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Oct 10 09:09

A Reverse Bucket List

Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman starred in the 2007 movie, “The Bucket List.” A “bucket list” defines things we want to do before we die, before we “kick the bucket.”

A reverse bucket list—as used here—is a list of things already occurred, but we wish had not happened.

Oct 10 08:52

Aftermath as Prologue

I believe that the Christine Blasey Ford gambit was an extension of the sinister activities underway since early 2016 in the Department of Justice and the FBI to un-do the last presidential election, and that the real and truthful story about these seditious monkeyshines is going to blow wide open.

It turns out that the Deep State is a small world. Did you know that the lawyer sitting next to Dr. Ford in the Senate hearings, one Michael Bromwich, is also an attorney for Andrew McCabe, the former FBI Deputy Director fired for lying to investigators from his own agency and currently singing to a grand jury? What a coincidence. Out of all the lawyers in the most lawyer-infested corner of the USA, she just happened to hook up with him.

Oct 10 08:44

Yes, Women Can Lie

After serving his time, Banks was contacted by his accuser, who wanted to resume their friendship (the friendship that was interrupted by her rape accusation). He, and his legal team, recorded her admitting that she’d made up the entire rape story. Banks was fully exonerated, and the school district successfully sued Noble Negress for the return of the money from the civil suit (sadly, that money was long gone, having been spent on hair extensions and Tyler Perry DVDs).

His name cleared, his tormentor punished, surely Brian Banks assumed that his bad luck had ended.

Fat chance.

Oct 10 08:40

Owner of Limo That Crashed and Killed 20 May Have Helped FBI Foil a Terror Plot

The owner of the limo that crashed and killed 20 people in Schoharie, New York, on Saturday may be a former FBI informant who helped foil a terror plot in 2009.

Prestige Limousine owner Shahed Hussain has “the same name and address as that of a former informant for the FBI who has testified in two prominent terrorism cases,” The New York Times reported.

Oct 10 08:33

The Kavanaugh Show Trial: A Look into the Feminist Brain

Feminists—who from this point onward we will call, simply, “Feminist Woman”—have been insisting for decades that men and women differ from each other only insofar as their genitalia are concerned. Women are every bit as strong, physically and mentally, and every bit as professionally competent and occupationally capable as their male counterparts. Whatever disparities exist between men and women are “socially constructed,” the legacy of “patriarchal oppression.”

Women don’t need for men to hold doors, help them with their bags, or otherwise engage in any chivalric actions toward them. Chivalry is itself an instrument of oppression. Feminist Woman, in other words, claims that it is only equality with men that she desires and to which she is entitled. And this normative claim that men ought to treat women as their equals in all respects Feminist Woman grounds in the descriptive claim that women are the equals in all respects to men.

Oct 10 08:26

Melania Trump on #MeToo: Women Need to Be Heard, but ‘Show the Evidence’

First Lady Melania Trump believes the #MeToo movement is important, but women and men should also have hard evidence when making allegations of sexual assault.

“I support the women, and they need to be heard. We need to support them. And also men, not just women,” the first lady said. “You need to have a really hard evidence that if you are accused of something, show the evidence.”

Trump defended her position, noting that sometimes the media went too far with coverage of #MeToo stories

“You cannot just say to somebody, I was sexually assaulted or you did that to me … sometimes the media goes too far, the way they portray some stories, it’s not correct, it’s not right,” she said.

Oct 10 08:16

Wasn't she supposed to serve US? Twitter unamused as IDF 'salutes' Haley for her support for Israel

A tweet from the IDF thanking Nikki Haley for her “unwavering support” for Israel has sparked an avalanche of snarky comments, with many pointing out that Haley was supposed to be the US, not Israeli, envoy to the UN.

Oct 10 08:12

Top Google exec tells Republicans 'f*** you all to hell' in unhinged Twitter post over Brett Kavanaugh

Dave Hogue, who identifies himself as a lead user experience designer, told GOP senators 'f*** you all to hell' after they voted to add Kavanaugh to the court.

Hogue, whose Twitter feed is filled with anti-Trump and Republican-bashing messages, has since deleted the tweet and apologized for his language - but stood by the emotion behind his message.

The message comes amid accusations from Republicans and President Trump that online giants such as Google are biased against them.

Oct 10 07:16

Neuroscientists link three human brains together and they play Tetris

Neuroscientists from the project BrainNet have found a way to link human brains together using them in unison to solve complex problems and play the video game Tetris.

Oct 10 06:39

Sears prepares for bankruptcy

The once bustling company Sears appears to have taken a turn for the worst and has hired M-III Partners LLC to handle a bankruptcy filing with the court as early as next week.

Oct 10 05:27

More US cities replace Columbus Day to honor Native Americans

More and more cities across the United States are celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day in place of Columbus Day, a counter-holiday honoring the history and contributions of Native Americans ... Columbus Day - named for Italian explorer Christopher Columbus - officially became a federal holiday in 1937, "in order to place Catholic Italians, like Christopher Columbus, into American history." But activists argue that memorializing Columbus, who was credited for opening up the Americas for European colonization, ignores the erasure of Native American history ... Dozens of U.S. cities have either scrapped Columbus Day and adopted Indigenous Peoples Day or Native American Day ... At least seven states don't recognize Columbus Day at all: Alaska, Florida, Hawaii, Oregon, Minnesota, South Dakota and Vermont.

