathon Bomber’s Aunt Says FBI Set Up Her Nephew And She Has PROOF

On April 15, 2013, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, alongside his brother Dzhokhar, would become the infamous murderers in the Boston Marathon Bombings. According to the official reports, the duo blew up two homemade pressure-cooker bombs near the finish line at the marathon.

The attack killed and injured nearly 300 people. The subsequent manhunt led authorities to the Tsarnaev brothers, who went on the run after learning the authorities were on their trail. Tamerlan was shot 9 times by police and then finished off by his brother after he panicked and ran him over with his car. Dzhokhar was later shot and captured while hiding inside a boat.

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Oct 24 13:20

Anne Frank diary to be read at Italian matches to condemn anti-Semitism

Italy’s soccer authorities, reacting to an anti-Semitic outburst by Lazio fans, ordered stadiums on Tuesday to hold a minute’s silence at their next matches while a passage from the diary of Holocaust victim Anne Frank is read out.

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This will go over about as well as the kneeling NFL players.



Oct 24 12:48

Gowdy Launches Investigation Into Obama DOJ’s Handling of Hillary Email Scandal

Congressmen Trey Gowdy and Bob Goodlatte have announced a joint investigation into the Obama DOJ’s handling of the Hillary Clinton email scandal.

Gowdy, the House Oversight Committee Chairman and Goodlatte, House Judiciary Committee Chairman, issued a statement saying their respective committees would join efforts in investigating decisions made by the FBI during their review of the Clinton case.

In doing so, they warned that no department is above reproach.

“The law is the most equalizing force in this country,” the pair’s statement reads. “No entity or individual is exempt from oversight.”



Oct 24 12:46

Arizona's Jeff Flake announces he will not seek re-election to U.S. Senate

The bombshell, which Flake, R-Ariz., detailed Tuesday afternoon on the Senate floor, will further roil Republican hopes of keeping the party's 52-seat Senate majority in the midterm elections of Trump's first term. azcentral.com

Oct 24 12:40

FLASHBACK 2015 - Clinton Foundation Gets Millions In Exchange For Uranium Deal - News Brief

Hillary Clinton recently launched her presidential campaign promising to be champion for the middle class yet she seems to be more of a champion of herself and foreign governments by accepting hundreds of millions of dollars in donations to her piggy bank - The Clinton Foundation. Canadian businessman Frank JEW-STRA along with Bill and Hillary Clinton were part of a group that built, financed and eventually sold off to the Russians a company that would become known as Uranium One. The Russian government controls Uranium One and now controls 20 percent of America’s uranium supply which it can sell to other countries who are our bitter enemies like Iran. This jeopardizes both our national and energy security. As Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had to be involved in the approval of Uranium One’s sale to Russia.

Oct 24 12:40

Absolute Duty’ To Prepare For War With N. Korea, Johnson Warns Trump

North Korea’s threat to global security means US President Donald Trump must prepare for military intervention, Britain’s foreign secretary maintains.

Oct 24 12:39

Murder Trial begins for ‘Sanctuary City’ Illegal Immigrant

Jurors in the trial of an illegal immigrant charged with the 2015 murder of a 32-year-old San Francisco woman were told to ignore both immigration and gun control. The suspect had been deported from the US five times, but kept returning to the “sanctuary city.”

Opening statements in the trial of Jose Ines Garcia Zarate began Monday at the Superior Court of California in San Francisco. Zarate, 54, is accused of killing Katherine “Kate”Steinle as she sat with her father on San Francisco’s Pier 14 in July 2015.



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Oct 24 12:23

BUSTED! Flag Throwing Trump Protestor is a friend of SEN. Bob Corker.

Protester Throwing Russian Flags At Trump Is Left-Wing Activist Who Previously Chased, Harassed Female Reporter (VIDEO)

Oct 24 12:13

Inventory Levels Of These GM Plants Still In “Danger Zone” Even After 2 Hurricanes And 6,000 Job Cuts



Oct 24 11:43

Due Process Is Making A Comeback For College Students Accused Of Rape

Many times throughout history societies cast aside the idea of due process, such as during the Salem witch trials and the 1980s and ’90s satanic day care scares. In each case, those accused were not given a proper chance to defend themselves, and society was told to “believe the victim.”

