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May 21, 2019

May 21 10:34

Mitt Romney: War with Iran is 'not going to happen'

Senator Mitt Romney said in an interview that aired Sunday that he believes war with Iran is "not going to happen."

He said on CNN's "State of the Union" that he doesn't believe President Trump or his hawkish national security adviser, John Bolton, want war with Tehran.

“I don’t believe for a minute that either the president or John Bolton…has any interest in going to the Middle East and going to war. That’s just not going to happen. There’s no interest in doing that,” said Romney, a frequent critic of Trump who sits on the Senate foreign relations committee.

May 21 10:32

Expert Psychologist Banned From Twitter Over Controversial Statement on Gender Identity

Ray Blanchard, the groundbreaking psychologist who helped craft the diagnostic and treatment procedures for clinicians dealing with transgenderism, was blocked on Twitter this weekend when a handful of his tweets on the issue were flagged for “hateful conduct”.

This is how Twitter and Facebook both have been silencing any ideas that challenge the left-wing narrative, a fact we know all too intimately here at Activist Mommy.

Any facts that challenge the leftist narrative are deemed “hateful” and you’ll find yourself punished on social media for WrongThink before you even know what hit you

May 21 10:31

The Similarities Between Declining Rome and the Modern US

Sometime around A.D. 60, in the age of Emperor Nero, a Roman court insider named Gaius Petronius wrote a satirical Latin novel, “The Satyricon,” about moral corruption in Imperial Rome. The novel’s general landscape was Rome’s transition from an agrarian republic to a globalized multicultural superpower.

The novel survives only in a series of extended fragments. But there are enough chapters for critics to agree that the high-living Petronius, nicknamed the “Judge of Elegance,” was a brilliant cynic. He often mocked the cultural consequences of the sudden and disruptive influx of money and strangers from elsewhere in the Mediterranean region into a once-traditional Roman society.

May 21 10:30

Rural Iowans ponder Trump alternatives as China trade war drags on

Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg asked a crowd of supporters packed into an Iowa brewery this weekend whether the United States has a plan to win the ongoing trade war with China.

“Nooo,” was the response.

The world’s two largest economies have been locked in a 10-month trade war that has roiled global supply chains and rattled financial markets. U.S. farmers, who helped carry Trump to his surprise 2016 election win, have been among the hardest-hit as China has imposed tariffs on imports of U.S. agricultural products, including soybeans, pork and grain sorghum in response to U.S. tariffs on Chinese goods.



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May 21 10:30

Trump Wants End to National Injunctions from Lower Courts

The headline “Trump seeks to limit judges’ powers on injunctions after legal blows” seems ominous—another case of a petulant President seeking to shed longstanding norms when he can’t get what he wants. The reality is more complicated.

President Trump is looking to stop lower courts from being able to issue wide-ranging injunctions in a move that could dramatically limit the authority of judges.

The plan comes as groups opposed to Trump have been able to get several of his policies, including those seeking to limit immigration, put on hold by nationwide orders issued by lower courts in battles that were eventually decided by the Supreme Court.

May 21 10:29

Tesla Buffalo Plant Exporting Most Solar Cells To A "Large Asian Buyer" As Solar Roof Demand Plummets

The "great majority" of solar cells being produced at Tesla’s factory in West New York aren't being used in the company's "Solar Roof", as was pitched to win hundreds of millions in subsidies. Rather, they're being exported and sold overseas to "a large Asian buyer", according to a new report from Reuters.

This unexpected shift in strategy, comes after New York state granted Tesla $350 million to build its factory, along with $274.7 million for equipment and $125.3 million “for additional specified scope costs,” according to Tesla disclosures. The subsidy requires that Tesla employ 1,460 people in Buffalo and spends $5 billion in the state over a decade. The factory employs only about 800 workers now.

While the plan was to mass produce cells for the "Solar Roof", Tesla has only "sporadically" purchased solar cells produced by its partner in the factory, Panasonic.

May 21 10:28

Venezuela in “Misery” – Lies and Deceit by the Media

The New York Times is known for selecting photos from places of misery, could be slums from anywhere in the world, and placing them where it is most convenient to propagate a lie story – a story meant to demean a country in the public opinion, a country that the empire wants to subdue by bashing and insulting it – so the public – the brain dead western public, notably in the US and Europe, will tolerate or even scream for a “humanitarian invasion” from the friendly US of A.

Why don’t you NYT’s shameful liars tell the full truth?

Who is responsible for the collapse, the lack of food, medicine, blackouts – actually for all of the collapses that you described in your manipulating master piece of deceit and propaganda? – And many more ‘collapses’ that you don’t even mention?

May 21 10:05

CORPORATE MEDIA SETTING UP IRAN AS NEW "THREAT" THAT MUST BE CONFRONTED

Authored by Janine Jackson via Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting,

The Washington Post editorial’s headline (5/14/19) had the US “drifting” toward war with Iran—another example, as analyst Nima Shirazi quipped, of the “world’s superpower somehow having no agency over its own imperialism.”
If we can still call things “surreal,” that would describe watching corporate media do the same things they did in the run-up to the Iraq War, things they later disavowed: the credulous repetition of administration claims about the supposed threat; the reliance, for interpretation of “intelligence,” on officials with well known records for manipulating intelligence; the stenographic reporting of ‘troubling’ actions by the enemy state, that later have to be walked back.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mr. President, a word, please; this hyped up, potential military confrontation with Iran, is one of the most ludicrous creations of your Administration.

We understand that Netanyahu, and Sheldon Adelson, are pushing you to the max to have the US start or trigger this war, as they have tried a number of administrations ago (so that the IDF doesn't have to fight Iran, but the costs in blood and money, will be totally those of the American people).

But the only reason for it, would be economic in nature, because Israel wants Iran broken up, so that it will get lost in its own internal squabbles, and not be a practical, economic threat any longer.

