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CURRENT EVENTS

Aug 23 16:20

Freedom for the Speech We Hate: The Legal Ins and Outs of the Right to Protest

If ever there were a time for us to stand up for the right to speak freely, even if it’s freedom for speech we hate, the time is now.

Aug 23 16:07

Google Is Secretly Recording You

The technology giant has effectively turned millions of its users’ smartphones into listening devices that can capture intimate conversations – even when they aren’t in the room.

Aug 23 15:34

[VIDEO] Man Opens Fire In Pawn Shop, And It Doesn’t End Well For Him

It’s a good day when you’re armed and prepared to defend yourself against those who look to do harm. This man is in obvious need of help, and he hope that he is able to get it. Until then, he’s been denied bail and is awaiting his future.

Aug 23 14:53

Confederate veterans recognized as Americans

Confederate soldiers are also U.S. veterans. The U.S. government recognized Confederate veterans as equivalent to Union vets via the Congressional Act of 1900, signed June 6, 1903, the Congressional Act of 1906, by the 17th Congress in February 1929 and U.S. Public Law 85-425, Section 410, of May 1958.

These famous Americans were also descendants of Confederate States of America veterans:

•Marine Gen. John A Lejeune’s father was Confederate States Army Capt. Ovide Lejeune.

•Marine Lt. Gen. Lewis “Chesty” Puller’s grandfather was CSA Maj. John Puller, killed in 1953.

•Army Lt. Gen. George S. Patton III’s grandfather was CSA Col. George Patton, killed in 1864.

Aug 23 14:33

29 States Allowed Big Ag To Act As Seed Legislator

States like Oregon, California, Texas, Montana and Iowa just simultaneously nuked the ability to have seed laws. Claws of Big Ag found puppeteering legislators. With little to no fanfare at all, the states passed “seed preemption laws” that essentially shut down public discourse on...

Aug 23 11:58

ExxonMobil, Kochs, Israel Pushing Washington to Partition Iraq and Syria

The currently stateless Kurds sit astride the Iraq-Syria border on land blessed/cursed with oil, other resources, and geopolitical significance. Is it any wonder that mega-corporations and their client states are looking to use the Kurds, stoke conflict, and exploit the situation?

Years before the U.S. illegally invaded and then occupied Iraq, plans were circulating within the Pentagon to partition the country along “sectarian” lines, with the express purpose of allowing the U.S. and its regional allies to better control oil resource production and movement within the Middle East.

In Syria, the same narrative of partition has more recently been circulated as the “only” solution to the nation’s sectarian divisions, divisions which did not emerge until they were artificially created in 2011 when the current conflict began and later fomented by hostile foreign actors.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So it's the old "invade, divide, and conquer" routine, ordered by Trump's corporate masters, which he seems to be fulfilling now, in Syria and Iraq.

Aug 23 11:47

Moqtada Al-Sadr and Saudi Arabia— The New Allies

After the meeting with Mohamed Bin Salman and other Saudi officials, Al-Sadr’s office stated that there would be a Saudi consulate in Najaf. Although looking at the suggestion superficially the intention seems to be to strengthen the Saudi relations with Iraqi government, there is more to that. It’s not a coincidence that Najaf was chosen. This would give Saudi Arabia the opportunity to crackdown on Shia opposition in the gulf countries while using religious authorities like Al-Sadr on their side. Al-Sadr left to Iraq, and Saudi bulldozers flattened Awamiya, terrorizing people and forcing hundreds to flee.

Aug 23 11:38

'A very bad day': Kim Jong-un orders production of more warhead tips as North Korea reveals missile plans

Kim Jong-un, the North Korean dictator, has ordered his scientists to step up production of warheads and solid fuel rocket engines for long-range ballistic missiles.

Requests in recent days from both South Korea and the United States for Pyongyang to halt its provocations and return to the discussion table appear to have fallen on deaf ears after Mr Kim was shown making his demand during a visit to the Chemical Material Institute of the Academy of Defence Sciences.

"He instructed the institute to produce more solid-fuel rocket engines and rocket warhead tips" through the use of carbon compounds, the Korean Central News Agency reported on Wednesday. Pictures show Mr Kim touring the research facility, trailed by uniformed officials assiduously scribbling in notebooks.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF you, as the commander in chief of your country, were looking at the naval juggernaut represented by the US/Japanese/South Korean troops drilling just off the Korean peninsula, wouldn't you, logically, be doing precisely the same thing?!?

Kim appears to be convinced that war is coming; therefore, he is making plans to be able to defend North Korea as well as he possibly can.

Aug 23 11:29

The U.S. Military Is Cozying Up to Sudan, of All Countries: A genocidal regime is America's newest possible ally

The United States seems to be working toward courting an unexpected ally in its operations in Africa. On Aug. 9, 2017, Alexander Laskaris — an American diplomat that works for the U.S. military’s Germany-based Africa Command — visited Sudan for a series of meetings with military and diplomatic officials.

The visit comes amid a gradual move toward warmer relations. In March 2016, the Sudanese government reopened the military attache’s office in its U.S. embassy after a 28-year gap. Around the same time, Washington named a military attache for its own embassy Khartoum. And in April 2017, a delegation of Sudanese military officials met with AFRICOM in Stuttgart.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Why not cozy up to a genocidal regime, when the US has been raining down genocide in Yemen, along with Saudi Arabia, and supporting the government of Bahrain and the Al Khalifa monarchy, which are torturing and jailing the Shia members of their population for wanting a constitutional monarchy?!?

Hey, if it is anything the Unhinged, Surveilled States of Amerika know how to do , it is how to commit genocide!!

But, I digress. Let's look at a map of Sudan:

Map of Sudan with surrounding countries

This would be a very convenient, centralized place in which the US military might want to build a number of installations, with eyes all of of Sudan's neighbors, which include: Egypt; Libya; Chad; Eritrea; Democratic Republic of Congo; Kenya; and Ethiopia.

But there must be something more than just location; as reported at Wikipedia:

"Petroleum is Sudan's major natural resource. The country also has significant deposits of chromium ore, copper, iron ore, mica, silver, gold, tungsten, and zinc."

I would think that this sudden US "warming" toward Sudan has a two-fold purpose; as a strategic location for US military sites in Africa, and the control of Sudan's oil and mineral capabilities.

Aug 23 11:07

Amid outrage, Philippine opposition presses Duterte to stop killings

Political opponents of Philippine leader Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday urged him to end a culture of impunity and quell a surge in drug-related killings, amid widespread anger at police over the death of a teenager.

Allegations of a cover-up in last week's death of Kian Loyd delos Santos has caused rare outrage among a public largely supportive of Duterte's campaign, which saw more than 90 people killed last week in three nights of intensified police operations.

The 17-year-old student was killed in a rundown area of Manila and according to a forensic expert who conducted an autopsy, Delos Santos was shot in the back of the head and ears while on the floor, suggesting there was no gunfight, contrary to an official police report. The victim's family reject police allegations he was a drug courier.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That... was the only reasonable thing President Duterte could have said, under the circumstances.

But when you give police the authority to act with extreme violence, you are giving them the power to act illegally, with impunity, and not serve and protect the community.

Aug 23 11:01

Israel to High Court: Law seizing Palestinian land is humane response to 'distress' of thousands of settlers

The state on Monday asked the High Court of Justice to reject legal challenges to a controversial law that would allow for the retroactive expropriation of land owned by Palestinians in West Bank settlements. It called the law “a humane, proportional and reasonable response to the genuine distress of Israeli residents.”

In seeking to persuade the court to reject the legal challenges – filed by Palestinian and Israeli human rights organizations – the state argued that the “practical alternative” to the law is the maintenance of the existing situation, which the state said is disruptive to the lives of “hundreds of families” in settlements, including families who built homes based on representations by government authorities that it was permissible.

The state added that the law is constitutional under Israeli law and also meets the requirements of international law.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Absoflippinglutely unbelievable!!

And THIS, from the country which characterizes itself as "The only democracy in the Middle East"?!?

GIVE ME A BREAK!!