Oct 24 11:41

Tenth Amendment Center Activist Pushes Back Against Local Government Bullying Tactics

The American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky will represent Tenth Amendment Center national communications director Michael Maharrey in a lawsuit filed against him by the City of Lexington after he attempted to obtain documents relating to surveillance cameras owned and operated by the Lexington Police Department (“LPD”).

“Honestly, I think it’s a bullying tactic more than anything,” Maharrey said. “I think the city thought it could just slap me with a lawsuit and I’d go away. Newsflash – I’m not going away.”...

Oct 24 11:31

Boycott Israel? Your businesses will be punished

The US state of Maryland will be denying contracts to firms that boycott the Israeli regime, Governor Larry Hogan says.

Oct 24 11:30

Two GOP-led panels launch probe of Obama-era uranium deal

Two more Republican-led congressional committees will probe the Obama administration’s decision to approve the sale of American uranium production capability to a Russian state-run energy conglomerate, a key GOP lawmaker announced Tuesday.

Rep. Devin Nunes, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said he’d be linking up with the House Oversight panel led by Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.). The Senate Judiciary Committee has already said it would investigate the uranium deal.

The announcement Tuesday is sure to infuriate Democrats, who have generally dismissed the issue as an attempt to distract from the ongoing investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. It comes on the same day President Donald Trump is slated to visit the Capitol to meet with Senate Republicans and as leaders of the Russian election-meddling probes have signaled the end of those investigations may be nearing.

Oct 24 11:28

Video: ‘We Want Him Back Home’: 2-Year-Old Boy Stranded In Iraq To Be Reunited With His Grandparents

RT continues to run a campaign to bring Russian-speaking children back home after their parents went missing or were killed fighting for Islamic State.

Oct 24 11:27

Catalan authorities will 'only listen to the will of the people'

Catalan authorities will not follow orders from Madrid, but will only listen to the will of the Catalan people, Catalonia’s Foreign Affairs spokesman told BBC Radio.

All institutions, including police, need to follow instructions from the democratically-elected Catalan government, the region’s foreign affairs spokesman, Raul Romeva, told BBC radio.



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Oct 24 11:25

Catalonia’s Secession Dilemma Proves the State Will Not Respect The People’s Vote

By Derrick Broze

The Spanish government’s response to Catalan secession efforts should serve as a reminder that the State does not care about your vote.

Over the last few weeks we have seen a real-world historical drama unfold on the world’s stage. On October 1st the people of Catalonia, Spain held a referendum to put Catalan secession to an official vote. According to some reports as many as 43% of Catalans voted, with 90% of the votes coming in favor of seceding from Spain and becoming a new nation...

Oct 24 11:15

Democratic Lobbyist Tony Podesta Targeted In ‘Trump-Russia’ Probe

Special Counsel Robert Mueller has reportedly begun looking at Tony Podesta, a Democratic lobbyist and brother of HIllary Clinton’s campaign chairman, as part of his probe into “Russian meddling” in the 2016 US presidential election.

The probe into Podesta and his lobbying firm, the Podesta Group, grew out of an inquiry into the finances of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort’s finances, NBC News reported Monday.

Oct 24 11:13

NYT Laments ‘Forever Wars’ Its Editorials Helped Create

Corporate media have a long history of lamenting wars they themselves helped sell the American public, but it’s rare so many wars and so much hypocrisy are distilled into one editorial. On Monday, the New York Times (10/22/17) lamented the expansion of America’s “forever wars” overseas, without once noting that every war mentioned is one the editorial board has itself endorsed, while failing to oppose any of the “engagements” touched on in the editorial.



Oct 24 10:58

BREAKING: Russia vetoes UN resolution for further inspections of “Syrian chemical weapons”

Russia’s move will save time and money over a dead-horse issue that the west continues to flog.

Oct 24 10:58

Grassroot Institute of Hawaii FOIA request raises more questions about rail misrepresentations

President Keli'i Akina says FTA response reinforces need for forensic audit

Oct 24 10:56

Belgian sex education website for seven-year-olds is slammed for teaching advanced sex techniques such as 'hummingbird', 'twist and shout' and 'deep cave'

Bizarre website, 'Alles over seks' ('Everything about sex'), launched in Flanders

Oral sex techniques such as the 'twist and shout' method are demonstrated

Website was meant for 15-year-olds but was also recommended to 7-year-olds



Oct 24 10:40

Protester Breaches Security As Trump Enters Capitol [VIDEO]

A protester managed to breach security at the Capitol Building as President Donald Trump arrived for a lunch with Republican Senators to talk tax reform.

