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April 17, 2018

Apr 17 14:54

A More Infuriating Way to Think About Your Tax Burden

Here are 17 recent government expenditures, ranked from smallest to largest, that some of you may resent your taxes going to. (Not all of these programs expend all their money in one calendar year—but again, money is fungible.) Their costs are calculated in terms of how many citizens with a given taxable income (according to this handy 2017 tax table, which you should bookmark if you just started trying to deal with your 1040 this morning) it takes to pay for the expenditure. For those with taxable incomes higher than $100,000, where the tax table cuts off, the average tax burden for folk within a given range of adjusted gross income is derived from this IRS data (from 2015, the most recent year they offer).

Apr 17 14:54

Tesla suspends Model 3 production as Elon Musk seeks 'path out of hell'

Tesla Motors has halted production of its troubled Model 3 electric car as the company looks for a way to use fewer machines — and more humans — in their assembly.

Apr 17 14:52

Gassing is bad, but OK for some: US complicity in past chemical attacks

Fisk said the secret of US and British complicity in Hussein's use of chemical weapons during the eight-year Iran-Iraq that began in September 1980 supposedly died with him.

"We've shut him up," said Fisk. "The moment Saddam's hooded executioner pulled the level of the trapdoor in Baghdad yesterday morning, Washington's secrets were safe… And now Saddam, who knew the full extent of that Western support – given to him while he was perpetrating some of the worst atrocities since the Second World War – is dead.

"…. Many in Washington and London must have sighed with relief that the old man had been silenced forever," Fisk added.

Apr 17 14:44

There Was NO Chemical Weapons Attack

The first Western journalist has interviewed doctors at the hospital in Douma, Syria which supposedly treated chemical weapons victims and is announcing what really happened.

In the following 1-minute clip, award-winning journalist Robert Fisk – writer for Britain’s Independent for almost 30 years – explains that the video of victims struggling to breathe are real, but that they have nothing to do with a chemical weapons attack:



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Apr 17 14:40

42 FALSE-FLAG ATTACKS OFFICIALY ADMITTED TO

Presidents, Prime Ministers, Congressmen, Generals, Spooks, Soldiers and Police ADMIT to False Flag Terror
In the following instances, officials in the government which carried out the attack (or seriously proposed an attack) admit to it, either orally, in writing, or through photographs or videos:

Apr 17 14:37

Meet Kimba Wood, Former Playboy Bunny and Soros/HRC Favorite OVERSEEING THE MICHAEL COHEN CASE

officiated George Soros’ third wedding!



Apr 17 14:32

Gorsuch Joins Liberals To Make Deportations Harder

deportation of foreign nationals convicted of certain felonies.

Apr 17 14:30

Congressmen Repeatedly Failed To Supervise IT Aides With ‘Keys To The Kingdom,’ Officials Say

System administrators like Awan “hold the ‘keys to the kingdom,’ meaning they can create accounts, grant access, view, download, update, or delete almost any electronic information within an office,”

Apr 17 14:30

Washington Post & NY Times Win Pulitzer Prize For Fake News

Because they are just as fake as each other, and one was not able to out-fake the other with their Russia/Trump conspiracy theories, Washington Post and The New York Times have shared a Pulitzer prize.

That is correct, in what seems more like a participation trophy for attempting to do journalism, the newspapers were both literally given an award for reporting something that doesn’t exist.

Apr 17 14:25

. John Podesta: Comey Is An ‘Idiot’

Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta joined the chorus of criticism for James Comey on Tuesday, calling the former FBI director an “idiot” in Handling of Clinton Investigation during a CNN interview.

WATCH:

Apr 17 14:21

Video: DuPont Vs. The World: Chemical Giant Covered Up Health Risks Of Teflon Contamination Across Globe

Broadcasting from the Sundance Film Festival, we are joined by three guests who personally battled with DuPont and are featured in the new documentary called “The Devil We Know,” that looks at how former DuPont employees, residents and lawyers took on the chemical giant to expose the danger of the chemical C8, found in Teflon and countless household products—from stain- and water-resistant apparel to microwave popcorn bags to dental floss. The chemical has now been linked to six diseases, including testicular and kidney cancers.



Apr 17 14:17

Syria air strikes: Theresa May says action 'moral and legal'

Theresa May has said it was "legally and morally right" for the UK to join air strikes against the Syrian regime to prevent "further human suffering".

Apr 17 14:10

IG Horowitz to testify tomorrow (4/18, 10 am)

at House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on "Top Management and Performance Challenges Identified Government-wide by the Inspector General Community"

Apr 17 13:55

Defense Contractors Saw $10 Billion Stock Boost Following Syria Airstrikes

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For Raytheon (RTN), the company which manufactures the Tomahawk cruise missiles used against Syria, nearly $2.5 billion has been added to the company’s market value. Add together the gains from other top weapons makers Lockheed Martin (LMT), General Dynamics (GD), Boeing (BA), and Northrop Grumman (NOC), and it becomes apparent just how profitable a business war can be.

Lockheed Martin makes the tactical control system, another of the required components of the Tomahawk launch apparatus. General Dynamics, meanwhile, manufactures the missile’s firing system. Boeing builds the B-1 bombers used in the strikes as well as its own variety of cruise missiles, while Northrop Grumman produces radar systems and other bombers, like the B-2 Stealth.

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Apr 17 13:53

Behind Theresa May’s ‘Humanitarian Hysterics’: The Ideology Of Empire And Conquest

Until the 17th century, India was the richest country in the world and had controlled a third of global wealth. Political unity and military security helped evolve a uniform economic system, increased trade and enhanced agricultural productivity. Once the British had colonised India and left, it was a basket case.

