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Sep 11 10:30

WANTING IT BADLY IS NOT ENOUGH: REAL PROBLEMS FOR CREATORS DESERVE REAL SOLUTIONS

As the European Parliament prepares for tomorrow's vote on the new Copyright Directive with its provisions requiring mass-scale filtering of all public communications to check for copyright infringement (Article 13) and its provisions requiring paid permission to link to the news if you include as little as two words from the headline in your link text (Article 11), a dismaying number of "creators groups" are supporting it, telling their members that this will be good for them and their flagging financial fortunes.

The real incomes of real creators are really important (disclosure: my primary income source comes from writing science fiction novels for Tor Books, a division of Macmillan). Improving the incomes of the creators who enliven our days, inform, shock, delight and frighten us is a genuine Good Thing.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This law means more money for the really big corporations, and more opportunity to sway public opinion their way, while translating into less and less compensation for smaller players, who may have alternative opinions than the bigger guys, and be absolutely correct in their assessments.

Sep 11 10:26

Some of the Mac App Store's biggest security apps found spying on users' browsing habits

A number of security apps for the Apple Mac, offered via Apple's curated Mac App Store, have been taken down after it was found that they were spying on users' web browsing habits.

Apps by the name of Dr Unarchiver, Dr Cleaner, Adware Medic, Adware Doctor and App Uninstall have all be removed - with the finger of blame for some of them being pointed at security giant Trend Micro. The apps were some of the most popular apps available in the Mac App Store, too, with Adware Doctor also available as a paid-for version for $4.99.

All the apps work in much the same way: first, they trick the user into giving them MacOS home directory access with virus scanning and clear cache options. Once granted, the apps abuse these access privileges to gather browser-history data from Chrome, Firefox and Safari and covertly send them back to a server in China.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

For Mac users, these revelations must be more than a little scary!!

Sep 11 10:25

ALAMO HISTORY THREATENED BY SJWS

mysanantonio.com reports, “Working groups of teachers and historians have proposed eliminating the words ‘all the heroic defenders who gave their lives’ at the Alamo from a state standard governing instruction on the Texas war of independence from Mexico, calling ‘heroic’ a ‘value-charged word’ and saying the reference to ‘all’ defenders is too vague and covers too many individuals.”

Texas Governor Abbott disputed the lunacy, saying ” Stop political correctness in our schools. Of course Texas schoolchildren should be taught that Alamo defenders were ‘Heroic’! I fully expect the State Board of Education to agree. Contact your SBOE Member to complain.”

Sep 11 10:15

Dogs and cats blow-torched alive at Indonesia 'extreme' market despite promised ban

WARNING: This story contains images and descriptions that some people may find distressing.

Sep 11 09:55

Tucker Carlson: Did Google Meddle In 2016 Election More Than Russia? - Pretty sure that's a YES.

Email shows Google tried to help elect Clinton

Sep 11 09:48

Twelve nuclear power plants expected to take direct hit from Hurricane Florence

Twelve nuclear power plants located in and around the Carolinas are expected to take direct hits from Hurricane Florence’s powerful winds once the massive Category 4 storm makes landfall sometime on Friday but it is unknown how facilities will be affected.

Sep 11 08:40

Facebook animal trade exposed in Thailand

More than 1,500 listings of live animals for sale have been found on Facebook in Thailand by a wildlife trafficking watchdog.

Traffic, which monitors such activity, said many of the species, despite having international protection, were not native to the country, and so trading them was unregulated.

The listings were found on 12 Facebook groups during one month in 2016.

Facebook said it did not allow the trade of endangered species.

Among the 200 different species listed for sale were two non-native species banned from international commercial trade - the Eurasian otter and the black spotted turtle.

Sep 11 08:36

No time for silence

It is time to speak up and be heard. It is time to stand up for maybe the most celebrated and revered of all American principles and traditions. This is no time for silence.

Let me be perfectly clear: I am not an Alex Jones fan. His brand of conspiracy insanity isn't my cup of tea, but nevertheless, he should be allowed to say such psychologically untethered things if he is so inclined. There is nothing more American than saying foolish, nonsensical, and even offensive and idiotic things for all to hear. It's called the First Amendment to the Constitution.

