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June 21, 2017

Jun 21 19:04

CRISPR May Not Be Nearly as Precise as We Thought

The revolutionary gene-editing technology CRISPR-Cas9 is often described as “molecular scissors” for its ability to turn previously improbable feats of genetic engineering into exercises in cutting and pasting. But while over the last few years CRISPR has become so commonplace that even middle school students are now using it, a study out this week in the journal Nature Methods reminds us that it’s still a nascent technology with a long way to go before we can freely cut and paste human DNA at will.

When correcting blindness in mice, researchers at Columbia University found that though CRISPR did manage to successfully edit the particular gene responsible for blindness, it also caused mutations to more than a thousand other unintended genes. The off-target effects of CRISPR have long been known, but this new research highlights just how extensive they can be, and highlights the importance of research to understand them.

Jun 21 18:52

NISAR mission: NASA, ISRO begin work on joint project; on course for 2021 launch

The US and the Indian space agencies have started work on their joint project, the NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar, or NISAR, mission, confirmed a senior official with the US space agency, adding that it was on course for a 2021 launch from India onboard a GSLV.
The NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar, or NISAR, satellite will provide an unprecedented detailed view of Earth by using advanced radar imaging.

Jun 21 18:50

Liberal activist who mocked white people on Fox News suspended from teaching

In the combative segment TheBlaze reported previously, Durden mocked white people saying, “What I say to that is boo-hoo-hoo, you white people are angry because you couldn’t use your ‘white privilege’ card to get invited to the Black Lives Matter’s all-black Memorial Day celebration! Wow!”



Taboola
Jun 21 18:49

White university professor fired after ‘queer, black, fed-up feminist’ accuses her of racism

“I’ve never seen this before,” Parker said on Medium’s Student Voices titled “Beware of Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing: The Tale of A Progressive Professor Who Forgot To Hide Her Racism And Got Her A** Fired.”

Jun 21 18:10

BOOM! TRUMP JUST INFURIATED EVERY WHITE HOUSE REPORTER WITH ONE UNEXPECTED MOVE - FAKE NEWS IS DEAD!

The White House press corps vented frustration Monday with press secretary Sean Spicer for conducting off-camera briefings in place of the usual publicly broadcast briefings.

Jun 21 18:02

Chief executive of Kensington and Chelsea Council Nicholas Holgate resigns over Grenfell Tower inferno

Frustrated residents claim they had repeatedly warned the council about fire safety in the building before the tragedy.

The Sun revealed Kensington council boasted Grenfell Tower’s fire safety standards were exemplary – and should be extended to all other major works.

Jun 21 17:54

American Air Force FOR ISIS And Al-Nusra

One of the dirtiest secrets of US involvement in Syria is pretending to combat terrorism while actively supporting it ­ including ISIS, al-Nusra and other anti-government forces.

No so-called “moderate rebels” exist. All fighters engaged in combat, except for government and allied forces, are US-supported terrorists.

American and Russian objectives in Syria are world’s apart. Anything US officials agree to isn’t worth the paper it’s written on ­ deals of convenience made to be breached.

Jun 21 16:24

From Rome to America (An Empire Self-Destructs)

Like other empires before it, the US is now on the verge of relinquishing the crown of empire. If there’s any difference this time around, it’s that its collapse will very likely be far more spectacular than that of previous empires. However, just as in previous collapses, those who least understand that the collapse is around the corner are those who are closest to its center. Clearly, the majority of Americans are worried about their future yet cannot conceive of their country as a second-rate power. And those who hold the reins of that power tend to be the most deluded, delving ever-deeper into debt at an ever-faster rate, whilst expanding welfare and warfare without any concept of how it might all be paid for.



Jun 21 16:21

New Vermont Law Will Increase Access to Medical Marijuana, Further Nullify Federal Prohibition

By Shane Trejo

A Vermont bill to fully legalize medical marijuana for qualifying patients was signed into law last week by Gov. Phil Scott. The new measure takes another step toward effectively nullifying the unconstitutional federal prohibition on the same.

Introduced by Sen. Dick Sears (D-Bennington) and six co-sponsors, Senate Bill 16 (S.16) expands the existing laws on the books pertaining to medical marijuana to greatly expand access for qualifying patients...

Jun 21 16:11

NSA had NFI about opsec: 2016 audit found laughably bad security

Second-rate opsec remained pervasive at the United States' National Security Agency, according to an August 2016 review now released under Freedom of Information laws.

It's almost surprising that the agency was able to cuff Reality Winner, let alone prevent a wholesale Snowden-style leak. The Department of Defense Inspector General report, first obtained by the New York Times, finds everything from unsecured servers to a lack of two-factor authentication.

The formerly-classified review (PDF) was instigated after Snowden exfiltrated his million-and-a-half files from August 2012 to May 2013.

“NSA did not have guidance concerning key management and did not consistently secure server racks and other sensitive equipment in the data centers and machine rooms” under its “Secure-the-net” initiative, the report says.

Jun 21 16:03

Big Step Forward for Sound Money: Texas Picks Company to Run Bullion Depository

By Michael Maharrey

The Texas bullion depository took a major step closer to reality last week when officials formally announced the private vendor that will run the facility. The creation of a state bullion depository in Texas represents a power shift away from the federal government to the state, and it provides a blueprint that could ultimately end the Fed.

Gov. Greg Abbot signed legislation creating the state gold bullion and precious metal depository in June of 2015. The facility will not only provide a secure place for individuals, business, cities, counties, government agencies and even other countries to to store gold and other precious metals, the law also creates a mechanism to facilitate the everyday use of gold and silver in business transactions...



Owl 1
Jun 21 15:36

Are The ‘Toxic’ Democrats Destined To Become A Permanent Minority Party?

It has become exceedingly clear that the Democratic Party is in deep trouble.  Close to 55 million dollars was spent on the race in Georgia’s sixth congressional district, and that shattered all kinds of records. 

Jun 21 15:35

Would Hillary have won in 2016 if she made any sense on immigration?

Peter Beinart’s enlightening in-depth piece in the July issue of The Atlantic digs into the left’s drastic transformation on immigration. In it, Beinart details just how far liberals have gone in just the last decade to the left on immigration, shifting from following federal immigration law to touting open borders.

Jun 21 15:31

US attack on Syrian plane in Syrian sky is act of war – Russian senator

If the US attacks a Syrian warplane in Syrian skies, it means an act of war, and the US should give an explanation for this, demands Aleksey Pushkov, the head of Russia's Communications Policy Committee. It also means the US wants a divided Syria, he adds.

As tension between Moscow and Washington escalates following a US fighter jet shooting down a Syrian government jet and then downing an armed drone belonging to pro-Syrian government forces, RT spoke to Aleksey Pushkov, a Chairman of the Russia's Federation Council Mass Media Committee and discussed the prospects of further cooperation between the two countries.

Jun 21 15:24

Getting rid of Assad will just flood Europe will millions more refugees and may even cause WW3.

In news just in it would seem someone has worked out that bombing the shit out of Syria removing the popular secular government,then arming the snackbars to the teeth might not work out so well



Lockerdome
Jun 21 15:16

CCTV VIDEO from inside Grenfell tower

(So, they had money for CCTV, "which worked" but not for sprinklers?)

Jun 21 15:08

John Rubino–Tulip Backed Crypto-Currencies?

Jun 21 15:02

Rowdy Gowdy Destroys Jeh Johnson on DNC Hacking Claims: ‘Why Would the Victim of a Crime Not Turn Over a Server?’ (VIDEO)

Gowdy stumps Jeh Johnson: "If they were hacked, why didn't the DNC let the FBI look at their servers?"

Jun 21 14:57

Planned Parenthood launch desperate propaganda campaign

A new promotional video released by Planned Parenthood features four “people of faith” attempting to make the case that pro-life religious leaders have “co-opted” the faith message about abortion.


