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February 26, 2020

Feb 26 05:05

Iran raps international inaction on repeated Israeli crimes against Palestinians

Iran has denounced the Israeli regime’s attacks on civilians and targets of the resistance front in Gaza and Syria, criticizing the international community’s inaction on Tel Aviv’s repeated atrocities in Palestine and its violation of the neighboring countries’ sovereignty.

Feb 26 05:01

BREAKING: Iran's deputy health minister tests positive for coronavirus; he had previously looked unwell during a press conference

Feb 26 04:47

Harvey Weinstein Taken To Hospital With Chest Pains, Avoids Jail While In Treatment

Hollywood mega-mogul — and, now, convicted sex offender — Harvey Weinstein, was taken to Bellevue Hospital in New York City Monday night while en route to his new temporary home, Rikers Island prison.

Feb 26 04:47

CNN Continues Bizarre Obsession Over Trump’s Eating Habits, This Time Over Food Choices In India

Liberal “news” network CNN has a weird obsession with President Trump’s eating habits.



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Feb 26 04:45

Meteorite illuminates skies over northern Russia with mysterious blue light

Residents of a small Russian town in the northern Republic of Karelia marveled at a bright blue sphere lighting up the town with an otherworldly blue light as a meteorite fell in the area.

Footage from local internet provider CityLink’s CCTV cameras shows a glowing orb traversing the sky over the town during the night. The celestial object disappeared in a flash of bright blue light over the town of Segezha. It is unclear if it hit the ground or disintegrated in the atmosphere.

Feb 26 04:26

Bloomberg: ‘I Bought’ The Democrats’ Majority In The House Of Representatives

“Let’s just go on the record,” Bloomberg said. “They talk about 40 Democrats, 21 of those were people that I spent $100 million to help elect. All of the new Democrats that came in, put Nancy Pelosi in charge, and gave the Congress the ability to control this president, I bought – I got them.”

Feb 26 04:25

Your Man in the Public Gallery – Assange Hearing Day 1

Woolwich Crown Court is designed to impose the power of the state. Normal courts in this country are public buildings, deliberately placed by our ancestors right in the centre of towns, almost always just up a few steps from a main street. The major purpose of their positioning and of their architecture was to facilitate public access in the belief that it is vital that justice can be seen by the public.

Feb 26 04:23

Trump Criticizes Dems’ Coronavirus Debate Answers During Return Flight From India

President Donald Trump defended Tuesday night his decision to close the United States’ borders to people who had recently travelled to China and other countries battling the coronavirus.

Trump tweeted just after Democratic candidates fielded a question on the subject during CBS News’ Democratic presidential primary debate in Charleston, South Carolina.



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Feb 26 04:22

Activists fight Ontario bill criminalizing criticism of Israel

Human rights activists are organizing to stop lawmakers in Ontario from passing a bill that could criminalize criticism of Israel under the cover of fighting anti-Semitism.

According to Independent Jewish Voices (IJV), a Canadian human rights group, a bill that would adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of anti-Semitism will come to a vote in the Ontario legislature this week.

Feb 26 04:22

American Citizens Killed and Tortured by Israel?

One of the principal functions of a United States Embassy overseas is to provide citizen services, which includes coming to the assistance of Americans who are treated badly by the local government. It is a responsibility that most embassies take seriously, with the exception of the facility currently located in Jerusalem. One has to understand that that is so because the United States Embassy in Israel is like no other. In other countries, the American Embassy exists to support American travelers, businesses and a broad range of national interests. In Jerusalem the Embassy exists to support Israeli interests and to serve as an apologist every time the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu goes on a killing spree or does something else that is similarly outrageous, to include bombing neighboring Syria every other day.

Feb 26 04:20

OFFICIAL: Production Of Drugs In Afghanistan 35-Folded After US Invasion

Chief of the Iranian Anti-Narcotics Police Brigadier General Masoud Zahedian said that after the US invasion of Afghanistan in 2001, the production of narcotics in the country has sorely increased. It has had a 35-fold increase in Afghanistan after the US and its Western allies occupied the poor country and it has reached 6,400 tons from 185 tons, Zahedian told reporters in Rome on Saturday.

