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Apr 22 11:37

FOR SECOND DAY IN A ROW, PUTIN SENDS STRONG MESSAGE TO TRUMP THAT HAS THE AIR FORCE ON ALERT

For the second day in a row, two long-range Russian bombers were spotted off the coast of Alaska Tuesday afternoon, the U.S. military announced.



Apr 22 11:05

Top Senator Says Another Supreme Court Pick Soon

Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley, the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, gave a speech at Kent Corp., in Muscatine, Iowa this week.

Apr 22 10:49

UN unable to decide who‘s behind alleged chemical attack in Syria

The UN commission investigating allegations of war crimes and crimes against humanity in Syria says it cannot yet say for certainty what the source of the gas allegedly used in Idlib really was. The body says the release of gas coincided with airstrikes in the area.

Apr 22 10:49

New leak exposes shady world of ‘Stalkerware’ surveillance software

Monitoring software FlexiSPY, marketed at paranoid partners attempting to catch their other halves cheating, may have been provided to governments in countries including Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain according to a new leak.

Documents leaked to Motherboard, allegedly sourced from inside the organization, show the extent of FlexiSPY’s use and profitability.

The controversial software, built by a small company based in Thailand and described as “Stalkerware” may have been used in another piece of software built by British-German surveillance company Gamma, according to a 2011 document within the leak, cited by Motherboard.



Apr 22 10:45

Rodent that can live without oxygen: Naked mole-rat found to be able to survive for 18 minutes

Cutting off oxygen for most creatures will result in near-instant death.

But scientists have discovered that one animal – the naked mole rat – is able to survive for up to five hours while starved of oxygen.

The strange-looking creature is able to create oxygen in its own body with a chemical reaction.

It can create oxygen without using its lungs – producing it from fructose, a type of sugar, within its own body.

It is hoped that understanding the extraordinary trick performed by the naked mole rat could lead to new treatments for heart attacks and strokes.

Apr 22 10:35

North Korea Warns China Of "Catastrophic Consequences" For Siding With U.S.

Having repeatedly threatened the annihilation of its neighbor to the south, and most recently warning of a "super-mighty preemptive strike" against the US, one day after it emerged that Pyongyang appeared to have resumed activity at its Punggye-ri Nuclear test site, North Korea asked China not to step up anti-North sanctions, warning of "catastrophic consequences" in their bilateral relations.

Pyongyang issued the warning through commentary written by a person named Jong Phil on its official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), which was released Saturday.

As South Korea's Yonhap news agency writes, it's rare for Pyongyang's media to level criticism at Beijing, though the KCNA didn't directly mention China in the commentary titled "Are you good at dancing to the tune of others" and dated Friday. The commentary instead called the nation at issue "a country around the DPRK," using North Korea's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

Apr 22 10:33

Latest Chemical Weapons Attack in Syria Was Likely Staged

Theodore Postol, a professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), released a three-report series in response to the White House’s claim that Syrian President Bashar Al Assad attacked his own people with sarin gas, in which he concluded that the attack in Syria was staged.



Apr 22 10:09

Geopolitical Hotspots, Global Economy, US War Plans: South China Sea, Yemen and Beyond

Americans may have been led to believe through their education systems, their religious institutions, mainstream media and popular culture that their government’s foreign policy is guided by the dictates of conscience, humanitarian considerations, and empathy for chemically mauled infants as well as a national vocation to bring “freedom and democracy” to the world.

A more honest and rigorous review of America’s involvement in military conflicts, and its support for Israel, Saudi Arabia and other rogue states around the world reveal the shallowness of this understanding.

The structure of power in the U.S. as with other imperialist powers throughout history demands certain economic arrangements and military formations on the world stage.

Apr 22 09:50

US Defense Secretary Targets Syria with Chemical Weapons Allegations

Speaking on a visit to Israel on Friday, US Defense Secretary James “Mad Dog” Mattis charged that the Syrian government has violated an agreement brokered by Moscow in 2013 by holding onto chemical weapons.

“The bottom line is there can be no doubt in the international community’s mind that Syria has retained chemical weapons in violation of its agreement and its statement that it had removed them all,” Mattis said during a press conference standing alongside his Israeli counterpart, the extreme right-wing Zionist Avigdor Lieberman.

Mattis refused to provide any estimate of what quantity of chemical weapons he believes are in Syrian hands, claiming that it would compromise intelligence sources. He charged, however, that Damascus was in violation of United Nations Security Council resolutions and warned that it would be “ill-advised to use any again. We’ve made that very clear with our first strike.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

All the various wars are back, and with a vengeance; and the American Deep State believes that they need to go very quickly into Syria; North Korea; Iran; Somalia; and parts of Iraq, and regime change them all, before Americans start thinking, rejecting the codswallop they are being force-fed by both the US government, and its corporate presstitutes to further its agenda, and start protesting in the numbers which stopped the Vietnam War.

Because that is what it will take to end this war agenda, if it is humanly possible to do so at this point.

IF Americans cannot and do not act against these wars, in the most peaceful, and logical way possible, humanity is facing a global catastrophe of Biblical proportions.

Apr 22 09:45

TERROR ANALYSIS: Two top tips: how to spot a Isamic attack, and how to keep Donald Trump on a lead.

The Borussia Dortmund attack turns out to have had nothing to do with terrorism….but was rather, gambling used as a means of exploiting terrorism. Think of it as the Mob meets Wall Street in pretend-Aleppo. Anyone trying to limbo under that one in search of lower evils just better be small, lithe and double-jointed.



Apr 22 09:37

Netanyahu Meets Mattis, Lauds 'Change in U.S. Leadership, Policy' in Mideast

Meeting took place after U.S. defense chief Mattis sat down with Israeli counterpart in Tel Aviv, said Iran continues to threaten Israel with ballistic missiles.

U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met in Jerusalem on Friday.

Prior to the meeting Netanyahu said that he sees a "great change" in the direction of U.S. policy in the Middle East, lauding Mattis and President Donald Trump's recent statements on Iran as well as U.S. action against Syria's use of chemical weapons. "It's appreciated around the world and in our region," Netanyahu said, according to a press release. 

"I think this is a welcome change, a strategic change in U.S. leadership and policy," the prime minister said, according to the press release.
Netanyahu also said that Israel and the U.S. both face the "double threat" of "radical Islam," referring to Iran and ISIS.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I've just done a double-palmed faceplant, at warp speed, upon reading this.

IF Tehran has ballistic missiles pointed at Israel, don't tell me for one second that Israel doesn't have ballistic missiles pointed at Iran!!

And to conflate the Wahhabi-flavored radicalised Islam of ISIS with the moderate Shia Islam of Iran?!?

Does Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu begin to comprehend how completely idiotic this comparison sounds, for anyone with two brain cells to rub together?!?

And as I mentioned in a previous post yesterday, from the Israeli government's perspective, it is the US government which must, with its blood and money, achieve Israel's regional geopolitical objectives, and that includes "neutralising" Iran for it.

But between Iran's robust self-defense posture and capabilities, and the reality that if attacked militarily, Russia will come to its aid, this Israeli demand to the US may be too great a chasm to cross, at least for the moment.

