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Jan 07 09:48

'I slept with up to 20 men a night and was forced to watch a girl be murdered': Woman relives horrific memories after she was abducted at 19 and sold as a sex slave in Amsterdam's red light district

A woman has relived her horrific ordeal after she was abducted at 19 and sold as a sex slave.
Sarah Forsyth, now 42, travelled from Gateshead, Tyneside to Amsterdam after applying for a job as a nursery nurse but was held at gunpoint and kidnapped.

Jan 07 09:43

Iran Bracing For Economic Contraction As Oil Exports Crumble

Iran’s Parliament Research Center is predicting negative growth for Iran in the current fiscal year that ends March 20 due to its falling exports, Radio Farda reported on Friday.

The economic contraction could be as significant as 5.5 percent negative growth, the Research Center figures, with the best-case scenario ending with a 2.6 percent negative growth.

The rosier scenario of the two assumes that Iran will see a 800,000 barrel per day loss in Iran’s crude oil exports. The bleaker view assumes Iran’s oil exports will dip by 1.6 million barrels per day.

Beyond March 2019, when this fiscal year ends, the research center is predicting a 4.5 to 5.5 percent contraction.

Iran’s oil exports have decreased despite Iran’s insistence that the U.S. sanctions levied against Iran in November would have no effect on its oil exports.

Jan 07 09:38

Arkansas law requiring state contractors pledge not to boycott Israel has court challenge

Attorneys for an Arkansas newspaper asked a federal judge Friday to block a law requiring that contractors pledge not to boycott Israel, saying it forces businesses to give up their free speech rights in order to receive state money.

U.S. District Judge Brian Miller heard arguments in the Arkansas Times' lawsuit challenging the state's 2017 anti-boycott law. Miller said he hoped to rule soon on whether to block the law, which the Times and the American Civil Liberties Union argue is unconstitutional. The law requires contractors to reduce their fees by 20 percent if they don't sign the pledge.

The Times' lawsuit says the University of Arkansas Pulaski Technical College refused to contract for advertising with the newspaper unless the Arkansas Times signed the pledge. The paper isn't engaged in a boycott against Israel.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Good; it is time that American states understood that such legislation is an insult to the spirit of freedom and tolerance which crafted this country; which should let individuals believe as they do, and act according to their conscience, and not to be forced to act in a way which is contrary to their conscience.

Jan 07 09:32

Why Trump's Advisors Keep Quashing His Realist Whims

The multitude of policy zigs and zags seems to constitute a case of a president suffering from foreign policy bipolar disorder. Yet a pattern may exist amidst all of the turmoil. Trump’s foreign policy instincts often appear to be a sound and refreshing contrast to the stale conventional wisdom that has led the United States to careen from one interventionist debacle to another over the past quarter-century. (His early hostile stance toward North Korea and his policy toward Iran at all times are the major exceptions to sound instincts.) But time and again Trump has allowed his advisers to talk him out of his initial (usually correct) positions. That’s not surprising. The president is not an avid reader about foreign policy (or apparently anything else), and his knowledge base is alarmingly shallow. That deficiency gives policy advisers an exceptional degree of influence.

Jan 07 09:28

$100 Billion in Weapons to the Saudis Buys a World Full of Hurt

On December 13, the United States Senate made history with a vote invoking the 1973 War Powers Act to stop America’s military participation in, and support of, the unauthorized and immoral war against the desperate people in Yemen.

Never before had a vote of this nature passed the Senate. The measure passed with 56 senators voting in support and 41 voting against. It marked the first time the Senate has been able to put the breaks on our involvement in Yemen, a war that was never authorized by Congress, as is required by our Constitution.

Meanwhile, Speaker Paul Ryan went to extraordinary lengths to forestall a vote on a similar motion in the House of Representatives.

The history here is worth noting.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As I type this, the US military is aiding and abetting Saudi troops in Yemen, and, with the US government, is culpable a colluding in what have to be called "war crimes"; there is just no way to say this.

I have seen too many images of Yemeni children blown to bits, courtesy of Saudi air strikes; I have seen too many images of Yemeni children dying from malnutrition, courtesy of US/Saudi blockade of Yemen's ports, so no food can get into this tortured country; and I have seen too many images of Yemeni children, sickened by cholera, (possibly weaponised), courtesy of Saudi bombing water Yemen's infrastructure, to be silent.

Yes, bombs are about the only thing other countries want to buy from us, and just from a business perspective, one could say, these sales are "good for business"; but at what cost to this country's very soul and nature, do we continue to arm countries like Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, the crooked and dictatorial leadership of which hates any notion of a constitutional monarchy, and continue to oppress their own people?!?

