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May 05 06:51

Where Was All of This Skepticism about Beto Last Year?

(*Last year: Wealthy Republican Donors had his back .
This year the skepticism comes from everybody knowing that wealthy Republican doners backed Beto O'Rourke's TX Senate challenge)

May 05 05:08

Court strikes down Ohio GOP's House gerrymander and orders fairer 2020 map

On Friday, a federal district court delivered a major win against Republican gerrymandering when it struck down Ohio's congressional map for violating the constitutional rights of Democratic voters. The court ordered legislators to devise a new map by June 14 for the 2020 elections that would be much fairer than the existing lines. If lawmakers don't pass a new map, or if the Republicans—who have total control over state government—simply pass a new replacement gerrymander, the court itself could draw its own districts.

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May 05 04:49

Blackwater Starts Training of ISIL Terrorists at US Base in Western Iraq

The notorious US mercenary firm Blackwater has returned to Iraq to train thousands of ISIL terrorists in the Washington-occupied Ein al-Assad base in al-Anbar province, a Lebanese newspaper reported.

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May 05 04:37

Iran sentences president's brother to prison for corruption

Hossein Fereydoun, younger brother of Hassan Rouhani, vows to appeal 'politically motivated' ruling.

A court in Iran has sentenced President Hassan Rouhani's younger brother to an unspecified jail term in a corruption case that supporters of the Iranian leader allege is politically motivated.

Hossein Fereydoun, who is also a close confidante of the president, has vowed to appeal the sentence, local media reported on Saturday.

"This person [Hossein Fereydoun] was found not guilty on some charges, while he was sentenced to prison on other accusations," Hamidreza Hosseini, a judiciary official, was quoted as saying by state news agency IRNA

The trial of Fereydoun, along with six co-defendants, began in February without the judiciary giving details of the charges.

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May 05 04:36

ISRAELI ENVOY CALLS FOR CRIMINALIZING ANTISEMITISM AFTER NYT CARTOON

The only way to stop antisemitism is to criminalize it, Israel's Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon told reporters in New York on Monday. "The time for talking and having a conversation is over," Danon said. "What Israel and the Jewish community around the world demand is action - and now." Danon, speaking on the sidelines of the United Nations Security Council meeting, said that those who engage in antisemitism "must be punished. Whether it is here at the UN [or by] political leaders, editors, policy pundits or college professors, it does not matter. "Antisemitism should have no place in our society," he continued. "Until it becomes criminal, this bigotry will persist; it will fester. It is only a matter of time until it erupts again in violence and bloodshed."

May 04 12:53

Condemning Assange Condones The War Crimes He Exposed

By Joziah Thayer

Most of the people applauding the arrest and imprisonment of journalist Julian Assange are either still salty about Hillary Clinton losing to Donald Trump or were directly implicated in leaks published by WikiLeaks. Obama officials like Michael Hayden, James Clapper, John Brennan, and Jim Schuto who now have primetime spots on network news channels to demonize, propagandize, slander, demean and gush over the arrest of Julian Assange.

May 04 10:00

A Terminally Ill, Wheelchair-Bound Inmate Applied for Compassionate Release. The Justice Department Argued He Wasn't Dying Fast Enough To Qualify.

When is a wheelchair-bound inmate with brain cancer not considered terminally ill? When a Justice Department lawyer is evaluating his medical record.

May 04 10:00

Police Union Protects Another Bad Cop, This Time Despite Domestic Violence Allegations

Despite another domestic abuse incident, Officer Darren Cachola might once again get to keep his job at the Honolulu Police Department (HPD).

May 04 09:55

Iowa Woman Confronts Republican Senator Grassley over his Seven Obamacare Repeal Votes: "You're Threatening My Life”

A confrontation between an Iowa woman and Republican senator Chuck Grassley was widely shared this week after she demanded he defend his past seven votes to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

May 04 09:55

Mom of 5-month-old with measles blames ‘negligence of other parents’ for daughter’s virus

The mother of a 5-month-old girl who is now Alabama’s first confirmed case of the measles is being criticized online after making comments about the “carelessness of other mothers” who didn’t get their children vaccinated.

May 04 09:18

Swastika leaflets calling press ‘the enemy’ dropped by drone at Sacramento State and downtown

People attending an annual event at Sacramento State University celebrating the city’s Farm-to-Fork roots were bombarded with material taking aim at the press. Some had images of a swastika on them.

