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CURRENT EVENTS

Jul 30 19:20

US Senate designates July 30, 2016, National Whistleblower Appreciation Day! AE911 Truth sends letter to Dr John Gross of NIST

Dear Dr. Gross:
On July 8, 2016, the United States Senate unanimously passed Senate Resolution 522, designating July 30, 2016, as National Whistleblower Appreciation Day.

On this day, each executive agency of the federal government is encouraged to inform its employees and contractors about the legal rights of U.S. citizens to blow the whistle by honest and good faith reporting of misconduct, fraud, misdemeanours or other crimes to the appropriate authorities.

We at Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth (AE911Truth) are marking this special day by encouraging you, a member of the team that conducted NIST’s investigation of the World Trade Center disaster, to blow the whistle on that demonstrably fraudulent investigation and the reports with which it culminated.

Jul 30 17:41

81-minute radio interview: Carl Herman on $1,000,000 per US household monetary reform benefits rather than 20 Americans own more than bottom 50%, .1% own more than 90%, 1% more wealthy than 99%

*hyperlinks/videos live at source*

81-minute interview with Byron Dale and Greg Soderberg of WealthMoney.org (the three of us have combined over 90 years of research on this topic):

here

Data, discussion:

The top three benefits each of monetary reform and public banking total ~$1,000,000 for the average American household, and would be received nearly instantly. Fed Chair Janet Yellen publicly acknowledges monetary reform as described below, but continues a history of criminal fraud in her lawful fiduciary responsibility to truthfully provide what you're about to read. The data below include evidence of a .01% oligarchy criminally looting tens of trillions of our dollars.

Jul 30 15:19

Washington let Saudi Arabia commit atrocities in Yemen, then strong-arm the UN into remaining silent

The United Nations has long been bullied by its most powerful members, and U.N. secretaries-general have usually been forced to grit their teeth and take it quietly. But few nations have been more publicly brazen in this practice than Saudi Arabia, and earlier this summer, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon managed to get in a dig at the Kingdom over its blackmail-style tactics. Ban openly admitted that it was only after Riyadh threatened to cut off funding to the U.N. that he bowed to its demand to remove the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen, where it has launched a harsh military intervention, from a list of violators of children’s rights contained in the annex of his annual Children and Armed Conflict report. “The report describes horrors no child should have to face,” Ban told reporters. “At the same time, I also had to consider the very real prospect that millions of other children would suffer grievously if, as was suggested to me, countries would defund many U.N. programs.

Jul 30 13:33

Russians Love Donald Trump, Hate Hillary Clinton

Russians love "honest and open" Donald Trump and hate the warmonger Hillary Clinton whom they say is "ready to storm Russia tomorrow."

Jul 30 13:19

Why the Ignorant Assault Upon Israeli Settlements?

This week the State Department engaged in a remarkable assault on Israel. Both in tone and in content, it marks a new hostility—and plenty of sheer ignorance.
Note: What arrogance.

Jul 30 11:49

Steve Wynn: Trump Vs Hillary Is A Distraction From The Real Problem, Which Ends With "Wheelbarrows Full Of Money"

Sooner or later, our political establishment is going to be forced, regardless of party affiliation, to deal with $19 trillion in debt that's climbing by around $1.6 billion a day. That means that in the Treasury auction each month in Downtown Washington, we're printing money at the rate of $40 billion or $50 billion a month which is of course increasing the money supply and directly impacting the living standard or the buying power of the U.S. dollar for people who are being paid like everybody on this call today.

Now, part of the frustration in America is the fact that the deficit is having an enormous impact on the living style and the living standard of Americans, but not all of this is well understood by the folks, to use Bill O'Reilly's term. The folks are being - their living standard being clipped by the deficit and by the printing of money and the increase in the money supply.

Jul 30 11:34

Idaho Attorney General Lets Jack Yantis Killers Go Scot-Free

Very sad and disappointing news today out of Idaho- the Attorney General has released their official whitewash, and announced that no charges will be filed against deputies Brian Wood and Cody Roland, who slaughtered 62-year-old rancher Jack Yantis outside of his ranch on November 1, 2015. The Adams County Sheriff's department had called Jack at home and requested that he put down one of his bulls, which had been hit by a car. The deputies then pumped twelve bullets into Jack's chest, stomach and heart in front of his nephew and wife, who immediately had a heart attack.

Jul 30 11:29

Hillary Lead Over Trump Surges After Reuters "Tweaks" Poll

So, as we reported last night, something had to be done. And something was done: Reuters "tweaked" its polling methodology.

As Reuters explained, "in a presidential campaign notable for its negativity, the option of “Neither” candidate appears to be an appealing alternative, at least to participants in the Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll. Many voters on both sides have been ambivalent in their support for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump, complicating the task of the pollsters trying to track the race. That sentiment may help explain an apparent skew that recently emerged in the Reuters/Ipsos poll results. Given the choice, a relatively large group of voters opted for “Neither/Other” candidate compared with other major polls, leading to an underreporting of several percentage points for one or other of the two major contenders at times in the race."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Clintonistas are desperate; in fact, so desperate that they have to "cook" the language of the polls to make it appear that Clinton is actually ahead, when she is not.

Jul 30 11:21

Merkel on the ropes: Thousands of German protesters take to the streets saying she 'Must Go' and a key coalition ally withdraws support to open-door immigration policy after terror attacks 

Merkel's premiership is hanging by a thread today as thousands gathered to call for her resignation while a key political ally dramatically withdrew his support over immigration policy.
More than 5,000 protested in Berlin and thousands more throughout Germany over the 'open-door' policy that many have blamed for four brutal terrorist attacks that left 13 dead over the last month.
The Chancellor faced a fresh wave of fury after it emerged that two recent terror attacks and a third killing were carried out by men who entered the country as refugees.

Despite the massive waves of criticism, Merkel defended her policy this week, dramatically proclaiming 'we can do it' as she pledged not to let the violent acts guide political decisions.

But now her key ally in Bavaria - which bore the brunt of the attacks - has launched a fresh attack on her leadership, distancing his party from Merkel and straining the coalition that keeps her in power.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Merkel has done this to herself, by following an immigration policy which has absolutely backfired on the German people; her tone-deafness on this issue will be her political undoing.

Jul 30 11:07

A New Low in US Presidential Politics: The Anointment of Hillary, the Neocon “War Goddess”

Anointing her by electoral rigging to lead one wing of America’s duopoly system reveals the deplorable state of the nation – tyranny posing as democracy.

A new low in presidential politics was reached with a candidate representing Washington’s lunatic fringe, a neocon war goddess drooling for endless conflicts.

If elected, Hillary risks committing greater high crimes of state than her predecessors, including possible nuclear war – why it’s crucial to defeat her in November. Humanity’s fate hangs in the balance.

Her Thursday night acceptance speech was what you’d expect – featuring rambling lofty rhetoric, dreary and dull pontificating, empty promises, an unprincipled display of dishonesty.

Jul 30 10:42

US, Israel forces stage secret military drill

Israel and the United States have reportedly staged a joint secret war game in southern Israel amid growing military cooperation between the two sides.

Israeli media said on Thursday that the drill dubbed ‘Noble Shirley’ was held in Negev Desert to improve cooperation between American and Israeli forces.

The drill, which was said to have been conducted during day and nighttime hours over the past week, involved the US Marine Corps as well as special units from the Israeli air, naval and ground forces.

During the exercise, the troops and commandos took part in drills simulating helicopter landings behind enemy lines, and urban warfare above and below ground. They also practiced close-range combat and military takeover techniques.

Israel’s so-called ‘David’s Sling’ missile system, which targets medium to long-range missiles, was also used in the maneuver.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

War against whom, please?!?

The Palestinians?!?

The Lebanese?!?

Syria?!?

Iran?!?

Making your most important geopolitical friend a country with history of pathologically being unable to get along with its neighbors cannot, possibly, be a smart move by the US government.

Jul 30 09:51

Chelsea Manning, Army leaker, faces indefinite solitary confinement after suicide attempt

WikiLeaks source Pvt. Chelsea Manning said Thursday that Army officials are considering charging her for attempting to commit suicide earlier this month inside her Fort Leavenworth prison cell.

Manning, 28, is being investigated for charges of “resisting the force cell move team,” “prohibited property” and “conduct which threatens” in connection with her July 5 suicide attempt, according to her attorneys from the American Civil Liberties Union.

If convicted, Manning risks punishment ranging from indefinite solitary confinement to an extra nine years behind bars, the ACLU said.
“It is deeply troubling that Chelsea is now being subjected to an investigation and possible punishment for her attempt to take her life. The government has long been aware of Chelsea’s distress associated with the denial of medical care related to her gender transition and yet delayed and denied the treatment recognized as necessary,” ACLU attorney Chase Strangio said in a statement.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US military wants to make a terrible example of this person, in order to prevent further leaks, no matter how obscenely immoral the acts are which that military person has been ordered to do.

