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Jul 20 13:29

Female cop fired for being a member of Proud Boys Girls.

Deputy fired over Proud Boys sweatshirt

media -- Group is associated with white nationalism, misogyny, violence at political rallies

Jul 20 11:59

Kunstler On The Resistance's Displacement-Projection Syndrome

“For more than a decade, Russia has meddled in elections around the world, supported brutal dictators and invaded sovereign nations — all to the detriment of United States interests.”
— The New York Times

The Resistance sure got a case of the vapors this week over Mr. Trump’s failure to throttle America’s arch-enemy, the murderous thug V. Putin of Russia, onstage in Helsinki, as any genuine Marvel Comix hero is expected to do when facing consummate evil. Instead, the Golden Golem of Greatness voiced some doubts about the veracity of our “intelligence community” — as the shape-shifting Moloch of black ops likes to call itself, as if it were a kindly service organization in Mr. Rogers neighborhood, collecting dimes for victims of childhood cancer.

Jul 20 11:56

Israel's Defense Minister Says "Large And Painful Military Operation" Set For Gaza

After last weekend's significant escalation in Gaza involving Israeli airstrikes on 40 targets, which reportedly killed two teens and wounded over a dozen others, and over 30 rockets launched by Hamas toward southern Israel, all signs are currently pointing toward a broader outbreak of fighting as in new comments the Israeli defense minister is preparing the public for "a large and painful military operation" to come.

Israeli officials and media have broadly referred to this latest flare-up of hostilities as the biggest attack since Operation Protective Edge in 2014, and now Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman is warning that Israel is prepared to go to war if Gazans don't cease releasing incendiary kites and balloons in attempts to set communities and farmlands in southern Israel ablaze.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: expect an Israeli genocide of Gaza shortly.

Jul 20 11:50

Troubled waters: Maxine Waters fans BURN THE FLAG and protest Trump outside her LA office after she warned right-wing militia were planning to demonstrate there... but they never turned up

Maxine Waters supporters set fire to the American flag outside the Democratic firebrand's Los Angeles office Thursday as way to counter an anticipated protest by a far-right militia group who never showed.

A modest few dozen people made their rebellious appearance despite a previous request by the congresswoman that supporters not be baited into confrontation with the Oath Keepers.

South Los Angeles residents joined activist groups as well as union workers, church leaders and more for the midday demonstration.

Shocking photographs captured outside the field office show the crowd stomping on the flag before circling around the stars and stripes as they cheer when it erupts into flames.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Although flag burning is a Constitutionally-protected form of free expression, as declared by the Supreme Court, I have to wonder, and upon looking at the images here, you might be wondering about the following issues also:

Did these demostrators really think that such a demonstration was actually going to improve the quality of their lives, as people who most likely live in the district Waters allegedly represents?!?

Or, did these demonstrators come from one of those "rent-a-mob" companies, which function nation-wide?!?

Craigslist ad: get paid $15/hour to protest at the Trump Rally

After these protests, were any one of these demonstrators chided by their employers for being late, coming back from lunch?!?

Are you aware that Waters was charged for using her position to gain a positive outcome for her husband's bank?!?

House Ethics Committee Charges Waters on Three Counts

And did you know... that Waters' district is so crime and gang-filled, that she won't even live there?!?

Even Maxine Waters will not live... in Maxine Waters' District!!

The Oath Keepers did not show up here, because they did not want to risk a violent confrontation, which, judging from the images here, is precisely what would have happened, had they shown up.

Jul 20 11:23

IDF strikes deep in Gaza after troops come under fire, amid talk of 4th Gaza war

The Israel Air Force launched a major wave of strikes across the Gaza Strip on Friday evening as a cabinet minister said Israel was preparing a massive response to Hamas’s failure to heed repeated Israeli warnings to end the violence along the Gaza border.

“At this time our aircraft are carrying out widespread attacks against terror targets belonging to Hamas in the Gaza Strip,” the IDF said, adding that this came after the “serious shooting incident against our forces,” referring to sniper fire at IDF troops during a riot on the border earlier in the day.

Following the strikes, rocket warning sirens wailed in communities around Gaza. At least two projectiles were intercepted by the Iron Dome system and another fell in an open field, the army said. There were no reports of projectiles falling in Israeli communities or injuries.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

While the US is embroiled with faux Trumpophobic and Russiaphobic charges, stemming from the Helsinki summit between Trump and Putin, Tel Aviv may believe that this is, very possibly, the best possible time for the IDF to simply bomb evertying that moves in Gaza, including infants, women, and the medically fragile elderly, and figures Netanyahu can give his rationale for the genocide to Trump later.

There has already been a major call for the IDF to expect a military action against Gaza soon.

Israeli Army told to prepare for larg scale military operation in Gaza

Jul 20 11:13

China and South Korea will displace the West as the world’s innovation leaders by 2029

Unless the United States takes action now to improve its innovation and commercialisation processes, it will lose its leading position by all measures of innovation by 2029, the authors of a new report have claimed. The outlook is similarly gloomy for the EU and the UK, with the study predicting that East Asian countries – mainly China and South Korea – are set to race past their western counterparts in patent grant numbers, patent quality growth, and return on R&D spend, among other metrics.

Jointly produced by the Center for Advancing Innovation (CAI) and PatSnap, the Innovation Arms Race 2018 report analyses a number of innovation indicators – such as patent effectiveness, patent efficiency and patent grants per capita - to determine which countries are the current, and will be the future, global innovation leaders. Among several important revelations, it finds that the US, EU and UK are clearly trailing behind as countries from Asia outperform those in the West.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

More evidence that this country is on its way to becoming (if it is not already) a third-world nation.

Jul 20 11:06

Gaza Patients Appeal to the World to Save Their Lives

Patients in Gaza’s hospital’s organised a sit-in in central Gaza City to appeal to the international community, Quds Press reported, Tuesday.

The sit-in included those wounded by Israel as well as rights groups. It took place in front of Erez Crossing where Gazans can pass through to receive treatment in Israel or Palestinian hospitals in West Bank.

Speakers at the sit-in said that Gaza’s hospitals suffer from shortages in medicines, lab equipment and testing materials due to the Palestinian Authority (PA) sanctions and the Israel’s siege of the strip.

The patients called for the international community to save their lives by lifting the siege and sanctions.

Spokesman of the Ministry of Health in Gaza, Ashraf al-Qidra, called for an, “immediate and unconditional end of the suffering of the Gaza patients.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Israel should be ashamed that Gaza patients have to do this, in order to get attention to the appalling conditions of Gaza's hospitals; of course, all the politicians in Tel Aviv have, collectively, had their conscience removed before they took the job in the Knesset.

Alsolease be aware that the link inside the article is from 2012; the link which should have been used is as follows: Israeli Army told to prepart for large-scale military operation in Gaza

Jul 20 11:00

Donald Trump was Elected by Russia? Mass Dementia in the Western Establishment

Where to begin to analyze the madness of mainstream media in reaction to the Trump-Putin meeting in Helsinki? By focusing on the individual, psychology has neglected the problem of mass insanity, which has now overwhelmed the United States establishment, its mass media and most of its copycat European subsidiaries. The individuals may be sane, but as a herd they are ready to leap off the cliff.

For the past two years, a particular power group has sought to explain away its loss of power – or rather, its loss of the Presidency, as it still holds a predominance of institutional power – by creation of a myth. Mainstream media is known for its herd behavior, and in this case the editors, commentators, journalists have talked themselves into a story that initially they themselves could hardly take seriously.

Donald Trump was elected by Russia?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The response to the Helsinki summit by Democrats and their presstitute cronies would be hysterically funny, if not for the serious accusations that have been raised against President Trump, to the point of labeling him a "traitor" for wanting to pursue a pathway toward building a better relationship with Russia, rather than a pathway toward war.

The real traitors to this country are those aligned with the military industrial complex, who are doing everything in their power to convince my brother and sister Americans to perceive war as the only way for the US government to achieve the geopolitical outcomes it wants, when there are certainly innumerable other ways to accomplish the US government's goals.