May 04 09:18

Trash Girl' Nadia Sparkes moves schools over bullying: A 13-year-old nicknamed "Trash Girl" by bullies for picking litter has changed schools after pupils assaulted her.

A 13-year-old nicknamed "Trash Girl" by bullies for picking litter has changed schools after pupils assaulted her.
Nadia Sparkes won international praise and awards for gathering litter on her journey to and from school, and refused to let the taunts deter her.

May 04 09:17

Joe Biden says he ‘doesn’t have time’ to lay out his healthcare plan

As Joe Biden storms through Iowa and prepares for his first visit as a presidential candidate in South Carolina, the Democratic front-runner has said he doesn’t “have the time” to lay out the details of his healthcare plan.

May 04 09:17

US accuses China of using 'concentration camps' against Muslim minority

The United States has accused China on Friday of imprisoning more than a million Muslims in “concentration camps” in some of Washington’s strongest condemnation of Beijing’s treatment of minorities.
The comments by Randall Schriver, who leads Asia policy at the US defense department, are likely to increase tension with Beijing, which is sensitive to international criticism and describes the sites as vocational education training centres aimed at stemming the threat of Islamic extremism.

May 04 09:14

THE COMPLETE MERCENARY: How Erik Prince Used the Rise of Trump to Make an Improbable Comeback

WHEN ERIK PRINCE arrived at the Four Seasons resort in the Seychelles in January 2017 for his now-famous meetings with a Russian banker and UAE ruler Mohammed bin Zayed, he was in the middle of an unexpected comeback. The election of Donald Trump had given the disgraced Blackwater founder a new opportunity to prove himself. After years of trying and failing to peddle a sweeping vision of mercenary warfare around the world, Erik Prince was back in the game.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Erik Prince is a very interesting character; but we need to ask; is this the face of the American military we want the world to see; mercs, with no real loyalty or care, about who they are hired to kill, as long as they get paid?!?

I would like to hope not.

I would very much like to suggest that President Trump establish a "Department of Peace", to find ways, other than wars, regime changes, and coups, to achieve the country's geopolitical goals without anyone firing a single shot.

The degree to which the practice of wars, informs and dictates American foreign policy, is utterly terrifying to me.

And to put it into perspective, there is no American teenager, aged 17 or 18, who has not seen that the US government appears to be, and has been, in a perpetual state of war, even the abysmally failing wars, like Afghanistan and Yemen.

Yes, I get it, peace through strength and commerce.

But these wars are dead-ending both financial and human capital, and as a government imminently pregnant with an exploding Federal debt, which is around $22 trillion dollars (that we know of), it would seem to make sense for the Federal Government to quit its addiction to wars, and perhaps, even go cold-turkey, should there be no real danger to Americans being caused in that war (like Yemen).

May 04 09:03

Scott Adams: Facebook Bans, Biden Lie Tally

Comments at: https://twitter.com/ScottAdamsSays/status/1124675148001435649

Anti-Trumper’s are running out of “A” material
Comey’s Dilbert-level complaint about his former boss
NYT labeled me the successful leader of movement to kill HOAX
“Fine People” HOAX is fading away
Social Media companies banning people
Why were they banned?
Social media platforms have become a defacto public utility
Social media is an integral part of life in today’s world
Hate speech…who gets to decide, private companies?
Each company has a bias, that’s normal, expected
President Trump needs to push for a social media censorship solution
“Amnesty day” for social media people that have been banned?
“Social Media Court” to try and legally judge banning people?
Biden lies, how many will be discovered before a lie-count begins?
What would happen if the entire news industry went away?
No safe-guard function of the press?

May 04 08:50

Facebook says it will allow Holocaust denial

We do not remove lies or content that is inaccurate," wrote Joel Kaplan, Facebook's vice president of global public policy.

(JTA) — Facebook will still allow users to deny the Holocaust even though it removed prominent bigots and anti-Semites from its platform.

The social media giant deleted the personal, professional and fan accounts of some leading extremists and conspiracy theorists, like David Duke, Louis Farrakhan and Alex Jones, on Thursday. But in a letter from April 9, Joel Kaplan, Facebook’s vice president of global public policy, said the site would still allow users to “say things on Facebook that are wrong or inaccurate, even when they are offensive.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This demonstrates, painfully clearly, that Facebook was after those people deemed "leading extremists and conspiracy theorists", so they were summarily deplatformed.

This was about getting those people off its site, rather than Holocaust denial, they were after, and this was simply the justification.