When citizens are defending their homeland, and there's lots of skin in the game, if you will, they will fight, to the death, if they have to, to keep the foreign fighters away from their doors.

And what if Russia and China weigh in on Iran's side?!?

They know, President Trump, what the US has in terms of weaponry, troop strength, manufacturing, and financing.

They also know that at least that we know of, the National Dept is running around $22 trillion right now.

The US government is broke, desperate, and may use this war to attempt to distract ordinary people from understanding, what has happened to the economy since your watch began.

For the monied, it's wonderful; for those of us who are not... not quite so good.

I fear that in order to feed these endless wars and occupations you have approved (by not pulling out our troops from some, or all of these quagmires) we are going to see the reinstitution of the draft in this country, to keep up military strength.

And THAT, sir, will be the moment the fertilizer hits the ventilation system.

And I say this, because many Americans are now awakened to the reality that all wars are economic in nature; how likely, then, are they to respond to a draft when they know the all wars are bankers' wars, and that financial institutions profit big-time, from wars and death?!?

This may lead to riots of such a nature that local police and military members are unable to put them down "with extreme prejudice".

Then what, Mr. President?!?

I would like to politely suggest, that if you are so impossibly incapable of "caging the rage and engaging" with world leaders, this needs to be made the responsibility of someone else, please, who can.

The "mesmerizing effect" you have on your base, doesn't cut it with world leaders who really understand the meaning of the word "negotiation", and always work to "be the adults in the room." with rational judgement, and a willingness to compromise.

Right now, on the international stage, two of those poster people, for being adults in the room, are Sergei Lavrov , and his boss, President Putin; they are constantly trying to take the "military/political edge off" of world situations, and look where negotiations can be win/win; unfortunately, sir, the world, right now, is seeing you churlish; impetuous; ill-mannered, and very much an arrested adolescent, wearing some very luxurious grown people's clothing.


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May 21 09:58

Woman who flipped out at pro-life activists — and allegedly punched one who was recording video — charged with assault

A woman who flipped out at pro-life activists in front of an Alabama abortion clinic and allegedly punched one of them who was recording herhas been arrested, LifeSite News reported.

May 21 09:53

Democracy IGNORED - Brexiteers furious as May pledges vote on 2nd referendum

THERESA MAY has made a statement on her new Brexit offer to MPs which includes giving MPs a chance to vote on holding a new Brexit referendum.

May 21 09:52

Head of Reporters Without Borders says Israel shot journalists intentionally

The director-general of Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said yesterday that the Israeli army had deliberately targeted journalists in the occupied Gaza Strip.

Christophe Deloire was speaking to the Jerusalem Post, having received the Dan David Prize in Tel Aviv on behalf of the international press freedoms watchdog.

“It is a war crime to target journalists because they are journalists,” Deloire told the paper. “When Israel shot those journalists [during the Great Return March protests], it was intentional.”

“The journalists could be clearly identified as journalists, with cameras and jackets and it could not be just by chance,” he added.


May 21 09:51

Israel blocked access roads to 4 Palestinian villages in March-April

Israeli occupation forces blocked access roads to four Palestinian villages in the West Bank over the course of March and April, human rights organisation B’Tselem reported yesterday.

According to the NGO, the army closed gates it had placed at the entrances to the villages for periods of between five and 20 days at a time.

The affected communities were ‘Azzun, east of Qalqiliya, Kifl Hares, northwest of Salfit, Deir Istiya, east of Salfit and Tuqu’, southeast of Bethlehem.

The measures were taken, the army claimed, following various allegations that Palestinian residents from the villages had “thrown stones or Molotov cocktails” at settler vehicles on local roads.

May 21 09:50

What would happen if a war breaks out in the Gulf?

War is looming over the region more than ever before. While it is unlikely, at least for now, that the current tension will reach a level of a direct military confrontation in the Gulf, in the event that a war does break out, it will mean that the Gulf region, even the entire Arab region will be in for major strategic changes.

Although the war is still not likely, there are a number of motives and reasons that may lead to it. First and foremost, the United States and Israel want an environment conducive to the “deal of the century” and they are trying to force the Arabs to accept it, just as in the early 1990s, when Iraq’s defeat in the war was the prelude to signing the Oslo Accords in 1993 and the Wadi Araba agreement in 1994.

May 21 09:49

Williams-Sonoma CEO says the company saw tariff hikes coming, hired more US workers.


May 21 09:49

Dutch Politician Arrested in Jerusalem

A Dutch politician was arrested, Friday, by Israeli security forces, while carrying a Palestinian flag, after Friday prayers in the occupied Old City East Jerusalem al-Quds.

Israeli soldiers arrested Tunahan Kuzu, the leader of Dutch political party DENK and a parliamentarian, as he was walking toward the al-Aqsa Mosque with a Palestinian flag in his hand.

May 21 09:48

Israeli Minister Leads Provocative Tour of Al-Aqsa

Israeli Minister of Agriculture Uri Ariel, today, headed a group of extremist Israeli settlers in a provocative tour of the holy Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, in occupied Jerusalem.

Ariel and dozens of settlers toured the holy sit,e in groups, only hours after Israeli police forcibly evicted hundreds of Muslim worshippers from the holy site.

Similar tours by Israeli politicians and lawmakers, in the past, led to tensions and clashes between Israeli forces, on the one side, and Muslim worshipers and the Jordan-run Islamic Waqf personnel in charge of running the compound, on the other.

May 21 09:47

The reasons behind Germany's condemnation of BDS

Alarmist articles started circulating shortly after, some claiming Germany is “the first country in the world to criminalise BDS”.

Thus, for example, an interview with the Berlin-based political economist Shir Hever, opens: “The German parliament, the Bundestag, has just passed an unprecedented piece of legislation condemning the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions movement, known as the BDS. They deemed BDS as antisemitic and illegal. This makes Germany the first and only country in the world to criminalise the BDS movement.”