Indian politician and writer Shashi Kapoor has documented the state the British left India in. They looted the country and the British legacy was 16 per cent literacy, a life expectancy of 27, practically no domestic industry and over 90 per cent living below the poverty line.

Apr 17 13:40

Comey Should Have Never Been FBI DIRECTOR



Apr 17 13:37

Hypocrisy? Experts Slam Tories Fake News Security Unit As UK Govt ‘Peddles Misinformation’

The government has been accused of having double standards after it announced plans to set up a special unit to tackle fake news, despite its own record of “burying bad” stories and “circulating fake dossiers.”

Downing Street said on Tuesday that a national security unit combating the spread of misinformation would be set up as part of a wider review of defense capabilities. The unit “will be tasked with combating disinformation by state actors and others,” Prime Minister Theresa May’s spokesperson said.

Apr 17 13:36

Philadelphia Approves ‘Supervised Injection’ Of Heroin, Other Drugs Amid Opioid Epidemic

Officials in Philadelphia are moving to open safe-injection sites for drugs like fentanyl and heroin as the opioid crisis persists. But the state attorney general insists there’s “no safe way to inject” the highly addictive drugs.

Officials in Philadelphia announced on Tuesday that they would encourage the creation of addiction engagement sites that would oversee medically-supervised consumption of drugs, WCAU reports.

Apr 17 13:35

'Intellectual Dwarfs Who Created Narrative on Syria Should Be Ashamed' - Analyst

The US, UK and France have drafted their own resolution on Syria condemning the alleged chemical attack in Douma after the Russian-drafted initiative was rejected. Sputnik discussed the West's actions in Syria from the perspective of international law with Dr. Jan Oberg, director of the Transnational Foundation for Peace and Future Research.

Apr 17 13:34

Death by a thousand cuts: China’s yuan-priced crude benchmark chips away at petrodollar

China finally launched last month its yuan-denominated crude oil futures that have been in the works for years, after several delays.

The start of the new contract trading was successful, attracting interest from institutional and retail investors, and major commodity trading houses Glencore and Trafigura.

Yet, it’s too soon to call the less-than-a-month-old contract a total success, because it still faces a long road toward building reputation and history, analysts say. They have also identified the single biggest risk factor for western investors—the extent to which China could meddle with government regulation in the yuan crude futures, as Beijing is known for little tolerance toward wild price swings in its markets and has a history of intervening.



Apr 17 13:33

Israeli defense minister claims right of 'total freedom of action' in Syrian airspace

Israel will not accept any limitations to its operations in Syrian airspace against 'Iranian threat', the defense minister said, expressing hope that "communication" lines with Moscow will help avoid any "friction" in the air.

On Tuesday morning, a series of missile strikes once again targeted Syrian military infrastructure. The Pentagon, which led the coordinated April 14 assault against Syrian targets with its British and French allies, denied its involvement in attacking a new set of targets. Israel, which struck Syria's Tiyas (T-4) airfield in Homs province on April 9, also failed to acknowledge bombing its neighbor.

Yet the new attack against Syria comes just hours after Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman vowed to protect the country's national interests through breaching Syrian airspace if necessary.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There is no "right" to invade other countries.

Apr 17 13:32

Syria strikes prove political bankruptcy of US, allies: Iran's Salehi

A senior Iranian official says the recent US-led missile attack against Syria proved the political bankruptcy of Washington and its allies.

The strikes against Syria were carried out under a pretext similar to that used by former US Secretary of State Colin Powell, which led to Washington's invasion of Iraq in 2003, head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, Ali Akbar Salehi, told reporters on Monday.

During his presentation to the United Nations Security Council in February 2003, Powell claimed that Iraq might have tried to buy uranium from Niger in order to use it for non-peaceful purposes; however, after two years, it was proved that his documents were fake, Salehi added.

He noted that false US claims have made people all over the world vigilant and made them familiar with the "real nature of the aggressive countries."

It has become clear to people what an "unwise, cruel and savage policy" the US statesmen have applied to Syria, he emphasized.

Apr 17 13:31

The Deep State And The Big Lie

The contra-narrative about Assad's alleged gas attack is gaining traction as the evidence comes in. It increasingly seems probable that some folks suffocated or were overcome with smoke inhalation and hypoxia (oxygen deprivation) when buildings, tunnels and underground bunkers collapsed into clouds of dust during the final battle for Douma last Saturday.

Apr 17 13:15

China Will Abandon Barriers For Foreign Automakers

Barely a week after Chinese President Xi Jinping mentioned easing barriers for foreign automotive firms during a widely publicized speech, China's National Development and Reform Commission said Tuesday that it would phase out requirements that foreign auto makers must share factory ownership and earnings with local Chinese firms by 2022 - a step toward market liberalization that President Donald Trump will likely tout as evidence his aggressive trade policies are working.

The phase-out will unfurl in stages: Limits on foreign investment for companies building new energy vehicles, a term covering electric cars powered by batteries or fuel cells, will be removed this year. Limits on those building commercial vehicles and passenger cars will be lifted in 2020 and 2022, respectively.

In five years, the commission says, no foreign car company will need to have a joint venture with a Chinese firm, which would sunset a restriction on the industry that has been in place since 1994.