The ability to say what you think, no matter who may take offense, is one of the basic and founding principles of our republic. The public square should not be off limits to offensive people just because the public square is now electronic and controlled by massive private companies.

The Constitution does not guarantee your right or mine never to be offended. In fact it assures quite the opposite.

Sep 11 08:30

30 homes evacuated amid huge gas explosion that ‘sounded like plane crash’

Up to 30 homes were evacuated in the early hours of Monday morning following an huge gas explosion that destroyed one home, two garages and multiple vehicles in Beaver County, Pennsylvania.

Emergency crews fled to the scene at 5am in the area of Ivy Lane in Center Township outside Pittsburgh. Initially responders could not extinguish the natural gas line fire with water, and had to wait for pipeline employees to switch off the valves.

Sep 11 07:54

Native American Tribes File Suit Against Keystone XL Approval

The Rosebud Sioux tribe and the Fort Belknap Indian reservation have filed a lawsuit seeking a withdrawal of Washington’s approval of the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline, the Associated Press reports.

The AP quoted attorneys for the plaintiffs as saying the lawsuit asked a U.S. district judge in Montana to rescind the approval as it failed to take into account their rights and even put the members of their communities at risk. In short, the plaintiffs argue, President Trump’s approval of the pipeline was illegal.

“The tribes are talking about cultural sites, archaeological sites, burial grounds, graveyards — none of that has been surveyed and it’s in the way of the pipeline,” one of the attorneys said. Also, according to the plaintiffs, the pipeline could damage a water supply system in South Dakota that some 51,000 people rely on, including the residents of three Native American reservations.

Sep 11 07:41

Trump has only one path to save America from a deep state takeover

In the months ahead, America will either fall to deep state tyranny, or patriots like President Trump will be victorious in taking back our constitutional republic from the nefarious grip of the swamp (in collaboration with the left-wing media that’s now run by the CIA).

Sep 11 07:04

Tesla Bulls Capitulate: Munster Sees Musk As "Jerk, Bully And Liar"; Shah Says "No Longer Investable"

One by one the bulls are jumping off the electric Titanic.

Sep 11 06:30

National Solar Observatory and U.S. Post Office remain under FBI quarantine

Townsfolk and the Sheriff of Sunspot, New Mexico, are furious after special agents from the FBI forcefully evacuated employees and residents from the National Solar Observatory and nearby U.S. Post Office at Sacramento Peak on Friday following a national security threat which federal officials are keeping tight-lipped.

Sep 11 06:09

Fake News, Fake Money - aantonop


In this talk, Andreas examines the sensationalist debate over "fake news," the rising tide of faith-based nation states declaring bitcoin as "fake money," and alternative mechanisms we can build to fill the void left by retired fact-checking departments & central bank authorities.

Sep 10 20:54

Family of four dies in road accident during torrential downpour, one son survives

Driving towards Segamat, Johor, a family of four, consisting of a husband and wife, along with two of their two children, were killed in a horrific road accident over the weekend.
Authorities believe that a trailer coming in the opposite direction, in heavy rain, skidded while approaching the family’s Honda Stream, and collided with their car head-on, Saturday afternoon.

Sep 10 19:39

Chilling CCTV shows 'hero' American tourist and his wife strolling across Westminster Bridge seconds before he was mown down and killed by terrorist after pushing her to safety

Terrorist killed four pedestrians when he drove car along pavement on bridge
He then rushed the gates of Parliament and stabbed to death a police officer
Coroner opens inquests into the victims' deaths with a minute's silence today
Victims families pay heartbreaking tributes to them on first day of the inquest
Court shown CCTV of final moments of victims and as the terrorist struck

Sep 10 19:35

Trump Moves To Extricate Himself From Stormy Daniels Deal, Lawsuit

A lawyer for President Donald Trump filed a court document on Saturday arguing that the hush-money agreement with adult film actress Stormy Daniels over an alleged affair between the two is not valid and that Trump should be removed from a lawsuit seeking to dissolve the deal.
Removing him from the suit would mean he wouldn’t have to give a deposition to lawyers as part of it.