Those contemplating further punishment for Manning's suicide attempt are starting to look like monsters.

So, I have a modest proposal; what DARPA needs to do is invent a medication, mandatory for all military members, which will burn each military person's moral conscience out of their brains, permanently, before they report for duty; apparently, that is clearly what the US military wants of their members.

"The end justifies the means" thinking is a very dangerous mind-set into which military, and civilian leadership, seem to have descended at this point in the American narrative.

Unfortunately, my sense is that Manning will continue attempting suicide until she is successful, which means that through her death, the military will have ultimately lost control of the situation.

That will make her a martyr to peace activists, and those who wish our government would resolve geopolitical disputes through good-faith negotiations, rather than war.

I would, therefore, strongly suggest that the US military may not want to go there, by invoking further punishments that will drive her, ultimately, to a successful suicide.

Jul 30 09:31

Erdogan to US Intel Chief: Know Your Place

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan angrily condemned comments from US Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, saying it wasn’t up to Clapper to assess the post-coup purge and that he should “know your place.”

Erdogan went on to accuse the US of involvement in the coup, insisting “my people know who is behind this scheme,” and adding that with his criticism Clapper and others “are giving yourselves away.” He added that accused coup plotter Fethullah Gulen was “already in your country, you are already feeding him,” and demanded immediate extradition.

Jul 30 09:26

At Convention, Hillary Clinton Stresses Israel’s Security, Not Quest for Peace

Indeed, in her own speech, Clinton’s only mention of Israel was bragging that the nuclear deal with Iran would protect Israel, and that she was determined to “keep supporting Israel’s security.” Conspicuously absent from the speech was any mention of the settlements, or indeed of the Palestinians.

It’s perhaps unsurprising, as Clinton’s AIPAC speech back in March similarly focused on the idea of bolstering military ties with Israel, while mentioning the Palestinians primarily as “terrorists,” and giving limited lip-service to the idea of getting a peace deal. Indeed, during the presidential primary Clinton’s opponent, Sen. Bernie Sanders (D – VT) faulted her for not being even-handed enough.

Jul 30 09:07

IRS delivers a notice of deficiency for $3B-$5B to Facebook, claims Facebook undervalued assets transferred to Irish subsidiary in 2010

Facebook Inc.’s future cash flows and results could suffer a major blow if it loses a battle over new U.S. tax liabilities related to the transfer of its global operations to Ireland in 2010.

Jul 30 09:07

England's plastic bag usage drops 85% since 5p charge introduced: Number of single-use bags handed out dropped to 500m in first six months since charge, compared with 7bn the previous year

The number of single-use plastic bags used by shoppers in England has plummeted by more than 85% after the introduction of a 5p charge last October, early figures suggest.
More than 7bn bags were handed out by seven main supermarkets in the year before the charge, but this figure plummeted to slightly more than 500m in the first six months after the charge was introduced, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) said.

Jul 30 08:48

White Noise? What White Noise?

I have no idea whether this video is on the up and up, but it seems genuine enough. This is a California Bernie Sanders delegate who has attended the Democratic Convention all week, allegedly, and like her fellow Bernie people, has been a little vocal in her anti-war, anti-Hillary, anti-establishment sentiments. When this woman and the rest of the Bernie delegation showed up early to claim their seats for the main event last night, Hillary Clinton riding in wearing her white pantsuit, with literally the only thing missing being the white steed on which to ride to the podium, the seats were already reserved by paid seat fillers wearing a Hillary shirt. The price to buy a crowd? $50 a person.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This kind of dirty trick would be totally expected from the Clintonistas.

Bernie Sanders and his supporters are amazingly lucky they actually escaped this convention with their lives.

Jul 30 08:41

Clinton Campaign Also Hacked In Attacks On Democrats: Sources

The computer network used by Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s campaign was hacked as part of a broad cyber attack on Democratic political organizations, people familiar with the matter told Reuters.

The hack appears to have been carried out by Russian intelligence services, a federal law enforcement official told the New York Times.

The latest attack, which was disclosed to Reuters on Friday, follows reports of two other hacks on the Democratic National Committee, or DNC, and the party’s fundraising committee for candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives.

A Clinton campaign spokesman said in a statement late on Friday that an analytics data program maintained by the DNC and used by the campaign and a number of other entities “was accessed as part of the DNC hack.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Forgive me, but is this the best the DNC can do?!? Accusing Russia of these hacks?!?

Either you have incontrovertible evidence, or you don't; and it looks as though they have zero evidence, whatsoever, to link Russia to these hacks.

They just made it up out of thin air, period, end of discussion, do deflect accusations of lousy computer security (just like Hillary Clinton's non-secure, non-governmental servers)!!

Jul 30 08:26

IRELAND JAILS 3 TOP BANKERS OVER 2008 COLLAPSE, THE OPPOSITE OF WHAT THE US DID

“By means that could be termed dishonest, deceitful and corrupt, they manufactured 7.2 billion euros in deposits by obvious sham transactions,” Judge Martin Nolan of Ireland said as he convicted three top bankers on Friday for their role in the 2008 financial crisis. They are among the first in the world to be sent to prison for their involvement in the global meltdown eight years ago.

The longest-ever criminal trial in Ireland lasted 74 days and led to convictions for former Irish Life and Permanent Bank Chief Executive Denis Casey; former finance director at the failed Anglo Irish Bank, Willie McAteer; and former head of capital markets at the Anglo Irish Bank, John Bowe. They received sentences ranging between two-and-a-half to three-and-a-half years.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Good on ya, Ireland!!

Jul 30 08:24

Michigan prosecutor charges six in Flint water scandal

Six Michigan state employees were charged on Friday in an investigation into dangerous lead levels in the city of Flint's drinking water.

The criminal charges were filed by Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette against three employees apiece from the state's health and environmental departments.

Schuette did not elaborate on possible charges for other local and state officials but said prosecutors "were going where the truth" takes them.

Some critics have called for high-ranking state officials, including Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, to be charged. Snyder said in April he believed he had not done anything criminally wrong.

Flint, with a population of about 100,000, was under control of a state-appointed emergency manager in 2014 when it switched its water source from Detroit's municipal system to the Flint River to save money. The city switched back last October.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The cabal which signed off on this, to save a few bucks, no matter how great the danger was going to be for Flint's citizens and kids, should be tried, convicted, and jailed for most of the rest of their miserable lives as an "encouragement" to anyone in this country who deals with water issues for their communities to never, ever pull a stunt like this again.

Jul 30 08:15

IMF admits disastrous love affair with the euro and apologises for the immolation of Greece

The International Monetary Fund’s top staff misled their own board, made a series of calamitous misjudgments in Greece, became euphoric cheerleaders for the euro project, ignored warning signs of impending crisis, and collectively failed to grasp an elemental concept of currency theory.

This is the lacerating verdict of the IMF’s top watchdog on the fund’s tangled political role in the eurozone debt crisis, the most damaging episode in the history of the Bretton Woods institutions.

The three main bailouts for Greece, Portugal and Ireland were unprecedented in scale and character. The trio were each allowed to borrow over 2,000pc of their allocated quota – more than three times the normal limit – and accounted for 80pc of all lending by the fund between 2011 and 2014.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, what are the real-world implications of this evaluation?!?

Will anyone be tried, fined, or go to jail, and NOT in Europe's version of a Club Fed?!?

My bet would be, absoflippinglutely not.

The apology is all the long-suffering Greek, Irish, and Portuguese people will get, period, end of discussion.

What an aphrodisiac it must be, to wield that much power with zero responsibility, and creating the absolute fluster clucks the IMF has created here!

Jul 30 08:01

Overthrowing other people’s governments: The Master List

General Dumbford head of the joint chiefs of staff is headed to Turkey to convince Erdogan that the US didn't try to overthrow him.
Those who don't know history are doomed to repeat it.
The world no longer believes the lies that spew from the mouths of American politicians and generals like vomit!
China 1949 to early 1960s
Albania 1949-53
East Germany 1950s
Iran 1953 *
Guatemala 1954 *
Costa Rica mid-1950s
Syria 1956-7
Egypt 1957
Indonesia 1957-8
British Guiana 1953-64 *
Iraq 1963 *
North Vietnam 1945-73
Cambodia 1955-70 *........
Add Turkey to the list!