Jul 20 10:47

The Coming Coup to Overthrow President Trump: Sedition at the Highest Levels

The annual budget of the military/security complex is $1,000 billion. This vast sum is drawn from US taxpayers who have many unmet needs. To justify such an enormous budget a major enemy is required. The military/security complex and the media and politicians that the complex owns have designated Russia to be that enemy. The complex and its political and media agents will not permit Trump to normalize relations with Russia.

To prevent President Trump from reducing the dangerous tensions between nuclear powers that Washington has created, the military/security complex orchestrated Russiagate, a proven hoax, but believed by many due to its endless repetition. The military/security complex orchestrated the false indictments of 12 Russians. The military/security complex orchestrated the false arrest of Maria Butina, and so on and on.

Jul 20 10:45

Syria’s Assad Set to Recover Golan Frontier as Surrender Deal Agreed: Sources

President Bashar Assad is set to recover control of the Syrian frontier with the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights in a major victory over rebels who have agreed to surrender terms, sources on both sides said Thursday.

Backed by Russian air power and unopposed by Assad’s foreign adversaries, government forces have swept through southwestern Syria in the last month in one of the swiftest campaigns of the war, forcing surrender on massively outgunned rebels.

The campaign, which has already restored Assad’s control over a critical portion of the frontier with Jordan, marks another milestone in his efforts to recover control of the country fractured by more than seven years of conflict.

There was no government confirmation of the Qunaitra agreement. State media cited “reports” a deal had been reached. It was not clear when implementation would begin.

A copy of the agreement sent to Reuters by a rebel source said insurgents had negotiated the deal with Russia.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The questions here are, to what lengths will Russia and Al Assad go to recover the Golan from Israel, and to what lengths Israel will go to keep it?!?

And the other question is, what can we do to keep the US from getting caught up in this fight, which could well turn into a hot war against Russia over the Golan?!?

Jul 20 10:39

Israel declares itself apartheid state, and gov’ts must hold it accountable — Omar Barghouti

This statement was released today by the Palestinian Boycott National Committee. “Israel effectively declares itself an apartheid state. Palestinian Civil Society Reacts to Israel’s Jewish Nation-State Law.”?

Today, Israeli lawmakers gave their final approval to the “Basic Law: Israel as the Nation State of the Jewish People” bill that unambiguously defines Israel as a state that belongs exclusively to the “Jewish people.” This is despite the fact that one in five citizens of Israel is an indigenous, non-Jewish Palestinian.

Palestinian members of the Israeli Knesset condemned the law, which enjoys constitutional power, as an “apartheid law.”

Adalah, a leading Palestinian human rights organization in Israel, describes how the law “affirms the principle of apartheid in housing, land and citizenship.” It concludes that “this law constitutionally sanctions institutionalized discrimination.”

Najwan Berekda, a Palestinian citizen of Israel, reacted:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is why the world, both governments, and individuals, need to move forward with BDS movement as quickly as is humanly possible; economics is a language the Israeli people, and government, understand very clearly.

Jul 20 10:35

Cleric Sadr backs Iraq protests, calls for delay in government formation

Shi’ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, whose political bloc won Iraq’s May 12 election, called on all politicians to delay efforts to form a new government until the demands of protesters seeking better services in the south are met.

“The winning political parties in the election have to suspend all political dialogues for forming coalitions and until they meet protesters’ rightful demands,” Sadr tweeted, in his first public comments on unrest which has swept the south.

Sadr won the election by promising to alleviate poverty, create jobs and provide better services to Iraqis, many of whom have grown tired of a political elite they see as corrupt.

Thousands have protested in cities in the long neglected south, Iraq’s Shi’ite heartland.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Al Sadr is making the absolutely correct move here, and the people who supported him, are getting the sense that they are finally being listened to, and their concerns addressed. Now, Al Sadr has to figure out how to do this, and that will be no easy task.

Also, in antiwar.com, we have a companion piece, from the Unz Review, titled:

Iraqi protestors blame bad government, bad roads, bad people

Jul 20 10:29

The New Handmaids of the Warfare State – Dems and the Liberal Media

If you want to know why America is going to hell in a fiscal hand basket, it’s because the last vestige of opposition to the Warfare State and the fiscal muggings of the military/industry/intelligence complex has utterly evaporated.

We are referring, of course, to the delirious Russophobia that has overtaken the Dems and the liberal media since they had the daylights shocked out of them by the 2016 election – a state of mental derangement that has degenerated into downright hysteria since the Helsinki Summit.

It had already been the case that anti-Russian policy actions (e.g. sanctions) pass through the Congress with bipartisan greased lightening, and defense appropriations had exploded to the highest level in postwar history in real terms.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Deep State, the Democrats, and the Liberal Media, are all conspiring to insure that this country has a fiscal melt-down, and lay blame where it absolutely doesn't exist, to keep the military industrial complex rolling in dough, which will ultimately bankrupt this country.

When I saw President Trump in that press conference with President Putin, and they were talking about the potentials involved for peace, and peace won on the basis of hard-won, moral negotiations, President Trump (with whose administration I have a hug, and a (gentle, not hurting) punch relationship, was speaking .... for, and to, me.

I would believe that most sane Americans want peace, achieved through intelligent negotiations.

Jul 20 10:15

Breaking: More Evidence Uncovered Shows Obama Spied on Trump Illegally as Early as 2015

More evidence uncovered that shows that Obama team illegally spied on the Trump team as early as 2015.
As we reported previously, in early June the US Senate released over 500 pages of information related to the Spygate scandal. Hidden in the information were unredacted Strzok – Page texts that show the FBI initiated actions to insert multiple spies in the Trump campaign in December 2015.

Also, according to far left LA Times, Comey stated in March of 2017 under oath that the FBI investigation into the Trump – Russia scandal started in July 2016. But Comey appears to have lied about this.

A text message released by the US Senate showed words that were redacted when the FBI released the same texts long ago. The texts show evidence of collusion and wrongdoing by Obama’s FBI.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Why am I completely unsurprised at this development?!?

I say this because President Obama has an industrial-strength penchant for "sneaky", as evidenced by his throwing more US servicement into Yemen under his watch, at the behest of the Saudi Royal Family and government, with barely a yawn from the alleged US press about it, and to this day, the US presstitutes will not use the words "war crimes" to describe the US military's enabling of Saudi forces here.

Jul 20 10:10

Opinion: One FBI text message in Russia probe that should alarm every American

Lisa Page and Peter Strzok, the reported FBI lovebirds, are the poster children for the next “Don’t Text and Investigate” public service ads airing soon at an FBI office near you.

Their extraordinary texting affair on their government phones has given the FBI a black eye, laying bare a raw political bias brought into the workplace that agents are supposed to check at the door when they strap on their guns and badges.

It is no longer in dispute that they held animus for Donald Trump, who was a subject of their Russia probe, or that they openly discussed using the powers of their office to “stop” Trump from becoming president. The only question is whether any official acts they took in the Russia collusion probe were driven by those sentiments.

The Justice Department’s inspector general is endeavoring to answer that question.

Jul 20 10:07

Trump plans to invite Putin to Washington this fall

President Donald Trump asked his national security adviser to invite Russian President Vladimir Putin to Washington this fall, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Thursday afternoon.

The statement comes after Trump teased a second meeting with Putin on Twitter earlier in the day. Sanders says the president tasked National Security Adviser John Bolton with extending an invitation to the Russian leader.

"In Helsinki, @POTUS agreed to ongoing working level dialogue between the two security council staffs. President Trump asked @AmbJohnBolton to invite President Putin to Washington in the fall and those discussions are already underway," Sanders said in a tweet.

Trump wrote online Thursday that he is looking forward to a second sitdown with Putin, insisting that his much-criticized bilateral meeting with him on Monday was in fact a “great success” that the media have unfairly covered negatively.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

GOOD! In my world, I will take honest negotiations over war, any time.

Jul 20 10:03

WATCH: ROAD RAGING COP BEATS INNOCENT CANCER PATIENT FOR TELLING HIM TO SLOW DOWN

A deeply disturbing video has sparked an internal investigation into an Indianapolis Metropolitan Police officer after he was seen throwing an innocent man — who is recovering from brain cancer — to the ground and savagely beating him. The cop was in an apparent fit of road rage and the incident was captured on surveillance footage.