Oct 10 05:24

The US-Saudi Starvation Blockade

Our aim is to "starve the whole population - men, women, and children, old and young, wounded and sound - into submission," said First Lord of the Admiralty Winston Churchill. He was speaking of Germany at the outset of the Great War of 1914-1918. Americans denounced as inhumane this starvation blockade that would eventually take the lives of a million German civilians ... After the Armistice of Nov. 11, 1918, however, the starvation blockade was not lifted until Germany capitulated to all Allied demands in the Treaty of Versailles. As late as March 1919, four months after the Germans laid down their arms, Churchill arose in Parliament to exult, "We are enforcing the blockade with rigor, and Germany is very near starvation."

Oct 10 05:17

Clear Majority of Israelis Oppose Accepting Refugees, Poll Says

A clear majority of Israelis oppose accepting refugees from war-torn countries into Israel, according to a new poll released on Wednesday by the Pew Research Institute. The poll included respondents from 18 different countries, and among the Israelis surveyed by it, 57 percent were against accepting refugees - more than in any other country included in the survey ... Among Israelis, 37 percent of the respondents said they support the idea. Only one other country included in the survey, Hungary, had a lower level of support for accepting refugees ... In the United States, 66 percent of those surveyed by Pew said they support taking refugees into the country, while 29 percent said they oppose ... The highest levels of support for accepting refugees were measured in Spain (86 percent), Germany (82 percent) and Sweden (81 percent).
Note: All this was planned! I don't even know what country I live in anymore!

Oct 10 05:11

Despite History of Israeli Espionage, Bill Would Force NASA Cooperation with Israel Space Agency

A bill that was passed by the U.S. Senate in early August and is currently under consideration by the House would mandate that the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) work closely with the Israel Space Agency (ISA) despite the fact that such cooperation in the past was used by Israel to steal U.S. state secrets. The provision is tucked within the bill titled the "United States-Israel Security Authorization Act of 2018," which would also provide Israel with $38 billion in U.S. military aid over a ten-year period, the largest military aid package in U.S. history. MintPress News previously reported that this massive aid package translates into approximately $23,000 every year for every Israeli family.

Oct 10 05:08

Homeless in US: A deepening crisis on the streets of America

Homelessness has increased in other thriving West Coast cities that are destinations for young, well-educated workers, like San Francisco and Seattle, where the blame has also largely fallen on rapidly rising costs and evictions. Exact numbers are always hard to come by but 553,742 people were homeless on a single night across the US in 2017 ... Declines in 30 states were overshadowed by big surges elsewhere ... Los Angeles, where the situation has been described as unprecedented, had more than 50,000 people without homes, behind only New York City, which had some 75,000 ... Homelessness, in Portland and beyond, seems to be more visible than ever. Residents are growing frustrated with the smell of urine, human faeces and abandoned objects littering public spaces and, sometimes, their own doorsteps.
Note: And yet, always more money for Israel. Had enough yet!

Oct 10 03:39

Most of Us Are NOT Participating in the Hysterical Rage You See on the News

If you were to read about the United States of America from someplace else, you’d probably think it was a nation full of people who are gearing up to go to war. Anyone would think the same thing from what they saw in the media. You would see hysterical rage fueling terrible acts. You’d see the intense hatred between people who belong to different political parties. You’d believe this is nationwide.

But it’s not. Sure, there’s some tension if you talk politics, but in most places, it isn’t crazy in a life-threatening kind of way. Mostly, it’s pretty friendly.

But this isn’t the America of the media.

Oct 10 03:30

A Venezuelan Collapse Survivor Warns You to be Mobile: “You May Have to Leave It All Behind”

I have mentioned in several opportunities what I could have done better, given the chance. Here some of my afterthoughts about it. As good as your plan may be, you may have to leave it all behind. You must plan to be mobile.

Some of these preparedness plans may not work as well as we would expect. No matter how wonderful your retreat is, there may come a time when you have to leave. And you must plan for that, too.

Oct 10 00:51

Why Is The Media Warning A Recession Is Expected “By The End Of 2020” That Will Be “Worse Than The Great Depression”?

The mood of the mainstream media is really starting to shift dramatically. At one time they seemed determined to convince all of us that happy days were here again for the U.S. economy, but now some mainstream news outlets are openly warning that the next recession will be “worse than the Great Depression”. Do they really believe that this is true, or is there some other purpose behind their bold headlines?

Oct 10 00:18

The Catholic Church’s Grim History of Ignoring Priestly Pedophilia – and Silencing Would-be Whistleblowers

As the Pennsylvania grand jury emphasized: "There have been other reports about child sexual abuse within the Catholic church… For many of us, those earlier stories happened someplace else, someplace away. Now we know the truth: it happened everywhere."

Oct 09 14:51

CNN Anchor Jim Sciutto Accuses Guest Of Calling Kav Accuser A Liar

CNN's Sciutto Gets Testy After Guest Points Out Ford Story Wasn't Corroborated

Oct 09 14:24

Kavanaugh accuser Ford nominated for UNC award for her ‘courage’ and ‘inspiration’

A group of faculty, students and alums at University of North Carolina Chapel Hill are nominating Christine Blasey Ford for a Distinguished Alumna Award after she testified before a Senate panel about her sexual assault allegations against then-Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Citing the “courage it took for her to take the moral and ethical stand that she did in testifying about her sexual assault experience in front of the world,” a letter from English professor Jennifer Ho nominates Ford for the award.

