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Apr 18 20:31

Ongoing Effort to Free Ross Supported by 100 Eminent Organizations and Individuals

By Jamie Redman

Ross Ulbricht’s clemency petition is closing in on 160,000 signatures stemming from individuals asking U.S. President Donald Trump to pardon Ulbricht. In addition to the vast number of signatures, roughly 100 eminent organizations and well-known figures have supported Ulbricht’s effort, many of whom have written a statement on Ulbricht’s behalf in order to speak out against his draconian double-life prison sentence for creating a website...

Apr 18 18:25

Starbucks customer complains that police mixed her up with 'erratically' behaving woman: 'Is she Latina like me?'

On Wednesday, the San Pablo Police Department in California released body-camera footage on Facebook in response to a claim filed by the falsely accused woman. In the footage, from the afternoon of March 18, a man, and a woman named Guadalupe Tamayo, were sitting at Starbucks in the neighborhood of Princeton Plaza when officers appeared and told Tamayo to leave the store.

Apr 18 18:24

'I been killing his kind': Man arrested for racist rant caught on video towards 'Arab' AT&T employee

A customer inside an AT&T store in Texas went on a racist rant on Tuesday against an employee, calling him “a f***ing Arab” and bragging about “killing his kind” — all while a fellow customer filmed the scene, called the police and had the man arrested.

Apr 18 15:53

Pain of 'Trail of Tears' shared by Blacks as well as Native Americans

African American history, as it is often told, includes two monumental migration stories: the forced exodus of Africans to the Americas during the brutal Middle Passage of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade, and the voluntary migration of Black residents who moved from southern farms and towns to northern cities in the early 1900s in search of “the warmth of other suns.” A third African-American migration story–just as epic, just as grave–hovers outside the familiar frame of our historical consciousness. The iconic tragedy of Indian Removal: the Cherokee Trail of Tears that relocated thousands of Cherokees to Indian Territory (now Oklahoma), was also a Black migration. Slaves of Cherokees walked this trail along with their Indian owners.

Apr 18 15:52

CLIMATE FACTS

Apr 18 15:30

Bill would offer in-state tuition to undocumented students at Oregon graduate schools

State lawmakers are looking to expand in-state tuition.

If it's voted into law, SB 859 would allow undocumented students to pay in-state tuition for public Oregon graduate programs if they:

Qualified for undergraduate tuition equity

Attended Oregon K-12 schools for at least three years, or went to a U.S. school for a minimum of five years

Demonstrate intent to become a U.S. citizen

According to the Higher Education Coordinating Commission, this would currently affect about 250 students.

Apr 18 15:15

Global Synchronized Slowdown Continues...

Apr 18 14:23

Israel bans Gaza Christians from going to Jerusalem, Bethlehem for Easter

Israeli occupation authorities refused to issue travel permits for hundreds of Palestinian Christians from Gaza who planned to visit holy sites in Jerusalem and Bethlehem during Passover, Safa news agency reported yesterday.

Reporting Israeli newspaper Haaretz, Safa said that Israel allowed only 200 Christians from Gaza, who are over 55 years old, to travel to Jordan only and did not issue permits for those wishing to visit the Church of Nativity in occupied Bethlehem or the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in occupied Jerusalem.

Israeli rights group Gisha reported complaints against the Israeli occupation regarding the restrictions imposed on people who want to travel during the Jewish Passover holiday which coincides with Easter.

“This is a flagrant violation of the freedom of movement, freedom of worship and freedom of enjoying family life for the Christians in Gaza,” Gisha said, noting that Gaza is an example of a “wider Israeli racist policy”.

Apr 18 14:08

Teenager burned to death at school in Bangladesh

A 19-year-old woman has been burned to death at her school after she filed a sexual harassment complaint against her headmaster.

Nusrat Jahan Rafi from Feni, a small town 160km south of Bangladesh's capital Dhaka, was studying at a madrassa, or Islamic school, when the alleged harassment took place.

