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CURRENT EVENTS

Dec 15 10:56

Iraq, Syria, Iran…Are We To Destroy Iran Next?

The Cato report linked above, The Risks of Confrontation with Iran, explains the four confrontation options. These are:

— New, tighter economic sanctions

–Challenging Iranian influence in the region

–Regime change from within

–Starting a war

The Cato conclusion is that America’s best policy option would be for further engagement with Iran to strengthen its more moderate political factions and weaken its hardliners. America used to be widely popular among younger Iranians who want peace and prosperity, not mullahs and wars. The greater threat is Washington’s military-industrial-Congress complex which so benefits from unending wars.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What the Cato Institute Report is advocating, is completely, utterly logical; this is why the American Deep State and warhawks will reject it out of hand.

And please remember: Should the US and Saudi Arabian military go to war against Iran, it is highly likely that the Russians will jump into the fray to protect it.

And as we have seen from Russia's grand finale in Syria, Russia has weapons which actually work as advertised.

Dec 15 10:54

Tavis Smiley Fights Back, Trashes PBS In Angry Video…

Tavis Smiley went on the offensive this morning with a video about how PBS executives never even interviewed him about the allegations before firing him.

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Dec 15 10:42

'Disturbing' Video Of 11-Year-Old Handcuffed At Gunpoint 'Makes Me Physically Nauseous,' Police Chief Says

A police department in Michigan has launched an internal investigation into a recent incident in which an 11-year-old girl was handcuffed at gunpoint.

Dec 15 10:42

A Wider World of War

All of this could be seen, however, not just as the foibles of one president surrounded by “his” generals, but as the culmination of a post-9/11 process in which American policymaking has increasingly been militarized. In this context, as the State Department shrinks, don’t think this country has no ambassadors across the planet. America’s Special Operations forces increasingly act as our “diplomats” globally, training and bolstering allies and attempting to undermine enemies more or less everywhere.

Donald Trump’s First Year Sets Record for U.S. Special Ops
Elite Commandos Deployed to 149 Countries in 2017
By Nick Turse

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The numbers here are jaw-dropping; and if ever, in the history of this country, there needed to be a Department of Peace, raised to cabinet level, to attempt to suggest how resolve the US government's geopolitical disputes by methods other than war, it is right the hell now!!

Dec 15 10:42

China's CCTV Surveillance Network Took Just 7 Minutes To Capture BBC Reporter

It took Chinese authorities just seven minutes to locate and apprehend BBC reporter John Sudworth using its powerful network of CCTV camera and facial recognition technology.

Dec 15 10:34

Bombed into famine: how Saudi air campaign targets Yemen’s food supplies

At 11.30pm, 10 nautical miles off Yemen’s western Red Sea coast, seven fishermen were near the end of the four hours it had taken to haul their nets bulging with the day’s catch into their fibreglass boat. Suddenly, away from the illumination of the vessel’s large spotlight, one of the men spotted a black silhouette coming towards them.

Moments later a helicopter began circling overhead. The fishermen were well within the 30 nautical mile boundary they had been warned not to cross by leaflets airdropped on land by the Saudi-led coalition. But, without warning, gunfire erupted from the helicopter.

Osam Mouafa grabbed his friend, Abdullah, dragging him into a corner, curling himself into a protective ball as bullets flew through the boat. Shot in both knees, with a third bullet having grazed his thigh, Osam began to feel water rising around him. “The boat became like a sieve,” he said, sitting next to the wooden stick he now needs to walk.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These are the kinds of war crimes the US government is enabling in Yemen, with the Saudi Arabian military and government; doesn't it just make you proud to be an American?!?

Take a good, hard look, my brother and sister Americans, at what this US military intervention in the Saudi genocide of Yemen, courtesy of the Butcher of Yemen, Prince Salman, has "accomplished": and I warn you; these images are intensely graphic, but very real.

Images:
Yemeni children killed or maimed for life from Saudi bombings

Images: Yemeni children dying of malnutrition, due to Saudi/US blockade of Yemeni ports

Images: Saudi troops using depleted uranium and chemical weapons in Yemen

Images: severely malformed Yemeni infants, the victims of DU poisoning in the womb (warning: very graphic)

What a "win" in this situation means,from the perspective of Prince Salman, is a complete assassination of every Yemeni person with the audacity to still be breathing.