Aug 23 10:55

The New Trump: War President

Life with Deterrence

In the meantime, the White House needs to calm down and learn to live with mutual deterrence. That conclusion is surprisingly being reached even by some traditional hawks.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
Eliot Cohen, a co-founder of the Project for a New American Century, states flatly, “The United States is simply not ready for a war in Korea, even if one were the lesser of two evils. . . . The American military may have the aircraft to hammer North Korean nuclear sites, but it is also fighting in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria, and returning to Europe to bolster deterrence there. . . . This could, in other words, all turn out much worse than even the president’s wary advisers, who know war (though far less ferocious war than this would likely be) may think.”

Aug 23 10:54

UNBELIEVABLE: ANTIFA’S NEW SECRET WEAPON WILL HAVE EVERYONE SCREAMING “LOCK THEM UP”

Pretty much every sensible person in the country at this point realizes that Antifa is a dangerous and sadistic organization looking to terrorize the public. If bats and pepper spray were not enough, now they have added a new secret weapon to their “arsenal”.

Aug 23 10:33

Phishing phone scam spoofs local number on caller ID

There’s a new phishing scam making its way around Hawaii, and the Hawaii Better Business Bureau worries people may fall for it, simply because of what shows up on the caller ID.

Instead of a mainland or international number showing up, it appears to be a local one.

“What scares us the most about this is that local people see the 808 number and they think it might be someone that they know, so they pick up the phone,” said Greg Dunn, Hawaii Better Business Bureau CEO.

That’s when a recorded message says to press “1” in order to lower the interest rate on your credit cards. Once you do that, you’re transferred to a call center. If you don’t, you’re told your credit rates will increase.

Dunn says the callers aren’t asking for any money. Instead, they’re trying to collect as much personal information as they can about you.

Aug 23 10:24

The New Trump: War President

n the meantime, the White House needs to calm down and learn to live with mutual deterrence. That conclusion is surprisingly being reached even by some traditional hawks.

Eliot Cohen, a co-founder of the Project for a New American Century, states flatly, “The United States is simply not ready for a war in Korea, even if one were the lesser of two evils. . . . The American military may have the aircraft to hammer North Korean nuclear sites, but it is also fighting in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria, and returning to Europe to bolster deterrence there. . . . This could, in other words, all turn out much worse than even the president’s wary advisers, who know war (though far less ferocious war than this would likely be) may think.”

Aug 23 10:17

The Mini-Skirt Deception: How McMaster Got His Afghan ‘Surge’A photo of Soviet era Afghanistan won Trump over

According to reports, Gen. H. R. McMaster convinced President Trump to give up his longstanding opposition to the Afghan war by showing him this photograph, below, of Afghan women in what the media are describing as “miniskirts.” As the Washington Post put it:

“One of the ways McMaster tried to persuade Trump to recommit to the effort was by convincing him that Afghanistan was not a hopeless place. He presented Trump with a black-and-white snapshot from 1972 of Afghan women in miniskirts walking through Kabul, to show him that Western norms had existed there before and could return.”

Aug 23 10:12

Haley Demands IAEA Launch New Inspections of Iran Military Sites

Heading to Vienna to meet with officials at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley intends to demand that the agency begin conducting thorough inspections of Iranian military sites, claiming the P5+1 deal gives them authority “to look at any suspicious sites.”

This is likely to be a matter of serious dispute, as before the P5+1 deal was signed, the IAEA had already confirmed all issues surrounding Iran’s military sites were resolved, and the public version of the P5+1 text does not give them any access to random military sites for inspections.

Despite Haley’s claim that the IAEA has such authority, she goes on to accuse Iran of having something to hide, likely because she knows full well Iran isn’t going to comply with these demands, even if the IAEA capitulates and asks for access to the sites.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Ambassador Haley has obviously been given her "marching orders" from Tel Aviv, through President Trump, that she has to find some way to destroy that fragile element of trust between Iran and the rest of the signatories of the P5+1, by forcing Iran to walk away from the deal, as a prelude to a US-generated war against it.

Israel demonizes Iran as its "existential enemy" in the Middle East, and wants to see it regime-changed, ASAP (but only, of course, at the costs of American blood and American money).

Should the US wage war against Iran, however, it will most probably be meeting a formidable foe here, and that will be Russia, whose politicians and military have stated, consistently, that should Iran be attacked, Russia will come to its aid militarily.

Right now, the US military does not have the troop strength; the money; the weaponry; or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome to a conventional war against Russia.

I hope to heaven that there are some realists in the Pentagon who understand this, and will warn President Trump against such a potential colossal military misadventure.

Aug 23 10:01

US, North Korea Clash at UN Forum Over Nuclear ArmsAmbassador: US Ready to Use 'Full Range of Capabilities' Against North Korea

ensions between the US and North Korea are rising again today, at a UN Conference on Disarmament, as both sides played up the threat posed by the other, and the necessity of preparing a response to the other’s “aggression.”

US Disarmament Ambassador Robert Wood was eager to emphasize the “growing threat” of North Korea, vowing that the US would use “the full range of capabilities” at its disposal to deal with North Korea, which he declared a top priority for the US.

North Korea’s own envoy insisted that their efforts to develop a nuclear deterrence was fully justifiable in the face of “apparent and real threats” from the US, noting that the US had made “constant nuclear threats” against North Korea.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There are 8 more days of the Joint US/South Korean/Japanese naval exercises on and around the North Korean peninsula: these drills end on 31 August.

If nothing goes bang/boom, from North Korea (or if there is no false flag created to be blamed against it), I will consider that nothing less than an absolute miracle here.

But I am deeply concerned about there being an attempt to provoke Kim Jung Un to the point where he feels it absolutely necessary to respond, militarily, in order not to lose "face", which is a very important component of Asian politics.

North Korea has demonstrated restraint here, but the question of "for how long?!?" is an open one.

Aug 23 09:53

No End in Sight for US War in Afghanistan

Starting with the 2001 invasion, the US war in Afghanistan is now 16 years in: as President Trump pointed out in last night’s speech, the longest war in American history. Even President Trump thought this was excessively long, admitting that “my original instinct was to pull out.”

But the US isn’t pulling out. Instead, President Trump recommitted the US to a new round of escalation with no concrete end conditions, and formally disavowed a “time-based” approach. He added that he doesn’t think the US should publicly announce the dates for ending their “military options.”

The reality behind this rhetoric, though, is that once again any pretense of the Afghan War ending is out the window, and the seemingly endless war again has no end in sight. Trump has laid the ground for reckless new escalations, and in presenting 9/11 and the Iraq withdrawal as justification, is committed to staying.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am profoundly disappointed in President Trump's decision to continue this horrific,wasteful conflict, but apparently, his "president whisperers", Kelly, Mattis, and Mc Masters, have somehow convinced him that this is, in spite of all the blood and money spent, "winnable", 16 years on.

Of course, there is the billion dollar opium poppy trade to be supported by the US military for various US alphabet soup agencies for programs over which Congress has utterly no oversight:

Images: American troops guarding Afghani poppy fields

And there is, of course, that embarrassment of riches from Afghan minerals (if only we could get the Afghanis "pacified enough" to mine them, which will, allegedly pay for the continued US/NATO occupation in this country);

$1 Trillion Trove of Rare Minerals Revealed Under Afghanistan

How in the name of heaven President Trump and Mc Master, Kelly, and Mattis believe they can change the course of this horrific war is absolutely beyond me; I think this coming surge in troop strength had more to do with the fear of not wanting to say we've lost this than a concrete, workable plan to win this war, because history has shown that everything we've done in Afghanistan to date has not worked.

Aug 23 09:37

Jury refuses to convict in Bundy ranch standoff

A federal jury in Las Vegas refused Tuesday to convict four defendants who were retried on accusations that they threatened and assaulted federal agents by wielding assault weapons in a 2014 confrontation to stop a cattle roundup near the Nevada ranch of states' rights figure Cliven Bundy.

In a stunning setback to federal prosecutors planning to try the Bundy family patriarch and two adult sons later this year, the jury acquitted Ricky Lovelien and Steven Stewart of all 10 charges, and delivered not-guilty findings on most charges against Scott Drexler and Eric Parker.