The protester, who some reporters have identified as Ryan Clayton, the president of Americans Take Action, began yelling within the press gaggle and threw Russian flags on the floor as Trump passed.



Oct 24 10:38

Flashback: That Time Obama Went Against the Wishes of 30 Gold Star Families

To be sure, these families have a right to criticize – one should never begrudge the reaction of parents or spouses of those who lost loved ones in battle. It is an unimaginable pain.

The media however, continues to shove a microphone in their face, demanding they disparage President Bush or President Trump.

President Obama is a different story.

In 2011, 30 families watched their loved ones caskets return to Dover Air Base from Afghanistan. Obama was to meet with the grieving families, but they requested that he leave the media behind.

He ignored them …

Oct 24 10:37

Trump Trashes Iran Deal to Satisfy Netanyahu

President Donald Trump’s new Iran policy clearly represents a dangerous rejection of diplomacy in favor of confrontation. But it’s more than that: It’s a major shift toward a much closer alignment of U.S. policy with that of the Israeli government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Whether explicitly or not, Trump’s vow to work with Congress to renegotiate the Iran nuclear agreement, and his explicit threat to withdraw from the deal if no renegotiation takes place, appear to be satisfying the hardline demands Netanyahu has made of Washington’s policy toward Tehran.

Oct 24 10:36

Spain to Take 'Nuclear Option' on Catalonia

The constitutional crisis in Spain and Catalonia is escalating. In response to Catalonia's recent independence vote, Spain's prime minister, Mariano Rajoy, has announced he will strip Catalonia's autonomy and remove its leader. This so-called nuclear option is based on article 155 of Spain's constitution, which allows the parliament to take extraordinary measures to restore order in the country. The move still needs to be ratified by the Spanish parliament, but on Saturday, Rajoy said it's his only option.

Oct 24 10:36

God’s Chosen Child Molesters– Dozens of pedophiles in Israel arrested after police sting

After a three-month long undercover operation in which two Israeli policewomen posed online as 13-year-old girls, dozens of suspects have been arrested for pedophilia offenses.

The men that the policewomen made contact with were aware that the girls they were speaking with were minors. They sent sexually explicit photos, videos and messages. Israel Police said the purpose of the exercise was to deter further attacks.

”We will spare no means to reach the truth and make sure that those who need to pay a price [for their actions], will do so,” a spokesperson for the police said.

Twenty suspects from across the country, ranging in age from their twenties to their seventies, were arrested Monday morning. They will be brought to the Tel Aviv Magistrate’s Court for hearings on the extent of their detentions.

”The phenomenon of pedophilia is widespread, and it has significant s

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Posted for those who claim I only pick on Catholics!


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Oct 24 10:34

IN LETTER TO UN, SYRIA BLAMES ISRAEL FOR FAKING ATTACK TO 'JUSTIFY OWN AGGRESSION'

The Syrian Foreign Ministry sent a letter to the UN, urging that the world body step in and blaming Israel for orchestarting attacks and coordinating with terrorist organizations.

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NO!!!! :)

Oct 24 10:34

Trump Has No Plans To Visit DMZ In Asia Trip

Unlike past US presidents, Donald Trump has no plans to visit the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) between North Korea and South Korea during his trip to Asia next month.

The White House said on Monday that instead, Trump is scheduled to speak with US troops at Camp Humphreys, south of Seoul.

Oct 24 10:26

ASSORTMENT OF TOONS FOR TOOSDAY

What does helping hurricane victims in Texas have to do with supporting Israel?



Oct 24 10:18

Pressure' on US Needed to Solve N Korea Crisis Diplomatically – Peace Activist

Amid the ongoing tensions over North Korea, the US is reportedly preparing to put its nuclear-armed B-52 bombers back on 24-hour alert, a measure unseen since 1991. Arthur West, Chairman of the Scottish Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, explained why this decision is rather dangerous and what should be done instead to resolve the crisis.
Sputnik: Despite North Korea making significant progress with their nuclear weapons program… is this necessarily the right response from the US? What affect will this move have on the already delicate situation?