Sep 10 18:43

Twenty-foot storm surge expected from Florence: Reports

Reports circling on the interweb suggest that Hurricane Florence may impact the U.S. East Coast as a Category 4 with winds in excess of 130 miles per hour and a storm surge of over 15 feet.

Sep 10 17:14

Facial-recognition boarding passes now a reality at one U.S. airport

Facial-recognition systems are now interfacing with travelers digital face prints and matching those passengers to their appropriate flights at Dulles International Airport gates.

Sep 10 16:12

Maxine Waters: ‘Trump is a deplorable despicable human being who’s in bed with the oligarchs of Russia’

California Congresswoman Maxine Waters attacked President Donald Trump while speaking at a Democratic award ceremony on Monday calling him several different names and claiming he’s in cahoots with Russia’s most rich and powerful “oligarchs” despite the fact there’s not a shred of evidence that exists which backs her claims.

Sep 10 16:09

TV viewers prefer to watch giant men in spandex after Miss America pageant nixes bikini contest

Television viewership for the Miss America pageant has mysteriously dried up after the contest discontinued the part of the show where the young ladies scamper about in revealing swimsuits. Instead Americans watched football.

The 98th Miss America pageant faced-off with the first football game of the season in the primetime TV spot, with the giant, spandex-clad men clobbering the properly clothed, poem-reciting pageant contestants. It wasn’t even close.

The number of viewers who tuned in to the ABC’s screening of the beauty competition plummeted 36 percent in ratings compared to last year - which was already a record-low performance. Last year’s beauty contest also squared off against the first Sunday of the NFL regular season – but at least there were supple young ladies wearing bikinis back then.

Sep 10 15:15

Amazon wants to put its workers in CAGES to oversee factory robots, bizarre patent suggests

The patent, titled 'System and method for transporting personnel within an active workspace,' envisions a system that would allow humans to safely enter areas where robots are zipping to and fro, delivering items.

It's described as a 'human transport device' wherein an employee stands atop a robotic trolley, encased by a metal cage.

A robotic arm would be attached to the cage and operated from inside the enclosure, allowing the employee to reach for items, among other uses.

'...U.S. patent number 9,280,157 represents an extraordinary illustration of worker alienation, a stark moment in the relationship between humans and machines,' the study, titled 'Anatomy of an AI System,' explained.

Sep 10 15:01

US backtracks on Russian spy suspect offering sex for access

Federal prosecutors are backtracking on their allegation that a Russian woman accused of working as a secret agent offered to trade sex for access, according to a Justice Department court filing.

Prosecutors had earlier accused Maria Butina, a gun rights activist in U.S. custody on charges she worked as a covert agent and tried to establish back-channel lines of communication to the Kremlin, of offering to exchange sex for a position with a special interest organization.

The salacious allegation, which immediately escalated the public interest in the case, was based on a series of text messages to and from Butina and other information that prosecutors say they had obtained.

Sep 10 14:16

So it’s OK to ignore the Law of the Seas? “Close friend” Britain doesn’t object to Israel’s vicious piracy, nor does the EU

Stuart Littlewood looks at the UK’s and EU’s conspiracy of silence — and maybe even collusion — that is allowing Israel to violate the UN Conventional on the Law of the Seas and maintain an illegal blockade of the Gaza Strip with impunity.>>

Sep 10 12:44

"Dramatic Views of Hurricane #Florence" #Nasa

Thousands told to evacuate NC Outer Banks as Hurricane Florence reaches Category 4

South Carolina's entire 187-mile coastline under mandatory evacuation beginning at 12:00 p.m

Sep 10 11:53

Bolton Warns Next Chemical Attack By Assad Will Lead To Much Stronger Strike On Syria

Update: Trump's national security advisor John Bolton indicated during a speech on Monday that the United States, Britain, and France have agreed that another use of chemical weapons by Syria would be taken "very seriously" and will require a much "stronger" and harsher response.

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Trump’s NSC head John Bolton warns Syria that US, France and Britain will hit Assad harder than last two times if he uses chemical weapons in looming battle for last major rebel stronghold in Idlib.

His remarks came during what's being described as his first major speech since joining the Trump administration at an event hosted by the conservative Federalist Society at a Washington, D.C., hotel.