On 27 March, she fled in horror from her headmaster's office after he called her into the room and is alleged to have repeatedly touched her in an inappropriate manner.

In move that stoked anger in the conservative South Asian country, she went to the police with the help of her family on the day the alleged abuse happened.

Apr 18 14:06

DEATH OF FREE SPEECH: CRITICIZING ISRAEL WILL LAND YOU IN PRISON

Soon, this blog will be illegal.

No, I’m not selling drugs or peddling child pornography. I write about America’s wars and the primary objective of those illegal and immoral wars—to make Israel the hegemon of the Middle East along with Saudi Arabia. All US foreign policy in that region centers on those two nations.

The following may soon be classified as hate speech and antisemitism (as increasingly criticism of the Jewish state and its Zionist political ideology are considered crimes).

Trump took the baton from Obama after he told us he wasn’t into “nation-building” and was a populist “America First” noninterventionist. The American people were lied to again, but then this is now normal behavior.

Such criticism of Israel will soon be illegal. Democrats and Republicans are working together to make criticism of Israel a criminal offense. .

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Criminalization of free speech, is the beginning of the end of any Republic, and folks, we are right here, and right now.

In order to do this, Congress would have to neutralize the First Amendment to the Constitution, by having this ratified by a two-thirds of the House and Senate, then send it to the states for ratification, which will mean that 3/4 of the states must approve.

How are Constitutional Amendments created?The article goes on to state:

The Constitution

What is an amendment?

An amendment to the Constitution is an improvement, a correction or a revision to the original content approved in 1788. To date, 27 Amendments have been approved, six have been disapproved and thousands have been discussed.

How is the Constitution amended?

Article V of the Constitution prescribes how an amendment can become a part of the Constitution. While there are two ways, only one has ever been used. All 27 Amendments have been ratified after two-thirds of the House and Senate approve of the proposal and send it to the states for a vote. Then, three-fourths of the states must affirm the proposed Amendment."

Should such legislation against the First Amendment be passed, followed along swiftly by anti-Israel hate speech legislation, we will know, unequivocally, that the US has absolutely surrendered its geopolitical sovereignty to Israel, and that Israel will now have complete control over US foreign policy in the Middle East(as though it doesn't exert that control, to the absolute detriment of We the People, already.)

IF such legislation is passed, I hope that the counter-argument be heard all the way up to the Supreme Court, and that it will be struck down.

Apr 18 14:00

How Has Former MI6 Spymaster Richard Dearlove Dodged Scrutiny Despite Links To Russiagate?

One of the figures involved in the Obama administration's "Russiagate" scandal who has largely avoided scrutiny is former MI6 spymaster Sir Richard Dearlove, who is intimately linked to several key players in what many now believe was a high-level Set-up against the Trump campaign during the 2016 US election.

Dearlove, who served as chief of MI6 from 1999 to 2004, had contact during the 2016 campaign with dossier author Christopher Steele. He is also a close colleague of Stefan Halper, the alleged FBI and CIA informant who established contact with several Trump campaign advisers. Dearlove and Halper attended a Cambridge political event in July 2016 where Halper had his first contact with Trump campaign adviser Carter Page. -Daily Caller

Of note, Dearlove is best known for peddling a report alleging that Saddam Hussein had WMDs, which then-UK Prime Minister Tony Blair used to justify launching a war against Iraq.

Apr 18 13:59

Escobar: Now Comes The Notre Dame Of Billionaires

Notre-Dame belongs to the French state, which had been paying little to no attention to a gothic jewel that traversed eight centuries.

Fragments of arcades, chimeras, reliefs, gargoyles were always falling to the ground and kept in an improvised deposit in the back of the cathedral.

Only last year Notre-Dame got a check for 2 million euros to restore the spire – which burned to the ground yesterday.

To restore the whole cathedral would have cost 150 million euros, according to the top world expert on Notre-Dame, who happens to be an American, Andrew Tallon.