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Apr 17 13:06

EU is at risk of 'civil war' says Macron: French leader warns rise of nationalism could tear the Bloc apart

Macron warned Europe not to retreat to nationalism but to build a liberal bulwark
He also warned of a 'context of division and indeed doubt within Europe' of late
Best response to authoritarianism, he added, was 'the authority of democracy'

Apr 17 13:06

One dead in Southwest flight horror after woman was almost sucked out of a plane window at 32,000ft when the engine exploded and smashed it before she was dragged back in by passengers

The engine exploded on the Boeing 737-700 and sent shrapnel flying back towards the passenger window
One person is dead but it is not known if they are the woman who was sucked towards the open window

Apr 17 13:02

The Founders weren’t concerned with specific types of weapons, they were concerned with specific types of government.



Apr 17 12:42

4 Ways to get a Second Passport and Foreign Citizenship in 23 Countries

In the best of times, people might think you are crazy for getting a second passport, or foreign citizenship.

But what about on the brink of World War 3? Perhaps now is the time to give yourself some options.

If you are American or British, the last thing you want is to be trapped. Imagine if a U.S. passport–arguably the most cherished passport in the world–suddenly couldn’t get you across borders. This could happen if a foreign coalition raises international pressure to stop the U.S. from aggressive action in the Middle East.

But the U.S. government itself could revoke your permission to travel for any number of reasons. They can cancel an individual’s passport without explanation. And as we inch towards more intense nationalism, it is unfortunately not so far-fetched that the U.S. would limit their own citizens travel opportunities wholesale.

Apr 17 12:36

JIM JORDAN | There Was Pressure From Loretta Lynch To Shut Down The Clinton Foundation Probe…

Will Jim Jordan become the next speaker of the House?

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Apr 17 12:19

Hannity Sets The Record Straight On MICHAEL COHEN

Hannity opens with an epic montage...

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Apr 17 12:17

Another day, another dead teenager on the streets of London: Aspiring lawyer, 18, named 'Mr Swot' because of his devotion to studies is stabbed just yards from his home - bringing the capital's death toll to 59 so far this year

18-year-old named locally as an law student was stabbed by a gang of men outside his grandmother's home
Follows the deaths of two people over the weekend in Brixton, south London and Colindale, in the north
2018 has seen a huge surge in violence, with the murder rate topping that of New York earlier this year

Apr 17 12:15

'He's a DOCTOR!' Stop the War activist defends butcher Assad as a 'good man' in Parliament Square rally as Corbyn ally suggests coalition strikes were a bid to destroy gas attack evidence

Stop the War activists descended on Parliament Square to protest Syria attack
Around 20 people at the demonstration were actively supporting Bashar Assad
One woman claimed he was a 'good man' who would not kill civilians in Syria
UN investigations have blamed the Assad regime for more than 30 gas attacks

Apr 17 11:58

Israelis Kill Unarmed Protesters, Barely Notice

Write down: I, Uri Avnery, soldier number 44410 of the Israel army, hereby dissociate myself from the army sharpshooters who murder unarmed demonstrators along the Gaza Strip, and from their commanders, who give them the orders, up to the commander in chief.

We don’t belong to the same army, or to the same state. We hardly belong to the same human race.

Is my government committing "war crimes" along the border of the Gaza Strip?

I don’t know. I am not a jurist.

It seems that officials of the International Criminal Court believe that the acts of our soldiers do constitute war crimes. They demand an international investigation.

To prevent that, our army command proposes an Israeli military investigation. That is manifestly ridiculous – an army investigating itself about acts committed on direct orders of the Chief of Staff.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

THIS... is why the BDS movement is so critically important right now.

The language of economy, is a language the Israelis understand; they do not understand any kind of compassion against Palestinians. The only feeling they have toward the Palestinians is simply one of contempt, and a desire to have their own "Final Solution" against them that the world will buy off on.

This simply cannot be allowed to happen, period, end of discussion.

Apr 17 11:56

Justice Department IG Horowitz predicts Clinton email report will be out in May

ustice Department Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz expects his wide-ranging report on the FBI and DOJ’s handling of the Hillary Clinton email probe to be finished next month and has been asked to testify before the House oversight committee on May 8, according to letters reviewed by Fox News.

Horowitz addressed the timing in a letter to Senator Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa.

He wrote that the report, which began in January 2017 with bipartisan support, has been extended due to “potentially important additional information and documents that recently came to our attention, and the interviews they have required us to conduct.” Horowitz continued, “my expectation is that we will issue our report in May, absent any new developments.”

A former member of the House oversight committee said the release of an IG report typically is followed by public testimony.

Apr 17 11:55

ISIS attempts to capture key Syrian air defense base in southeast Homs

The Islamic State (ISIS) resumed their assault in the southeastern countryside of Homs this morning, striking the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) positions near the town of Muhasah.

ISIS began their attack by heavily shelling Syrian Arab Army’s positions near Muhasah, prompting the latter to respond with a barrage of missiles and artillery.

Intense clashes would breakout between the Syrian Army and ISIS terrorists shortly after the exchange of missiles and artillery, with the latter taking the offensive in a bid to capture the 16th Air Defense Regiment.

Apr 17 11:55

Trey Gowdy Requests IG Horowitz Appearance Before House Oversight Committee May 8th, 2018…

House Oversight and Government Affairs Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy has requested the appearance of DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz on May 8th, 2018:


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Apr 17 11:54

SENIOR IRANIAN COMMANDER: ISRAEL CAN NO LONGER THREATEN IRAN

Iranian Army Ground Forces commander Brig.-Gen. Kiumars Heidari has warned that Israel can no longer threaten the Islamic Republic.

As tensions continue to rise along Israel’s northern border, Heidari said Iran’s armed forces “are much more powerful than before” and that “the date has been set” for Israel’s destruction, according to official news agency Mehr. He was speaking in Tehran ahead of Iran’s Army Day.