Arthur West (AW): The response by the United States is deeply depressing. I’m afraid it’s a very worrying development and I think it could escalate tensions. The response should be concentrated on a diplomatic solution to the issues.

Sputnik: From your perspective, instead of this constant ‘one upping’ of each other from the US and North Korea, what should be done to alleviate tensions between North Korea and the West?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

West is entirely correct in his assessment here; unfortunately, just because something is the most pig-headedly, hamn-fistedly stupid thing the US government could do, is absolutely no guarantee that it won't do it.

North Korea is developing its nuclear arsenal as a deterrent to any possible first strike from the US, and have no illusions about precisely what President Trump meant, during his tirade at the UN, screaming death and destruction for North Korea as well as Iran.

But would Kim Jung Un use such missiles in a first strike scenario?!? The answer would be "HELL no!", because they understand that such a move would cause their country to be turned into molten glass by a US military counterstrike.

Oct 24 10:03

Clinton, Assange, And The War On Truth

Wading through the Clinton book, What Happened, is an unpleasant experience, like a stomach upset. Smears and tears. Threats and enemies. “They” (voters) were brainwashed and herded against her by the odious Donald Trump in cahoots with sinister Slavs sent from the great darkness known as Russia, assisted by an Australian “nihilist”, Julian Assange.

In The New York Times, there was a striking photograph of a female reporter consoling Clinton, having just interviewed her. The lost leader was, above all, “absolutely a feminist”. The thousands of women’s lives this “feminist” destroyed while in government - Libya, Syria, Honduras - were of no interest.

Oct 24 10:03

Video: Post-Raqqa Phase: New US Strategy In Syria Raises Concerns

The US-backed coalition’s long fight in Raqqqa has now come to an end.

Oct 24 10:01

US House Intel Committee Announces Inquiry Into Obama-Era Russian Uranium Deal

S House Intelligence Committee Chair Devin Nunes told reporters on Tuesday that they are launching a probe of the Russian uranium deal, dating back to the presidency of Barack Obama.

"What we are going to announce today is [an] inquiry of Russia into the Uranium deal that was several years ago," Nunes stated, adding that "this is just the beginning of this probe."

Nunes has explained that the lawmakers were concerned why the Congress was not informed the 2010 Russian deal involving US uranium. The strategic uranium deal was approved by a committee made up of representatives of US government agencies, including the State Department, then headed by Hillary Clinton.

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Drip...Drip...Drip...



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Oct 24 10:01

Merkel in TURMOIL: Leading member of German Chancellor’s OWN party demands she quits

Alexander Mitsch said he wished the CDU had a leader like new Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, as he accused Mrs Merkel of dragging the party to the left.

Mr Mitsch, the leader of a right-wing group within Mrs Merkel’s party, criticised her open-door immigration policy and said “new party leadership” was needed.

He told reporters: “Now after this election debacle, in which the CDU had the worst result since 1949… the party leadership is obviously not ready to correct anything.

Oct 24 10:01

New Groundbreaking Research Shows Glyphosate Persists in Soil

A new research study from the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre and two Dutch laboratories shows that 45% of Europe’s top soil contains glyphosate residues, demonstrating the over-reliance of the EU agricultural model on this harmful herbicide chemical.

Oct 24 10:00

Six Middle Eastern Countries Ban Glyphosate Herbicides over ‘Probable Carcinogen’ Fears

Oman’s Ministry of Agriculture has confirmed that six Middle Eastern countries, including Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, and Oman have banned the use of glyphosate herbicides since last year, after reviewing IARC’s classification of glyphosate as a ‘probable human carcinogen’.

Oct 24 10:00

WILL OREGON FARMERS FINALLY BE ABLE TO SUE FOR GMO CONTAMINATION?

For those who haven't, a bit of a review might be necessary. When GMOs first came into play during the administration of G.H.W. Bush (who else?), I.G. Farbensanto (our code for the big "agribusiness" companies) developed the principle of "substantial equivalence" to avoid the normal procedures of testing products. Substantial equivalence simply meant that, as far as regulatory policy was concerned, GMO products were no different than ordinary natural seeds and crops; GMO corn and soy beans and so on were to be treated exactly the same as their natural counterparts, and hence, there was no need for "a closer look." If it looks like a potato and tastes like a potato, then it's a potato.