I don't know about the rest of you, folks, but I am very tired of living in a country which, so consistently around the world, commits war crimes with impunity.

I remember being a kid, and being very proud to be an American; but as I got older, and was trying to look, objectively, at what the US does around the world, and why it does it, these "Claire on the Road" moments (at least intellectually), have been a real eye-opener.

The pattern is extremely clear. If there is someone sitting at the head of a government that DC doesn't like, with great resources (Like Afghanistan or Iraq) it destabilizes it; "the US creates "regime change", to a more Western-centric government; has the resources of that country expropriated, and controlled by US-friendly corporations, and all of the transactions done only in the US dollar.

When Karl Marx made the observation "All wars are economic in nature", the guy was very clearly correct in his assessment.

Jan 07 09:27

UN Staffer Warns that 5G is a ‘War on Humanity’

The first eight months of WWII with no fighting was called The Phoney War. Using millimetre waves as a fifth-generation or 5G wireless communications technology is a phoney war of another kind.

Jan 07 09:24

Portland NAACP says Warning Signs about Building Damage during Earthquakes Represent 'White Supremacy'

A new ordinance in Portland, Oregon, requires public signs on brick buildings to warn residents that the structures could collapse during an earthquake. But the NAACP views the signs as a way to force black people to move out of neighborhoods.

Jan 07 09:23

Female Karate Ace, 22, Slams Home Intruder to Ground, holds him until Troopers Arrive

Karate classes paid off for Hannah Hughes, a 22-year-old woman who took down an

intruder at her home in Nemacolin, Pennsylvania.

Jan 07 09:23

A sleep tracking helmet, facial recognition bowl that will only feed YOUR cat and a $600 'voice-controlled' piece of wood: Just some of the weird and wonderful gadgets unveiled at this year's CES

A headset that helps track your sleep, a smart cat bowl and a motorised suitcase are among some of the innovative gadgets going on display at the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) this week.

Jan 07 09:23

Delta and United pilots pen powerful letter to Trump demanding President 'immediately end the shutdown' which 'threatens safety and security of airspace system'

The largest pilot union in the world is urging President Donald Trump to put an end to the government shutdown.
The Air Line Pilots Association, which represents more than 61,000 pilots from 35 U.S. and Canadian airlines, wrote a letter to the President warning that the continuing impasse was threatening ‘the safety, security, and efficiency of our national airspace system.’

Jan 07 09:22

Shooting going on at the border close to the bridge to Pharr, TX

Insane video

Anthony was live — shooting on the bridge to Pharr, TX , lasted over half hour yesterday... #SecureTheBorder we knew this was coming to our borders Source: T...

Jan 07 09:15

Black People Dismantle "White Privilege"...video

Whaicist

Jan 07 09:04

US-Backed Syrian Militants Carry Out Rare Surface-to-Surface Missile Test

What do US forces in Syria do when the Commander-in-Chief orders a "full" and "immediate" draw down of troops from the country? They conduct a rare surface-to-surface missile test with their "rebel" partners on the ground of course.

An exclusive report from Middle East news site Al Masdar finds the following based on a video of the missile test uploaded to opposition social media on June 3rd, though it's unknown precisely when the test was carried out:

The U.S.-backed rebel forces carried out a rare missile test in the Al-Tanf region of southeastern Homs province recently.

U.S.-backed "Revolutionary Commandos" reportedly conducted this missile test in the Al-Tanf Zone that is located along the Iraqi border.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

But I have to ask; at whom was this aimed?!? Did it, again, as happens so many times with US-led attacks, hit civilians?!?

There are no answers on that from this article.

Jan 07 09:03

Robert De Niro compares Donald Trump to Hitler and labels him a 'white supremacist, fascist, buffoon and con artist' in latest tirade against the President

Robert De Niro has called Donald Trump a 'white supremacist' and compared him to Adolf Hitler in his latest tirade against the President.
The Hollywood star said dictators such as Hitler and Benito Mussolini had 'looked funny' when they first came to power.

Jan 07 09:02

Wayne Rooney was handcuffed by armed police and dumped in a cell for four hours to sober up after downing three cocktails and a sleeping pill on a private jet and trying to leave an airport arrivals hall through a staff door

Wayne Rooney was handcuffed by armed police and dumped in a cell for four hours to sober up after trying to exit an airport arrivals hall through a staff door, MailOnline can reveal.

Jan 07 08:57

FACEBOOK KNOWS HOW TO TRACK YOU USING THE DUST ON YOUR CAMERA LENS

Facebook has long said that it doesn’t use location data to make friend suggestions, but that doesn’t mean it hasn’t thought about using it.