The disturbing video showed the unprovoked assault of Tom Trickle as he stood in his driveway on West Banta Road Thursday waiting for the delivery of a refrigerator.

According to several of the residents in the area, people often speed down West Banta despite it being a residential street. The IMPD officer was one of these alleged speeders.

On Thursday, the unnamed officer was on patrol in plainclothes in an unmarked car as he allegedly came flying down the road when he was spotted by Trickle.

“I think he was doing every bit of over fifty miles per hour,” said Trickle.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I will continue to post stories like this, until our (alleged) Attorney General Jeff Sessions actually does his job, and starts preventing behaviour like this against civilians by cops.

The statistics bear out the reality: there is no "war on cops" in this country; there is, however, a war against citizens by the people who are, allegedly, supposed to defend and protect them.

Jul 20 09:59

WHILE RICHEST ENJOY 'YACHTS THAT HAVE TINY YACHTS INSIDE,' ESTIMATED 400,000 PEOPLE IN US SUFFERING UNDER 'MODERN SLAVERY'

While the nation's richest and most powerful continue to enjoy the unparalleled fruits of a "New Guilded Age"—including those who have "yachts that have tiny yachts inside"them—a new report reveals that an estimated 400,000 people living in the United States live under forced servitude characterized as nothing less than "modern slavery."

According to the 2018 Global Slavery Index, published annually by the Walk Free Foundation, there are over 40 million people worldwide living under such conditions, including "one in every 800" Americans.

"The United States is one of the most advanced countries in the world yet has more than 400,000 modern slaves working under forced labor conditions," said Andrew Forrest, founder of the Walk Free Foundation. "This is a truly staggering statistic and demonstrates just how substantial this issue is globally."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And we cannot forget how the US citizens' love of cheap consumer goods fuels these conditions in countries which makes them.

Jul 20 09:57

PENTAGON: US-BACKED MILITIAS HOLDING 600 FOREIGN FIGHTERS IN CUSTODY

The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are currently holding nearly 600 foreign fighters in custody, the Pentagon told reporters yesterday.

“As of July 2018 there are nearly 600 Foreign Terrorist Fighters from more than 40 countries in SDF custody,” Pentagon spokesman Navy Commander Sean Robertson said, adding that the US military was also aware of more than 400 Syrian nationals who were also being detained by the SDF.

A US military official with the coalition told CNN that of the foreign fighters in detention, some 40 are from Russia, with around a dozen from Germany and France respectively.

The fate of foreign fighters has been subject to heightened debate since the establishment of Daesh in Syria and Iraq. US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis previously emphasised that the fighters’ countries of origins needed to take responsibility for them.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

No, Sec-Def Mattis; the countries of origin did not encourage these men to fight the duly elected Syrian government and their militaries; the US government did that!!

And if political resolutions between these militia and the Syrian government can be facilitated, so much the better for everyone.

Jul 20 05:52

NJ considers taxing tap water

FOX5NY) - Never short on ideas for things to tax, lawmakers in New Jersey are considering a tax on tap water.

Jul 20 01:10

Nearly 40 Million Americans Are Still On Food Stamps

If the U.S. economy is “doing well”, then why are almost 40 million Americans still on food stamps? That number is almost exactly where it was at the end of the last recession, and supposedly we have made so much progress since that time. Of course any progress that has been made has been extremely uneven. Earlier today, I wrote about how the gap between the rich and the poor in this country is the biggest that it has been since the 1920s. For years, the Federal Reserve’s quantitative easing program pumped “hot money” into the financial markets, and that was an enormous blessing to the top 1 percent. But meanwhile tens of millions of average families have continued to struggle and the middle class has continued to decline. In the U.S. today, 66 percent of all of our jobs pay less than 20 dollars an hour, and close to 40 million Americans rely on the federal government to feed them every month.

Jul 20 01:06

The Gap Between The Rich And The Poor In The United States Hasn’t Been This Large Since The 1920s

The rich have been getting richer and the poor have been getting poorer for so long in America that it seems like it has always been this way. But it hasn’t. In fact, between the late 1920s and the early 1970s the gap between the wealthy and the poor actually steadily got smaller. And when I was growing up in the 1980s, it seemed like everyone was middle class, but now those days are long gone. A very small sliver of society at the very top of the food chain truly is “living the high life”, while most of the rest of us are deeply struggling.

Jul 20 01:02

Government is always the enemy of your liberty

What is socialism? Nothing more than mixing apples and oranges to cook up Paradise — a recipe for disaster.

Jul 20 00:38

In Defense of the Right to Keep and Bear Arms

One of my Fox News colleagues asked me on-air the other day: Suppose we confiscated all guns; wouldn’t that keep us safe? I replied that we’d need to start with the government’s guns. Oh, no, he said. He just meant confiscation among the civilian population. I replied that then we wouldn’t be a civilian population any longer. We’d be a nation of sheep.

Jul 20 00:36

Central Banks Are Using The Trade War To Hide Their Direct Influence On Stocks

The facade will end when balance sheet cuts expand to a point at which buybacks cannot keep up and the slack in markets grows too fast. Or when stock buyback cash runs out (probably by the end of this year). The trade war can and will cause various problems within the global economy, but the greater cause of fiscal distress will always be central banks. They are to blame for any future crisis.

Jul 20 00:34

To download your ‘secret’ Facebook file, click at the top right of Facebook’s navigation bar and select Settings. Then click “Download a copy of your Facebook data” beneath General Account Settings and click the green button. Then wait ten minutes and you

To download your ‘secret’ Facebook file, click at the top right of Facebook’s navigation bar and select Settings. Then click “Download a copy of your Facebook data” beneath General Account Settings and click the green button. Then wait ten minutes and you should receive an email letting you know that “surveillance capitalism” is alive and well.

Jul 19 14:00

Rep. Maxine Waters urges counter-demonstrators to stay away from planned far-right protest at her office

Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Los Angeles) has made a reputation of being one of President Trump’s most outspoken critics, and has even told people to “push back” on administration officials they spot in public. Now, Waters may have some rowdy critics of her own to contend with.

The Oath Keepers, a far-right anti-government group that purports to have many veterans as members, has said that they will be protesting outside Waters’ district office in South Los Angeles on Thursday afternoon. Calling Waters a “protest terrorist inciter,” the group, publicized the planned gathering on Twitter and said they intended to “stand against terrorism, stand for freedom of speech and association, in support of ICE/Border Patrol as they enforce constitutional immigration laws.”

Jul 19 13:04

Lisa Page Busts FBI Brass, Clinton Emails Went To China

Joint House committee hearings concerning Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, and their possible political bias that may have influenced the harassment of Donald Trump and his campaign has revealed interesting information.

During closed-door sessions in front of the house, she revealed reams of interesting information, much of it outing top FBI officials or accusing them of misconduct. Indeed, some of the information she provided suggests that there is an ongoing bureau-wide ‘criminal intelligence’ cover-up of the 33,000 missing emails from the Hillary Clinton server. It almost seems like Page is afraid of being the scapegoat left holding the bag, so she’s come clean before that can happen.

During questioning in front of the House, Lisa Page, who was involved in an affair with Federal Bureau of Investigation Agent Peter Strzok, tossed former director James Comey and deputy director Andrew McCabe, her former lover, Bill Priestap, and more under the bus, according to federal sources.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Holy crud, folks: if these allegations prove true, this could be the "smoking gun" on Hillary Clinton, worthy of a trial on high crimes and misdemeanors against her country.

Jul 19 12:59

A SET-UP? Deep State FBI Knew Russian Maria Butina Was Working the NRA and Conservatives But Did Not Warn Them She Was a Spy (VIDEO)

Butina was charged with conspiracy to act as an agent of the Russian Federation and is being held without bond.

On Wednesday night investigative reporter John Solomon told Lou Dobbs that the FBI knew about Butina and her operations but they did not warn the conservatives who she was cozying up to.
This is a STUNNING development.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I know that my attitude toward the Unhinged, Surveilled State of Amerika could be seen by some as cynical; but I swear, in moments like this, with this new revelation, I just cannot keep up!