Webmaster addition: Also Cuba in 1898 and 1955, Chile in 1973, Philippines in 1899 and 1965, Hawaii in 1893, China 1900, Panama and Honduras in 1903, Mexico 1914, Panama again in 1989, Dominican Republic 1965, Cuba again in 1961 (failed), etc.

Jul 30 07:57

John Stanton: Fear and hatred unite Americans - US military more progressive?

Nearly 16000 Americans murdered each year. Are not murderer's terrorists?

Jul 30 07:52

JEWISH SOCIAL MEDIA RAVES AS BILL CLINTON WEARS HEBREW “HILLARY” BUTTON

There was a thrill ride on Jewish Democratic social media Wednesday night when Bill Clinton was spotted at the Democratic National Convention sporting a button backing his wife – in Hebrew.

Robert Wexler, a former Democratic congressman, indulged in a little partisan kvelling when he appeared Thursday with Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer on a panel.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Hillary is Israel's candidate for President, all right; but it's a damned shame she's not a candidate for We the People!!

Jul 30 07:51

Bumbling CIA Agents Get Repeatedly BUSTED in Moscow (Video)

In once incident, a CIA officer tried to barrel his way into the US embassy, but got stopped cold by a no-nonsense Moscow cop on guard duty. Later, US state department representatives absurdly labeled this defense of the US embassy as "harassment" by Russia. And that wasn't the only US spy caught in the act.

Russian TV news has produced a special report on the history of CIA misfires and failures going back to the days of the Cold War. Amidst the constant stream of vitriol about "Russian aggression," it's clear that Washington has never stopped treating Russia as an enemy.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Are all these arrested CIA assets just idiots ... or did Russia get their names from Hillary's private email server?

Jul 30 07:03

‘Make America great again?’ Ok, Trump: end lie-started illegal Wars of Aggression, arrest Left and Right .01% War Criminals and banksters, enact monetary reform and public banking for $1,000,000 per US household benefits. If not, you’ll join the arrested

*hyperlinks/video live at source*

A “great” America has at least these three required policies:

End lie-started and unlawful Wars of Aggression.

Arrest Left and Right .01% War Criminals and .01% trillions-looting banksters.

Enact monetary reform and public banking for ~$1,000,000 per US household benefits.

Because the documented facts are Emperor’s New Clothes obvious, any US leader, including Trump as president must stop the worst crime a nation’s military Commander-in-Chief can commit, arrest those who engaged in them, arrest banksters for fundamental fraud with tens of trillions in damages, and enact obvious economic reforms.

If Trump as US President will not act for these three policies, he must join those arrested for ongoing US crimes killing millions, harming billions, and looting trillions.

In documented detail:

1. End lie-started and unlawful Wars of Aggression

Jul 30 07:00

President Obama Just Signed The DARK Act Into Law

We regret to inform you that President Barack Obama signed into law, S. 764, which was the newest manifestation of the DARK Act (Denying Americans the Right to Know). The DARK Acts were a way to establish federal labeling – i.e. the lack of GM labeling – and would banish all…

Jul 29 23:05

Palestine and Hillary, 'the lesser evil'

How is it possible that Hillary Clinton supports the ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian people - yet we're still supposed to consider her a lesser evil? Ask the question and you'll hear plenty of explanations, but the most important reason is rarely made explicit: Lesser evilism is possible only because we're so accustomed to seeing certain people as lesser human beings. READ MORE

Jul 29 21:35

flashback 05/17/2016: Bill Clinton Sounded Like Trump On Illegal Immigration In 1996 [VIDEO]

In 1996, Bill Clinton said a lot of what Donald Trump is currently saying about illegal immigration.

A video compiled by Numbers USA, a group that opposes large-scale immigration, compares Clinton’s comments during the 1996 State of the Union speech with Trump’s campaign rhetoric

Jul 29 17:23

6 State Employees Criminally Charged In Connection With Flint Water Crisis

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette indicted six state employees for their alleged connection to the dangerous levels of lead in the city of Flint’s drinking water. “They had knowledge and ability to stop the problem, but they failed,” Schuette said.

Jul 29 16:57

Adams County Sheriff Ryan Zollman: We Have A Rodeo Going On, The Yantis Decision "Is An Unnecessary Distraction"

The Idaho Attorney General announced today that no charges will be filed against the two deputies who killed 62-year-old rancher Jack Yantis. Adams County Sheriff Ryan Zollman, dressed like a teenie-bopper in a baseball cap, shades propped against his forehead and a t-shirt, announced that he was disappointed in the decision- not because of the decision itself, but rather because it was released during a rodeo. Zollman called the decision an "unnecessary distraction." Watch the video of this maniac's comments below. Also, be sure See our full Jack Yantis case archives for much more data on Sheriff Ryan Zollman. Zollman faces a challenger, retired lawman Tom Watts, in the November election for Sheriff.

Jul 29 16:33

David Perry On Disabilities And Police Violence, Harvey Wasserman On Nuclear Vs. Renewables

Media present the debate over police violence in black communities as almost hopelessly fraught, as it’s tied up with the country’s history of white supremacy and racial division.

Jul 29 15:25

Idaho Attorney General: No Charges against Deputies Who Killed Jack Yantis

Very sad and disappointing news today out of Idaho- the Attorney General has announced that no charges will be filed against deputies Brian Wood and Cody Roland, who slaughtered 62-year-old rancher Jack Yantis outside of his ranch on November 1, 2015. The Adams County Sheriff's department had called Jack at home and requested that he put down one of his bulls, which had been hit by a car. The deputies then pumped twelve bullets into Jack's chest, stomach and heart in front of his nephew and wife, who immediately had a heart attack. Here is the outrageous press release from the AG's office.

Jul 29 14:31

U.S. must beware China's 'Guam killer' missile

(CNN)Capable of hitting targets 3,400 miles away, China's "Guam killer" missile is raising new fears of a growing Chinese threat to major U.S. military installations.

Jul 29 14:28

2 US Police Officers Shot In San Diego, California

Two US police officers in San Diego, California, were shot Thursday and their conditions are currently unknown.

The San Diego Police Department said the shooting occurred shortly after 11 pm local time and one suspect was arrested around an hour later.

Jul 29 14:16

Historic? Malia Obama Skips Hillary's DNC Speech for Lollapalooza Music Festival

So much for Hillary Clinton's speech being an "historic moment for girls."

Obama's daughter Malia skipped it, choosing instead to attend Lollapalooza in Chicago to listen to prerecorded music.

Jul 29 14:03

No One Can Stop Her… And She Knows It: “This Election Won’t Be Fair”

In a fair election, my best estimate is that Donald Trump would win in a landslide.

But this election will not be fair. In fact, few of them are.

Read more at SHTF

Jul 29 13:43

Top US General Rushes to Turkey Amid Accusations US Plotted Coup

A top American general, Joint Chief of Staff chairman Joseph Dunford, is rushing to Turkey on an unexpected visit, after President Erdogan’s allies directly accused the US of being behind the failed coup attempt in the country and have begun purging members of the Turkish military with ties to the United States.

Turkish officials announced that General Dunford will visit the country on July 31 after conducting phone negotiations with his Turkish counterpart General Hulusi Akar reports the pro-government Daily Sabah.

Meanwhile, the diplomatic row between the United States and Turkey, in the wake of a failed attempt to overthrow the Erdogan government, worsened on Friday, with Ankara becoming increasingly insistent that the Obama Administration and NATO were at the center of the coup plot.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Folks, the 31st is this Sunday.

Hopefully, Dunford will be able to negotiate the exit of US and NATO personnel at Incerlik, as well as the removal of the nuclear bombs, housed at that base.

I have to wonder if President Obama has dispatched Dunford, hoping he will be made the "sacrificial lamb" as a justification for a pre-eminent invasion of Turkey by NATO to ultimately destabilize Erdogan, topple him, and put in a more "Western-centric" head of government.

Jul 29 13:36

Oregon standoff leader Ryan Bundy "Declares Himself An 'Idiot' Not Subject To US Courts".

That may sound like a crazy defense strategy, but why not? Hell, it worked for Hillary!

Jul 29 13:35

America's Aging Baby Boomers, Forced To Work Until Death, Blamed For Collapsing US Productivity

Now America's deteriorating productivity trend is nothing new; however for the first time it has been blamed on the demographic shift of the US workforce and specifically the vast preponderance of baby boomers stuck in the labor force, instead of - say - half the population of the US and Canada using Facebook on a daily basis. As Bloomberg adds, what's surprising is the composition of the slowdown: one-third is driven by slowing workforce expansion and the rest by a drop in productivity gains. The productivity slump isn't reserved to older workers: it takes place across age groups, the researchers find.