Hever offers an interesting (if not quite convincing) explanation of Germany’s condemnation of BDS. Recalling that the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had twice asserted that it was Hajj Amin al-Husseini, mufti of Jerusalem, and not Adolf Hitler, who first came up with the idea of exterminating the Jews, Hever suggests that Netanyahu was giving the Germans a way out of their guilt over the Holocaust.

May 21 09:46

Venezuela has the Means to Defeat the US Blockade

The Venezuelan Ambassador to Russia, Carlos Rafael Faría Tortosa, said Tuesday that despite the ongoing blockade by the United States, his country has found ways to defeat them and continue to advance his nation's economic development.


May 21 09:45

US Oil Industry Warns Washington Over Venezuela Sanctions

U.S. oil and petrochemicals makers are warning President Donald Trump that proposed oil sanctions against Venezuela could hurt domestic companies and consumers.

In a letter sent to Trump and published in La Tabla.com, the head of the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers, Chet Thompson, wrote that the measures would not help to solve the problems in the South American nation.

Venezuela now sells more than 700,000 barrels of oil a day to the U.S. out of a total production of roughly two million barrels a day, or just over 2 percent of world production.

The document indicates that some 20 U.S. refineries are supplied with heavy Venezuelan crude, for which they have made substantial processing adjustments.

It says there are practically no other sources of supply for this type of oil.

May 21 09:43

US warship challenges China with second South China Sea sail-by operation this month

A US Navy guided-missile destroyer checked China in the South China Sea on Sunday, drawing Beijing's ire for the second time this month.

The USS Preble conducted a freedom-of-navigation operation near the disputed Scarborough Shoal, sailing within 12 nautical miles of this territory to "challenge excessive maritime claims and preserve access to the waterways as governed by international law," a 7th Fleet spokesman told Reuters.


May 21 09:43

Iran stance is straight from Trump's North Korea playbook

If the current war of words between Iran and the United States has strange echoes of 2017, it's because the same US strategy is at work.

The Trump administration is using its North Korea playbook on Iran: Use a "maximum pressure" campaign -- the same nomenclature was used for Tehran and Pyongyang -- to box the adversary into a corner, then try to negotiate. Respond to a threat by escalating your own threat. Then negotiate to alleviate tensions and claim a win.

In North Korea's case, it was US President Donald Trump's now-infamous "fire and fury" ultimatum that kicked off the biggest tensions: "North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States. They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen... he has been very threatening beyond a normal state."

May 21 09:42

Iran and the West: Can Europe restrain the US?

The schism between the United States and Europe over Iran bears the hallmarks of their friction over Iraq prior to the 2003 US-led invasion. Their current dispute is mainly over means not ends, but could have major implications for transatlantic relations and the Middle East.

Both the US and the EU would like to see the Ayatollahs' Iran contained and constrained, preferably under new leadership - just as they wanted to see Saddam Hussein's Iraq before 2003 - but as in the past, they disagree on how to go about it. To put it simply, it is a dispute over "carrots or sticks" - or whether to bring Iran to its senses or bring it to its knees.

The Europeans want to compel the Islamic Republic to change its behaviour using trade and investments in accordance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), while the US wants to coerce it into a much more debilitating deal through tough sanctions and the threat of force.

May 21 09:41

Polish PM: Paying Holocaust property restitution would be ‘victory for Hitler’

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki vowed that his country will never pay restitution for Jewish properties stolen during the Holocaust, saying that such a move would be a “victory for Hitler.”

At a Saturday campaign rally in Lodz, Morawiecki doubled down on his insistence that his Law & Justice party “would not consent” to claims of Holocaust restitution, telling voters “We will defend Poland.”



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May 21 09:35

Long before global warming, a “consensus” of scientists warned that global COOLING was responsible for extreme weather events

The global cooling scare of the 1970s is now proclaimed to be nothing more than an urban myth, but at one time it was indeed a very real concern.

The National Center For Atmospheric Research is the U.S. federal government’s top authority on climate science. And in 1974, Steven Schneider was at its helm. Back then, Schneider was a proponent of “global cooling,” stating that the dropping temperatures would lead to a massive food shortage. Sounds familiar, right? One solution proposed at the time was to melt the Arctic ice cap. The narrative from the 1970s mirrors that of the global warming discussion today: The planet’s temperature is changing, people will starve, and only extreme human intervention can save us from a perilous fate. Only today, scientists are exploring perhaps even more appalling options — such as blocking the sun’s rays to artificially cool the Earth’s temperature.

May 21 09:29

Prosecutor: Tennessee Shooter Wanted To Kill 'A Minimum Of 10 White Churchgoers'

Citing a "mountain of evidence," prosecutors say the man suspected of opening fire on members of the Burnette Chapel Church of Christ in Antioch, Tennessee in 2017 was attempting to kill "a minimum of 10 white churchgoers." Among the evidence, the district attorney's office presented a note left by the suspect referencing "vengeance" and the name of the white supremacist behind the 2015 massacre at a black church in Charleston, South Carolina.


May 21 09:28

HAMMER: Trump’s Legal Immigration Plan Is Solid. But It Misdirects Attention From Our Illegal Immigration Crisis.

Last Thursday, President Donald Trump unveiled the rough details of an incipient White House-spawned immigration initiative. Politico, citing Capitol Hill sources who had been personally lobbied by White House ombudsman Jared Kushner on the plan, had also previously outlined many of the same substantive talking points.

May 21 09:27

Facebook helps phone companies gather user data, including their 'creditworthiness' – report

Facebook has supplied phone companies with customers' private data without their knowledge or consent, and even helped those companies use Facebook behavior to evaluate users' creditworthiness, documents reportedly show.