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Owl 2
Jun 21 14:54

The U.S. Economy is a Perverted, Neo-Feudal, Rent-Seeking Abomination

The banker bailouts of the 2008/09 period changed my life forever. I was working on Wall Street at the time, and the way in which the government rallied around the financial institutions that torched the world and left its victims in the dust threw my entire delusional worldview into disarray. Prior to that, I had bought into the absurd assumption that I was financially successful at a young age primarily because I was hard-working and talented.

Jun 21 14:53

$300 Billion in Government Waste Uncovered

Tim Young sat down with Congressman Steve Russell (R-OK) to speak about his military service and his semi-regular publication Waste Watch.

Jun 21 14:50

DAMN!!! TRUMP’S EPA BOSS JUST DEMOLISHED ONE STUPID PROGRAM THERE AND LOOK HOW MUCH HE SAVED US!!!

The Environmental Protection Agency has ended a nearly $1 million program that provided gym memberships for employees. The new administration under EPA administrator Scott Pruitt identified the gym memberships as an abuse of taxpayer dollars.

Jun 21 14:39

In London, A Day of Rage Attempts to Bring Down the Government

Protestors took to the streets of London purportedly in response to the tragic fire at Grenfell Towers; but the reality is that this is nothing but the Militant Left using undemocratic means to force another election.



Jun 21 14:23

Oops! Pentagon Shells Out $30 Million on Afghan Army Uniforms in Wrong Color

The Pentagon unnecessarily spent big on Afghan army uniforms that are the wrong color because the guy in charge of making the choice “liked what he saw.”

Jun 21 14:10

WHEN YOU THINK YOUR EATING HEALTHY BUT YOUR NOT - High Fructose Corn Syrup Has Been Quietly Renamed

High fructose corn syrup is a killer. Since humans started consuming it, obesity rates have more than tripled and diabetes incidence has increased more than seven fold. Even when used in moderation it is a major cause of heart disease, obesity, cancer, dementia, liver failure, tooth decay, and more.

Jun 21 14:01

US F-16 Catches Fire During Takeoff In Texas

A US Air Force pilot was forced to eject from an F-16 when the plane caught on fire while taking off from a runway in Texas.



Jun 21 13:37

Russia cancels planned talks with the US

Russia has canceled a planned round of talks with the US in protest at new sanctions imposed this week over Moscow’s military intervention in Ukraine.

Jun 21 13:33

Fake news giant CNN threatens White House

Since Donald Trump’s election, CNN has dedicated most of it’s coverage to fake news against the President and has been substituting leftist political commentary for hard news.

Jun 21 13:19

Is U.S. in Syria to Fight ISIS — or Assad?



Carambola
Jun 21 13:18

'Grouphug, Get In': Hollywood Dems Cry On Twitter Following Jon Ossoff's Epic Loss

Hollywood hacks who went all out to get Jon Ossoff elected whined on Twitter after he suffered an epic loss in the special election for Georgia's 6th Congressional District.

Jun 21 13:16

Actor Willie Garson Says Rep Karen Handel Is An 'Unqualified Cracker'

Actor Willie Garson attacked female Republican representative Karen Handel as an "unqualified cracker" following her victory over Democrat Jon Ossoff in the much-hyped special election for Georgia's 6th Congressional District.

Jun 21 13:00

June Solstice: Longest and Shortest Day of the Year

The June solstice is the Summer Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere and the Winter Solstice the Southern Hemisphere

'Solstice' (Latin: 'solstitium') means 'sun-stopping', because the point where the sun appears to rise and set, stops and reverses direction after this day

June Solstice in Universal Coordinated Time was on
Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at 04:24 UTC

Jun 21 12:56

The Real Collusion Happening In U.S. Government

While the left is searching for non-existent Trump Russia collusion, the real collusion of the Democrats is sitting right in front of us.

Jun 21 12:34

In Major Diplomatic Shift, North Korea Open To Halting Nuclear, Missile Tests

Is Trump about to have his biggest diplomatic victory yet?

According to Yonhap, North Korea's top envoy to India on Wednesday offered a conditional moratorium, i.e. halt, on his country's nuclear and missile tests in what was said to be an "apparent bid to hold talks with the United States." While the North Korean offer is conditional, its "demands" are hardly outrageous.

North Korea Ambassador to India Kye Chun-yong said Pyongyang is willing to talk in terms of freezing its nuclear and missile tests under certain circumstances. "If our demands is met, we can negotiate in terms of the moratorium of such as weapons testing," Kye said in English in an interview posted on the website of India's television station WION.

He suggested that one of the key demands is the halt of the U.S. joint military drills with South Korea, which Pyongyang denounced as a rehearsal for invasion. Seoul and Washington say their annual exercises are defensive in nature.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would like to hope that this could happen, particularly with south Korean President Moon being a "Sunshine" advocate (i.e., having more connection with North Korea, at all levels).

But the issue of backing down on the US/ South Korea defense drills may sink this before it can actually have a chance to float.

Jun 21 12:29

CNN Threatens to Stop Covering the White House (Video)

The Clinton News Network showed the American public its true colors during the 2016 election when it became nothing but a blatant shill for a Clinton presidency. With Trump in the White House instead, they have dedicated their efforts to smearing his public image with lies and falsehoods. And they wonder why Trump doesn’t treat them ‘fairly’? But their latest threat will leave you laughing in your seats.

In the following video, Today’s Yellow Snow (formerly Right Wing News) looks at Jim Acosta of CNN’s ‘threat’ to stop covering the White House due to their treatment of reporters. The "treatment" he was alluding to was the White House’s decision to hold a press gaggle instead of press conference. The difference is just that reporters actually have to ask questions and report instead of relying on video footage and recordings. You know, actual reporting work. But really, does anyone care if CNN stops covering the White House?

Jun 21 12:27

State Department Issues Statement On US-Russia Relations

Shortly after Russia's deputy foreign minister Ryabkov snubbed the US, cancelling a meeting with the Under Secretary of State Thomas A. Shannon, Jr., in retaliation to the Trump administration's announcement on Tuesday that it has imposed sanctions on 38 Russian individuals while a parallel bill of Russian sanctions is making its way through Congress, the US State Department issued a statement on US-Russian relations.

We regret that Russia has decided to turn away from an opportunity to discuss bilateral obstacles which hinder US-Russian relations.

Finally, for any reporters who are still confused how Russia could possibly slam the door of diplomacy in the US' face after an American F-18 shot down a Syrian fighter jet flying over Syria, and proceeded with two separate sanctions, the State Department has some advice: "we would refer you to the Russian government to explain their decision to cancel this meeting. "

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I love the smell of irony and hypocrisy in the morning!!

First, let's set the record straight for the zillionth time.

Russia did not annex Crimea: in 2014, the US sponsored putsch threw Ukraine's Yanukovych under the proverbial bus, in exchange for the ascendancy of the pro-western Poroshenko. Crimeans knew that there was no rule of law in Kiev after that, and held a referendum to ask their people if they wanted to stay with Ukraine, post-putsch, or petition the Russian Federation; they overwhelmingly voted to join the Russian federation, and their petition for membership was accepted. And for doing absolutely nothing wrong, Russia has been punished ever since.

Apparently, in light of the fact that the US is a signatory to the UN Charter, the writers of this piece of codswallop have conveniently forgotten that little bit in there about "peaceful self-determination", which is precisely what Crimea did.

And with regard to Syria; US troops are on the ground and in the air are here illegally, and have invaded a sovereign country, with the aim at regime change in Damascus. Russia was invited by the Syrian government to get rid of the jihadis, which the US military is sponsoring. The Russian and Syrian governments have every right to call them the invaders they are.

Jun 21 12:13

The Senate Republicans’ Secret Health Bill

Senate Republicans think that subterfuge and secrecy are the ways to formulate a replacement for Obamacare, but in this, and in many other areas of policy, they are wrong. The American people, and senators from both parties, deserve to know the key details of what will be in this momentous bill now, and not right before a final vote is taken.