As Facebook continues with these policies, there is going to be a very rocky road between this blog... and those who believe that the First Amendment to the Constitution is granted to every American, even if one believes that what they are saying is flat-out wrong.

May 04 08:49

YouTube Star Austin Jones Has Been Sentenced To 10 Years In Prison For Child Porn

YouTube star Austin Jones was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison Friday for persuading underage girls to send him sexually explicit videos of themselves.
Jones, 26, of Bloomingdale, Illinois, pleaded guilty in February to one count of receipt of child pornography. He admitted in a plea agreement that in 2016 and 2017 he enticed six girls, as young as 14 years old, to produce and send the videos to "prove" they were his "biggest fan."

May 04 08:49

This New Documentary Shows Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Before She Was AOC

“How do you prepare for something you don't know is coming?" Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez asks in the opening scenes of the new, eminently watchable Netflix documentary Knock Down the House. Directed by Rachel Lears, whose previous film followed workers organizing at a New York bakery, the movie chronicles the stories of four women candidates challenging powerful congressional Democratic incumbents in the 2018 midterm elections.

May 04 08:40

Orwellian Cloud Hovers Over Russia-gate

George Orwell would have been in stitches Wednesday watching Attorney General William Barr and members of the Senate Judiciary Committee spar on Russia-gate. The hearing had the hallmarks of the intentionally or naively blind leading the blind with political shamelessness.

From time to time the discussion turned to the absence of a legal “predicate” to investigate President Donald Trump for colluding with Russia. That is, of course, important; and we can expect to hear a lot more about that in coming months.

More important: what remains unacknowledged is the absence of an evidence-based major premise that should have been in place to anchor the rhetoric and accusations about Russia-gate over the past three years. With a lack of evidence sufficient to support a major premise, any syllogism falls of its own weight.

May 04 08:39

Orwellian Cloud Hovers Over Russia-gate

George Orwell would have been in stitches Wednesday watching Attorney General William Barr and members of the Senate Judiciary Committee spar on Russia-gate. The hearing had the hallmarks of the intentionally or naively blind leading the blind with political shamelessness.

From time to time the discussion turned to the absence of a legal “predicate” to investigate President Donald Trump for colluding with Russia. That is, of course, important; and we can expect to hear a lot more about that in coming months.

More important: what remains unacknowledged is the absence of an evidence-based major premise that should have been in place to anchor the rhetoric and accusations about Russia-gate over the past three years. With a lack of evidence sufficient to support a major premise, any syllogism falls of its own weight.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Russiagate was a lie from inception to its agonizingly slow death, as of the end of last week; the American people do not like to be lied to.

For all those players who believed that the Dementocrats were so clever, to have come up with this, a word of caution; Russiagate is about to explode like a bad trick cigar.

And when that happens, there is no one the Democrats can run in 2020 who will be able to save it from another massive route.

May 04 08:37

Orwellian Cloud Hovers Over Russia-gate

George Orwell would have been in stitches Wednesday watching Attorney General William Barr and members of the Senate Judiciary Committee spar on Russia-gate. The hearing had the hallmarks of the intentionally or naively blind leading the blind with political shamelessness.

From time to time the discussion turned to the absence of a legal “predicate” to investigate President Donald Trump for colluding with Russia. That is, of course, important; and we can expect to hear a lot more about that in coming months.

More important: what remains unacknowledged is the absence of an evidence-based major premise that should have been in place to anchor the rhetoric and accusations about Russia-gate over the past three years. With a lack of evidence sufficient to support a major premise, any syllogism falls of its own weight.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Russiagate was a lie from inception to its agonizingly slow death, as of the end of last week; the American people do not like to be lied to.

For all those players who believed that the Dementocrats were so clever, to have come up with this, a word of caution; Russiagate is about to explode like a bad trick cigar.

And when that happens, there is no one the Democrats can run in 2020 who will be able to save it from another massive route.

May 04 08:34

Charlottesville Redux: There's Still Time for Trump DOJ to Investigate AntiFa—and Stop Our Slide Into Civil War

America is once again reeling from political violence. A young white man attacked a synagogue in a bid to murder random Jews [Motivated by hate, gunman kills one and wounds three in synagogue attack, police say, by Kristina Davis, Sarah Parvini, J. Harry Jones, and Cindy Chang, Los Angeles Times, April 27, 2019]. The suspect’s manifesto was scathing towards President Trump, insulting him in vulgar terms not suitable for a family website; nonetheless, the president will certainly be blamed for having inspired the violence. The hero of the day was a Border Patrol agent working as a security guard, but that is curiously under-emphasized in many media reports. [Latest: Rabbi identifies the victims of synagogue shooting, Associated Press, April 28, 2019] Unfortunately, this sort of thing will inevitably get more common, as America’s ongoing immigration disaster stokes ethnic conflict.