The social network supplied data on location, interests, and friend groupings to phone carriers and manufacturers without users' permission – data that went far beyond mere technical specs. Users' activity on Facebook, Instagram and even Messenger was fair game for data-mining, and the platform encouraged and even assisted over 100 global telecoms to use customers' data for purposes including evaluating their creditworthiness, according to documents seen by the Intercept, which suggest the program is still going on.

May 21 09:26

THANKS TO FACEBOOK, YOUR CELLPHONE COMPANY IS WATCHING YOU MORE CLOSELY THAN EVER

SOURCE: THE INTERCEPT
Among the mega-corporations that surveil you, your cellphone carrier has always been one of the keenest monitors, in constant contact with the one small device you keep on you at almost every moment. A confidential Facebook document reviewed by The Intercept shows that the social network courts carriers, along with phone makers — some 100 different companies in 50 countries — by offering the use of even more surveillance data, pulled straight from your smartphone by Facebook itself.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Unhinged, surveilled, State of Amerika, now has a forth arm: it is called "surveillance", and that is what that smarmy triumverate, Facebook; Twitter, and Google, collectively bring to the US government table.

May 21 09:25

Bulgarian defense minister slams US jet deal for ‘unjustified and high’ F-16 price

The price for the US-made F16 jet fighters is “higher than expected” and “unjustified,” the Bulgarian defense minister has said as Sofia continues negotiations on the purchase of the Lockheed Martin’s warplanes.

May 21 09:23

Major Chinese airline demands compensation from Boeing over 737 MAX grounding

China Eastern Airlines has requested compensation from the US aerospace giant Boeing over financial damages the carrier had to sustain over the compulsory grounding and suspended delivery of 737 MAX aircraft since March.

“The grounding of 737 MAX aircraft since March 11, 2019 has caused relatively big losses to China Eastern. With the passing of time, related losses will further expand,” the state-run People’s Daily cited the company as saying. “At the same time, delayed deliveries of planes ordered by China Eastern also caused economic losses.”

The Shanghai-based airline didn’t specify precisely how large the required compensation is. The company is reportedly closely monitoring Boeing's work to fix safety risks of its 737 MAX aircraft.

May 21 09:21

ESTABLISHMENT NARRATIVE MANAGERS STRUGGLE WITH NEW SYRIA PLOT HOLES

SOURCE: CAITLIN JOHNSTONE

It has been about a week since the Working Group on Syria, Propaganda and Media (WGSPM) published a leaked internal document from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) investigation into an alleged chemical attack in Douma, Syria last year. The document, whose authenticity the OPCW has confirmed, contends that the official story which was used to justify an air strike by the US, UK and France about poison gas being dropped on civilians from Syrian government helicopters is scientifically implausible, saying “In summary, observations at the scene of the two locations, together with subsequent analysis, suggest that there is a higher probability that both cylinders were manually placed at those two locations rather than being delivered from aircraft.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Color me unsurprised at this revelation; The Russian/Syrian military have made short shrift of most of the jihadi extremists thee; the US narrative for actually BEING in Syria, never made a shred of sense, except for marking out a toe-hold in that country, for any upcoming military action against Iran.

May 21 09:21

US Navy wants to create archive of 350 BILLION social media posts for ‘research’ purposes

The US Navy is seeking to create an archive that will store no less than 350 billion social media posts, as part of the military branch’s “research efforts” into “modes of collective expression.”

The Department of the Navy has posted a solicitation asking contractors to bid on a project that would amass a staggering 350 billion social media posts dating from 2014 through 2016. The data will be taken from a single social media platform – but the solicitation does not specify which one.



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May 21 09:20

Information slowly emerging about pipe-wielding mob of Somali 'youths' who attacked people waiting for light rail train in Minneapolis last Friday

But now that the old 97%-plus Caucasian city has been made into a multicultural exemplar, the local establishment, including the newspapers and broadcasters, is ultra-protective of its prized diversity-endowing Somali community.

That might explain why the news of a horrific attack on people waiting for a light rail train at the University of Minnesota has been so slow to emerge. A mob of "youths" — it now turns out they are juveniles, so their identities are being protected — believed to be of Somali extraction attacked innocent people waiting for a light rail train at the East Bank University of Minnesota station. They were wielding either hammers or pipes.

Webmaster's Commentary: 


Where's "representative" Omar on all this?

May 21 09:18

Firefox 67 Released With Cryptominer Blocking, Performance Boost


May 21 09:18

Now it’s Comey vs. Lynch: Someone’s lying again

Former Attorney General Loretta Lynch accused former FBI Director James Comey of lying about whether she told him to refer to the Hillary Clinton email investigation as a "matter" instead of an investigation in a September 2015 meeting.

While testifying last year at a closed-door House Oversight Committee hearing last June, Comey said Lynch had pressured him to minimize the significance of the Clinton email probe – an encounter which he says left him questioning her impartiality, and – along with Lynch’s clandestine tarmac meeting on a hot summer’s day in 2016 – contributed to his decision to hold a July 2016 press conference announcing the FBI’s conclusions.

"The attorney general had directed me not to call it an investigation, but instead to call it a matter, which confused me and concerned me," said Comey. "That was one of the bricks in the load that led me to conclude, ‘I have to step away from the department if we’re to close this case credibly.'"

May 21 09:17

STATEHOOD FOR PALESTINE, NOT BENJAMINS!

In addition to human rights, we speak of economic rights, too: our rights to our economic assets — land, water, natural gas wells, our Dead Sea and Mediterranean Sea shores, borders, and the like — and the ability to employ them within a Palestinian-defined economic development plan, free from Israeli or donor agendas. Dumping more humanitarian and developmental funds into Palestinian coffers will not solve the conflict.

May 21 09:17

THE KEY TO END THE NAKBA

These Palestinians still have the keys to their former homes before they were expelled from their land.

On the 71st anniversary of the Nakba, they still yearn to return to their homes.