Feb 26 04:19

Russia 24 Launches “We Remember Them All” Project For 75th Victory Anniversary

The Russia 24 television channel is launching the large-scale television project “Remember Everyone” on the year of the 75th anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War, the broadcasting press service said.

From February 23 to May 8, 2020, every day, the TV channel will broadcast a digital memory board live. Within 76 days, around the clock, the names of 12,677,857 fighters will appear on the screen: 121,400 names per day, 6,070 per hour, 100 per minute. A digital memory board will be implemented thanks to a special hardware-software complex. It integrates a database – real surnames, first names, patronymics, ranks and positions of fighters – into the graphic design of the channel,” the press release said.

The main goal of the project, as the press service noted, is to remember all the heroes of the Victory regardless of rank, scale of achievement, and status of award, as well as to create a factual basis to counter attempts to falsify the history of the war.


Feb 26 04:18

Major floods hit Indonesian capital Jakarta for second time this year

Torrential rain has inundated Indonesian capital Jakarta on Tuesday, February 25, 2020, paralyzing wide areas of the city as rescue teams used boats to evacuate people. This was the second time severe flooding hit the capital, following the devastating heavy downpour in January which killed 66 people and displaced about 175 000.

Major streets were inundated with muddy floodwater, with the Bekasi area as the worst-affected. Huge swaths of the low-lying city were also badly hit.

The power supply was cut in certain parts of the city. According to state electricity utility Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN), electricity was shut off to 1 600 substations for safety measures.

Feb 26 04:18

The Atlantic: Trump Is Going To Cheat

It isn’t even March yet, and progressives are already making their excuses for why they may lose to Trump in 2020. In a piece written for The Atlantic, Sarada Peri – a former senior speechwriter for President Barack Obama – launched the latest in a long line of arguments explaining why their loss would be unfair.

Feb 26 04:17

Gold miners fret about long-term supply even as they boost dividends

Gold miners have largely been boosting dividends to appease long-suffering shareholders rather than funding fresh exploration projects needed to grow production, a strategy that executives are warning may pose long-term risk to the industry.

The tension comes as gold prices are at the highest in seven years, near $1,650 an ounce, a surge in part fueled by a flight to safe-haven assets amid rising global concern about the coronavirus.


Feb 26 04:16

Erdogan Vows Turkey Will Not Take Step Back in Syria's Idlib

Turkey has repeatedly accused the Syrian Army of attacking its forces in the Idlib outposts over the last few months as well as violating the Sochi agreements that established the demilitarised zone in the Syrian province.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated the time Ankara has given Damascus to pull its troops away from Turkish observation posts in Syria’s Idlib is coming to an end, adding that Turkey will not take the "smallest step back" in the province. Instead Erdogan vowed that Ankara's forces will push the Syrian Army beyond the perimeter of those posts by the end of February.

Feb 26 03:57

Western Australia is world’s new top mining destination

Resource-rich Western Australia has been picked the most attractive region for mining investment in 2019, the latest annual survey of mining companies released Tuesday by the Fraser Institute shows.

The Aussie state, which is home to almost 130 export-oriented mining projects and hundreds of smaller quarries and mines producing over 50 different commodities, had ranked second in 2018.

Feb 26 03:56

China closing 150 gold mines

China’s official news agency Xinhua is reporting that the country is set increase annual gold output to 500 tonnes by the end of the decade from around 450 tonnes currently.

China overtook South Africa as the number one miner of the metal in 2007. China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) expects gold output to grow by an average 3% annually through 2020.

Feb 26 03:56

Fact Check: Pete Buttigieg Falsely Claims Americans Are Buying Weapons of War

CLAIM: Former Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D) was discussing school shootings during the Democrat debate on Tuesday when he suggested Americans buy and use guns built for warfare.

VERDICT: False. Buttigieg’s words alluded to the decades-old Democrat claim that AR-15s are weapons of war, but they are not. AR-15s are semiautomatic rifles.


Feb 26 03:55

'Michelle Obama LOVED Harvey Weinstein.' Donald Trump can't resist a dig at former first lady and Hillary Clinton after movie mogul's rape conviction which he calls 'a great victory for women'

President Donald Trump attacked Democrats including Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton for being 'fans' of Harvey Weinstein in his first comments on the rapist's conviction Tuesday.