May 04 08:34

White People Will be Rubbed Out Along with Their History

Now white people in America are to be stripped of their history, because white history traumatizes preferred minorities. At George Washington High School in northern California an historic mural depicting the school’s namesake has been declared offensive.

May 04 08:31

Assange’s US Extradition Battle: The Fight to Defend the Conscience of America

It has been over three weeks since Ecuador illegally terminated political asylum of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and the UK police violently arrested him. Assange is now held in solitary confinement in what many have called the UK’s Guantanamo Bay.

On Thursday, Assange’s fight against US extradition began at a UK court. The US charged him with conspiracy to commit computer intrusion with former US military intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning related to the 2010 release of classified material. His extradition was framed as a case about "hacking".

May 04 08:31

Pompeo to Portray China as a Threat in Major Arctic Policy SpeechWill reject China's claim of being a 'near-Arctic state'

One day after the Pentagon issued a new report dramatically hyping China as a grave threat to the United States, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is said to be planning a major anti-China speech during his visit to Finland on Monday.

Monday’s speech is expected to be a major US policy speech on the Arctic, and territorial claims therein. Pompeo is expected to spin China as threatening the entire Arctic, and will reject Chinese claims to be a “near-Arctic state” because of its interest in using the area as a shipping route.

The focus of Pompeo’s attack on China, however, is likely to be totally distinct from the Arctic, and just a continuation of the flurry of vague allegations that the Pentagon started with in its own report, part of a broader US policy to portray China as a major enemy and threat to American dominance worldwide.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have to wonder; when Pompeo was a kid in elementary school, did he ever get a gold star on his report card in that little section, "Works well with others"?!?!?

Because right now, with the exceptions of Israel and Saudi Arabia, the man appears to be the most consistently disagreeable guy in DC.

These are threats, engineered to get ever-more money for the Pentagon, and arrived at by some very dubious thought processes, most of which have little to no foundation in facts.

And Secretary Pompeo, there is a question which haunts me, and I think my brother and sister Americans deserve a straight answer here: why is the US government objecting to the "Silk Road" concept, rather than joining it, and enabling American companies to trade with Chinese companies, and vise versa?!?

Trading always trumps war, in my world, at least.

May 04 08:28

Hard work got me into Stanford, says Chinese student in $8.9 million scandal, World News - AsiaOne

A video shot in 2017 of Zhao Yusi, the Chinese student whose family paid US$6.5 million for her fraudulent admission to Stanford University, has gone viral on social media. In it, she claims she was accepted because of her "hard work".

May 04 08:28

Louisiana Elementary School Teacher Allegedly Raped Her 10-Year-Old Student

A 34-year-old Louisiana teacher is accused of raping her 10-year-old male student.
A statement from the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office confirms the charges against Deidre Smith of Sulphur, a teacher at the Lake Charles Charter Academy in Lake Charles.

May 04 08:19

Pentagon Setting Military Options for Attacking VenezuelaTop officials hold closed-door meeting on potential attack

Having cancelled his Europe trip because of ongoing planning on Venezuela, Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan held closed-door meetings at the Pentagon on Friday with John Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Exact details of the meeting are not being made public, and the State Department didn’t even list the meeting as having taken place. Administration officials, however, said the focus was on discussing various military options for a US invasion of Venezuela.

Perennial hawk John Bolton seems to be salivating at the possibility of the US invading the major South American country, while Pompeo has been telling the press at every opportunity that if the US decides an attack is required “that’s what the United States will do.”

Shanahan continues to brag about the good intelligence the US has on the situation in Venezuela, a claim which must be questioned after this week’s failed coup.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That last paragraph holds a vital clue; if there was "solid intelligence" on Venezuela, then why did last week's coup attempt fizzle and fail so horrifically?!?

The Venezuelan people have never done anything to us, except to be sitting on the world's premier oil reserves.

And here's the runup: demonization, destabilization; regime change, and Brazil's oil only to be sold in US dollars.

Wash; rinse; repeat; the pattern is painfully clear by now.

May 04 08:11

Trump, Putin Speak on Phone for Over an HourWhite House: Primary focus of talks was Venezuela

President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke on the phone for over an hour on Friday, a significant occurrence for an administration that has been very reticent to engage in dialogues with Russia.