In 2014, Facebook filed a patent application for a technique that employs smartphone data to figure out if two people might know each other. The author, an engineering manager at Facebook named Ben Chen, wrote that it was not merely possible to detect that two smartphones were in the same place at the same time, but that by comparing the accelerometer and gyroscope readings of each phone, the data could identify when people were facing each other or walking together. That way, Facebook could suggest you friend the person you were talking to at a bar last night, and not all the other people there that you chose not to talk to.

Facebook says it hasn’t put this technique into practice.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This, seriously, creeps me out, that Facebook thought it was a "good thing" to pursue.

Jan 07 08:55

IS THIS WHY CHINA WENT TO THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON?

China has embarked on an ambitious space program - surpassing the United States in orbital launches last year (primarily for satellites), and now landing their own lunar rover on the dark side of the moon, the Chang'e 4.

The stated purpose of Beijing's robotic lander is to collect samples and identify what minerals are there. And while the Chang'e 4 is unlikely to find precious metals such as gold, silver or platinum - there may be something up there that could serve as a "lunar fuel station to the stars," as the South China Morning Post puts it; Helium-3

The primary material on the moon is helium-3, which for now is too expensive to haul back to Earth. In theory, the non-radioactive isotope could be used as fuel for the next generations of spacecraft to explore deeper into space.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is starting to make absolute sense, and we should congratulate the Chinese scientists who realized that this could actually work, once the samples have been evaluated.

Jan 07 08:51

No Syria withdrawal without Turkish pledge not to attack Kurds, Bolton says

President Donald Trump will not withdraw American troops from northern Syria until the Turkish government guarantees it won’t then attack Syrian Kurdish forces that have been critical allies in the fight against ISIS, national security adviser John Bolton said Sunday.

Bolton said a commitment from Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that protects the Kurds after American forces exit is something Trump is demanding, and that it’s just one of several conditions that have to be met before U.S. troops leave.

“There are objectives that we want to accomplish that condition the withdrawal,” Bolton said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Wow, Bolton can back-peddle with the best of them!!

I would not hold my breath that Erdogan will spare the Kurds in any way;but of course, that was Bolton's strategy here all along, as the "excuse" for keeping American military in Syria, permanently, and not leaving.

But this statement leaves me wondering: who precisely is in control of American foreign policy?!?

If you said "Israel's Netanyahu"(among other parties) you would be, of course, completely correct.

Netanyahu is unsure whether the Israeli AG is going to press charges of corruption against him, so he dissolved the Knesset, and set elections for 9 April; just about the time that President Trump has stated, vaguely, that the drawdown in Syria was supposed to start.

Without any oversight by the Knesset, which he dissolved last month, and with him holding two positions in government, Prime Minister, and Minister of Defense, he has from today to the 9th of April (about 90 days) to do anything he wants that the IDF leadership believes is "do-able" in that time frame.

I think he has given Trump, Bolton, and Pompeo their "marching orders" as to just what they will do in the Middle East that will cause him to be thought of very positively, by the time Israeli elections happen.

I don't know whether the madness will be against Gaza; Lebanon; Syria; or Iran; but this is when I expect Netanyahu, who is now a geopolitically wounded animal, to either lash out; or have his American proxies in the Middle East, do the same.

Jan 07 08:49

Ratings DOWN ... Golden Globe Ratings Down From 2018; Four-Year Low In Early Numbers

snared a 12.7/21in metered market results

Jan 07 08:43

13 Great Cities Then and Now

Take a look at the difference...

Jan 07 08:42

Cop Distracted by Phone Hits Me Head On

Jan 07 08:37

Men’s Fashion Ads From the 1970s Will Make You Cringe

These men's clothing ads from the 1970s feature 'Underwear that's funtawear' and 'For whom the bells tolls' fashion styles. What a groovy decade in fashion! It must have been quite the scene back then judging by these flamboyant mavericks.

Jan 07 08:33

FIVE-YEAR JAIL TERMS SOUGHT FOR EX-TEPCO EXECUTIVES OVER FUKUSHIMA NUCLEAR DISASTER

Five-year prison terms were sought Wednesday for three former executives of Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc. for their alleged failure to prevent the Fukushima nuclear disaster triggered by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
At the Tokyo District Court, court-appointed lawyers acting as prosecutors said if the three had collected information properly and prepared necessary safety measures it would have been possible to predict the massive tsunami and prevent the disaster.