Meanwhile Turkey has also weighed in regarding the ongoing Russian and Syrian allied assault on Al Qaeda-held Idlib, which began days ago when Russia initiated a bombing campaign ahead of an imminent and massive Syrian Army ground offensive.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When the faux chemical attack is complete in Syria, with lots of sympathetic PR, to underscore what a "monster" Al Assad is, the Trump Administration is not even going to WAIT for the overnight polls to come in to see if the public is buying it or not, but will move ahead quickly with a major US attack in Idlib.

I would like to hope (and pray) that his Advisors have told him that threats by the Russian government... are just as serious as is a heart attack, should he order this to happen.

Sep 10 11:43

Moscow Has Upped the Ante in Syria

September 9, 2018

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MEMORANDUM FOR: The President

FROM: Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity

SUBJECT: Moscow Has Upped the Ante in Syria

Mr. President:

We are concerned that you may not have been adequately briefed on the upsurge of hostilities in northwestern Syria, where Syrian armed forces with Russian support have launched a full-out campaign to take back the al-Nusra/al-Qaeda/ISIS-infested province of Idlib. The Syrians will almost certainly succeed, as they did in late 2016 in Aleppo. As in Aleppo, it will mean unspeakable carnage, unless someone finally tells the insurgents theirs is a lost cause.

Sep 10 11:41

Demonization of Middle East Leaders Prior to Invasion and “Regime Change”. Trump’s Iran Policy

1. The US Iran policy aims at nothing but conflict-building followed by economic, political and military violence

From all the remarks made by President Donald Trump and his senior officials, it is clear that the United States is trying to manufacture another regime change in the Middle East, this time in Iran.

It does so by making use of the tried and tested tactic of demonising Iranian rulers and the Iranian people and by finding false pretences and pretexts for implementing their destructive goals.

We have already had an inkling of these tactics by Trump’s withdrawal from the nuclear deal and his allegation that Iran has not been abiding by the terms of that deal, despite clear evidence of Iranian compliance provided by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which is in charge of inspecting and certifying Iran’s compliance.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would suspect, after issuing the entire world a "drop dead date" edict regarding its purchasing oil from Iran, President Trump and the administration have something militarily spectacular planned for that date or thereabout concerning Iran, and that date happens to be Sunday, 4 November; two days away from midterm elections in the US.

Sep 10 11:36

How the U.S. Does Propaganda

A typical example was on NPR’s “Weekend Edition Saturday,” on September 8th, when the program-host Scott Simon interviewed the Obama Administration’s diplomat Robert Malley, in a segment titled “What’s Next In The Syrian War: Idlib”.

Simon’s introduction said:

“After this weekend, the last contested region of Syria may come under ferocious attack. After more than seven years of fighting, the end of the Syrian war may come down to Idlib province. … It holds more than 3 million people, many of whom have been displaced. It’s been essentially a kind of dumping ground for those opposed to Bashar al-Assad’s regime and ISIS.”

Actually, there’s a factual problem with Simon’s lead-in there. Though I have seen official estimates of the population of Idlib ranging from 1.5 million to 3 million, I haven’t seen any of “more than 3 million people.” Mr. Simon is always happy to please his CIA minders, and might simply have gotten carried away in this interview.

Sep 10 11:34

Pompeo’s Fingerprints Are All Over Trump’s New Syria Regime Change Policy

The reason given for the dramatic change in policy was the administration’s recent decision to “redefine” its goals in the Syrian conflict, resulting in the emergence of “the exit of all Iranian military and proxy forces from Syria” as the administration’s top priority, effectively overshadowing the U.S.’ long-stated goal of rooting out terror groups like Daesh (ISIS). The shift is part of a broader effort by the Trump administration to target Iranian influence in the region while simultaneously attempting to provoke regime change in Iran through the use of aggressive sanctions and other covert means.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The explosive issue which both Pompeo and Bolton seem to want to ignore here is the following: IF the US maintains its illegally captured space in Syria, and starts attacking Syrian, Iranian, or Russian troops in Syria (remember: the Russians and Iranians were INVITED by the Syrian government, but the US military was NOT), how long before US troops wind up in a shooting war against Russian, Iranian, and Syrian forces?!?

Logic tells me, not too long at all.