And to that end, he has ordered more intense bombings than he has before.

Saudis Bomb Yemen Palace as War Takes New Turn With Saleh Death

When I was a kid growning up, I never realized that this country routinely participates in war crimes; now, I live with the grim realisation that this is true every, single waking hour.

Whether President Trump had a moment of conscience (which I doubt, as he has been chatting up the US selling of bombs to Saudi Arabia as, in essence, good for American business), or was attempting to "soften" the optics of announcing that the US recognised Jerusalem as Israel's capital when he requested the Saudis to cease the Yemeni blockade, Trump calls on Saudi government to end Yemeni blockade that request fell on deaf ears.

Unless, and until, there is ia political resolution here, Yemen's future will be more assassinations; more starvation; more disease; more displacement of innocent civilians; and continued Saudi and US military destruction and devastation visited upon that country in unimaginable proportions.

Dec 15 10:31

Get dance floor ready! Nail your Christmas party look with our guide to staying sparkly this festive season.

With the Christmas party season imminent it is the perfect time to start curating your festive wardrobe.
And if you really want to impress your friends, family and co-workers with your sartorial prowess, it's time to embrace all that glitters.

Dec 15 10:04

Iran: US Presentation of Iranian Arms in Yemen Fabricated

The Iranian government has issued a statement Thuesday denying that a presentation earlier in the day by the US represented proof that they’d been sending arms to the Shi’ite Houthis in Yemen to resist the US-backed Saudi invasion, saying it was a ‘fabrication.”

The US presentation centered on a short-range ballistic missile fired by Yemen at the Riyadh airport, which US officials claim was Iranian-made and Iranian-sent. US Ambassador Nikki Haley talked up building a new coalition against Iran.

Iran’s Foreign Minister likened Haley’s presentation to Colin Powell’s 2003 WMD speech about Iraq, which precipitated the disastrous US invasion and occupation of Iraq.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Iranian Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, is entirely correct in his assessment and analogy here.

Dec 15 09:52

Brazen mom made millions growing pot in guarded warehouse near police headquarters, cops say

A mother police describe as a drug queen was detained on Wednesday in what might be the largest indoor marijuana operation ever discovered in San Bernardino, Calif.

Dec 15 09:52

U.S. Army Green Berets Accused From Within Of Lowering Standards

The Army's Green Berets have gained a reputation over the decades for their toughness and fighting skills. They served with local forces in Vietnam, and in recent years, they've deployed repeatedly to Iraq and Afghanistan. The list of their deployments continues to grow: Niger. Somalia. Yemen. Syria. Philippines.

Dec 15 09:50

Father-of-three, 50, is arrested in the cold-case kidnap, rape and murder of student, 18, in 1989 after cops matched DNA evidence to a plastic cup of Coke his coworker handed investigators.

Timothy Bass, of Washington state, was arrested Tuesday on charges of murder rape and kidnapping in November 1989 death of 18-year-old Mandy Stavik
Bass was 22 years old and lived near Stavik's family in Whatcom County at the time of her death

Dec 15 09:42

93-year-old woman handcuffed and jailed after refusing to leave her care home

A 93-year-old woman was handcuffed and jailed after refusing to leave a care home she claimed was no longer accepting her rent.

Dec 15 09:42

This racist woman was kicked out of Starbucks by the police, because karma is real

The U.S. is home to a blend of languages and cultures, but unfortunately some people use this diversity to excuse their own racism. On December 10th, one woman was kicked out of a Starbucks after she berated a student for speaking Korean.

Dec 15 09:41

Pence delays Middle East trip in case needed for U.S. tax vote

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence will delay an upcoming Middle East trip by a few days in case a tie-breaking vote is needed from him for tax cut legislation in Congress, a senior White House official said on Thursday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Reuters, Reuters, Reuters; this is really a "lipstick on a pig" moment for you, and the optics of this lame excuse are just officially horrible.