Jul 19 12:56

Trump: ‘Reckless’ media pushing for ‘major confrontation with Russia that could lead to war’

Donald Trump says that recent hysteria whipped up by the “Fake News Media” about his summit with Vladimir Putin shows that the US press is eager for a “major confrontation” with Russia, one that could even lead to war.
“The Fake News Media wants so badly to see a major confrontation with Russia, even a confrontation that could lead to war. They are pushing so recklessly hard and hate the fact that I’ll probably have a good relationship with Putin. We are doing MUCH better than any other country!” the US president tweeted on Thursday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

President Trump is absolutely correct in his assessment here.

And there is a companion piece, also from whatdoesitmean.com, with the following headline:

Rand Paul Blocks Sander's Russia Resolution, calls it "crazy hatred"

Jul 19 12:52

BANKRUPT CHICAGO PONDERS UNIVERSAL BASIC INCOME, OBAMA SINGS HALLELUJAH

Socialist fools are giving high fives and singing hallelujah as a Chicago alderman seeks a "free money" trial.

The Intercept reports Chicago May be the Largest US City to Try Universal Basic Income.

Chicago Alderman Ameya Pawar is worried about the future.

He is concerned that a coming wave of automation could put millions of people out of work and result in more extreme politics.

Pointing to investments in autonomous vehicles by companies like Tesla, Amazon, and Uber, Pawar observed that long-haul trucking jobs, historically a source of middle-class employment, may become obsolete. More people out of work means more political polarization, says Pawar.”We have to start talking about race and class and geography, but also start talking about the future of work as it relates to automation. All of this stuff is intertwined.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I do agree with Pawar that the nature of work is changing, fundamentally, exponentially, and right the heck now.

But my question to him would be, why not educate youngsters, and retrain people, for the jobs which will actually exist, in the next decade of so?!?

That seems to make far greater sense, economically and financially, rather than creating a permanent underclass of American citizens.

Jul 19 12:44

GALLUP SHOWS HOW MUCH AMERICANS REALLY CARE ABOUT THE "SITUATION WITH RUSSIA"

While ever-hope-filled expectations among the left are for a 'blue wave' in the Mid-term elections, we suspect things may not turn out quite as planned given the last week's "crisis". Even before President Trump had set foot in Helsinki, the left and the media were banging the drums of war against "the thug" Putin and how he would trump Trump, and once the press conference furore was over, all hell broke loose as the left-leaning world attempted to out-signal one another's virtue as to the "treasonous", "surrender" that had occurred.

So much so - in fact - that the internet became 'full' of "Trump" and "Treason" chatter - more so even than when he joked in July 2016 about Russia having Hillary's missing 30,000 emails.

Once again - the "Russia, Russia, Russia" cries drowned out any sane discussion of the end of cold war 2.0.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It appears that whatever tenuous grip on reality the Democrats may have had in times past, has abandoned them completely, ahead of the midterms.

Jul 19 12:40

ISRAEL PASSES JEWISH-ONLY 'NATIONAL SELF-DETERMINATION' LAW DESPITE OUTCRY

The Israeli Knesset has approved the 'nation-state bill' that promotes Jewish-only settlements, downgrades Arab language status and limits the right to self-determination to Jews. Arab MPs chided the law as racist.
The bill, which has the status of a basic law (approximately the same as a constitutional law in countries with a written constitution), was passed overnight to Thursday with 62 votes in favor and 55 against after hours of fierce argument and debate. It will now come into force as soon as it's published in the Knesset's Official Gazette.

The law, which had been in the works since 2011, has sparked a wave of protests, which spilled over the Israeli border and angered the influential Jewish diaspora in the US.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The passage of this bill sets the stage for a complete annexation of Gaza, the West Bank, and East Jerusalem, and by any means necessary, including assassinations.

It is no accident that two days ago, the following article appeared ini the timesofisrael.com Israeli Army told to prepare for a large-scale military operation in Gaza

The drop-dead date is Friday of this week, and the Israeli government sent an ultimatum to Hamas to stop sending incendiary kites into Israel; of course, even if Hamas complies, one can fully expect a false flag, burning kite incident to speed up the campaign as of tomorrow.

Jul 19 12:33

THIS BOT TWEETS PHOTOS AND NAMES OF PEOPLE WHO BOUGHT 'DRUGS' ON VENMO

On Tuesday, Motherboard reported on a project called Public By Default, in which a researcher took publicly available data on Venmo transactions, and was then able to identify granular aspects of users’ lives, including a married couple going to the vet, shopping at Walmart, and ordering particular takeout food.

With that project, the researcher did not publicly release her dataset, and only reported the anonymized findings. Now, a separate programmer has gone in the opposite direction. A new bot called “Who’s buying drugs on Venmo” tweets the usernames and photos of Venmo users who have marked their transaction with a particular drug keyword or emoji.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I cannot begin to characterise the "creep factor" this data aggregation brings to the table; the question that must be asked, however, is what other sites make data access vulnerable in this way?!?

Jul 19 12:23

ZUCKERBERG WARNS BREAK-UP OF FACEBOOK WILL LEAD TO CHINESE TECH DOMINANCE

Calls to break up Facebook in order to even out the playing field for competitors would result in a Chinese tech companies filling the void, said the social network’s co-founder Mark Zuckerberg.
He pointed to the fact that the Chinese firms which will likely step in and dominate don’t have traditional American values.

“I think you have this question from a policy perspective, which is, ‘do we want American companies to be exporting across the world?’” Zuckerberg said in an interview with technology news website Recode. “I think that the alternative, frankly, is going to be the Chinese companies.”

The social media tycoon added: “I think you can bet that, if the government here is worried about — whether it’s election interference or terrorism — I don’t think Chinese companies are going to want to cooperate as much and aid the national interest there.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Values", Mr. Zuckerberg?!?

Are you speaking, please, about the "values' you exhibited in trying to swing the 2016 election to Hillary Clinton?!?

Facebook has a number of compeditors; I just hope that one of them gets big enough to confront you professionally, and calls you out for attempting to influence elections in the future.

Jul 19 12:15

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA CAR WASH MOGUL TO PAY $4.2 MILLION FOR CHEATING 800 WORKERS

A Southern California car wash mogul cited for cheating more than 800 workers and destroying evidence will pay $4.2 million in back wages and penalties after a two-year court battle with federal authorities.

Vahid David Delrahim, of Los Angeles, failed to pay his workers minimum wage or overtime at a dozen car washes in Orange, Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Ventura counties, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

A consent decree approved this week by U.S. District Court Judge Fernando Olguin orders Delrahim to pay $1.9 million in back wages and another $1.9 million in damages to the workers. In addition, he is fined $400,000 in civil penalties.

“This landmark case sends a powerful message that the Department of Labor will use strong law enforcement and litigation tools to protect employees and level the playing field for law-abiding employers,” said Juan Coria, the wage and hour division’s acting regional commissioner.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

(sigh) The ability to be evil, and successfully profit from employee ignorance, appears to know no boundaries in this country.

Jul 19 12:12

WELLS FARGO CAUGHT IN YET ANOTHER SCANDAL

Given the seemingly unceasing stream of scandal that has flowed out of Warren Buffett's favorite bank, Wells Fargo, it's hardly surprising that after doing everything from illegally repossessing the cars of American soldiers to fraudulently "cross-selling" credit cards and other products to millions of customers, the bank is now being called out for adding opaque products to the accounts of hundreds of thousands of customers - for services like pet insurance and legal services - without first explaining how to use them.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am having an industrial strength, Jean-Luc Picard double face-palm, upon reading this; the leadership here at Wells Fargo appears to be pathologically incapable of treating their clients honestly and honorably.

Were I a client of Wells Fargo right now, I would close my account right now.

Jul 19 12:09

TRADE WAR WITH CHINA MORPHS INTO CURRENCY WAR: BIGGEST LOSER IS THE EU

Those who think "trade wars are good and easy to win" need to stop and reflect on currency wars.

Trump's "logic" rests on the notion that China has a huge trade surplus and the US can hurt China more than China can hurt the US.

Such logic is seriously misguided.