The U.S. Senate confirmed Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court Saturday with a 50-48 vote and he was sworn in that night in a private ceremony.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am having an industrial-strength Picard double-palm, at warp speed upon reading this.

Do these endorsers NOT understand this woman's method, motive, and
opportunity, completely truth-free, was centered upon a chance to create a potentially lethal, profession take-down of this judge, just because he is a conservative?!?

This was a frantic, fact-free, deep-ditch effort by the Democrats to prevent a conservative from being confirmed to the Supreme Court, and Ford's accusations could not be corroborated.

They lost it, with Kavanaugh's confirmation. But don't think for a minute that they will stop at this "bump in the road", and some, like Senator Corey Booker, are claiming that if the Democrats win the midterms, they will impeach Kavanaugh.

Under the Constitution, a Supreme Court Judge can be impeached: but it only has happened once in American history: a second Supreme Court Justice who was impeached, resigned before the hearings could be heard. It is the House which impeaches, but it is the Senate where the case for impeachment will be tried.

Oct 09 13:58

Police find 500 videotapes in home of suspected serial rapist

Michigan police found nearly 500 videotapes in the home of a rape suspect and now have to modernize them in order to see if he is responsible for assaults going back decades, officials said.

Authorities found the tapes when they arrested Gilbert Conway in July on charges he raped six women between 2009 and 2018, authorities said. He's pleaded not guilty to 77 criminal counts, which include first-degree criminal sexual conduct and kidnapping.

Lawmakers in Genesee County, Michigan, on Monday signed off on spending $15,000 to $20,000 to help investigators convert Conway's Hi8 videotapes into a modern digital format.

Oct 09 13:43

Fun at the United Nations and in Congress: Israel Wins the Comedy Competition

The same creative thinking that produced the bomb with its lit fuse had come up with a different kind of delayed action joke that Bibi knew would confuse his audience before being revealed for what it was, trumping Trump’s attempt at humor, so to speak.

Netanyahu produced a series of large photos taken near Tehran by Israeli intelligence showing a wall and a gate. He said it was an Iranian “secret atomic warehouse for storing massive amounts of equipment and material for Iran’s secret nuclear weapons program.”

The audience gasped, clearly impressed by Bibi’s unexpected rollout of a hitherto unknown top secret installation, but the joke came the next day when it was revealed that the complex inside the wall actually contained a number of businesses, including a scrap metal dealership and a carpet cleaning service.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Premier Netanyahu, a word, please; your current attempted fakeout of the UN reminds me of the following phrase: to do something over and over again, in much the same way, yet expecting a different outcome, is a classic definition of insanity.

How in the name of logic did you expect to get away with this, and be believed by Ambassadors at the UN?!?

Oct 09 13:35

Wolf at the Door: Prospects of US Military Intervention in Venezuela

There is another fact that stands out in the poll: 62% of Venezuelans prefer President Maduro to solve the economic problems of the country, while 34% prefer an opposition government. 61% blame economic problems on agents external to the government such as the economic war, the fall of the price of oil, price speculation, and U.S. financial sanctions, while 37% attribute them to the economic policies implemented by the government.

The possible conspirators within the armed forces, meanwhile, have been detected and imprisoned, while the foreign media speak of other disgruntled soldiers who have deserted.

Foreign mainstream media outlets insist on imposing the military options on public opinion (even posting bizarre surveys), but opposition political leaders consider that this debate could feed expectations for an external saviour, which would go against reorganising efforts made by some [opposition] politicians.

Oct 09 13:34

Authorities find 123 missing children in just ONE day during a Michigan sex trafficking operation

More than 120 missing children have been found in just one day during a wide-scale law enforcement operation in Michigan.

Authorities located 123 children in the Wayne County area, which includes Detroit, as part of the one-day sweep last month.

The U.S. Marshals Service said Operation MISafeKid placed an emphasis on locating missing children who were victims of sex trafficking.

The one-day initiative, which took place on September 26, recovered 123 of the 301 children that had been reported missing in the area following weeks of investigations.

Oct 09 13:29

Did the Saudis Kidnap and Murder Journalist Jamal Khashoggi?

Last year, Khashoggi fled Saudi Arabia over harsh crackdowns on regime critics. Friction between him and its despotic ruling family surfaced after saying the kingdom should be “nervous about a Trump presidency.”

He opposed Saudi aggression in Yemen, its unacceptable policies toward Qatar, and harshness against critics.

Banned from writing and speaking out publicly, he self-exiled himself to America, saying

“I have left my home, my family and my job, and I am raising my voice,” adding:

“To do otherwise would betray those who languish in prison. I can speak when so many cannot.”

Earlier this year, he said Saudi intellectuals and journalists risk imprisonment for criticizing ruling family policies.

The State Department was largely silent on Khashoggi’s disappearance, a statement saying it’s aware of reports and seeks more information.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Now you understand why I am worried, that one of President Trump's BFFs in the Middle East is Saudi Arabia's Prince Mohammed bin Salam, and the other is Israel's Prime Minister, Bibi Netanyahu.