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Oct 24 09:58

Uranium Deal Turns Spotlight on Hillary Clinton But Not the Way She Wanted

Hillary and Bill Clinton could have been involved in "pay-to-play" schemes, while transferring money through their charity in a non-transparent manner, Wall Street analyst and investigative journalist Charles Ortel told Sputnik. The uranium deal may become the trigger for an all-out inquiry into the Clinton Foundation, he believes.

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I would like to see that happen, but at this stage, it appears that everyone in DC is up to their elbows in the Clinton slush fund. They will fight this with all their might!

Oct 24 09:50

Professor Claims Math, Algebra And Geometry Promote ‘White Privilege’

A University of Illinois math professor believes that algebra and geometry perpetuate “white privilege” because Greek terms give Caucasians unearned credit for the subject.

But that isn’t the professor’s only complaint. She also believes that evaluations for math proficiency perpetuates discrimination against minority students, if they do worse than their white counterparts.

Rochelle Gutierrez argues in a newly published math education book for teachers that they must be aware of the identity politics surrounding the subject of mathematics.

“On many levels, mathematics itself operates as Whiteness,” she argues with complete sincerity, according to Campus Reform. “Who gets credit for doing and developing mathematics, who is capable in mathematics, and who is seen as part of the mathematical community is generally viewed as White.”

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ARE YOU FLIPPING KIDDING ME?!?

AND SOMEONE GAVE THIS WOMAN A LICENSE TO TEACH COLLEGE LEVEL MATH?!?

The very last thing any minority kid needs to contend with is "identity politics" coupled with mathematics.

And yes, all peoples, societies, and cultures should be looked upon positively for their contribution to the development of mathematics and science.

Kids learn differently; and if minority kids are having a hard time with math, they need subject enrichment, and positive reinforcement when they solve problems correctly. Nothing succeeds like success, and nothing fails like failure, particularly for a kid; therefore, creating a successful environment which engenders real "cognitive wins" for a child who is struggling with math is key.

Oct 24 09:48

Rolling Back The Tide Of Pesticide Poison, Corruption And Looming Mass Extinction

An anthropogenic mass extinction is underway that will affect all life on the planet and humans will struggle to survive the phenomenon. So claims Dr Rosemary Mason in a paper (2015) in the Journal of Biological Physics and Chemistry. Loss of biodiversity is the most urgent of the environmental problems because this type of diversity is critical to ecosystem services and human health. Mason argues that the modern chemical-intensive industrialised system of food and agriculture is the main culprit.

Oct 24 09:45

Professor Claims Math, Algebra And Geometry Promote ‘White Privilege’

A University of Illinois math professor believes that algebra and geometry perpetuate “white privilege” because Greek terms give Caucasians unearned credit for the subject.

But that isn’t the professor’s only complaint. She also believes that evaluations for math proficiency perpetuates discrimination against minority students, if they do worse than their white counterparts.

Rochelle Gutierrez argues in a newly published math education book for teachers that they must be aware of the identity politics surrounding the subject of mathematics.

Oct 24 09:40

Oscar-Winning Writer-Director Paul Haggis Suggests Hollywood Pedophilia Cover-Up

In an interview with The Guardian Sunday, the two-time Oscar-winning writer and director of Crash said that while much of Hollywood’s self-examination in the wake of the Weinstein scandal has been about the entertainment industry’s treatment of women, he would not discount the numerous allegations made by former child stars of sexual abuse, including those previously made by Corey Feldman and the late Corey Haim.

“It is not an innocent place and never has been,” Haggis told the paper of Hollywood. “Most of this behaviour has been aimed at women, but I am sure that former child stars such as Corey Feldman and Corey Haim, who have both made allegations in the past that no one took seriously, are worth considering, too.”

Oct 24 09:39

Fusion GPS Says Subpoena For Its Bank Records Will ‘Ruin’ Its Business, Endanger Its Clients

The opposition research firm behind the Trump dossier says that a House Intelligence Committee subpoena seeking its bank records has a good chance of “ruining” its business, as well as of putting its clients’ safety at risk.

The firm, Fusion GPS, also argued in a late-night court filing that the subpoena, issued earlier this month for TD Bank, will have a “chilling” effect on the First Amendment and privacy rights of it and its clients.