'The people who liked him were the Democrats. Michelle Obama loved him, loved him. Hillary Clinton loved him,' he said a press conference in New Delhi in response to a question from DailyMail.com.

'I was never a fan of Harvey, as you know,' he said. 'He was a person I didn't like.

Feb 26 03:53

Julian Assange is being prosecuted for revealing human rights violations – UN Torture Rapporteur Nils Melzer

We speak to UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Nils Melzer about the persecution of Julian Assange. He discusses the threat Assange’s persecution poses to press freedom, why the mainstream media is slowly starting to support the WikiLeaks founder, the allegations Assange faced in Sweden, governments not cooperating with him despite his UN mandate, and more!

Next, we speak to Antony Loewenstein, author of ‘Pills, Powder and Smoke: Inside the Bloody War on Drugs’. He discusses the dirty secrets of the US’ war on drugs in Latin America, why Honduras is more violent today than it was in the 80s, how the US has made Honduras’ problems worse, why he believes in legalizing drugs, and more!

Feb 26 03:52

Tucker: Ruling class incompetence

Feb 26 03:48

State of Emergency Declared In San Francisco to Prepare Against Potential Outbreak


Feb 26 03:41

O’Keefe Taunts Impending Release of New Undercover Video Exposing ABC News’ Agenda to Mislead Voters

Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe taunted ABC News on Tuesday with the release of a new undercover video exposing the outlet’s agenda to mislead voters.

Feb 26 03:41

Washington Post Columnist Demands Journalists Abandon Neutrality In Trump Coverage

Margaret Sullivan, a Post columnist, is demanding that journalists abandon their supposed objectivity as they cover the presidency of Donald Trump, saying they should just label “a lie a lie.”

Feb 26 03:34

What is Wrong with Joe? Biden Tells South Carolina Crowd He’s the ‘Democratic Candidate For the United States Senate’ (VIDEO)

What is wrong with old Joe?
77-year-old Joe Biden told a South Carolina crowd on Monday night that he’s the ‘Democratic candidate for the United States Senate.’

Feb 26 03:33

Cancel Culture Strikes Again: Rebekah Mercer Removed from American Museum of Natural History’s Board – After Years of Attacks for Donating to Republican Causes

After years of protests by climate change activists Rebekah Mercer was removed from the American Museum of Natural History’s Board.


Feb 26 02:59

Ted Cruz On Sotomayor’s Accusatory Supreme Court Dissent: ‘Like An Arsonist Complaining About The Noise From The Fire Trucks’

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) schooled liberal Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor on her recent dissent in which she accused the conservative majority on the the Court of being biased in favor of the Trump administration in cases that they ask the Court to block nationwide injunctions by lower court judges.

Feb 26 02:59

“Scary!!” Former White House Physician Who Treated Bush, Obama And Trump Sounds The Alarm On Joe Biden After Latest Gaffe

Ronny Jackson, a former White House physician who treated George W. Bush and Barack Obama sounded the alarm on Joe Biden after his latest gaffe.

Feb 26 02:32

How Many Cases of Covid-19 Will It Take For You to Decide Not to Frequent Public Places?

As empty streets and shelves attest, people taking charge of risk has dire economic consequences.
How many cases of Covid-19 in your community will it take for you to decide not to frequent public places such as cafes, restaurants, theaters, concerts, etc? How many cases in your community will it take for you to decide not to take public transit, Uber/Lyft rides, etc.? How many cases in your community will it take for you to limit going to supermarkets and ask your boss to work at home?
One of the most unexamined aspect of the Covid-19 pandemic is the human psychology of risk assessment and fear. The default human response to novel threats such as the Covid-19 virus is denial and abstraction: it can’t happen here, it won’t happen to me, it’s no big deal, etc.

Feb 26 02:26

U.K. Home Office Covers Up Huddersfield Child Rapists

Authored by Jon Hall via FMShooter.com,

According to Sajid Javid’s Home Office, research and findings on the characteristics of grooming gangs across the United Kingdom is not in “public interest”.

After it was found that nearly 19,000 suspected victims of child sex exploitation transpired in just one year, survivors blamed the government for making “empty promises” on ending, or even addressing, the epidemic.

In 2018, Javid claimed there would be “no no-go areas of inquiry” in regards to the rampant sex grooming of children in England.