They are, at the end of the day, birds of a feather.

Oct 09 13:20

Alabama Police Chief Arrested for Allegedly Masturbating In Front of Children at the Beach

The chief of police for the city of Level Plains, Alabama was arrested last week after allegedly masturbating in public in an elevator as young children entered and exited. He was also witnessed masturbating while walking down the beach behind various teen girls and filming them shower.

Billy Maurice Driggers, the 44-year-old chief of police, was arrested at the police station last week and charged with four counts of disorderly conduct.

Oct 09 13:14

Israel detains American student at airport for five days over her political views, with little attention from U.S. press

Israel’s detention at its international airport of Lara Alqasem, 22, an American student holding a visa to study at Hebrew University, has gone on five days today. Reports from the Israeli media are that Alqasem, whose father is Palestinian, will get a hearing of her appeal of the deportation order— “within days,” her lawyers hope.

This is plainly a battle between liberal forces inside Israel and the rightwing government. The Israeli government is denying visitors to Alqasem and is determined to deport her for pro-boycott views that Alqasem has sought to distance herself from.

The Times of Israel reports today:

The Tel Aviv District Court on Sunday was set to schedule a hearing for an appeal against the deportation of a US student of Palestinian descent, who was denied entry into the country last week over her alleged support of the movement to boycott Israel.

Alqasem is raising money by crowdsource in order to fight the deportation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

An American kid, with a visa to study at Hebrew University?!?

Does any one of US Corporate presstitutes or members of the Israeli Knesset understand, even vaguely, just how lousy the optics of this detention are here for the country of Israel?!?

And Israel sells itself as "the only democracy in the Middle East"?!?

Give this detainee a break, here! Show yourself, as a government to be magnanimous, even if you hate the way she thinks, if you can.

And we have a companion story, also from antiwar.com: and bless Hebrew University for having the "male attributes" to have done this!

In a rare move, Hebrew University asks to join the appear for a US student detained by Israel

Oct 09 13:05

Israeli fire wounds 11 Palestinians at Gaza protest

Gaza's Health Ministry says 11 Palestinians have been wounded by Israeli gunfire in a protest along the territory's land and sea boundary with Israel.

Monday's beach demonstration was part of a half-year-long protest campaign by Gaza's Hamas rulers.

Protesters on fishing boats fixed Palestinian flags on a fence that extends into the Mediterranean. On land, other protesters briefly breached the frontier under the cover of smoke from flaming tires.

Israeli soldiers responded with tear gas and live fire.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This fight will be ongoing, and I fear, will only lead to one outcome; the ultimate genocide of the Palestinian people.

And the Islamic countries surrounding Israel will do nothing, because they understand fully that, with the US government's aid, Israel has nuclear weapons, and won't hesitate to use them.

Oct 09 13:00

Putting War Back in Children’s Culture

Now that Darth Vader’s breathy techno-voice is a staple of our culture, it’s hard to remember how empty was the particular sector of space Star Wars blasted into. The very day the Paris Peace Accords were signed in 1973, Richard Nixon also signed a decree ending the draft. It was an admission of the obvious: war, American-style, had lost its hold on young minds. As an activity, it was now to be officially turned over to the poor and nonwhite.

Those in a position to produce movies, TV shows, comics, novels, or memoirs about Vietnam were convinced that Americans felt badly enough without such reminders. It was simpler to consider the war film and war toy casualties of Vietnam than to create cultural products with the wrong heroes, victims, and villains. In Star Wars, George Lucas successfully challenged this view, decontaminating war of its recent history through a series of inspired cinematic decisions that rescued crucial material from the wreckage of Vietnam.

Oct 09 12:44

'Monstrous' Hurricane Michael closing in on Florida with 110 mph winds: 'This storm can kill you'

EYE OF DANGEROUS HURRICANE MICHAEL MOVING NORTHWARD OVER THE EASTERN GULF OF MEXICO... ...LIFE-THREATENING STORM SURGE

Oct 09 12:43

US Envoy: Trump Peace Plan Focuses Heavily on Israeli Security

In a Monday interview with the Times of Israel, US special envoy Jason Greenblatt reported that the upcoming peace plan from President Trump will “be heavily focused on Israeli security needs,” but will try to be “fair” to the Palestinians.

He wasn’t very clear what this would entail, but said that “each side will find things in this plan that they don’t like.” That’s already largely the case, with neither Israeli nor Palestinian officials expecting much out of the talks, and Palestinian officials in particular believe the US is too biased to be taken seriously.

What the US is actually planning to propose is not at all clear, though a focus on Israeli needs likely means that Israeli demands that the Palestinians never have any control over their own borders will be a part of the proposal.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

President Trump is raising on a busted flush here, even before he spells out the specifics of the deal.

Oct 09 12:38

Hundreds Killed by Heavy Fighting in Afghanistan

Heavy fighting erupted in dozens of provinces across Afghanistan over the weekend, with reports over the weekend suggesting that these fights were heavily Taliban attacks timed to the 17-year anniversary of the US invasion.

Over 200 combatants were reported slain, with the Afghan Defense Ministry reporting 156 Taliban slain. Reports have 35 Afghan soldiers killed as of Saturday night, and 15 more killed overnight Sunday in Jawzjan.