Israeli officials have repeatedly voiced concerns over the growing Iranian entrenchment on its borders and the smuggling of sophisticated weaponry to Hezbollah, from Tehran to Lebanon via Syria, stressing that both are redlines for the Jewish state.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That is a rather empty statement considering Israel's nuclear arsenal.

Apr 17 11:53

Syria, Israel, Russia, ISIS, Trump, and Missiles. Michael Rivero - April 16, 2018

Apr 17 11:51

Russia cannot limit Israel's actions in Syria: Lieberman

Israel will not accept limitations on its "actions" in Syria from Russia or any other country, Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Monday, a week after a deadly raid attributed to the Jewish state.

"We will maintain total freedom of action. We will not accept any limitation when it comes to the defence of our security interests," Lieberman said in a video interview with the Walla news site in response to a question on Russia's criticism of the recent strike.

"But we do not want to provoke the Russians. We have an open line of communication at the level of senior officers. The Russians understand us and the fact is that for years we have managed to avoid friction with them" in Syria.

Lieberman again accused Israel's main enemy Iran of seeking to entrench itself militarily in neighbouring Syria and threaten his country.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Lieberman has a PhD ( Sh*t Piled Higher and Deeper) when it comes to these brazenly hubristic threats against Russia and Iran.

I would politely suggest that he may want to rethink his public dissing of Russia at this point; Russia understands how to respond asymetrically, and there will, most probably, not be a thing Tel Aviv will be able to do to prevent this.

Apr 17 11:51

‘What A Self-Centered Jacka**’: FBI Insiders Are Savaging James Comey’s Interview With ABC

James Comey, call your former office — or better yet, don’t — because some of your ex-colleagues may want to have a word with you. A new report says several FBI insiders are none too pleased with the fired bureau Director’s interview on ABC.



Apr 17 11:51

Joe DiGenova on Comey: Single-Handedly Destroyed the FBI – He Has to be Be Charged with Crimes and for Lying to Congress (VIDEO)

Joe DiGenova: America’s dirty cop has destroyed the integrity, the reputation and the legitimacy of the Federal Bureau of Investigation single-handedly by his outrageous performance last night on ABC. It is inconceivable to me that anyone can now think that he performed a legitimate law enforcement function during the investigation of Hillary Clinton. And it is quite obvious that the dossier was a fake document. That it was absolutely purposely used illegitimately by senior officials at the FBI and the Department of Justice. Mr. Comey lied repeatedly last night. And regrettably, he lied to the FISA Court. He encouraged others to lie to the FISA Court. And regrettably, I think Mr. Comey has to be charged with crimes for falsely presenting information to a FISA Court and for apparently lying regularly to Congress.

Apr 17 11:50

WATCH=> GOP Lawmaker DESTROYS Comey, Hillary and McCabe From House Floor as He Lays Out Case For Second Special Counsel

Earlier, Rep Lee Zeldin (R-NY) announced he would be leading a Special Order on the House Floor Monday night detailing a case for a second Special Counsel to be appointed to investigate Obama’s FISA abuse.

Zeldin also wants to know how/why the Clinton probe ended and how/why the Trump-Russia investigation began.

Apr 17 11:50

TOM FITTON: Comey Says HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS of Hillary Emails Were Found on Weiner Laptop – Judicial Watch Was told Only 72,000

James Comey told Stephanopoulos in a Sunday evening interview there were hundreds of thousands of Hillary’s emails found on Weiner’s laptop.

Apr 17 11:49

HUGE! MAJOR SCANDAL UNCOVERED=> Internet Sleuths Put Together Bombshell Hidden in Friday’s DOJ IG Report – Involving Weiner Emails

The DOJ IG’s report released on Friday was a bombshell. Now we know hidden in it were pieces of information that when put into context with information released at that time indicate unimaginable corruption!

The DOJ IG’s report related to the many lies made by former FBI Head Andrew McCabe is 39 pages in length. (See report here) We reported on Friday our summary of the report. One key item that was included in the IG’s report was related to Anthony Weiner’s emails.



Apr 17 11:41

BROADBAND ADVISOR PICKED BY FCC CHAIRMAN AJIT PAI ARRESTED ON FRAUD CHARGES

A broadband advisor selected by Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai to run a federal advisory committee was arrested last week on claims she tricked investors into pouring money into a multi-million dollar investment fraud scheme, according to The Wall Street Journal.

The advisor, Elizabeth Pierce, is the former chief executive of Quintillion, an Alaska-based fiber optic cable provider operating out of Anchorage. In her capacity as CEO, Pierce allegedly raised more than $250 million from two New York-based investment companies using forged contracts with other companies guaranteeing hundreds of millions of dollars in future revenue. Pierce resigned from Quintillion in August of last year, and she stepped down from her role in Pai’s Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee (BDAC) the following month.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am having a double Picard face-palm, at warp velocity, upon reading this.

I had, for some time, fallen out of love with the Daily Show and Trevor Noah, due to his unrelenting attacks on President Trump; last night, however, I watched him, and found myself both laughing at his jokes, and his political commentary.

I just wish his vitriol had smited both the Republicans and Democrats with equal fervor, because they are both equally guilty in this mess known as the American political process.

And Trevor, there is a lady you really need to get on your show; she is Hawaiian Representative Tulsi Gabbard; a Vet who is pro-peace, and a minority (Samoan/American). If the Democratic leadership has two braincells to rub together, they should be looking at a pro-peace presidential candidate in 2020; I would suggest that Gabbard be approached, and if she is willing, run for the Presidency.