According to White House officials, the focus of the talks was on Venezuela, with Trump making it clear that the “United States stands with the people of Venezuela,” which of course means regime change.

Russia obviously would’ve been aware of that position already, since we’re just days out from a failed US-backed coup in Venezuela. It’s not clear what specifics would have been focused on, but some US officials were blaming Russia for the coup’s failure, which may have been a topic of discussion.

Russia has been backing the Maduro government in Venezuela, while the US has long sought regime change, and since January has recognized the nation’s opposition leader as the rightful president.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And I will be willing to bet one thing; both Putin and Trump probably spoke in English, with no translator needed, as Putin's English is just as polished as is his German.

On the issues of both Venezuela and North Korea, President Trump appears to be consistently tone-deaf to any suggestions any US flexibility on foreign policy.

This is profoundly unfortunate, because more and more, the optics of President Trump's foreign policy appear to make him both the "Thug in Chief", and "Merchant of Death in Chief", in his hawking of American weaponry to countries like Saudi Arabia (which are being used, BTW, in genocidal Crimes against Humanity in Yemen).

May 04 07:45

The Wheels Of Real Justice Are In Motion Now: Kunstler Fears The "Desperate Resistance" Next Move...

Authored by James Howard Kunstler via Kunstler.

"Impeachment is too good for him,” Nancy Pelosi declared of the president on Thursday after “his lapdog” - as she styled Attorney General William Barr - refused to be whipped by grandstanding Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee. What did Madam Speaker have in mind then? Dragging Mr. Trump behind a Chevy Tahoe over four miles of broken light bulbs? Staking him onto a nest of fire ants? How about a beheading at the capable hands of Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN)?

Mr. Barr’s stolid demeanor during the Wednesday session was a refreshing reminder of what it means to be not insane in the long-running lunatic degeneration of national politics.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I do worry about what the Left will be willing to do, to prevent a real route in 2020.

Mike and I are very blessed to be on Oahu, where even if someone disagrees with you politically, they will listen, and be at least somewhat respectful.

May 04 07:40

China's Mass Surveillance App Hacked; Code Reveals Specific Criteria For Illegal Oppression

Human Rights Watch got their hands on an app used by Chinese authorities in the western Xinjiang region to surveil, track and categorize the entire local population - particularly the 13 million or so Turkic Muslims subject to heightened scrutiny, of which around one million are thought to live in cultural 'reeducation' camps.

By "reverse engineering" the code in the "Integrated Joint Operations Platform" (IJOP) app, HRW was able to identify the exact criteria authorities rely on to 'maintain social order.' Of note, IJOP is "central to a larger ecosystem of social monitoring and control in the region," and similar to systems being deployed throughout the entire country.

The platform targets 36 types of people for data collection, from those who have "collected money or materials for mosques with enthusiasm," to people who stop using smartphones.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Don't think for a second, that the US government, and its "alphabet soup" agencies, are not SALIVATING to get their hands on this, in order to "completely judge and control" all American citizens.

May 04 07:36

Biden Was Wrong: Defense Department Says China Plans To Replace US, Become Top Power

It looks like President Trump was right yet again when he put Joe Biden on blast for being "very naive" about China after the 2020 Democratic frontrunner said the world's second-largest economy "is not competition for us."

"If Biden actually said that, that’s a very dumb statement," Trump said in a Thursday interview with Fox News.

Considering the brewing tit-for-tat antagonisms between the American Navy and People's Liberation Army-Navy in the Strait of Taiwan and the South China Sea, it's hard to believe that any American politician - much less one vying to be the commander-in-chief of the American military - would write China off so easily.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

(Sigh.) We could be doing so much better, economically, if the emphasis was to "engage" rather than "enrage" countries around the world, China being one of the worst examples of US foreign policy, ever.

And at an extraordinarily delicate time in trade negotiations between the US and China?!?

This is so seriously screwed up, I hardly know where to begin.

May 04 07:32

Ukraine Confirms DNC/Clinton Operative Sought 'Dirt' On Trump During 2016 Election

A former DNC operative steeped in Trump-Russia research approached the Ukrainian government looking for 'dirt' on then-candidate Donald Trump during the 2016 US election, according to The Hill's John Solomon - citing written answers to questions submitted to Ambassador Valeriy Chaly's office.

Chaly confirmed that DNC contractor of Ukrainian heritage, Alexandra Chalupa, approached Ukraine seeking information on Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort's dealings inside the country, in the hopes of exposing them to Congress.