No one in the Middle East, except, perhaps Bibi Netanyahu, wants to recieve Pence because of President Trump's announcement, last week, that he recognised Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

The Palestinians, and leaders of other Middle Eastern countries now understand that the US government can never, ever again be considered as an honest broker of peace in the region, will always favor Israel, no matter what it does, and collectively has the morals of a dead tree stump.

President Trump threw the Palestinian people under a bus last week, most probably in return for a $100 million dollar campaign donation from Sheldon Adelson in 2016, and the Palestinians have every right to be infuriated.

That fury resulted in the following action on the part of Abbas:

Abbas won't meet U.S. Vice President Pence: official

That the President did not understand that there would be severe international consequences to his act last week of recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital indicates one of two things; he is either painfully naive, or is getting some really hideous advice from his "President Whisperers" when it comes to thorny geopolitical issues in the Middle East.

Dec 15 09:26

Obama State Department Let Clinton And Huma Make Off With Boxes Of ‘Muslim Engagement’ DocsJAC

The Obama State Department allowed former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her top aide Huma Abedin to remove call logs, scheduling documents and files described as “Muslim Engagement” from government premises by labeling the records “private,” Judicial Watch has learned.

Judicial Watch obtained records about the document removals in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for all forms authorizing the removal of “personal papers and non-record materials,” according to a Thursday press release.

“These new documents show the Obama State Department had a deal with Hillary Clinton to hide her calls logs and schedules, which would be contrary to FOIA and other laws,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said in a statement. “When are the American people going to get an honest investigation of the Clinton crimes?”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Why am I (singularly) unsurprised by this move on Obama's part?!?

Dec 15 09:25

infowars: THE TRUTH ABOUT JERUSALEM

infowars: We all know Islam is a religion of peace.

We also know that Muslims have literally no history of engaging in violence against Jews in Jerusalem.

If any violence occurs, it will be all Trump’s fault.

Dec 15 09:23

More evidence surfaces showing FBI colluded to get Hillary Clinton off the hook for email server (Video)

Newly released documents reveal that former FBI Director James Comey’s draft statement on the Hillary Clinton email investigation was edited in a way that watered down the the FBI’s findings.

James Comey’s statement was changed in Hillary Clinton’s favor, as new documents released on Thursday by Senator Ron Johnson (chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee reveal) show that the FB made edits to Hillary’s draft statement that essentially resulted in no formal indictment.

Newly released documents reveal that then-FBI Director James Comey’s draft statement on the Hillary Clinton email probe was edited numerous times before his public announcement, in ways that seemed to considerably water down the bureau’s findings.

The edits also showed that references to specific potential violations of statutes on “gross negligence” of classified information and “misdemeanor handling” were removed.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The American people now are slowly beginning to comprehend the depth and breadth of FBI collusion to "rescue Hillary" on the email server issue; and they are feeling both very angry, and very betrayed.

The FBI had better clean its own house to regain any shred of credibility with the American people; otherwise, the entire agency should be sacked, period, end of discussion.

Dec 15 09:16

NEW CITY ORDINANCE OUTLAWS GIVING MONEY TO PANHANDLERS, VIOLATORS WILL BE FINED & JAILED

Wichita used to be known as “Cowtown” because of its cattle trade but now if people stop and give something as small as a cheeseburger to a homeless person they run the risk going to jail and paying a $500 fine. The ordinance was recently approved by the city council and now complicates matters for both panhandlers and philanthropic citizens alike.

Beat downs and arrests by police are, unfortunately, becoming a larger and larger part of the homeless culture. Not only do police regularly harass the homeless but TFTP has reported on incidents in which officers have confiscated blankets and tentsfrom homeless people in the middle of the winter.

Whether the dehumanization is to make way for the up and coming comic book festival or just a run of the mill sadistic police gang murder, homeless folks in the US are finding themselves in an increasingly hostile police state.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The criminalization of homelessness continues apace in this country.

Dec 15 09:16

FIRST TIME ANYWHERE: Australia Stops Sex Offender From Leaving Country

On Monday, for the first time anywhere, a sex offender was barred from leaving the country by law, as an Australian sex offender was stopped from leaving the country.
Australian government ministers described the incident as a "world first." Foreign Minister Julie Bishop revealed the Monday occurrence to reporters at a press conference that was designed to alert the press that the law had been implemented.