The Defense Ministry has sought to rebrand all of that fighting after the fact, now saying that it was a series of “military crackdowns” as opposed to Taliban attacks. That the Afghan government lost territory, and the main highway is closed certainly raise questions about why they would’ve chosen these sites for “crackdowns.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Don't believe that the US government will ever leave Afghanistan, no matter how many on each side, are killed and maimed; this country's government will have its military in Afghanistan perpetually, because of the oil pipelines; the rare earth minerals; and it's control over opium production.

And ultimately, in not withdrawing its troops, the US government cannot be blamed for defeat.

To me, this is some wretchedly ham-fistedly, pig-headedly illogical thinking on the part of this government, which does absolutely nothing for We the People, but a great deal for Those the Monied (think: oil company executives and the military industrial complex)

And as a side note, here is a companion article: Most Americans would support US withdrawal from Afghanistan

Oct 09 12:30

RT: Top Trump aide colluded with Israel in 2016 election - report

On the federal grand jury indictment of Donald Trumps national security adviser, Flynn, and Mueller clearly stated the foreign power that colluded with the Trump team was not Russia, China, or Britain, it was Israel. And that was well over a year ago! See also: Muller Names Trump's Foreign colluding Power Israel, by Wayne Madsen.

Oct 09 12:25

North Korea Will Allow Inspections at Nuclear Test Site, Pompeo Confirms

Secretary of State Mike Pomepo confirmed to reporters in Seoul that Kim Jong Un has agreed to allow international inspectors to visit Punggye-ri, the dismantled nuclear teting site. A date has not yet been set, but Pompeo says that is just a question of logistics.

Punggye-ri was a hollowed up series of tunnels under a mountain, wherein the North Korean government conducted several successful nuclear weapons tests over the past 12 years. The site was dismantled in April and May, as part of a deal to move toward denuclearization.

While reporters were welcomed to oversee the collapsing of the site, some critics complained that international inspectors were never allowed to conduct close-up inspections to confirm the site was totally unusable. Ironically, many of those same critics are now dismissing the invitation for inspectors as meaningless, since the site was already dismantled months ago.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF these reports are true, it indicates that North Korea is moving in a positive direction, and that should be applauded.

President Trump took one heck of a leap of faith here, and should be commended for having had the courage in believing that there was absolutely another outcome, other than war, which could be made to happen.

I wish he could have taken the same road with Iran; unfortunately, now, however, being firmly in the unyielding grasp of the Neocons, he will never attempt that kind of approach with it.

Oct 09 12:22

To Understand Christine Blasey Ford, Take a look at Palo Alto University

Oct 09 12:04

“Painful processes” cannot be avoided: Ukraine official on ukrainianizing Donbas

Deputy Minister for temporarily occupied territories and internally displaced persons, former head of the Luhansk military and civil administration George Tuka shared his vision of the Ukrainianization of Donbas. "This is a very complex issue. What we're seeing now is the consequences of the lack of the state policy in relation to these regions throughout the history of an independent Ukraine. It would be too irresponsible to offer some kind of recipe that would yield a change in mentality of the population in two or three years. But never say never… Not long ago, the share of supporters of the idea of Ukraine joining NATO was about 10-15%, now it is almost 50%. And this is under the conditions of the lack of information policy regarding NATO," Tuka said, answering a reader's question during a live chat at Glavred.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I don't know this guy from Adam, but the fact that he is championing dialogue over combat, gives me the sense that he is committed to a peaceful resolution with the breakaway republics.

I would like to hope that there is a possibility that his vision for Ukraine can be realized.

But unfortunately for Deputy Minister Tuka, there are far too many in the Bowels of Power, globally, who are hell-bent on seeing the conflict in Ukraine ultimately erupting into a shooting war with Russia.

Oct 09 11:53

Russia drawing up plans for Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong Un to talk

Russia is drawing up plans to host a meeting between President Vladimir Putin and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Moscow, according to the Kremlin.

Last month, Mr Putin invited Mr Kim to visit his country but details about where and when the talks could take place have yet to be decided.

The latest comments from the Kremlin come after a visit by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to North Korea.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This once again proves Russia's President Putin to be one of the "smartest guys in the room" when it comes to geopolitics, and the importance of booming economies trumping war every possible time.

Mining in North Korea

This article states:

"Mining in North Korea is important to the country's economy. North Korea is naturally abundant in metals such as magnesite, zinc, tungsten, and iron; with magnesite resources of 6 billion tonnes (second largest in the world), particularly in the Hamgyeong-do and Jagang-do provinces. However, often these cannot be mined due to the acute shortage of electricity in the country, as well as the lack of proper tools to mine these materials and an antiquated industrial base.

North Korea has reserves of more than 200 mineral types distributed over 80% of its territory with ten reserves recording large deposits of magnetite, tungsten ore, graphite, gold ore, and molybdenum. Among the largest resources with more than 2 million tons of estimated reserve are: Zinc which tops the list with 21 million tons of estimated resource; followed by non-metallic resource of 21 million tons of limestone and magnesite 6 million tons; and other mineral sources such as iron 5 million tons, anthracite 5 million tons, copper 3 million tons, barite 2 million tons, gold and graphite also 2 million tons each.[1]"

In this upcoming meeting, Putin will stress that Russia will be willing, and is able, to provide the infrastructure, equipment ,and engineering know-how to make sure that the potential financial wealth provided by these resources can now be realized, provided that Russia gets a reasonable "hunk of the action" in return for making the people, and the government, of North Korea far more prosperous.