Apr 22 09:20

Bannon Down, Pentagon Up, Neocons In?

The apparent and surprisingly abrupt demise in Steve Bannon’s influence offers a major potential opening for neoconservatives, many of whom opposed Trump’s election precisely because of his association with Bannon and the “America Firsters,” to return to power after so many years of being relegated to the sidelines. Bannon’s decline suggest that he no longer wields the kind of veto power that prevented the nomination of Elliott Abrams as deputy secretary of state. Moreover, the administration’s ongoing failure to fill key posts at the undersecretary, assistant secretary, and deputy assistant secretary levels across the government’s foreign-policy apparatus provides a veritable cornucopia of opportunities for aspiring neocons who didn’t express their opposition to the Trump campaign too loudly.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I used to swallow the myth whole that voting, at the national level, meant Americans have, at least, some modicum of control over their lives; with the election of President Trump, I have realised, painfully clearly, the absolute and utter falseness of such a premise.

I have watched this man do so many flipflops on promised policy reforms, since his inauguration, that I am dealing with intense intellectual whiplash, and do not know if I will ever fully recover.

I have utterly zero control on the direction of domestic and foreign policy issues; it is the American deep state which is in control, no matter who is actually occupying the White House, so the consistent agendas of the Deep State never change.

And those agendas involve the following; the consistent destabilisation of both Russia and China, in order to prevent the ascent of the ruble and the yuan; the destabilisation of the Middle East, in order to expropriate resources to which the US has utterly no moral right, and to give more territory to Israel, whenever possible; to insure the governments of countries are western/US-centric, even to the point of regime change; and insuring that world resources are only sold in US dollars.

The American people, and their needs and concerns, are completely irrelevant to this process, except for paying taxes; creating soldiers with which to accomplish the American Deep State's geopolitical agenda; and believing the lies this government tells us, which get constantly regurgitated by corporate media presstitutes, to further its agenda.

I am disgusted and sickened by a thoroughly hypocritical President who uses murdered "beautiful dead babies" as an excuse for a military attack against Syria, while those dead and mutilated children of Yemen, killed by US-government enabled Saudi military strikes, who are dealing with starvation from malnutrition due to Yemeni port blockades, and exposure to DU, most probably sold to the Saudi Government by the US, are of no consequence, in his view.

Apr 22 09:16

A crash is coming in high-yield bonds

If you’re a junk-bond investor, I have a message for you.

Get out.

Apr 22 09:14

Tax money from marijuana sales are helping students pay for college in Colorado

Marijuana is a $1.3 billion industry in Colorado, and the ensuing tax revenue is helping students pay for college.
Pueblo County is one area benefiting from an influx of marijuana tax money. Now the county is doing something that’s a first in Colorado: distributing pot-funded scholarships to college students.

Apr 22 09:04

SHIRE GENIUS Flores Man ‘hobbits’ found in Indonesia were NOT direct relatives of modern humans, scientists confirm

Researchers discover that strange hobbits were not shrunken versions of humanity's ancient ancestor, Homo erectus



Apr 22 09:01

Northeast Maine prepares for even more snow

Bad news for some winter-weary Mainers. More snow is on the way.

Apr 22 08:52

Second parchment manuscript copy of Declaration of Independence found — in England

Two Harvard University researchers announced Friday that they have found a second parchment manuscript copy of the Declaration of Independence in a tiny records office in southern England.

The only other parchment copy is maintained by the National Archives in Washington, D.C., researchers Emily Sneff and Danielle Allen said in a statement.

Apr 22 08:52

Mike Pence: Peaceful Outcome For Korean Peninsula Still Possible

Denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula can still be achieved peacefully because of Washington’s new engagement with China, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said on Saturday, despite growing fears North Korea could soon conduct a new nuclear test.

South Korea is on heightened alert ahead of another important anniversary in the reclusive North that could be the trigger for a new nuclear test or launch of ballistic missiles, with a large concentration of military hardware massed on both sides of the border.

Tensions have risen sharply in recent months after Pyongyang conducted two nuclear weapons tests last year and carried out a steady stream of ballistic missile tests in defiance of United Nations resolutions and sanctions.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Would Vice-President Pence please elaborate on how he sees this happening, with South Korea, Russia, and China at a heightened state of alert due to North Korea's missile tests?!?

Apr 22 08:51

Ancient stone carvings confirm how comet struck Earth in 10,950BC, sparking the rise of civilisations

Ancient stone carvings confirm that a comet struck the Earth around 11,000BC, a devastating event which wiped out woolly mammoths and sparked the rise of civilisations.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

... along with wiping out all civilizations that had existed prior to the strike and ice age.


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Apr 22 08:50

Two MSDF destroyers leave for potential drill with USS Carl Vinson

Two Maritime Self-Defense Force destroyers have left Sasebo naval base and are likely to take part in a drill with the U.S. aircraft carrier Carl Vinson, which is steaming toward the Korean Peninsula, Defense Ministry sources said Friday.

The date and location for the exercise have not been set yet, but the destroyers are likely to join the Carl Vinson strike group at some point.

Apr 22 08:49

LGBT-PROMOTING TEACHER BANS CROSS NECKLACES IN CLASS

Officials at Hillsborough County Public Schools in Tampa, Florida are being asked to stop the bullying by a math teacher who is an open advocate for the LGBT lifestyle and has, among other things, banned students from wearing cross necklaces in her classroom.

The nonprofit legal group Liberty Counsel said it would prefer for the district to rein in the teacher, Lora Jane Riedas, without the necessity of a court case.

But Liberty Counsel is ready to take action – through a federal lawsuit – if it is needed “to vindicate the parental and student rights.”

Apr 22 08:48

HARVARD TELLS STUDENTS GENDER CAN 'CHANGE FROM DAY TO DAY'

The office of BGLTQ Student Life at Harvard University has released a new school-sponsored guide telling students to “fight transphobia” and “get the facts about gender diversity.”

The guide, which was distributed to students on campus, declares that “there are more than two sexes” and that “gender is fluid and changing,” adding that someone’s gender identity “can be affirmed and/or expressed in many ways,” and can even “change from day to day.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am almost 65 years old. Not once in all that time have I ever been anything other than male.

Apr 22 08:48

THOUSANDS SUE MERCK FOR SHINGLES VACCINE ZOSTAVAX “CAUSING WHAT IT’S SUPPOSED TO PREVENT”

Attorney Troy Bouk was recently interviewed by Ring of Fire’s Farron Cousins to discuss the shingles vaccine Zostavax, the issues related to its effectiveness and the problems that are associated with the product, including the fact that the drugmaker’s vaccine seems to cause the very affliction that it seeks to prevent — and, according to a massive lawsuit, thousands of victims agree.
While we have everyone from attorneys to biologists, to political scientists who contribute to the Free Thought Project, none of us are doctors, so we do not make recommendations about what you and your family should do in regards to vaccination. That being said, the drug makers have an incentive for you not to see this information which means it will not be reported on in the mainstream media as their advertising dollars are tied directly to these companies. So, we find that it is our duty to spread this information and with your help sharing it, we can have a massive effect.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

For the medical/industrial complex, "treatments/vaccines" are rarely about care, but always about profits.