Dec 15 09:12

If He's Lost Fox Viewers...

The most important poll number to come out this week had nothing to do with defeated Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore. It had to do with Fox News and Donald Trump. We'll get to the numbers in a minute.
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But there's a difference between favorable and helpful. Much of the opinion stuff essentially involves mirroring Trump's Twitter feed, attacking Trump critics and railing about the "rigged system," "fake news" and the "deep state." It's so much muchness, as the British say.
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Which brings me to those poll numbers. Suffolk University and USA Today released a poll this week which found that among people who trust Fox News the most, the president's approval rating has been sinking. His favorability among Fox devotees in June was 90 percent. In October, it was 74 percent. This week? Fifty-eight percent. If that trend continues, he will be underwater with the Fox audience long before the 2018 midterms.

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Dec 15 09:12

US states consider using powerful fentanyl to execute inmates

Fentanyl, a potent drug playing a major role in the US opioid crisis described by Donald Trump as a "plague," is now under consideration for use in lethal cocktails to execute inmates.

The states of Nevada and Nebraska are planning to supply prison executioners with the opioid painkiller -- which killed more than 20,000 people in the United States in 2016 -- drawing criticism from doctors and activists who call the move a dangerous human experiment.

They warn of serious risks posed to death row prisoners, who effectively become guinea pigs against their will.

Fentanyl, which also acts as an anesthetic, is 50 times more powerful than heroin and up to 100 times stronger than morphine.

The bid to use fentanyl as a capital punishment tool is due to a shortage of drugs normally used in lethal injections and is not grounded in scientific analysis, according to Deborah Denno, an expert on lethal injection at Fordham University.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I think that the death penalty, as carried out in the United States, is morally wrong and repugnant, because it is inevitably the poor, and poorly legally represented, criminals who have this sentence passed upon them.

A Hillary Clinton, even if she started stabbing people to death in broad daylight, in front of witnesses (of course, someone like her most probably has assassins on speed dial, but I digress), would never have such sentence imposed upon her due to her personal wealth and connections.

She would, of course, have the money to hire a "dream team" of attornies to get the charges either dropped, or substantially modified. And she would not spend one day in jail, following her plea bargain.

Not so for America's poor.

And the chain of evidence, including DNA evidence, is handled so sloppily here in the United States that there is a national student movement, called the innocence project, to exonerate wrongly accused and convicted people through examining DNA evidence:

The Innocence Project

That the US needs such an organisation is an horrific embarrassment to its judicial process.

Until we can restore life to those wrongly executed, the US penal system has no right in taking it. I am no snowflake or bleeding heart; but life incarceration at hard labor, seems to me to be a reasonable alternative to execution.

Dec 15 09:08

Man charged with raping stepdaughter, keeping her captive for 19 years

A federal grand jury in Oklahoma has indicted a 63-year-old man accused of kidnapping his stepdaughter and holding her captive for 19 years in Mexico and elsewhere while fathering her nine children.

Dec 15 09:08

8-year-old Imani McCray may have hung herself after seeing report of another girl's suicide

An 8-year-old girl from New Jersey committed suicide over the weekend, and sources close to the investigation are reportedly saying she may have been inspired by a story she saw on social media.

Dec 15 08:58

These Are the World’s Happiest Places

What do Denmark, Costa Rica, and Singapore have in common? Their people feel secure, have a sense of purpose, and enjoy lives that minimize stress and maximize joy. Here’s how they do it.

Dec 15 08:54

15 Things You Can Get the Government to Pay You to Do

Every year, you pay your taxes. And millions of Americans get some of that money back in the form of a tax refund. But what if there were other ways to earn your money back? Squeezing more money out of Uncle Sam’s hands can be more than just a fun thought. You can actually do many things to get the government to pay you.

Dec 15 08:54

How Much Does the Average American Give to Their Church Every Year?

The United States is a very religious country, relative to other developed nations. Religion is and has been a cornerstone of our country, and even though America’s “religiosity” has been on a downward trend in recent decades, it remains one of the most important elements of modern life for a majority of American households. But even the church (in any and all forms) has a business element to it. Religions require funding to provide for adherents, and that means producing some sort of revenue to keep up.