More than 30 defendants' supporters in the courtroom broke into applause after Chief U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro ordered Lovelien and Stewart freed immediately and set Wednesday morning hearings to decide if Parker and Drexler should remain jailed pending a government decision whether to seek a third trial.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The judge did everything possible to throw the trial to the prosecutors, but the jury saw through it all.

Aug 23 09:36

Over 125 Victims Reveal Massive Child Molestation Conspiracy And Cover-Up Within USA Gymnastics

“But I don’t support how USA Gymnastics is handling everything right now.”

As the Guardian reports, Nassar spent nearly 30 years as an osteopath with the USA Gymnastics program and is now in prison in Michigan after pleading guilty to possession of child pornography. Nassar is still awaiting trial on separate criminal sexual conduct charges in addition to being sued by over 125 women in civil court who claim he sexually assaulted them under the guise of treatment.

Denhollander and another former gymnast, Jamie Dantzcher, are demanding the leadership of USA Gymnastics be removed immediately.

“The painful reality is that no one on the board of USAG can be trusted on the issue of sexual assault,” Denhollander said.

Aug 23 09:28

Swedish Journalist's Body 'Deliberately Cut Up' and 'Weighed Down With Metal'

A headless torso found in the water near Copenhagen has been conclusively identified as that of missing Swedish journalist Kim Wall. She disappeared while on board a submarine with Danish inventor Peter Madsen, who has claimed she died in an accident and he decided to bury her at sea.

The police have told Danish media they believe Ms. Wall's body had been deliberately decapitated and dismembered with tools.

Aug 23 09:27

Georgia’s Stone Mountain another huge test for Confederate symbols

Sculpted like a Mount Rushmore of the Confederacy, the monument is once again an ideological battlefield

Aug 23 09:15

‘Confederate’ name gets Asian commentator yanked from ESPN telecast

Asian-American sportscaster Robert Lee was pulled from a University of Virginia football game because he shares his name with a Confederate army general and his network did not wish to cause offence to viewers.

Aug 23 09:09

Navy removes 7th Fleet commander over ‘loss of confidence’ after McCain collision

The US Navy has relieved the commander of US 7th fleet after a destroyer collided with a merchant vessel east of the Malacca Strait. It was the fourth time a US warship has been involved in a collision in the Pacific theater this year.

“[Admiral] Scott Swift, commander of US Pacific Fleet, today relieved the commander of Seventh Fleet, Vice Adm. Joseph Aucoin, due to a loss of confidence in his ability to command,” the Navy said in a statement.

Aug 23 09:05

Police: Flash Mob of Thieves Steal Thousands of Dollars Worth of Goods from NYC Sneaker Stores

The New York Police Department (NYPD) released surveillance video this week of a flash mob of thieves allegedly stealing thousands of dollars worth of goods from New York City sneaker stores.

Aug 23 09:03

F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Squadrons Will Encircle North Korea

As many as 100 more F-35 joint strike fighters could be summoned to the Korean Peninsula to support allies in South Korea and Japan against the nuclear and ballistic missile threat posed by North Korea, according to recent media reports.
F-35A jets forming the US Air Force’s 34th Fighter Squadron are slated to deploy to Iwakuni, Japan, and Osan Air Force Base in Pyeongtaek, South Korea, by the end of the year, UPI reports, citing South Korea’s Yonhap News.

The F-35 force operating proximate to South Korean and Japanese airspace is poised to be strengthened by Seoul’s agreement to buy 40 of the multi-role joint strike fighters. The jets are slated for delivery by 2021, the UPI report added.

Japan has already agreed to purchase 42 F-35s from Lockheed Martin.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

WOW! THAT will significantly ratchet down tensions with North Korea, don't you think?!?

But seriously, with tensions so high in the region, I doubt that the US military can wait until the end of the year for this deployment.

Aug 23 09:00

Black Lives Matter Activist Unveils List of Demands to White People: ‘Give Up the Home You Own’

Helm, the so-called “cofounder and core organizer of Black Lives Matter Louisville,” explained in an article published at Leoweekly.com the things she says need to “change.”

“White people, if you don’t have any descendants, will your property to a black or brown family. Preferably one that lives in generational poverty,” Helm writes in an article titled “White people, here are 10 requests from a Black Lives Matter leader.”

White people are asked, “Give up the home you own to a black or brown family,” pass on any inherited property “to a black or brown family,” or “re-budget your monthly so you can donate to black funds for land purchasing.”

White women, especially, are urged to “get a racist fired” or “get your boss fired cause they racist too,” Helms writes.

Aug 23 08:59

North Korea Finishes Preparation for Guam Strike - Embassy in Russia

The charge d’affaires of the North Korean embassy in Russia told Sputnik that Pyongyang has finished preparationg for a strike on the US territory of Guam and is ready to carry it out in case of a "provocation."
The US must stop pressuring North Korea, the North Korean embassy's charge d’affaires Jin Jong Hyop said, emphasizing that whether there is a war on the Korean Peninsula depends on Washington.

"As you know, we have completed the preparation of the Guam strike. Everything will depend on whether the United States acts sensibly or not. If they do not do so, they will be shamed yet again on the Korean Peninsula in front of the whole world," Jin Jong Hyop said.

"They must stop blatant provocations and unilateral pressure," Jin Jong Hyop said. "This will determine whether there will be a war on the Korean peninsula or not."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

To the COs in charge of these drills; please be aware that Kim Jung Un interprets these navel maneuvers as practice/prelude for an invasion of North Korea

Any miscommunication, any stupid act, could trigger this guy into launching whatever he has, and thousands in Japan and South Korea will most likely die as a result.

And of course, the presstitutes and whorespondents in US corporate media are not breathing a word of this to the American people; I had to find it at the English language edition of sputniknews.com

This is why I read sputniknews.com; rt.com; presstv.com; and farsnews.com in English; to figure out what is actually going on when the US corporate press chooses not to tell me what is going on.

And that, must usually, is 24/7.

Aug 23 08:55

Stock Futures Higher After Trump Outlines Afghanistan. Strategy

(*"BOOM" - 'Ka-Ching'
There It Is ! )

Aug 23 08:36

College Professors Begin Direct Support For AntiFa Groups On Campuses

Two professors, one from Purdue University and the other from Stanford University, are assembling a "Campus Antifascist Network" (CAN) to serve as a “big tent” for “anyone committed to fighting fascism.”

Despite the reputation Antifa groups have cultivated for employing violence to shut down opposing speakers, the professors insist that they only support "self-defense" by "those who are being threatened by fascists.”

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Aug 23 08:26

HOW GOOGLE IS SECRETLY RECORDING YOU THROUGH YOUR MOBILE, MONITORING MILLIONS OF CONVERSATIONS EVERY DAY AND STORING THE CREEPY AUDIO FILES

DID you know that Google has been recording you without your knowledge?

The technology giant has effectively turned millions of its users' smartphones into listening devices that can capture intimate conversations - even when they aren't in the room.

If you run Android software on your smartphone, Google may have been recording you every day - without you knowing

If you own an Android phone, it's likely that you've used Google's Assistant, which is similar to Apple's Siri.

Google says it only turns on and begins recording when you utter the words "OK Google".

But a Sun investigation has found that the virtual assistant is a little hard of hearing.

In some cases, just saying "OK" in conversation prompted it to switch on your phone and record around 20 seconds of audio.

It regularly switches on the microphone as you go about your day-to-day activities, none the wiser.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Understanding this, I am about ready to go back to a 2-way radio.

Aug 23 08:25

The Rise of Antifa (VIDEO)

Freedom of speech is under fire from radical, left-wing groups that attack conservative rally goers across the country.

Aug 23 08:22

GITMO JUDGE BLOCKS 9/11 DEFENSE ATTORNEYS FROM VIEWING 28 PAGES

A judge presiding over the trial of five Guanta accused of orchestrating the 9/11 attacks has denied a defense motion seeking full access to 28 pages on Saudi government links to the attacks found in the 2002 report of a joint congressional intelligence inquiry.

Though the 28 pages were declassified in July 2016, the public version has 97 redactions amounting to about three cumulative pages of material. Defense attorneys wanted to see what’s still hidden from view.