Senator Mitch McConnell criticized President Barack Obama and the Democrats when they took over a year to construct Obamacare, saying they were trying to ram it down everyone’s throats. This is not only hypocrisy of the first order, but also a highly undemocratic way of approaching an incredibly important piece of legislation, whose final composition will affect millions of Americans.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it." -- Nancy Pelosi

Jun 21 12:06

Rabbi Calls for Poisoning of Palestinian Water Supply

The foreign ministry of the Palestinian Authority (PA), Sunday, demanded the arrest of a Jewish Rabbi, who called on Israeli settlers to poison water used by Palestinians in hundreds of towns and villages across the occupied West Bank.
The Palestinian national office for the defense of land and resistance of settlements warned of the dangers and consequences of such calls.

In its weekly report, it explained that Rabbi Shlomo Mlmad, the chairman of the so-called Council of Rabbis in West Bank settlements, called on settlers to poison Palestinians through their water supply, which came to light by the Israeli organization ‘Breaking the Silence’.

Group member Yehuda Shaul said, according to WAFA, that the aim behind poisoning water in the West Bank is to push Palestinians out of their towns and cities in order to allow settlers to take over Palestinian lands.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Forgive me, but has this rabbi and his followers gone completely, foaming at the mouth mad, to conjure up such a plan?!?

Jun 21 12:03

Trump Takes Another Step Towards War with North Korea

In another menacing act of brinkmanship, President Donald Trump declared in a tweet yesterday that China had failed to force North Korea to accede to US demands, opening the door for unilateral US action, including military strikes. The tweet comes just ahead of top-level talks between US and Chinese officials due to take place in Washington today.
“While I greatly appreciate the efforts of President Xi [Jinping] & China to help with North Korea, it has not worked out. At least I know China tried!” Trump tweeted.
The Trump administration has put great pressure on Beijing to compel Pyongyang to abandon its nuclear and missile programs, but has indicated all along that time was limited.
“North Korea is looking for trouble. If China decides to help, that would be great. If not, we will solve the problem without them! USA,” Trump tweeted in April.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would love to be a butterfly on the wall at this meeting, and see how evenhandedly both sides are dealing with a potentially nuclear-armed North Korea.

As someone who lives on a first-strike target here in Hawaii, I hope that dialogue leads to constructive plans for a resolution of the issue.

IF not, we may well be looking at war with China over North Korea, because it cannot appear to its allies, including the BRIC nations, that China has "lost face" in backing down from supporting North Korea.

And that would be officially lousy for just about everybody.

Jun 21 11:48

More Bad News For Democrats: Fundraising Numbers Are Drastically Low

Our Democrat friends need to lift themselves up by the bootstraps and try to find a positive message after losing even more elections in South Carolina and Georgia this week.

They need to find a silver lining. They’re just not going to find it here.

In the wake of a pair of crushing special election defeats, the DNC was hit with the harsh reality that they’re not really faring well when it comes to fundraising.

In fact, they just had their worst May in 14 years!

Jun 21 11:47

US Aggression in Syria: Testing Russia’s Resolve

On Tuesday, for the fifth time in recent weeks, US warplanes attacked Syrian military targets, flagrant acts of aggression.

They’re part of Washington’s diabolical regime change plan – at the same time, testing Russia’s resolve in the wake of its announced halt in cooperating with America in Syrian airspace, following the downing of one of its Su-22 planes.

The latest incident involved a US F-15 warplane, downing a Syrian drone near its border with Iraq and Jordan.

A US-led coalition statement lied, claiming the UAV “displaced hostile intent and advanced on coalition forces.” Calling naked aggression self-defense is the last refuge of a rogue state. America and Israel are Exhibits A and B.
On June 8, a US warplane downed another Syrian UAV in the same southern part of the country.

Washington claiming it doesn’t seek to fight Syria and allied forces is a bald-faced lie. Actions in the air and on the ground speak for themselves.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These illegal, hostile acts by the Unhinged, Surveilled State of America will have consequences; it is not as though those in the bowels of power in DC don't know this.

This massive push against Syria is calculated to create a pushback, militarily, from Iran, to give the US government the "justification" to attack it.

But what doesn't seem to factor into the calculus here, is that should such an attack happen, Russia will immediately come to Iran's aid, militarily.

And were I a betting woman, I would definitely not bet against this, and neither should the American Deep State.

Jun 21 11:45

HISTORY CHANNEL - AMERICA'S WAR ON DRUGS

“America’s War on Drugs” is an immersive trip through the last five decades, uncovering how the CIA, obsessed with keeping America safe in the fight against communism, allied itself with the mafia and foreign drug traffickers. In exchange for support against foreign enemies, the groups were allowed to grow their drug trade in the United States. The series explores the unintended consequences of when gangsters, war lords, spies, outlaw entrepreneurs, street gangs and politicians vie for power and control of the global black market for narcotics – all told through the firsthand accounts of former CIA and DEA officers, major drug traffickers, gang members, noted experts and insiders.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I just finished watching episode 2, "Cocaine, Cartels, and Crack-downs" and all I can say is that someone at the History Channel has balls of solid rock!

This episode goes into the CIA arming of the Contras after the Boland Amendment and the funding of the operation by smuggling drugs into the Unites States, into Arkansas under then-governor Bill Clinton.

The best part of the show is a DEA agent who confirmed that the gun and drug running operation went all the way to the White House and Vice President George H. W. Bush!

If you do not watch the other episodes of this well-produced mini-series, at least watch this one.

See also The Crimes of Mena.

Jun 21 11:38

Paul Craig Roberts - Another Step Toward Devastating War

Little doubt that Putin is a moral leader who is opposed to war and wants the best for all countries. However, by sacrificing the advantage every time he gains it to the nonsensical idea of making an agreement with Washington simply conveys to Washington weakness. Washington thinks Putin is just another person who Washington can walk over. This is a miscalculation, and it will result in war. It would be much better if Putin layed down the gauntlet and made it completely clear that “if you want war, it will be there in 30 minutes.” Suddenly, Russia would be taken seriously.

I admire Putin. But he is playing the wrong game. Instead of parrying Washington’s aggression, he should be aggressive and force Europe and Washington to come to him for a solution.

Putin, the leader of the free world, should not be on the defensive from a bankrupt, two-bit punk, washed up government in Washington that wallows in evil.

Jun 21 11:36

Israel’s Dirty Little Secret

At a recent panel discussion in Washington, screenwriter, film director and producer Oliver Stone briefly addressed the issue of alleged Russian interference in the recent national election, observing that “Israel interfered in the U.S. election far more than Russia and nobody is investigating them.” A few days later, in an interview with Stephen Colbert on the Late Show, Stone returned to the theme, responding to an aggressive claim that Russia had interfered in the election by challenging Colbert with “Israel had far more involvement in the U.S. election than Russia. Why don’t you ask me about that?”

Jun 21 11:36

The disastrous rise of Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

The appointment of Prince Mohammed bin Salman as Saudi Crown Prince brings a reckless and inexperienced young man who talks of a pre-emptive war against Iran closer to untrammelled power.

Jun 21 11:29

Syria troops position themselves at heart of war on IS

Syrian government troops and their allies have steadily positioned themselves in key areas on the flanks of the U.S.-led coalition battle for the Islamic State’s self-declared capital of Raqqa.

They are attempting to become an indispensable player in uprooting the extremists from Syria entirely.

That presents a major challenge for the coalition, which so far has shunned any cooperation with President Bashar Assad and has partnered instead with local Kurdish-led forces.

As the U.S. has intensified its fight against IS in Syria, Assad and his trusted allies of Russia and Iran are increasingly asserting themselves. A Syrian military offensive has unfolded on several fronts, coupled with Russian airstrikes and a show of force by Iran, which fired ballistic missiles on an IS stronghold this week and pushed militias that it sponsors deeper into the battlefield.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Getting into a situation like this, with no real, appreciable strategy whatsoever, to speak of, is a sure and certain course toward a disaster which can lead to outright regional, and ultimately, a world war.