After Javid’s statement, no further statements on the review have been made. According to The Independent, the outlet was told that the work had been finished but it would only be used for internal policy-making and would not be released publicly.

Even after a freedom of information request inquiring on the research and reports, the British Home Office said they held the information but it would not be released.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Thinking Brits need to demand that this information be released, and immediately; the UK government has, by this denial, admitted that it is impotent to stop such activities by these grooming gangs, and/or ... that its members have been complicit its operation.


Feb 26 02:21

Europe keeps Schengen zone open despite coronavirus

European countries have no plans to suspend the Schengen free travel zone despite the coronavirus outbreak in Italy, Brussels has said, as it cautioned against a “panic” response.

The EU’s health security committee was due to meet on Monday for talks on the Italian crisis as the European Commission announced a €232m package for the global fight against the disease’s spread. 

An emergency assessment mission of the World Health Organization and the EU’s European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control is due to arrive in Italy, where 229 have tested positive for the virus and six people have died, on Tuesday as authorities there battle to contain the largest outbreak outside Asia.

“We need to take this situation extremely seriously — but we must not give in to panic and of course to disinformation,” Stella Kyriakides, EU health commissioner, told reporters in Brussels on Monday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When politics trump hard science, bad things happen; of course, with hubris the size of Texas, the Eurocrats are sitting safe in their bunkers, believing, with an absolutely stunning amount of "magical thinking" that this disease is never going to hit the EU, as it has China.

Feb 26 02:12

How We Stay Blind to the Story of Power

Superficially, the means by which power conceals itself is through stories. Its needs narratives – mainly about those who appear powerful – to create political and social dramas that distract us from thinking about deep power. But more fundamentally still, power depends on ideology. Ideology cloaks power – in a real sense, it ispower – because it is the source of power’s invisibility.

Ideology provides the assumptions that drive our perceptions of the world, that prevent us from questioning why some people were apparently born to rule, or have been allowed to enclose vast estates of what was once everyone’s land, or hoard masses of inherited wealth, or are celebrated for exploiting large numbers of workers, or get away with choking the planet to the point at which life itself asphyxiates.

Feb 26 02:07

The U.S. Is the World Leader of Bio-Weapons Research, Production, and Use Against Mankind

While tangible evidence is not available, the new Coronavirus, (2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) one in a line of many that could have been produced by man in laboratories, is affecting almost exclusively the Chinese at this point. This has seemingly opened the floodgates to speculation as to its exact origin. This virus has unique characteristics that have happened before with SARS and MERS, and has genetic material that has never been identified, and is not tied to any animal or human known virus. This should be troubling to all, because if this is manmade, it was manufactured as a weapon of war. So who is responsible for its release in China? It is possible that this virus was created in China and was “accidentally” released into the population, but that does not sound credible at any level. Do any think that the Chinese government would create a Chinese race specific virus and release it in their country?

Feb 26 02:03

Who Is Behind the Mexican Drug Cartels?

President Donald Trump has declared that the “Drug Cartels” in Mexico are terrorists, intimating that America should wage a new “war on terrorism” in Mexico modelled on America’s counter-terrorism initiative in the Middle East against Al Qaeda.

What do the Mexican Drug Cartels and Al Qaeda have in common? They are covertly supported by US intelligence. They serve US interests.

Below Dean Henderson’s carefully researched article on the Mexican Drug Cartels first published in 2013.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is a long read, but worth it; your government makes money off of the drug cartels, therefore, no matter the codswallop coming from Washington against them, understand that they exist to provide service and support to this country's and other country's already well-monied elite.


Feb 26 01:55

Overt Trump Regime Support for Al-Qaeda Offshoots in Syria, ISIS-Daesh Et Al are Pentagon/CIA Proxies

Both right wings of the US war party support ISIS, Al-Qaeda, its offshoots, and likeminded terrorist groups in Syria and other countries where their fighters are deployed as Pentagon/CIA proxy troops.

Instead of explaining reality on the ground in US war theaters, establishment media blame nations victimized by its aggression for high crimes committed against them.

Syria is Exhibit A, US aggression ignored, government forces, greatly aided by Russian airpower, vilified for liberating cities, towns and villages from US-supported “jihadists” — what’s currently ongoing in Idlib province, the last stronghold in the country of these elements.