Trade is not a zero sum game. One does not gain by losing less. Losing is losing.
Yes, Trump is correct that the US can place more tariffs on Chinese goods than China can place on US goods. However, Trump cannot ignore US farmers, but the unelected leaders in China can suppress all dissent.
The US dollar floats, the Renmimbi (Yuan) doesn't. Thus, China can manipulate it currency, albeit with risks of capital flight, to mitigate some or all of US tariffs.
Currency charts can be confusing. Sometimes up is down and sometimes down is up, It depends on which currency is fist. The lead chart shows a 7.4% decline in the yuan vs the US dollar since April 16.

Meanwhile the dollar index itself has advanced.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

President Trump has a history of being an incredible businessman; why he is accepting such lousy advice in the instance of these tariffs is utterly beyond me.

Jul 19 12:06

ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER PILE OF VOTER DATA LEFT LAYING AROUND ON A PUBLIC SERVER

Leaving private voter or customer data easily accessible on a public-facing server is the hot new fashion trend. You'll recall that it's a problem that has plagued the Defense Department, GOP data firm Deep Root Analytics (198 million voter records exposed), Verizon's marketing partners (6 million users impacted), Time Warner Cable (4 million users impacted), and countless other companies or partners that failed to implement even basic security practices. And it's a trend that shows no sign of slowing down despite repeated, similar stories (much of it thanks to analysis by security researcher Chris Vickery).

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Absoflippinglutely unbelievable!!

Jul 19 11:50

Mrs. Christine Assange --- Free my son!

Mrs. Christine Assange

Free my son!

Jul 19 10:21

‘HUSH’ IS THE NEW LAW IN ISRAEL

Israel can now ban critics of the occupation from giving presentations to school children, according to a law passed Monday night by Israel’s parliament, the Knesset. Known as the“Breaking the Silence” law.

Jul 19 10:07

Mark Zuckerberg Says Infowars Can Remain on Facebook But It’s Content Will Be Censored

Zuckerberg told Recode that Infowars can remain on Facebook.

But he followed this up by saying Infowars would be censored and shadow-banned like most top conservative websites.

Jul 19 10:06

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg backtracks on comments about Holocaust deniers

Facebook may be locked in a battle against fake news, and now CEO Mark Zuckerberg is backtracking on claims that the social network won’t ban Holocaust deniers.

Zuckerberg gave the explanation to Recode after the site aired audio of the Facebook founder claiming “abhorrent” content, the New York Post reported, had a right to spread across his massive social media network.

“I personally find Holocaust denial deeply offensive, and I absolutely didn’t intend to defend the intent of people who deny that,” Zuckerberg told the website later. “Of course if a post crossed a line into advocating for violence or hate against a particular group, it would be removed. … These issues are very challenging but I believe that often the best way to fight offensive bad speech is with good speech.”

Earlier, Zuckerberg had spoken differently.

Jul 19 10:02

Instagram censors Planned Parenthood meme posted by black activist… the PURGE of speech continues

Instagram has censored a factually correct meme that reveals more black lives are killed by abortion every two weeks than were killed in an entire century of lynching by the KKK.

The claim is factually true, but Instagram doesn’t like truth when it reveals the murder rate of Planned Parenthood. Here’s the full story via the Christian Post:

Instagram deleted a meme comparing the number of blacks lynched by the Ku Klux Klan to the number of black fetuses aborted by Planned Parenthood.

Ryan Bomberger, black co-founder of the pro-life Radiance Foundation who was conceived during the rape of his mother, is defending a controversial meme he created blasting abortion giant Planned Parenthood as worse than the KKK after Instagram said it encourages violence.

Jul 19 07:58

Gohmert_Mueller_UNMASKED.pdf

Sitting Congressman Gohmert (former judge) formally accuses Mueller of being a traitorous murderer and 9/11 conspirator! -

Jul 18 15:54

US Media is Losing Its Mind Over Trump-Putin Press Conference

The reaction of the U.S. establishment media and several political leaders to President Donald Trump’s press conference after his summit meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday has been stunning.

Jul 18 15:49

Strzok Farce Shows Obstacles to Opening TWA 800 Case

As the Strzok hearing made clear, the Democrats in Congress have no interest in the truth. Should the TWA 800 case ever make it to a congressional committee, the Democrats will feverishly obstruct any progress.

Jul 18 15:31

When the government knows what’s best for you

When government “nudges” people into new behaviors, resistance is often ugly.

Jul 18 15:05

IRS to Revoke 362,000 Passports From US Citizens

If you own your home… think again. Even if you have your mortgage fully paid off, you still have to pay property tax. This means that it’s ultimately the government who really owns your property. You’re just renting it from them. And if they believe (in their sole discretion) that you owe them property tax, they’ll take the property away from you.

Jul 18 15:02

Largest Voting Machine Vendor in US Admits Its Systems Had Remote-Access Software Installed

A bombshell revelation on the security of voting in the United States has just surfaced in the form of a letter from the country’s largest voting machine manufacturer. The company, Election Systems and Software (ES&S) admitted that despite denying previous allegations of its voting systems coming installed with remote-access software, their systems did, indeed, allow for remote connections.

Jul 18 10:52

Pro-gun rocker Ted Nugent turns away firearms from his Roanoke show

(This guy is an amazing hypocrite!) ROANOKE, Va. - Famous rocker Ted Nugent performed in Roanoke on Tuesday night despite protests in the weeks leading up to the show. Nugent is a gun rights supporter and encourages open carry, but his fans were told at the last minute that they were not allowed to bring their guns inside the Berglund Performing Arts Theater. It was Ted Nugent's management that made the decision to not allow guns into the show. The Berglund Center said because it is city owned, it can't keep guns out unless the performers are the ones who request it, and that it was actually in Nugent's contract all along..."Given the things that have happened in nightclubs like the Pulse and what happened in Manchester, (Nugent's) security people are taking extra precautions," Schon said. "They are not novices; they are very seasoned people."

Jul 18 08:50

More cover-up questions The curious murder of Seth Rich poses questions that just won’t stay under the official rug By James A. Lyons

The facts that we know of in the murder of the DNC staffer, Seth Rich, was that he was gunned down blocks from his home on July 10, 2016. Washington Metro police detectives claim that Mr. Rich was a robbery victim, which is strange since after being shot twice in the back, he was still wearing a $2,000 gold necklace and watch. He still had his wallet, key and phone. Clearly, he was not a victim of robbery.

This has all the earmarks of a targeted hit job. However, strangely no one has been charged with this horrific crime, and what is more intriguing is that no law enforcement agency is even investigating this murder. According to other open sources, Metro police were told by their “higher ups” that if they spoke about the case, they will be immediately terminated. It has been claimed that this order came down from very high up the “food chain,” well beyond the D.C. mayor’s office. Interesting.

Jul 18 08:37

If you think the tech giants merely want to ban Infowars, think again: Here’s the list of what they’ll ban next

The left-wing media has become a dangerous lynch mob, desperately calling for Infowars to be completely “deplatformed” (blacklisted) from all prominent online platforms.

The calls for such drastic censorship action against Infowars censor around an array of utterly false accusations which fraudulently assert that Alex Jones claimed no children died in the Parkland shootings — a claim that is utterly false and fraudulent. Jones never uttered any such thing, and no one has produced a single video clip of him making such an assertion.

Regardless of your opinion of Alex Jones and Infowars, what’s at stake for all of us is far greater than one man and one network. Our very right to express any dissenting view is now being threatened. Infowars is simple the precedent, you see: If they succeed in blacklisting Infowars, then Natural News and hundreds of other independent media publishers are next.

Jul 18 08:36

Bombshell new report reveals how tech giants are systematically destroying the First Amendment

On Monday, Natural News founder/editor Mike Adams, in conjunction with Infowars, released a new report that outlines in stunning detail how the tech media giants — think Facebook, Google, YouTube, and Twitter especially — are working in tandem to deny tens of millions of Americans access to news and information the social media corporations find politically objectionable.

Not only that, Adams argues, the systematic censoring of certain political viewpoints — think conservative viewpoints, in particular — is a blatant denial of their rights to exist in today’s increasingly Internet-connected world.

Called “The Censorship Master Plan Decoded,” or also known as simply “The Adams Report,” the paper spells out the cost to society of so much censorship (which, full disclosure, the social media giants deny), and the inherent damage to our political, social, and cultural discussions as a result of suppressing views that don’t align with the groupthink of the Left.