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Apr 22 08:47

‘Shattered’ Revelation: Clinton Campaign Hatched Russian Hacking Narrative 24 Hours After Hillary’s Loss

The new Clinton campaign tell-all, Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign, reveals how Hillary Clinton personally placed blame for her bruising defeat on Russian meddling “within twenty-four hours of her concession speech.”

The blistering behind-the-scenes book, by Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes, illustrates how Hillary Clinton furiously blamed her defeat on the FBI investigation into her private emails, Russian interference, and Trump’s supposed support from “white nationalists.”

Apr 22 08:46

OBAMA ENTANGLED IN BRAND-NEW 'POLITICAL ESPIONAGE' SCANDAL

While the claims of collusion between Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign and Russia seem to have dropped abruptly off the media radar, there is a new report of collaboration between a U.S. political campaign and foreign powers.

But the campaign was that of Hillary Clinton, and the chief architect was Barack Obama’s CIA director, John Brennan, the report says.

“One side did collude with foreign powers to tip the election – Hillary’s,” writes George Neumayr in the American Spectator.

“Seeking to retain his position as CIA director under Hillary, Brennan teamed up with British spies and Estonian spies to cripple Trump’s candidacy,” Newmayr wrote.

Apr 22 08:45

THE BIG, AMAZING LIST OF PEOPLE OBAMA SPIED ON

The Obama administration isn’t accused of gathering intelligence information to spy for political, and other, purposes just once. Or twice. Or even just three times.

A remarkable timeline assembled by ace investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson shows just how often the Obama administration apparently spied on friend and foe alike.

With all of this information gathered in one place, WND then compiled a list gleaned from Attkisson’s timeline of all those whom the Obama administration is suspected of targeting either by spying, or investigating and/or prosecuting using intelligence information.

Apr 22 08:44

POLLS: ISRAELIS WANT US, EUROPE TO ATTACK SYRIA, BUT AGAINST IDF INTERVENTION

The US and European countries should attack Syria, but Israel should not be involved in the assault, two polls in weekend Hebrew newspapers found.



Apr 22 08:44

DEATH TOLL JUMPS TO 20 IN VENEZUELA PROTESTS

The death toll in three weeks of violence at anti-government protests in Venezuela jumped to 20 people after a night of clashes and pillaging left 12 people dead in Caracas, reports AFP.

Riot police and pro-government vigilantes fought running battles on the capital's east, west and south sides with protesters demanding the ouster of President Nicolas Maduro.

At nightfall on Friday, more protests and pockets of unrest were reported in eastern Caracas, and in Macuto in the neighboring state of Vargas.

Opposition leaders have called new protests for Saturday and Monday.

On Saturday, they plan to march in silence to the Catholic Church's episcopal seats nationwide. They plan to erect roadblocks on Monday to grind the country to a halt.

Protesters blame Maduro -- heir of the leftist "Bolivarian revolution" launched by the late Hugo Chavez in 1999 -- for an economic crisis marked by severe shortages of food, medicine and basic goods.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am hoping this situation can be resolved without more bloodshed; however, realistically, I am not holding my breath that such a resolution can be achieved, or quickly.

Apr 22 08:39

Bannon Down, Pentagon Up, Neocons In?

The apparent and surprisingly abrupt demise in Steve Bannon’s influence offers a major potential opening for neoconservatives, many of whom opposed Trump’s election precisely because of his association with Bannon and the “America Firsters,” to return to power after so many years of being relegated to the sidelines.

Bannon’s decline suggest that he no longer wields the kind of veto power that prevented the nomination of Elliott Abrams as deputy secretary of state. Moreover, the administration’s ongoing failure to fill key posts at the undersecretary, assistant secretary, and deputy assistant secretary levels across the government’s foreign-policy apparatus provides a veritable cornucopia of opportunities for aspiring neocons who didn’t express their opposition to the Trump campaign too loudly.

Apr 22 08:38

US troops fight alongside ISIS using Toyota trucks, Israeli tanks in #Syria



Apr 22 08:34

Western states block Russia’s initiatives to investigate Syria chemical attack

Russia continues to insist on investigation into the chemical attack in Syria's Idlib Province. However, Western countries block Russia's initiatives on the matter. The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, without explanation, blocked Russia's suggestions to send experts to the area of the alleged chemical attack, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Apr 22 08:33

Moms of Vaccine-Damaged Children

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is a very timely article, and should be read/shared by parents of small children, and those who love those small children, even if they are not their own.

Also, if you have not seen the documentary "Vaxxed", you should. Long story short, the CDC is not completely honest about the kind and amount of damage certain vaccines can cause.

And the vile and weird thing is, many times, that potential for harm is written on the package insert information parents never get to see.

Dtap vaccine can cause autism

Apr 22 08:27

Snow mats provide traffic jams in Austria

April is, in the truest sense of the word, what he wants: In March temperatures of more than 25 degrees meteorologically gave us the first summer day of the year. Now deep "Peter" brings frost. The snowfall limit ranges between 400 and 900 meters, also snow falls in Vienna today. The stormy north wind with gusts of 90 km / h, in exposed locations also with peaks of over 100 km / h.

Apr 22 08:23

Defense Minister Ya'alon: Middle East Borders Bound to Change

The borders of the Middle East are bound to change, Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon declared during an interview with National Public Radio during his five-day tour of the United States.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Maybe, oh, I don't know; something like this?"



Apr 22 08:17

France sends 7000 soldiers and 50000 policemen to guard elections

On Tuesday, the interior minister of France’s Socialist Party (PS) government, Matthias Fekl, said 50,000 policemen supported by military units will be mobilized at polling stations across France on Sunday. “Everything has been put in place to ensure the security of this big event for our democracy and our republic. The security forces are mobilized everywhere across France to ensure the security of French people and to ensure the presidential campaign goes smoothly,” he said .

Apr 22 08:16

Uncontrollable Oil Leak, North Slope, Deadhorse, Alaska, Next BP Disaster, April 2017

Apr 22 08:15

US Democrats’ Hysterical New Low: Vladimir Putin Is Laughing at Us!

A Democratic organization is attempting to pressure Republicans to support their Russian witch hunt with a series of absurdly cartoonish radio ads claiming that Russian President Vladimir Putin is “laughing at us".

The organization, American Bridge 21st Century Foundation, is running the ads in the districts of three House Republicans – Rep. Martha McSally, Rep. Will Hurd and Rep. John Katko – in the hopes that they will support an investigation into US President Donald Trump’s alleged ties to Russia.



Apr 22 08:14

Trump’s Flub Sparks Anger on Korean Peninsula, But Not Where You’d Expect

A recent interview conducted by the Wall Street Journal with US President Donald Trump quoted the powerful leader as saying, “Korea actually used to be a part of China.” South Koreans are not happy, to say the least, about Trump’s attempt to rewrite a foreign country’s history.