Jul 29 13:29

The Fed Is Preparing For Negative Rates - Here's The Sign Everyone Missed

I explained why a few months ago in my free weekly column, Thoughts from the Frontline, at Mauldin Economics.

In that regard, something important happened recently. And not many people noticed. I’ll do a quick review to explain.

In Congressional testimony last February, a member of Congress asked Janet Yellen if the Fed had legal authority to use negative interest rates. Her answer was this:

In the spirit of prudent planning we always try to look at what options we would have available to us, either if we needed to tighten policy more rapidly than we expect or the opposite. So we would take a look at [negative rates]. The legal issues I'm not prepared to tell you have been thoroughly examined at this point. I am not aware of anything that would prevent [the Fed from taking interest rates into negative territory]. But I am saying we have not fully investigated the legal issues.

So as of then, Yellen had no firm answer either way.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF in fact that is true, what is the point of saving money inside any US financial institution?!?

The short answer has to be, none whatsoever.

Jul 29 13:23

Ireland jails three top bankers over 2008 banking meltdown

All three were convicted of conspiring together and with others to mislead investors, depositors and lenders by setting up a 7.2-billion-euro circular transaction scheme

Jul 29 13:20

Ireland Jails 3 Top Bankers over 2008 Collapse, the Opposite of What the US Did

“By means that could be termed dishonest, deceitful and corrupt, they manufactured 7.2 billion euros in deposits by obvious sham transactions,” Judge Martin Nolan of Ireland said as he convicted three top bankers on Friday for their role in the 2008 financial crisis. They are among the first in the world to be sent to prison for their involvement in the global meltdown eight years ago. The longest-ever criminal trial in Ireland lasted 74 days and led to convictions for former Irish Life and Permanent Bank Chief Executive Denis Casey; former finance director at the failed Anglo Irish Bank, Willie McAteer; and former head of capital markets at the Anglo Irish Bank, John Bowe. They received sentences ranging between two-and-a-half to three-and-a-half years.

Jul 29 13:08

Police State South Korea Clamps Down on Peace Movement. Deployment of US THAAD Missile System in South Korea

On July 26, 2016, the South Korean government blocked the entry of two Korean American peace activists – Juyeon Rhee and Hyun Lee – into its country. The two are representatives of the U.S.-based Solidarity Committee for Democracy and Peace in Korea. They had traveled to South Korea to participate in the annual Jeju Peace March as well as join protests against the recent U.S.-South Korean decision to deploy the controversial Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile defense system in South Korea.

After being detained by immigration officers at Incheon International Airport, the two were deported pursuant to Articles 11 and 12 of the Korea Immigration Law, which prohibits the entry of foreigners who, among other things, are “deemed likely to commit any act detrimental to national interests of the Republic of Korea or public safety.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Under President Park, South Korea has morphed into a dictatorship of immeasurable proportions, behaving as though she is Obama's "poodle", and doing everything humanly possible to provoke North Korea, including the acceptance of the THAAD deployment in her country.

Jul 29 12:58

Neocon Schizophrenia

A friend recently observed to me that it is ironic that the neoconservatives, whose bottom line foreign policy issue is the uncritical support of Israel, should be obsessed with constantly confronting and goading Russia even though Tel Aviv and Moscow get along just fine. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has traveled to Russia three times in the past year and he and President Vladimir Putin reportedly understand each other very well.

Jul 29 12:43

Why didn't they warn the French people? Security services sent picture of priest-killer with warning that attack was imminent to police four days before church murder but cops did NOT issue image to the public

French intelligence services had been sent a picture of priest killer Abdelmalik Petitjean and were warned an attack was imminent four days before the Normandy church attack, it has been revealed.
In yet another shocking security lapse, the 19-year-old was left to kill Father Jacques Hamel, 85, in the Normandy town of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray on Tuesday.
His photo had been widely distributed to police stations after the anonymous tip-off 'from abroad' on July 22. It was received with a colour photograph of Petitjean, and said he 'was preparing to take part in an attack on national territory'.
The warning went on: 'He's already in France, and is preparing to act alone, or with others.'

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The only awful, and inescapable, conclusion one can logically draw, is that someone very high up in the French government wanted an attack like this to happen.

Et Porquoi?! And why?!?

Please remember what Hollande did right after 15 July, following the incident where 84 people were mowed down by that truck in Nice? extend the state of emergency for another 3 months.

Now, with the horrific assassination of Jacques Hamel three days ago, and with the grief so palpable for the French people, heaven only knows what Hollande has in mind to further curtail the liberties in France.

Jul 29 12:14

Flint to get $20 million for road improvements

(*That will make getting to the next town over , to fetch a pail of water , that much easier !)

Jul 29 12:05

Schuette: State workers’ arrogance led to Flint charges

Flint — Arrogance and viewing people in Flint as expendable were the motives of six state employees criminally charged Friday over the city’s water crisis, Attorney General Bill Schuette said.
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Their offenses vary but there is an overall theme and repeated pattern,” Schuette said. “Each of these individuals attempted to bury, or cover up, to downplay or hide information that contradicted their own narrative their story. Their story was there was nothing wrong with Flint water and it was perfectly safe to use,” Schuette said.

“These individuals concealed the truth. They were criminally wrong to do so.”

The DHHS employees charged were Nancy Peeler, Robert Scott and Corrine Miller. They all face charges of misconduct in office>>

(*NO! The Water Isn't Running right , yet !)

Jul 29 11:03

Poll: Trump Takes Lead Over Hillary After Gaining 17 Points in Two Weeks

Republican nominee Donald Trump gained 17 points in roughly two weeks, according to the Reuters online tracking poll.

On July 14, 2016, Trump was 15 points behind Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton 46.5 percent to 31.5 percent. However as of July 26, 2016, Trump closed that 15 point gap and is now up two points over Clinton, 40.2 percent to 38.5 percent.

Jul 29 10:26

Fox News’ Eric Bolling Claims Bush Got bin Laden

When and how did President Bush set up the kill shot? He had no interest at all in killing bin Laden in 2001 or at any time thereafter

So…remember when former Bush White House Press Secretary told Sean Hannity, “We did not have a terrorist attack on our country during President Bush’s term”?

Well, apparently we never got Osama bin Laden in President Obama’s term. No, that was Bush. At least, that’s what Fox News’ Eric Bolling said Thursday on Fox News’ The Five.

(*Meanwhile , Former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta , at the DNC , praised Hillary's decisiveness on bin Laden , and Obama also took the DNC stage , and did some grandstanding of his own , on the subject .
Will the real 'Getter' Of Bin Laden PLEASE STAND UP ? )

Jul 29 10:17

VIDEO: DNC Attendees Shout "Black Lives Matter" During Moment of Silence for Fallen Officers

Hilarious.

A moment of silence for officers killed in the line of duty was interrupted by multiple people in the DNC audience shouting "Black Lives Matter!"

Jul 29 10:14

DNC 2016: Lights over Oregon delegation cut after chants of 'No More War

Since arriving at the Democratic National Convention, Gregory McKelvey said, he's felt like the party has been trying to silence him.
The Oregon State graduate supports Bernie Sanders, not the party's presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton. So do many of Oregon's delegates.

Jul 29 10:13

The New York City man whose cellphone video captured the fatal police chokehold of unarmed black man Eric Garner is suing the city for $10 million over a drug arrest that he says was police retaliation

The New York City man whose cellphone video captured the fatal police chokehold of unarmed black man Eric Garner is suing the city for $10 million over a drug arrest that he says was police retaliation.
Ramsey Orta was arrested last June after authorities say he sold an undercover officer $40 worth of the party drug known as Molly. The charges were later dropped.

Jul 29 10:10

Baton Rouge Man Arrested For Videos Threatening Police & Former KKK Grand Wizard

A Baton Rouge man has been arrested for posting threatening videos on YouTube targeting police and David Duke, a candidate for US Senate and former KKK grand wizard. The suspect has been charged with terrorizing and cyberstalking.

Jul 29 10:03

Bush and Blair will forever elude the punishment they deserve for Iraq war crimes

In the hierarchy of the world's international crimes, the top three are genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. It's hardly in question that the Americans and British committed war crimes and crimes against humanity in Iraq. So what penalties are their leaders paying?

Why, the same penalty all Western leaders pay for their villainy. As Henry Kissinger did for his many crimes against humanity, from Chile to Indonesia to Bangladesh. He's now a mentor on world affairs to Hillary Clinton – the non-reckless presidential candidate. Or Ronald Reagan, who backed sadistic terrorist groups across Central America and worked closely with the apartheid regime in South Africa. He's now totally mythologized, the revered hero of the Republican Party.