Jun 21 11:28

TRUMP ATTORNEY DROPS MAJOR HINT ABOUT "COMEY TAPES"

In an appearance on CBS’ “Face the Nation” Sunday, Jay Sekulow, President Donald Trump’s attorney, said the president would address the existence of any tapes documenting conversations between himself and former FBI Director James Comey during the coming week.

Jun 21 11:24

Reporters face 70 years in prison over anti-Trump march

Even when heavily armed riot police closed off a square block and surrounded protesters, media workers and legal observers alike, independent journalist Alexei Wood did not realise he was about to be arrested.

"It didn't even cross my mind that was what was happening," the 37-year-old photographer and videographer told Al Jazeera. "I was waiting for an order of dispersal and the mass of people showed no sign of resistance when the police completely surrounded them."

Most of the 230 people arrested were the following day charged with felony rioting - charges that carry a statutory maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a fine of $25,000. Among them were Wood and other journalists.

A handful of arrested journalists, including Alex Rubinstein of RT and Evan Engle of Vocativ, subsequently had the charges against them dropped.

Facing decades behind bars

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The live streaming of Wood's video should exonerate him completely; it does not appear, from how I am reading this, that he actually participated in any destruction of property, or incited to riot.

If it does not, we are headed toward a massive chill against our guaranteed First Amendment Freedoms which is horrifically troubling.

Jun 21 11:23

Privacy Organization Urges Congress to Examine FBI’s Secret Biometric ID Program

By Nicholas West

While the general public is still in the dark about the arrival of biometric identification that is taking place in nearly every walk of life, even privacy defenders who have been closely following these developments don’t have sufficient information.

A shocking report came to light early this year about a massive FBI database that has been collecting millions of faceprints of American citizens – for years...

Jun 21 11:22

We Are Headed To A Situation Where One Spark Could Cause World Wide Devastation

The unmasking records have been moved to Obama's library, hidden from the public. The public has been brainwashed into thinking the government can protect them from terrorist attacks even though the attacks are from the government.

Jun 21 11:14

Has Warren Been Bought By Big Banks?

The Republicans have started work on undoing the damage done to the banking industry by Dodd-Frank. Predictably Democrats like Elizabeth Warren have gone all out in defending this bill. It is one thing to support a bill in its inception without seeing its real world consequences. It is quite another to keep supporting it when the bill is put in practice. At this point we have to ask ourselves. Have Elizabeth Warren and the Democrats been bought by lobbyists from Giant banks?

Jun 21 11:13

US Coast Guard Wants Icebreakers With Advanced Missiles

The US Coast Guard has two icebreakers, but both are aging, and one is ready to be scrapped outright. That’s got the Coast Guard interested in shopping for more, and while they’re at it, Commandant Admiral Paul Zukunft would like some that you can strap a bunch of missiles to.

Talking up the substantial natural resources buried under the ice in he Arctic, Zukunft is telling Congress that they should stop seeing the icebreakers as being about breaking ice,and more about firing missiles at planes and ships threatening “US sovereignty” over whatever is buried under that ice.

Specialists are warning that re-designing America’s icebreakers around carrying arsenals of missiles might get int he way of their transitional mission of breaking ice, and not exactly in keeping with the idea of the coast guard’s search and rescue operations.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

From the Coast Guard's Department of "You CAN make this stuff up", obviously.

Jun 21 11:08

Secret Government Report: Chelsea Manning Leaks Caused No Real Harm

Prosecutors said WikiLeaks' disclosures about Iraq and Afghanistan posed a major threat to US national security. But it turns out the classified document they cited — newly obtained by BuzzFeed News — said almost the exact opposite.

In the seven years since WikiLeaks published the largest leak of classified documents in history, the federal government has said they caused enormous damage to national security.

But a secret, 107-page report, prepared by a Department of Defense task force and newly obtained by BuzzFeed News, tells a starkly different story: It says the disclosures were largely insignificant and did not cause any real harm to US interests.

Regarding the hundreds of thousands of Iraq-related military documents and State Department cables provided by the Army private Chelsea Manning, the report assessed “with high confidence that disclosure of the Iraq data set will have no direct personal impact on current and former U.S. leadership in Iraq.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So the US government crucified this person in the court of public opinion, and jailed them...for crimes they did not commit against this country...just because they could?!?

Jun 21 11:03

Can Theresa May Legally form a Majority Gov’t with DUP?

Theresa May’s deal with the Democratic Unionist Party will reportedly face a legal challenge on the grounds it breaches the Good Friday Agreement.

Jun 21 11:00

State Dept Suddenly Takes Hard Line Against Saudis’ Boycott of Qatar

The US stance on Saudi Arabia and its allies’ hostility toward Qatar, including an outright blockade, has not been particularly consistent in the last couple of weeks. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert took a more direct position against the blockade today, but that is just raising more questions.

Nauert very directly faulted the Saudis for their move against Qatar, noting neither they nor other nations involved have offered any details to back up their allegations, and suggesting that the blockade was not about Qatar’s alleged support for terrorism, but long-standing grievances among GCC countries.

This is largely in keeping with what you’d figure would be the US position on Qatar, a long-time ally, but runs contrary to President Trump, who personally took credit for the Saudi-led move and has repeatedly parroted Saudi allegations against the Qatari government since then.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These "mood swings" in President Trump's foreign policy are giving me intellectual whiplash!!

Jun 21 10:57

Our Rush to War in Syria: It’s a disaster in the making

The downing of a Syrian fighter jet by the United States – and, more recently, of an Iranian drone – augurs a confrontation that could take us down the road to World War III. The US media is echoing the Pentagon’s explanation, which is that the Syrian jet bombed (or was threatening to bomb) units of the US-supported Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) around the town of Tanf. The Syrians say they were attacking forces aligned with ISIS, which both the US and the Syrian government are supposedly fighting.

Stuck in the midst of this four-sided civil war is the United States, with no real policy, and with its military strategy ceded to commanders on the ground – who are pursuing the same course set by the previous administration, i.e. canoodling with radical Islamists bent on regime change in Damascus. In alliance with the Saudis, the British, the Israelis, and the Jordanians, Washington is seemingly still determined to oust Assad and establish a Sunni regime in Damascus.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am disgusted and distraught over President Trump's foreign policy; all the "non-intervention" pledges we heard from Candidate Trump seems to have completely disappeared, with President Trump.

Jun 21 10:56

BREAKING: Germany quits Incirlik, Turkey marches on Kurds

In further sign of growing estrangement between the West and Turkey, Germany pulls its forces out of Incirlik as Turkey sends troops to Syria to fight the Kurds.

Jun 21 10:54

Rocky Flats Made Nukes. Then It Made A Mess. Now It’s About To Become A Public Park.

How clean is “clean enough” when your park is an old radioactive Superfund site?

Jun 21 10:49

White House Wants to Widen Syria War, Despite Pentagon Objections

Over the past several weeks, US military actions within Syria have been less and less ISIS-centric, with a handful of operations targeting Shi’ite militias in southern Syria, and even shooting down a Syrian government aircraft over the weekend.

This isn’t just the US idly getting into one-off fights in the course of a war they’re already fighting in Syria, but rather is reflective of a push by White House officials, with multiple National Security Council members looking at the Syrian War less as a fight against ISIS and more as a chance to pick a fight with Iran.

The Pentagon has made clear they object, with Defense Secretary James Mattis personally rejecting multiple proposals related to this. Still, attacks on Shi’ite militias whenever they got sort of close to a US-backed rebel base, and a public narrative presenting the militias as necessarily in league with Iran, have found the US heading down that path anyhow.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The problem is, such a war cannot not be confined to Syria, in spite of whatever delusionally wishful thinking may be taking place in the bowels of power in DC.