Chaly says that, at the time of the contacts in 2016, the embassy knew Chalupa primarily as a Ukrainian-American activist and learned only later of her ties to the DNC. He says the embassy considered her requests an inappropriate solicitation of interference in the U.S. election.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

My GOODNESS, Obama and Clinton were "busy little bees", ahead of the 2016 election, were they not?!?

May 04 07:28

Toilets & Skyscrapers: How Chicagoland's Elite Push Property Tax Bills Onto Average Joes

Authored by Ted Dabrowski and John Klingner via Wirepoints.org,

Many of Chicagoland’s elite know exactly how to pass the property-tax buck onto other residents. For decades they’ve used their powerful connections to cut their own property tax bills and push the costs onto other unsuspecting residents. And that’s left many lower-income homeowners footing ever-larger tax bills.

The latest, most blatant example is Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s removal of toilets from one of his two Chicago mansions. Pritzker ripped out the toilets and convinced then-Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios the home was “uninhabitable.”

That move tanked the assessed value of the home and reduced Pritzker’s property tax bill by nearly $100,000. His tax savings became tax hikes for other homeowners.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

But...but...but... President Obama represented the people of Illinois as their Senator from 2005 to 2008; and he couldn't (or wouldn't) do anything to fix this mess?!?

May 04 07:19

Indonesia Searches For New Capital City As Jakarta Sinks Into The Swamp Beneath It

In the Indonesian capital of Jakarta, an exploding population has dramatically lowered standards of sanitation. Overcrowding has created a near-constant state of traffic gridlock. And - oh yeah - the city's buildings are slowly sinking into the marshlands upon which they were built.

Yet, with its population expected to eclipse Tokyo's over the next ten years, earning it the title of world's largest mega-city, Jakarta is swiftly becoming an inhospitable place for the seat of government of one of the world's largest countries and fastest-growing economies. So the Indonesia government is planning to shift most of its important government functions somewhere else on the archipelago.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Dear Indonesian Government; before you lay claim to the "next Jakarta", PLEASE, send some soils engineers to any areas you might want to look at for this move, and get the soil tested for stability, so that you can plan to build permanently, without this happening again.

May 04 07:15

Shocking New Study Finds 137 Million Americans Suffered "Medical Financial Hardship In The Past Year"

Authored by Michael Snyder via The End of The American Dream blog,

The healthcare system in the United States is deeply broken, and it is causing massive financial pain for millions of American families.

And now a brand new study that was conducted by researchers from the American Cancer Society has discovered that 137.1 million Americans suffered “medical financial hardship in the past year”. The following comes directly from the study…

May 04 07:13

Sharyl Attkisson: How Media Narratives Became More Important Than Facts

Authored by Sharyl Attkisson via The Epoch Times,

The day that I told CBS News I wished to leave my job as investigative correspondent ahead of my contract, I didn’t give a reason. I didn’t see the point because the problem wasn’t fixable.

Nor was it isolated to CBS News.

My own take is that - as our industry has changed in ways that have become undeniable to most - I was a bit of the canary in the coal mine. By that, I mean I believe I was among the first to really pay attention to the increasingly effective operations to shape and censor news—the movements to establish narratives rather than follow facts—and to see the growing influence of smear operations, political interests, and corporate interests on the news.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is a woman I really respect, professionally, and hope to see more of her independent work as a journalist.

May 04 07:08

Pentagon Warns Of Chinese Nuclear Subs Expanding Into Arctic Via "Polar Silk Road"

A new Pentagon report released late this week has voiced deep concern over increased Chinese military presence in the Arctic region, including nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines, which Beijing plans to produce at least five more of by 2020.

The Pentagon assessment explores and analyzes China's potential to erect a “Polar Silk Road” as an extension of President Xi Jinping’s ambitious Belt and Road Initiative. This would include likely deployment of security assets, such as submarines acting as nuclear deterrents and military bases in far-flung locations, found the report.

Beijing itself hasn't been secretive about this scenario, given it published an Arctic policy white paper last June, which outlined long term strategic expansion into the globe's northernmost climes, despite China's geography as a non-Arctic state.

Some of the highlights of the Pentagon report are as follows...

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Military expansion under the guise of civilian research

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Another pathetic bid for more money to "answer this Chinese challenge"??!?

