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CURRENT EVENTS

Aug 17 11:08

Chronic Homelessness in one of the World’s Richest Countries

Homelessness is a continuing problem for America, even though it is one of the world’s richest nations and the wealthiest country on the North American continent.

Aug 17 11:06

A Snapshot of the Internet Kill Switch in 2018

We are seeing today what the ‘kill switch’ really looks like. It really is more of corporate/government affair that targets unwanted information. This is the true form of the internet kill switch as it appears in 2018.

Aug 17 11:04

The 3 Trigger Terms Being Used to Stop Critical Thinking

Today, we find that thinking is a diminishing art, and in its place, sound bites and stop-thought terms are used to put the brakes on the mind. These terms are widely used as signals to prevent minds from looking too deeply at a topic or issue.

Aug 17 10:43

Woman, 28, quit the jetsetting world of private banking to launch a VERY flirty lingerie brand that combines sexiness with comfort - and now she's on course to make £1.1M by the end of this year

A woman who gave up her high-flying career in private banking to launch a lingerie brand is now on course to make £1.1M by the end of the year.

Aug 17 10:42

Invaluable Chinese art dating back to the Ming dynasty is being looted 'on order' from galleries across Europe amid claims Beijing could be to blame

Invaluable Chinese art has been stolen from museums all over Europe in a series of heists carried out over several years, and experts say they are ending up in the private collections of Beijing billionaires.

Aug 17 10:40

Husband appears shackled in court after the bodies of his missing pregnant wife and their two daughters whom he confessed to killing are found at the Colorado oil field where he worked

The husband accused of killing his pregnant wife and two young daughters, and then making an emotional televised appeal for their safe return, has appeared in court for the first time.
Christopher Watts, 33, was led into the court room in Weld County, Colorado on Thursday in an orange jumpsuit and shackles. He was denied bail during the appearance.

Aug 17 10:35

SATANIC TEMPLE STATUE UNVEILED AT ARKANSAS STATE CAPITOL

Members of the Satanic Temple held a "Rally for the First Amendment” yesterday at the Arkansas State Capitol, where they unveiled an 8.5-foot bronze statue of Baphomet with two adoring children at his side to the Arkansas State Capitol. The Satanic Temple is suing the Federal Government for the right to permanently install the statue on the Capitol grounds, arguing that since the Capitol has a Ten Commandments monument, other religions must be allowed to display their symbols there, too.

Aug 17 10:17

Rand Paul talks Russia trip, Brennan security clearance

Aug 17 09:40

‘Illegal Rubber-Stamp’ Of Keystone XL Stalled As Federal Court Orders Full Review

Rejecting what critics have called the “illegal rubber-stamp” of the Keystone XL pipeline, a federal court in Great Falls, Montana has sided with opponents of the project and mandated a full...

Aug 17 09:35

A teacher battling cancer ran out of sick days. School employees showered him with theirs.

(CNN)The chemotherapy dripped through a catheter in his chest. Cancer patient Robert Goodman had burned through his paid sick days while undergoing surgery and chemotherapy for colon cancer.

Aug 17 09:33

The Queen so mean she gave her friends old flowers: What’s more, Queen Mary never loved her husband George V and couldn’t stand Princess Margaret, as her biographer’s secret notes reveal

When it comes to frugality, the Queen cannot compete with her beloved grandmother. Queen Mary, the consort of George V, would recycle flowers from her vases as gifts when she visited her friends.

Aug 17 09:32

The first evidence for LIFE on earth has been identified in Australian fossils that contain tiny bacteria dating back 3.4 billion years, experts claim

Tiny fossilised bacteria dating back 3.4 billion years could be the first evidence of life on Earth, say scientists.
The microscopic remnants provide experts the opportunity to see at what the world looked like when it was barely one billion yeas old.

Aug 17 09:23

‘Too Big to Fail’: RussiaGate One Year After VIPS Showed a Leak, Not a Hack

One year later, the VIPS memo contending that the DNC emails were leaked and not hacked has yet to be successfully challenged. Meanwhile, the country sinks deeper into the morass of the new McCarthyism.

Aug 17 09:20

Canada Bans Bee-Killing Neonics While US Moves Backward

While Canadians are celebrating Canada's recognition of "the overwhelming body of scientific evidence on neonics and phasing out these dangerous pesticides,” there is a catch. The U.S. meanwhile has...

Aug 17 09:13

Erdogan Claims CIA, Mossad Planning to Rescue US Pastor Andrew Brunson

Turkey's president claims the CIA and Mossad, Israel's national intelligence agency, are planning a rescue mission of American pastor Andrew Brunson.