Dec 15 08:49

COLOGNE OFFICIALS TO COMBAT NYE SEX ATTACKS WITH 'TOLERANCE' WRISTBANDS

The city of Cologne has announced they will be handing out "respect" wristbands to encourage understanding between individuals on New Year's Eve and prevent the kind of sex attacks that occurred in 2015. The wristbands are part of a new campaign called "respect" which is sponsored by the city government and controversial Cologne Mayor Henriette Reker. Many have slammed Reker and the campaign on social media likening it to comments she made shortly after the 2015 attacks calling on women to keep men at "arm's length", Kronen Zeitung reports.

At a press conference, Reker said that the campaign would focus on telling people not to sexually attack others or shoot fireworks at individuals, buildings or police. The wristbands themselves are meant to inform others to be respectful when approaching the wearer and prevent potential sex attacks.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

To the women of Cologne: your mayor is an absolute epic fail on this issue.

You will be better served by getting training in those martial arts classes which are still legal, buying personal protection which is still legal, and travelling in groups when you are outside your work environment.

Only when immigrant males understand that you are not to be messed with, because you actually understand how to hurt them if forced to, and badly, will they back off.

Dec 15 08:46

PICTURED: Drugs 'Queenpin' behind multi-million dollar weed 'fortress' is busted 'netting a fortune and using it to fund lavish lifestyle' as a respected mom in upscale California neighborhood .

Stephanie Smith, a 43-year-old mother from the upscale neighborhood of Pacific Palisades, was operating a massive pot growing operation
Police received complaints from neighbors of a nearby 'empty' warehouse that was part of a operation with over 24,000 plants

Dec 15 08:42

WHY DOES THE NEW $1 BILLION US EMBASSY IN LONDON NEED THE FIRST MOAT SINCE MEDIEVAL TIMES

If you google “London moats”, you’ll probably alight on a link which will take you to “London’s Top 10 Moats: A Spotter’s Guide”. We had no idea there were so many and could only think of the “obvious” one surrounding the Tower of London, even if it’s waterless these days. According to the guide, a defensive ditch has surrounded the Tower since its origins in the eleventh century. The moat, which contained water from the thirteenth century until the 1840s, helps to protect the roughly cuboid “White Tower” keep, which gives the Tower of London its name. Built by William the Conqueror in 1078, the White Tower was resented as a symbol of oppression inflicted on London by the new ruling elite.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is "power projection", writ large, in Architecture; ugly, impersonal, cold, hostile,ruthless, and heartless, just as is the American deep state and its agenda.

This... is the kind of architecture signed off on by a government both terrified of its own people figuring out what it has done, with their money, and in their name, and terrified of the people around the world who are furious at the US government having expropriated their resources, to which this government has no moral right.

Dec 15 08:30

REPORT: RICH TO GET STILL RICHER AS WORLD INEQUALITY GROWS

Global inequality has stabilized at high levels in recent years, a report said Friday, despite gains among the poor in China and much milder disparities in incomes and wealth in Western Europe.

The World Inequality Report 2018 is based on a massive, interactive collection of data compiled by an international team of researchers that includes renowned economists Thomas Piketty and Emmanuel Saez.

It shows inequality has soared since 1980 although the global top “1 percent” saw their share of global income slip slightly after the 2008 financial crisis, to just above 20 percent. At the same time, the share of global income going to the bottom 50 percent rose slightly, to just under 10 percent, thanks to gains in populous, fast-growing China and India.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mike and I consistently advocate for completely peaceful protests, as are protected under the Constitution and Bill of Rights; anything else in this country will cause the American Deep State to respond with removal of said protesters with extreme, and lethal, prejudice.

And I am talking about assassinations of unarmed citizens: yes, the American government will do this.