Apr 22 08:09

Homeless girls find Girl Scout Troop to call their own: 'We're real sisters'

The members of Girl Scout Troop 6000 can be often be found dancing, working with arts and crafts and building bonds of sisterhood like any other Girl Scout troop, but their connection goes beyond friendship.

Apr 22 08:09

American Airlines Pilots are Complaining That Their Uniforms Are Making Them Sick

A U.S. airline is getting hot under the collar and this time it's not United. Around 100 American Airlines (AAL) pilots have come forward with complaints of rashes, itching, and other symptoms, prompting an aviation union's survey on pilots' reactions to their uniforms, Bloomberg reports.

Apr 22 08:04

"Russia Today" cancels contract with Reuters, too many lies

"Russia Today" is cancelling their contract with Reuters after the British news agency published an article titled "Russian intervention in US elections" with unsubstantiated accusations against News agency Sputnik .

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We all need to stop doing business with the liars!

Apr 22 08:01

Blair scrambles to 'mobilise' voters AGAINST a hard Brexit as he predicts May VICTORY

FORMER Prime Minister Tony Blair has claimed Theresa May will win the General Election – but called on voters to “mobilise” against a hard Brexit.

Apr 22 08:00

Caitlyn Jenner Warns Trump: You ‘Mess’ with LGBT Community, ‘I’m Coming After You’

Caitlyn Jenner has issued a warning to President Donald Trump and the Republican Party: treat the LGBT community unfairly, and you’ll have to deal with me.

The former Olympic gold medalist-turned-reality TV star, formerly known as Bruce Jenner, challenged the president in a 20/20 interview with Diane Sawyer set to air Friday night.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The problem with people who are given special treatment is that a return to equality feels like discrimination.

Apr 22 07:59

Dem Rep Gabbard: I’m ‘Doing My Homework’ on the Impeachment Process

Gabbard said, “On the issue of impeachment, I am doing my homework. I am studying more about the impeachment process. I will just say I understand the calls for impeachment, but what I am being cautious about and what I give you food for thought about is that if President Trump is impeached, the problems don’t go away, because then you have a Vice President Pence who becomes President Pence. If you do your research on positions on many of the issues we’ve talked, many of the issues that I get phone calls about from people all across the state, the issue of war and peace, he’s about as hawkish as they come.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This lady THINKS!

Apr 22 07:58

Proposed US-UK Trade Deal Slammed as 'TTIP On Steroids'

A new report says the proposed US-UK trade deal promised by Trump will be "TTIP on steroids," bringing in "corporate courts," privatization of health services and a threat to climate change, Sputnik has been told.

Apr 22 07:57

Oil companies exploiting famine and financial ruin in South Sudan

South Sudan’s vulnerable financial state is making the civil-war-torn state easy prey for opportunistic oil and gas companies that could be offering Juba a fraction of the energy profits they would earn under stable circumstances.

Apr 22 07:56

Hepatitis epidemic breaks out in Europe, cholera on the way

Hepatitis A is a disease of dirty hands. That is a disease of migrants, because they do not maintain strict personal hygiene, do not wash hands. It should have been expected.

This disease is infectious. If somebody does not maintain sanitary standards, he will get ill and infect all the others. It was evident when such a huge flow of migrants was coming to Europe.

Apr 22 07:55

Trump - In North Korea you will be murdering human beings!

Currently, as Donald Trump's "armada" is speeding towards China and DPRK, I keep recalling those moments: the cliff, the lovers and a lone fisherman with his long rod at the other side of the river. Everything in my memory connected to those dawns is now motionless, serene.

Apr 22 07:54

Trump ‘set to put Brussels AHEAD of Britain in trade talks queue after Merkel meeting’

Backtracking on his previous opposition to negotiating with the crumbling Brussels bloc, the President softened his stance after individual EU member states rejected attempts by his officials to start talks on separate trade agreements.

According to the Times, German chancellor Angela Merkel managed to convince Trump at a private dinner last month that striking a deal between the US and EU would be simpler than he thought.

Apr 22 07:53

Why Washington is Terrified of Russia, China

Diplomats, off the record, occasionally let it slip there may have been a coded message delivered to NATO to the effect that if one of the strategic members is seriously harassed — be it in Ukraine or in the South China Sea – NATO will have to deal with both.

Apr 22 07:52

'Putin ready to QUIT' - Russian leader refuses to deny letter claiming he will stand aside

He is ready to anoint Vyacheslav Volodin, the speaker of the Russian parliament, as his chosen successor as president, it is suggested, but there are fears the text could be a dirty trick involving warring rivals close to the powerful leader.

President Putin was evidently caught by surprise when confronted with the claim at a public Kremlin session.

Apr 22 07:49

FLASHBACK - Tamerlan Tsarnaev: Terrorist. Murderer. Federal Informant?

Not long after Tamerlan Tsarnaev bombed the Boston Marathon, investigative reporter Michele McPhee went looking for answers. What she discovered, detailed in this exclusive excerpt from her new book, Maximum Harm, might just change how you think about our government and law enforcement forever.

Apr 22 07:48

The Monsanto Tribunal: “Monsanto has Violated Human Rights to food”

The tribunal concluded that:

Monsanto has violated human rights to food, health, a healthy environment and the freedom indispensable for independent scientific research.

‘ecocide’ should be recognized as a crime in international law.

human rights and environmental laws are undermined by corporate-friendly trade and investment regulation.

Apr 22 07:48

Daesh emir killed, 10 extremists arrested in stealth army operation

The Lebanese Army Saturday killed a Daesh (ISIS) emir and arrested 10 suspected militants during a stealth operation in the northeastern border town of Arsal, a source told The Daily Star.

Apr 22 07:47

“Making America Great Again” by Reducing the World to Ashes?

The greatest threat to humanity is nuclear war.

While public opinion is largely misinformed, US “decision-makers” including president Trump are also unaware and misinformed as to the consequences of their actions. Multi-billion dollar bonanza for the Military-Industrial Complex: “Scientific opinion” on contract to Pentagon presents tactical nuclear as “peace-making” bombs.

Apr 22 07:43

Alleged Pizzagate pedophile ringleader John Podesta toys with conspiracy theorists, tweets, “pizza is great”

Comet Ping Pong owner James Alefantis came out in a public relations piece published by the New York Times Thursday addressing people who the pizzamaker says are still clinging to an “absurd lie” when it comes to the Pizzagate conspiracy.

Apr 22 07:41

Did FBI Let Islamists Attack a Texas Cartoon Contest?

Johnson said he learned from CBS’s “60 Minutes” that the FBI had been monitoring the terrorists for years, a revelation that did not match what Bureau officials told him in the wake of the attack.

“It is concerning that when I wrote to the FBI and Department of Justice, they never told me about the fact that they had some FBI asset, whether it was an agent or informant, tailing Soofi and Simpson,” Johnson told Fox News.

“Why didn’t they intervene?” he asked. “As a member of the Senate oversight committee, I think these agencies should be honest when we actually ask them the questions. But it begs the question, what was the FBI doing in Garland, and why wasn’t the agency direct with me when we first started writing letters about this back in 2015?”