I think that this potential proposal will be win/win music to Kim Jung Un's ears.

Oct 09 11:39

California DMV Finds Another 1,500 People It Wrongly Registered to Vote, Among Them Non-Citizen

At least one non-citizen and perhaps many more were improperly registered to vote in California by the Department of Motor Vehicles, prompting the secretary of state to demand a new investigation of the embattled agency Monday.

The DMV said about 1,500 people may have been incorrectly registered between April 23 and Sept. 25 because of a “processing error.” That includes legal residents who are not citizens, although the DMV says none of the people mistakenly registered are people living in the country illegally.

One Canadian national who’s lived in the U.S. 31 years told the Los Angeles Times that he knew it was a mistake when he was told he was newly registered to vote.

“When I saw that card, I just threw it out,” Randall Marquis said. “I know I’m not going to vote. I’m not allowed to vote, it’s stupid that I should be registered to vote.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is both interesting, and telling, that the one "truly Kryptonite question" the article doesn't touch is, were the illegal registrants registered as Democrats, Republicans, or Independents?!? :-)

Come on, take a wild guess, folks!!

Oct 09 11:34

The Constitution Won’t Permit a Kavanaugh Impeachment

The Constitution would not permit impeachment of a sitting justice for actions he took while a private citizen 35 years ago, nor would it permit using the laws of perjury, which are very tough.

Despite the high legal bar to remove a sitting justice, Democrats would probably face an extreme backlash from Republicans politically. Dershowitz further explained, “that would be absolutely foolish, inconsistent, and hypocritical.

Those who believe that Bill Clinton should never have been impeached for allegedly lying about his sex life are now going to lead the campaign to impeach Kavanaugh for allegedly lying about his sexual and drinking activities back when he was a 17-year-old? It’s hypocrisy run rampant.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is welcome news indeed.

One has to wonder; have all the Democrats, still thirsting for Kavanaugh's blood, post confirmation, ever, once, read the Constitution and Bill of Rights?!?

If not, they do not understand, nor care, about the reality that the Constitution and Bill of Rights are... this government's "Contract with America"!!

Oct 09 11:29

Brett Kavanaugh just hired the Supreme Court's first all-women law clerk team

The newly confirmed Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh has already fulfilled one of his promises.

After weeks of contentious hearings, the Senate voted to confirm the polarizing nominee Saturday evening. And Kavanaugh was already on the job Sunday morning with the court's first-ever all-women team of law clerks by his side, The New York Times reports.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is a very smart move on Kavanaugh's part; I hope it will start healing the rifts among the moderates. The unhinged in this country, unfortunately, will only grow more so, as witnessed by the recent actions of Antifa.
HERE ARE ALL OF THE TIMES ANTIFA GOT VIOLENT THIS WEEKEND

There are many reasons I would jump at the chance for Mike and I to go back to the mainland, and has primarily to do with people I love being there. But right now, living on Oahu, seems a lot more safe for conservatives like us.

Most of my friends here are highly liberal, but they wouldn't, ever, physically or emotionally hurt me because our opinions differ. And right now, that is one of the unexpected blessings of our being here.

Oct 09 11:24

Tariffs cost Ford Motor Company $1 billion, layoffs coming

The warnings against tariffs were not heeded by the United States government, and they are now coming to fruition. Ford Motor Company has announced that the Trump Administration’s tariffs on imported Chinese goods and retaliatory tariffs have cost the company $1 billion and they will lay off workers to cover that cost.

Oct 09 11:17

AMERICA'S FIRST ROBOT FARM REPLACES HUMANS WITH 'INCREDIBLY INTELLIGENT' MACHINES

Iron Ox, based in California, aims to improve labor shortages and pressure to produce crops by using AI and heavy machinery.

America’s first autonomous robot farm launched last week, in the hopes that artificial intelligence (AI) can remake an industry facing a serious labor shortage and pressure to produce more crops.

Claiming an ability to “grow 30 times more produce than traditional farms” on the strength of AI software, year-round, soilless hydroponic processes, and moving plants as they grow to efficiently use space, the San Carlos, California-based company Iron Ox aims to address some of the agricultural industry’s biggest challenges.

Such challenges have also caught the attention of investors, who made more than $10 bn in investments last year, representing a 29% increase from 2016.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sounds great; but let's hope and pray that the founders of this company haven't already been co-opted with an agreement from "The Evil Ones" to only grow GMO crops.

Oct 09 11:11

Kanye West to have lunch with President Trump

Rapper Kanye West will be having lunch with President Donald Trump and Jared Kushner at the White House on Thursday where the three will talk about several pressing topics.

Oct 09 11:10

Trump to lift summer ban on higher-ethanol gasoline ahead of elections

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday plans to lift a ban on summer sales of higher-ethanol blend of gasoline, known as E15, delivering a long-sought win to the Farm Belt ahead of November's midterm elections and angering the refining industry.

