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May 31 13:01

US-Backed Iraqi Forces Carry Out “Annihilation Tactics” In Mosul

Secretary of Defense James Mattis has again declared, during a lengthy interview with CBS News on Sunday, that the US-led campaign against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has shifted from “attrition tactics” to “annihilation tactics.”

May 31 12:51

Are Markets Ready for an Aggressive Agenda from the Fed?

Newly released minutes from this month’s Fed meeting outline an aggressive agenda from our nation’s central bank that could upset markets in the months to come. Officials insist the plan is cautious, and stocks rallied initially on the news. But how safe should Americans feel long-term?

May 31 12:50

Saudi Arabia to Behead 23-year-Old Deaf, Blind Man Who Took Part In A Protest

Saudi Arabia is to behead a deaf and visually impaired man to death for taking part in a protest, it has emerged.

Disabled Munir Adam, 23, was arrested in the wake of political demonstrations in the Shia dominated east of the Kingdom in 2012.

A court in Saudi Arabia has upheld his death sentence and Adam has just one appeal left before the King signs an execution warrant.

Adam was arrested for violent acts at a protest and accused of 'sending texts', according to Reprieve.

May 31 12:41

SHE’S FINISHED! CNN JUST GAVE KATHY GRIFFIN THE HORRIBLE NEWS WE ALL WANTED TO HEAR!!!

CNN has fired Kathy Griffin from their annual New Year’s Eve program, which she cohosted with anchor Anderson Cooper. The network just made the announcement via Twitter.

May 31 12:35

Fake Threat from Police Officer Results in Teen Suicide

A teen from Naperville North High School has committed suicide after a police officer falsely told him that he faced becoming a registered sex offender.

Corey Walgren was 16 when he was questioned about an alleged sexual image on his phone.

May 31 12:32

How Preparedness and Self-Sufficiency Turned Jack Spirko Into An Anarchist

In this video, Vin Armani interviews Jack Spirko of The Survival Podcast about how preparedness and self-sufficiency feeds his political philosophy as an anarcho-libertarian voluntaryist. Spirko’s 5-day-a-week podcast is about managing his homestead in Texas, practical prepping, permaculture and self-reliance. It receives a remarkable 150,000 downloads per day.

May 31 12:31

Forget about Fake News... Let’s Talk about Fake Markets

The U.S. and other nations with “free market” economies got credit for defeating the communists in Russia. That is ironic, because it is now more clear than ever that western leadership actually shares the Soviet inclination for central planning, and they have been increasingly intervening in our markets since the collapse of the USSR.

May 31 12:24

RAW: SAA Carries Supplies To Front Lines Against ISIS Near Palmyra

Syrian Arab army make their way through recently liberated Shumriyah Mountains to deliver ammunition, additional military equipment, as well as food and water & to join the fight against ISIS.

May 31 12:20

TRUMP DUMPS PRETENSION OF ALTRUISM FROM U.S. FOREIGN POLICY

For decades the U.S. foreign policy elite and its presidents played the farce of an altruistic United States that acts for the global good and in the interest of humanity. That was always a lie. Wherever one takes a deeper look the U.S. acted solely in its (perceived) self interests. But the rhetoric helped to drag others along. Tributary governments could pretend they worked for the "universal good" when they in fact just followed orders from Washington DC. U.S. pressure was applied behind the curtain - through bribes, threats of revealing private secrets or, if necessary, via well managed "democratic" coups.

May 31 12:19

Bomb Disposal Unit Deployed In Wigan In Connection With Manchester Attack Investigation

Residents were forced to leave their homes in Wigan for the second time in five days as a bomb disposal unit was deployed in connection to the Manchester terrorism attack investigation.

Parts of Wigan in Manchester were cordoned off on Thursday after police found “potentially suspicious items” as they searched a house on Springfield Street.

May 31 12:16

‘Free Speech Or Die’: Portland Stabbing Suspect Yells In Court

The man charged in the fatal stabbing of two men after allegedly spewing hate at two young women in a Portland metro train took his first court hearing as an opportunity to blurt out ramblings about “patriotism” and told those in attendance to “die.”

May 31 12:15

State Dept official stumped for 20 seconds when asked why US slams Iran but not Saudis

Freaking hilarious! You would have thought this was a Saturday Night Live skit!

May 31 12:09

MGM Resorts Disavows Kathy Griffin

Contrary to previous, inaccurate reporting, MGM Resorts has no future shows scheduled with Ms. Griffin at any of its venues. The incident in question clearly crosses the line of respect and decency and is not something we support or condone.

May 31 12:02

Observations And Impressions From Russia

For over two weeks this May, a delegation of 30 Americans visited seven regions and ten cities across Russia. Organized by Sharon Tennison of Center for Citizen Initiatives, the entire group began in Moscow with several days of meetings and visits, then broke into smaller groups going to cities including Volgograd, Kazan (Tatarstan), Krasnodar (near Black Sea), Novosibirsk (Siberia), Yekaterinburg and the Crimean cities Simferopol, Yalta and Sevastopol.

May 31 12:02

WaPo’s Laziest Columnist Calls Protesters ‘Fascists,’ Equates Them To Manchester Bomber

Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen (5/29/17) continues his impressive streak of downplaying racism and being wrong with his latest half-baked column, “Protesters at Middlebury College Demonstrate ‘Cultural Appropriation’—of Fascism.”

May 31 11:53

Genome Analysis Shows Egyptian Mummies More Genetically Similar To Europeans And Turks Than Africans

The first ever full-genome analysis of Ancient Egyptians shows they were more Turkish and European than African.

Scientists analysed ancient DNA from Egyptian mummies dating from 1400 BC to 400 AD and discovered they shared genes with people from the Mediterranean.

May 31 11:52

Video: ‘Unfair Competition’: Taxi Drivers Across Spain Rally Against Mobile Apps

Taxi drivers across Spain rally against Uber & Cabify.

May 31 11:52

Scott Adams: The Kathy Griffin Controversy

Comedian Kathy Griffin got into some hot water for a staged photo of herself holding a realistic-looking severed head that looks like President Trump. I won’t reproduce the photo here. It is disturbing. People asked me what it all means in terms of persuasion, if anything. I’ll tell you.

Disclosure: Kathy Griffin played the voice of the Alice in my old Dilbert TV show on UPN. I like Kathy, both personally and professionally. I’m a fan. Feel free to factor in my bias when you read this post.

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