Attorneys representing the accused 9/11 conspirators argued that evidence of other guilty parties, to include the possible complicity of the government of Saudi Arabia, could be useful to their defense during the guilt or innocence phase of the upcoming trial and, if necessary, during sentencing as well.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder what so terrifies Judge Pohl about releasing this information to the attorneys for the defendants in this case.

Aug 23 08:11

THE TALIBAN TRIED TO SURRENDER AND THE U.S. REBUFFED THEM. NOW HERE WE ARE.

DID YOU KNOW that shortly after the U.S. invaded Afghanistan, the Taliban tried to surrender?

For centuries in Afghanistan, when a rival force had come to power, the defeated one would put down their weapons and be integrated into the new power structure — obviously with much less power, or none at all. That’s how you do with neighbors you have to continue to live with. This isn’t a football game, where the teams go to different cities when it’s over. That may be hard for us to remember, because the U.S. hasn’t fought a protracted war on its own soil since the Civil War.

So when the Taliban came to surrender, the U.S. turned them down repeatedly, in a series of arrogant blunders spelled out in Anand Gopal’s investigative treatment of the Afghanistan war, “No Good Men Among the Living.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In the immortal words of the American comedian Ron White, "You can't fix stupid"; and there was an incredible, monumental amount of stupid going on in the Bush administration, leading to far more blood and money lost in Afghanistan than there had to be.

Aug 23 08:05

Awan pretended to be his wife when requesting a loan from the Congressional Federal Credit Union and got it!

He had the credit union wire $165,000 to PAKISTAN – no questions asked.

Aug 23 08:04

The blue dogs of Mumbai: industrial waste blamed for colourful canines

Authorities in Mumbai have shut down a manufacturing company after it was accused of dumping untreated industrial waste and dyes into a local river that resulted in 11 dogs turning blue.

The group of strangely coloured canines was first spotted on 11 August, according to the Hindustan Times, prompting locals to complain to the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board about dyes being dumped in the Kasadi river, where the animals often swim.

Footage shows the animals roaming the streets with bright blue fur.

“It was shocking to see how the dog’s white fur had turned completely blue,” said Arati Chauhan, head of the Navi Mumbai Animal Protection Cell, told the Times. “We have spotted almost five such dogs here and have asked the pollution control board to act against such industries.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Thank God the Indian authorities did the absolutely right thing here.

Aug 23 08:01

Must See Pic from Charlottesville

Aug 23 08:01

Making Fun of Antifa (VIDEO)

Aug 23 07:59

PENTAGON HIRES BOEING, GRUMMAN FOR NUKE MISSILE PROJECT

The Pentagon has hired Boeing and Northrop Grumman to develop a replacement for the US Air Force’s arsenal of ageing Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) and cruise missiles, amid nuclear tensions with North Korea.

"The Minuteman III is 45 years old. It is time to upgrade," Air Force Chief of Staff General David Goldfein said in a statement on Monday, three days after the deal for the new Ground-Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD) was inked.

Boeing and Northrop Grumman were awarded $349 million and $328 million respectively to continue the project over the course of the three-year contract.

The Air Force has estimated that the project would cost US taxpayers at least $62 billion. However, the Pentagon's office of Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation (CAPE) says the costs would surpass $85 billion.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, Lockheed is "disappointed" with this selection?!?

Ever thought about fixing the debacle which is the F-35, which is bleeding taxpayers dry for a completely unusable fighter jet?!?

Aug 23 07:56

Report: FBI admits their informants participated in deadly Charlottesville riots

FBI sources have confirmed that it’s extremely unlikely that leaders of the radical white nationalist and Antifa groups that squared off in violent clashes in Charlottesville, VA will face prosecution due to their being federal law enforcement assets.

Aug 23 07:38

Last Nights Message, Was It To The Cabal?

This is going to be a disaster for the West. Russia pays off the debt of the USSR. Trump changes the strategy in Afghanistan and will not allow empire building, is this a message to the cabal.

Aug 23 07:16

The Taliban Says Trump's Afghanistan Plan Is 'Just Wasting American Soldiers'

(*Everybody's A Critic !
The Whitehouse is making good on his campaign promise to create new jobs !)

Aug 23 07:06

The New Trump: WAR PRESIDENT

Aug 23 06:49

CNN’s Anderson Cooper’s Family Were Slave Owners – Owned Michelle Obama’s Relatives!

As the face of CNN, Anderson Cooper makes a very good living as wealthy, privileged white man casting judgments of affiliation upon his political enemies. This includes taking a handful of idiotic white supremacists and declaring they represent millions of Republicans/conservatives, pro-America, Trump supporters, etc.

And yet Mr. Cooper himself has a much closer affiliation to slavery than he likely wants his leftist viewers to know. As a descendant of the Vanderbilt family, one of the wealthiest “old money” families in American history, Cooper is a direct descendant of big time slave owners. Cooper’s great-great grandfather, Cornelius Vanderbilt, owned several plantations, including a South Carolina plantation where Michelle (Robinson) Obama’s ancestor Jim Robinson was born.

Aug 23 06:42

US 7th Fleet Commander Relieved Due to Loss of Confidence After Deadly Mistakes

According to reports, US Navy Seventh Fleet Commander Vice Adm. Joseph Aucoin was dismissed due to the loss of confidence.

Aug 23 06:40

Raqqa: US-led attacks 'kill 100 civilians' in 48 hours

At least 100 civilians have been killed over the past 48 hours by US-led air attacks targeting fighters in Raqqa, the de-facto capital of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) in Syria.

Residents told Al Jazeera on Tuesday that at least 100 civilians had been killed since Sunday, with 55 civilians killed in the eastern neighbourhoods of Bedou and al-Sukhani on Monday.

Aug 23 06:38

Qatar 'Looking for a Defense Cooperation' With Russia Amid Gulf Row

Doha is looking to cooperate with Russia in the military sphere amid the ongoing row with a group of Arab states that hit the tiny Gulf nation hardly.

Aug 23 06:34

Germany Not to Side With Washington Automatically if US-DPRK War Erupts - Merkel

Berlin will not automatically take Washington's side in case of a military conflict between the United States and North Korea, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said according to Handelsblatt.

The chancellor emphasized she did not see a possibility to resolve the North Korea crisis by means of military actions and would consider them absolutely wrong.

Aug 23 06:30

Federal jury finds 4 Bundy supporters not guilty of most charges in 2014 Nevada standoff case

The Judge did everything in her power to Railroad these men. It didn't work.The jury saw through her and did the right thing! The Americans are Awake now!

For the second time, a federal jury in Las Vegas, Nevada, has acquitted four men accused of taking up arms against federal agents at the ranch of Cliven Bundy in 2014.

Aug 22 20:34

Horrifying images show men passed out in city centre subway - with 'heroin syringes' still in their hands

The men were found lying unconscious in a subway near the city's Albert clock early on the evening of August 17, surrounded by drug paraphernalia.
The use of heroin in Northern Ireland has dramatically increased in recent years, most of it in Belfast being supplied by ruthless organised crime gangs, in particular an eastern European mob dubbed 'The Russians'.

Aug 22 18:00

"Ho Lee Fuk!"

ESPN Pulls Asian Announcer Named Robert Lee

Aug 22 16:39

DNA Evidence May Exonerate Death Row Inmate Whose Time Is Almost Up

A man scheduled for an imminent execution in Missouri is innocent, his lawyers say, and they claim to have DNA evidence to back that up. Now it is up to the US Supreme Court to decide whether or not to stall the lethal injection, or allow it to proceed.

Aug 22 16:05

Defining Hypocrisy: Democrats Warn Steve Bannon Against Publishing Classified Info On Breitbart

Now this is rich. After nearly 9 months of Democrat operatives leaking every piece of sensitive and/or embarrassing information they could get their hands on to the New York Times and Washington Post, they're now suddenly worried about Steve Bannon doing the same. We guess it's one of those 'do as I say, not as I do" sort of things.

As McClatchy points out, Elijah Cummings, the senior Democrat on the House Oversight Committee, seems to be particularly worried about what Bannon might publish in his renewed role at the helm of Breitbart.