Turkey's president Recep Erdogan reportedly told A-Haber TV, a channel owned by Erdogan's son-in-law, that members of the CIA and Mossad are staying in houses and apartments near Mr. Brunson's home.

Aug 17 09:05

You Probably Wont See this MSM Reporter Back on C-span Any Time Soon

Washington Times' Cheryl Chumley on Political News of the Day

cspan host tries and tries to push this lady back in to the media box, Unsuccessfully

CALLER TOPICS INCLUDE ALEX JONES + SETH RICH/ASSANGE

Aug 17 08:41

Mozilla/Firefox goes all in for EVIL… pushes corporate news collusion to silence independent media

Remember the day you found out Google was steeped in pure evil? So you sought out a different browser to escape the evil overlords that run Chrome.

Many of us sought out Firefox from Mozilla, an organization with a strong history supporting free speech and open access to information.

Aug 17 08:37

Investigators find bodies believed to be 2 young daughters of father arrested for murder

Colorado investigators believe they have found the bodies of two young girls whose father is accused of killing them, officials said.

Aug 17 08:36

Arrested teen says his teacher called the police on him for wearing a bandana to school

The police were called on a high school student who refused to remove his bandana. (Photo: Getty Images)
A group of high school students launched a peaceful protest to support a classmate whose teacher reportedly called the police on him because he wore a bandana.

Aug 17 08:35

Trump blames D.C. pols for raining on his parade

President Trump on Friday blamed local Washington, D.C., lawmakers for ballooning costs that forced the cancellation of his planned military parade.

Aug 17 07:08

Retired Navy Admiral Asks Trump To Revoke His Clearance, Too!

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Former CIA director John Brennan, whose security clearance you revoked on Wednesday, is one of the finest public servants I have ever known. Few Americans have done more to protect this country than John. He is a man of unparalleled integrity, whose honesty and character have never been in question, except by those who don’t know him.

Therefore, I would consider it an honor if you would revoke my security clearance as well, so I can add my name to the list of men and women who have spoken up against your presidency.

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(*he made his statement to The WAPost )

Aug 17 06:58

Mysterious X-37B military space plane nears one year in orbit

The U.S. Air Force’s X-37B miniature space plane has winged past 340 days in orbit performing secretive duties during the program’s fifth flight.

Aug 17 06:49

Tearful Elon Musk's meltdown: Tesla CEO asks for someone to take his job, admits he relies on Ambien and that friends worry about his health - but claims he was 'not on weed' when he sent privatization tweet amid concerns about his drug use

Elon Musk has given an extraordinary interview during which he burst out in tears, asked for someone to take his job as Tesla CEO and admitted he relies on Ambien to sleep.

The 47-year-old is facing mounting pressure and an SEC investigation over a tweet sent last week claiming to have 'secured funding' to take Tesla private.

Today's interview with the New York Times is likely to increase that pressure after he admitted to a raft of personal problems, exhaustion and says his friends are concerned for his health.

Musk described the past year as 'excruciating' and the 'most difficult and most painful year of his career'.

Aug 17 06:42

Facebook misled advertisers with inflated ‘potential reach,’ lawsuit says

Intellihub editor’s note: Finally, someone figured out that Facebook’s advertising program is a total waste of money and now Facebook may have to answer.

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Facebook allegedly misled advertisers on its platform by demonstrating it had a far larger audience size in U.S. cities and states than it actually had, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday.

Aug 17 00:26

American fascism

Few people ever come to the realism that big government in cooperation with big business (fascism) work together to perpetually extract labor, wealth and liberty from the people.-- The key to this conspiracy is to keep the people dependent on the government under what is euphemistically called “public policy.”

Aug 17 00:23

Sen. Schumer and cronies officially ‘declare’ that mainstream media is not the enemy

The Senate on Thursday went on record declaring “that the press is not the enemy of the people” – a rebuke to President Donald Trump, who declares the opposite on a regular basis.

Aug 17 00:07

Mozilla / Firefox goes all in for EVIL… pushes corporate news collusion to silence independent media

It’s time to dump Firefox. Like all the other tech giants, Mozilla is going to abuse and exploit its position of market dominance to control what you read, watch and hear. That’s pure evil, and it’s the kind of evil we’ve all now come to expect from Google, YouTube, Twitter and Facebook. Now you can add Mozilla to that list.