May 21 09:16

Elton John SLAMS Leftist Critics Who Have a Problem With a Straight Man Playing Him

Actor Taron Egerton, known by many for his role in the 2014 action/comedy The Kingsman, plays rock legend Elton John in the upcoming movie Rocketman. Many have complained that since John is gay, the role should have been played by someone from the LGBT community instead of a straight man, but John is having none of that.

“That’s all bulls***, I’m sorry,” John told The Sun in a recent interview. “If people don’t like it, review-wise, or it doesn’t make one dollar, it’s the movie I wanted to make and that’s all that counts.”

“I can look back and say, ‘You know what, I love it. I can live with it,” John said.

John took the position that the film needed to please him, personally, regardless of whether LGBT groups or any other political agendas were served. Much of that satisfaction comes from the good job Egerton has done in portraying the piano rocker.


May 21 09:15

Socialist Ocasio-Cortez Weighs In on a Billionaire’s Gift to Debt-Saddled College Kids

You can’t count on this, she warned.

Don’t expect handouts.

Don’t get into debt in the first place.

Don’t expect billionaires to bail you out of life.

Oh, and college should be affordable for all — courtesy of the U.S. government.

These were some of the messages and vibes Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) shared with today’s young people on her Twitter account in the wake of an extraordinary and surprising gift by billionaire investor Robert F. Smith at Morehouse College over the weekend during its latest commencement.

He’s pledged to take care of all the graduates’ student loans.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

No making this lady happy, is there?

May 21 09:15

Italian Version of Article 17 Requires LEGAL Content to Be Filtered Out

Last Friday the text of the new EU Copyright Directive was published on the Official Journal of the EU. However, due to glaring error, the Italian translation of Article 17 (formerly 13) requires online platforms such as YouTube to prevent the availability of works "that do not infringe copyright", even in cases where such works are "subject to an exception or limitation".

May 21 09:14

Mob with Hammers Descends on Minneapolis East Bank LRT Patrons

The incident was apparently reported to 911 just before 10 p.m. on Friday according to the audio and other social media police scanner reports. A 9:48 p.m. Facebook post on 2nd Precinct Minneapolis Crime Watch page said that University of Minnesota (U of M) police were requesting assistance from Minneapolis police (MPD) and Metro Transit police for “a group of 8-10 males chasing people with hammers” and that some people were injured. A Facebook post a minute later on Minneapolis Scanner page said that the three police departments were responding to “multiple [911] calls” about “10-12 Somali teen males armed with hammers chasing people,” also with “several injuries reported.” Both Facebook pages regularly post summaries of police scanner audio.

May 21 09:11

Illegal migrants jet set on U.S. taxpayer dollars

United States Customs and Border Protection announced on Friday that hundreds of migrant families will be flown on jets to their final destination in San Diego and possibly even Miami, Detroit and New York where they will be processed after facilities at the southern Texas border have become immensely overcrowded, according to a new report.

Between 120 and 135 migrants will depart from the Rio Grande Valley three times a week at the cost of $6000 per flight.

Once migrants arrive they will be processed and ordered to appear in immigration court at a later date. However, the reality is that a good number of them will fail to appear.


May 21 09:10

The Plot Thickens

It seems like every day more twists and turns surface, especially recent history looks like a stockpot full of spaghetti.

You will recall that the gold FDR illegally confiscated from Americans by pretending we were all magically transformed into "Citizens of the United States", and which his Administration used to secure the bankruptcy of the Roman Catholic Church's Delaware corporation doing business as "the" United States of America, Inc. back in 1933 ---- all that gold was eventually released when the bankruptcy was settled in November 1999.

We went looking for it, and found that a portion of it was released to the World Bank/IBRD as "abandoned assets". Where was all the rest? Our gold and silver reserves and historical trust assets, our public property deeds, for example?

May 21 09:05

ESCOBAR: "CLASH OF CIVILIZATIONS" OR CRISIS OF CIVILIZATION?

SOURCE: PEPE ESCOBAR VIA THE SAKER

Talk about a graphic display of soft power: Beijing this week hosted the Conference on Dialogue of Asian Civilizations.

Organized under the direct supervision of President Xi Jinping it took place amid an “Asian Culture Carnival.” Sure, there were dubious, kitschy and syrupy overtones, but what really mattered was what Xi himself had to say to China and all of Asia.

In his keynote speech, the Chinese leader essentially stressed that one civilization forcing itself upon another is “foolish” and “disastrous.” In Xi’s concept of a dialogue of civilizations, he referred to the New Silk Roads, or Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), as programs that “have expanded the channels for communication exchanges.”

Xi’s composure and rationality present a stark, contrasting message to US President Donald Trump’s “Make America Great Again” campaign.

WEST VS EAST AND SOUTH

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have always thought highly of Pepe Escobar, and consider what he has to say very well nuanced, and intelligent; but this Administration's goose-stepping, mind-numbed, attitude of "my way or the highway" that is always talking up this "clash of civilizations, doesn't seem to realize that there can, and should be, "A Collaboration of Civilizations", for the sake of peace, and the future of this planet.

I know that many of you who read "WRH" have kids around them they love and adore; our little family of two has a number of kids like that, in our extended family, who are just discovering the practical magic of intellectual growth, and a positive sense of self.

I want these kids to grow and prosper, and find their place in the world as they mature; I am certain that the Chinese people want that for their kids as well.

But this consistent, militaristic posturing by the US government, coupled with the reality, that its military doesn't have the weaponry; the money; the manufacturing, or the troop strength, to actually win a positive result in a war with China; and one can see, through the examples of history, how trade wars can mushroom quickly into shooting wars.

I do not want to see the US continue to attempt to resolve all of its geopolitical differences with war, which seems, at this point in the Trump Administration, to be the only thing it believes it can use to do that.

And we have seen "just how well" that "solution" has worked out in Afghanistan; Iraq; Syria; Yemen and Libya; and the other "less covered US engendered wars. the short answer is, it has not, and Lord, please save us from one more damned quagmire.