Jul 18 08:35

Fascist Democrats call for tech giants to blacklist independent media news sources they don’t like

The House held a hearing on the very obvious bias against conservative and pro-POTUS Trump media outlets being practiced by the Left-wing social media giants and some Democrats on the committee showed up to call for censorship instead.

Which pretty much proved the point of Republicans on the panel: The Left-wing social media giants Facebook, Alphabet (representing Google and YouTube), and Twitter all skew heavily toward Democrats.

As reported by Breitbart, when company execs showed up to testify before the House Judiciary Committee Tuesday, they all said what they’ve been saying for some time now when they’re being questioned about their bias: There isn’t any.

No, see, the fact that scores of major conservative and right-leaning news and information sites are getting 50, 60, sometimes 90 percent less traffic from Facebook, Google, and Twitter, and the fact that many conservative and alternative medicine channels have been banned outright on YouTube is perfectly normal.

Jul 18 08:35

It Begins: Fascist Democrat Lawmaker Deutch Calls on Facebook to Block Infowars During Congressional Hearing (VIDEO)

This is the modern left — Violent fascists

If you can’t beat them in the public square of ideas — Exterminate them.

Democrat Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL) called on Facebook today to block and ban Infowars content online on its platform.

Deutch pressured Facebook and YouTube to remove Infowars content.

They don’t even hide their hatred and intolerance anymore.

Jul 18 07:45

1-minute video: corporate media ‘covers’ crimes of US rogue state empire by demonizing Russia, attacking Trump for not attacking Putin

*hyperlinks/videos live at source*

hat tips: Prison Planet, Information Liberation, NewsBusters

After Presidents Trump and Putin’s joint press conference on July 16, corporate media continued factless attacks on both for “hacked” and “meddled” 2016 US presidential election. These intentionally undefined terms are absolute proof of propaganda, and consistent with Professor Frankfurt’s bestselling definition and explanation that all Americans ever receive about politics is bullshit.

Essential context to appreciate the comprehensive and most important facts:
Ongoing corporate media rhetoric of hacking and meddling by Russia are OBVIOUS propaganda, lies of omission and commission, of undefined terms (helpful videos here).
US corporate media are easily proved as propaganda to support forever US wars.

Jul 18 07:17

The Surveillance State Behind Russia-Gate

Although many details are still hazy because of secrecy – and further befogged by politics – it appears House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes was informed last week about invasive electronic surveillance of senior U.S. government officials and, in turn, passed that information onto President Trump.

This news presents Trump with an unwelcome but unavoidable choice: confront those who have kept him in the dark about such rogue activities or live fearfully in their shadow. (The latter was the path chosen by President Obama. Will Trump choose the road less traveled?)

Jul 18 06:28

Justice System as Psychotic as the Gender Brown Shirts

: Transgender prisoner who was put in a female jail despite not having sex-change surgery ‘sexually assaulted four women inmates before being moved

Jul 17 15:37

OPINION: Law that would quash fake news alarms critics in France

The respected newspaper Le Monde warned against the “perilous nature” of information regulation. Serge Halimi, president and editorial director of its Le Monde Diplomatique edition, asserted that the proposal “reveals both the blindness of those who govern when challenged and their inclination to invent new coercive countermeasures.”

The political opposition sees the measure as a threat to democracy. “The potential risk in this law is if it winds up in the hands of a government with the wrong motives,” warned Hervé Saulignac, a Socialist member of parliament who is leading the opposition. “That’s where it could lead to catastrophe.”

At a time “when the press is threatened around the world, it is better to protect the press,” he added.

“This is nothing less than a crude attempt at controlling information and its means of diffusion,” Jean-Luc Mélenchon, leader of the France Unbowed party, who also ran against Macron in last year’s election, argued.

Jul 17 15:02

Stocks rise and fall because of central banks, not trade war headlines

The facade will end when balance sheet cuts expand to a point at which buybacks cannot keep up and the slack in markets grows too fast. Or when stock buyback cash runs out (probably by the end of this year). The trade war can and will cause various problems within the global economy, but the greater cause of fiscal distress will always be central banks. They are to blame for any future crisis.

Jul 17 14:27

The Trade War Is Already Having A Huge Impact On The U.S. Economy

The trade war has barely just begun, and yet significant ripple effects are already being felt all across the U.S. economy. Once thriving businesses are on the verge of failure, workers are being laid off, and some sectors of the economy are witnessing enormous price hikes. Right now the mainstream media is absolutely fixated on the drama surrounding the recently concluded Trump-Putin summit meeting, but the consequences of this trade war will ultimately be far more important for the lives of most ordinary Americans.

Jul 17 14:12

Kavanaugh: Warrantless Data Collection “is entirely consistent with the Fourth Amendment”

However, Kavanaugh’s stance on the Fourth Amendment runs in opposition to what most Americans believe, that the government should not be collecting the personal information of American citizens without a warrant.

Jul 17 10:42

China May Boost Iranian Oil Purchases Once US Sanctions Step Into Force - Report

Washington's "comprehensive" package of sanctions against Tehran are expected to kick in this November, but officials say the main target, Iranian crude oil exports, will likely simply be diverted from one group of buyers to another.

A senior US energy official has told The Wall Street Journal that Washington expects China to buy up much of the oil others won't due to the threat of US sanctions. Beijing, according to the official, will likely make the purchases through the same bank it used during the previous rounds of sanctions to get around US penalties.

This includes the Bank of Kunlun Co, Ltd, a bank affiliated with the China National Petroleum Corp with limited exposure to the global financial system. The US has threatened to sanction "everybody, including China" if they purchase Iranian oil once sanctions step into effect.

Worker repairs a part of a unit of the Tehran oil refinery, in Tehran, Iran. (File)
© AP PHOTO / VAHID SALEMI

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What the US apparently has done, as a fall out from the withdrawal from the P5+1 deal, is to drive Iran, Russia, and China ever closer together, economically, geopolitically, and militarily.

Why does the pathological inability to think a scenario through to its logical conclusion, seem to always infect US foreign policy with such "magical thinking", as to cause things like this to happen?!?

And it is neither a product of purely Democratic, or purely Republican administrations; this critical fault lies in all of them.

Jul 17 10:28

Ilargi Meijer : Treason? Get A Life!

Yeah, just keep ’em coming, right, so that when the last one falls flat on its face people will have already forgotten about it and instead focus on the new one. It’s been the modus operandi of the US MSM ever since Donald Trump emerged as an actual presidential candidate, and they haven’t let go.

That Vladimir Putin is an existential threat to the US and indeed the entire western world is a narrative taken straight out of Edward Bernays’ playbook. And it works like a charm. The problem is, it is also the biggest threat to peace anywhere on the globe that we have ever seen since WWII.

Putin is a patriot who came to the fore in mostly unexplained ways, named by American puppet Boris Yeltsin as his successor, only to save his country from US-induced plundering and restore Russia as a functioning country. Far from perfect, but functioning.

Jul 17 10:27

More than a million Europeans spoke out to stop internet-destroying censorship rules, but the fight's not over

Ten days ago, the European Parliament dealt a major blow to a radical proposal that would force online services to deploy copyright bots to examine everything posted by users and block anything that might be a copyright infringement; the proposal would also ban linking to news articles without paid permission from the news sites.

The July 5 vote means that the European Parliament will debate these clauses in September. In the meantime, there's a lot of behind-the-scenes scurrying around as members of parliament and giant corporations lay out their forces for the fight in September.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation's Danny O'Brien has written an excellent explainer delving into the process so far and what we can expect next.

Jul 17 09:56

FBI: Lisa Page Dimes Out Top FBI Officials During Classified House Testimony; Bureau Bosses Covered Up Evidence China Hacked Hillary’s Top Secret Emails

Former top FBI lawyer Lisa Page testified during two days of closed-door House hearings, revealing shocking new Intel against her old bosses at the Bureau, according the well-placed FBI sources.

Alarming new details on allegations of a bureau-wide cover up. Or should we say another bureau-wide cover up.

The embattled Page tossed James Comey, Andrew McCabe, Peter Strzok and Bill Priestap among others under the Congressional bus, alleging the upper echelon of the FBI concealed intelligence confirming Chinese state-backed ‘assets’ had illegally acquired former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s 30,000+ “missing” emails, federal sources said.