Aug 17 00:01

Modern Censorship Is Voluntary

Censorship is an enormous problem that the internet temporarily freed us from. Now we’re seeing the State leverage the tech giants to once again control the flow of information. All of us that are aware of this problem have the solution in our hands. Instead of worrying about it and complaining about it we should migrate off the websites that are being used as blinders and discover new platforms that are building a business around privacy and openness. These tools are available and the more quickly we all migrate to them the move value we will all receive from them. It’s time we all did our part. Just be prepared to read, see and hear ideas that one might not like.

Aug 16 23:27

Los Angeles Is First In US To Install Intrusive Subway Security – All Riders Will “Volunteer”

Signs will be posted at stations warning passengers they are subject to body scanner screening. The screening process is voluntary, Wiggins said, but customers who choose not to be screened won’t be able to ride on the subway.

Aug 16 17:56

Would you buy a self driving car? Researchers find nearly half of all Americans WON'T

The Cox Automotive Evolution of Mobility Study found that consumer awareness of driverless vehicles has skyrocketed - but that people still want to be able to drive themselves.

49 per cent of respondents said they would never own a fully-autonomous car, known in the industry as a Level 5 vehicle, researchers found, up from 30 per cent in 2016.

It also found 84 per cent want to have the option to drive themselves even in a self-driving vehicle, compared to 16 per cent who would feel comfortable letting an autonomous vehicle drive them without the option of being able to take control.

Aug 16 15:31

Detroit Rep. Bettie Cook Scott on Asian opponent: 'Don't vote for the ching-chong!'

...but Trump supporters are the racists.

Aug 16 15:20

Creepy Porn Lawyer with a restraining order by his ex-wife says he can beat President Trump in 2020. Get ready to laugh

Stormy Daniels Lawyer Michael Avenatti Tells Iowans He's 'Exploring A Run For The Presidency' | TIME

Aug 16 15:20

Turkey Stocks, Lira Slide After Mnuchin Threatens More Sanctions

The Lira and Turkish stocks are sliding notably after Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin warned that Washington is preparing more sanctions for Turkey due to the lack of progress on the release of Pastor Brunson.

Following a Turkish court's refusal yesterday to release American pastor Andrew Brunson, Mnuchin warned at a White House cabinet meeting today that U.S. has more sanctions prepared for Turkey if Brunson isn't quickly released.

Additionally, as Bloomberg reports, President Donald Trump said during a Cabinet meeting at the White House on Thursday that Turkey hasn’t turned out to be a great friend to the U.S., and he complained that his administration secured the release of a Turkish citizen from an unnamed country on Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s behalf.

“We got somebody out for him,” Trump said, from “some place,” but Turkey continues to hold pastor Andrew Brunson. It’s “not right” and a “terrible thing,” he said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I might suggest that Turkey's Edrogan back down here; if economic destabilization does not work, look for DC to try something more drastic.

Aug 16 15:16

Matt Taibbi Warns Censorship Does Not End Well

After Trump’s shocking win in 2016, everyone turned to Facebook and Google to fix “fake news.” But nobody had a coherent definition of what constitutes it.

Many on the left lamented the Wikileaks releases of Democratic Party emails, but those documents were real news, and the complaint there was more about the motives of sources, and editorial emphasis, rather than accuracy.

When Google announced it was tightening its algorithm to push “more authoritative content” last April, it defined “fake news” as “…blatantly misleading, low quality, offensive or downright false information.”

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It isn’t clear, but within short order, a whole range of alternative sites (from Alternet to Truthdig to the World Socialist Website) started complaining about significant drops in traffic, apparently thanks to changed search processes.

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Aug 16 15:12

Pompeo Forms "Iran Action Group" To Coordinate All Iran Strategy, Reports Directly To White House

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced on Thursday that the United States has formed an "Iran Action Group" within the State Department to guide Washington's post-nuclear deal policy. The group will coordinate all activity and policy related to Iran, including inter-agency initiatives after President Trump withdrew the US from the 2015 nuclear deal in May.

Pompeo told reporters the action group would be "directing, reviewing and coordinating all aspects of the State Department's Iran-related activity."

It is to be headed by current State Department director of policy planning Brian Hook, who will in turn report directly to Pompeo. Hook has been a lead negotiator attempting to pressure European allies to significantly alter prior commitments related to the international deal.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Look for the brilliantly coordinated demonization propaganda to start rolling out of the White House, Pentagon, State Department in huge fertilizer tubs soon, most probably after the Labor Day holiday.

What the hell has Iran actually done to deserve so much attention from the US government?!?!?