Tsunehisa Katsumata, 78, chairman of the company at the time of the disaster at the Fukushima No. 1 power plant, and Ichiro Takekuro, 72, and Sakae Muto, 68, both former vice presidents, have pleaded not guilty, arguing the tsunami was unforeseeable and the disaster would have occurred even if they had implemented preventive measures.

A final hearing for the defense will be held next March.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Only 5 years for the devastation created by Fukushima, on top of lack of real planning by these guys, since 2008?!?

It should be a life sentence for these guys, without parole, and not, please, in the Japanese equivalent of a "Club Fed."

Jan 07 08:29

IT’S TIME TO HEAR THE UGLY TRUTH: CENTRAL BANKS ARE PROPPING UP THE MARKET

For years critics of U.S. central-bank policy have been dismissed as Negative Nellies, but the ugly truth is staring us in the face: Stock-market advances remain a game of artificial liquidity and central-bank jawboning, not organic growth. And now the jig is up.

As I’ve been saying for a long time: There is zero evidence that markets can make or sustain new highs without some sort of intervention on the side of central banks. None. Zero. Zilch.

And don’t think this is hyperbole on my part. I will, of course, present evidence.

In March 2009 markets bottomed on the expansion of QE1 (quantitative easing, part one), which was introduced following the initial announcement in November 2008. Every major correction since then has been met with major central-bank interventions: QE2, Twist, QE3 and so on.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There will have to be an end to this, if the US economy is going to continue to survive.

And that will need to be a real examination of how the US budget got into the horrific mess it is today; a $985 billion deficit. Current Federal Budget Deficit

The article goes on to state: "he U.S. federal budget deficit for fiscal year 2019 is $985 billion. FY 2019 covers October 1, 2018, through September 30, 2019. The deficit occurs because the U.S. government spending of $4.407 trillion is higher than its revenue of $3.422 trillion.

The deficit is 18 percent greater than last year. The FY 2018 budget created an $833 billion deficit. Spending of $4.173 was more than the estimated $3.340 revenue."

I don't know how easy it is to get your mind around that figure; but the folks in Foggy Bottom have got this fixed, otherwise, the US will go broke, in a spectacularly ugly spectacle.

Jan 07 08:18

AS SHUTDOWN DRAGS ON, NATIONAL PARKS WILL USE ENTRANCE FEES TO TAKE OUT TRASH

As the government shutdown continues into a third week, the Interior Department has made the controversial and unprecedented decision to use visitor fees collected at national parks to help deal with the maintenance and safety issues that have emerged as iconic public lands remained open but understaffed when the government failed to pass a budget in December, The Washington Post reported.

"We are taking this extraordinary step to ensure that parks are protected, and that visitors can continue to access parks with limited basic services," National Park Service (NPS) Deputy Director P. Daniel Smith wrote in the NPS statement announcing the plan Sunday.

The unusual decision, formalized by a memorandum signed by acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt Saturday, authorizes park managers to use entrance fees to pay staff to clean restrooms, remove trash, patrol parks and reopen areas closed to tourists during the shutdown, The Washington Post reported.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Department of the Interior is at least trying to remedy the problems the shut down creates; and difficult as it is, during this governmental shutdown, they are at least trying to minimize the damage.

Jan 07 08:16

US sheriff's deputy is fired after video catches him shooting tiny Chihuahua in the FACE for 'being too aggressive'

Arkansas Faulkner County Sheriff Tim Ryals fired Deputy Keenan Wallace after he shot a small dog while responding to a complaint in the Shiloh Estates subdivision in Conway on Friday night.

Jan 07 08:16

Young mother is barred from her local pub for wearing a T-shirt saying 'Woman: human female' after a complaint that it discriminated against transgender people

A young mother, Rebekah Wershbale,was wearing a black T-shirt with a message that's about as literal as it gets. A slogan across the front of her shirt simply read: "Woman – noun – adult human female."

Jan 07 08:14

SOME INTERESTING NEW INFORMATION ABOUT 9/11

The big problem is that the government is withholding crucial evidence. And then there’s other evidence the state and mainstream media refuse to even consider.

Paul Craig Roberts is an American economist and former United States Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy under President Reagan. Roberts was an associate editor and columnist for The Wall Street Journal and columnist for Business Week and has received the Warren Brookes Award for Excellence in Journalism. In 1993 the Forbes Media Guide ranked him as one of the top seven journalists in the United States.

Jan 07 08:14

Is the hype about CBD, or cannabidiol, real?

IMHO the stuff works. Works better with THC and the Terpenes together.

Not that long ago, I would not have been able to tell you what the acronym "CBD" stood for, let alone what it was used for. CBD, or cannabidiol, is most commonly extracted from hemp, but it can also come from marijuana plants, which is why it is sometimes confused with its trippy chemical cousin THC. Unlike CBD, THC produces a high when smoked or eaten.