Apr 22 07:40

CIA Colluded With Foreign Intelligence to Beat Trump

The latest reporting from the UK’s Guardian newspaper confirms what Trump supporters have suspected for a long time: The CIA, under the explicit direction of Director John Brennan, worked with foreign spy agencies to interfere with the 2016 election.

After all the talk of Trump’s collusion with the Russians, it’s getting clearer by the day that there was indeed foreign collusion dirtying the race – It was the Obama administration colluding against the Republican candidate.

Apr 22 07:40

Are Democrats Plotting to Remove President Trump From Office?

It appears as though Democratic leaders are determined to exhaust every option as a means of removing President Trump from his rightful place in office.

Apr 22 07:38

Netanyahu issues stern warning on Iran in exclusive interview with Fox News

Netanyahu theorized to Sean Hannity about what the outcome would be in a confrontation where an “Islamist terror state” has nuclear weapons. He warned of irreparable damage and said “we cannot allow that to happen."

“If we are resolute in our policies, we can make sure that doesn’t happen,” he said on “Hannity.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: Israel wants American kids to die in Iran.

Apr 22 07:36

Russia says metro bomber funded by 'international terrorists' in Turkey: RIA

Russian investigators said on Thursday that the man suspected of detonating a bomb on the St. Petersburg metro earlier this month had received money from an "international terrorist group" in Turkey, the RIA news agency reported.

Apr 22 07:36

Trump is Like the Weather: Wait a Day and His Foreign Policy Position Will Change

Just days after Trump backed away from a trade war with China, the Trump administration launched a National-Security Probe on Steel Imports.

For good measure, Trump blasted Canada over its dairy product policy.

Apr 22 07:35

FLASHBACK - How Israel Swindled Its Way to an Atomic Bomb

There’s a great deal of talk about “weapons of mass destruction” proliferating across the Middle East. The mainstream media has sounded the alarm about Iran’s nuclear weapons program since the 1980s (and yet no Iranian bomb has appeared). The supposed purpose of the Iraq War was to eliminate the nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons programs that Iraq was falsely alleged to have had. To keep their rivals from developing a bomb, Israel attacked nuclear facilities in Iraq in 1981 and in Syria in 2007. To paraphrase Jean-Paul Sartre, Israel is sick with fear, they are afraid of the shadow of their own stolen bomb. How they stole the atomic bomb is detailed in Roger J. Mattson’s 2016 book, Stealing the Atom Bomb: How Denial and Deception Armed Israel.

Apr 22 07:32

‘Totally surreal’: Blackouts hit LA, New York and San Francisco

Power outages hit Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco, leaving commuters stranded and traffic backed up Friday. About 90,000 customers were affected in San Francisco.

While the outages occurred around the same time there is no evidence they were connected or coordinated.

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It's just what you get when the infrastructure is neglected in order to pay for endless wars.

Apr 22 07:30

In Paris, the media want you to think that the latest Islamic terrorist attack is no big deal…just the ‘new normal’

Days before the first round of voting in the French presidential election, the people of Paris got another taste of Islam’s ‘peaceful’ cultural enrichment. Let’s see if they vote for more of that ‘new normal’ which falls off the front pages in a day or two. Or survival.

Apr 22 07:29

WikiLeaks releases CIA manual on how to turn a Samsung TV into a secret microphone as the US prepares to charge Assange

The latest releases by WikiLeaks appear to include descriptions of CIA-developed malware that could turn Samsung TVs into recording devices.

Details about the British-made 'Extending' and the CIA's 'Weeping Angel,' both recently stolen from the CIA, were released by WikiLeaks on Friday.

The documents outline programs that can make certain Samsung TVs into recording devices via a USB drive placed in the televisions, The Hill reported.

The audio channels from the TVs would be rerouted from its microphone to the CIA.

Depending on the veracity of the documents, the initiative might have been developed jointly by Britain's MI5, which first developed the software, and the CIA.

Apr 22 07:20

US defense secretary targets Syria with chemical weapons allegation

“The bottom line is there can be no doubt in the international community’s mind that Syria has retained chemical weapons in violation of its agreement and its statement that it had removed them all,” Mattis said during a press conference standing alongside his Israeli counterpart, the extreme right-wing Zionist Avigdor Lieberman.

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The US Government said exactly the same thing about Iraq.

Apr 22 07:16

Congratulations North Korea!

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I guess the government fear-mongering isn't working...

Apr 22 07:13

Russia denies it is moving troops close to North Korea

Russian authorities are denying reports that they are moving troops to the border with North Korea over growing tensions in the Korean peninsula.

The Interfax news agency on Friday quoted Alexander Gordeyev, spokesman for the Far Eastern Military district, as saying that the movement of heavy weaponry, caught on film and widely distributed on social media, is part of "absolutely scheduled maneuvers of combat readiness." Gordeyev said the military hardware was on its way back from drills elsewhere and denied any connection to the tensions around North Korea's nuclear program.

Apr 22 07:12

Gas stations in North Korea's main city restrict services, speculation that China is reducing supply

Drivers in Pyongyang are scrambling to fill up their tanks as gas stations begin limiting services or even closing amid concerns of a spreading shortage.

A sign outside one station in the North Korean capital said Friday that sales were being restricted to diplomats or vehicles used by international organizations, while others were closed or turning away local residents. Lines at other stations were much longer than usual and prices appeared to be rising significantly.

The cause of the restrictions or how long they might last were not immediately known.

Apr 22 07:10

American Airlines flight attendant makes mother holding her babies CRY

Apr 22 07:09

The Next Fukushima? These Nuclear Power Plants Reside in Earthquake Zones

Nuclear power once had so much promise. We were assured that nuclear reactors would provide cheap, abundant, safe, and clean energy. And for the most part, that promise was delivered. Nuclear power is still one of the most effective forms of energy production.

Apr 22 07:08

New Video Shows Battle At Berkeley's "Epic Final Charge"

Newly released video from last week's Battle at Berkeley shows Based Stick Man leading a based battalion in an "epic final charge" to oust antifa from the streets.

"Wait till this sh*t goes viral and hits the internet man," Kyle Chapman, aka Based Stick Man said.

"We're going to set a fire in the hearts of so many people around the world."

Apr 22 07:06

Peek-a-boo! NASA's Cassini spacecraft caught planet Earth peering from between Saturn's icy rings – See pic

NASA's Cassini mission is currently on its last leg and is inching toward its graceful finish in 2017. At present, the spacecraft is performing flybys of the planet Saturn, making its closest approaches to the rings, with the spacecraft presently performing its final plunge.

Apr 22 06:56

President Trump Just Fired Surgeon General, Vivek Murthy. The NRA And Gun Owners Thank Him.

There was dispute when Obama first nominated Murthy. The NRA is against Dr. Murthy as Surgeon General because he holds anti-gun beliefs, which he has made known on Twitter.

He founded an organization that supports Obama. Doctors for America was formerly known as Doctors for Obama. It’s an organization of 16,000 doctors and medical students whose goal is improving health-care access…yet he was totally for Obamacare.