The Russians didn’t do it. The Chinese did, according to well-placed FBI sources.

And while Democratic lawmakers and the mainstream media prop up Russia as America’s boogeyman, it was the ironically Chinese who acquired Hillary’s treasure trove of classified and top secret intelligence from her home-brewed private server.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Again, IF these charges are true......they demonstrate, upon discovery, a hopelessly politicized DOJ and FBI.

Jul 17 09:49

Situation in Gaza Strip Remains Tense with Little Chances of De-escalation Soon

Protests have been happening for more than two months by Palestinians along the Gaza Strips. Their demands: to be allowed to return home and to have their lands returned after the expulsion from 70 years ago.

Since the beginning of the protests on March 30th, Israeli forces have wounded more than 15 000 people and have killed as many as 135 Palestinians, according to the health officials in Gaza.

The situation in recent months has gone from bad worse, mostly due to the US President Donald Trump recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Palestinians are left to look for international support to stop what it sees as a destruction of its last hopes to defend their interests and to achieve statehood.

Jul 17 09:47

TURKEY BANS MY BLOG …. WHAT AN HONOUR!

A Turkish authority has issued an order to block your WordPress.com site: https://desertpeace.wordpress.com/

As a result of this order, your site is now inaccessible for Internet visitors originating from Turkey. They will instead see a message explaining why the content was blocked.

Visitors from outside of Turkey are not affected.

Jul 17 09:43

The Vlad and Donald Show – A Glorious Blow for Peace!

The Vlad and Donald show in Helsinki Monday was simply brilliant and breathtaking – we’d say even a beautiful thing to behold.

Between them, they left CNN’s nattering nabobs of neocon nonsense sounding like the shrieking monkeys they actually are. And that’s to say nothing of the fools they made out of the newly minted liberal and progressive warmongers on the Dem side of the aisle in Washington or the so-called journalists who fill 90% of the space in the so-called mainstream media with endless pro-war propaganda.

But most of all it was the single greatest blow to the War Party since it turned Imperial Washington into a colossal menace bent on global hegemony when the Soviet Union slithered off the pages of history in 1991.

Jul 17 09:40

Pompeo Rejects EU Appeal for Iran Sanctions Exemptions

While Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin says that exemptions from US sanctions against Iran will be considered in certain cases, the European Union is apparently not going to be one of them. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo confirmed that he has rejected EU appeals for Iran exemptions.

Senior officials from Britain, France, and Germany have all urged the US not to apply the sanctions to EU nations’ companies when they start going into effect next month. The EU has passed laws rejecting US sanctions, and forbidding their companies from complying with them.

Pompeo and Mnuchin told the EU, however, that they want “unprecedented financial pressure” on Iran, and that they will not ease any sanctions until they see a tangible change in Iranian policy.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The "drop dead date" for the rest of the world not buying Iranian oil is 4 November, right before the US mid-terms; one has to wonder if this foretells some massive US/Israeli strike against it, if Iranian oil still finds its way to market, to demonstrate President Trump's "butchness" on Iran.

This is a place where I absolutely have a (non-hurting, gentle) punch relationship with the current administration; dropping out of the P5+1 deal, which the IAEA told us was working, was a huge mistake here, and a sop to both Trump's Number One campain Contributor, Sheldon Adelson, and one of his BFFs in the Middle East, Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu.

Also, historically, Russia's military and civilian leadership have stated that should Iran be attacked, they would defend it militarily.

Were I President Trump, seeing what Russia accomplished in Syria, I would want to think long and hard, about a potential decap strike against Damascus.

Jul 17 09:28

Trump-Putin Summit Ends With Talk of Cooperation, Lawmakers Furious

Negotiations between President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin concluded with a joint press conference. The comments by the two revealed, as expected, no major deals were reached, but that some fairly vague plans for improved cooperation were agreed upon.

There were disagreements, with President Putin faulting Trump for the withdrawal from the P5+1 nuclear deal with Iran, and urging Trump to be more decisive in pushing Ukraine toward peace talks with its eastern rebels.

President Trump brought up the issue of election interference, and accepted Putin’s denial. He praised Putin as a strong leader and competitor. He also defended his decision to attend the summit despite calls by US lawmakers to cancel it.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As many who read this blog know, I have kind of a "(gentle, not hurting) punch and a hug relationship with this administration.

Yesterday, at Helsinki, I felt proud of a President who understands that his base absolutely doesn't want war with either Russia or China, but wants to find ways of cooperative engagement with both emerging countries and economies.

War, and the fear of war, are what drive the economics of this country's military industrial complex, and they are always most distressed to see the "fear factor" reduced, as I think happened yesterday in Helsinki.

So their mouthpieces in Congress are bashing what looks to me as a positive outcome of the meeting, calling President Trump a "traitor" for having met with Putin, and attempting to put the worst spin possible upon the meeting that they can.

And you have to know that the 12 indictments offered up by Meuller Friday, were simply geopolitical "spin" to attempt to scotch yesterday's meeting; well, that didn't work, and I am very concerned at the level of desperation against President Trump as to how that might play out, either in terms of a potential attempt on his life (remember: political assassinations in this country have been quite common, and Antifa completely legitimizes physical violence against those who don't agree with them), or some kind of geopolitical "coup" with which the Left could declare martial law, and arrest anyone who ever saw anything good in some of what Trump has done, indefinitely.

The legislation, BTW, to allow this to happen, has already been passed by Congress. This Administration Now Has The Power To Indefinitely Detain Americans Without Charge Or Trial

And BTW: this legislation was passed under President Obama's watch, New Year's Eve, 2012.

Jul 17 09:10

Judicial Watch Receives New Strzok/Page Records from DOJ

On Friday, government watchdog organization, Judicial Watch announced that it received 87 pages of records from the Department of Justice revealing new communications between embattled FBI Agent Peter Strzok and his paramour, former FBI attorney, Lisa Page.

Emails between the FBI lovers revealed what Judicial Watch describes as their “profanity-laced disdain for FBI hierarchy and policies.”

Judicial Watch filed a motion for preservation order, asking that DOJ prevent Strzok and Page from deleting any “incriminating records of their communications.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That last bit, about the preservation order, is crucial.

Jul 17 09:07

PUTIN DROPS BOMB AT HELSINKI PRESSER: Says US Intelligence Helped Move $400,000,000 to HILLARY Campaign!!

Vladimir Putin: Last year there was one extradition case by the United States… Mueller can use this treaty as an official request to us… in this case this kind of effort should be a reciprical one… For instance we can bring up Mr. Browder… They sent a huge amount of money $400,000,000 to Hillary Clinton!

Putin offered permitting officials in the US, including Mueller, to Russia to assist in their investigation of the supposed Trump-Russia collusion story. Then Putin dropped his bomb where the US could reciprocate Russia in one of their investigations –

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF these accusations prove true (and you can bet that NO ONE in intelligence, justice, or defense in this country wants to touch this with a 5,000 ft. poll), this is absolutely huge.

Jul 17 09:02

Comey Calls For A Coup? "Patriots Needs To Reject The Behavior Of This President"

President Trump's language and demeanor at Monday's summit in Helsinki with Vladimir Putin sent his detractors on both sides of the aisle into fits, just 72 hours after the Department of Justice indicted 12 Russian officials for hacking the DNC.

Trump's position has more or less been that peace with Russia is more important than election meddling, which didn't influence the election - and that the United States has been meddling in elections for a long time, so perhaps let's mend fences and move forward as two nuclear superpowers. Also Hillary sold Russia 20% of American uranium after a bunch of people connected to the transaction heavily contributed to her foundation, which was approved by a rubber-stamp committee, four months after Bill Clinton collected $500k in a speech to a Russian investment bank during a trip where he hung out with Putin at his house. All pre-Crimea of course, so no biggie.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A small note to Tyler Durden, whose work I generally appreciate; when it comes to Crimea, sir, you have absolutely "missed the mark", and I will explain precisely why.

This, if you will turn on your mental "way back machine" to the date and time of the spring of 2014, threw the duly elected Yanukovych under the proberbial bus, and "anointed" Poroshenko as President of Ukraine in an election more crooked that is a dog's hind leg.