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It is reasonable for this committee to see these documents; I believe that thinking Americans will want to understand who paid this company to come up with this tripe.

And perhaps, the leadership of the company should have though about the potential for ruin BEFORE getting this document penned; of course, to some of the elite in DC, they believe that there will never be consequences for their actions.... until there are.

Oct 24 09:28

Netanyahu Very Upset with Iraqi Forces Capturing Kirkuk, Takes Action to Reclaim Oil

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu is very upset with Baghdad’s decision to drive back pro-Barzani forces from important cities and energy sites in Iraq.

One week ago, Iraqi pro-government forces launched a powerful offensive along the entire Kurdish frontier in northwestern Iraq, liberating a number of cities and towns and re-claiming from pro-Barzani militants the strategic Kirkuk oilfields and the Mosul Dam.

Perhaps more upset with this outcome than Barzani loyalists is Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the Israeli government on a whole whose sense of oil security has been somewhat breached.

Whilst it is highly unlikely that Baghdad will cease sending oil to Israel, the price for its purchase will undoubtedly go up to levels that Israel is traditionally uncomfortable with.

Oct 24 09:26

Mars has a TAIL: NASA mission discovers 'twisted magnetotail' unlike any other in the solar system

An invisible magnetic ‘tail’ shaped unlike any other in the solar system is trailing behind Mars, NASA has discovered.

While other planets, such as Venus and Earth, are known to have so-called magnetotails, the feature observed at Mars is twisted far more dramatically than expected.

Data collected by NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution Mission (MAVEN) spacecraft suggest the processes behind the twisted tail could also be contributing to the thinning of Mars’ already sparse atmosphere.

Oct 24 09:24

What’s Going on in Niger? America’s Unspoken War against sub-Saharan Africa

Few Americans know anything about the country. They’re minimally knowledgeable geographically about nations only when Washington goes to war – testimony to public ignorance, a national disgrace in a nation where it’s simple to stay informed by following reliable independent online sources.

Niger is landlocked in central northwest Africa, nearly twice the size of France territorially. It’s the world’s fifth largest source of uranium, its fourth largest producer, reason enough for America’s presence.

Its other valued resources include coal, iron ore, tin, phosphates, gold, molybdenum, gypsum, salt and oil – with at least 40 billion barrels of proved reserves, perhaps multiples this amount, it’s believed, along with plentiful natural gas.

Niger became newsworthy with reports of militants killing four US special forces, the Pentagon saying little about what happened.

Oct 24 09:21

George W. Bush Receives a Character Award at West Point: Duty, Honor, Atrocity

In George W. Bush’s home state of Texas, if you are an ordinary citizen found guilty of capital murder, the mandatory sentence is either life in prison or the death penalty. If, however, you are a former president of the United States responsible for initiating two illegal wars of aggression, which killed 7,000 U.S. servicemen and at least 210,000 civilians, displaced more than 10 million people from their homes, condoned torture, initiated a global drone assassination campaign, and imprisoned people for years without substantive evidence or trial in Guantanamo Bay, the punishment evidently is to be given the Thayer Award at West Point.

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Lord, please, NO! This is absoflippinglutely unbelievable, and a terrible dishonor to the award, and what it stands for, to have been awarded to the American war criminal, President Bush.

Oct 24 09:12

Trump’s Iran Obsession and the War on Yemen

The Trump administration is reportedly preparing to make our government’s already indefensible Yemen policy worse, and they want to do it for this lousy reason:

Coupled with Iran’s proximity to the Strait of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf, the Houthi missile transfers have raised concerns that Tehran may be positioning itself to control two crucial energy chokepoints in the region.

This is why Yemen is now “front and center” in the administration’s new Iran strategy, according to a senior advisor who helped draft it.

Whatever the U.S. does next in Yemen, it won’t “roll back Iran” because Iran isn’t there to be rolled back. If the Trump administration falls for this, they will be dragging the U.S. deeper into an unnecessary war that will do nothing to Iran. Instead, it will continue our shameful policy of helping to inflict death and destruction on Yemenis that have done nothing to us.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Folks, the government and military of your country are colluding with Saudi Arabian troops in warcrimes, and genocide in Yemen; it is just that simple, period, end of discussion.