Apr 22 06:54

Banks Prepare For MASSIVE Housing Bubble Burst In Canada! - You Won't Believe What BMO Just Did

Josh Sigurdson talks with author and economic analyst John Sneisen about a recent shocking development in Canada as the Bank of Montreal is now bundling uninsured mortgages. A first for Canadian bonds!

Apr 22 06:52

Rachel Maddow Blames Trump for Riots in Venezuela

Rachel Maddow somehow managed to blame Donald Trump for the riots in Venezuela.

Apr 22 06:50

Report: Bannon Warned Ailes Megyn Kelly Was 'The Devil,' 'She Will Turn On You'

The great Steve Bannon warned Roger Ailes that Megyn Kelly was "the devil" and would turn on him.

Evidently, he didn't listen.

Apr 22 06:45

Netherlands: Police Shoot Knifeman Screaming 'Allahu Akbar'

Video out of the Netherlands shows police shooting a deranged Muslim man wielding a knife in the street while shouting "Allahu Akbar."

Apr 22 06:41

Trump: DREAMers Should 'Rest Easy'; Prosecuting Assange 'OK With Me'

Can it get anymore obvious the deep state has taken total control of our president?

Apr 22 04:13

UH OH! IVANKA TRUMP JUST GOT SOME BAD NEWS AND LIBERALS ARE FOAMING AT THE MOUTH

Ivanka Trump is under fire over her brand relationship with the Chinese. Lee Stranahan has the details from Washington.

Apr 22 04:01

25 Big Reasons Trust in Corporate Media Has Reached All-Time Lows: A VISUAL GUIDE

If you are wondering why many folks are getting increasingly skeptical of the corporate media and elite politicians in this era of “fake news,” allow the below visual guide to show you the reasons.

Apr 22 01:26

Further firearms regulation would affect thousands of farmers: Federated Farmers (NZ)

Tens of thousands of farmers could be affected by a "knee-jerk" recommendation to further regulate semiautomatic firearms, Federated Farmers says.

Parliament's Law and Order Committee this month released its report after an inquiry into illegal firearms, with 20 recommendations.

Federated Farmers national board member Katie Milne said the lobby group strongly opposed the recommendation that semiautomatic firearms be further regulated, and that permits be required to lend firearms to other gun licence holders.

"This is a case in which the National Party needs to back up its election promise of less and better regulation," Milne said.

Semiautomatics were the best way of shooting pest species like rabbits, hares and Canada geese, she said.

Apr 22 01:24

'Snipers' spotted in Arrowtown as top world spies gather

Gold-rush village Arrowtown - usually reserved for campervans and backpackers - has been invaded by undercover police officers, bodyguards and reports of armed police squad members, including snipers as top world spies gather in town.

The high level of secrecy surrounding news that VIPs were headed to our shores has led the Herald to understand intelligence and security agencies related to spying network Five Eyes, are in town for a conference - at a critical time of tension around the globe.

The Herald spotted a number of police cars and undercover vehicles were seen at Millbrook Resort, where former US President Bill Clinton has previously stayed, on Friday afternoon.

Apr 21 19:39

Murdoch Plans to Turn Fox News Into Yet Another Progressive News Outlet (Video)

Bill O’Reilly has been forced out of Fox News, a move that leftist James Murdoch is all too happy to support. He has big plans for the network, and when he’s done, reports suggest that it’ll look nothing like the Fox News of old. No, instead of its America First populism, Fox News will turn into yet another progressive propaganda machine for the globalists.

In the following video, Right Wing News speculates on the future of Fox News, and whether it is inevitable that all mainstream news outlets will be forced into supporting the globalists’ agenda. There is an interesting quirk; Tucker Carlson, who frequently espouses populist and anti-globalist views, is O’Reilly’s replacement. Is there just to ease the viewers into the ‘new’ Fox News? Or will he soon find himself forced out just like his predecessor?

Apr 21 18:18

Trump Officials Negotiated Release of U.S. Aid Worker Held in Egypt for 3 Years

Earlier this month, President Trump welcomed Egyptian president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to the White House for the first time, praising him for doing a “fantastic job in a difficult situation.” Sisi came to power through a military coup in 2013, and the Obama administration had barred him from the White House for human-rights abuses.

Apr 21 18:17

A member of Russian Parliament is outraged after his son was handed down a sentence of 27 years in prison for computer hacking crimes in the US.

Roman Valeryevich Seleznev, 32, was convicted in August for stealing credit card data from US restaurants, causing nearly $170m (£132m) in damages.
Russian MP Valery Seleznev said the sentence was "passed by man-eaters" and that his son was "abducted".
Seleznev made millions by selling the data on the dark web, US officials say.

Apr 21 18:08

'Appalling': Woman bumped from Air Canada flight misses $10,000 Galapagos cruise

With airline bumping a hot topic these days, CBC News has heard from many Canadians wanting to share their own sagas.
Vicki Russell's story stood out.
She missed a $10,000 dream cruise of the Galapagos Islands because she was bumped from an overbooked Air Canada flight.

Apr 21 18:08

Rape victims in U.S. made to pay part of the medical bill

Women who have been sexually assaulted in the U.S. often bear some costs for testing and other medical treatment when they report the rape to authorities, according to a new study.

Apr 21 16:44

US fighter jet from 'North Korea armada' sent CRASHING into the sea

A US fighter jet, which was involved in a show of force against North Korea, has crashed into the sea.

The F-18 crashed while attempting to land on an aircraft carrier in the Celebres Sea, near the Phillipines.

The sole pilot survived by ejecting and landing in the sea, before being rescued by a helicopter crew. He is not seriously injured.

A US military spokesman said: "A pilot safely ejected and was quickly recovered by a helicopter assigned to HSC-4 aboard USS Carl Vinson while conducting routine flight operations during a transit in the Celebes Sea.

"The incident occurred as the F/A-18E assigned to Carrier Air Wing 2 was on final approach to USS Carl Vinson. The incident is currently under investigation.

"The pilot is being assessed by the medical team on board USS Carl Vinson and there are no apparent injuries at this time."

Apr 21 16:11

Trump OKs DACA Amnesty: This Is a Case of Heart

This guy makes Obama look truthful!

Illegal aliens who crossed the border as children don't have to worry about being sent home, President Donald Trump told the Associated Press in a Friday interview.

Illegals enrolled in the President Barack Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals DACA program can rest easy, Trump said, because this is a case of heart.

Apr 21 15:43

#BREAKING; Explosions heard, several houses on fire, 50 firefighters in #Orsa, Sweden

BREAKING NEWS SWEDEN: Firestorm in Orsa, several houses, barn, shed on fire - "I have never seen anything like it"

Apr 21 15:35

The Democratic Party’s Anti-Bernie Elites Have A Huge Stake In Blaming Russia

After Hillary Clinton’s devastating loss nearly six months ago, her most powerful Democratic allies feared losing control of the party. Efforts to lip-synch economic populism while remaining closely tied to Wall Street had led to a catastrophic defeat. In the aftermath, the party’s progressive base – personified by Bernie Sanders – was in position to start flipping over the corporate game board.