On Monday, Trump’s envoy for regime change in Syria James Jeffrey indirectly expressed support for Hayat Tahrir al-Sham — the al-Qaeda offshoot al-Nusra by another name.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Once you realize that this is all about fossil fuel; the control of it, and the selling of it only in American dollars, does the American position of utilizing terrorists to further their objectives in the region become crystal clear.

Feb 26 01:48

More than a dozen killed, hundreds injured as New Delhi riots overshadow Trump visit

More than a dozen people have been killed and hundreds injured in clashes between opposing groups of protesters in New Delhi, hospital officials said on Tuesday, as riots overshadowed U.S. President Donald Trump’s first visit to India.

The clashes, the worst in the capital since unrest over a new citizenship law began in December, started at the weekend but turned deadly on Monday. Violence erupted again in multiple areas of northeast Delhi on Tuesday, just miles away from where Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met for talks.

India’s capital has been a focus of unrest against the Citizenship Amendment Act, which makes it easier for non-Muslims from three neighbouring Muslim-dominated countries to gain Indian citizenship.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It appears as though the world's largest democracy is sliding, irrevocably, into a slow burning anarchy, from which it may never recover, after the passage of this law.

Feb 26 01:43

Israel’s Netanyahu threatens Gaza with ALL-OUT WAR if missile attacks continue

Israel will stop at nothing to ensure its security and may well launch a broad military campaign against Gaza if the local armed groups continue with missile strikes, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.
Air raid sirens were heard across southern Israel for the second straight day on Monday. The IDF said that some 50 rockets were fired from Gaza at Israeli territory, with 90 percent of them intercepted.

The missile strikes were met with a harsh response, with the Israeli Defense Forces confirming on Twitter that multiple strikes against targets in Gaza have been carried out.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Look for many more alleged "Palestinian missiles" to target Israel as the "justification" for the IDF to go in and bomb every Palestinian still breathing, and very soon.

After all, Israel's next election happens this Sunday, 2 March Israel calls for another election for March, the third in one year, and Netanyahu, with his corruption trial moving forward, is feeling the pressure to present his electorate with as many dead Palestinians as humanly possible, before this happens.

Expect a massive Israeli bombing campaign raining fire and flames down on Gaza before Sunday's election, and I would not be surprised to see such a campaign begin ... today.

Time is short for Netanyahu to "deliver" on this.

Feb 26 01:34

US Airstrike Kills Terrorist Behind Attack on Kenya Base That Left 3 Americans Dead – AFRICOM

A US airstrike on Saturday killed a leader of the al Shabaab terrorist group who was blamed for an attack on a Kenyan military base last month that killed three Americans, US Africa Command (AFRICOM) announced in a press release on Tuesday.

“The two terrorists were identified as a senior al-Shabaab leader, who was in charge of planning and directing terrorist operations on the Kenya border region, including the recent attack on Manda Bay, and his wife, who also was a witting and active member of al-Shabab responsible for facilitating a wide range of terrorist activities,” the release said.

On 5 January, Islamist group Al-Shabaab - affiliated with al-Qaeda* - attacked a military base in Kenya's Lamu county.

The United States Africa Command issued a statement later in the day, saying that "one US service member and two Department of Defense contractors were killed at a Kenya Defense Force Military Base in Manda Bay, Kenya".

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Prayers for the families and friends of those Americans killed in this attack.

but that being said, what the hell is the American military doing in Kenya?

Because this... is the real question thinking Americans need to be asking themselves right now, and the answer to that question is both complicated, and should be morally, and geopolitically concerning to all Americans.

In the following article, Oxfam "nails" why the US is in this country:

Natural Resources: Kenya

The article goes on to state: "The discovery of oil, huge water aquifers, gas and coal in 2012 had the potential of boosting Kenya’s socio-economic development. The main challenge for Kenya’s emerging extractive sector however included outdated legislation, limited capacity for negotiating exploration contracts, and potential conflict over management of resources between national government, counties and within communities. Most communities living along such areas have not been consulted adequately for them to understand issues of compensation and benefits. The communities need to be well informed and give consent on land resettlement, their participation and even how to value their land to demand fair compensation and adequate involvement.