"Steve Bannon has an ongoing obligation to safeguard our nation’s secrets, and he does not gain some kind of extra Constitutional protection just because he is now returning to a position in the media,” said Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., the senior Democrat on the House Oversight Committee.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Absoflippinglutely unbelievable!!

On has to wonder just what has Representative Cummings so terrified about what Bannon could possibly say about anyone in the DNC?!?

Aug 22 15:58

Former U.S. Attorney On Awan Indictment: "There Is Something Very Strange Going On Here"

We've written frequently over the past couple of months about the litany of unanswered questions surrounding the mysterious case of Debbie Wasserman Schultz's (DWS) IT staffers. Why did DWS seemingly threaten the chief of the U.S. Capitol Police with “consequences” for holding equipment that was confiscated as part of an ongoing legal investigation? Why did DWS keep Awan on her taxpayer funded payroll all the way up until the day he was arrested by the FBI at Dulles airport while trying to flee the country to Pakistan? What, if anything, does the Awan family know about the DNC hacks that may have caused DWS to act in this way?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I think that a lot of political pressure was brought to bear here, in order to keep the indictment as narrow as humanly, legally possible; because what you have here is an absolute viper's nest of collusion, and potentially a massive lawsuit which could bite most of the elites in the DNC.

The narrowness of the indictment was not set accidentally; this was deliberate, and absolutely smacks of coverup and corruption.

10 Shocking things to know right now about the Democrat's big IT scandal

Aug 22 15:21

Education and ideology: The case of Israel and Zionism

Lawrence Davidson argues that, in the case of Israel, “education has been subordinated to ideology to such an extent that it cannot promote diversity, shared values and a common identity with non-Jews”.>>

Aug 22 14:33

Catholic Church & Govt Say Kids “Consented” to Sexual Abuse

an Italian priest, Gino Flaim claimed to “understand pedophilia” and said it’s caused by the child’s attempt to find affection.

Aug 22 14:26

Gitmo Judge Blocks 9/11 Defense Attorneys from Viewing 28 Pages

A judge presiding over the trial of five Guanta accused of orchestrating the 9/11 attacks has denied a defense motion seeking full access to 28 pages on Saudi government links to the attacks found in the 2002 report of a joint congressional intelligence inquiry. Though the 28 pages were declassified in July 2016, the public version has 97 redactions amounting to about three cumulative pages of material. Defense attorneys wanted to see what’s still hidden from view.

Aug 22 14:04

Charlottesville residents fed-up with their city council

City Council members were shocked to find out that they could not conduct business as usual after scores of angry residents showed up in attendance to Tuesday’s meeting where they attempted to communicate their grievances to officials.

Aug 22 13:01

Ernst Zundel talks about criminal charges against him in Germany for his 9/11 research

at the 3:30 mark in this interview with Ernst Zundel, he talks about the 12 charges placed against him in a German court for his research on 9/11. Zundel says that tbis fact is not widely knkwn -the charges were not merely for holocaust revisionism, but for his 9/11 resarch, and that the government didn't want him to "open this can of worms."

Aug 22 12:57

Journal Documents How Wealthy Democratic Donor Hooked Young Black Gay Man on Meth Before His Death

Democrat donor Ed Buck’s ‘Gates of Hell’ - New Victim Comes Forward

update re - Gay escort dies of meth OD at the home of high-profile Democrat donor Ed Buck

SOME SICK SHIT HERE!

Aug 22 12:50

IDAHO REPUBLICAN INSISTS IT'S 'PLAUSIBLE' BARACK OBAMA STAGED CHARLOTTESVILLE WHITE NATIONALIST RALLY VIOLENCE

A Republican state lawmaker in Idaho refused to back away Monday from claims that the deadly violence following a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, earlier this month might have been staged with the help of former President Barack Obama.

Representative Bryan Zollinger shared an article last week that suggested the “Unite the Right” march was orchestrated by Obama along with other leading Democrats, such as Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, Charlottesville Mayor Michael Signer and billionaire donor George Soros.

Aug 22 12:49

Democrat donor Ed Buck’s ‘Gates of Hell’ - New Victim Comes Forward

update re - Gay escort dies of meth OD at the home of high-profile Democrat donor Ed Buck

Aug 22 12:29

Scott Adams: The Magical Thinking Opposition

My hypothesis is that the political side that is out of power is the one that hallucinates the most – and needs too – in order to keep their worldview intact. For example, when President Obama was in office, I saw all kinds of hallucinations on the right about his intentions to destroy America from the inside because he “hates” it.

That was a mass hysteria. If President Obama wanted to destroy America, he failed miserably. We’re stronger than ever.

Aug 22 11:38

Texas leaders offer mixed responses to UT-Austin's late-night removal of Confederate statues

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick criticized the overnight removal of several Confederate statues from the University of Texas at Austin’s campus while U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz called the decision "the university’s prerogative."

Aug 22 11:37

From Charlottesville To Boston, America Is Falling Apart At The Seams

As America once again picks up the rubble from one of its regularly scheduled race riots, the hatred and anger felt by the participants is spreading throughout the country. Black/White Left/Right division is now at one of the highest levels in recent years, again drawing Presidential commentary and endless coverage in the mainstream corporate press.

Aug 22 11:27

Twice As Many Americans Think Confederate Monuments “Should Remain In All Public Spaces” As Believe They “Should Be Removed From All Public Spaces”

A new Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll finds finds that twice as many Americans want to keep Confederate monuments in public spaces as want to remove them:

Aug 22 11:27

Trump, Pence, Assange, WW3, and Bannon TV. Michael Rivero - August 21, 2017

Aug 22 11:25

REMOVAL OF CONFEDERATE STATUES IS NOT A WHITEWASH OF HISTORY

In a New York Times op-ed, the noted scholar of American history addresses the tweet by Trump that removing Confederate statues tears apart “the history and culture of our great country.”

Foner, who is Jewish, notes that most Confederate statues were erected during times of rampant racism and white supremacist fever like the 1890s, which followed the end of Reconstruction and the 1920s, which was the height of a Ku Klux Klan revival.

Aug 22 11:21

How Russian Hypersonic Missiles Shattering the Pillars of US Naval Doctrine

The journalist pointed out that one can hardly find any information about the secret weapon.

"It is only known that, according to some estimates, the rocket can reach a fantastic speed of Mach 10, which means that it can travel almost 3.5 kilometers (2.17 mi) per second," Stanavov highlighted.

More importantly, the Zircon's extraordinary speed makes it nearly invulnerable to modern missile defense systems installed on aircraft carriers.

"Even the famous American multifunctional naval combat system Aegis [armed] with [SM-2] Standard missiles is powerless," the journalist stressed.

The crux of the matter is that the Aegis' reaction time is about 8-10 seconds. Even at a speed of 2 kilometers per second, the Zircon will travel a distance of 25 kilometers (15.5 miles) in this period of time. Thus, the US much-praised missile defense system would have no chance to detect and destroy it.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When I say "We don't have the weaponry to guarantee a successful outcome to a military combat with Russia and/or China", this Zircon is one of the reasons why.

Aug 22 11:16

Yemeni Airport Catastrophe: Dying Victims Unable to Access Medical Treatment

The closure of Sanaa International Airport in Yemen is an unfortunate element of the multilateral war between Saudi Arabia and Yemen, which has resulted in civilians suffering, according to the director of the Yemeni Democracy Monitoring Center, Abdel Wahab Al Sharfi.

Al Sharfi told Sputnik that the most affected people in this situation are civilians who cannot leave in order to receive medical treatment and basic health necessities.

According to him for over a year the politicians have been solving their political tasks to the detriment of ordinary Yemenis.

Al Sharfi further spoke about how Saudi Arabia is waging a multilateral war against Yemen.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Saudi military has been doing an incredible job of turning Yemen, already the poorest, and most corrupted failed state in the Middle East, into an actual living hell for the Yemeni people.

As the Architect of this genocide, Prince Salman has to be very pleased with himself.

Aug 22 11:09

Leftists Destroy Oldest Christopher Columbus Monument in the Nation

Criminal vandals destroyed a 225-year old monument to Christopher Columbus in Baltimore early Monday morning. It is the oldest still standing in the nation dedicated to the explorer.