So if this "faux" chemical weapons attack happens, I have to wonder just how long it will be before the US declares war on Russia, Syria, and Iran?!?

Logic tells me, not long at all; the US and its allies cannot wait for logic-centric Americans ask themselves the question; why would al-Assad use chemical poisoning against his own people, when he as almost completely gutted the country of US-backed rebels?!? The short, logical answer is, he would not.

For all those who read this blog, who have family in the US military, this question is far from academic.

Sep 10 11:22

Israel Should Not Have to Ask Washington’s Permission for Settlements: US Ambassador Friedman

The US ambassador to Tel Aviv says Israel checks all settlement expansion plans in the occupied Palestinian territories with the United States which never challenges them.

In an interview published in Israel Hayom daily, David Friedman said Israel “shouldn’t have to ask permission from the US” to build settlements in the occupied West Bank.

According to Friedman, Israel is entitled to the possibility even though the Trump administration has never challenged an Israeli construction plan in the West Bank.

US newspapers have said Friedman is unfit to be ambassador to Israel, arguing that he has politicized his diplomatic office and misrepresented US policy on the conflict with Palestinians.

“In David Friedman, President Trump has nominated someone who lacks the necessary temperament to serve in such a crucial position,” the San Francisco Chronicle wrote last March.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation; the policy of Israeli development of Palestinian land is to create a situation on the ground which makes it physically impossible for a contiguous state of Palestine to exist, period, end of discussion.

I'm sure that for Sheldon Adelson, the financier and casino magnate who has purchased Trump's presidency, and for Bibi Netanyahu, who is one of President Trump's BFFs in the Middle East, the nomination and confirmation of David Friedman as US Ambassador to Israel, has worked out just perfectly for them.

Sep 10 11:17

Russia’s Poseidon Underwater Drone to Carry Nuke Warhead

Stealthy submarine -

Sep 10 11:12

The World Should be Worried About the Uprisings in Basra

The current protests in Iraq are the most serious seen in the country for years, and are taking place at the heart of some of the world’s largest oilfields. The Iraqi government headquarters in Basra was set ablaze, as were the offices of those parties and militias blamed by local people for their wretched living conditions. Protesters have blockaded and closed down Iraq’s main sea port at Umm Qasr, through which it imports most of its grain and other supplies. Mortar shells have been fired into the Green Zone in Baghdad for the first time in years. At least 10 people have been shot dead by security forces over the last four days in a failed effort to quell the unrest.

Sep 10 11:08

New US Navy Military Exercises in Persian Gulf as Regional Tensions Rise

This month, the US Navy is conducting exercises it claims will guarantee freedom of movement through Persian Gulf and Red Sea waterways, as Iran threatens to obstruct shopping through key maritime positions.

US 5th Fleet Theater Counter Mine and Maritime Security Exercise Commander Scott A. Stearney recently told reporters in Manama that the exercises, which involve both regional and global allies, "illustrate that the US and our partners stand ready to ensure the freedom of navigation and free flow of commerce wherever international law allows," Bloomberg reported Sunday.

One of the US Navy exercises is occurring in Djibouti, a known choke point for global shipping at the southern end of the Red Sea.

In early July, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) held large-scale military drills in the Persian Gulf. The IRGC said at the time that they were ready to disrupt other countries' oil shipments through the strait if Iran's own exports were impeded.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is nothing more, or less, than a blatant, "in your face" provocation against the Iranian government, which I hope will have the horse-sense not to respond in kind.

Sep 10 10:57

TWO KILLED AFTER ARMED MILITANTS STORM LIBYA’S STATE OIL CORPORATION HQ IN TRIPOLI

Two workers at Libya's National Oil Corporation (NOC) have been killed after a militant attack on the company’s headquarters in Tripoli on Monday, according to local law enforcement. They say two of the attackers were also killed.
"The death toll so far is two killed from NOC staff and two attackers," Ahmed Ben Salim, a spokesman for the Special Deterrence Force, told Reuters.

Earlier on Monday, witnesses reported hearing explosions and gunfire, with smoke rising from close to the NOC offices. Security officials said they were attempting to deal with militants attacking the building.