Oxfam’s work in the natural resources sector is a three programme approach that seeks to; promote women, men and youth in poor and marginalized communities secure their rights to access, control and own their land. Equally, the programme seeks to empower communities to make strategic decisions relating to their land and natural resources, monetarily and non-monetarily benefit from all forms of exploits derived from their land. In addition, Oxfam is working closely with policy makers to effectively implement accountable and transparent laws, policies and regulations."

What Oxfam would like to see happen here, is the polar opposite of what the US government, and the corporations which support it, want to see happen here.

The pattern is painfully familiar; regime change a government not to the US's liking, because they do want to give people living over and around its natural resources control over those resources, and shared revenue from their development; the expropriation of said resources, to which the US and US-centric corporations have no moral right; and corporate exploitation of those resources, leaving the people living over and around them, in lives of perpetual poverty and misery.

Or, in some cases, the US government is perfectly comfortable, supporting a government whose plans are inimical to the well-being of its citizens

Wash; rinse; repeat.

Why is it so damned hard for so many people not to understand what is going on here?!?

Is it, perhaps, because they just don't want to, because understanding would mean that there is a moral dilemma, which screamed for responsible, moral attention?

And of course, let's not forget China's appetite for raw resources in Africa as well.

The US is there, militarily, to enable it to dominate Africa economically, and prevent China's access not only to Kenya's natural resources, but to the rest of Africa's as well, as far as they can help it, insuring all imports are only sold for American dollars.

And that, folks, in a very grimy nutshell, is why the US military is in Kenya, and other parts of Africa as well.



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Feb 26 01:11

THE DROWNING MIDDLE CLASS IN ONE CHART

SOURCE: CHRIS MENAHAN, INFORMATION LIBERATION

Americans over the past 35 years have had their effective incomes dramatically eroded due to the surging costs of college, health insurance, housing and transportation, according to a new study from the Manhattan Institute.

From The Manhattan Institute, "The Cost-of-Thriving Index: Reevaluating the Prosperity of the American Family" (via The Washington Post):

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Many people who have lived on Oahu, as we have, have decided to "vote with their feet", and move off an island beset by political corruption; huge boondoggle expenses, like the "light rail to nowhere"; a failing educational infrastructure; and housing which is crumbling, yet unaffordable, due to a tax structure which makes utterly no sense, unless one is well-monied in the first place.

And health care on Oahu?!?

Please, don't get me started; as a senior who suffered a compression spinal fracture about 3 years ago, with supplemental insurance, for which we paid, and pay, through the nose, I was informed by my HMO that I would have to wait 90 days before an appointment could be created, and I could be seen for care, even though I was in excruciating pain at the time, and attempted to convey that to the receptionist who set me up for an appointment... long after the permanent damage had been done to my back.

I did mention to the receptionist who "worked me in" for 90 days after that phone call, that I was in horrific pain, and believe that I was speaking English at the time; I guess that they have been trained to just not listen to a client making that observation.

I guess that this HMO's actuarial people were hoping and praying that I would die before they were mandated to provide care.

Feb 26 00:56

WHITE HOUSE UNVEILS $2.5B EMERGENCY CORONAVIRUS PLAN

The White House on Monday sent lawmakers an urgent $2.5 billion plan to address the deadly coronavirus outbreak, whose rapid spread and threat to the global economy rocked financial markets.

The White House budget office said the funds are for vaccines, treatment and protective equipment. The request was immediately slammed by Democrats as insufficient and came as coronavirus fears were credited with Monday’s 1,000-plus point drop in the Dow Jones Industrial Average and are increasingly seen as a potential political threat to President Donald Trump.

The request was released Monday evening and came as key government accounts were running low. The Department of Health and Human Services had already tapped into an emergency infectious disease rapid response fund and was seeking to transfer more than $130 million from other HHS accounts to combat the virus but is pressing for more.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These endless wars have bankrupted this government, leaving it no real position to create any real, substantive measures with which to "knock out" a true pandemic, if it does hit the US with the kind of ferocity some epidemiologists are predicting.

Feb 26 00:52

Video Content Producers Increasingly Trying to Work Around YouTube Censorship

Here are three videos in a row that I just watched with people trying to dance around YouTube’s censorship and demonetization systems.

In the first one, Dana Ashlie goes as far as showing a white board to convey a glossary of terms!

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There are several social networks listed in the left-hand side of content at this site; I would politely suggest that people concerned about censorship in what has become the surveillance arm of this government, Youtube and Facebook, explore, and embrace these sites now.