We are looking at World War III, with Russia, China, and Iran on one side, and the US, NATO, Australia, and Saudi Arabia on the other.

Jun 21 10:22

Netanyahu's 'Honor': Work Starts on First New West Bank Settlements in 25 Years

Israel has begun constructing the first new settlement in the occupied West Bank in 25 years, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu deeming it an "honor" to build the outposts – despite the new tract being completely contrary to international law.

Jun 21 10:19

Democratic Senator Advocates Colleagues Sign "Pledge" To Protect Each Other From Voters

If there was ever any doubt that most members of Congress work for themselves and not the people, Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia wants to dispel you of such hallucinations. Here’s a disturbing excerpt from a section of a recent post on his official website, Manchin Pledges to Return to Era of Bipartisan Cooperation and Agreement:

Jun 21 10:15

Trump Imposes New Sanctions on Russia Over Ukraine Incursion

The Trump administration ratcheted up pressure on Russia on Tuesday, unveiling sanctions on more than three dozen additional individuals and organizations that have participated in the country’s incursion in Ukraine.

The Treasury Department made the announcement on the same day that President Trump hosted his Ukrainian counterpart, Petro O. Poroshenko, at the White House to discuss a peaceful resolution to the conflict with Russia. The sanctions also came as Mr. Trump continues to face questions about whether his campaign colluded with Russia to help him defeat Hillary Clinton.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Alan Rappeport and Neil MacFarquhar, a word, please.

You two are either the most intellectually incompetent, or completely disingenuous alleged "reporters" on the face of this planet, and an absolute and utter disgrace to those of us who report real news, as opposed to fake news. And BTW, did anyone mention to you, that the "big lie" went out with the whoopie cushion and the dribble glass?!?

FACT: President Obama admitted that the US was thoroughly complicit in the overthrow of pro-Russian Yanukovych:

Washington Was Behind Ukraine Coup: Obama admits that US “Brokered a Deal” in Support of “Regime Change”

FACT: Victoria Nuland bragged about how much the US had spent to destabilize Ukraine, and place Poroshenko into power in an election which was more crooked that is a dog's hind leg:

Victoria Nuland's Admits Washington Has Spent $5 Billion to "Subvert Ukraine"

FACT: When Crimean officials realised that there was utterly no rule of law in Ukraine when Yanukovych was overthrown, they held a referendum, asking the Crimean people if they wanted to stay with Ukraine, or petition the Russian Federation to become a member. In a free and fair referendum, Crimeans voted overwhelmingly to petition the Russian Federation to accept them as a member.

Some 95.5% of voters in Crimea have supported joining Russia, officials say.

Russia never annexed Crimea; Crimea, post-putsch, requested to become a member of the Russian Federation.

FACT: This exercise in peaceful self-determination was adjudged as "illegal" by the US and Ukraine, and the US and Ukraine have been punishing Russia for something it did not do ever since.

Gentlemen, if you EVER had a shred of credibility, it has absolutely gone down in flames, with this story; and you have done it to yourselves, in not presenting what really happened here in a truthful manner.

Jun 21 10:05

New Chemical Attack In Syria Crosses “Red Line”

By Brandon Turbeville

Throughout 2017, the United States has continued its race to become the most hypocritical nation on the face of the earth by continuing not only to violate basic principles of respect for human life and international law but also its own “red lines.” Despite Obama’s grandstanding over “red lines” and chemical weapons and Trump’s bloviating and subsequent war crimes surrounding “chemical weapons” and “beautiful babies,” the United States has committed what amounts to its own chemical attack on the Syrian and Iraqi people.

Although not specifically considered a “chemical weapon” in the traditional sense, white phosphorous is, in effect, a chemical agent...

Jun 21 10:00

Clash Coming? Russia Issues Dire THREAT to U.S. Fighters in Syria

Many American isolationists voted for Donald Trump because they saw in him a new path for the Republican Party and Washington D.C. as a whole. A path that would take us away from endless overseas conflicts that ate up American money and put our troops in harm’s way for unclear benefits to the country. Hillary Clinton, they figured, would just deliver more of the same Bush-era doctrine of intervention and nation-building. And a country sick to death of war in the Middle East was looking for someone willing to tell the Pentagon: Enough is enough.

Jun 21 09:59

Dashcam video shows Minnesota officer fire 7 shots into Philando Castile's car

The Minnesota police officer who pulled over Philando Castile politely told the driver that his brake lights were out and calmly instructed him not to pull out his handgun before suddenly drawing his own weapon and firing seven rounds into the car, a video released Tuesday showed.

The dashboard video taken from St. Anthony police Officer Jeronimo Yanez's squad car illustrated how a simple traffic stop of a black man shifted in an instant from a routine exchange to a deadly confrontation.

Jun 21 09:52

IRAN’S MISSILE STRIKE ADDS TO SYRIAN CRISIS

On June 19, Iran’s Revolutionary Guard announced that it had fired several missiles at ISIS positions in the Deir Az Zor province in Syria. The reason given for this unprecedented military strike was retaliation for double terrorist attacks which struck Tehran two weeks ago. Readers should not underestimate the significance of this event.

ccording to a statement issued by the news agency for the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, Sepahnews, “Multiple medium-range missiles were fired from the Iranian provinces of Kermanshah and Kurdestan, and a large number of terrorists were killed and their weapons were destroyed.”

Regarding the alleged ISIS attack, which killed 13 people and wounded 50 others, the Revolutionary Guard added, “The spilling of any pure blood will not go unanswered.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It appears that US escalation against both Syria and Iran continues apace.

In looking at these events from an island in the Pacific which is a first-strike target in a major war, Mike and I are having frequent conversations about that archetypal dream, where one is watching two trains, in slow motion, then picking up speed, ultimately crashing into each other on the same track, but unable to stop it.

It looks to me as though we are on the keening edge of World War III.

The only thing we can do, right now, is encourage people around us to take the best possible precautions they can; stockpile needed supplies; be kind and loving to the people around them; and create community, as best they can.

Jun 21 09:43

AFTER SHOCKING SAUDI SHAKEUP "NOT A QUESTION OF IF BUT WHEN NEW ESCALATION WITH IRAN STARTS"

Two days ago, when reporting on the surprising "terrorist attempt" by Iran's National Guard on a major Saudi offshore oilfiled (at least according to Saudi media), we said that "if the Saudi account of events is accurate, and if Iran is indeed preparing to take out Saudi oil infrastructure in retaliation or otherwise, the simmering cold war between Saudi Arabia and Iran is about to get very hot." This in turn followed an earlier analysis on the ongoing Syrian war in which we said that "the next major regional conflict appears set to be between Saudi Arabia and Iran. All it needs is a catalyst."

That catalyst, according to energy consultancy Petromatrix, may have been revealed overnight with the stunning Saudi royal shakeup in which the King announced he was stripping the current Crown Prince, his nephew Mohamed bin Nayef (MBF), of all titles and obligations, and replacing him with his son Mohamed bin Salman (MBS).

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In his recent trip to the Middle East, President Trump has "thrown his hat", coupled with American military power, behind Saudi Arabia against Iran, and this, unfortunately,will ultimately prove to be a very grave error in judgement on the part of this President and his administration.

Tel Aviv has been cheerleading forever for "regime change" in Tehran, but only at the cost of American blood and American money.

Russian political and military figures have been consistent in saying that if Iran is attacked, it will come to its aid militarily.

So in a war against Iran, you have Iran and Russia (and potentially China) on one side, and the US and Saudi Arabia on the other.

And right now, the US military doesn't have the weaponry; the money; the troop strength; or the manufacturing to insure a successful outcome to a war against Russia.

Jun 21 09:38

ZeroPhone - a Raspberry Pi smartphone

Pi Zero-based open-source mobile phone (that you can assemble for 50$ in parts)

Jun 21 09:32

Media Matters: Why Is David Brock Hiding Money From The IRS?

Why is David Brock hiding money from the IRS?