Security forces took up positions around the offices in central Tripoli, while surrounding roads were cordoned off. Witnesses said they saw ambulances leaving the site. A member of staff from a hotel next to the NOC offices said that he had heard around five blasts.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Oh yes, the assassination of Ghaddafi really stabilized Libya, did it not, chief Advocate for his death, Hillary Rodham Clinton?!?

Sep 10 10:54

REBELS RAMP UP CIVILIAN ATTACKS, INCUR HEAVY LOSSES IN IDLIB

At the request of Damascus, Russia assisted Syrian forces in launching several airstrikes across the territory in the northern Al-Ghab plain starting Saturday morning and continuing through Sunday afternoon.

The Syrian Army successfully destroyed an ammunition depot and armored vehicle belonging to the Al-Ezza brigades in the Kafr Zita countryside as they struck various hideouts and locations of Jabhat al-Nusra and their allies Sunday. According to Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), a state media news agency, the army unit also successfully destroyed shelling launching pads belonging to the brigade, where terrorists would launch shells towards residential areas.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That false flag chemical attack, to be blamed on Syria, is most likely coming, and soon, because the rebels are doing so poorly in holding their ground in Idlib that they cannot get a foothold against Syrian and Russian troops and airstrikes.

The chemical attack, prophesied at the UN by our "Miss Cleo Wannabe", US Representative Nikki Haley, will most likely happen this week.

Russia has already stated, through diplomatic channels, that it intends to hold exercises and attacks very close to where US troops are stationed (illegally) in Syria.

Let me say this again; the US government and military have invaded a sovereign country, which did not ask them to assist in fighting the rebels, (they asked for Russian and Iranian assistance for this), and is looking to establish a "foothold" in the country from which they can plot regime change in Damascus, and control Syria's oil.

The big question is, how long before Russia and the US wind up in direct, hot conflict in Syria?!?

I don't know what the odds the bookies in Vegas are giving on the such a confrontation; my gut is telling me, however, this will be happening very soon.

The Trump Whitehouse wants this country in a major war against....some major alleged "enemy" recently well-demonized in what passes for American "journalism", and Russia will do nicely here, well before the mid-terms.

The American Electorate are very skittish about changing the nature and composition of their government mid war.

And please remember the "drop dead date" by which President Trump has declared to the world that it can no longer buy Iranian oil; Sunday, 4 November, two days before the mid-term elections in this country. I would expect something very dramatic from the Trump Administration against Iran on, or right near, that deadline, and the date of these primaries.

Sep 10 10:45

Native Americans Propose Change To Yellowstone Landmark Names

On a cold January day more than a century ago, U.S. troops massacred nearly 200 Piikani people on a Montana river bank. Most were women, children and old folks.

"It's hard to imagine," Chief Stanley Charles Grier of the Piikani Nation in Alberta, Canada said.

The people killed were his ancestors and accounts of the massacre are brutal. Soldiers killed a mother breastfeeding her baby. They shot sick people hiding under blankets.

"Survivors were basically executed by axes," Grier says. "That's pretty barbaric."

The man who helped perpetrate this massacre was Army Lt. Gustavus Doane. He later went on to explore parts of Yellowstone and his compatriots named Mount Doane after him. The name stuck, and Grier wants to change it.

"Lieutenant Doane led that attack and fully implemented the massacre," he says. "We feel that's an atrocity to humanity and it's essentially a war crime."

Sep 10 10:36

VENEZUELA PLANS "ANTI-IMPERIALIST" MARCH AFTER REVELATION OF US COUP MEETINGS WITH REBEL OFFICERS

After it was revealed in a weekend New York Times piece that the Trump administration held multiple meetings with "rebellious officers" inside Venezuela's army to consider launching a military coup against the country's socialist dictator Nicolás Maduro, we cited a former Latin America diplomatic official quoted in the Times who aptly described, “This is going to land like a bomb” in the region.

The astounding revelation — though perhaps familiar-sounding when considering the historical string of coups and CIA covert interventions across the 20th century from Cuba to Nicaragua to Chile — comes just over a month after a bizarre assassination attempt involving two C-4 explosive laden drones which detonated near Maduro as he gave a televised speech during a military parade in Caracas.