February 25, 2020

Feb 25 23:48

Reddit Announces They'll Ban Users For Their Upvotes, Launches 'Takeover' Of r/The_Donald

Reddit's leftist overlords announced Tuesday they're going to start banning users for upvoting content they don't like from communities they've "quarantined" (see: censored) and gave the boot to some half of the moderators at r/The_Donald for allegedly having "generally undermined progress."


Feb 25 23:46

'I Hate White People': Black Woman Tells Portland Mom She Attacked Her Because She's White

A black woman allegedly attacked a mother in front of her family on a bus in Portland last month and told her victim that she attacked her "because you're white and I hate white people."

Feb 25 21:07

Tucker Carlson Slams Judge Amy Berman Jackson: 'She Should Be Impeached!'

On his show Tuesday night, Fox News host Tucker Carlson called for Judge Amy Berman Jackson to be impeached for being a "corrupt" and "out of control" serial liar.


Feb 25 20:01

Somali Teen Who 'Beat Woman With Metal Rod' Let Go Without Charges 'Because His IQ is 49'

A 15-year-old Somali refugee in St Louis, Missouri said to be 6 foot tall and 175 pounds allegedly broke into his female neighbor's home and stole her iPhone before savagely beating her with a metal rod when she tried to get her phone back.

According to the victim's sister, prosecutor Sakina Ahmad decided not to charge the teen because he has an IQ of 49.

Feb 25 18:37

20-Year-Old Illegal Alien From El Salvador Arrested For Raping 11-Year-Old Girl in Montgomery County

Police arrested Jonathan Coreas-Salamanca, 20, and Ivan Reyes Lopez, 19, last week on allegations they raped two different 11-year-old girls at apartments.

Feb 25 18:12

Mannarino: If Stocks Fall Again Today, More Losses Will Follow


Feb 25 17:52

Extreme Panic Could Soon Hit USA…

Feb 25 17:48

Locusts enter Congo for the first time since 1944 as devastating plague of the insects continues to spread across Africa

The plague of locusts ravaging East Africa has spread to the Congo, marking the first time the crop-chomping insects have been spotted in the country in 75 years.

The UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation said the cluster of desert locusts arrived on Friday on the western shore of Lake Alberta near the town of Bunia.

Since spawning on the Ethiopia-Somalia border, winds have blown the swarms inland where they have since blitzed a path of destruction through pastures in Kenya, Djibouti, Eritrea, Tanzania, Sudan and South Sudan.

Governments are scrambling to prevent the billion-strong swarms - comparable to cities the size of Moscow - from compounding starvation among the population.

If this catastrophe was caused by wildfires it would be top news on the BBC 24/7. As it is it has barely had a mention.

Feb 25 17:43

Coronavirus is a game-changer for globalisation, but no-one knows how it's going to unravel

China accounts for a third of global trade, or around ten times more than at the time of Sars.

The virus has highlighted the dependence of many firms on long, complicated supply chains.

Factory closures in China will hit companies in the UK, as will the closure of borders or the imposition of checks. In the longer term, it's possible that this, along with environmental concerns, will prompt executives to simplify supply chains.

In the short run there is likely to be severe disruption and there is little the Bank of England can do to alleviate it, because cutting interest rates and the usual measures have no effect on supply problems.

Feb 25 17:39

Coronavirus chaos: Ireland's Six Nations clash with Italy in doubt with the Tokyo Olympics and Cheltenham Festival at risk too in light of epidemic described as 'the new war'

Rugby's Six Nations championship was in chaos on Tuesday night amid the increasing inevitability that Ireland's game against Italy in Dublin next weekend will be postponed.

The Irish government's public health emergency team on Tuesday concluded that the fixture at the Aviva Stadium on March 7 should not take place because of the outbreak of the deadly coronavirus in Italy. There were also growing fears that the Tokyo Olympics may have to be cancelled if the virus is not under control by the end of May, and the governing bodies for racing's Cheltenham Festival next month are on high alert.


Feb 25 17:31

Hobbyist musician uses computer algorithm to compose every melody possible in the key of C, then releases it for free online in the hopes of minimizing frivolous copyright suits of simple songs

A lawyer and hobbyist musician collaborated with a computer programmer to generate every possible 12-note melody in the key of C.