The short answer is, absolutely nothing; but of course, that will not be good enough for Israel, which wants to see Iran regime changed and balkanized.

But of course, Israel is ordering these actions from the US government only at the costs.... of American blood and American money.

Aug 16 15:03

Chinese bombers likely training for US strikes: Pentagon

Chinese bombers are likely training for strikes against US and allied targets in the Pacific, according to a new Pentagon report that also details how Beijing is transforming its ground forces to "fight and win."

The annual report to Congress, released Thursday, highlights China's growing military, economic and diplomatic clout and how Beijing is leveraging this to rapidly build its international footprint and establish regional dominance.

In the case of China's air power, the report states that Chinese bombers are developing capabilities to hit targets as far from China as possible.

"Over the last three years, the PLA (People's Liberation Army) has rapidly expanded its overwater bomber operating areas, gaining experience in critical maritime regions and likely training for strikes against US and allied targets," the document states, noting how China is pushing its operations out into the Pacific.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And of course, the US military is planning no such strikes against China or her allies in the Pacific?!?

Are we to congratulate the Pentagon for its magnificent grasp of the obvious?!?

Aug 16 14:57

Detroit Democrat Bettie Cook Scott on Her Asian Opponent: “Don’t Vote for the Ching-Chong”

Democrat Bettie Cook Scott stood outside the polling stations on Tuesday and urged voters not to cast a ballot for her Asian opponent.
Scott told the voters, “Don’t vote for ching-chang!” and don’t vote for “ching-chong.”

The Metro Times reported:

More than a dozen community groups have called on Rep. Bettie Cook Scott (D-Detroit) to apologize for a series of racial slurs sources say she used to describe her primary election opponent, Rep. Stephanie Chang (D-Detroit).

Scott is alleged to have referred to Chang as “ching-chang” and “the ching-chong” to multiple voters outside polling precincts during last Tuesday’s election. She’s also said to have called one of Chang’s campaign volunteers an “immigrant,” saying “you don’t belong here” and “I want you out of my country.”

Chang and Scott were running in the Democratic primary for state Sen. District 1. Chang won the election with 49 percent of the vote; Scott came in third with 11 percent of the vote.

What a lovely gal.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am appalled at this behaviour, on the part of Scott and her supporters.

Is THIS what the political process in this country has become, post the 2016 elections?!? Then God help us all!!

Aug 16 14:45

Turkey Ready for War, Says Erdogan, US Involved in Financial Warfare against Turkey

According to the Islamist Turkish newspaper Yeni Akit quoted by Ahvalnews, President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an is ready for war.

“The secret to successful states is their readiness for war. We are ready with everything we have,” said Erdo?an on Monday in a meeting with ambassadors in Ankara.

According to reports, the US has instrumented a currency war targeted against the Turkish lira.

“Erdo?an’s comments come as the Turkish currency continues to slide against the U.S. dollar following Washington’s announcement of sanctions against Ankara this month”. Ahvalnews

The decline is indicated in the chart below (Bloomberg), from 4.85 Lira to the dollar on July 16 to approximately 5.94 Lira to the dollar on August 16.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

President Erdogan, a word, please: if one follows the injunction of Hammurabi's code, which advocated "an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth", one winds up with a population which is blind and toothless.

So please, let's take a step back from the brink; you cannot get your NATO brothers to stand with you against the US; you do not have the resources
or wherewithal to fight the US militarily; so the only issue with which to "fight", if one can use that word, is economic.

And on that ground, you are losing, mightily.

I would respectfully suggest that Turkish and American ambassadors start speaking with each other, to ratchet down this war of words.

In the end, this posture on your part will only serve to cause the US government to attempt more destabilization against your country, possibly by inciting your Kurdish population to revolt; and if that were to happen, what would happen to your power base?!?

Aug 16 14:36

Israel Again Tests Chemical Weapons on Gaza Protesters

Also on Friday, a 14-year-old child inhaled an unknown neurotoxin that has left him in a coma.

The child’s father released this statement August 14th:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Josef Mengele would be so proud of these Israeli "medical experiments" on Palestinian kids!!!

Aug 16 14:31

US to Send More Marines to Norway, Angering Russia

In a move Russian officials immediately labeled as “unfriendly,” the Norwegian Defense Ministry has announced that the US will be more than doubling the number of Marines stationed inside Norway, bringing yet more combat troops to Russia’s northern border.

Officially, the US says the troops are there only for “training purposes.” Initially this was presented as a chance for the Marines to learn how to ski, in the event they are at some point doing alpine conflict. Norway’s officials similarly say this is not intended to target Russia.