Aug 22 11:09

US military constructing new base in Iraq’s Kurdish region: Report

The US military is reportedly building a new permanent base in Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdistan region as part of attempts to perpetuate its occupation of the conflict-ridden Arab country indefinitely, regardless of all opposition from religious figures and people from all walks of life.

Iraq's Kurdish-language Rudaw television network reported on Tuesday that the base is being constructed in Kariz village of Zummar district, located 60 kilometers northwest of Mosul, stressing that 60 percent of the work has already been done.

The report added that 120 US soldiers and 300 long-range artillery systems have also been stationed in the area.

Hassan Khalo Ali, a Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) official, said the base is being built on an area of ??20 acres of land, local people can see helicopters continuously taking off and landing and entering the base is prohibited in every way to ordinary people.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Looks like the US military is headed for permanent occupation in Iraq and Afghanistan; this will assist it on controlling the pipelines from countries (as well as controlling Afghanistan's mineral wealth); insuring that the oil is only sold to specific countries, and not to others; and insuring that the oil from Afghanistan and Iraq is only sold in US dollars.

Aug 22 10:52

Turkey to thwart attempts to set up Kurdish state in Syria: Erdogan

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has underlined Turkey’s resolve to prevent any attempt by Syrian Kurdish fighters to establish a Kurdish state in northern Syria.

In a Tuesday speech in Ankara, Erdogan described the Kurdish Peoples' Protection Units (YPG) and the Kurdish Democratic Party (PYD) as terror groups, noting, "We do not and will never allow a so-called state to be established by the PYD, YPG in northern Syria.”

"They want to establish a terror corridor in northern Syria reaching the Mediterranean," he noted.

Erdogan reaffirmed Turkey’s determination to continue to fight against PYD and YPG "wherever we find them.”

The Syrian Kurdish fighters control two "cantons" in Syria's northeast as well as the Afrin region to the west. Turkey says PYD and YPG are the affiliates of Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which is considered by Turkey, the US and EU as a terror group.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Apparently, Erdogan didn't get the memo:

Breaking: US Occupation of Syria Now Official

The article goes on to state:

"It has long been assessed that the reason that the US had simultaneously backed ISIS and Kurdish forces was for the purpose of using ISIS as a “place holder” to be defeated, either virtually or in actuality, only to then carve out a US occupation zone under the pretext of forming an independent Kurdish state. Previously last year, representatives of the Kurdish autonomous region made an unconstitutional and unilateral announcement of federalization.

This turn was used to create a seemingly legal ambiguity, or ‘gray area’, to confuse public discourse at the media level. However, the anti-terrorist coalition’s foreign ministers as well as international legal experts are under no illusions that the unilateral declaration of federalization is just as much a violation of Syrian sovereignty as would be a breakaway republic made possible only thanks to a war of US occupation.

Under the international legal norms of the Geneva convention as well as subsequent parallel agreements, a foreign occupying country does not have the right to divide, separate, occupy, or carve out a section of a country regardless of what the occupying army terms such as."

So unless and until Erdogan is willing to fight the US military in Syria, it appears that his plans to prevent a Kurdistan from being carved out of Syria looks like a pipe dream, at this point.

And frankly, I don't think he is going to go there.

Aug 22 10:51

The Real Cause of Natural Disasters Might Surprise You

So after enduring the worst natural disaster in American history, New Orleans was given billions of dollars to fix their flood control infrastructure, yet the city government has utterly failed to follow through. And let’s not forget what happened after Katrina. Multiple investigations found that the levees failed due to things like poor design, improper materials, and a lack of maintenance. And everyone knew for decades that one day those levees would fail, yet they kept kicking the can down the road. They’re still kicking the can.

So what really causes a natural disaster? Is it really an act of God, or are people to blame?

Aug 22 10:49

Statue of Judaic Confederate slave owner stands untouched in Florida

David Levy Yuleee was one of the tens of thousands of Judaic slave-owners of Sephardic-Judaic descent who bought, sold or traded in black slaves in the western hemisphere, as documented in the revisionist history classic, The Secret Relationship Between Blacks and Jews (three volumes).

In the year 2000 the Florida Department of State designated Yulee a “Great Floridian” and “award plaques in his honor” were installed.

Yulee's statue is in Fernandia, Amelia Island, Florida. Needless to say it is untouched. No calls from Republican scalawags or Antifa terrorists have been issued for its removal.

Neither the ADL or the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), both of which are recent recipients of millions of dollars in “anti-racist” donations from Apple Computer CEO Tim Cook, and 21st Century Fox movie mogul James Murdoch (son of Rupert), have raised the issue of the statue’s removal.

Aug 22 10:48

HOW AN ARTHUR ASHE STATUE ENDED UP IN RICHMOND'S CONFEDERATE MEMORIAL

There is one statue on Monument Avenue, though, that’s unlike all the others, and which will almost certainly survive any purge: It’s a bronze sculpture of Arthur Ashe, which was erected, after much discussion, rancor and controversy, in 1996, three years after his death from AIDS. It features Ashe, a Richmond native, surrounded by children and holding a set of books in one hand and a racquet in the other. It’s smaller than the other monuments and a little out of the way, but for 21 years the legendary black tennis player has taken his place in the city’s historical Confederate parade.

Aug 22 10:43

The Doomsday Preppers Quick and Easy Food Storage Checklist

When it comes to storing enough food to survive, unassisted and on your own for three six-months or a full year or even longer is the point where most new preppers get overwhelmed and some even give up altogether. And while I agree that storing and rotating such a large amount of food on a continuing basis can be a lot of work and takes dedication, it is by no means impossible, and if done right can even be enjoyable – just follow this food storage list.

But where do you start? You should start with the basics first wheat (or other grains, for those who have trouble digesting gluten), rice, beans, oats, corn, salt, honey, cooking oil and powdered milk.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If you have not started prepping, NOW ...would be a very good time to start, and have the satisfaction of knowing that if there is a major emergency, you can take care of yourself and your loved ones.

Aug 22 10:38

When The Left Eats Its Own: Watch ANTIFA Thug Punch BLM Member

Much of the ugliness we see on the Left today is embodied in groups like Black Lives Matter and ANTIFA. Both groups think they are oppressed, both are obsessed with identity politics, and both are steeped in Marxist ideologies. You’d think that they would get along just fine but that’s not the case. People who have their identities wrapped up in victimhood are narcissistic by nature. They want the spotlight at all times, and can’t stand to see someone else hog it. So it was probably just a matter of time before these two groups clashed.

At a recent protest a member of BLM confronted an ANTIFA member, and challenged him to take off his mask. The crowd of ANTIFA supporters began chanting “He’s a cop!” at the black man. It wasn’t long before the masked ANTIFA thug got in his face, and threw a punch.

Aug 22 10:28

Google Folds, Restores Accounts Of Banned Statistics Professor

Yesterday we reported that in a shocking, and explained move, statistics professor Salil Mehta, adjunct professor at Columbia and Georgetown who teaches probability and data science and whose work has appeared on this website on numerous prior occasions, had been banned by Google on Friday, with his email, blog and other Google-linked accounts wiped clean and no longer accessible.

As we discussed yesterday, it was not clear what Salil did to provoke Google:

On Friday afternoon East Coast Time by surprise, I was completely shut down in all my Google accounts (all of my gmail accounts, blog, all of my university pages that were on google sites, etc.) for no reason and no warning. A number of us were stunned and unsure, but clearly we know at this point it wasn’t an accident.

That changed yesterday, because after our article detailing Salil's plight went viral, and was read 300,000 times, Google responded and as of this morning, has restored all of Salil Metha's accounts.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The censoring algorithms Google with which it "punishes" all those who do not tow its party line, have come back to bite it... in a very sensitive portion of the human anatomy.

Congrats to this guy getting his on line life back; but this never should have happened in the first place.

Aug 22 10:23

Treasury Slaps Sanctions On China, Russia Entities And Individuals Over North Korea

In a move that is certain to infuriate China further and result in another deterioration in diplomatic relations between Washington and Beijing, moments ago the United States slapped both Chinese and Russian entities and individuals with new sanctions in the Trump administration's escalating attempts to pressure North Korea to relent and stop its nuclear program and occasional missile launches.

The Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control said it would target 10 entities and six individuals who help already sanctioned people who aid North Korea's missile program or "deal in the North Korean energy trade." The U.S. also aims to sanction people and groups that allow North Korean entities to access the U.S. financial system or helps its exportation of workers, according to the Treasury:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is deeply disturbing how quickly financial sanctions become preludes to wars against those countries which have been sanctioned.

Aug 22 10:12

FBI Suspects Members of Congress Leaked Grand Jury Indictment to the Awans; DOJ Officials Possibly Implicated Too

FBI agents suspect somebody in Congress tipped off the Awans that they would be indicted and now the criminal cases once-seemingly isolated to a group of rogue Pakistani IT specialists working for Congress suddenly has gotten much larger. And much more troubling.

Federal agents said preceding his arrest, Imran Awan acted like a man who was recently tipped off that he would be pinched and moreover, it was no coincidence Awan’s wife was whisked out of the country in March after sidestepping the FBI at Dulles International Airport to flee to Pakistan.

“She had cardboard boxes for luggage,” one FBI agent said. “The school didn’t even know she took her kids out.”

Aug 22 10:01

NATO Drills: Bulgarian Soldiers Refused to Shoot Targets with Russian Signs

How fragile the NATO ranks are is illustrated by the following incident that happened at the Noble Jump exercise (NOJP 17) held in June in Romania. Military units from 11 NATO countries: Albania, Bulgaria, Great Britain, Greece, Spain, Latvia, Holland, Norway, Poland, Romania and the USA took part in the drills. During the shooting at the training grounds, the Bulgarian soldiers flatly refused to shoot as “Russian identification marks have been placed on the targets, and they won’t shoot at Russians!”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This does not augur well for NATO readiness at any level, should there be an actual, verifiable "threat" against it.

Aug 22 09:57

Breaking: US Occupation of Syria Now Official

As RT reports, US Commander of American forces in Iraq and Syria Lt. General Stephen Townshend stated:

“We’ve informed the Russians where we’re at … (they) tell us they’ve informed the Syrians, and I’d just say that we will defend ourselves if we feel threatened.”

Since, as Reuters reports, clashes between Kurdish and Syrian forces have intensified.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Have Syria's Bashir al Assad and Russia's Putin received this memo?!?

Because the US carving up of Syria, in order to create an independent Kurdistan, is completely illegal, under international law.

The number of flash points, which could ultimately trigger US wars against Russia and/or China right now, are growing exponentially; this is a very bad situation into which the US government and military have gotten us, and one which, I fear, will not end well for the Unhinged, Surveilled States of Amerika.

Aug 22 09:40

Worst Cholera Outbreak In The World Result Of KSA’s War In Yemen

Saudi Arabia’s war of aggression in Yemen has brought yet a new weapon to bear against the Yemeni people: cholera. With the relentless bombing, the targeting of civilians and civilian areas, the destruction of infrastructure and an embargo on...

Aug 22 09:31

UH OH Lottery Fraud Exposed!

Aug 22 09:21

Visiting U.S. military commanders to issue warning to Pyongyang

Three top U.S. military commanders plan to issue a strong warning message to North Korea in a rare joint press availability here later Tuesday, officials said.

Pacific Command chief Adm. Harry Harris, Strategic Command head Gen. John Hyten and Missile Defense Agency Director Lt. Gen. Samuel Greaves are scheduled to hold a press conference at a local U.S. Forces Korea (USFK) base.

It's quite unusual for the U.S. commanding generals serving abroad to gather in South Korea and release public statements together.

It apparently reflects Washington's alertness against North Korea's rapid development of nuclear bombs and missiles.

In July, the North successfully test-launched two intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs).

The U.S. intelligence community also believes the secretive communist nation has made significant progress in miniaturizing nuclear warheads.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One way or another, with all the US Coalition pieces in place for such a situation to happen, I would suspect that Kim Jung Un will either uncork some missiles during this drill, which ends on 31 August, or that he will be made to appear to have done that, courtesy of a US false flag.

Aug 22 09:15

White House braces for thousands of protesters outside Phoenix rally where Trump could PARDON famed 'tent city' sheriff Joe Arpaio

Thousands of protesters could descend on Downtown Phoenix tomorrow as President Donald Trump makes his first visit to Arizona since winning the White House.

A combined 5,600 people have said they plan to attend, judging from RSVPs on two Facebook advertisements for anti-Trump rallies.

One features a logo incorporating the number '45' – Trump is the 45th US. president – in a mockup of the Nazi swastika. The other includes a graphic of Trump with Ku Klux Klansmen, and is advertised under the title 'White Supremacy Will Not Be Pardoned.'

That's a reference to reports that Trump may issue a presidential pardon on Tuesday night to former sheriff Joe Arpaio.

'If protesters come, they come,' a White House official told DailyMail.com on Sunday. 'The president isn't going to change who he is or what he's doing because of loud and obnoxious people who are never going to like him no matter what.'

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I just hope his security detail has their eyes and ears wide open; the political ugliness in this country has reached a fevered pitch, and may translate into some truly rancid behaviour here.

Aug 22 09:04

38 out of 60 shampoos found to contain harmful manufacturing solvent in tests by Hong Kong consumer watchdog

The Consumer Council also found 20 per cent of the shampoos contained allergy-causing preservatives, and one even tested positive for a heavy metal.
But the agency insisted none of the samples constituted an “immediate” health risk, and only urged those with sensitive skin to be extra cautious when making their choices.

A total of 60 shampoos available in Hong Kong were collected for examination. Most were general shampoos not targeting specific hair problems or types, but some claimed to alleviate hair loss.

Revealing the test results at their monthly briefing on Tuesday, the council said 38 contained 1,4-dioxane, an ether commonly used as a solvent in manufacturing.

While the concentrations of 1,4-dioxane in the samples all fell within mainland China’s limit of 30 parts per million, seven shampoos exceeded the European Union’s ceiling of 10 ppm.

They included products by Head and Shoulders, Clairol, Pantene and Vidal Sassoon.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have found that going as organic as I can, with grooming products and cosmetics, keeps me out of trouble with chemical sensitivities.

I am violently sensitive to what are called "formaldehyde precursors", and they are very present in low-end soaps, shampoos, skin care, and cosmetic products. They are called by many different names, to mask their presence, because people are getting more savvy about what they put on their skin and hair.

For me, the symptoms were horrific pains in my hands and feet, for which, of course, no
ex-ray could find the source, because the cause was chemical, not mechanical.

The following link may also help you get this stuff out of your life:

The Hidden Formaldehyde In Everyday Products

Aug 22 08:59

INSTANT JUSTICE! FEDERAL JUDGE JUST GAVE THE WOMEN’S MARCH ORGANIZER THE WORST NEWS OF HER LIFE!!!

A federal judge ordered Thursday that convicted Palestinian terrorist and Women's March organizer Rasmea Odeh be deported from the United States, and her citizenship, revoked.

Aug 22 08:56

Can Evil Be Pushed Out Of The US, We Will Soon See

CNN and the rest of the corporate media are pushing the idea that Trump is mentally ill and needs to be removed under the 25th Amendment. American's didn't elect Trump for war, they elected him to stop the wars.

Aug 22 08:52

TSA FACIAL BIOMETRIC BODY SCANNERS AND GOVERNMENT WATCHLISTS BEING USED IN TRAIN STATIONS

The TSA is winning the war on Americans minds as commuters are being tricked into giving away their rights without a fight.

The above video warns that facial recognition body scanners are coming to a train station near you…

“Soon you might have to pass through one of these to get to your train or subway.”

Last week, the TSA Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority ‘voluntarily’ asked commuters to walk through facial recognition body scanners before being allowed to board a train

If you watched the video you might have noticed that the mass media (CBS) did not interview a single person who was concerned about their privacy. Instead, they quoted passengers who think body scanners are a good thing.

Nothing suspicious about that, right?

CBS warned that if the LA Metro installs the body scanners next year, commuters won’t be able to opt-out.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am a Christian pacifist activist, which means I am constantly exhorting my government to resolve its geopolitical differences through hard-won, logical negotiations. I am not a violent human being, nor do I ever advocate violence.