The final compilation includes 68.7 billion melodic combinations, which the pair uploaded to the Internet Archive through a Create Commons Zero license, meaning they reserve no rights of ownership to any of them.

They hope the treasure trove of material might help defuse potentially frivolous copyright suits over copied melodies, which they believe are ultimately matters of math not personal ownership.



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Feb 25 17:29

80 percent of fish sample collected from California’s San Joaquin River Delta have a permanent spinal deformity, which researchers believe was caused by farm wastewater

A team of researchers in California’s San Joaquin Valley have linked widespread spinal deformities in a regional fish to toxic selenium exposure, believed to come from agricultural runoff.

The project, a joint effort from the California Water Science Center, the National Marine Fisheries Service, and UC Davis, began when researchers collected a sample of 1,000 splittail minnows from a pumping station in the San Joaquin River Delta.

The team noticed a severe spinal deformity in the minnows, which left the fish permanently shifted into a kind of zig-zag shape resembling a small lightning bolt.

The condition was widespread among the minnows, affecting more than 80 percent.

‘This was not just a few fish, it was the majority of them,’ co-lead Fred Feyrer told EurekAlert!.

Feb 25 15:23

Picking stocks based on personal consumption

Feb 25 15:19

Half-Billion $ Pandemic Derivatives


Feb 25 14:44

Tomeka Hart: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Tomeka Hart was the foreperson on the Roger Stone jury. She is also a former Memphis school board member who has written a slew of political posts on social media, some of them negative to President Donald Trump. She has written a Facebook post supporting the prosecutors who resigned after the Justice Department overruled their tougher sentencing recommendation for Stone.

Hart, a Memphis native who works for the Bill and Melinda Gates’ Foundation, is also a frequent campaign donor to Democrats. She donated $100 to the Kamala Harris presidential campaign during Stone’s trial, according to FEC records. She also donated to the presidential campaign of Julian Castro.

Feb 25 14:35

Oil Tanks On Fears Of Global Economic Crisis

Feb 25 11:58

NASA news: Space agency wants YOU to design the next Venus rover - 'Exciting opportunity'

NASA is enlisting the public to design new space tech for a mission to a "hellish" planet.

Feb 25 11:52

Watch: Hillary Clinton Still Blames Russia For Her Loss To Trump

Despite a 3 year long investigation that turned up precisely nothing, and a failed impeachment show trial, Hillary Clinton is STILL adamant that she lost the 2016 election to President Trump because of Russian collusion.

Speaking from a red carpet at a Berlin screening of a four hour documentary about her, (no thanks) Hillary declared that “Obviously we know the Russians are continuing to try to choose our next president like they chose our last president.”

Clinton also once again refused to rule out running for President again, stating that “I just want to be sure we can beat the current president who I think has done a lot of damage to our country and the world.”

When asked if a woman could be elected president, Hillary answered “Maybe this time, but I hope soon. That’s my goal.”

Feb 25 11:38

Coronavirus: Only a third of Chinese small businesses open as outbreak disrupts labour and logistics

A month after factories shut for the extended Lunar New Year holiday, a patchwork picture of production is emerging in China, with only 30 per cent of small businesses able to reopen due to the ongoing coronavirus epidemic.

“The smaller the size of the company, the lower the rate of work resumption,” Shu Zhaohui, a senior official from the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, told a press conference in Beijing on Tuesday.

It is a far cry from the 91 per cent of large foreign-funded companies in the southern Chinese city of Dongguan that were reported to have restarted operations as of February 23, according to local authorities.

Feb 25 11:33

Her Name Is Madison Harris: White Teenager Murdered by Five Blacks in Biloxi, Mississippi

It’s highly probable were her family to read this, they’d be more outrage at us noticing patterns and documenting who/whom murdered Madison Harris than with her death itself.

She was a white teenager, living in the post-racial society of Biloxi, Mississippi, where integration had occurred and members of the white working-class were beginning to emulate in dress and speech (increasingly in appearance) the culture of blacks.

Five blacks have now been arrested and charged in her murder during a robbery attempt. They were all teenagers.

Feb 25 11:32

MICHAEL BLOOMBERG BUYS ADS INSIDE HIS OWN ADS

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