Oct 09 10:59

US Medicine: American Physicist Who Sold Nobel to Pay for End-of-Life Care Dies

In a damning indictment of health care in the US, the family of Nobel prize-winning physicist Leon Lederman sold his award to cover end-of-life medical expenses.

Lederman, the physicist credited with inventing the term 'god particle,' died last week at a nursing home in Idaho.

A former head of the prestigious Fermi National Accelerator Lab and a 1988 winner of the Nobel Prize in physics, Lederman had suffered acute dementia in the last years of his life, resulting in round-the-clock care and its heavy expenditure — a financial burden the revered scientist's family were unprepared for.

His wife, Ellen Lederman, noted that the move was necessary to keep her husband at peace as his health declined.

Oct 09 10:53

Mainstream Journos Pissed As Saudi Clown Prince Nabs One Of Their Own

The Mustache of Understanding, New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, is pissed that the Saudi clown prince Mohammad bin Salman ordered the kidnapping of the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Every ten minutes a child in Yemen starves because of the famine caused by the Saudi, UAE, U.S. and UK war on the country. The renewed attack on the harbor of Hodeidah and hyperinflation over the recent months have doubled the prices of food and gas Most people in Yemen no longer have the income to pay for the needed food. Tens of thousands were already silently starved, millions will likely follow. By what humanitarian 'principle' would the potential death of one bootlicking columnist be worse than that?

Oct 09 10:53

Watch: "Street Anarchy" As Antifa Attacks Portland Drivers That Don't Obey

Well-known conservative columnist and author Rod Dreher reacts to shocking video which emerged on Monday showing masked Antifa members taking over an entire busy intersection and claiming the authority to direct traffic in an American city.

Notice that these thugs include white people using racist anti-white language to order drivers to do as they say.

Is this America? Is this routine in Portland? Why are the Portland police not arresting these people? This video captures the faces of some of them. Arrest them. Jail them.

And yet the Portland resident and journalist, Andy Ngo, who first posted the now viral video says "This is the type of street anarchy that routinely happens where I live."

Oct 09 10:44

RICHARD BRANSON SAYS VIRGIN GALACTIC WILL BE IN SPACE 'WITHIN WEEKS, NOT MONTHS’

British billionaire entrepreneur Richard Branson has announced that his spaceflight company Virgin Galactic is "more than tantalizingly close" to its first trip into space.
"We should be in space within weeks, not months. And then we will be in space with myself in months and not years," the Virgin founder and CEO told CNBC on Tuesday.

"We will be in space with people not too long after that so we have got a very, very exciting couple of months ahead."

The announcement comes amid a closely fought race between Branson’s Virgin Galactic and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin to get the first fare-paying passengers into space.

Branson has been investing in space travel since 2004 and was initially expected to go to space himself before April of this year.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

You have got to applaud when imagination shakes hands with reality, as these coming space flights for Virgin Galactic certainly demonstrate!

Oct 09 10:44

Nikki Haley to resign as U.N. ambassador

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on Tuesday that she plans leave her post at the end of the year.
The decision was announced to reporters by President Trump in a joint Oval Office appearance with Haley. Trump offered effusive praise for his envoy to the U.N.

Oct 09 10:41

UKRAINE LAUNCHES LARGE-SCALE AIR DRILLS WITH US AND OTHER NATO COUNTRIES

Ukrainian officials announced the beginning of the Clear Sky 2018 operation in the west of Ukraine. The operation centers on warplanes focusing on coordinated air defense, with Ukraine presenting it as preparation to “protect the airspace” from Russia.

The US and several other NATO nations are participating in this operation, which is to last until October 19. Ukraine emphasized the idea of coordination with Poland and Romania, two nations that they border.

Ukraine has been keen to push the idea that Russia is an imminent military threat to them, to the point where for the past several years, top Ukrainian officials have suggested World War 3 will start over Ukrainian territory.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would politely suggest that every country in the world do everything in its power to prevent the advent of World War III as it will ultimately go nuclear.

Oct 09 10:35

RUSSIA CLAIMS ‘MISUNDERSTANDING’ LED TO ARRESTS OF FOUR SPIES IN HOLLAND

On Monday, Russia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergei Lavrov dismissed Washington’s accusations against the GRU and said that the Dutch authorities had overreacted in detaining the four Russian officers in April. Following a meeting in Moscow with his Italian counterpart Enzo Moavero Milanesi, Lavrov said that the visit of the four GRU officers in Holland had been “customary”, adding that “there was nothing clandestine in it”. The GRU specialists were in Holland in order to secure computer servers used at the Russian embassy there. “They were not trying to hide from anyone once they arrived at the airport”, said Lavrov. They then “checked into a hotel and paid a visit to our embassy”, he added. Had they been engaged in espionage, the men would have taken strict precautions, said the Russian foreign affairs minister. They were eventually “detained by Dutch police without any reason or explanations, and were not allowed to contact our embassy”, said Lavrov.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have to doubt seriously that GRU had anything to do this; if it is anything that Moscow understands about spycraft, it is that it needs to be subtle, so as to not be detected, and the whole thing about the images of the car "...equipped with WiFi antennas and transformers..." may well have been photoshopped, after these people were arrested.