Today, we are living in a CBD world, with tinctures, ointments and vaping oils popping up everywhere. Celebrities from Gwyneth Paltrow to Willie Nelson are CBD believers, and if you frequent the right coffee shops, you can even get a shot of cannabidiol in your latte.

Jan 07 08:08

Hawaii Island isn't itself anymore. Lava and quakes have transformed it in interesting ways

The island of Hawaii was created by five volcanoes. In 2018, one of them seemed intent on destroying parts of it.

Kilauea, which has been erupting continually since 1983 at a volcanic cone called Puu Oo Crater, threw a geological tantrum in the spring that buried hundreds of houses and covered roads in a remote location on the east side of the island.

It also created a cloak of vog (volcanic smog) that fouled the air, dulled the skies and scared away scores of tourists and, with them, nearly half-a-billion dollars.

Jan 07 08:06

WELCOME TO THE MEDICAL MATRIX: THE FLU ISN’T THE FLU

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There are many propaganda operations surrounding the flu. Here I just want to boil down a few boggling facts.

Dr. Peter Doshi, writing in the online BMJ (British Medical Journal), reveals one monstrosity.

As Doshi states, every year, hundreds of thousands of respiratory samples are taken from flu patients in the US and tested in labs. Here is the kicker: only a small percentage of these samples show the presence of a flu virus.

This means: most of the people in America who are diagnosed by doctors with the flu have no flu virus in their bodies.

So they don’t have the flu.

Therefore, even if you assume the flu vaccine is useful and safe, it couldn’t possibly prevent all those “flu cases” that aren’t flu cases.

The vaccine couldn’t possibly work.

Jan 07 08:05

Kurt Cobain's Handwritten Suicide Note, 1994

While working for Cobain's wife Courtney Love, Tom Grant, best known for his unproven theory that Kurt Cobain was murdered, was given access to Cobain's suicide note and used her fax machine to make a photocopy, which has since been widely distributed.

Jan 07 08:00

THE AJIT PAI FCC OFTEN BATTLES FOIA REQUESTS FOR NO REASON, SHOWCASING ITS HOSTILITY TO TRANSPARENCY

You might recall that FCC boss Ajit Pai promised to operate the "most transparent" FCC ever. Initially, Pai lived up to that promise by changing FCC policy so that FCC orders would be released before they were voted on; a pretty obvious improvement of benefit to both consumers and ISP lobbyists alike. But in the year or two since, Pai has shown that genuine transparency is the very least of the chairman's priorities.

For example, Pai's FCC has actively refused to aid law enforcement inquiries into who was behind the millions of bogus comments that polluted the net neutrality repeal public comment period. Similarly, the Pai FCC's general response to FOIA requests has been to stall, delay, and ignore said requests whenever possible, resulting in numerous lawsuits by media outlets attempting to get to the bottom of all manner of bizarre FCC policy decisions (like that fake DDOS attack emails show they made up to try and downplay public anger over the net neutrality repeal).

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Any way you slice it, Pai is a real disappointment for the American people.

Jan 07 07:57

Single mum fined £260 for parking in parents' space after leaving kids in car

A single mum-of-three has accused a private parking firm of having 'no humanity' after she was fined £260 for parking in a parents' space and leaving her kids in the car.

Jan 07 07:57

Vegetarian taxidermist is branded a 'disgusting murderer' by animal rights activists - but she says she's bringing new meaning to 'lifeless, forgotten animals'

A vegetarian taxidermist branded a 'disgusting murderer' claims she's bringing new meaning to 'lifeless, forgotten' animals by transforming their corpses into art.

Jan 07 07:56

U.S. INTERSTATE HIGHWAYS NEED OVERHAUL, REQUIRING GOVERNMENT’S COMMITMENT, FUNDING

The future of the U.S. Interstate Highway System is threatened by a persistent and growing backlog of structural and operational deficiencies and by various looming challenges, such as the progress of automated vehicles, developments in electric vehicles, and vulnerabilities due to climate change. Unless a commitment is made to remedy the system’s deficiencies and prepare for these oncoming challenges, there is a real risk that the nation’s interstates will become increasingly unreliable and congested, far more costly to maintain, less safe, incompatible with evolving technology, and vulnerable to the effects of extreme weather, says a new congressionally mandated report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In the state of Hawaii, the costs to keep cars maintained and on the road are an average of $300.00 more than it does on the mainland.

The roads are one set of collapsing asphalt potholes, which are unavoidable in getting from place A to B.