Dec 15 08:25

How long you can REALLY keep cheese in the fridge for (and some last for more than a MONTH after you’ve opened them)

Hard cheeses like Parmesan last the longest: up to six weeks once opened
They last even longer before they've been opened: up to six months
Semi-hard cheeses such as Gouda last up to three weeks once opened
Soft cheeses have the shortest shelf life, and last for two weeks once opened

Dec 15 08:23

WEAPONS WENT FROM THE CIA TO ISIS IN LESS THAN TWO MONTHS, NEW STUDY REVEALS

Mainstream media in 2013: "Conspiracy Theorists!"
Mainstream media in 2017: "ISIS Got a Powerful Missile the CIA Bought!"
Years late to the party, mainstream media outlets like USA Today, Reuters, and Buzzfeed are just out with "breaking" and "exclusive" stories detailing how a vast arsenal of weapons sent to Syria by the CIA in cooperation with US allies fuelled the rapid growth of ISIS. Buzzfeed's story entitled, Blowback: ISIS Got A Powerful Missile The CIA Secretly Bought In Bulgaria [4], begins by referencing "a new report on how ISIS built its arsenal highlights how the US purchased munitions, intended for Syrian rebels, that ended up in the hands of the terrorist group."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have to wonder just how much that definition "indirectly allowed" is real, or just for American consumption, to allow Americans to still entertain the complete and utter fantasy that this supply was not deliberate on the part of the American government.

Dec 15 07:56

Alt-Left plans to roll out nationwide ‘rapid response’ if FBI Mueller is fired from Trump-Russia investigation

The Alt-Left group MoveOn.org is planning to roll out massive nationwide ‘rapid response,’ rallies, that “will begin hours after news breaks of a Mueller firing,” according to a new event post on the group’s official website.

Dec 15 07:51

UK Tribunal Court Validates WikiLeaks as ‘Media Organization'

A UK tribunal court ruled Thursday that the 11-year-old WikiLeaks, which has caused so much controversy in its short existence, is in fact a "media organization."

Dec 15 07:50

Humans Fight Back: San Fran Security Robot Attacked, Knocked Over, Smeared With Feces

Within a week of the robot starting its automated route along the sidewalks, some people setting up a camp put a tarp over it, knocked it over and put barbecue sauce on all the sensors.

Dec 15 07:47

Mississippi school waits three days before telling parents about child's suicide note

A 10-year-old Mississippi boy was so affected by bullying, he left a suicide note at school, saying he would kill himself if the bullying didn't stop.
On top of that, it was days before his guardians found out about that plea for help. The boy's grandparents say his teacher, at McCoy Elementary School in Yazoo City, found the note Monday.

Dec 15 07:47

Japan pledges $2.9 billion to support countries pursuing universal health coverage

Japan will contribute about $2.9 billion to programs combating infectious disease and treating young children in developing countries that are pursuing universal health coverage, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Thursday at an international forum on the topic in Tokyo.

Dec 15 07:46

HORRIFIC: Journalist Accuses Trump Jr. Of Abusing Women . . . At Age Three

According to reporter Virginia Heffernan, former staffer for Politico and The New York Times (and now host of the "TrumpCast" podcast), Donald Trump Jr. has a rap sheet of abusing women, beginning at age three when he said to a teacher, "F**k you, b**ch!"

Dec 15 07:35

Blame Women With 'Cleavage so Deep [It's] Down to the Floor,' for Sexual Harassment, Congresswoman Says

A Democratic congresswoman told a group of colleagues Wednesday that she believed some female lawmakers and aides invite sexual harassment by wearing revealing clothing.

“I saw a member yesterday with her cleavage so deep it was down to the floor,” said Representative Marcy Kaptur of Ohio, sources told Politico. “And what I’ve seen … it's really an invitation.” Kaptur was in a closed-door Democratic caucus meeting intended to address sexual harassment issues when she made the comments.

Kaptur went on to suggest that women should consider adopting military-style uniforms in order to dismay potential harassers. “Maybe I’ll get booed for saying this, but many companies and the military [have] a dress code,” she said. “I have been appalled at some of the dress of... members and staff. Men have to wear ties and suits.”

Dec 15 07:31

Strzok-Page Text Messages Reveal ‘God Complex’: ‘You’re Meant to Protect the Country From That Menace’

In the first round of text messages revealed, Strzok’s mistress Lisa Page sent a text to the Trump-hating FBI agent she was cheating on her husband with saying, ‘Trump should go f*ck himself’.

Lovely.

The two lovebirds also called Trump ‘loathsome’ and an ‘idiot’.

They sent so many text messages to each other, many wonder if they actually got any work done.