Recently, the custodians of the cathedral and the French state were actually at war.

The French state was making at least 4 million euros a year, charging tourists to enter the Twin (Bell) Towers but putting back only 2 million euros for the maintenance of Notre-Dame.

The rector of Notre-Dame refused to charge for a ticket to enter the cathedral – as it happens, for example, at the Duomo in Milan.

Apr 18 13:48

NXIVM Sex-Cult Prosecutors Have Evidence Of Illegal Clinton Campaign Contributions For "Political Influence"

US Attorney Richard Donoghue asked a federal judge last month for permission to present a mountain of new evidence in the NXIVM sex-cult trial - including evidence of an "illegal scheme to exceed contribution limits to a presidential primary campaign," in the "hopes of obtaining political influence to advance their own agenda," according to a March court filing.

"At the suggestion of a political operative, who has since pleaded guilty to an unrelated New York state bribery charge also involving campaign contributions, the contributions were “bundled” and presented to the candidate at a fundraising event attended by conspirators," the filing continues.

Apr 18 13:47

Mueller Report Undermines Most Salacious Claim In Steele Dossier

A Russian businessman with knowledge of the infamous “pee tapes” was told the tapes were fake, but chose not to tell Michael Cohen, the Mueller Report revealed Thursday.

Giorgi Rtskhiladze texted former personal attorney to the president Michael Cohen on October 30, 2016, saying, “Stopped flow of tapes from Russia but not sure if there’s anything else. Just so you know…” according to the report released Thursday morning after Attorney General William Barr’s press conference.

A footnote in the report reads, “Rtskhiladze said he was told the tapes were fake, but he did not communicate that to Cohen.”

But though Rtskhiladze was told that the tapes were fake, he did not tell Cohen.

Apr 18 13:39

After waves of criminal justice reforms, prosecutors now want to lock in pleas, ask defendants to give up future rights

The San Diego County District Attorney has a new tactic aimed at locking in prison terms in plea-bargained cases, by requiring defendants to give up any rights they may have in the future to seek a lower sentence if the Legislature or the courts change the law under which they were sent to prison.

The move comes after years of criminal justice reform measures, passed both by voters through statewide propositions and by lawmakers in Sacramento, that have lessened potential sentences for some crimes, downgraded other crimes from felonies to misdemeanors and opened a way for people in prison to go to court and get lower sentences based on newly-adopted changes to the law.

Now, in some cases, prosecutors in San Diego will require defendants to agree that a sentence imposed as part of a plea bargain will remain forever. Under the terms of the waiver, defendants will be barred from pursuing any new benefits that may be available to them in the future.

Apr 18 13:29

FACEBOOK SAYS IT 'UNINTENTIONALLY UPLOADED' 1.5 MILLION PEOPLE'S EMAIL CONTACTS WITHOUT THEIR CONSENT

SOURCE: BUSINESSINSIDER.COM
Facebook harvested the email contacts of 1.5 million users without their knowledge or consent when they opened their accounts.

Since May 2016, the social-networking company has collected the contact lists of 1.5 million users new to the social network, Business Insider can reveal. The Silicon Valley company said the contact data was "unintentionally uploaded to Facebook," and it is now deleting them.

The revelation comes after pseudononymous security researcher e-sushi noticed that Facebook was asking some users to enter their email passwords when they signed up for new accounts to verify their identities, a move widely condemned by security experts. Business Insider then discovered that if you entered your email password, a message popped up saying it was "importing" your contacts without asking for permission first.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder; upon what criteria was this data collected?!?

Apr 18 13:27

THE ECUADOREAN AUTHORITIES HAVE NO REASON TO DETAIN FREE SOFTWARE DEVELOPER OLA BINI

Hours after the ejection of Julian Assange from the London Ecuadorean embassy last week, police officers in Ecuador detained the Swedish citizen and open source developer Ola Bini. They seized him as he prepared to travel from his home in Quito to Japan, claiming that he was attempting to flee the country in the wake of Assange’s arrest. Bini had, in fact, booked the vacation long ago, and had publicly mentioned it on his Twitter account before Assange was arrested.