The State ( in its infinite lack of wisdom) signed off on the creation of a Light Rail, the evolution and (at the moment) partial building thereof, is both a financial and logistical nightmare, in which politicians have turned their backs on the voters yet again, and most probably got paid to sign off on the project. As of July of last year, the following headline appeared in the local paper:

Honolulu rail’s price tag now estimated at $8.3 billion, up $100 million

How did the price get so high?!?

The price got this way, because of the County and City of Honolulu allowed contracts to be concluded for bits and pieces of the project, before an actual engineering overview was created, things like the gauge of the tracks, and the amount of weight the rails could support, so replacements had to be ordered. Not having an engineering, top-down approach, which would have answered these questions, and made sure that things were done effectively, has put this project into spinning out of control mode.

So what needs to be done now, which would be a forensic accounting of the funds paid out to everyone at this point; however, the primary contractor, Kewitt, has been been stonewalling on releasing documents for months, so it's anyone's guess as to where the final construction costs will end.

Jan 07 07:41

College students at Passion 2019 raise over $400,000 to translate Bible for deaf people across the world

Thanks to the generosity of nearly 40,000 college-aged students, hundreds of thousands of Christians and those curious about following Jesus of Nazareth will now have access to the Scriptures.

Jan 07 07:41

Some Male College Students Want Campuses to Censor Porn

A movement to ban porn is gaining steam on some college campuses—and it's mostly led by male students.

Jan 07 07:32

SJW Ran Twitch Hypocrisy Showcased

Twitch thot Goes topless and get's a partnership while suspended

According to Urban Dictionary's top definition, "Thot" is actually an acronym that can either stand for "that hoe over there" or "thirsty hoe over there

Jan 07 07:32

DENOUNCING FOCUS ON VIOLENCE, WOMEN MARCH IN FRANCE TO RECLAIM ANTI-AUSTERITY MESSAGE OF 'YELLOW VEST' MOVEMENT

"Macron your goose is cooked, the chicks are in the street!"

That was the chant by one large contingent of women marching in the French city of Toulouse on Sunday as female-led demonstrations took place across France in order to keep the pressure on President Emmanuel Macron while also pushing back the increasing displays of violence some within the broader "Yellow Vest" (or Gilets Jaunes) movement argue is overshadowing the underlying political message.

"All the media ever reports is the violence, and we are forgetting the root of the problem" which is the fight against austerity, one protester named Karen, a 42-year-old nurse, told Agence France Presse on the streets of Marseilles.

Sunday's demonstrations followed a day of protests on Saturday during which violence broke out in Paris and other cities as those participating in "Act VIII" protests under the Yellow Vest banner clashed with French riot police, erected barricades, and started fires:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

From Google, we have the following regarding French elections and politics:

"Formally, France's constitution is parliamentary, like that of other European countries, because the government may be voted out of office by the parliament. ... But the president in these countries does not play a role of political leadership as the French president does. France's constitutional order is, in sum, unique."

I would sincerely like the French Parliament to be thinking about this seriously, if things continue as they are at the moment; the situation with French voters looks like it is going from bad to worse.

Jan 07 07:20

‘GLOBAL ZERO’ DOUBLE STANDARD FOR NUCLEAR WEAPONS

In the coming clash between President Trump’s $750 billion defense budget and House Democrats’ desire to cut Pentagon spending, especially on nuclear weapons, there will be tremendous fiscal pressure to shortchange the almost $30 billion annual cost to modernize America’s strategic deterrent. The ideological cover for such penny-wise, pound-foolish cuts is the so-called Global Zero movement to eliminate all nuclear weapons.

But in reality, the global-zero idealists practice a dangerous double standard: They push the US to unilaterally cut its nuclear arsenal even as they ignore or excuse nuclear buildups by Russia, China, North Korea, and (under the table) Iran. Even if they were consistent, their pursue of zero nuclear weapons would still make no sense when none of the nine existing nuclear powers has any interest in completely disarming.

Jan 07 07:16

‘DEMENTED PANTOMIME’: UK GOVT STAGE ‘FAKE TRAFFIC JAM’ TO TEST NO-DEAL BREXIT EVENT, TWITTER ERUPTS

The UK government staged a “fake traffic jam” in Kent on Monday morning, with lorries queuing all the way to Dover, to establish the implications of Britain leaving the EU without a deal, leading to ridicule on social media.
In the first significant test for border disruption, the UK Department for Transport’s (DfT) experiment, named ‘Operation Brock’, saw nearly 100 lorries from the disused Manston Airport, in Kent, on a 20-mile journey to Dover – Europe’s busiest roll-on roll-off ferry port – at around 8am, the Evening Standard reports.