Sorry, Pentagon; but until you can prove the spending of every CENT you have collected over the last 20 years, and why it has not anticipated this need much sooner, your funds should be rationed, like the allowance of some pimply teenager, always begging mom and dad for more.

This combination of a nearly pathological lack of planning, coupled with hog-wild spending, generally proven to be "sound and fury, signifying nothing", in terms of real-world weaponry capabilities has to stop, and right the heck now.

May 04 07:02

Big corporations pay no income tax, unlike you

Telling you that Donald Trump lied, or that the one percent continue to succeed in their incessant class warfare, ranks in the astonishment department with being told the Sun rose in the east this morning. Do we really need more evidence?

Necessary or not, more evidence continues to be delivered. The latest delivery comes courtesy of the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, which has found that 60 of the largest corporations in the United States paid no income taxes for 2018 despite earning a composite $79 billion in net income. Worse, these companies actually received $4.3 billion in tax rebates.

Had these companies paid taxes at the newly reduced corporate tax rate of 21 percent, these companies would have paid $16.4 billion in taxes. So we have a difference of more than $20 billion

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May 04 07:00

America's Global Financial War Strategy Is Escalating

Authored by Alasdair Macleod via GoldMoney.com,

Cyber Wars And All That...

Behind the Huawei story, we must not forget there is a wider financial war being waged by America against China and Russia.

Stories about China’s banks being short of dollars are incorrect: the shortage is of inward capital flows to support the US Government’s budget deficit. By attracting those global portfolio flows instead, China’s Belt and Road Initiative threatens US Government finances, so the financial war and associated disinformation can be expected to escalate. Hong Kong is likely to be in the firing line, due to its role in providing China with access to international finance.

May 04 06:57

Italy And Hungary Forge Alliance To Defend Europe's Borders From Migrant Invasion

Authored by Jennie Taer via SaraCarter.com,

At their talks in Budapest on Thursday, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and Italy’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior Matteo Salvini agreed on the importance of strong nation states, on the need to give priority in Europe to European culture based on Christian values, and on border defence.

At a joint press conference held with Mr. Salvini – who is also head of the Italian government party Lega – Mr. Orbán said they both believe the following:

that there will be no strong Europe without strong and successful nation states;

that on the continent priority must be given to European culture based on Christian values;

and that “Europe’s borders must be defended against the migrant invasion”.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Soros is going to scream, that his "borderless Europe" is in shambles, but hey, Georgie, take a look around you.

How many infected, illiterate, innumerate illegal aliens, with incendiary tempers, and from societies where rape has been "normalized" for centuries, do you have living on properties you own?!?

I would almost be willing to bet, sir, that the number we are looking at, is one big, fat, hairy zero.

Too bad that you, of all people, do not want to be "culturally enriched" by that experience, as have people in the countries whose borders have been erased.

Rash of gang rapes in Germany by illegal immigrant invaders

The Obama Alien Invasion: full disclosure

Immigrants vs/aliens: the global invasion giveaway continues

Europe faces summer of invasion

Meet Obama-appointed Judge responsible for the one million illegals storming our borders

US projects to add 1-5 million illegal aliens to its population this year

May 04 06:46

Assange refuses extradition to U.S.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange told a London court on Thursday that he wouldn’t agree to be extradited to the United States, where he is accused of conspiring to hack into a Pentagon computer.

Assange, appearing by video link from a London prison, said he wouldn’t “surrender myself for extradition for doing journalism that has won many awards and protected many people.”

May 04 06:46

MORE NEW ‘AIPACS’ POPPING UP

Concern that Israel is losing its grip on U.S. politicians is breeding even more pro-Zionist lobby groups

May 04 06:38

Behold The Breathtaking Weakness Of The Empire!

Authored by The Saker,

The Empire has suffered painful defeats in Afghanistan and Iraq, but one has to admit that these are “tough” countries to crack. The Empire also appears to have lost control of Libya, but that is another complex country which is very hard to control. We also saw all the pathetic huffing and puffing with the DPRK. But, let’s be honest, the USA never stood a chance to bully the DPRK into submission, nevermind invading or regime-changing it. Syria was much weaker, but here Russia, Iran and Hezbollah did a world class job of repelling all the AngloZionist attacks, political and military. Besides, I for one will never blame Trump for not listening to Bolton and not triggering WWIII over Syria (yet?)

But Venezuela?!

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It has taken an enormously long time for people who (very much like me) who, from birth, were force-fed the psychologically poisonous geopolitical pablum, that this country, the Unhinged, Surveilled State of Amerika, never did any harm, and was the "poster child" for sweet reasonable relationships with almost all other countries on the planet, except those who were very, very bad,and therefore had to be "punished" by a "right makes right" foreign policy.