That being said, when we get back to the mainland, we will only be driving an older car which cannot be tracked by GPS, and will adopt a Cuban mechanic to keep it running!!!

The massive invasions of privacy by the Federal Government have run amok, and I will gently, peacefully refuse any more horrific intrusions in our private life.

Aug 22 08:44

VENEZUELAN ATTORNEY GENERAL TO SEEK ASYLUM IN US TO “EXPOSE THE NARCO-DICTATORSHIP”

The mystery continues regarding the whereabouts of Venezuelan Attorney General, Luisa Ortega Díaz, who fled her country after suffering threats and persecution by the regime of Nicolás Maduro. She is alleged to be applying for asylum in the United States.

Former Colombian president Andres Pastrana said Sunday, August 20, that “most assuredly” Luisa Ortega, who arrived in Bogota on Friday, will “end up in the United States.”

Pastrana said Ortega will be seeking political asylum in the United States, where, according to him, she will reveal important information about criminal activities in the Maduro regime.

“I think it is difficult for the attorney general to stay in Colombia…she is going to end up in the United States because she will be fundamental to exposing the ‘narcodictadura’ of president Maduro,” he said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

No, No, No, Venezuelan Attorney General Diaz; the Unhinged, Surveilled States of America are the last places on this planet you want to go: the governmental, institutional narcocracy here will be thoroughly displeased by your presence, and your life will be very much in peril, particularly if you are talking about drug corruption's influence in politics.

Think about it: Hillary Clinton was so comfortable with the narcocracy which supported her and Bill Clinton, that she did not object to her picture being taken with convicted drug felon, Jorge Cabreras, at a White House Christmas party.

Image: Hillary Clinton next to convicted drug felon Jorge Cabreras at a White House Chirstmas Party

Here's the info about his financial relationship to the Clintons:
The Jorge Cabrera Scandal

Aug 22 08:39

Jefferson Memorial Will Be Changed to Acknowledge Slavery Record

According to National Mall officials, an exhibit accompanying the Jefferson Memorial will be updated to acknowledge “the complexity” of the Founding Father’s life.

The pursuit of changes to a monument honoring Thomas Jefferson comes amidst a backlash over confederate statues and anything that could possibly be perceived as racist.

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Aug 22 08:14

AFGHANISTAN - TRUMP TO ANNOUNCE FOUR MORE ONE-YEAR WARS

This evening Trump will announce a new "path forward" in the occupation of Afghanistan. According to the usual leaks it will be very same path the U.S. has taken for 16 years.

Several thousands soldiers from the U.S. and various NATO countries will (in vane) train the Afghan army. Special Forces and CIA goons will raid this or that family compound on someone's say-so. Bombs will be dropped on whatever is considered a target.

Trump will announce that 1,000 or so troops will be added to the current contingent. About 15,000 foreign troops will be in Afghanistan. About three contractors per each soldier will be additionally deployed.

Trump knows that this "path forward" is nonsense that leads nowhere, that the best option for all foreign troops in Afghanistan is to simply leave:

Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump - 21 Nov 2013
We have wasted an enormous amount of blood and treasure in Afghanistan. Their government has zero appreciation. Let's get out!

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am deeply disappointed in President Trump's decision here.

He knows better; he understands that this new "surge" will be absolutely no different than all the surges before this in the last 16 years.

And in this decision, he has failed the American people in a spectacular fashion, and has guaranteed much more blood and money will be lost.

His military advisors, that unholy trinity of Mc Masters, Mattis, and Kelly, have betrayed him, in the name of "optics"; in their dystopian view, that another US war cannot be viewed as "lost" is more important than doing the right thing for the American people, which would be to withdraw US and NATO troops as quickly as safely possible, then negotiatewith whatever government is left standing in Kabul for the oil pipeline and mineral rights.

That Sec Def Mattis signed off on this just puzzles me intensely; I know that this man is absolutely lionized by every military person who has served under his command, but to tell the President that this is his only, highest and best, option in Afghanistan?!?

Something is just not right with this.

Aug 22 07:58

'Why won't they just let me die?' Schoolgirl, 14, who was found hanged in her wardrobe kept secret diary about how she was unhappy with her weight and wanted to die

A schoolgirl who was found hanged in her bedroom had been writing a secret diary begging for her life to be over.
Charlotte Baron, 14, also penned a series of drawings depicting her self harming and posted entries saying she didn't like the size of her body.

One heartbreaking entry in the notebook told of an incident where she wished she had died after being admitted to hospital following a drinking bout over the Christmas holidays.

Aug 22 07:57

Couple Wins $3.25M After Adopted Son Is Reclaimed by Birth Parents and Then Murdered by Birth Father

An Iowa couple last week won $3.25 million in a malpractice lawsuit against their former lawyer after the baby boy they were in the process of adopting was reclaimed by his biological parents — and then murdered by one of them five weeks later.
Rachel and Heidi McFarland were awarded the judgment on Tuesday against Des Moines, Iowa, attorney Jason Rieper, who they said acted negligently in not getting the child’s biological parents to sever their parental rights (a characterization Rieper’s attorney disputes).

Aug 22 07:56

Online hate crimes will be taken just as seriously as offline offenses in England, Wales

The internet has revolutionized the way humans interact with one another, adding another facet to communication that rivals face-to-face interaction for primacy in modern life. But it isn’t all informative reading, pleasant banter and happy reunions with old friends. Social media and other websites have also provided new avenues for the expression of hate.

Aug 22 07:56

Australia's liquor law embarrassment: Brisbane bar forced to turn away Princess Mary's husband Crown Prince Frederik, 49, because he didn't have ID proving he was old enough to buy a drink

QUEENSLAND’S liquor laws have become an international farce after Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark, the husband of Princess Mary, was initially turned away from a Brisbane bar. Now the owner of the pub fears he’ll be fined over the saga.
Jade Buddha co-owner Phil Hogan said his staff initially denied the prince entry on Friday night under the state’s tough liquor laws, which require venues to scan the IDs of all patrons entering after 10pm.

Aug 22 07:42

FEDERAL JUDGE ORDERS IRS TO RELEASE NAMES OF SPECIFIC EMPLOYEES THAT TARGETED TEA PARTY GROUPS

Remember Lois Lerner? If not, she was basically the person that Obama put in charge of weaponizing the IRS so that it could be used by the Democratic party as a political weapon of mass destruction to suppress Tea Party groups back in 2012. Ring any bells yet?

Well, as a testament to the efficiency of our legal system, it turns out that the case is still ongoing some 5 years later. Of course, this has to be a simple bureaucracy issue because there is no way that the Obama administration, you know, the only scandal-free White House in modern history, played any role in delaying the completely transparent transmission of information about this shocking threat to our Democracy...just ask CNN...we're sure they'll confirm the same.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Bravo, Judge Walton: well done!

Aug 22 07:39

Australia's liquor law embarrassment: Brisbane bar forced to turn away Princess Mary's husband Crown Prince Frederik, 49, because he didn't have ID proving he was old enough to buy a drink

QUEENSLAND’S liquor laws have become an international farce after Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark, the husband of Princess Mary, was initially turned away from a Brisbane bar. Now the owner of the pub fears he’ll be fined over the saga.
Jade Buddha co-owner Phil Hogan said his staff initially denied the prince entry on Friday night under the state’s tough liquor laws, which require venues to scan the IDs of all patrons entering after 10pm.

Aug 22 07:37

‘A turn of the page of history’: 90-year-old South Carolina country club finally admits first black member

Breaking with a long tradition, a Columbia, South Carolina country club is finally admitting it’s first black member, reports The State.
Ashleigh Wilson, 31, a litigator with Bowman and Brooke, has been accepted by the Forest Lake Country Club — a prestigious members only club that counts current South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster (R) as a member.

Aug 22 07:37

Total Eclipse of Sense

“According to a statement from Western United Dairymen CEO, Anja Raudabaugh, California’s Air Resources Board wants to regulate animal methane emissions even though it admits there is no known method for achieving the type of reduction sought by SB 1383.”

(Legislation to regulate cow and sheep flatulence – how charming!)

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