The rehearsal has led to journalists and pundits pouring scorn on the exercise. The Independent’s sketch writer, Tom Peck, updated his Twitter followers with a rather comical running commentary on the “fake traffic jam” operation.

Peck claimed that he’d been sent to cover a variety of unusual stories for the paper, but he’d “never been on an assignment anywhere near as stupid as this.” He described the experiment as a “demented pantomime.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF this is not "desperation on the cusp of madness, on the part of the British government, I don't know what is!!!

Jan 07 07:02

The Young Turds Deletes Videos on Heartbreaking Death of Jazmine Barnes.... When Race Angle Disappears; Race Bait (... mirrored Reupload VIDEO ...)

The Young Turks are quietly deleting their YouTube videos where they falsely claimed that a white man murdered 7-year-old Jazmine Barnes

Jan 07 05:42

Hollow of 650-Year-Old Tree Used as a Hideout by Two Jewish Brothers During World War II

The hollow trunk of this 650-year-old oak tree was used as a hideout by two Jewish brothers during World War II.

Jan 07 05:40

Made In China: European Towns and Cities Cloned

In the outskirts of Shanghai, China stands a fake Eiffel Tower overlooking a replica of the Champ de Mars and rows of Parisian townhouses. Behold the gated community of Tianducheng, built in 2007 by real estate develepors Zhejiang Guangsha Co. Ltd.

Jan 07 05:32

The Most Mysterious Mansion in America

If you’ve ever been to Southern California, you may have had the chance to tour the infamous and mysterious Winchester mansion. Shrouded in mystery, it has over 160 rooms spanning 24,000 square feet that covers over six acres. There are 2,000 doors, 10,000 windows, 47 fireplaces, 40 stairways, 13 bathrooms, six kitchens, three elevators and two basements.

Jan 07 05:16

FIVE-YEAR JAIL TERMS SOUGHT FOR EX-TEPCO EXECUTIVES OVER FUKUSHIMA NUCLEAR DISASTER

Five-year prison terms were sought Wednesday for three former executives of Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc. for their alleged failure to prevent the Fukushima nuclear disaster triggered by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.At the Tokyo District Court, court-appointed lawyers acting as prosecutors said if the three had collected information properly and prepared necessary safety measures it would have been possible to predict the massive tsunami and prevent the disaster.

Jan 07 02:18

The Story of the Dog Who Became a Prisoner of War During WW2

In 1936, the British gunboat HMS Gnat's crew bought an English Pointer puppy named Judy that came from a kennel in Shanghai, China. She was supposed to serve both as mascot and also as a gundog for hunting upon going ashore. Jan “Tankey” Cooper, the ship's cook, was assigned to take care of her.

Jan 07 02:14

Old Photos of New York City's Flatiron Building Under Construction, 1902

The Flatiron Building, originally called the Fuller Building, is located at 175 Fifth Avenue in the borough of Manhattan, New York City and is considered to be a groundbreaking skyscraper.
When it was completed in 1902, it became one of the tallest buildings in the city and the only skyscraper north of 14th Street.

Jan 07 02:08

31 Chilling Photos of the Final Preparations for Atomic Bombings on Hiroshima and Nagasaki

These declassified photos show the preparations leading up to the nuclear bombings on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. On August 6 and 9, 1945, the atomic bombs were dropped on the two cities. Below are 31 chilling photos of the final preparations:

Jan 06 16:13

Men face MORE discrimination than women according to new research

The academics behind the new study say current ways of measuring gender inequality are “biased to highlight women’s issues” so they fail to produce an accurate picture. Their new yardstick, snappily named the Basic Index of Gender Inequality (BIGI), instead focuses on three factors – educational opportunities, healthy life expectancy, and overall life satisfaction.

The academics, from the University of Missouri in the US and the University of Essex in the UK, used these factors to calculate equality scores for 134 nations, representing 6.8 billion people.

The results are in and, surprisingly, men were found to be more disadvantaged than women in 91 countries while women were more disadvantaged than men in 43. Men are worse off in the US, Russia and most European nations.

Jan 06 15:34

What the President Could Do If He Declares a State of Emergency

Deep State point of view,but a lot of truth about how much power the President would have if he invoked a State of Emergency and Martial Law.

The moment the president declares a “national emergency”—a decision that is entirely within his discretion—he is able to set aside many of the legal limits on his authority.

Jan 06 15:02

Burning Car Carrier ‘Sincerity Ace’ Abandoned in the Pacific Ocean

The U.S. Coast Guard has suspended the active search for one remaining unaccounted for crewmember of the Sincerity Ace.