Jun 21 09:32

RUSSIA ANNOUNCES NO-FLY ZONE IN SYRIA — WAR AGAINST U.S. IN MID-EAST

IN INTERNATIONAL LAW, AND AS RECOGNIZED BY THE U.N., SYRIA HAS BEEN INVADED BY THE UNITED STATES, WAS NEVER INVITED INTO THE COUNTRY BUT IS INSTEAD THERE AS AN INVADER. RUSSIA WAS INVITED IN; IRAN WAS INVITED IN; BUT THE U.S. ARE ONLY INVADERS. AND, NOW, RUSSIA AND SYRIA WILL START TREATING THE U.S. AS SUCH.

If the U.S. fails to apologize and to find some way to save face, but instead persists in its invasion, even after this warning, then either the U.S. or Russia will win that traditional war in Syria.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Just because something is the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid thing for the Unhinged, Surveilled States of America to do, is, unfortunately, no guarantee that it will not do it.

Mike and I are sitting on an island which has massive command and control military communications centers, projecting eastward; you will forgive me if I say that "color us extremely nervous" is about where we are, regarding the ramp up of tensions in Syria with Russia.

Jun 21 09:29

WannaCry virus forces Honda car plant to halt operations, delaying production of 1,000 vehicles

A Honda factory near Tokyo was shuttered for over 24 hours this week after its computers became infected with WannaCry, the same ransomware virus responsible for crippling systems in 150 countries last month, the car manufacturer said Wednesday.

Honda learned late Sunday evening that “computer systems in several plants across the world were affected by the ransomware virus Wannacry,” the car maker said in a statement, forcing the company to briefly halt production at its factory in Sayama, Japan.

Honda launched recovery efforts immediately after the virus was detected and reopened the Sayama factory Tuesday morning, the company said in a statement. In all, the shutdown delayed the production of about 1,000 vehicles.

Jun 21 09:28

WHILE SCALISE LIES IN THE HOSPITAL, ELIZABETH WARREN JUST THREATENED SOMETHING WORSE

The left has totally lost it they are in complete political meltdown. It’s bad and continues to get even worse. It has reached a fever pitch. Now, we have Republicans getting gunned down.

Jun 21 09:26

What an AI's Non-Human Language Actually Looks Like

Facebotlish looks pretty weird to me to me to me to me to me to me to me to

Jun 21 09:21

READ: Independent group releases new report on Seth Rich murder investigation

DNC worker Seth Rich was murdered in the Bloomingdale neighborhood of D.C. 11 months ago and his killer is still on the loose.

Now, a group of George Washington University graduate students calling themselves the Profiling Project are releasing a report on their own investigation into Rich's murder.

D.C. Police tell the 7 ON YOUR SIDE I-Team that Seth Rich's murder is still being investigated as a botched robbery.

The Profiling Project doesn't buy it. A report just issued by the Profiling Project says the murder was more likely committed by a hired killer.
Kevin Doherty, the Chief Investigator of Profiling Project says, "It's a possibility. A proficient killer is what we think, the fact that the killer has gotten away with it for this period of time and that it appears to be a very sanitized crime scene certainly shows some level of proficiency in killing."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This was a professional hit, after elements in the corrupt DNC realised that Rich had been the leaker to Wikileaks, as confirmed recently by Kim Dotcom.

The Clintonistas most probably have people like this on speed dial.

Jun 21 09:06

American father fights for his kidnapped children’s lives in Israel as his son wastes away “in care”

Last January we wrote about two American children, Jericho and Yamit Dudovich, who had been snatched from their school by the Israeli police and social workers under a false pretext.

Since then matters have taken a sharp turn for the worse.

Jun 21 09:04

New York passes child marriage law raising age of consent from 14 to 18

Children aged 16 and younger will no longer be able to marry in New York state, thanks to a law signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo.
Under a previous, nearly 80-year-old state law, children as young as 14 were allowed to marry if they obtained permission from both their parents and the court. Now, marriage under the age of 17 will be banned, and children aged 17 to 18 will need parental and court approval.

Jun 21 09:04

Finnish citizens given universal basic income report lower stress levels and greater incentive to work

Finland has been giving 2,000 of its citizens an unconditional income for the last five months and some are already seeing the benefits, reporting decreased stress, greater incentives to find work and more time to pursue business ideas.

Jun 21 09:03

Grenfell Tower survivors will be rehoused in luxury Kensington Row apartments

Residents left homeless by the Grenfell Tower disaster will be moved to 68 flats luxury homes in nearby Kensington Row, the government has announced.

The flats will be acquired to house the survivors of the fire, which left at least 79 people dead. Private apartments in the luxury block in west London can cost at least £1.5m.

Jun 21 09:02

Report: Evidence Shows Seth Rich Killed by Professional Killer, Not Robbers

A bombshell report from The Profiling Project, an “independent, nonpartisan group of forensic psychology graduate students at George Washington University,” suspects that former DNC staffer Seth Rich was likely killed by a professional killer. The study looked at the unusual details behind the death of Rich on July 10, 2016… a murder which there are no suspects for yet. The report is based on security footage from the city, as well as public records and “informal, limited interviews.”

The group is funded by Republican lobbyist Jack Burkman who offered a $105,000 reward for solving the murder case. Rich was only 27-years-old when he was killed.

The report claims the death was likely not “random” like originally claimed. In addition, “the fact that this person has gotten away with it shows a level of proficiency.”:

Jun 21 09:00

US Gov’t Proves Loyalty To ISIS As Bill To ‘Stop Arming Terrorists’ Gets Only 13 Supporters

ONE OF THE MOST RATIONAL BILLS EVER PROPOSED, BARRING THE FEDS FROM GIVING MONEY AND WEAPONS TO CHILD MURDERING TERRORISTS, HAS ALMOST ZERO SUPPORT.

For the last several decades, the US government has openly funded, supported, and armed various terrorist networks throughout the world to forward an agenda of destabilization and proxy war. It is not a secret, nor a conspiracy theory, America arms bad guys.

Given the insidious history of the American empire and its creation and fostering of terrorist regimes across the globe, it should come as no surprise that the overwhelming majority of politicians would refuse to sign on to a law that requires them to ‘Stop Arming Terrorists.’ And, that is exactly what’s happened.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Terror has been a tool for destabilisation by the American Empire for decades; why would the Deep American state want to get rid of it now, when it has proven so useful over such a long stretch of time?!?

Jun 21 08:57

After complaints, Danish police tell family to lower American flag or face fine

Thing is, Denmark’s official flag rules state that flying another nation’s flag isn’t permitted, save for special authorization. If permission is granted, it’s usually done so on the condition that a Danish flag of at least equal size fly alongside the other nation’s flag.

Jun 21 08:54

College professor to blacks, other minorities: Let white people ‘f***ing die’

Less than one week after a gunman opened fire on more than a dozen Republican members of Congress on a Virginia baseball field, a Connecticut college professor said that first responders to the shooting should have “let them die” because they are white.

Jun 21 08:50

Trump Was Right: New Study Reveals Up to 5.7 Million Illegals Voted in Election

A new study reveals that up to 5.7 million illegal immigrants were likely to have voted in the 2008 election,

Jun 21 08:49

More than 460 earthquakes recorded so far in Yellowstone Park swarm

The earthquake swarm affecting the western edge of Yellowstone National Park has included more than 460 quakes so far, scientists say.

The University of Utah, whose seismography stations monitor the park’s quake activity, said Monday night that 464 quakes have been recorded since June 12, including a magnitude 4.4 earthquake near West Yellowstone on June 15, which was the largest of the swarm to date.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Not all swarms produce an eruption, but all eruptions are preceded by a swarm.

Jun 21 08:45

Supreme Court Says You Can't Ban People From The Internet, No Matter What They've Done

Going all the way back to 2002 (and many times after that), we've talked about courts struggling with whether or not it's okay to ban people from the internet after they've committed a crime. The question comes up in many different cases, but most prevalently in cases involving child predators. While courts have struggled with this issue for so long, it's only now that the Supreme Court has weighed in and said you cannot ban someone from the internet, even if they're convicted of horrific crimes -- in this case, sex crimes against a minor.