Mr. President, the chances of us meeting socially are severely limited; I am not one of the monied, nor connected, except for being connected to the ideal that it IS possible to resolve our differences without war.


May 21 09:02

Judicial Watch Sues for Secret FBI Chart of Potential Violations of Law by Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

Judicial Watch announced today it filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the Department of Justice seeking draft copies of FBI charts containing information on potential “statutory violations” committed by Hillary Clinton in the former secretary of State’s use of a non-secure, non-government email server to conduct government business.

Judicial Watch is also suing for draft copies of talking points prepared by the FBI for its officials to use following then-Director James Comey’s July 2016 press conference during which he recommended against prosecuting Clinton for mishandling classified information.

Judicial Watch filed the lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia after the DOJ failed to respond to a December 3, 2018, FOIA request (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of Justice (No. 1:19-cv-00800)).

May 21 09:02

Trump Says the Military Industrial Complex is Pressuring him Into a War With Iran

May 21 09:01

Good Will Hunting NSA Ops Monologue Matt Damon

May 21 08:50

Benjamin Watson Smacks Alyssa Milano Over Abortion: 'Ignorance, Racism Or ... Both'

On Sunday, pro-life advocate and NFL star Benjamin Watson took actress and abortion activist Alyssa Milano to task over her claim that laws restricting abortion would be “catastrophic” for black women. Watson chalked up Milano’s comments as “ignorance, racism, or some combination of both,” and asked the actress to stop patronizing black people.

May 21 08:40

CITIES ARE ADOPTING REAL-TIME FACIAL SURVEILLANCE SYSTEMS

SOURCE: TECHNOCRACY.NEWS
Because there is no Federal legislation preventing its use, cities are gobbling up China-style facial recognition systems. Individual cities can easily block this surveillance technology, but citizens are sound asleep and completely oblivious to the destruction of their own civil liberties. ? TN Editor
Civil Liberties Activists trying to inspire alarm about the authoritarian potential of facial recognition technology often point to China, where some police departments use systems that can spot suspects who show their faces in public. A report from Georgetown researchers on Thursday suggests Americans should also focus their concern closer to home.

The report says agencies in Chicago and Detroit have bought real-time facial recognition systems. Chicago claims it has not used its system; Detroit says it is not using its system currently. But no federal or state law would prevent use of the technology.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What is going to keep America safe from crime?!? I really don't think that these real-time surveillance is going to cure the problem.

What will cure it, is, initially removing the stigma and curse, of low expectations, both in schools and in families, and the common culture, for our ALL of our kids.

Remember that brilliant James Olmos film, "Stand and deliver"?!? This was based on a true story, where a high school math teacher gets his kids, primarily Hispanic, to register for a math championship, which they won;and then lost, because the school "testmeisters" believed that they had cheated, somehow, without a shred of evidence.

These kids came back for a second competition, and won again, and this time, the win was allowed to stand; one teacher had made them proud, and gave them the knowledge they were really capable of doing anything to which they set their minds.

Would that all teachers in this country believed that.

Too many of our children "graduate" from high school, illiterate; innumerate; and lack the ability for critical thinking, which are all desperately needed for anyone to succeed in this society. This has to change.

Then, we need to have a thriving economy, not just for the monied; but also, for those just starting out in the work force, so that they can get decent jobs which actually matter.

We also need strong families, and strong social/religious institutions, where kids learn to express themselves in a loving, kind, manner, to keep them from getting into gangs, where time is somewhat structured for them, but in a way that structured time, doesn't feel "like a prison".

And one thing I have noticed about kids acting out; it never seems to be at a Waldorf School; or a Montessori school; it seems to happen, over and over, at our public schools.

And the worst possible outcome of a kid acting out today, is to be sentenced to a private, juvenile detention facility.

The US's School to Prison Pipeline


May 21 08:16

TRADE HARDBALL: CHINA THREATENS TO CUT OFF US SUPPLY OF RARE EARTH ELEMENTS

SOURCE: MIKE MISH SHEDLOCK
China produces 80% of the world's rare earth elements. They are used in weapons, cell phones, hybrid cars, and magnets.

China does not have the means to match the US in the total number or amount of tariffs. But China can strike back in other ways. One critical way would be to cut off the US supply of rare earth elements.

Bloomberg reports Xi’s Trip to Rare-Earths Plant Stokes Talk of Trade Retaliation

Shares in JL MAG Rare-Earth Co. surged by their daily limit Monday after state news agency Xinhua said the Chinese president had stopped by the company in Jiangxi. Official news outlets give regular updates on the whereabouts of top leaders, sometimes leading to share spikes on the belief that companies have been handed official backing.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mr. President, a word, please; the continued lack of availability of these rare earth elements, will be a bitter pill to swallow by those manufacturers who truly believed that you were going to "Make America Great Again", this time, in the manufacturing sphere.

With the agricultural tariffs, you have already bankrupted American farmers, to nearly the point of utter financial collapse, and sometimes, suicide.

WISCONSIN FARMER TELLS FOX NEWS SUICIDES, BANKRUPTCY RISING IN RURAL U.S. AMID CHINA TRADE WAR

Your attempts to anger China into submission, rather than create a win/win environment in which these trade matters could be reasonably resolved, are hurting your base enormously.

The Chinese culture, even though the Chinese people identify as Communist, at this point in the 21st century, have always been a mercantile people, wanting to trade for reasonable profit.

And if their "unreasonable demands" have hurt the American economy in some way for some time, is there no "gradual" way of reversing this, in the spirit of sweet logic and reason?!?

I would like to hope there would be; because, sir, living on a first-strike target here in the middle of the Pacific, my worst nightmare would be that if a shooting war between the US an China happens, Oahu would be taken out very quickly, due to the number of military bases clustered here on Oahu; these are no secret, sir: they can be viewed on
tripadvisor.com, just where I found them.