Yet the US has, for years, been adding more and more troops to countries all along Russia’s frontier, and these deployments to Norway are expected to last at least five years, a long time to learn how to ski if they don’t figure that might include skiing into Russia for a war.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Uh.... to teach US marines skiing?!?

This doesn't pass the "smell test"; sorry, Pentagon.

Aug 16 14:27

'You Won't See Your Kids': Reza Aslan Reveals He Was Detained by Shin Bet at Israeli Border

Aslan posted on Twitter that Peter Beinart's expose of his detention by the Shin Bet while entering Israel has prompted him to tell his own detention story.

(THREAD) Peter’s experience has spurred me to share mine.

2 weeks ago, as I was crossing back into Israel from Jordan, I was separated from my family and detained by Shin Bet. “We can make it so you don’t see your kids for a long time” I was warned.

The Shin Bet lady, who already knew everything about me and my family’s journey around the world, began with “You think because you’re a public person I can’t do whatever I want with you?”

I was floored. This is how interrogations begin in police states.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

My dear Mr. Aslan, did you not understand that Israel has become one of the most Stazi-like nations on earth, and has devolved into an horrifically apartheid, self-proclaimed theocracy with nuclear weapons?!?

How in the world could you NOT have known this?!?

But the question I would raise here, is... what else will you do with your new-found knowledge?!?

Most probably, if you want to keep your job, absolutely nothing; as we well understand, criticism of Israel, even for any absolutely legitimate reason, is the journalistic equivalent of swallowing the Koolaid.

Mike and I would love to see Israel, but because of the honest criticism we have leveled at the actions of its government against the Palestinians, even if we got to Ben Gurion Airport, we would most probably be beaten up within an inch of our lives, and turned back around.

Aug 16 14:04

US Military Spending Bill Could Target al-Jazeera as ‘Foreign Agent’

Foreign-owned media outlets that don’t always tow the line in the US could find themselves under dramatically increased scrutiny under the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), with analysts predicting that al-Jazeera will be the first news media outlet to fall victim.

The NDAA provisions were designed by groups openly hostile to al-Jazeera, and are aimed at forcing the news outlet, and others, to register as “foreign agents” because of their ties to overseas governments, and especially because of their content.

Al-Jazeera is already facing hostility across the Middle East, because they’re based in Qatar, and Saudi Arabia really doesn’t like Qatar. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and others called on the Justice Department to investigate al-Jazeera in particular for being “anti-semitic and anti-Israel,” saying they believe that makes it a ‘state-controlled propaganda arm.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Absoflippinglutely unbelievable, but perfectly predictable from this government.

I would very much suggest to our readers and listeners that they read the foreign press in English is much as they can; it will give you some kind of clue about what the US government is doing that domestic outlets won't dare to mention (like the current US-enabled Saudi genocide in Yemen.)

Aug 16 14:01

YouTube Retracts Strikes From Stefan Molyneux's Account

the empire is on the run

Aug 16 13:58

Saudis Spinning the Optics of Dead Schoolchildren

Why do Americans help manage their PR? This week in particular, our role has been shameful.

It has been a trying couple of weeks for Saudi Arabia. First, a tweet from an account associated with the Saudi government appeared to threaten Canada with a 9/11-style attack if they continued to “stick their nose where it doesn’t belong.” The infographic within the tweet featured an Air Canada jet flying towards the Toronto skyline.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Hey, the Saudis, with US "guidance" and mid-air refueling, bomb hospitals, schools, and school buses all the time in Yemen; in their minds, the assassination of innocent school children is utterly no big deal.

To paraphrase the American poet Gertrude Stein, "A genocide... is a genocide.. is a genocide.", pure and simple.

And with a genocide, you kill everyone you possibly can kill, right?!? Schoolkids, women, and the medically fragile elderly; all grist for the US-enabled Saudi death machine, right?!?

I don't know about you, but the cold, hard reality that the US government and military are enabling Saudi war crimes in Yemen, troubles me very deeply.

Unfortunately, Mike and I are too broke, and too old, to take up residence in a country with the kind of moral compass which would never allow such a thing to happen.

And given that the Yemeni Houthi rebels have proven so resilient over the last 3 years, I have to wonder just why the B.O.Y. (AKA the Butcher of Yemen, AKA Saudi Arabia's Prince bin Salman) has not ordered a complete carpet bombing of the country; I am quite sure that his BFF, Amerika's Merchant of Death in Chief, President Trump, would authorize Raytheon's selling him thousands more bombs in a heartbeat if he wanted them... with which to kill more school children; women, and the medically fragile elderly.