Other text exchanges reveal these FBI agents had a ‘God complex’ as if they are in their position at the FBI to ‘protect the country from that menace’ (Trump).

Dec 15 07:27

From The Weekly Standard with BEX

From Iran with Love

The Iranians are giving their missiles to groups using them to attack an international civilian airport in a G-20 country. Is anyone going to do something about it?

Nikki Haley on Thursday presented what she described as undeniable evidence that Iran is supplying arms to militants in Yemen and charged that Tehran is fueling conflict in Lebanon, Iraq, and Syria—activities that she said fly in the face of United Nations resolutions.

The U.N. ambassador stood in front of a large, orange-black recovered missile and other weapons debris, gathered from military attacks, that she said “might as well have had ‘made in Iran’ stickers all over” them.

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(*oh christ!)

Dec 15 06:59

There Are Lots of Good Reasons to Kill Net Neutrality; Also, to Keep It

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So let’s reduce the issue to its simplest form and try to explain why both options are bad.

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Dec 15 06:12

CA, NY & WA taking steps to fight back after repeal of NN

The Federal Communications Commission may have voted to roll back net neutrality rules, but some state lawmakers and attorneys general say they'll battle the feds to make sure online traffic is treated equally.

Dec 15 06:11

UPS loses Family’s $846K Inheritance, Offers to Refund $32 Shipping Fee

A Canadian man says he’s broke after the United Parcel Service lost track of his inheritance.
The intended $846,000 delivery was a bank draft from TD Canada Trust, which still hasn’t refunded the lost fortune 10 months later. Instead, UPS offered an apology and $32 to pay for the mailing costs, according to a CBC News report.

Dec 15 05:54

How Matt Lauer seduced a Today PA into dressing room 'hostage-style' sex sessions when she asked for career advice and later sabotaged her future in media

Addie Zinone was a 24-year-old PA at Today fresh out of college when she began to have a sexual relationship with Matt Lauer she writes in an essay for Variety
It began after she asked him for career advice and he took her to lunch, then asked her to meet him in the dressing room at work for sex
The relationship ended weeks later with Lauer asking Zinone to meet him for sex one last time in a bathroom at a convention center in California during the DNC

Dec 15 05:51

'Just be­cause I'm on benefits shouldn't mean they miss out': Mother-of-six defends spending £2,000 to give her children 11 Christmas presents EACH as she says 'it's our money so b****r off'

Mother-of-six Claire Young receives an average of £850-a-week in benefits
She revealed on This Morning that she's splashed out £2,000 on Christmas gifts
She defended her spending saying 'it's our money...so people can b****er off'
She buys 11 presents for her six children - spending £300 on each of them

Dec 15 05:36

Kushner and Saudi Crown Prince… the Wunderkinds Wreak Havoc

Trump’s rash declaration of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel is so out of whack with global opinion and decades of international legal rulings, one has to surmise that the initiative stems from dubious inspiration.

Turns out that the likely authors of the harebrained idea are Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner (36), and 32-year-old Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman (MbS).

Kushner, a dodgy property dealer with no diplomatic experience, is Trump’s unelected top aide, assigned to seal the “deal of the century” – meaning bring peace between the Palestinians and Israelis.

Like the Saudi Crown Prince, with whom Kushner is said to be close friends, the two neophytes think of themselves as “creative innovators”. Wunderkinds.

Numerous critics disagree>>>

Dec 15 05:21

The FCC Officially Votes To Kill Net Neutrality

Yes, Net Neutrality Is Being Stolen From Us in a "F"-ed Up, Undemocratic Heist

Dec 15 05:09

America’s Painful Self-delusion

America is the only nation brought forth by a set of beliefs, and those beliefs, captured so eloquently in our founding documents, are some of the most powerful and inspiring ever conceived. We consider this to be the land of the free, where the individual is supreme and nothing prevents us from going as far as our talents can take us. That image of America – that “brand” – is incredibly strong.