Jul 29 10:00

Raw Story Attacks Scott Adams over Blog Post

. . . . if you’re surprised that someone with such deep-seated insecurity about their masculinity is all-in as a Trump supporter… well, you really shouldn’t be." ~ Raw Story

Scott Adams' Twitter response: https://twitter.com/ScottAdamsSays/status/759055211495206912"

Jul 29 09:35

Is This the Future of Bernie's Revolution?

A small, progressive political party is in Philadelphia looking to capitalize on his movement.

As the fractured Democratic National Convention gradually unified behind Hillary Clinton over the course of the week, Bernie Sanders' frustrated supporters were left to wonder what was next for their would-be political revolution. An obscure political party thinks it has the answer.

Leaders of the Working Families Party, a progressive party backed by labor unions and community activists, were in Philadelphia this week to make the case to Sanders supporters that the WFP should carry the torch.>>>

(*The introductory line of this article; "As the fractured Democratic National Convention..." is a tribute to The Bernie Revolution .)

Jul 29 09:27

Report finds almost 7,000 in-custody deaths in Texas

Almost 7,000 individuals in Texas have died while in police custody or behind bars over the last 10 years, according to an online report released Wednesday by a University of Texas at Austin research institute. Nearly 2,000 people who died had not been convicted of a crime, Institute for Urban Policy Research and Analysis data shows.

Jul 29 09:26

Colorado man forced to pay child support despite DNA test results

Chris Atkins leads a life that might be stranger than any episode of "The Maury Povich Show."
The daytime talk show host has made a living out of revealing DNA test results to squabbling couples, but Atkins already knows DNA has proven he’s not the father of his ex-wife’s daughter, who was 2 years old when the couple divorced.

Jul 29 09:21

CHELSEA MANNING COULD FACE ADDITIONAL PUNISHMENT FOR HER SUICIDE ATTEMPT

U.S. Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning tried to kill herself on July 5 in her cell at Fort Leavenworth military prison. Now, military officials are considering filing charges in connection to the suicide attempt that could make the terms of her imprisonment much more punitive — possibly including indefinite solitary confinement — while possibily losing any chance of receiving parole.

According to a charge sheet posted by the ACLU, Manning was informed by military officials on Thursday that she is under investigation for “resisting the force cell move team,” “prohibited property,” and “conduct which threatens.” In the weeks following her suicide attempt, she has been active on social media, thanking her followers for their moral support.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would like to politely point out to those contemplating additional charges against Manning as a result of her attempting to commit suicide are making themselves look like monsters, both to American citizens and to the world, and making her look ever more the victim to a military system which doesn't brook embarrassment at its use of torture and the creation of massive "collateral damage" well.

As Manning expressed during a statement upon conviction on espionage charges:

The decisions that I made in 2010 were made out of a concern for my country and the world that we live in. Since the tragic events of 9/11, our country has been at war. We’ve been at war with an enemy that chooses not to meet us on any traditional battlefield, and due to this fact we’ve had to alter our methods of combating the risks posed to us and our way of life. I initially agreed with these methods and chose to volunteer to help defend my country. It was not until I was in Iraq and reading secret military reports on a daily basis that I started to question the morality of what we were doing. It was at this time I realized in our efforts to meet this risk posed to us by the enemy, we have forgotten our humanity. We consciously elected to devalue human life both in Iraq and Afghanistan. When we engaged those that we perceived were the enemy, we sometimes killed innocent civilians. Whenever we killed innocent civilians, instead of accepting responsibility for our conduct, we elected to hide behind the veil of national security and classified information in order to avoid any public accountability. In our zeal to kill the enemy, we internally debated the definition of torture. We held individuals at Guantanamo for years without due process. We inexplicably turned a blind eye to torture and executions by the Iraqi government. And we stomached countless other acts in the name of our war on terror. Patriotism is often the cry extolled when morally questionable acts are advocated by those in power. When these cries of patriotism drown our any logically based intentions [unclear], it is usually an American soldier that is ordered to carry out some ill-conceived mission. Our nation has had similar dark moments for the virtues of democracy—the Trail of Tears, the Dred Scott decision, McCarthyism, the Japanese-American internment camps—to name a few. I am confident that many of our actions since 9/11 will one day be viewed in a similar light. As the late Howard Zinn once said, "There is not a flag large enough to cover the shame of killing innocent people."

There is a Biblical caution and injunction "That which you sew, you shall also reap."

What the US government will ultimately reap, in places like Afghanistan; Iraq; Somalia; Bahrain; Syria; and Yemen, cannot possibly be good, because the actions of our military are engineered to control foreign resources to which the US government, and the corporations which support our politicians, have absolutely no moral right.

Do not get me wrong here; I respect our military, and have family and friends serving, so to me this is very personal.

But for a successful outcome, the US has to be on the right, and moral, side of history, when it goes to war.

The above-mentioned military engagements, unfortunately, have not been on the right and moral side of history, and as Shakespeare said, "Aye, there's the rub."

Jul 29 09:07

Putin is watching happily from the sidelines as NATO tears itself apart

Russian President Vladimir Putin seemingly cannot believe his luck as he watches NATO cause near irreparable harm to itself from the sidelines.

NATO has been a major force in reigning in Putin's revanchist vision for Russia, with the alliance holding a series of military exercises and basing troops in vulnerable nations throughout Eastern Europe and the Baltics as a check on Russian aggression following the annexation of Crimea.

Now, however, that sense of unity across Europe and North America against Russian aggression is flailing, as NATO does drastic amounts of self-harm.

(* http://cdns.yournewswire.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/Kremlin-clinto...
and I'll enjoy it again in November too , if you fix that vote , my dear .
za zda-ro-vye)

Jul 29 08:59

Suddenly, a Palestinian breast cancer survivor becomes a 'security threat'

Nadia Abu Nahla who survived breast cancer, is very late for the periodic medical checkup she needs. In 2009, she was successfully treated at Sheba Medical Center in Tel Hashomer. She underwent chemotherapy, an operation, radiation; she asked and received exit permits for all stages. Of all her family, only her mother was permitted to accompany her.

Afterward, Abu Nahla continued regular follow-ups with the team that treated her with dedication. It is known how critically important the follow-up is. The medical equipment needed for periodic exams is not found in the Gaza Strip. It is forbidden to import it. Severe limits on movement also impair the quality of treatment in Gaza. And in general, it is her right to remain under the supervision of the medical team that knows her so well.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How did this woman's request "not meet the criteria" for urgent medical care, under the circumstances?!?

This is yet another callous, inhumane example of Israel's "serial genocide", by refusing to provide desperately needed medical care to a breast cancer survivor.

I guess the wretchedly apartheid Israeli government official who rejected her request for care is hoping that whatever is causing her pain will kill her in the most slow and excruciating manner, or that she will commit suicide.

Jul 29 08:58

On Top of Emails, Leaked DNC Voicemails Show Money Buying Access

CNN reports how other "messages highlight the relationships between donors looking for favors and goodies, and the party officials trying to bring in money to their coffers."

Jul 29 08:47

DEMOCRATS ABANDON WORKERS TO TRUMP

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Trump has found the potential key to victory because he realizes that the Democratic Party has given up on these workers, who were once considered to be their main constituency. These workers have become even more alienated from their jobs, as Marx predicted, because their jobs no longer exist. And according to Trump, it’s because the Democrats—especially the Clintons—embraced bad trade agreements like NAFTA, the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Smart liberal journalists smell the coffee. “Donald Trump’s Working-Class Appeal Is Starting To Freak Out Labor Unions” >>>

Jul 29 08:42

Anti-US rally staged at NATO Incirlik air base in Turkey (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

A crowd has been protesting near the Incirlik military base in Adana, Turkey. The facility houses US and NATO forces. The demonstrators are calling for the closure of the base, where arrests and searches were made in connection with the failed coup.

Regional television has been broadcasting the rally.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Although I would suspect that the demonstration was government-sponsored, I am betting that it will only be a matter of time before Erdogan demands that NATO leave the base, and most probably, without the 51 bombs stored there.

Jul 29 08:31

Turkey Shakes Up Armed Forces, U.S. Says Purges Harming Cooperation

Turkey has begun overhauling its armed forces following a failed coup, but its NATO ally the United States complained that the purges of generals and officers were hindering cooperation in the fight against Islamic State.

The military announced late on Thursday the promotion of 99 colonels to the rank of general or admiral, part of a shake-up that left General Staff chief Hulusi Akar and the army, navy and air force commanders in their posts.

The announcement came shortly after the dishonorable discharge of nearly 1,700 military personnel over their alleged roles in the abortive July 15-16 putsch, in which at least 246 people were killed and more than 2,000 injured. About 40 percent of all generals and admirals have been dismissed since the coup.