Good Samaritans from four merchant vessels were able to rescue 16 of the 21 Sincerity Ace crew who abandoned the burning car carrier following a fire on New Year’s Eve roughly 2,000 miles from northwest of Hawaii.

The Coast Guard says four missing mariners were located but remain in the water as they were unresponsive and unable to react to life-saving equipment.

Coast Guard watchstanders have issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast Notice to Mariners requesting vessels transiting the area to keep a sharp lookout for the remaining unaccounted for the crewmember.

Jan 06 14:50

Here is the “white supremacist” that allegedly shot the 7 year old Houston girl. Where is the outrage from the media now?

This 7 year old girl was shot and killed 2 weeks ago.

Celebrities tweeted nonstop that the shooter was a white male with blue eyes in a red truck. The outrage of Muh Racism flowed from every corner of the nation...ANND It was two black guys

in a grey car. Which is why the media will now go silent

Jan 06 14:45

It Begins: Russia, China, and India Are Now All Dumping the US Dollar

(RT) — The past year was full of events that inevitably split the global geopolitical space into two camps: those who still support using US currency as a universal financial tool, and those who are turning their back on the greenback.

Global tensions caused by economic sanctions and trade conflicts triggered by Washington have forced targeted countries to take a fresh look at alternative payment systems currently dominated by the US dollar.

RT has taken a deeper look into the recent phenomena of de-dollarization, summing up which countries have taken steps towards eliminating their reliance on the greenback, and the reasons behind their decision.

Jan 06 14:29

Is This Downturn A Repeat Of 2008?

Are we in a repeat of the global financial meltdown and recession of 2008-09? The sharp drop in equities is certainly reminiscent of 2008. Indeed, the December decline is the worst in a decade. Or are we entering a different kind of recession, the equivalent of uncharted waters?

Jan 06 14:23

Radio host canned after comparing coach firings to Holocaust

It is past silly, btw, minority man, African American lost job

Left eats it's own

Jan 06 14:15

Sears Prepares For Liquidation As Lampert’s 11th Hour Bid Fails

Sears Holdings Corp is readying plans for a liquidation after Chairman Eddie Lampert's bid to pull approximately 425 stores out of bankruptcy was rejected, according to Bloomberg, citing people familiar with the matter.

Jan 06 14:05

The new Great Game on the Roof of the World

On top of the graceful Baltit Fort, overlooking the Hunza Valley’s Shangri-La-style splendor, it’s impossible not to feel dizzy at the view: an overwhelming collision of millennia of geology and centuries of history.

We are at the heart of Gilgit-Baltistan, in Pakistan’s Northern Areas, or – as legend rules, the Roof of the World. This is an area about 70,000 square kilometers (27,000 square miles) crammed with spectacular mountain ranges and amidst them, secluded pristine valleys and the largest glaciers outside of the Polar region.

The location feels like vertigo. To the north, beyond the Batura Glacier, is the tiny northeast arm of Afghanistan, the legendary Wakhan corridor. A crest of the Hindu Kush separates Wakhan from the regional capital Gilgit. Xinjiang starts on Wakhan’s uppermost tip. Via the upgraded Karakoram highway, it’s only 240 km from Gilgit to the Khunjerab Pass, 4,934 meters high on the official China-Pakistan border.

Jan 06 14:05

Stamp of disapproval: Postage increases set for end of January

Nothing lasts forever — not even 50-cent postage stamps. The United States Postal Service announced that the cost of its Forever stamps will rise five cents apiece on Jan. 27 from 50 cents to 55 cents.

Jan 06 14:04

BEN GARRISON: Bring 'Em Home

Jan 06 13:56

Virginia’s Democrat Governor Unveils News Anti-Gun Package Targeting Citizen’s Rights

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has unveiled his proposal for sweeping new gun control for the Commonwealth. -- The Democrat sensing an opening introduced seven new measures at a press conference ahead of the new legislative session. These new gun control proposals are the most radical that Virginia has ever seen.

Jan 06 13:46

A group of masked protesters use a forklift to break into the French Government Ministry

Masked 'yellow vests' break into French Government Ministry
A group of masked protesters use a forklift to break into the French Government Ministry

Jan 06 13:41

Scott Adams: Sonic Weapon Hysteria, Climate Change and Dancing AOC

Discussion of various climate change topics
Debunking both the skeptic and believers arguments
The sonic weapon (or crickets) attack on our Cuban embassy

Comments at: https://twitter.com/ScottAdamsSays/status/1081929937907376128

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