And we have a companion piece to this, also courtesy of antiwar.com:

Slain bus full of children raises questions about the US role in Yemen war

Looks for those questions to go completely unanswered by this administration, which very much believes in killing for profit, and by the mantra "War is good for business!!"

Aug 16 13:41

Taliban Overrun Another Afghan Military Base, Killing 45 Troops

For the second time this week, Taliban insurgents attacked and overran an Afghan Army base in the country’s north, this time in Baghlan Province. The offensive lasted about five hours, and left the Taliban in control of the military base and a nearby police checkpoint.

Starting before dawn, Taliban fighters quickly overwhelmed the police checkpoint, killing nine police, then moved on to the army base. They got to the base in Baghlan-e Markazi District and took that as well, killing another 36 troops.

Baghlan Governor Abdul Hai Nemati says that reinforcements have been sent to try to recapture the area. Checkpoints in the area were reportedly set on fire by the Taliban, however, so not everything can be recovered

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF this administration, coupled with NATO, had two brain cells to rub together on this issue, they would immediately evacuate their troops in Afghanistan out of the country as quickly as was safely possible, negotiating with whatever government was left standing in Kabul for the rights to the oil pipelines, rare earth minerals, and poppy production.

Of course... that... would be logical.

Aug 16 13:39

Omarosa was fired from the Clinton-Gore White House FOUR TIMES

Omarosa's Long History of Being Fired

Aug 16 13:29

United States SAFE Act In The Making: Penned & Promoted By Andrew Cuomo

If Democrats do in fact take over Congress, after the November 2018 midterm elections, and if Andrew Cuomo is elected to a third term as Governor of New York, Cuomo will be taking his plans for a National New York Safe Act to a receptive Congress, where he will lead the pack to destroy the right of the people to keep and bear arms. Of that, there can be no doubt.

Aug 16 13:21

Economic Contagion? Central Banks Are The Real Culprit

It would appear that the only “contagion” is that of central banks; most of all the Federal Reserve. Yet, all we hear about in the mainstream is talk on the trade war and linchpins like Turkey. The public is being regaled with lies, conditioned to accept false explanations about the true cause of a crisis that is about to occur; a crisis which central bankers are deliberately engineering so that they can later promote the philosophy of "simplification" and one-world centralization as a cure-all.

Aug 16 13:17

REPORT SHOWS FDA MANIPULATING AND IGNORING SCIENCE ON KRATOM

In a detailed white paper released today, AKA scientists and attorneys claim, “The FDA has also misled the DEA, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) with incomplete, inaccurate, extrapolated, and distorted information on adverse events and deaths allegedly associated with the use of kratom to encourage unwarranted legislative and regulatory restrictions on kratom at the federal, state, and local government levels.

The most egregious examples cited by AKA include cases where:

• The FDA failed to adequately disclose and account for material facts from the peer-reviewed Case Report of nine deaths in Sweden that were published in 2011 in the Journal of Analytical Toxicology. That report concluded the deaths were actually the result of adulteration of kratom powder with a toxic dose of O-desmethyltramadol.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Why are the drug companies so afraid of this herb to the point of wanting to schedule it?!?

Because when used judiciously and carefully, it can assist in managing pain and stress, without the need of going to a prescription painkiller.

But in looking at using this, there are two things you have to understand, absolutely; the first is the correct dosage for your body weight, and the second is, the quality of the kratom you are buying.

Aug 16 13:05

US OFFICIALS WARN OF "DISTURBING" RUSSIAN SPACE WEAPONS AT UN CONFERENCE

US officials at a UN conference expressed “deep suspicion” of Russia for its advancement in the creation of “space weapons.”

Assistant Secretary of State Yleem Poblete called Russia’s developments “disturbing.”

Russian officials dismissed the claims as “unfounded and slanderous,” saying they want to avoid a new arms race in outer space. US officials say a new Russian satellite is acting “abnormal” and they are alleging that to be evidence of weaponry.

In reality, the US interest in hyping Russian space weapons is fairly transparently an attempt to bring new attention to the militarization of space, as President Trump has been very keen to establish an enormous Space Force, and failed to get Congressional funding.

Selling the Space Force to the public and the legislature is contingent on it being used for something.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The only thing "disturbing" to the US government, is that the US military, apparently, doesn't have these alleged weapons yet.