Jun 21 08:44

VIDEO THAT THE ZIONISTS DON’T WANT YOU TO SEE

It is not enough that American Jewish leaders never hear from Palestinians themselves — they do their best to ensure that American politicians don’t, either.

Consider the sequence of events that began on June 8. On that day, an advocacy group called No Way To Treat a Child hosted a panel discussion on Capitol Hill. That’s not unusual. Advocacy organizations hold panel discussions on Capitol Hill all the time; the location makes it easier for congressional staff to attend. What made this one unusual was its subject: the Palestinian experience under Israeli control.

Jun 21 08:44

IN PHOTOS ~~ WAS YOUR GRANNY ARRESTED YESTERDAY FOR DEMANDING PEACE?

Jun 21 08:43

WOW!! LATUFF GETS TOP BILLING IN ISRAEL

Political cartoonist Carlos Latuf regularly compares Israel to Nazis, but that didn’t stop Channel 2’s Arad Nir from recommending his work.

Jun 21 08:36

WannaCry: The smart person's guide

WannaCry only targets Windows systems, particularly those vulnerable to EternalBlue, the SMB exploit developed by the NSA.

Jun 21 08:35

Champs Elysees attacker was Islamic State loyalist, on French watchlist

A man who rammed a car into a police van in Paris stored a cache of weapons at his home and held a gun permit despite being on a secret service list of people linked to radical Islam, police sources and French officials said on Tuesday.

A source close to the investigation said the 31-year-old assailant had sworn allegiance to Islamic State in a letter to his brother-in-law.

Investigators were compiling an inventory of the arms and equipment found in his home. The man, who died in the attack, was also carrying in his car an assault rifle, two pistols, ammunition and two large gas canisters when he rammed a police convoy on Monday.

Jun 21 08:34

U.N. chief set to name Russian diplomat to top anti-terror job - diplomats

the United States, Britain, France and China - have for the past decade held senior U.N. posts

Jun 21 08:34

Rand Paul Skewers The Military-Industrial Complex In Senate Committee Hearing

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) is no happy camper when it comes to American foreign policy. Fresh off of a narrow defeat to partially stop President Trump’s Saudi weapons deal, Paul rallied against Syrian military intervention during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing this afternoon.

“Are we going to limit the president’s power? Are we going to take back our power? I think a five-year sunset, is–you know, and I don’t mean to be mean, but–is essentially nothing. I mean, we’ve had millions of people die in five-year wars before, so I think it’s — it’s virtually meaningless,” Paul said.

Paul believes that proposed Senate’s reforms would do very little to change the status quo. Instead, they are mere token measures that would allow the military-industrial complex to continue its hegemonic policies abroad while Americans are lulled back to sleep in the homeland.

Jun 21 08:32

Dems Suddenly Worry Trump Impeachment Could Backfire

Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) said this week what liberal writers have been warning about for weeks: Impeaching and removing President Donald Trump could backfire.

The replacement for Trump, as fantastical as it would be to imagine his removal, would still not be defeated 2016 contender Hillary Clinton or a progressive in good standing. It would be Vice President Mike Pence.

Franken told the International Business Times during a stop on his book tour that “everything points” to collusion between Trump and the Russian government during the 2016 election campaign. But he was not exactly enthused about what impeachment would lead to.

Jun 21 08:31

The "Extremism Experts" Who Used To Fear The Right, Are Now Worried About The Left

For most of the past 30 years, violent extremism has been most closely associated with the far-right in America. The media, the government, and watchdog groups like the SPLC and the Anti-Defamation league have railed against the far-right for a generation, and used scaremongering to convince the masses that conservative rhetoric was becoming more violent, and that right-wing groups pose a serious and growing threat to our society.

Of course, they often neglected to mention that the far-left has a long history of violence, especially when you consider the wave of domestic terror attacks that occurred throughout the 1960’s and 1970’s. Perhaps these institutions should have been paying more attention to the Left, because while they were screaming about right-wing groups all these years, far-left radical groups like BAMN and ANTIFA have been riding under the radar.

Jun 21 08:31

McCain Institute Donors Look Disturbingly Similar To Clinton Foundation - Soros, Teneo, Saudia Arabia...

Last fall, we spent a fair amount of time reading through John Podesta's emails, courtesy of Wikileaks, and grew increasingly astonished with each passing day at the number of apparent conflicts of interest created by the Clinton Foundation which seemed to be nothing more than a front created for the Clintons to peddle their influence around the world in return for staggering "charitable" donations.

Take, for example, our posts which questioned whether the CEO of Dow Chemical, Andrew Liveris, made very sizable contributions to the Clinton Foundation just so he could get an audience with then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to discuss his failed $9 billion joint venture with Kuwait. Here are a couple of posts which provide some background:

Jun 21 08:30

CNN Caught Faking News Again: Qatar Says News Agency Hacking Linked To Middle East, Not Russia

As it turns out, it's somewhat ironic that CNN accused Russia of spreading "fake news stories" that "have turned up amid elections in France, Germany and other countries" because, as Reuters reports today, their entire Qatari hacking narrative was all fake news.

According to reports from Qatar's attorney general, it was an Arab neighbor state that severed ties with Doha (i.e. Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and/or the United Arab Emirates) that was responsible for the hacking of Qatar's state news agency and not the Russians.

Jun 21 08:30

Cannabinoids can successfully kill leukemia cells, reveals groundbreaking new study

The current findings were reflective of a 2013 study, also carried out by Dr. Liu, which demonstrated the compound’s potential in combating leukemia. As part or research, the oncologist tested six cannabinoid variants, either independently or in conjunction with each other, against leukemia cells. The researcher found that the compounds spurred significant declines in cancer cell viability and simultaneously inhibited all phases of the cell cycle.

Jun 21 08:29

"Brazil Now Facing A Major Crisis": Police Says It Has Evidence President Temer Received Bribes

Almost exactly one month after Brazil's stock market crashed, and the Real plunged after the country's never-ending political drama made a triumphal return following accusations that president Michel Temer had encouraged a "hush money" bribe to former House Speaker Eduardo Cunha in return for not getting dragged into the Carwash scandal, on Tuesday afternoon, Brazil’s federal police force said it has found evidence that the embattled president received bribes to help businesses, Brazil's O Globo reported.

Jun 21 08:29

Coming Apart: The Imperial City At The Brink

David Stockman routinely refers to President Trump as the ‘Great Disrupter’. But this is not a bad quality, he insists. Rather, it is a necessary one: Stockman argues (my paraphrasing) that Trump represents the outside force, the externality, that tips a ‘world system’ over the brink: It has to tip over the brink, because systems become too ossified, too far out on their ‘branch’ to be able to reform themselves. It does not really matter so much, whether the agency of this tipping process (President Trump in this instance), fully comprehends his pivotal role, or plays it out in an intelligent and subtle way, or in a heavy-handed, and unsubtle manner. Either serve the purpose. And that purpose is to disrupt.

Jun 21 08:28

Breathing nanoparticles from combustion engines causes Alzheimer’s disease… is this why so many city dwellers are losing their minds?

Researchers in the U.S. and Mexico discovered that inhaling microscopic particles from exhaust fumes caused damage in the brains of children who were as young as three years old. Moreover, the nanoparticles had led to obvious damage in key parts of children’s brains by the time they turned 14.

They reached their conclusions after looking at the brains of 13 children and 21 young adults in Mexico City who died in accidents but were healthy otherwise. The scientists believe this damage could help explain adolescent behavioral problems like violence and could be a precursor to Alzheimer’s disease later in life.