I don't know about you, but I really,morally despise being a citizen of a country committing war crimes. Mike and I are too old, and too broke, to immigrate, but if we could, we certainly would; there are other, morally civilised countries in this world which absolutely do not engage in this behaviour.

Oct 24 09:02

Are Our Mideast Wars Forever?

As their U.S. allies watched, the Kurdish peshmerga fighters were run out of Kirkuk and all the territory they had captured fighting ISIS alongside the Americans. The Iraqi army that ran them out was trained and armed by the United States.

The U.S. had warned the Kurds against holding the referendum on independence on Sept. 25, which carried with 92 percent. Iran and Turkey had warned against an independent Kurdistan that could be a magnet for Kurdish minorities in their own countries.

But the Iraqi Kurds went ahead. Now they have lost Kirkuk and its oil, and their dream of independence is all but dead.

More troubling for America is the new reality revealed by the rout of the peshmerga. Iraq, which George W. Bush and the neocons were going to fashion into a pro-Western democracy and American ally, appears to be as close to Iran as it is to the United States.

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The American people have grown infinitely more war-weary and more war-sceptical than at any other time I have observed them, since the Vietnam War era.

I seriously doubt that they will support more wars, when our existing ones in places like Iraq; Niger; Somalia; Afghanistan; Syria; and Yemen are going so generally horribly badly.

That Iran should become politically dominant in Baghdad, Beiruit, or Damascus, is one of the unintended consequences of a number of poorly thought out and ill conceived war scenarios, dating back to the Bush era, which did not account for for the potential hazards of getting involved militarily in the region the first place. And despite all the cheerleading from Israel's Netanyahu and Saudi Arabia's Prince Salman regarding regime change in Tehran, such a move would most likely box the US government into another no-win situation, as is the current US/NATO occupation of Afghanistan.

The primary charactarization of US foreign policy over the last 16 years has to be that of magical thinking, which had absolutely zero basis in reality, but the horrific costs, in American blood and money, have been all too real.

In looking at the corporate US-presstitute demonization I am seeing of both Russia and Iran, it looks as though President Trump is ultimately looking to wage wars against both these countries; I just hope he understands that our military cannot fight both at the same time, although that is what will happen if he attacks Iran, because Russia's mllitary and civilian leadership have long pledged to defend it if it is attacked militarily.

I would like to politely point out that as a result of assisting Syria against its jihadis, Russia has earned the envy of the world in terms of its weaponry, and how well it has functioned in real-world combat conditions; the US has the Lockheed-Martin F-35 to offer, which is still incapable of working as advertised, no matter how many billions of dollars the DOD has thrown at it.

The Occupied, Unhinged Surveilled State of Amerika, at this moment the 21st century, has become a true rogue nation, and one that no nation in its collective right mind could possibly trust to keep its word; look at what President Trump has just done with the P5+1 agreement, as an example. The only way it seems to get its way, is through hubristic bellicosity, lies, and war, rather than hard-won, moral negotiations.

I would like to hope that the White House, Congress, State Department and Pentagon have the capability to think through their next moves in the in the Middle East through very thoroughly, and carefully; The next moves here, if not done with extreme care and caution, could well spark a Third World.

Oct 24 08:34

Russia to test its Satan 2 ballistic missile that could 'beat any defences' and obliterate 'an area the size of France'

Russia is preparing to carry out test launches of its 100-tonne 'Satan 2' ballistic missile, also known as RS-28 Sarmat.

The next generation intercontinental ballistic missile can 'beat any defences' and wipe out entire countries, according to Russia's military.

The weapon has been in the pipeline since 2009 and is now ready after several setbacks, with initial trials to be carried out before the end of the year, sources claim.

Launches will be held at the Plesetsk testing ground in west Russia and, if successful, the weapon could by in use by 2019 - 2020.

It could deliver warheads of 40 megatons - 2,000 times as powerful as the atom bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945.

Oct 24 08:30

Please activate the anti-ransomware protection in your Windows 10 Fall Creators Update PC. Ta

A below-the-radar security feature in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, aka version 1709 released last week, can stop ransomware and other file-scrambling nasties dead.

The controlled folder access mechanism within Windows Defender prevents suspicious applications from changing the contents of selected protected folders.