Ola’s detention was full of irregularities, as documented by his lawyers. His warrant was for a “Russian hacker” (Bini is neither); he was not read his rights, allowed to contact his lawyer nor offered a translator.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When innocent people are rounded up like cattle, to serve the political needs of the government who had this man arrested, any "democracy" which is doing this, is in a desperate state of deep, and sudden, decline.

Apr 18 13:22

Sears sues Lampert, claiming he looted assets and drove it into bankruptcy

Sears Holdings Corp sued longtime former chairman Eddie Lampert, his hedge fund ESL Investments and others like Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, claiming they illegally siphoned billions of dollars of assets from the retailer before it went bankrupt.

Apr 18 13:11

NORTH KOREA SAYS IT TESTED A NEW WEAPON BUT WON’T SAY WHAT IT WAS

North Korea is flexing its muscles. On Thursday, the nation announced that it had test-launched a new “tactical guided weapon” — but kept the details vague.

The weapon is unlikely to be a long-range ballistic missile that could jeopardize peace talks, according to the Associated Press. Rather, given the fact that the announcement came with new demands for ongoing negotiations with the U.S., the tests were likely intended as a display of military strength.

Guessing Game
South Korean experts suspect that the new weapon was some sort of cruise missile, per the AP‘s attempt to learn more. Had the weapon been a longer-range missile that could pose a threat to the U.S. or other nations, then North Korea may have put at risk its ongoing effort to lift sanctions that other countries have imposed on it.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What will be key and critical here, is how President Trump understands what has been done, and where this may be going, in terms of denuclearization dialogue with Kim Jun Ung.

But there is one thing on which he and I most likely agree, and appreciate, and that is how "Wreck-it Mike Pompeo" is behaving right now.'

This is the result you get when you appoint a Dominonist as your Secretary of State.

These folks have a core belief that the more wars countries create, the sooner Jesus will make his Second Coming.

Rapture Christians Plan to Trigger an Apocalypse

The article goes on to state:

"A new ideology in the White House".

In the Trump White House, a weekly bible study group calls its brand of faith “historical evangelicalism.” Biblical scholars say the group shares the “end of times” message of “Rapture” theologians in its statement of faith and founder Ralph Drollinger’s own published lessons.

The bible study group is run by Capitol Ministries, an organization with the stated mission “to teach God’s Word and share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with state legislators, judges, and constitutional officers.” Capitol Ministries supporters include ten members of Trump’s cabinet, including in addition to Pompeo, labor secretary Alex Acosta and housing secretary Ben Carson according to the Capitol Ministries website. Drollinger, a UCLA basketball player-turned politician-turned-preacher, has also been holding weekly bible study groups with dozens of Congress members since 2010."

Folks, I do not know how you feel about having a Secretary of State, whose religious eshatology commends him to "grease the skids" for the worst global catastrophe ever, because it will be the event which will foreshadow the 2nd coming of Christ, but color me very nervous about this.

In looking at Pompeo's foreign policy, one can see how, in his mind, creating wars against Biblical enemies, and others, like Iran, Venezuela, North Korea, and Yemen, makes perfect sense to him; after all, it's hastening the second coming of Jesus, right?!?

And I have to wonder; what will happen to these Dominionists, if the wars destroy all life on earth, but there is no second coming of Jesus?!?

Apr 18 13:08

CARL'S JR. TO TEST A CBD-INFUSED BURGER

On April 20 (4/20, duh), Carl's Jr. will sell a cannabidiol (CBD)-infused burger at one of their Denver, Colorado locations. It's called the Rocky Mountain High: CheeseBurger Delight.