Aug 16 13:02

DEAF 76-YEAR-OLD WOMAN KNOCKED UNCONSCIOUS AND ARRESTED OVER ALLEGED JAYWALKING

“Despite recognizing that Mrs. Jin could not hear or understand him, Officer Corvello made no attempts to effectively communicate with Mrs. Jin at any point before or during her arrest,” the suit states.

Within minutes of Corvello watching an elderly deaf woman cross the road with her groceries, Jin found herself surrounded by police — for jaywalking. As officers arrived, they searched Jin and all of her groceries. During the search, Jin produced her California identification card, disabled senior citizen bus pass, and a handwritten card with the name and phone number of Jin’s daughter for emergencies.

According to the lawsuit, Jin was terrified and begged the cops not to hurt her but this was to no avail.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So this... is what "to protect and serve" looks like these days in California.

Aug 16 12:58

LOCKHEED MARTIN AWARDED OVER $3 BILLION IN GOVT CONTRACTS IN JUST TWO DAYS, AS MILITARY FRETS ABOUT RUSSIAN, CHINESE ADVANCES

The U.S. Air Force announced within the span of two days earlier this week that it had awarded over $3.3 billion in contracts to U.S. weapons giant Lockheed Martin. The first of these contracts, totaling $480 million, was announced on Monday and tasked Lockheed with designing a new “hypersonic” missile. The new missile, known as the Air-Launched Rapid Response Weapon (ARRW), is the second “hypersonic” missile under development at Lockheed, as the U.S. Air Force awarded a $928 million contract to the company this past April to develop the Hypersonic Conventional Strike Weapon (HCSW) program.

The second contract, totaling a sizable $2.9 billion, was awarded to Lockheed on Tuesday and tasks the company with creating three missile-warning satellites, with each satellite set to cost just under $1 billion each.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The problem isn't that the Russians and Chinese military have these weapons; the problem is the US defense industry has felt no compulsion to provide this country with the "edge" it needs to stay a step ahead of these Russian and Chinese weaponry developments.

Aug 16 12:32

FRACKING WASTEWATER SPIKES 1,440% IN HALF DECADE

Between 2011 and 2016, fracked oil and gas wells in the U.S. pumped out record-breaking amounts of wastewater, which is laced with toxic and radioactive materials, a new Duke University study concludes. The amount of wastewater from fracking rose 1,440 percent during that period.

Over the same time, the total amount of water used for fracking rose roughly half as much, 770 percent, according to the paper published Wednesday in the journal Science Advances.

"Previous studies suggested hydraulic fracturing does not use significantly more water than other energy sources, but those findings were based only on aggregated data from the early years of fracking," Avner Vengosh, professor of geochemistry and water quality at Duke's Nicholas School of the Environment, said in a statement. "After more than a decade of fracking operation, we now have more years of data to draw upon from multiple verifiable sources."

The researchers predict that spike in water use will continue to climb.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This has got to be lousy for the general environment, and for people who live anywhere near these fracking sites.

Aug 16 12:29

WEED-KILLING CARCINOGEN GLYPHOSATE FOUND IN CHILDREN'S FOODS: SOURCE: MAC SLAVO VIA SHTFPLAN.COM

The known carcinogen and infamous weed killing chemical glyphosate has just been found in breakfast foods marketed for children. A new study has discovered trace amounts of the most widely used herbicide in the country in oats, granolas, and snack bars.

Concern over glyphosate has continued to grow in the United States in recent years. Although the chemical may be safe in some amounts to spray on weeds if certain safety precautions are taken, it is probably a lot more dangerous if it’s ingested by a child. Most disturbing, however, is the fact that thirty-one out of 45 tested products had levels of glyphosate that were higher than what many scientists consider safe for children.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If there was EVER a corporation utterly and completely deserving of being sued out of existence, that corporation is Monsanto, for cooking the numbers on their own research, and lying about the statistics of how bad this product is for humankind.

Aug 16 12:24

Hundreds post messages of forgiveness to couple who blame themselves for starting deadly Calif. wildfire

The devastating Carr Fire is now the eighth-largest wildfire in California state history. The blaze, which ignited on July 23 near Redding, has claimed the lives of at least seven people, as firefighters work to quell the flames.

Aug 16 12:24

Trump wants federal suit against opioid manufacturers

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is asking Attorney General Jeff Sessions to file a federal lawsuit against certain companies that supply and manufacture opioids.