However, there’s a very large gap between that long-held image and the reality of America today.>>>

Dec 15 05:05

NASA finds a second solar system as big as ours: Google AI hunt finds an EIGHTH planet orbiting distant Kepler 90 star in breakthrough in hunt for aliens

NASA has discovered an eighth planet around a previously discovered distant star system
Means Kepler 90 system now ties with our own in number of planets orbiting its star
The system, Kepler 90, was previously tied with Trappist-1 for number of planets around the star
The latest find was made using artificial intelligence from Google, which will help find habitable planets
The satellite has been searching the stars for distant worlds since 2014, and has so far found thousands

Dec 15 04:52

HUNDREDS OF TRAVELERS HAD THEIR GLOBAL ENTRY AIRPORT PRIVILEGES REVOKED

LAWYERS SAY IT’S ANOTHER MUSLIM BAN
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The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee in August and October obtained emails and documents through the Freedom of Information Act confirming that CBP revoked Global Entry memberships for hundreds of travelers from Arab and Muslim-majority countries – many of them U.S. citizens — earlier this year. And ADC’s own records show that the number of revocations exceeds what CBP has acknowledged.

Global Entry is one of four CBP Trusted Traveler Programs that allow vetted U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, and nationals from nine countries expedited entry through airport security and customs. In order to obtain Global Entry clearance, applicants must provide biometric records and undergo interviews and background checks. Days after President Donald Trump signed a hotly contested executive order restricting immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries, about 30 Muslim and Arab travelers in the United States reported to ADC that CBP revoked their Global Entry clearances, according to immigration attorneys Andrew Free and Greg Siskind, who filed a lawsuit on ADC’s behalf.

“What has happened, in practice, is that people who were once able — by the virtue of Global Entry — to escape the constant racial and ethnic profiling they faced when traveling have now been suddenly, and without explanation, denied that privilege”>>>

(*Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.)

Dec 15 04:20

‘Netanyahu is calling shots as US beats drums of war vs Iran' – CIA veteran

The US envoy to the UN, Nikki Haley, was dancing to Israel’s tune by calling for a Western coalition against Iran while posing in front of the wreckage of a missile, former CIA officer Ray McGovern told RT, saying the spectacle was aimed at distracting attention from Yemen.

“I think that Netanyahu is calling the shots. Look, Jerusalem has just been recognized as the capital of Israel, Nikki Haley is getting on this bandwagon. She sees this as being very propitious for her, politically,” McGovern said.
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The supposed proof provided by Haley of Iran’s alleged violation of the UN resolutions pales when compared to the scope of violations committed by US-backed Saudi Arabia, Iran’s archrival, McGovern said.

“It’s giving hypocrisy a bad name>>>

Dec 15 04:05

Will The Globalists Use The New Net Neutrality Rules To Shut Off Access To Alternative News Websites?

Many are applauding the FCC’s decision to repeal net neutrality, but I believe that this is a huge mistake.  Hopefully the worst case scenarios will not play out, but if they do we could be looking at the end of the Internet as we know it today.

Dec 15 03:53

'I hope you break your leg’ - fans bombard US Olympic skier with angry messages over Trump comments

US alpine skiing Olympic champion Lindsey Vonn has talked about the backlash she received following her recent interview on CNN, saying that Trump supporters wished that she would ‘break her neck.
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None of us work tirelessly for years on end to compete in the Olympics on behalf of Democrats or Republicans. The Olympics are a non-political event, a chance for everyone to put aside their differences and be on the same ‘team.’ My recent comments opened up my eyes as to how divided we are right now. It is hurtful to read comments where people are hoping I break my neck or that God is punishing me for being ‘anti-Trump,’” she added.

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(*The Trump Base' Inquisition expands to the world stage)

Dec 15 03:32

Bitcoin Terror Financing - Here come the regulations!

No surprise.... This will be the angle used to reign in cryptos

Dec 14 18:52

Long Island Woman Indicted For Funding ISIS With Bitcoin

With intriguingly coincidental timing, as cryptocurrencies reach mainstream and grab the world's attention, the US Justice Department has unsealed a grand-jury indictment that shows a Long Island woman has been indicted on charges that she tried to funnel money to ISIS using Bitcoin.

Dec 14 18:43

Trump and Putin discuss North Korea chaos over phone call

The pair discussed bilateral relations and the situation in the Korean Peninsula during a telephone call, the Kremlin said in a statement this evening.

Both leaders agreed to continue contacts, the Kremlin added, but did not provide further details.

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