Apr 18 12:57

China Is Joining the Rush for Arctic Riches

Why is a nation with no polar shoreline building nuclear icebreakers? Hydrocarbons and trade routes.

Apr 18 12:57

These are the five areas where the Air Force wants to see an explosion of technology

The Air Force has a new science and technology strategy, and it’s built around the idea that the service needs to generate leap-ahead capabilities like the 1950s-era Century Series that spawned six new fighter jets in five years.

To do that, the service wants to restructure about 20 percent of its S&T efforts into “vanguard programs” that will tie together different developmental efforts across the Air Force’s research institutions and experiment with them to see whether it shows promise.

“If you’re playing hockey, you shouldn’t be shooting where the goalie is. You should be shooting where the goalie isn’t,” Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson said Wednesday. “So the idea with part of this strategy is to assess where our adversaries can’t easily go and get there first and fastest. That’s a winning strategy.”

Apr 18 12:57

America gets its ‘ass handed to it’ in WW3 simulations

The US may not stand a chance against Russia and China should World War III break out, advanced warfare analysts have warned.

Nonprofit global policy think tank RAND has been performing simulated war scenarios, often sponsored by the Pentagon, to test how American forces would fare against the world’s other leading military superpowers.

Last week, RAND analysts revealed that in scenario after scenario, the US has suffered severe losses despite spending nearly $1trillion annually on the military, exceeding the spending of any other country by more than double.

‘In our games, when we fight Russia and China, “blue” gets its ass handed to it,’ researcher David Ochmanek explained at the Center for a New American Security on Thursday, Breaking Defense first reported. American forces are generally color-coded in blue in the simulations.

Apr 18 12:55

Megalith tombs reveal secrets of European stone age

An international research team have discovered kin relationships among stone-age individuals buried in megalithic tombs in Ireland and Sweden, according to a recent study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America scientific journal.

The kin relations can be traced for more than 10 generations and suggest that megaliths were graves for kindred groups in stone age north-western Europe.

According to the paper, agriculture spread through migrants from the Fertile Crescent into Europe around 9,000 BCE, reaching north-western Europe by 4,000 BC. Starting around 4,500 BC, a new phenomenon of constructing megalithic monuments, particularly for funerary practices, emerged along the Atlantic façade.

These constructions have been enigmatic to the scientific community and the origin and social structure of the groups that erected them has remained largely unknown.

Apr 18 12:54

Putin to meet with Kim Jong-un in Russia in 2nd half of April – Kremlin

Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will hold a meeting in Russia before the end of the month, the Kremlin said on Thursday. Kim will visit to Russia at Putin’s invitation, according to the statement.

Apr 18 12:52

German Nazi camp guard, 92, charged as accessory to thousands of murders

German prosecutors have charged a 92-year-old former concentration camp guard with being an accessory to murder, in what will be one of the last ever cases against Nazi-era war crimes.

Hamburg prosecutors accused the man, identified only as Bruno D., of aiding and abetting 5,230 cases of murder during the almost nine months he spent on duty at a concentration camp watch-tower at the end of World War Two.

According to Die Welt newspaper, which first reported the charges, the man admitted to prosecutors during a voluntary interrogation last year that he had seen people being taken to gas chambers to be murdered.

Apr 18 12:52

WAPO Editorial column admits Fox News was right all along, compares the anti Trump fake news bias in media is worthy of investigation.

Throughout most of southern Ohio, residents who watch cable news are predominantly glued to one channel: Fox News.

People there don’t watch Fox News to know what to think; they already know what they think, and they avoid news channels that insult their intelligence and core beliefs. Yes, Fox News is an echo chamber for the right, but no more than CNN and MSNBC are for the left, as far as conservatives are concerned. To be fair, when a Democrat is in the White House, the networks switch places, with Fox News criticizing every move, and MSNBC and CNN defending the Oval Office fortress.