I would absolutely work the phones for her, as I believe her to be a person of strong personal integrity, who would not take this country down a bad geopolitical path, just for money.

Our alleged democratic republic no longer represents its people; it only represents the monied, corporate interests which have purchased it.

Oh, yes: we have elections, and their Kabuki-styled grandeur; but by the time the American people get to "choose" their president, that person has already been chosen for us, as one of two choices who have been bought and paid for by those same corporations, and the military/industrial complex.

This is probably the reason that Gabbard will never, in my lifetime, hgve the opportunity to run for President, and that...is a damned shame.

Apr 17 11:40

Russian fleet hunts British submarine in Mediterranean

The Astute-class submarine is believed to have spent several days trying to evade detection in a tense and dangerous contest. REUTERS A British attack submarine has been locked in a “cat-and-mouse” pursuit by Russian submarines and warships, military sources revealed. While British PM Theresa May was deciding last week whether to launch strikes against Syria, a drama began beneath the surface of the eastern Mediterranean, according to The Times.

Apr 17 11:37

FLASHBACK - Top US General Says American Troops Should Be Ready To Die For Israel

I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same..." This is the oath of enlistment that every American military service member or federal employee takes upon entry into government service (with slight variation for commissioned officers).

With the largest joint U.S.-Israeli air defense exercise ever conducted having recently concluded, which involved over 2,500 American service personnel, and in the midst of heightened Israeli involvement in the Syrian war, we find ourselves asking...

Are US troops ready to fight an

Apr 17 11:36

North & South Korea may announce official end to war – local media

Seoul and Pyongyang are reportedly set to make a huge step in the peace settlement on the Korean Peninsula, as officials from the two states are negotiating a joint statement outlining a formal end to hostilities.



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Apr 17 11:35

Settlers Storm Archaeological Site, Damage Grave in Islamic Cemetery

A group of Israeli settlers, on Monday, stormed a historic archaeological site in the town of Sebastia, near Nablus, northern West Bank, under heavy protection by the Israeli army.

The mayor of Sebastia Mohammed Azem, told WAFA that a number of settlers, broke into the site amid the protection by the army, who closed the area for any other visitors.

He added that confrontations broke out in the area, following the visit, while Israeli soldiers fired teargas towards the protesters.

Azem pointed out that the town is constantly attacked by the occupation and settlers, especially with the approach of a national festival in the town that will be organized by the municipality next Friday, and will be held in the archaeological area.

In a separate incident, two Israeli settlers, in the early Monday morning hours, have reportedly damaged a grave in Bab Al-Rahma historic Islamic cemetery, adjacent to the eastern wall of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, defiling it.

Apr 17 11:35

PPS: “6500 Palestinians Are Detained By Israel; 1928 Abducted This Year”

The Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) issued a statement marking the “Palestinians Prisoners’ Day,” on April 17th, and said that Israel is holding captive 6500 detainees, including 1928 who were abducted since the beginning of this year.

In its report, the PPS said that Israel is holding captive 6500 Palestinians, including 350 children, 62 women, and six democratically-elected legislators. Among the imprisoned women are 21 mothers, and eight children.

It added that 48 of the Palestinians detainees have been held since more than 20 years, 25 since more than 25 years, and 12 since more than 30 years.

Apr 17 11:34

Israeli Soldiers Abduct Thirteen Palestinians In The West Bank

Israeli soldiers abducted, on Tuesday at dawn, thirteen Palestinians, including a senior political leader of the leftist Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), during extensive and violent searches of homes in several parts of the occupied West Bank.

The soldiers also distributed leaflets in the al-Am’ari refugee camp, in the central West Bank city of Ramallah, warning “further restrictions and ongoing invasions,” if the Palestinians continue their protests.

In addition, the army said some of its military jeeps were attacked with stones and Molotov Cocktails in the al-Khader town, south of Bethlehem, and claimed to locate a pistol during searches in the West Bank.

Apr 17 11:28

JUDGE NAP SAVAGES JEFF SESSIONS

Judge Napolitano with a few thoughts on the Attorney General...

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Apr 17 11:25

CHINA SLAPS 179% TARIFF ON US SORGHUM HOURS AFTER US BANS EXPORTS TO CHINA'S ZTE

In response to reports that the US is ramping up the "third front" in its trade spat with China by authorizing another investigation under Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974 - this time, aimed at obstacles that prevent US tech firms from competing in cloud computing and other high-tech industries - China has, as we anticipated, retaliated by slapping tariffs on US sorghum imports.

Yesterday, the US also revealed that it would stop US tech firms from selling components to Chinese telecom giant ZTE after accusing the company of lying during settlement negotiations - eliciting an angry response from Chinese officials, who urged US lawmakers to create a "fair, just and stable legal and policy environment" for Chinese companies, according to Xinhua.

Like Chinese tariffs on US pork products that were imposed earlier this month, the sorghum tariffs aren't merely a threat: Rather, China says they will take effect on Wednesday, per Bloomberg.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This... will not end well.

And a shooting war with China is the absolutely last thing this country needs right now.

Apr 17 11:23

WATCH: INSANE COP HOLDS INNOCENT MAN AT GUNPOINT, ILLEGALLY SEARCHES HIM AND IS NOT FIRED

Alex Randall was on his way to work last year on his motorcycle when he was assaulted with a deadly weapon by King County Sheriff’s Department detective Richard Rowe. The detective was in the midst of a power trip mixed with road rage when he held an innocent man at gunpoint. And, no one would’ve have known about it had Randall not been filming.

Now, after the department “investigated” themselves, the officer responsible for assaulting an innocent motorist with a deadly weapon will not be fired. Instead, Rowe will get a five day vacation.