Aug 16 12:23

Aretha Franklin tributes: Adele, Paul McCartney and Oprah share touching notes after the legend dies at age 76

Celebrities took to social media to mourn the loss of the Queen of Soul.
Aretha Franklin died from advanced pancreatic cancer on Thursday morning at her home in Detroit, according to her publicist Gwendolyn Quinn. She was 76.

Aug 16 12:23

PEPE ESCOBAR: ECONOMIC WAR ON IRAN IS WAR ON EURASIAN INTEGRATION

Hysteria reigned supreme after the first round of US sanctions were reinstated against Iran over the past week. War scenarios abound, and yet the key aspect of the economic war unleashed by the Trump administration has been overlooked: Iran is a major piece in a much larger chessboard.

The US sanctions offensive, launched after Washington’s unilateral pullout from the Iran nuclear deal, should be interpreted as an advance gambit in the New Great Game at whose center lies China’s New Silk Road – arguably the most important infrastructure project of the 21st century — and overall Eurasia integration.

The Trump administration’s maneuvers are a testament to how China’s New Silk Road, or Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), threaten the US establishment.

Aug 16 11:46

Body camera video released of Denver mayor’s son threatening officer

AURORA, Colo. -- The body camera video recording of the son of Denver Mayor Michael Hancock using a gay slur and threatening an Aurora police officer has been released.

Aug 16 11:45

Aretha Franklin dies in Detroit, surrounded by family and friends

DETROIT (WJBK) - Her voice is unparalleled. Her music is legendary. She is The Queen.
Aretha Franklin, The Queen of Soul, has died Thursday at the age of 76, according to her publicist. Earlier this week the news broke that she was seriously ill and was being surrounded by loved ones. She died at 9:50 a.m. at her home in Detroit.

Aug 16 11:44

As newspapers unite to defend press freedom, Trump accuses them of 'COLLUSION'

The Boston Globe, which was sold to the the [sic] Failing New York Times for 1.3 BILLION DOLLARS (plus 800 million dollars in losses & investment), or 2.1 BILLION DOLLARS, was then sold by the Times for 1 DOLLAR,” Trump tweeted. “Now the Globe is in COLLUSION with other papers on free press. PROVE IT!”

Aug 16 11:41

New Mexico Judge Cries Islamophobia In Decision To Free Jihadi Compound Suspects

Reactions have ranged from shock to disbelief at a New Mexico judge's decision to free five suspects operating a heavily armed camp where prosecutors allege 11 malnourished children were being trained for jihad while on the FBI's radar.

Despite authorities finding the decomposing body of a three-year-old boy who was reportedly killed in a ritual ceremony by his father - the son of a famous Imam, who claimed his seizure-stricken child would resurrect as Jesus and use his psychic powers to help the group target "corrupt institutions and people" with "violent actions," and despite a letter from one suspect to his brother inviting him to "die as a martyr," New Mexico judge Sarah Backus on Monday released five alleged Muslim extremists on a $20,000 "signature bond" (meaning they don't have to pay it) - while effectively admonishing the prosecution for Islamophobia.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The FBI knew about this camp all along and the judge let's them walk? Was this an FBI setup for more false-flags that got blown?

Aug 16 11:33

Video Captures Moment Punk Band Lead Singer Attacks Trump-Supporting Fan During Live Show

A Sacramento police investigation is underway after a Trump supporter alleged he was severely beaten by the lead singer of the well-known punk rock band Social Distortion at one of their concerts.

Trump supporter Tim Hildebrand of Galt, California says that when 56-year-old band lead singer Mike Ness went on an anti-Trump rant while performing at the the Ace of Spades club in Midtown Sacramento, the concert attendee responded with a middle finger, and the chaos started from there.

Aug 16 11:21

Chinese Boeing 737 crash-lands at Manila airport – reports

A XiamenAir plane has crash-landed at Manila International Airport in the Philippines, according to AirLive.

Flight MF8667 from Xiamen, China, circled Manila for about one hour before aborting landing. On its second landing attempt, the Boeing 737-800 skidded off the runway.

Aug 16 11:19

INFOWARS is now on BitChute, the uncensorable peer-to-peer video platform for free speech!

The channel just hit 21,600 Subscribers

Aug 16 11:11

Georgia woman facing 'longest sentence' for leaking to media

Winner's plea deal calls for a prison sentence of five years and three months. The judge isn't bound by that agreement, and the charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years.

Prosecutors said in a court filing Tuesday their recommended sentence is stiffer than punishments in prior leak cases.

Winner's arrest last year was announced the same day The Intercept published a story on a classified NSA report on Russian hackers and the 2016 election.

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