Apr 21 15:12

Confirmed: Hillary And CIA Colluded With Foreign Spies To Defeat Trump

In an effort to once again demonize Trump with the tired ‘Russian collusion’ angle, liberal newspaper The Guardian has instead proved what we have suspected all along. The article states that European spy agencies passed this ‘intel’ to CIA director John Brennan, who then used to orchestrate a full on campaign of political espionage against Trump.

In the following video, Right Wing News re-examines the timeline of the whole fiasco and explores Brennan’s motivations. Did he become overly enamored by the Muslim world during his time as a station chief in Saudi Arabia and now views Trump’s realistic view of Islam as anti-Islamic? That wouldn’t be at all surprising; Brennan was an American Communist Party supporter at the height of the Cold War and brought in a host of like-minded ilk into the CIA. Or was it simple greed; did he just want to keep his position as CIA director under a Hillary presidency?

Apr 21 14:53

Israel celebrates 50 years as occupier

Jonathan Cook says Israel’s celebrations to mark the 1967 war “should lay to rest any confusion that the occupation is still considered temporary”, and when occupation becomes permanent, it will turn into something far uglier.

Apr 21 14:53

SCOTUS Says States Have No Right to Money Taken Based on Overturned Convictions

This week the Supreme Court ruled that Colorado has no right to keep fines, fees, court costs, and restitution it extracts from criminal defendants whose convictions are later reversed. By forcing people to prove their innocence before they can get back property that is rightly theirs, the Court said, Colorado has been violating the 14th Amendment's guarantee of due process.

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If making people prove their innocence to get their property back violates due process, what about civil forfeiture?

Apr 21 14:51

50,000 bees swarm house in Arizona, build massive hive

Africanized Honey Bees swarmed to a house in Tucson building a hive that was about nine feet long.

The hive took about one year to develop, according to Greg Denker with American Bee Control. About 50,000 bees lived in it.

Denker is planning to relocate the hive to various bee yards around southern Arizona.

"Well, this is totally unmanageable, because it was inside the wooden soffit of the house. If there were laws against bee-keeping in Arizona this would be against the law. Every jurisdiction that has laws on bee-keeping says you have to have a hive that can be manipulated, so keeping a hive inside a cavity inside of a roof is no-no," said Denker.

Apr 21 14:43

Scott Adams: How a Systems-Thinking President Can Settle the Climate Science Debate

This idea in today’s Wall Street Journal talks about creating a “Red Team” to dig into the climate science debate and come up with a conclusion for the public. I call that a good system.

Systems are better than goals. A goal, in this case, might be to “Convince the public that climate change is a big problem.” That’s a clear goal, but what if it isn’t the best outcome? That’s where a system (such as forming a Red Team) comes in handy. The system will solve for credibility while informing the public of whatever comes out of the exercise.

You can’t govern better than that. Period.

Apr 21 14:18

Satellite Images Suggest North Korea May Have Resumed Nuclear Test Preparations

Satellite images of the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site from April 19 indicate that North Korea may have resumed preparations for a possible imminent nuclear test.

According to 38 North, a North Korea analysis program at the Johns Hopkins University, probable trailers have been spotted near the North Portal, the tunnel that North Korea appears to have been preparing for a nuclear test. While no recent dumping is observed, there are at least five mining carts along the tracks leading to the spoil pile and one probable small equipment trailer adjacent to the support building. A net canopy remains in place, presumably concealing equipment, and the pumping of water out of the tunnel to maintain an environment optimal for instrumentation and stemming seems to have ceased.

Apr 21 13:59

7 Things About The Mainstream Media That They Do Not Want You To Know

Have you ever wondered who controls the mainstream media? In America today, we are more “connected” than ever. The average American watches 153 hours of television a month, and we also spend countless hours watching movies, playing video games, listening to music, reading books and surfing the Internet. If someone could control the production of all of that media, that would make them immensely powerful. They would literally be in a position to tell people what to think. Well, what if I told you that there are just six enormous media conglomerates that combine to produce about 90 percent of all the media that Americans consume. Would that alarm you? It should alarm you. The truth is that our attitudes, opinions and beliefs are greatly shaped by what we allow into our minds. After all, they don’t call it “programming” for no reason.

Apr 21 13:53

HOW TO HAVE HONEST ELECTIONS

"It is enough that the people know there was an election. The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything." -- Joseph Stalin

Apr 21 13:32

Donald Trump: Ruling Class President

One of the many irritating things about the dominant United States corporate media is the way it repeatedly discovers anew things that are not remotely novel. Take its recent discovery that Donald Trump isn’t really the swamp-draining populist working class champion he pretended to be on the campaign trail.

The evidence for this “news” is solid enough. His cabinet and top advisor circle has been chock full of ruling class swamp creatures like former Goldman Sachs President Gary Cohn (top economic adviser), longtime top Goldman Sachs partner and top executive Steve Mnuchin (Secretary of the Treasury), and billionaire investor Wilbur Ross (Secretary of Commerce). Trump has surrounded himself with super-opulent and planetarily invested financial gatekeepers – the very club he criticized Hillary Clinton for representing.

Apr 21 13:28

Google Kicks Off $100 Million Project In Predictive Medicine; Seeks 10,000 Volunteers For Invasive Screening

By Jason Erickson

Predictive medicine – or “precision health” as it is sometimes known – is a trend in healthcare that is growing exponentially. Perhaps the greatest indication to date that this is slated to be the future of disease prevention and patient care is a massive new investment by tech behemoth and king of the algorithm, Google.

However, in order to continue along the path toward true predictive modeling, there will need to be a group of people willing to be tracked and monitored to a never-before-seen degree...

Apr 21 13:22

Private Equity Sets Its Sites On A New Funding Victim: Mom-And-Pop 401(k)s

After laying ruin to the defined-benefit pension plans of public and private employees over the past several decades, Wall Street has its sites set on its next victim: mom-and-pop 401(k)s. Sure, because as our recent headlines confirm, wall street money managers have worked wonders for public/private pension funds:

Apr 21 13:06

Report: Trump Administration Plans to Roll Out Tax Plan Next Week

(*one would not be wrong to react to this news by worrying about a tax increase.
Not only because we are learning how to translate Trumpanese , but many recall how "Read My Lips No New Taxes" , translated !)

Apr 21 13:00

FLASHBACK - MAJESTIC MEMORIES

Looking back on that time, while the US Government declared political victory in the war, and the "Captains of Industry" grew rich turning looted war material into corporations that could hardly fail in competing with nations whose industrial bases had been bombed into rubble, I recognize that the town I grew up in had been defeated in that war. It had been eviscerated. It had had its very heart cut out of it; a gaping hole that never healed, but could only in time be forgotten.

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Apr 21 12:55

White House Sidewalk to be Closed to Public PERMANENTLY

The U.S. Secret Service said it would end public access to a sidewalk along the south fence of the White House beginning on Wednesday night.

The sidewalk has been closed nightly from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. since 2015 and will now be off-limits around the clock, the Secret Service said in a statement.