What’s more, the “punishment” of five days suspension is not for pulling the gun, according to Sheriff Mitzi Johanknecht. It is for the detective’s lack of courtesy and unbecoming conduct. Apparently, holding innocent motorists at gunpoint during a fit of rage is entirely acceptable but you just can’t swear while doing it.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mike and I are very fortunate to be living in a state where police are generally cool, and understand that their job is "to protect and serve"; one of our neighbors is HPD, and she is just a wonderful human being, with a great kid.

Unfortunately, not all people on the mainland have the kind of experience we have had with our local police; the Israeli training, to which many mainland cops are subjected, means that they treat their citizens just the way Israelis treat the Palestinians. And that... is "with extreme prejudice".

Apr 17 11:22

Macron Reversal: Didn’t Change Trump’s Mind on Syria Troops

French President Emmanuel Macron is feverishly backpedaling Monday on his claims only a day prior that he had personally convinced President Trump to keep US troops in Syria. The White House has already denied this claim.

Now Macron is claiming he never meant to suggest he’d changed US policy, but rather that he and President Trump had seen eye-to-eye on Syria all along. He added that they both agree that US troops need to stay in Syria for “the long term.”

This isn’t a good story either. President Trump is still reported to want to withdraw the troops from Syria, even if he’s become resigned to keeping them in the country for the time being. Trump is said to have only agreed because of intense Pentagon pressure.

Apr 17 11:21

Senior IDF official admits Israeli responsibility for Syria T-4 strike

In a first-of-its-kind admission of responsibility, unnamed IDF source confirms to New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman strike on drone base was carried out by Israel, 'first time live Iranian targets' were hit; Friedman reveals one of strike's casualties was commander of Quds Force's drone unit.

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Apr 17 11:15

'Betrayal' Fury as UK's bid for application to fish near the Falklands is SNUBBED

A BRITISH businessman told yesterday of his plans to revive our hard-pressed fishing industry by launching a new multi-million pound battle of the South Atlantic.

Apr 17 11:15

Donald Trump asks SAUDI ARABIA and others to establish 'Arab ARMY' to replace US in Syria

DONALD Trump is looking to end US engagement in Syria by forming an Arab military force to replace the US presence in the region and to help stabilise the north-eastern part of the country following the defeat of so-called Islamic State, it has been reported.

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If ISIS is kicked out of Syria, why does there need to be any army at all inside Syria, other than Syria's?

Apr 17 11:14

ISIS threatens to bomb New York subway in new propaganda poster

A new propaganda poster uploaded to the messaging platform of Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) has threatened to bomb the New York City subway.
The poster shows a man dressed as a tourist wearing a rucksack inside New York’s High Street-Brooklyn Bridge subway station. A bomb with a timer is placed on the ground behind him. “You will not expect where we will attack,” the poster reads.

In recent weeks, the terrorist group has promised to target the World Cup finals in Russia, as well as locations in Paris. The poster is part of the group’s “lone-wolf strikes” campaign as it loses its foothold in the Middle Eastern countries where it is operating.

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Right on time to stoke the war fires!

Apr 17 11:08

SCIENTISTS ACCIDENTALLY DEVELOP 'MUTANT' ENZYME THAT EATS PLASTIC

Researchers in the UK and the U.S. have inadvertently engineered an enzyme that eats up plastic.

The enzyme is able to digest PET (polyethylene terephthalate)—the same material used in the ubiquitousplastic bottle that's clogging up landfills, coastlines and oceans around the world.

Amazingly, this discovery only happened by chance. Scientists from the University of Portsmouth in the UK and the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) were examining the structure of a natural enzyme, Ideonella sakaiensis, found in 2016 at a Japanese waste recycling center. This enzyme could already break down PET plastic—it just doesn't do it very quickly.

To understand how Ideonella sakaiensis evolved, the research team "tweaked" the structure of the enzyme by adding some amino acids, according to John McGeehan, a Portsmouth professor who co-led the work. They ended up creating an enzyme that worked even faster than the natural one.

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This... is a very exciting, and hopeful, development!!

Apr 17 11:06

55 INFOSEC PROFESSIONALS SIGN LETTER OPPOSING GEORGIA’S COMPUTER CRIME BILL

In a letter to Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal, 55 cybersecurity professionals from around the country are calling for a veto for S.B. 315, a state bill that would give prosecutors new power to target independent security researchers.

This isn’t just a matter of solidarity among those in the profession. Georgia represents our nation’s third largest information security sector. The signers have clients, partners, and offices in Georgia. They attend conferences in Georgia. They teach and study in Georgia or recruit students from Georgia. And they all agree that S.B. 315, which would create a new crime of "unauthorized access," would do more harm than good.

Read the letter from the 55 information security specialists in opposition to S.B. 315.

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This is really horrifically written legislation, which means that the Georgia legislature will, most probably, pass it anyway.

Apr 17 11:03

THE NEXT OIL BOOM IS ABOUT TO HAPPEN HERE

It’s one of the most unbelievable energy stories of the year.

A Chinese oil company was sitting on what might be a major oil discovery - a 182-million-barrel probable reserve, with great potential to grow.

They spent hundreds of millions of dollars and sunk 13 wells, shot or acquired 6,700 km of 2D seismic, and shot over 1,000 km of 3D seismic. Then - thanks to a weird quirk of Sudanese geology - they gave away the entire African mother lode for free.

They literally abandoned their whole investment in the Al-Rawat Basin.