Jun 21 08:26

Legalizing cannabis would dramatically improve public health while depriving criminal gangs of a major revenue source, says U.K. political leader

Former Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg thinks that cannabis should be legalized across the United Kingdom. He contends that legalization will bring in $1 billion in annual tax revenue while depriving criminal gangs of a major revenue source. He also believes a standard, regulated product would prevent purchases of high THC skunk strains that are dominating the black market.

Jun 21 08:26

US Moves Towards Military Conflict with Iran, Russia: Senator Says

A US senator has warned against the United States' measures in Syria, which is pushing Washington "closer and closer" to a military conflict with Iran and Russia, describing the move as “another mistake on the scope of the Iraq War."

Connecticut Democratic Senator Chris Murphy made the comments in an interview with CNN on Tuesday.

"I think we're getting closer and closer to open conflict with Iran and Russia, and the American public needs to know that we're moving very fast toward what could be another war inside the Middle East," Murphy said. "Something by the way that Donald Trump promised he wouldn't do when he ran for office."

Jun 21 08:25

New Study Explains Why President Trump Probably WON The Popular Vote

When President Trump won the election last year, he did so without the benefit of the popular vote. He was quick to point out that had it not been for the millions of illegal aliens who probably voted, he would have handily won the popular vote as well. Meanwhile, the liberal media laughed at his “fake news” claims, because supposedly, there was no evidence that millions of noncitizens had voted in the election. They cited studies which suggested that not only were his claims overblown, but the number of illegal aliens that voted was practically nonexistent.

However, it turns out that those studies ignored some very vital details. According to a research group that has been poring over old election data, millions of noncitizens have voted in previous elections, which suggests that the same thing happened in the 2016 election.

Jun 21 08:25

Most refugees to stay jobless for years – German minister

Up to three-quarters of refugees in Germany will still be unemployed in five years’ time, according to the country’s commissioner for refugee integration Aydan Ozoguz.

Jun 21 08:24

Poroshenko Claims Negotiated Defensive Weapons for Ukraine With Trump

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko claimed he had "very effective negotiations" with US President Donald Trump on supplying Ukraine with defensive weapons.

Jun 21 08:24

Beijing Wants Seoul to Make a ‘Decision’ on Controversial THAAD Soon

Putting the pressure on, China requested on Tuesday that South Korea make a decision “soon” on whether the US-operated THAAD missile system will remain in place on Seoul’s territory.

Jun 21 08:24

Afghanistan Forever: Why Neoconservatives Cannot be Trusted

It is becoming clear now that the U.S. will maintain a military outpost in Afghanistan for the foreseeable future.

Jun 21 08:24

Dozens Exposed to Deadly Disease at Qatar Base Used by US Air Force

The US Air Force Surgeon General announced on Monday that as as many as 135 people may have been infected with bloodborne diseases, including the HIV virus, from unclean medical tools at an air base clinic in Qatar.

Jun 21 08:23

Report: New Mexico Lab Shutdown Endangers US Nuclear Arsenal

The shutdown of the US’ only laboratory for producing and testing plutonium cores for nuclear weapons at Los Alamos in New Mexico puts US nuclear arsenal renovation at risk – but the facility cannot be reopened due to numerous safety violations.

Jun 21 08:22

Coroner grants request from Otto Warmbier's family NOT to perform autopsy on the student who died after being held captive in North Korea for 17 month - as US government calls for three more Americans to be freed

An autopsy will not be performed on Otto Warmbier's body, after a coroner granted his family's request not to do so.

Jun 21 08:22

Was DNC staffer Seth Rich murdered by a hitman? Washington D.C. forensic students claim evidence points to a 'hired killer' and NOT a robbery gone wrong

The Profiling Project, an independent group funded by GOP lobbyist Jack Burkman who has also offered a reward for information leading to the conviction of Rich's killer, claim that the 27-year-old was not the victim of a random homicide or robbery, as police suggest, but that is death was the work of a professional.

'The person folks [should be] looking for, and considering, isn't a robber who kills, but really is a killer, and maybe a killer that doesn't rob,' says Kevin Doherty, one of the volunteers with the project.

'The fact that this person has gotten away with it shows a level of proficiency.'

Jun 21 08:21

Riot police lockdown Stamford Hill estate in London’s north and find cache of weapons

Youths clashed with armed police at Stamford Hill, in north London, an area known for its Hasidic community, the largest concentration of Haredi Jews in Europe.

It is alleged to be the second successive night of violence in the suburb, which is very close to Finsbury Park, which saw what police are stating was a terrorist attack on Muslims on Monday.

Jun 21 08:20

South Korea confirms drone discovered in June was from North Korea

South Korea's military said on Wednesday a drone found earlier this month on a mountain near the Demilitarised Zone border was confirmed to have been from North Korea and described it as a "grave provocation" that violated the Korean War truce.

The drone crashed while returning to the North and was found equipped with a camera and aerial photographs of a U.S. anti-missile defence system site in a southern region of South Korea, South Korean officials told a briefing.

Jun 21 08:20

Democrats Get Crushed In Georgia Election Despite 7x Spending Advantage

After months of Democrats boasting that Georgia's special election in the 6th district would be a startling referendum on Trump's agenda, they just got served up another stunning defeat, as most networks have now called the race for Republican Karen Handel. In fact, rather than losing ground since Trump moved into the White House, Republicans actually performed better.

Jun 21 08:19

Bitcoin Surges Back Above $2700 As India "Legalizes" Cryptocurrency

After crashing 30% last week, Bitcoin is now up over 33% in the last few days helped by a surge in demand from India exchanges after the India government ruled Bitcoin as legal in India...

Jun 21 08:19

House Republicans Block Russia Sanctions Bill

After recruiting Trump, the KGB and Moscow have clearly also managed to make all House Republicans their puppets, because the Senate bill that passed last week and slapped new sanctions on Russia (but really was meant to block the production on the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline from Russia and which Germany, Austria and France all said is a provocation by the US and would prompt retaliation) just hit a major stumbling block in the House.

At least that's our interpretation of tomorrow's CNN "hot take."

Shortly after House Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady of Texas said that House leaders concluded that the legislation, S. 722, violated the origination clause of the Constitution, which requires legislation that raises revenue to originate in the House, and would require amendments, Democrats immediately accused the GOP of delaying tactics and "covering" for the Russian agent in the White House.

Jun 21 08:18

Clinton Faces Loss Of Security Clearance After State Begins Probing Her Mishandling Of Classified Intel

The State Department confirmed months of speculation on Tuesday when it leaked to Fox News that it had opened a formal inquiry into Hillary Clinton’s alleged mishandling of classified information on her private email server. Clinton, who has repeatedly blamed the FBI’s handling of the inquiry for her embarrassing defeat in November, is now facing the possibility of having her top-level security clearance revoked – a penalty that echoes the investigation of former National Security Adviser Mike Flynn.

Jun 21 08:17

Watch: Florida man chases off gun-wielding home intruders with machete

Leandro Mojena-Peralta showed a team of armed burglars that he could effectively defend his home with nothing but a machete despite being outnumbered and outgunned during an attempted attack on Thursday in Sarasota, Florida.

Jun 21 08:17

The Government’s Plan To Survive Nuclear War Doesn’t Include You: “There Won’t Be Enough Bulldozers To Scrape The Bodies Off The Street”

Once again this week, the United States teetered a little closer towards war with the Russians. On Sunday, the US military shot down a Syrian jet that was allegedly targeting US backed forces. The Russians have since claimed that the aircraft was engaging ISIS, and have revealed that their air defense systems will now track any of our aircraft that happen to fly over Western Syria. They also suspended a hotline between the US and Russia that was in place to prevent mid-air collisions over the crowded skies of Syria.

Jun 21 08:17

Lavrov on New Anti-Russian Sanctions: Russophobic Obsession in US Goes Too Far

Commenting on new US sanctions against Russia, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Tuesday that "Russophobic obsession" in the United States has gone "beyond all bounds," adding that they will not "improve the atmosphere" in the relations between the powers.

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