President Tayyip Erdogan, who ordered the restructuring, accuses U.S.-based Muslim preacher and scholar Fethullah Gulen of orchestrating the coup and wants Washington to extradite him.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A memo to the White House, State Department, Pentagon, and Congress; in the words of my late grandmother, the horse is already out of the barn.

Rather than complaining at Erdogan, who is very suspicious that the US and NATO were part of the coup against him, you should be crafting a reasonable solution for getting those 2500 NATO troops, (of whom 1500 are Americans) and the 51 bombs, out of Incerlik, and on their way home.

Unfortunately, that will most probably not happen until Imam Gulen, who Erdogan believes is the initiator of the coup, is extradited from Pennsylvania to Istanbul.

Obama is most probably not going to allow that to happen, unless Gulen, a CIA operative, is quite dead, and delivered home in a coffin.

Turkey is pivoting to Russia, and may well leave NATO at any time, believing that a military partnership with Russia and China is more to their benefit at this point.

The best thing the US and NATO can do is cut their losses, and get out of Turkey; this will be logistically uncomfortable, but most probably the non-worst option at the moment.

They may have to negotiate to enhance the capacities the Souda NATO base in Crete, but such a move may be well worth the effort.

Jul 29 08:09

Brazil: Olympians Will 'Literally be Swimming in Human Crap'

Olympians set to compete in the multicultural haven of Brazil will "literally be swimming in human crap," scientists say.

Jul 29 08:02

ANOTHER '90s scandal returns to haunt the Clintons - billionaire accused of being front for Chinese Communist bid to influence Bill's 1996 election finally faces being questioned after years on the run

A Chinese billionaire at the center of a 20-year-old Clinton foreign donor scandal is being called in to answer questions from Congress about his role in the influence-buying scheme, in a move that could revive yet another Clinton controversy from the 1990s.

The House Oversight Committee told Daily Mail Online that it will seek an interview with Ng Lap Seng, 68, who evaded congressional investigators for years.

He has now re-appeared in the United States and is being held in New York on unrelated bribery charges.

One campaign group is even suggesting that Congress grant him immunity from the charges in return for testifying.

Ng, a Macau businessman with ties to the Chinese government, was accused of funneling over $1 million in illegal foreign donations to support Bill Clinton's reelection campaign in 1996.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Watch for this guy to become "very depressed" in jail to the point of "getting Arkancided" in some spectacular, breath-taking manner, before he is supposed to testify, as he was very much one of the "linchpins" in the Chinagate scandal.

As reported at en.wikipedia.org:

The 1996 United States campaign finance controversy was an alleged effort by the People's Republic of China to influence domestic American politics prior to and during the Clinton administration and also involved the fund-raising practices of the administration itself. While questions regarding the U.S. Democratic Party's fund-raising activities first arose over a Los Angeles Times article published on September 21, 1996,[1] China's alleged role in the affair first gained public attention when Bob Woodward and Brian Duffy of The Washington Post published a story stating that a United States Department of Justice investigation into the fund-raising activities had uncovered evidence that agents of China sought to direct contributions from foreign sources to the Democratic National Committee (DNC) before the 1996 presidential campaign. The journalists wrote that intelligence information had shown the Chinese embassy in Washington, D.C. was used for coordinating contributions to the DNC[2] in violation of United States law forbidding non-American citizens or non-permanent residents from giving monetary donations to United States politicians and political parties. A Republican investigator of the controversy stated the Chinese plan targeted both presidential and congressional United States elections, while Democratic Senators said the evidence showed the Chinese targeted only congressional elections. The Chinese government denied all accusations. Yah-Lin "Charlie" Trie[edit] The most significant activity by Yah-Lin "Charlie" Trie was a $450,000 attempted donation from him to Clinton's legal defense fund, which Trie allegedly delivered in two envelopes each containing several checks and money orders. The fund immediately rejected $70,000 and deposited the remainder, but ordered an investigation of the source. The investigation found that some of the money orders were made out in different names but with the same handwriting, and sequentially numbered. The fund then rejected the donation entirely, and returned the deposited funds two months after the initial contribution.[6] Born in Taiwan, Trie emigrated to the U.S. in 1974. He eventually became an American citizen and co-owner of a restaurant in Little Rock, Arkansas. The 1997 special investigation describes Trie as having attempted to develop an international trading business (Daihatsu International Trading Corporation), having maintained or accessed accounts in Little Rock and Washington, D.C. into which Macau-based real estate businessman Ng Lap Seng wired >$1M USD from Macau and Hong Kong accounts, and as having never succeeded in the trading business (based on bank and tax records indicating substantive income only from Ng).[7][page needed] In Little Rock, Trie befriended Clinton, then governor of Arkansas. In addition to the attempted donation to Clinton's defense fund, Trie and his immediate family donated $220,000 to the DNC which was also later returned.[7][page needed] Immediately after the donation to Clinton's defense fund, Trie sent a letter to President Clinton that expressed concern about America's intervention in tensions arising from China's military exercises being conducted near Taiwan. Trie told the President in his letter that war with China was a possibility should U.S. intervention continue: ...[O]nce the hard parties of the Chinese military incline to grasp U.S. involvement as foreign intervention, is [sic] U.S. ready to face such [a] challenge[?]... [I]t is highly possible for China to launch [sic] real war based on its past behavior in [sic] Sino-Vietnam War and Zhen Bao Tao war with Russia. (Charlie Trie, letter to President Clinton, March 21, 1996)."[7][page needed] After Congressional investigations turned to Trie in late 1996, he left the country for China.[7][page needed] Trie returned to the U.S. in 1998 and was convicted and sentenced to three years probation and four months home detention for violating federal campaign finance laws by making political contributions in someone else's name and for causing a false statement to be made to the Federal Election Commission (FEC).[8]

But wait, the scandal gets even deeper! As reported at Phyllis Schaffly's report eagleforum.org in June of 1998:

Now we know why the Democrats were so vicious in their attacks on Senator Fred Thompson (R-TN) and Rep. Dan Burton (R-IN). Theirs were the committees that were closing in on the China connection, the scandal that can bring down the Clinton presidency, the scandal that has made Congressmen start to utter the T word (treason). A series of front-page news stories in the New York Times (May 15, 16, 17) essentially vindicated Thompson's charge that the Chinese Communist Government tried to influence the 1996 U.S. election with campaign contributions. The fact that Clinton personally issued the waivers to allow shipments of U.S. technology that greatly improved the accuracy and reliability of Communist China's missiles is grounds for impeachment, regardless of whether or not there was any quid pro quo for those decisions. U.S. space technology was just what China needs to make intercontinental ballistic missiles and point them more accurately at U.S. cities. And he did it despite the objections of the U.S. State Department, Defense Department, Justice Department, and intelligence agencies. Because China shared U.S. technology and equipment with Pakistan, Clinton is also responsible for India starting the nuclear race in Asia. India has fought three wars with its neighbor, Pakistan, since the end of World War II and looks upon Pakistan's new military capabilities as a direct threat. Clinton's policy decisions were, on their face, damaging and dangerous to U.S. national security. And the calendar provides an ominous frame of reference. When Clinton's policy decisions that dramatically benefited China's military capability and Loral's profits, and the hundreds of thousands of dollars of campaign donations from the Chinese government and from Loral, are all placed on the calendar, the sequence shows a pattern of corruption that cannot be ignored. That's the real campaign finance scandal.

Bill Clinton betrayed this country for Chinese election contribution cash; this is why I hope Seng is wearing his Kevlar undies in prison, because, with what he knows and can tell to a Grand Jury, he may well single-handedly, destroy Hillary's presidential bid, if the testimony is held before the elections.

Jul 29 07:51

Central Bankers are Driving Us All Into the Dirt

One of the major triggers I’ve been warning about is already happening, even before we understand and/or admit that we are in a recession. Global corporate debt now sits at a record $51 trillion and is poised to hit $75 trillion by 2020 – just four years away. If interest rates rise and the economy slows, it will be very hard for companies to roll these bonds over – and then we get what S&P Global Ratings is calling “Crexit.” The bond markets dry up for corporate lending, especially higher-yield junk bonds. This would set off a chain of corporate defaults and bankruptcies that would cause central banks to start to lose control of the economy, as they did in 2008 forward.