Oct 09 10:31

An Airbnb guesthouse of horrors

It didn’t take long for police to bring a man in handcuffs back to the property. One of the officers told Jackson and Uwandu he had been babbling about Airbnb cleaning fees. “He told the police that Airbnb had ordered him to evict us, over cleaning fees,” Uwandu recalled.

At about that time, an elderly woman came out of the main house. “Who are you?” she asked Uwandu and Jackson.

The woman said she was the owner and that JJ rented the guest house from her but that he wasn’t authorized to rent it to others. “But he rents it all the time,” Uwandu and Jackson told her. “Didn’t you notice all the people coming and going?”

“I thought those were JJ’s friends visiting him,” she said.

Oct 09 10:07

Two Students Hooked Up. It Was Clearly Consensual. He Still Spent $12,000 Defending Himself.

In James's view, the encounter had not only been fully consensual, it was also mutual: Becky bore just as much responsibility for initiating it as James. And, as Becky would later make clear to the investigator, she had also touched him sexually—she explicitly described her own actions in her official statement.

"[Becky's] account of the incident as set forth in the summary of her investigative interviews does not, on its face, allege any 'act of Prohibited Conduct,'" James's attorney wrote in an April 11 letter to Wendi Delmendo, UC-Davis's Title IX coordinator. "Even if everything [Becky] alleges is true, my client clearly did nothing wrong and did not engage in Prohibited Conduct."

Oct 09 09:55

Rose McGowan, the actress who triggered Weinstein’s downfall, says Hollywood’s approach to #MeToo is ‘all bull’

Rose McGowan, the American actress who helped to spark the flood of sexual abuse allegations against Hollywood’s power brokers, has branded Hollywood’s approach to the #MeToo movement as “bullshit” and her fellow campaigners as “lily-livered” and “losers”.

Speaking a year after she accused the film producer Harvey Weinstein of rape, McGowan also said she believed the mogul’s victims number “in the thousands”.

Despite initially being one of the most prominent voices in the campaign, McGowan has been excluded by many of those involved in #MeToo: she has not been invited to survivors’ lunches and said she had received no support from women’s magazines or women’s organisations. She accused them of caring only about what “looks good on the surface” rather than fighting for lasting change.

Oct 09 09:53

Swedish professor accused of bigotry for saying men and women ‘biologically different’

A Swedish university is investigating a professor for “anti-feminism” and “transphobia” after he said there are biological differences between men and women. He is being urged to retract his comments.

The professor, Germund Hesslow, who works in neurophysiology at Lund University, was accused by a student of making “transphobic” and “anti-feminist” statements in a lecture — but he has refused to back down.

During his course on ‘Heritage and Environment’ at the leading academic institution, Hesslow cited empirical research which supports the idea that there are differences between men and women which are “biologically founded” and therefore genders cannot be regarded as “social constructs alone”.

Oct 09 09:53

Swapping gender norms in the name of equality: Icelandic school that makes boys paint their nails

While many believe the expression “boys will be boys” should stay the norm, some Icelandic schools are defying stereotypes in the name of equality by making boys play with dolls and give massages, while girls jump from trees.

Known as the Hjalli teaching model, the network of 20 nursery and elementary schools aims to counter stereotypical gender roles and behaviors from an early age. While still considered radical by Icelandic standards, the network has grown to cater to eight percent of all nursery-age children in the country since the first school opened in 1989.

The school’s program sees boys and girls wear the same uniforms and play with gender-neutral toys. However, they are separated for most of the day in order to participate in activities that actively counter that of what is expected of them by current gender norms.

Oct 09 09:47

Anarchy! Portland residents' fury at mayor for allowing Antifa activists to take over street, direct traffic, abuse motorists and attack driver during march over police shooting of a black man

Some Portland residents have expressed their anger after dozens of Antifa protesters got into ugly clashes with motorists in Portland on Saturday during a march over the police shooting of Patrick Kimmons.

Activists were filmed shouting 'white supremacist' and 'whitey' at one driver, before another video showed marchers attacking a man's car as he tried to make his way through a crowd of people in the road.

Andy C Ngo, a Portland resident and reporter, vented his frustration with the marchers on Twitter, describing them as Antifa and adding: 'This is the type of street anarchy that routinely happens where I live.'

Oct 09 09:33

Heartbroken mum of teen who killed himself after withdrawn rape allegation found hanged at family home

The heartbroken mum of a teenager who took his own life after being accused of rape before the report was withdrawn has been found hanged in her family home.

The family of grief-stricken Karin Cheshire, 55, said she 'could not see a future' without son Jay Cheshire, 17, who took his own life after allegations of rape were made against him.

The complaint was withdrawn after two weeks but were said to have deeply affected Jay.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Two more victims of the #MeToo movement. Don't it make you feel proudernshit?

Oct 09 09:28

George W. Bush’s daughter says she’s ‘very proud to stand with Planned Parenthood’

Barbara Pierce Bush, daughter of former President George W. Bush, said Wednesday that she strongly supports Planned Parenthood despite continued Republican efforts to defund the group.

“I am very proud to stand with Planned Parenthood,” Bush told a crowd of around 1,000 people gathered at the annual Planned Parenthood luncheon in Fort Worth’s downtown Omni Hotel. “I am proud to stand with Planned Parenthood not only because women, regardless of where they are from, deserve to live dignified, healthy lives, [but] … because it’s a really good investment.

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