In the aftermath of the story, Venezuela has announced plans to hold a massive march on Tuesday against Washington's now confirmed attempts to meddle in the country's internal affairs.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Color me completely unsurprised, given Venezuela's vast oil wealth.

And unfortunately for the Venezuelan people, the attempted assassination on August 4th will most probably not be the last time elements in the US government will attempt to take down Maduro by force.

Sep 10 10:32

US AUTHORISES $1.2BN IN MILITARY AID TO EGYPT

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has authorised the release of $1.2 billion in military aid to Egypt, overriding previous human rights concerns that had held up funding.

The figure includes $1 billion for the current 2018 budget year and $195 million earmarked for 2017 which would have been returned to the treasury had it not been spent by the end of the month.

The State Department informed Congress of the move on Friday; congressmen have 15 days to contest the national security waivers allowing the money, known as foreign military financing (FMF), to be delivered.

In July, Pompeo also lifted $195 million in FMF that was originally listed for 2016, but which former secretary of state Rex Tillerson had frozen due to the continuing concerns over the state of human rights under Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Secretary Pompeo, you have cleared the allocation of these fund for the Egyptian government which just did this?!?

Egypt Sentences 75 protestors to death after mass trial

Are you simply waiting for those 75 cells to be cleared out, post-executions, so that you can outsource torture to the Egyptian government?!? I understand that, according to HRW, they're pretty damned good at it:

Egypt Torture Epidemic, under Al-Sisi, may be a crime against humanity

The article goes on to state:

"Under President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, Egypt’s regular police and National Security officers routinely torture political detainees with techniques including beatings, electric shocks, stress positions, and sometimes rape, Human Rights Watch said in a new report released today.

Widespread and systematic torture by the security forces probably amounts to a crime against humanity, according to the 63-page report, “‘We Do Unreasonable Things Here’: Torture and National Security in al-Sisi’s Egypt.” Prosecutors typically ignore complaints from detainees about ill-treatment and sometimes threaten them with torture, creating an environment of almost total impunity, Human Rights Watch said."

So sir, please let me get this straight: you are approving one billion one hundred and ninety-five million dollars for Egypt, when we still have homeless Vets sleeping rough in our streets, and our infrastructure decaying right from under us?!?

The granting of Federal money is always tantamount to tacit approval, and that is precisely what you have done, to a government which tortures with impunity.

Sir, forgive me, but from my perspective, this is a very lousy day to be an American old enough to remember what this country was supposed to stand for, and if I remember my American history reasonably well, one of the values for which it did not stand was for the international support of torture.

Did I blink and miss something here, sir?!?

Sep 10 10:11

PIPELINE SPILLS MORE THAN 8,000 GALLONS OF JET FUEL INTO INDIANA RIVER

A pipeline spilled more than 8,000 gallons of jet fuel into an Indiana river, The Associated Press reported Sunday.

The affected river was St. Marys River in Decatur, which is a town of 9,500 people about 100 miles from Indianapolis.

Cleaning the spill could take weeks, Decatur Mayor Kenneth L. Meyer told the Fort Wayne, Indiana-based Journal Gazette.

The spill was first reported Friday night in a safety warning issued by the Decatur Police Department urging residents to avoid the area around the spill, local news outlet WANE reported Saturday.

Houston-based Buckeye Pipe Line Company, L.P., which owns the pipeline, confirmed the spill to WANE Saturday.

Company officials said there had been a failure Friday evening that had caused the spill.

"One of their workers discovered a pressure drop, went immediately to check on it and immediately shut it down," Allen County Homeland Security Director Bernie Beier told The Journal Gazette.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Would that the oil pipeline owners were just as generous with safety prevention features in their pipelines as they are with political contributions to get those pipelines approved.

Sep 10 09:38

'CBS This Morning' Host Norah O'Donnell Addresses Les Moonves' Resignation

For the second time in less than a year, “CBS This Morning” host Norah O’Donnelladdressed serial sexual misconduct allegations involving prominent men at her own network.

Sep 10 09:37

Family of four dies in road accident during torrential downpour, one son survives

Driving towards Segamat, Johor, a family of four, consisting of a husband and wife, along with two of their two children, were killed in a horrific road accident over the weekend.