Now, a tiny Canadian explorer - Stamper Oil & Gas (TSX.V: STMP; OTC: STMGF) - stands to reap a petroleum opportunity unlike anything we’ve seen in years.

And, they’re doing it with an energy industry legend - the one man with a nearly perfect 40-year record of striking oil in the tricky rock of Sudan.

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It's not just the oil here which is important; it is the geopolitical implications of this find, and how Sudan will be able to grow from the profits of this find.

Apr 17 11:01

Tenacious Sandy Hook Researcher Wins One in Court

Pozner withdrew the lawsuit after refusing to provide discovery concerning whether Mr. Pozner was Mr. Pozner. AJ 's attorneys should make short work of this man whomever he may be. Bizarre!

As questions continue to surround the official story of the devastating 2012 shooting of schoolchildren and staff in Newtown, Conn., one researcher has prevailed in a lawsuit brought against him by the father of one of the slain children. Dave Gahary interviewed former state trooper Wolfgang Halbig to learn more about the situation.

Apr 17 10:53

U.S. claims Russia ‘hacked’ Syrian attack evidence, after Russia finds rebel chemical weapons facility

Update: Interfax reports that the Russian military has discovered a rebel-owned chemical weapons lab in Douma.

The Russian Defense Ministry says that components for Mustard Gas production were discovered along with cylinders of chlorine at a alb belonging to militants in Douma.

Apr 17 10:44

FLASHBACK - Trump strikes arms deal with Saudis worth $350bn, $110bn to take effect immediately

In his first overseas trip as president, Donald Trump sealed an arms deal with Saudi Arabia worth $350 billion over 10 years, with nearly $110 billion to take effect immediately. The agreement is said to bolster security “in the face of Iranian threats.”

"This package of defense equipment and services supports the long-term security of Saudi Arabia and the Gulf region in the face of malign Iranian influence and Iranian related threats. Additionally, it bolsters the Kingdom's ability to provide for its own security and continue contributing to counterterrorism operations across the region, reducing the burden on US military forces," the US Department of State said in a statement on Saturday.

Apr 17 10:44

FLASHBACK - 3yrs of civilian deaths in Yemen don’t hold US & allies back from selling arms to Saudis – Amnesty

Hundreds of Yemenis have become victims of reckless arms sales by the US and its allies to Saudi Arabia, whose coalition has indiscriminately used Western weapons in its 3-year bombing campaign, Amnesty International has warned.

The rights group has analyzed numerous instances in which Yemeni civilians, including women and children, were killed or injured by the Saudi-led coalition’s aircraft. In all known cases, US-made ammunition has been used against civilian targets, which potentially amounted to war crimes, the NGO advised.

“There is extensive evidence that irresponsible arms flows to the Saudi Arabia-led coalition have resulted in enormous harm to Yemeni civilians,” said Lynn Maalouf, Amnesty International’s Director of Research for the Middle East. This, she posited, “has not deterred the USA, the UK and other states, including France, Spain and Italy, from continuing transfers of billions of dollars’ worth of such arms.”

Apr 17 10:43

Trump Locked and Loaded for Greater Aggression on Syria

It’s just a matter of time before it’s coming, false flag pretexts easy to stage, more virtually certain to come. They’re a longstanding US tradition.

Washington and its imperial allies have been waging naked aggression on Syria for over seven years, terror-bombing for four years this September – the rape and destruction of Raqqa the most heinous example, massacring countless thousands of civilians.

Overnight Friday, Trump escalated things further, dangerously pushing the envelope, based on a Big Lie, likely a warmup for more of the same to come.

Apr 17 10:42

War Fever Heats Up as Russians Burn Effigies of Trump

Trump’s tweet about U.S. missiles blasting past Russian defenses in Syria left many Russians thinking the Motherland might be next. Plus: oligarch sanctions and military exercises.

Apr 17 10:39

Activist Explains How French Weapons End up in Saudi Hands Warring in Yemen

Yemeni human rights activists have charged Mohammad bin Salman, accusing him of aiding in “acts of torture” during the campaign in Yemen. Paris is being put under pressure, due to the fact that French weaponry is used in the conflict by the coalition. Tony Fortin, member of the board of the Observatory for Arms told Sputnik how this happened.

Fortin said that one of the most controversial deals is the selling of French arms on the DONAS contract. According to it, Saudi Arabia paid for weapons that must have been delivered to Lebanon.

Apr 17 10:36

‘Completely Bogus’: Syria Strike Indefensible Under US, International Law

US missiles raining down on Syria last Friday night were fired in violation of not only international legal precedents, but also in flagrant disregard for the United States’ own constitution, a Harvard-trained lawyer and renowned professor of international law told Radio Sputnik Monday.

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Apr 17 10:35

Breaking: Syrian Military Confirms Israeli Missiles Targeted Airbase in Eastern Homs

The Syrian military announced at approximately 1:10 A.M. (Damascus Time), the Israeli Air Force fired several missiles towards the Shay’rat Airbase and its surrounding area in the Homs Governorate.

According to the statement, the Syrian Air Defense managed to intercept several of the missiles, but there was no mention as to whether or not the Israelis scored any direct hits.

This attack by Israel tonight marks the second time in seven days that they have targeted the eastern countryside of the Homs Governorate.

Apr 17 10:32

Israeli intelligence reportedly says Trump's Syria strike failed, didn't take out much of anything

Israeli intelligence officials have concluded that the US, UK, and France's missile strikes on Syria's suspected chemical weapons sites were a failure.

Multiple Israeli government and military sources criticized the strikes effectiveness in hurting Syria's ability to conduct chemical attacks.

These officials also criticized President Donald Trump talking about the strikes beforehand.