I have had innumerable "Buddha on the road" moments in these last 25 years or so, with my sweetheart Mike, and the website, so I have been forced to confront the unavoidable truth, that what we are told about the actions of our country, many times, has utterly no relationship with reality.

When Karl Marx made the observation that all wars are economic in their origin, the facts of history, definitely have proved him correct.

Venezuela is a case in point.

Venezuela has the world's largest proven oil reserves on the planet. Google tells us the following:

"The proven oil reserves in Venezuela are recognized as the largest in the world, totaling 297 billion barrels (4.72×1010 m3) as of 1 January 2014." and includes finds from relatively recent scientific research from the Orinoco Peninsula. Potential Venezuelan oil development, Orinoco Peninsula

As with all of its other misadventures in the 21st century, any US engineered/ attempted "regime change" will be about creating a more "US-Centric Government; controlling who buys the oil; and insure that it is sold only in US dollars.

With oil prices falling as dramatically as they have, in light of the reality that Venezuela's economy never diversified much from oil production, the country has suffered intensely economically, compounding the problems created by massive US sanctions against it.

Economic Sanctions as
Collective Punishment:The Case of Venezuela

So now, that the "CU-Cu KA'CHOO!" has failed, and I might add, miserably, what next for this hapless country, whose citizens are looking just to survive?!?

Regime change?!? An infusion of privately funded mercs, to destabilize it, as Erik Prince has pitched, so that Maduro is incapable of wielding any more political or economic authority?!?

And many times people hired by these "mercs for hire" groups, have had their conscience surgically removed, before signing up for such duties; they view their jobs as "kill first, ask questions later."

Are those the "moral optics" of this administration?!? Sorry, Mr. President: but after the continuing genocide with which the US is assisting Saudi Arabia in committing, I needed to ask.

That Elliott Abrams so catastrophically blinked and missed here, and was ultimately unable to make this happen, at the end of the day, should be reason enough for Trump sacking him immediately, although I would not bet that this will happen any time soon.

We have an interesting story, datelined today, as follows; US government still pondering military options in Venezuela

Mr. President, I would counsel extreme caution here; the world knows, full well, what the US government is up to.

This is not 1953, when the American government could destabilize the Iranian government, lie about it conveniently, and no one would really notice, except for those Iranians who got ground down to a pulp, and tortured by the Shah's Secret Service, SAVAK Origins: Iran's SAVAK.

Mr. President: I must strongly caution you: a military strike against Venezuela would be one of the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly idiotic things you could order do be done right now.

I am watching the FAUX crawl, and the title is "Chaos in Venezuela"; and yet, people seem to be crossing a bridge not with any discernible sense of urgency, which leads me to believe that there are more US military actions to come.

I understand that Venezuela's oil wealth is something which those in the Bowels of Power in DC would love to control; but the next time you set up a US "ringer" to challenge Maduro, make that person at least somewhat palatable to the people of Venezuela.

These people have a very strong sense of their history and their heritage; if there is a military decap strike against Caracas, the people are going to fight any invading army with their very lives.

And as a final caveat, President Trump; the US military tends to do quite a great deal better with operations in the desert, rather than in the jungle; and outside of Venezuela's main cities, you have a ton of jungle. Have someone you trust check it out for you, and crunch the numbers.

And BTW; you are welcome!!

May 04 06:11

Taliban Reject Laying Down Arms

Taliban Reject Laying Down Arms, Tell US to Stop Violence
The Taliban called on the US to end the use of force in Afghanistan instead of putting pressure on the militant group to lay down its arms.

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In our opening session, I underscored to the Talibs that the Afghan people, who are their brothers & sisters, want this war to end," Khalilzad wrote.

The Taliban spokesman reacted to the remarks on Friday, stating that Washington “should forget about the idea of us putting down our arms”.

“Instead of such fantasies, he should drive the idea home (to the US) about ending the use of force and incurring further human and financial losses for the decaying Kabul administration,” he added.

Mujahid noted that the United States must stop repeating failed strategies while expecting different outcomes>>>

May 04 02:01

THROWBACK: Clinton is Running for President Again in 2020

Hillary Clinton is Running for President Again in 2020 – And Nobody Knows It

(*Don't Look At Me ! I'm Not The One Who Promised To "Lock Her Up!" In The LAST Election! )

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