Apr 18 12:41

NXIVM SEX CULT’S ALLEGED ILLEGAL POLITICAL CONTRIBUTIONS REPORTEDLY WENT TO HILLARY CLINTON

The NXIVM sex cult is facing allegations that it illegally bundled campaign donations to gain political favor with an unnamed US presidential election candidate and reports suggest that the politician is Hillary Clinton.
United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York Richard Donoghue asked a federal judge to introduce evidence showing that the defendants in the sex cult case had an “illegal scheme to exceed contribution limits to a presidential primary campaign.”

The court documents claim that witness testimony and documentary evidence will show that at least 14 NXIVM members, including five defendants, made the maximum campaign donation to a candidate, with the “understanding that they would be reimbursed by [Claire] Bronfman or Nancy Salzman,” who were involved in the cult. Salzman is the co-founder along with Keith Raniere.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Grab the popcorn, folks; if this case ever gets to trial, this is going to, potentially, have a "domino effect" on both the Clintons, and the Democratic party as well.

Apr 18 12:38

SEARS SUES LAMPERT, CLAIMING HE LOOTED COMPANY AND DROVE IT INTO BANKRUPTCY

Sears Holdings Corp sued longtime Chairman Eddie Lampert, his hedge fund ESL Investments, and former directors including Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, accusing them of allowing the retailer to be looted of billions of dollars before its October 2018 bankruptcy.

The lawsuit, made public on Thursday, was filed by the restructuring team winding down what remains of the pre-bankruptcy Sears following Lampert’s $5.2 billion purchase in February of most of its assets.

Sears accused Lampert of ordering the creation of bogus financial plans showing the retailer would turn itself around even as it racked up huge losses, enabling the transfer of five major assets including Land’s End and Sears Hometown Outlet for his benefit.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is not going to go away"; so I would suggest that he "lawyer up", and fast, because what may be brought up during the Discovery portion of the trial, may be significantly damning to both Lampert personally, and to his professional reputation.

Apr 18 11:59

Listeria Claims a Life: What You Need to Know About This Deadly Outbreak

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and several states are investigating an outbreak of Listeria that has killed one person and hospitalized several others.

The outbreak has been linked to deli meats and cheeses.

Apr 18 11:40

Russia And Arab States Agree On Libya Stabilization Plan

The participants at the Forum of Russian-Arab Cooperation agreed to continue developing efforts to contribute to the normalization in Libya, declared the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia, Sergey Lavrov, at the closing of negotiations held with the Secretary General of the League of Arab States, Ahmed Aboul Gheit.

“We have agreed to continue working on the normalization of Libya,” said Lavrov.

The Russian foreign minister said that those gathered expressed their support for the efforts of the UN special representative, Ghassan Salame, on the implementation of the Road Map, prepared by him, to contribute to the normalization in Libya.

“The common task of the interested parties is to help the Libyans overcome the existing discord and reach agreements that lead to national reconciliation,” said Lavrov.

Apr 18 11:39

Julian Assange and the Sins of the World

There’s only been one person – so far – who suffered for the sins of the world and either saved us a lot of trouble or else caused us a lot of unnecessary grief. All I know is that a lot of people are hoping for His return – and for a better outcome.

As for myself, I fully expect a repeat of the previous scenario: the message, the betrayal, the persecution, and a torturous death.

They isolated Julian in the days before they hauled him out for the public display of his martyrdom. No crucifix this time. No crown of thorns. Just a penumbra of the deepest silence, which grips the very air: yet still he remains unbowed, his head held high.

Apr 18 11:38

New York Times Reportedly Mistakes Cologne Cathedral With Notre Dame

The mix-up was reportedly spotted by many keen-eyed viewers, with one of them joking about how "for us Americans every cathedral looks the same".

As news of the terrible tragedy which befell the famous Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris spread across the world, The New York Times newspaper apparently ended up making a blunder related to the building’s appearance, according to German radio station Deutschlandfunk.