Attractions/Activities on Oahu

And Mr. President, if real, moral, reasonable negotiations are not your quite forte, I would respectfully suggest you outsource these to someone from your administration who can "cage the rage, and engage" China in these negotiations, and get them the heck back on track; because President Trump, to an impartial observer, they appear to be absolutely off the tracks right now.



Pixfuture
May 21 07:56

Bombshell: Comey Was a Communist!



Owl 3
May 21 07:53

"THEY HAD ME AT GUNPOINT": HERTZ CUSTOMERS KEEP GETTING ARRESTED FOR DRIVING "STOLEN" CARS

If you rent a car from Hertz, you're now on notice not to be surprised if you’re randomly pulled over and arrested for seemingly no reason at all.

This is because, according to The Drive, customers of the Florida rental vehicle company are being erroneously stopped and arrested due to a faulty computer system and plain old poor office management at the company.

The majority of mix-ups are a result of Hertz reporting stolen vehicles to the police when they were actually being legitimately rented by customers, causing major issues for anyone that is spotted in the vehicle, include unwitting and unknowing customers, and their passengers.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The answer is simple; never rent from Hertz again, until the problem gets solved.

Here is a link to their corporate governance:

Hertz: executive officers

Please write (or email them politely, no nastigrams, please) and let them know YOU know the mess they are in, and until, and unless there is both a public apology, and a very public paying of these illegal fines for innocent people who got caught up in this, that under no circumstances, will you ever, again, rent or lease a car from them.

I have to wonder, in fact, just when the class action lawsuits against Hertz over this glaring flaw in their software, will start to happen, although there is another one, already making its way through the court system:

Hertz Class Action Claims Fraud Over Damages

Hertz, not sorry: FIX THESE INSANE GLITCHES IN YOUR SOFTWARE, PLEASE.

May 21 07:53

Mount Sinai Study Finds CBD Treats Opioid Addiction By Reducing Cravings and Anxiety

Mount Sinai study finds CBD is effective at treating opioid addiction by reducing cravings and anxiety without harmful side effects.

Cannabidiol (CBD) reduced cue-induced craving and anxiety in individuals with a history of heroin abuse, suggesting a potential role for it in helping to break the cycle of addiction, according to research conducted at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and published May 21 in the American Journal of Psychiatry...

May 21 07:43

BALTIMORE RANSOMWARE NIGHTMARE COULD LAST WEEKS MORE, WITH BIG CONSEQUENCES

SOURCE: ARSTECHNICA.COM
It's been nearly two weeks since the City of Baltimore's networks were shut down in response to a ransomware attack, and there's still no end in sight to the attack's impact. It may be weeks more before the city's services return to something resembling normal—manual workarounds are being put in place to handle some services now, but the city's water billing and other payment systems remain offline, as well as most of the city's email and much of the government's phone systems.

The ransomware attack came in the midst of a major transition at City Hall. Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young assumed office officially just days before the attack, after the resignation of former mayor Catherine Pugh, who is facing an ever-expanding corruption investigation. And some of the mayor's critical staff positions remained unfilled—the mayor's deputy chief of staff for operations, Sheryl Goldstein, starts work today.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Just brilliant, Baltimore; you were warned that this was coming, by someone who actually knew what they were talking about, and yet took no measures to protect your city, or citizens.

IF I were a citizen of Baltimore, I would be voting with my feet right now, and "get the heck out of Dodge"; I would be willing to bet you one whole cent, that this is not the last time this will happen in this city, which chose to be unprepared to deal with the issue.

May 21 07:35

MILLIONS OF INSTAGRAM INFLUENCERS HAD THEIR PRIVATE CONTACT DATA SCRAPED AND EXPOSED

SOURCE: TECHCRUNCH.COM
A massive database containing contact information of millions of Instagram influencers, celebrities and brand accounts has been found online.

The database, hosted by Amazon Web Services, was left exposed and without a password allowing anyone to look inside. At the time of writing, the database had over 49 million records — but was growing by the hour.

From a brief review of the data, each record contained public data scraped from influencer Instagram accounts, including their bio, profile picture, the number of followers they have, if they’re verified and their location by city and country, but also contained their private contact information, such as the Instagram account owner’s email address and phone number.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Amazon: OUCH, come on, you (should be) better than that!!

And BTW, those "product liability" lawsuits will be coming, and not in the far future either. When this was a nascent technology, just in its "incubator phase of development.", one might understand the value of this.

But not, thank you very much, in 2019.



Taboola
May 21 07:26

OUTRAGE AS TEXAS SENATE PASSES 'UNCONSTITUTIONAL' BILL THAT WOULD HIT PIPELINE PROTESTORS WITH UP TO 10 YEARS IN PRISON

Sparking outcry from indigenous tribes and environmental groups, the Texas state Senate on Monday passed industry-backed Republican legislation that would hit pipeline protestors with a third-degree felony and up to ten years in prison.

"Here in Texas, members of the legislative body are looking to pass laws that harshly criminalize free speech and the right to protest," Juan Mancias, Tribal Elder with the Carrizo Comecrudo Tribe of Texas, said in a statement.

"We will continue to support and fight beside the indigenous communities in Texas to make sure these unconstitutional laws do not stand."
—Dallas Goldtooth, Indigenous Environmental Network.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I hope that this law, as an egregious affront to free speech, peaceful protests, and the First Amendment to the Constitution, is heard at the Supreme Court level, and tossed on its head.

The other issue that has to be considered, is how many times, these protestors have been proven right, in terms of concerns of pipeline leakage or breakage, which was absolutely not sabotage.