Even President Obama had to admit that the US took part in structuring the deal to ease Yanukovych out, and get Poroshenko in, because he was, allegedly, more Western-centric, rather than Russian centric.
Washington was behind the Ukrainian coup; Obama admits that US brokered a deal in support of regime change
United States spent 5 billion dollars for anti-government riots in Ukraine

When Crimean officials realized that there was no duly elected government in Kiev, they did two things. First, in a free and fair referendum, post-putsch, they invited their citizens to vote on whether they wanted to stay with Ukraine, or join the Russian Federation; the vote was overwhelmingly affirmative to join the Russian Federation. Then, Crimea petitioned the Russian Federation for membership, and they were granted that membership.

Peaceful self-determination is one of the most treasured elements in the UN charter to which, I believe, the US is allegedly a signatory. But in its anti-Russian agenda, this cannot be allowed to be viewed by the US or NATO as peaceful self-determination, on the part of Crimea, but an annexation by Russia, which never, ever happened here.

Consequently, we have had more Russia bashing by NATO and the US government, coupled with more economic sanctions against it.

So Tyler, before you permanently "swallow the koolaid" on this issue, that Russia annexed Crimea, you need to slow down, and acquaint yourself with the real history here, which you are bending to suit your perspective.

There was no annexation; there was a US-coordinated "regime change", causing Crimean officials to realize that there was no just, representative government in Kiev post-putsch.

Let's do something daring, and deal with reality here, shall we?!?

Jul 17 08:55

Company Hikes Price Of "Cadillac" Ambien Nasal Spray By 800% As Drug Companies Defy Trump

While Pfizer and several drugmakers have loudly touted their decision to roll back some price hikes on popular drugs following pressure from President Trump and the rollout of a new California law designed to discourage drug companies from raising prices, others have continued hiking prices of thousands of drugs. According to Raymond James & Associates drug companies have raised prices 3,653 times on 1,045 different drugs so far this year (drug companies often do one round of price hikes in January and another in the early summer). And according to the Wall Street Journal, the biggest price increases have been reserved for so-called "Cadillac" drugs like a new spray form of the sleeping medication Ambien.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Drug companies do this

a: Because they can, and

b: Drug companies spend a lot of money on Presidential campaigns, so they know that the final "slap", once they have raised prices through the roof, will generally be quite mild.

Jul 17 08:50

Army Starts Testing "Ironman-Like" Exoskeleton For Future Hybrid Wars

As discussed previously, the Army’s Training and Doctrine Command, or TRADOC, drafted a new strategy for how soldiers will operate, fight, and campaign successfully across multiple domains—space, cyberspace, air, land, maritime—against all enemies (Russia and China) in the 2025-2040 timeframe.

Warrior Maven has confirmed that the Army is literally "gearing up" for decades of hybrid conflict, and in doing so, testing and prototyping self-generating “Ironman-like” soldier exoskeletons. These “breakthrough” suits are designed to transform the combat mission by supporting soldier movements, generating electricity, powering weapons systems and substantially lowering the weight burden of what soldiers carry on the modern battlefield.

The technologies [exoskeleton suits] we are developing can produce electricity, which can be stored and used to power batteries. This increases the longevity of a mission, decreases the need for resupply and reduces the logistics trail,” Sharps explained.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"the Army is literally "gearing up" for decades of hybrid conflict" !?!?!?

Dear Lord, if any country on the planet needs a Department of Peace, it is the unhinged, Surveilled State of Amerika, and right the heck now!!!!

Jul 17 08:45

US "Super Spy" Program May Explain Mysterious Diplomat Brain Injuries

Over the past two years there have been increasing reports of supposed “sonic injuries” among US diplomats. First in Cuba and more recently in China. Controversial implications are that the US officials may have been maliciously targeted by a “sonic weapon” in host countries. However, a more likely explanation is that the alleged victims are the result of US attempts to create “super spies”.

Some 250 US diplomats in China are reportedly undergoing neurological medical tests to ascertain if they have succumbed to the same kind of brain trauma diagnosed in other colleagues. A study of 21 diplomats evacuated from Cuba found last year that they had incurred brain injuries, but, it was diagnosed, not from physical impact to their heads.

Some factors so far missing from the subject need to be addressed.

First, it seems strange that the mysterious brain injuries are only reported by US diplomats. No other country has reported similar incidents among their diplomatic staff.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This certainly seems to be an "Occam's razor" approach to the problems presented here, and make far more sense than any of the outrageous charges presented against both Cuba and China.

Jul 17 08:39

Mass Migration: "The Fatal Solvent Of The EU"

"Far from leading to fusion, Europe's migration crisis is leading to fission", Stanford's historian Niall Ferguson recently wrote. "Increasingly, I believe that the issue of migration will be seen by future historians as the fatal solvent of the EU". Week after week, Mr. Ferguson's prediction seems to be turning into a reality.

Not only does Europe continue to fragment as anti-immigration sentiment gathers political strength, but, as a result of the migrant crisis, the EU's border-free internal zone, Europe's most cherished prize after the Second World War, is now defined as "at risk" by the Italian government, among other governments, such and Austria.

Immigration is also redefining the intra-EU contract.

The Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia, the so called "Visegrad Group", recently called for EU border defense. "We have to have a Europe capable of defending us", Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said as well, after he was invited to join the Visegrad meeting.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The problems here are apt to get far worse before they get better.

Of course, one thing which would help enormously, would be the US stopping these wars of conquest in North Africa, Afghanistan, and the Middle East, by way of controlling things like the oil, the rare earth minerals, and (in Afghanistan) the opium, where these wars are causing people to be massively displaced in these areas.

I wouldn't hold my breath on that last one.

Jul 17 08:31

Pat Buchanan: "Trump Calls Off Cold War II"

Authored by Patrick Buchanan via Buchanan.org.

Beginning his joint press conference with Vladimir Putin, President Trump declared that U.S. relations with Russia have “never been worse.”

He then added pointedly, that just changed “about four hours ago.”

It certainly did. With his remarks in Helsinki and at the NATO summit in Brussels, Trump has signaled a historic shift in U.S. foreign policy that may determine the future of this nation and the fate of his presidency.

He has rejected the fundamental premises of American foreign policy since the end of the Cold War and blamed our wretched relations with Russia, not on Vladimir Putin, but squarely on the U.S. establishment.

In a tweet prior to the meeting, Trump indicted the elites of both parties: “Our relationship with Russia has NEVER been worse thanks to many years of U.S. foolishness and stupidity and now, the Rigged Witch Hunt!”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Even Pat Buchanan makes the revisionist historian mistake with Crimea's choice to align with the Russian Federation, after the 2014 putsch in Kiev.

This, if you will turn on your mental "way back machine" to the date and time of the spring of 2014, threw the duly elected Yanukovych under the proberbial bus, and "anointed" Poroshenko as President of Ukraine in an election more crooked that is a dog's hind leg.

Even President Obama had to admit that the US took part in structuring the deal to ease Yanukovych out, and get Poroshenko in, because he was, allegedly, more Western-centric, rather than Russian centric.
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When Crimean officials realized that there was no duly elected government in Kiev, they did two things. First, in a free and fair referendum, post-putsch, they invited their citizens to vote on whether they wanted to stay with Ukraine, or join the Russian Federation; the vote was overwhelmingly affirmative to join the Russian Federation. Then, Crimea petitioned the Russian Federation for membership, and they were granted that membership.

Peaceful self-determination is one of the most treasured elements in the UN charter to which, I believe, the US is allegedly a signatory. But in its anti-Russian agenda, this cannot be allowed to be viewed by the US or NATO as peaceful self-determination, on the part of Crimea, but an annexation by Russia, which never, ever happened here.

Consequently, we have had more Russia bashing by NATO and the US government, coupled with more economic sanctions against it.

So Pat, before you permanently "swallow the koolaid" on this issue, that Russia annexed Crimea, you need to slow down, and acquaint yourself with the real history here, which you are bending to suit your perspective.

There was no annexation; there was a US-coordinated "regime change", causing Crimean officials to realize that there was no just, representative government in Kiev post-putsch. Let's do something daring, and deal with reality here, shall we?!?

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