Jul 29 07:41

BYE BYE MIDDLE CLASS: THE RATE OF HOMEOWNERSHIP IN THE UNITED STATES HAS HIT THE LOWEST LEVEL EVER

The percentage of Americans that own a home has fallen to the lowest level ever recorded. During the second quarter of 2016, the non-seasonally adjusted home ownership rate fell to just 62.9 percent, which was exactly where it was at when the U.S. Census began publishing this measurement back in 1965. This is not what a “recovery” looks like. All throughout the Obama years, the percentage of Americans that own a home has gotten smaller and smaller and smaller. The reason for this, of course, is that the middle class in America is dying. Last year, we learned that middle class Americans now make up a minority of the population for the first time ever. In order to have a high rate of home ownership, you need a thriving middle class, and you can’t have a thriving middle class without good paying middle class jobs. This is why I write about the evisceration of the middle class so extensively, because the U.S.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Part of President Obama's "legacy", I see.

Jul 29 07:37

THE DRAMATIC FAILURE OF GLOBALISATION

According to wikipedia, Globalisation is the process of international integration arising from the interchange of world views, products, ideas and other aspects of culture. However, over the last ten years there has been a sea change decline in all the indicators that would measure the success of this model. Democracy, economic growth, freedom and the principles of an interchange of world views and culture has been all but abandoned to a vice like grip of globalisation driven by corporate principles of power and greed resulting in war, terrorism, a biblical refugee crisis, fear and a fully co-opted media.

The Economist has just published its annual index on democracy. They found that out of 167 countries, only twenty are “full democracies”. Less than 13 per cent of the world’s countries can now claim to be a democracy. Given that America has graciously forced so much democracy on the world, one could be forgiven for thinking all is not well.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The real, inescapable fact here is that globalization only "works" for people who are already massively rich; the"trickle down" of profitability to working class people from globalization has never been a reality; only an empty phrase, created to "comfort" those who have lost their jobs through globalization's relentless offshoring/outsourcing of American jobs to the centers of the lowest-cost labor, who are now working two or three minimum-wage jobs, maxing out their credit cards, and may well never be able to be financially solvent again.

There is a lot of economic desperation going on this country right now, and a real sense of having been utterly financially betrayed with by the Globalist Powers that Be in order to enrich their own wallets.

I do not know how that sense of desperation is ultimately going to manifest; but as a Christian pacifist activist, I sincerely caution people NOT to give this government the kind of confrontation in which they have expended billions to put down with extreme prejudice.

Jul 29 07:22

CLINTON CAMPAIGN: RUSSIA RIGGING US ELECTION BY EXPOSING HOW WE RIGGED ELECTION

Russia is manipulating the 2016 U.S. presidential election by leaking hacked emails from the Democratic National Committee’s (DNC) servers — emails that show the DNC rigged and manipulated the Democratic primary in favor of Hillary Clinton.

Call it an exercise in hypocrisy, or call it a deflection to detract from the fact that America’s political process is corrupt beyond belief. Either way, this is the narrative prevailing in the media as the Democratic Party, led by Clinton surrogates, attempts to downplay its own internal corruption by pinning the blame on Russia in what can be described as a “neo-Red Scare.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What the flip?!?

This charge against Russia makes absolutely zero sense whatsoever.

And the DNC's attempt to use this "excuse" as the reason why the emails got hacked shows that they have utterly zero respect whatsoever for Americans' having the capability to think logically.

But it does demonstrate, painfully clearly, that neither the DNC nor Candidate Clinton can take personal responsibility for anything; that is one the factors that makes a Clinton presidency so horrifically dangerous, both for this country, and the world.

The plain, miserable and unvarnished truth is that Clinton is, at the end of the day, one of the elites; these are the people whose interests she will defend and enrich; not those of We the People.

Under her watch, we can expect more wars; a return to the draft of both our young men and young women; more income inequality; more American jobs outsourced and offshored; more enhanced military and financial aid to Israel (which is, BTW, illegal, per the Symington Amendment) with which to crush and ultimately destroy the Palestinian people and their hopes of statehood; and more economic misery in general.

Jul 29 07:10

HEDGE-FUND MONEY: $48.5 MILLION FOR HILLARY CLINTON, $19,000 FOR DONALD TRUMP

Owners and employees of hedge funds have made $122.7 million in campaign contributions this election cycle, according to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics—more than twice what they gave in the entire 2012 cycle and nearly 14% of total money donated from all sources so far.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This woman is very publicly owned by the corporations which support her; this means that there will be absolutely nothing in her platform to seriously improve the state of affairs for We the People, many of whom are struggling like crazy just to stay afloat.

But I guarantee you this: those corporations who own her will simply get more wealthy under her watch, because all of her newly proposed tax burdens will fall upon us, rather than them, marginalizing and destroying what is left of the middle class in this country to absolute zero.

Jul 29 07:00

Will Any Future POTUS Matter (Other Than Launching More Wars)?

My own work has focused on two dynamics of the cost of increasingly unproductive complex systems. One is privilege, which can be defined as unearned wealth and power. Privilege is by definition unproductive, and a drain on the economy and society. Once the privileged class (i.e. the protected class that shifts risks and taxes to the unprotected/non-elite classes) expands and social mobility decays, the economy collapses under the dead weight of the privileged class.

I covered the history and dynamics of this process in The Lesson of Empires: Once Privilege Limits Social Mobility, Collapse Is Inevitable (April 18, 2016).

The second dynamic is the destructive consequences of a self-serving political-financial elite that is structurally incapable of real reform because real reform will collapse the high-cost structures that enable the concentration of wealth and power.

I explain these dynamics in Why Our Status Quo Failed and Is Beyond Reform.

Jul 29 06:51

Good Thing John Hinckley Jr. Only Shot the President. If He Sold Drugs, He Might Still Be Locked Up.

Hinckley’s release had me thinking about Luis Rivera, Barbra Scrivner, and Antoinette Frink: the three non-violent offenders who received a cumulative 185+ years in prison for far lesser crimes than shooting the president. All three were convicted of non-violent drug charges. Rivera was convicted of trafficking cocaine and was sentenced to life in prison. He served 30 years of that sentence—nearly as much time as Hinckley.

Jul 29 06:50

No, We Don’t Know Yet That Russia is Behind DNC Email Hacks. Here’s Why.

There is a strong narrative underway. It was propelled largely by Clinton’s campaign manager, Robby Mook, and members of the Democratic National Committee after news broke over the weekend that thousands of embarassing internal emails were posted to WikiLeaks. The theory goes that the Russian government is behind the hack because they want to meddle in U.S. politics to help Donald Trump (who is “cozy” with Vladimir Putin).

Different media organizations continue to cite “government sources” as confirmation of Russia’s evil intentions. (Russia has denied any involvement). And, if you actually examine the facts, you will see that we simply don’t have enough yet to prove this theory out. Yes, there are some indicators that it could be Russia. Yes, there is reportedly metadata hidden in early documents that show they were edited with Russian language settings. Yes, Crowd Strike, a cyber firm hired by the DNC, claims that they found two hacker groups associated

Jul 29 06:04

Trump: "Hillary's Vision is a Borderless World Where Working People Have No Power, No Jobs, No Safety"

Donald Trump fired off a series of tweets slamming Hillary Clinton's boring speech last night at the Democratic National Convention.

Americans would be wise to heed his warnings.

Jul 29 05:40

Israeli demolitions make more Palestinians homeless

In first half of 2016, 740 people were made homeless by the Israeli army, which says the structures were not approved.
Note: Thugs, murders, liars and cheaters.

Jul 29 05:39

Austria: Syrian Migrant Caught 'Masturbating Next to Children's Playground'

A SYRIAN man was caught masturbating next to a children’s playground on Monday afternoon.

Jul 29 04:37

“Don’t Cry For Us Syria … The Truth is We Shall Never Leave You!”

“Don’t cry for us Syria” has recently become a motto/logo of sorts for many physically and psychologically brutalized youth around this ancient land. They are the youngsters who represent a new generation of Syrians, many of whom were born in this century. It is into their patriotic hands that Syria’s Torch has been passed.

Jul 29 04:22

Brexit Boost for Scotland's Wacky War of Independence

A month on from the Brexit vote and Scotland's EU-smitten First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, continues to stamp her foot in frustration. But hopefully, after her frantic tour of European capitals pleading for Scotland to remain a vassal of the EU one way or another, the absurdity of her stance is beginning to dawn on her. She's a little less strident, a touch more subdued

Jul 29 03:39

Too fast? They're furious: Pilots' union says American Airlines compromises safety

The president of American Airlines’ pilots union said he’s alarmed by a new management initiative to speed up some flight plans, stating in a Thursday letter to union members that it could “compromise the margin of safety.”

“This erosion of the safety margin cannot be tolerated. Pilot pushing leads to ‘rush to comply’ behavior,” Capt. Dan Carey, who was elected president of the Allied Pilots Association earlier this month, wrote in the letter. “American Airlines’ operations are clearly over-scheduled, and management is now resorting to improvisation. Don’t let management’s schedule-planning mistakes become your next crisis.”