According to the media outlet, the opening sequence of a video released by the newspaper clearly shows the Cologne Cathedral instead of the Notre-Dame de Paris, with many keen-eyed viewers – especially residents of Cologne – quickly noticing the gaffe, with one of them jokingly remarking that "for us Americans every cathedral looks the same".

Apr 18 11:37

Electrical short-circuit is believed to have started Notre Dame blaze, investigators believe

Investigators believe an 'electrical short circuit' was responsible for starting the blaze which devastated Notre Dame cathedral this week.

A French judicial police official said investigators brought in to work out the cause of the inferno made the claims - despite them not having been given access to the church yet for safety reasons.

The official, who spoke anonymously about the ongoing investigation, said the monument is still being consolidated with wooden planks to support some fragile parts of the walls.

Only after it is fully made safe will investigators will be allowed a closer look in order to accurately determine the cause of the fire.

Apr 18 11:37

Ocasio-Cortez Lists Tax Cuts and the Census as Reasons to Impeach Trump

The phrase ‘high crimes and misdemeanors’ must be too many syllables for her to understand.

New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was asked during an interview on Yahoo News’ “Skullduggery” podcast this past weekend if she supports impeaching President Trump.

As with most thoughts, the Democrat socialist struggled to convey any rational reasons for supporting such a bold and significant move.

“I think you could reach in a bag and pull so many things out that are impeachable of this president,” she claimed. “I support impeaching this president.”

So many things …

That’s when the interviewers asked her to cite three specific ‘things.’

Apr 18 11:25

Arsenic in Some Bottled Water Brands at Unsafe Levels, Consumer Reports Says

Natural foods grocery chain Whole Foods introduced its new brand of bottled water at a 2015 investor event, where company executives heralded the product’s purity and healthfulness.

"It naturally flows out of the ground," chief operating officer A.C. Gallo said about the company’s spring in Council, Idaho, according to a published transcript on its website. "We built, actually, a spring house over it so we can let the water go down to the bottling plant. It’s amazingly pristine water."

Apr 18 11:24

What would happen if you got sucked into a black hole?

IMAGINE you are floating along in space. It is quiet and cold, serene but slightly terrifying. Suddenly, you feel a tug, faint at first, but getting ever stronger as it pulls you towards an empty region of the sky. Before you know it, you have entered a black hole. “That’s when the universe starts to go bizarre on you,” says Priyamvada Natarajan at Yale University.

With the publication of the first ever picture of a black hole this week, any residual doubt that these monsters of space-time exist is banished. But as to what happens inside one – well, there physicists are still mightily in dispute. So what are your possible fates, should you ever be so unlucky as to have a close encounter of the black hole kind?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

You would be shredded by tidal forces.

Apr 18 11:23

A nail in the coffin of the Russian hacking narrative will be coming from none other than the ones who leaked the DNC info, WikiLeaks and Julian Assange

This week, in a stunning turn of events, U.S. congressman Dana Rohrabacher became the first congressman to meet with Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London.

During the private three-hour meeting Assange told Rohrabacher that he will prove that leaked DNC documents, published by WikiLeaks during the 2016 presidential election, did not come from Russia. Then on Thursday, Rohrabacher made a promise to pardon him.

On Thursday, Rohrabacher gave an interview with the Daily Caller in which he noted that Assange couldn’t come to Washington given his current status as a wanted criminal. So, he brought up the notion of pardoning the political prisoner.

Rohrabacher told The Daily Caller in an exclusive interview Thursday that Assange is hoping to leave the Ecuadorian embassy in London where he is currently in asylum, and that during the meeting they explored "what might be necessary to get him out."

Apr 18 11:21

Air-Breathing Rocket Engine Gets Green Light for Major Tests

A new air-breathing rocket engine is ready for a major round of testing in the next 18 months after having passed a preliminary design review by the European Space Agency (ESA).