Though controlled folder access has been known about for months – it surfaced with Insider builds earlier this summer – the feature is only now being thrust into the spotlight with the general public release of the Fall Creators Update for Windows 10.

Oct 24 08:29

US Airstrike Kills 14 Civilians in Eastern Syria

US warplanes attacked the Qusur District of Syria’s city of Deir Ezzor, a government-held area in the nation’s far east, killing at least 14 civilians and wounding 32 others, according to reports.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that 22 civilians had been killed in the attack. The US has not commented on the incident yet, but spokesman Col. Dillon promised to “check the reports.”

He said there would be “no reason” for the US to attack the city, as neither the US nor its Kurdish allies are operating in the area. That, of course, is not exactly a denial, and it’s unclear if we’ll hear about it again soon.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I do not know what the Vegas odds are of the US and Russian engaging in direct military conflict in Syria; but my guess is, we are right on the keening edge of this happening, if the US keeps attacking this sovererign nation, against which the US government has not declared war, and which has not invited this country to assist them in getting rid of their jihadist rebels.

Oct 24 08:27

Legacy kit, no antivirus, weak crypto. Yep. They're talking critical industrial networks

Traffic analysis on 375 industrial networks worldwide has confirmed the extent to which hackers target industrial control systems (ICS).

The study by CyberX also found that industrial networks are both connected to the internet and rife with vulnerabilities including legacy Windows boxes, plain-text passwords and a lack of antivirus protection.

One-third of industrial sites are connected to the internet – making them accessible by hackers and malware exploiting vulnerabilities and misconfigurations. The findings undermine the comforting notion that industrial networks don't need to be monitored or patched because they're isolated from the internet via "air gaps".

Oct 24 08:21

US MERCENARIES, IRAQI HIGHWAYS AND THE MYSTERY OF THE NEVER-ENDING ISIS HORDES

Maps of the conflict stretching over the last several years show clear corridors used to reinforce IS positions, leading primarily from Turkey’s southern border and to a lesser extent, from Jordan’s borders.

However, another possible vector may be desert highways in Iraq’s western Anbar province where US military contractors are allegedly to “provide security” as well as build gas stations and rest areas. These highways contributed to the current conflict and still serve as a hotbed for state–sponsored terrorism. Whether these US-controlled and -improved highways pose a significant threat for a reorganized effort by the US and its regional allies to divide and destroy Iraq and Syria seems all but inevitable.

The Islamic State’s de facto invasion of Syria and Iraq was a more massive and dramatic replay of an earlier surge of foreign militants into the region, following the 2003 US invasion of Iraq.

Oct 24 08:08

Senators ‘Stunned’ to Learn US Has 1,000 Troops in Niger

With Pentagon officials offering the first details on the Niger ambush incident, they also revealed details about the ongoing US war in Niger, including the revelation that there is an ongoing US war in Niger. Nobody seems to have known about it.

Especially not those whose job it is to know. Senate Armed Services Committee members confirmed they were “stunned” by the revelation, and had no idea that the US had upwards of 1,000 ground troops operating inside Niger.

Gen. Joe Dunford presented this military operation as being targeted at an ISIS affiliate inside Niger, and the suggestion is that the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) in Afghanistan is serving as the legal justification.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And, while Congress is in its "stunned" mode, barking its innocence of this military confrontation, one might well ask them why the US government and military are enabling Saudi War Crimes in Yemen, which is an unfolding human catastrophe, featuring the assassination of innocents, including women and children; the starvation of the Yemeni people, courtesy of a joint US/Saudi blockade of Yemeni ports; and the increasingly horrific spread of (potentially weaponized) cholera in Yemen, about which no one can seem to do anything, because the country is so unstable.

Oct 24 08:07

'Cyber Hurricane': Millions of Devices Infected in Rapidly Replicating Botnet

In a very short time, new rapidly expanding loT botnet malware, more complex and dangerous than the 2016 malicious Mirai bot that caused widespread outages in the US and beyond, has already compromised over a million devices.

Oct 24 08:04

Hillary Clinton: Uranium One Stories "Debunked Repeatedly"

In an interview Monday with C-SPAN, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the controversy surrounding the 2010 "Uranium One" deal between Russia and the Obama administration had been "debunked."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Just like all those women who claimed Bill Clinton has assaulted them have been "debunked", right Hillary?

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