Dakota Access Pipeline Leaked

The Indigenous Peoples' War against Pipelines

Friends of Nelson County

Pipeline plagued by by Lawsuits and delays

May 21 07:14

UTILITY COMPANIES WARN THAT 5G FOR UNLICENSED WIFI APPLICATIONS WILL THREATEN THEIR WIRELESS “SMART” METERS WHICH ARE ALREADY AWFUL

By B.N. Frank

Utility companies won’t admit it but their wireless “Smart” Meters have been nothing but trouble from the jump. Tens of millions have been installed in the U.S. and around the world and people everywhere (including elected officials) have been fighting to get them off their homes and out of their communities (see 1, 2, 3). These meters have been associated with so many problems (including fires and explosions) that there was even a documentary produced about them.

Now utility companies are warning the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) that auctioning off more 5G spectrums for unlicensed and untested WiFi applications will make their horrible “Smart” Meters even worse. This is on top of the Telecom Industry saying that they have no scientific evidence that 5G is even safe and plenty of researchers saying it’s not.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder if this "research" pointing to 5 G as being unsafe, is actually to hide the sheer economic capabilities of this technology.

May 21 07:12

AS DENVER DECRIMINALIZES MUSHROOMS, MAJOR CITY MOVES TO DECRIMINALIZE AYAHUASCA, IBOGAINE TOO

SOURCE: MATT AGORIST @ THE FREE THOUGHT PROJECT

(Support Free Thought) - Nearly seven years ago, Colorado citizens—tired of the war on drugs and wise to the near-limitless benefits of cannabis—made US history by voting to legalize recreational marijuana. Now, this state has once again placed themselves on the right side of history as they voted this month to decriminalize magic mushrooms. But this was just the beginning and their momentum is spreading—faster and stronger, toward decriminalizing all plant-based psychedelics.

Now, a major city in California is following suit, but not just with psilocybin—Oakland is calling for decriminalization of other psychedelics like mescaline cacti, ayahuasca and ibogaine.

To be clear, the recent measure does not mean that mushrooms are now legal in Denver, it simply means that cops can’t make it a priority to go after folks for them and it won’t land people in jail for possession.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A little horse-sense out of Denver these days; not necessarily a bad thing!

May 21 07:08

Now It's Comey Vs. Lynch: Someone's Lying Again

Former Attorney General Loretta Lynch accused former FBI Director James Comey of lying about whether she told him to refer to the Hillary Clinton email investigation as a "matter" instead of an investigation in a September 2015 meeting.

While testifying last year at a closed-door House Oversight Committee hearing last June, Comey said Lynch had pressured him to minimize the significance of the Clinton email probe - an encounter which he says left him questioning her impartiality, and - along with Lynch's clandestine tarmac meeting on a hot summer's day in 2016 - contributed to his decision to hold a July 2016 press conference announcing the FBI's conclusions.

"The attorney general had directed me not to call it an investigation, but instead to call it a matter, which confused me and concerned me," said Comey. "That was one of the bricks in the load that led me to conclude, ‘I have to step away from the department if we’re to close this case credibly.'"

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to delight in the spectacle of the Clintionistas... eating their own!!

May 21 06:35

Brexit BOMBSHELL: How BBC admitted promoting pro-EU BIAS in its own inquiry

According to a 2005 report by The Times, the BBC's own inquiry found the broadcaster guilty of pro-EU bias.

The report, written by an independent balanced panel of eurosceptics and europhiles, did not suggest the BBC deliberately tried to bend its coverage in favour of the EU and against eurosceptics.

However, the document said there was substance to the concern that “the BBC suffers from certain forms of cultural and unintentional bias and that despite the good intentions of its producers nobody thinks the outcome is impartial”.

The report, commissioned to find out if complaints by eurosceptics were justified, said BBC News suffered from an “institutional mindset” that led to a “reluctance to question pro-EU assumptions”.

The Times reported eurosceptics, including Conservative politicians, claimed that the report vindicated their longstanding complaint that the BBC was biased against them.

May 21 06:32

Farage THREATENS BBC over bias claiming ‘licence fee has RISEN up’ Brexit Party agenda

NIGEL FARAGE has launched a stunning attack on the BBC, claiming “the license fee has risen up our agenda” after pro-Brexit politicians were snubbed on Sunday’s The Andrew Marr Show.

The Brexit Party leader condemned the show and its producers for booking five Remainer guest, with no Brexiteers being heard on the programme. He issued a chilling threat to bosses at the corporation on Twitter, threatening to make the license fee part of his party’s manifesto. Guests on Mr Marr’s show included Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, Lib Dems premier Vince Cable, the Scottish National Party’s Nicola Sturgeon as well as Change UK’s lead spokesman Chuka Umunna.

May 21 06:23

Brexit party taking Wales by storm as Labour support HALVES - poll

A new YouGov poll has revealed the levels of support for each party in Wales, taken from 1,009 voters’ party preference from May 16 to 20. The figures are also compared with results from an earlier poll in April which asked who people would vote for in the European elections. The results showed the Brexit Party stormed ahead by 36 percent, which is an increase of 26 percent since the earlier poll, while Plaid Cymru came in at 19 percent, with a four percent increase.

Labour received a disappointing 15 percent, which was half of what it previously polled, followed by the Liberal Democrats at 10 percent, which was an increase of four percent from last time.

The Green Party received eight percent of the vote, which was up by five percent.

The Conservative saw a disappointing seven percent and UKIP received two percent of the vote, after they both dropped by nine percent,

Change UK got two percent too, which was six percent less than last time.

May 21 06:17

Ryan Tedder slams 'ludicrous' copyright cases

Ryan Tedder has written some of pop's biggest hits, including Beyonce's Halo, Ed Sheeran's Happier and, for his own band OneRepublic, Counting Stars.

But he says pop is in danger of being stifled by the rise in copyright cases.

"It's a conversation in every writing session," he tells the BBC.

"The odds of getting sued in this day and age are so high, we're going to get to a point where nobody can write anything - because everything will be derivative of something else.

"It's just ludicrous."

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