The US and allies' strikes on Syria likely didn't change anything on the battlefield, and it's hard to know how much of the chemical weapons stockpile was hit.

Apr 17 10:29

Size of a Tennis Ball Hailstones Damaged Australia

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Years ago I was in Australia on a film project, and I saw a huge hailstorm that literally shattered all of the stained glass windows in a church! I guess that's what you get for diddling the altar boys!

Apr 17 10:28

BIG TURNAROUND IN SIRIA: Russian soldiers found a terrorist's chemical warehouse

Russian soldiers have found a chemical weapons storage facility in the Syrian city of Duma, a Star TV channel said.

"Found substances, such as thiodihlycol, diethanolamine, are necessary for the production of sulphur and nitrogen iperite. A chlorine balloon was found in the warehouse, the same as the one used by terrorists for directing a high-profile fake story, "the statement said.

The TV channel stated that the warehouse was built in the basement of the residential building. According to the experts of the Radiation, Chemical and Biological Protection Units of Alexander Rodionov, the laboratory was used by terrorist organizations controlled by this city.

Last week, Sana agency announced that the Syrian army in Aftris settlement in Eastern Guta had found a warehouse with the equipment necessary for the preparation of toxic substances.

Apr 17 10:25

NH365 110: Toxic Bras – Cancer Risks EXPOSED

According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), the “internet and e-mail rumors and at least one book have suggested that bras cause breast cancer by obstructing lymph flow. There is no good scientific or clinical basis for this claim, and a 2014 study of more than 1,500 women found no association between wearing a bra and breast cancer risk.”

That book they are referring to … no doubt, has everything to do with my special guest – who will expose the true connection between bras and breast cancer.

Apr 17 10:22

Merkel under fire: Germany RESTRICTS Chancellor’s eurozone reforms in Macron snub

ANGELA Merkel’s joint eurozone reforms with Emmanuel Macron are being restricted by German conservatives in a major blow to the European powers, documents have revealed.

Apr 17 10:22

PLA builds the 'Great Underwater Wall' in South China Sea for warfare advantage

The People’s Liberation Army of China is building an ‘Underwater Great Wall’ in the South China Sea in a bid to gain substantial undersea warfare advantage in the region. If reports are to be believed, PLA is laying a network of ships and subsurface sensors in the South China Sea.

Apart from the undersea warfare advantage that China claims it is eyeing, its move will also help the PLA in spying the movement of foreign ships in the disputed region ensuring better monitoring of submarine activities.

Apr 17 10:22

Iran's Senior MP to Visit Syria on Tuesday to Discuss US-led Strike

Commenting earlier on a massive Western missile attack on Syria, which had been conducted in response to an alleged chemical attack in the city of Douma, Iran slammed the US, UK and France, calling the countries' heads "criminals."

Alaeddin Boroujerdi, the chairman of the Iranian parliament's foreign policy and national security commission, will arrive Tuesday in Syria to discuss the recent western attack on the country, a parliamentary source told Sputnik on Sunday.

Apr 17 10:21

Iran to Team Up With China on Nuke Development if Trump Kills 2015 Nuclear Deal

As US President Donald Trump decides whether to reauthorize the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, which he has long wanted to exit or renegotiate, Iranian authorities have announced they will be getting help with their nuclear program from China.

"Some negotiations have been held on mutual cooperation and building small nuclear power plants in Iran by China," Iranian MP Mojtaba Zonnou said Sunday, Fars news agency reported. Zonnou is the chairman of the Nuclear Committee in the Iranian Parliament.

Apr 17 10:21

GOHMERT | Rosenstein Under Investigation For Uranium Deal?

Bulldog Louie Gohmert with Maria Bartiromo this morning...

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Apr 17 10:21

Trump Accuses Russia, China of "Playing Currency Devaluation Game"

Since his election campaign in 2016, the US President Donald Trump has been scrutinizing US trade partners over their alleged dumping practices and calling for the renegotiation of trade agreements with many countries to tackle the loss of manufacturing jobs in the United States.

The US Head of the Government on his "Twitter" has made the statement that China and Russia allegedly play a role in the devaluation of currencies and this is "not acceptable."

Apr 17 10:20

SECDEF MATTIS: WHERE’S THE PROOF?

I'm old enough to remember the Cuban missile crisis. For those few days in 1962, the family dinner table was tense and the air - the attitude - in the country was surreal. People lived and went to work, as before, but hanging over every waking moment was the full conscious realization, of every second of every day during the crisis, of the possibility that civilization could go up in mushroom clouds of radioactivity. Years later, as the full story of the Cuban missile crisis was finally known and told, it became clear that the world had made it through the crisis largely because two men - Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev and American President John F Kennedy - had stood down their countries' respective "war hawks." The real life scenario had come uncomfortably close to Stanley Kubrick's black comedy, Dr. Strangelove.

Apr 17 10:19

Weapons of mass distraction

With the very real prospect or war hanging over the world, the media has a special role to play in getting to the truth.

A properly functioning free press is there to speak that truth and be the backbone of a strong democracy.

But what happens when a partisan media stops holding power to account – can it still claim to serve the people or does it become a weapon of mass distraction?

Apr 17 10:10

Vauxhall terminates ALL of its 326 UK dealerships amid falling sales in move affecting 3,700 British jobs - just three days after Jaguar Land Rover revealed it would lose 1,000 staff

Vauxhall is set to axe one in three of its dealerships putting at risk 3,700 jobs
The firm, owned by French giant PSA, will cancel contracts with all UK dealers
This will be before striking new deals with only better performing branches

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