Carey is referring specifically to an initiative laid out in a July 12 memo from American’s chief operating officer Robert Isom. The memo outlines “speed up flight plans” as a way to reduce delays in certain circumstances.

Jul 29 03:17

Bill Clinton Falls Asleep During Hillary's Speech, Appears on the Brink of Death

Bill Clinton appears to be on the brink of death.

Jul 28 22:44

Hillary Selected at DNC: 1984, Part 2

We all knew Hillary was coming, but watching this all happen in real life is like going to see the movie Jurassic Park at the theater, then getting eaten by a velociraptor on the way to your car afterward.?

Jul 28 19:57

Overly Simple Energy-Economy Models Give Misleading Answers

In the book Secular Cycles, Peter Turchin and Surgey Nefedov approach the problem of what causes civilizations to collapse using a modeling approach. According to their analysis, the kinds of things that caused civilizations to collapse very much corresponded to the symptoms of increasing complexity:

Problems tended to develop when the population in an area outgrew its resource base–either the population rose too high, or the resources become degraded, or both. The leaders would adopt a plan, which we might consider adding “complexity,” to solve the problems. Such a plan might include raising taxes to be able to afford a bigger army, and using that army to invade another territory. Or it might involve a plan to build irrigation, so that the current land becomes more productive. A modern approach might be to increase tourism, so that the wealth obtained from tourists can be traded for needed resources such as food.
According to Turchin and Nefedov, one problem that arises with the adoption of the new plan is increased wealth disparity. More leaders are needed for the new complex solutions. At the same time, it becomes more difficult for those at the bottom of the hierarchy (such as new workers) to obtain adequate wages.

Jul 28 19:42

Is Webb Hubbell Really My Dad?

Jul 28 18:53

Chris Hedges: Saudi Wahhabism a Tool of U.S. Foreign Policy

With terrorist attacks from Bangladesh to Saudi Arabia to Baghdad, and of course many other places in the world, the news of the day is all about ISIS. This gets reported in a very isolated way, without much historical context at all. This Wahhabism, extreme, radical Islam, whatever terminology you want to use, the thing that doesn't get said very often is to what extent this was all a tool of US foreign policy and for decades

Jul 28 17:47

FOOLING MOST OF THE PEOPLE MOST OF THE TIME IS WHAT AMERICAN POLITICS ARE ABOUT, EVEN WHEN IT COMES TO THE THREAT OF NUCLEAR WAR

Nuclear war, just as with any other kind of war, can happen almost by accident through blunders and careless acts and overly-aggressive postures. Just let the blood of two sides get up enough, and an utter disaster could quickly overtake us. Constantly decreasing the possibilities for accidents and misunderstandings is a prime responsibility of every major world leader

Jul 28 16:23

Video: Arizona woman killed by officer held medical scissors

They train them to kill for non-compliance with orders. They train them to say the magic words,"I felt my life was endangered". A cops job is to bring in offenders for due process not execute summarily anyone they feel threatened by.Why did they become a cop? 15th most dangerous job in America. In the olden days the police would have slapped the medical scissors out of her hand with their billies and carted her off to jail,bruised but alive! And Native Americans are #1 on the shoot list,not blacks!

WINSLOW, Ariz. (AP) — A Navajo woman who was fatally shot by an Arizona police officer earlier this year had medical scissors in her hand as she approached the lawman, body camera video shows.

The shooting of the Navajo woman led tribal officials to urge the U.S. Justice Department to investigate the treatment of American Indians in towns that border the Navajo Nation. A Justice Department spokesman did not immediately say Wednesday whether the office planned to do so.

Jul 28 16:19

Vote for Hillary, Trump = Vote for ongoing bullshit to cover lie-started Wars of Aggression, bankster looting, no real solutions. Really, don’t you prefer demanding .01% arrests rather than voting for ongoing rogue state empire?

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A vote for Hillary or Trump is a vote to continue the following:

All the wars were started with “reasons” known to be false as they were told. We know this absolutely from now-disclosed government agency documents. Did you know?

The wars are Orwellian unlawful; not even close to legal. If there’s one law responsible citizens must know, and to honor the awful sacrifices of all our families through not one but two world wars, it’s war law. Did you know?

The reason all levels of total debt increase is a Robber Baron-era system of fundamental criminal fraud to create what we use for money as debt owed to private banks, the principals of which are the “too big to fails.” The top 20 Americans now own more than the bottom 50%, the .1% own more than the bottom 90%, and the 1% are more wealthy than the 99%. Did you know?

Jul 28 16:10

Chinese Rocket Lights Up Night Sky in Western US

A spokeswoman for the Strategic Command told the Associated Press that remains of the Chinese Chang-Zheng (C-Z) 7 rocket re-entered the atmosphere at around 9:36 p.m., California time.

The CZ-7 was part of China’s new generation of rockets, experts say. The rocket was launched June 25. It was huge, weighing over 5 tons.

One Twitter user commenting about the event Wednesday night was Harvard astronomer Jonathan McDowell. He said it was rare for such large objects to re-enter the atmosphere.

So far in 2016 there have been 25 reentries of objects massing 1 ton or more. But objects of 5 ton+ class like this are rare.

Jul 28 16:06

The World's Fastest Rocket Just Launched a Secret Spy Satellite

Don't tell anyone.

Jul 28 15:40

Homeownership Rate in the U.S. Drops to Lowest Since 1965

The U.S. homeownership rate fell to the lowest in more than 50 years as rising prices put buying out of reach for many renters. The share of Americans who own their homes was 62.9 percent in the second quarter, the lowest since 1965, according to a Census Bureau report Thursday. It was the second straight quarterly decrease, down from 63.5 percent in the previous three months.

Jul 28 15:31

Trump Says “Putin Doing Better Job” Than Obama As Lead Over Hillary Grows

Having stolen the narrative away from the Democrats this week, Trump is not done yet, doubling down today on his Putin pandemonium… GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump says Russian leader Vladimir Putin is “doing a better job” than President Obama. -- “I said he’s a better leader than Obama because Obama’s not a leader,” Trump said in an interview aired Thursday on Fox News’s “Fox & Friends.” “He’s certainly doing a better job than Obama is, that’s all.”

Jul 28 15:16

Peter Schiff: Time Is Running Out, “Crisis Worse Than 2008 Coming”

Economic expert Peter Schiff speaks on not only the safe haven of gold, and what is at stake in the election, but just how dire the financial consequences will be when the great storm hits and batters everyone.

Jul 28 15:02

Dear Russia: Can You Find Hillary’s 30,000 Missing E-Mails? (Trump taunts humorless Hill)

‘Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing,’ Trump said. ‘I think you’ll be rewarded mightily by our press!’

Jul 28 14:14

West Coast lefties want a ‘wall’ to keep out gun owners

Anti-2nd Amendment crusaders in Washington State and Oregon are looking to pass California-style gun control legislation with the goal of forming a “West Coast Wall” of draconian anti-firearm regulations along the Pacific coast. The effort is being spearheaded by the anti-2nd Amendment groups Washington CeaseFire and Ceasefire Oregon, both of which have lobbied heavily for stronger state and federal firearm laws for decades.

Jul 28 14:06

President Hillary and World War III

I think there are about 75 separate reasons why there should have been a full-scale investigation by the FBI in the strange death of Vince Foster. I wish there were some agency that was not part of the government that could investigate crimes, which is part of the problem, of course. The FBI is really just an overrated, bloated, politically-driven bureaucracy. I sincerely doubt, for instance, that they’ll ever go after The Clinton Foundation, which is clearly nothing but a gigantic slush fund.

Jul 28 13:30

Pelosi: Trump voters are dumb, racist and homophobic

Aged House minority leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) doesn’t believe GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump’s popularity has anything to do with Democrat Hillary Clinton’s long list of scandals or her life of political corruption. Support for Trump, she contends, boils down to the “three Gs.” -- As far as Pelosi is concerned, Trump supporters love God and guns and hate gays— a testament, she says, to the Democratic belief that GOP voters are uneducated troglodytes.

Jul 28 13:12

Donald Trump Has Two New Nicknames For Hillary Clinton…

For months Donald Trump has bestowed the “Crooked Hillary” moniker upon the Democratic Presidential candidate with what appear to be very damaging results to her credibility and honesty. Always one to entertain, and often without a script, Trump has a couple of new nicknames he recently threw into the mix.

Jul 28 13:05

DNC’s Stinky Strategy

DNC’s Stinky Strategy : With all of Hillary’s non-accomplishments, lies, corruption, and the recent email scandal within the DNC Convention, how will they ever gain Americas trust especially with Bernie Sanders voters.

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