Apr 21 12:53

Trump sparks confusion, danger of war in Korea tinderbox

Donald Trump’s latest moves toward North Korea are “dangerous” and sow confusion in a tense geopolitical scenario, says veteran Korea analyst Daniel C Sneider.

Trump’s recent declaration that he ordered a US carrier strike group to race toward Korea when there was no such force in the vicinity undercuts American credibility and increases the possibility of a misstep, said Sneider, associate director of research for Stanford University’s Walter H Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center.

“War is always possible,” said Sneider, a former Asia correspondent for the Christian Science Monitor. “What Trump is doing is dangerous if it leads to miscalculation by the North Koreans, and it’s dangerous if the US actually acts on this vague threat of doing something, presumably with the use of force.”

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President Trump, a word, please.

There is another way of resolving this issue. That would be to get a conference going between the US, North and South Korea, offering South Korea a true peace treaty with which to replace the existing armistice, and the quid pro quo of such an agreement being that in exchange for the peace deal, North Korea stops its nuclear weapons development program.

Of course, THAT...would be logical.

Apr 21 12:48

10 Ways To Stop Being A Slave And Bring Down The Pyramids Of Control

There are signs that the mind-pyramids that technocrats have built to enforce their 21st-century global plantation slave system are crumbling as they press harder upon our cognitive ability to make sense of words and actions. The owners of the shoulders on which the structure of tyranny is supported are beginning to leave in droves. The pyramids are falling as slaves begin to recognize their unconscious effort, and consciously encourage others to find a different line of work.

Here are 10 ways that you can help collapse all of the pyramids of control.

Apr 21 12:43

Trump admin. wants to resume munitions sale to Saudis: Officials

The Donald Trump administration considers resuming sales of precision-guided munitions to Saudi Arabia as part of additional military and intelligence assistance to the kingdom’s bloody intervention in Yemen.

Officials said Washington, in return, wants new commitments from Riyadh to minimize civilian casualties in Yemen.

"We want the Saudis to show that they are committed to use these things properly," a US official told Reuters on condition of anonymity.

A second official, however, suggested that the request for additional safeguards was just a formality. "This is an unconditional sale. There are no conditions attached. The decision has been made to let the sale go through."

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The hypocrisy in DC just sickens me, and the degree to which the Trump administration is just happily on board to being complicit to Saudi war crimes in Yemen, does not bode well for peace in the Middle East at all.

These Saudi strikes have murdered women and children.

Images: dead and wounded Yemeni children from Saudi airstrikes

The Saudis have blockaded Yemeni ports, which means no food aid can get in, and children are literally dying from malnutrition:

Images: Yemeni children starving to death from malnutrition due to Saudi port blockades

And the Saudis are using depleted uranium weapons in Yemen, leading to a massive spike in cancers, birth defects, and still births.

Images showing Saudi Arabian troops using depleted uranium in Yemen

Severe birth defects in Yemen, due to Saudi troops using depleted uranium weapons

I will tell you right now, poisoning a child in the womb with depleted uranium weapons, is one of the most hideously cruel and insanely barbaric examples of outright, despicable child abuse I can imagine; and yet, obviously, the House of Saud; the Saudi Military, and the US military are perfectly comfortable doing this in Yemen.

Apr 21 12:43

Wasteful IRS Program Fails to Prevent Tax Fraud

The least favorite government agency during the month of April is the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) (although that may be true every month of the year). During the 2015 tax season, only 38 percent of phone calls were answered, as the IRS hung up on more than 30 million taxpayers. The tax code and tax regulations combined are more than 70,000 pages long. Annual compliance with IRS paperwork takes 8.9 billion hours and costs the economy $409 billion in lost productivity.

Now taxpayers can add another reason to this (partial) list of complaints about the IRS and the tax code. A program intended to uncover and prevent the filing of fraudulent tax returns has failed to perform as expected. If taxpayers are going to be overburdened when they attempt to pay their fair share of taxes, they should expect the IRS to be vigilant about making sure that the system is fair for everyone.

Apr 21 12:34

“Biggest Humanitarian Catastrophe Since 2003 Invasion”: Journalist Anand Gopal On Battle For Mosul

According to the group Airwars, at least 1782 civilians were killed last month in coalition strikes.

Apr 21 12:27

Marxist Public College Professor Accused Of Murder Attempts At Berkeley Free Speech Rally

In the wake of an anti-censorship rally in Berkeley, California that saw over 20 arrested Saturday, sleuths have watched event videos and picked out an anarcho-communist college professor named Eric Clanton as their prime suspect in multiple murder attempts at the event. Clanton is listed on faculty in the philosophy department of Diablo Valley College. The evidence at this point is compelling and circumstantial.

Apr 21 12:25

Arms Giant BAE Seals Deal For £1.4bn Nuclear Attack Submarine

Global arms firm BAE Systems has secured a £1.4 billion ($1.8bn) deal to build the latest Astute class nuclear-powered attack submarine, which will be the sixth and most advanced warship in its class yet built.

Apr 21 12:19

Pentagon chief in Israel to discuss Iran, Syria

US Defense Secretary General James Mattis has arrived in Israel for talks expected to focus on Iran and Syria as well the strategic relations between Tel Aviv and Washington.

Mattis arrived in Tel Aviv Thursday afternoon from Cairo on the third leg of a week-long tour of the US allies in the Middle East.

Marking the first time he has visited Israel as the Pentagon chief, Mattis was greeted by an official honor guard at army headquarters in Tel Aviv on Friday morning.

He then met the Israeli minister for military affairs, Avigdor Lieberman, and is scheduled to hold talks with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Reuven Rivlin.

Mattis hopes to hear directly from Israeli leaders their concerns about regional issues, with Iran’s influence topping the list.

'No doubt Syria has chemical weapons'

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With the corporate presstitutes demonising Iran this last week (for what specifically, I cannot tell you, because the IAEA has stated that they are still in compliance with the P5+1 deal), I'm not surprised by Sec-Def Mattis' trip to Israel.

What I know, just as certainly as I'm sitting here typing this, is that the Israeli government will make every effort to urge Mattis to "regime change" both Iran and Syria, and just as soon as humanly possible, and with the minimal Israeli military involvement.

Because from the Israeli government's perspective, it should always be American blood and money spent to achieve Israel's geopolitical objectives in the region.

But, as I mentioned in a previous article, there's a 6,000 lb gorilla, resting comfortably on the Bosendorfer; and that 6,000 lb gorilla is... Russia.

American meddling on the ground in Syria may well push al-Assad to invite Russian ground troops into the fray; and Russian political and military leaders have consistently stressed that should Iran be attacked, that Russia would come to its aid militarily.

Sec-Def Mattis, you know what kinds of arms and training the Russians have; would you bet the future existence of the United States against this?!?

Sir, I am hoping - and praying - that the short answer here is...no.

Apr 21 12:07

The End of Quantitative Easing – Perhaps Now It Will Be Inflationary?

One of the greatest monetary experiment in financial history has been the global central bank buying of government debt. This has been touted as a form of “money printing” that was supposed to produce hyperinflation.

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