Sep 10 09:36

Chilling CCTV shows 'hero' American tourist and his wife strolling across Westminster Bridge seconds before he was mown down and killed by terrorist after pushing her to safety

CCTV footage shows an American couple walking across Westminster Bridge seconds before a terrorist drove onto the pavement and killed the husband.
Tourist Kurt Cochran, 54, was one of four people murdered when Muslim convert Khalid Masood launched his attack in the shadow of Big Ben in March last year.
Mr Cochran's final action was to push his wife Melissa out of the way of Masood's rented 4x4. He was thrown into the air and fatally injured, dying at the scene.

Sep 10 09:12

Trump Moves To Extricate Himself From Stormy Daniels Deal, Lawsuit

A lawyer for President Donald Trump filed a court document on Saturday arguing that the hush-money agreement with adult film actress Stormy Daniels over an alleged affair between the two is not valid and that Trump should be removed from a lawsuit seeking to dissolve the deal.
Removing him from the suit would mean he wouldn’t have to give a deposition to lawyers as part of it.

Sep 10 09:11

Man arrested after breakfast with woman in Saudi Arabia

An Egyptian man in Saudi Arabia has been arrested after a video of him having breakfast with a woman went viral on Twitter.
In the video, a man with an Egyptian dialect eats breakfast beside a womanwearing a full face veil, who many assumed to be Saudi.

Sep 10 09:10

OxyContin creator being sued for 'significant role in causing opioid epidemic'

In 2007, three top current and former employees for Purdue admitted that they had misled doctors and their patients

Following hundreds of lawsuits over the years against pharmaceutical giant Purdue Pharma, Colorado’s attorney general is suing the OxyContin creator for its “significant role in causing the opioid epidemic”.

Sep 10 08:56

Trump admin to shut down PLO office in Washington, threatens ICC with sanctions: Report

The administration of US President Donald Trump is expected to shutter the Palestine Liberation Organization’s office in Washington and threaten punitive measures against any anti-Israeli action by the International Criminal Court (ICC).

US National Security Adviser John Bolton is scheduled to make the announcement in his speech, “Protecting American Constitutionalism and Sovereignty from International Threats,” to the conservative group Federalist Society on Monday, the Wall Street Journal reported Sunday night.

“The United States will always stand with our friend and ally, Israel,” national security adviser John Bolton plans to say, according a draft of his prepared remarks reviewed by the WSJ.

“The Trump administration will not keep the office open when the Palestinians refuse to start direct and meaningful negotiations with Israel,” Bolton would say

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sheldon Adelson and Bibi Netanyahu have President Trump precisely where they want him; in a totally submissive posture toward an Israeli policy of genocide and the "disappearing" of the Palestinian people from this earth.

What Israel and the US are hoping to do, by the way their proposals are structured regarding Palestinians, is to prevent the Palestinians from claiming any geographic sovereignty to the land which was forcibly taken from them in the establishment of the State of Israel, and trade the Right of Return for "financial inducements."

And punitive measures against the ICC for any alleged anti-Israeli action, or protest any "unjust prosecution" ?!?

Sorry, National Insecurity Advisor Bolton: these are completely "brown shirt" tactics; this is what one might have expected from the Third Reich, not the alleged "United States of America".

My brother and sister Americans, I know that for some of you this may be a shock; but for decades, and under the watch of various Presidents, your country has been a nation which continually has committed, and still commits, war crimes with impunity.

IF you do not believe me, then please take a look at the US-enabling of Saudi war crimes in Yemen, under both President Obama, and President Trump. Warning: graphic images below:

Yemeni children starving to death, courtesy of US-Enabled port blockades

Yemeni children assassinated, courtesy of US-Enabled bombing runs in Yemen

UN warns: 10 million more Yemenis expected to starve to death by end of 2018, Due to Saudi/US Blockade of Yemeni ports

Now, IF these images bother you (and they should, if you are still some semblance of a human being), we need to start having a peaceful, and logical, national discussion of why we're living in the Assassination Nation of the world, and what has gone so horrifically wrong with America, that these war crimes are allowed to continue, with so damn little public attention to them.

Unfortunately, the Unhinged, Surveilled State of Amerika is, collectively, easily distracted; we can no longer afford for this to be the case.

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