The Synergistic Air-Breathing Rocket Engine (SABRE), which is being developed by the U.K. company Reaction Engines, can switch between two modes. In aircraft-engine mode, it uses oxygen from the atmosphere, and in rocket-engine mode, it burns an oxidizer carried onboard together with the fuel liquid hydrogen.

Apr 18 11:20

Pro-ISIS channel issues guide to buying weapons on dark web, using them against Westerners

A pro-ISIS Telegram channel has posted a step-by-step guide on how to procure weapons anonymously on the dark web and use them in revenge attacks against the West.

The message, which was written in English and directed at militant Muslims, starts off with a Q&A display on how radicals who want to avenge the death of an Islamic State (ISIS) member can do so by buying untraceable weapons.

The post also provides a tutorial that "details steps and measures to anonymously access the Deep Web through the TOR browser, anonymous email service and Bitcoins," according to a report by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI).

The dark web is a part of the Internet that is hidden and lies beyond the reach of conventional search engines. Users are mostly anonymous and, untraceable, and they pay for services or goods with cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin. Tor was designed as an encrypted browser that uses special coding to keep browsing histories secret.

Apr 18 11:19

Preposterous! Pompeo ‘setting the stage for war with Iran,’ says Bush-era official

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is “setting the stage for a war with Iran,” says a Bush-era official, claiming he sees the same pattern that developed ahead of the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

Lawrence Wilkerson, who once served as chief of staff for former US Secretary of State Colin Powell, made the comments in an interview with nonprofit news organization The Real News Network.

“I’m looking at the same kind of trail, as it were, that happened just prior to the invasion of Iraq in 2003 and the same characters with a few new additions actually laying that trail down,” he said.

Pompeo was recently warned about going to war with Iran by Republican Senator Rand Paul, reminding him that he has no “permission” to do so without Congress approval.

Apr 18 11:12

REPORT: CHRISTOPHER STEELE REFUSING TO MEET WITH DOJ INSPECTOR GENERAL, WHICH IS SCRUTINIZING EX-SPY’S DOSSIER

Christopher Steele declined to meet with the Justice Department’s Office of the Inspector General, which is reportedly poised to cast doubt on the veracity of some of the former British spy’s infamous anti-Trump dossier.

Steele declined the inspector general’s request on the grounds that it would be improper for him to take part “in an internal Justice Department investigation as a foreign national and former British intelligence agent,” Politico reported Wednesday.

Apr 18 11:11

The Legend of Pancho Barnes and the Happy Bottom Riding Club

"Broadcast" version now airing on most public television stations.

"Uncensored" version now on DVD and in film festivals.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I still have my membership card in the Happy Bottom Riding Club. :)

Apr 18 11:07

Democratic Candidate in Crucial Swing District Returns Donation From Ilhan Omar

Dan McCready (D., N.C.), the sole remaining Democratic candidate from the 2018 midterm cycle, has returned a $2,000 campaign donation from Rep. Ilhan Omar (D., Minn.), the controversial congresswoman whose anti-Semitic remarks have elicited condemnation from both sides of the aisle.

Apr 18 10:23

Hidden Cam Shows It’s Nearly Impossible To File A Complaint Against A Police Officer In Florida And It’s Terrifying

Receiving a complaint about your service is always awkward, people rarely like to admit when they’ve done wrong. However, it seems that for some South Florida police departments filing a complaint is next to impossible. As this undercover video shows, you better have a damn good reason for your complaint because entering a police station without one can be scary, risky and even downright dangerous.

Apr 18 10:22

More Than 100 High-End Cars Were Stolen Using An App In A Possible Chicago Crime Spree

Police are questioning more than a dozen people over the theft of 100 high-end vehicles in Chicago after a car sharing company reported that some of its fleet was stolen using its mobile app, forcing it to temporarily shut down the service in the city.

Apr 18 10:19

Strong and shallow M6.1 earthquake hits Hualien, Taiwan

According to the USGS, the epicenter was located 13 km (8.1 miles) NE of Hualien City (population 350 468), 74 km (46 miles) E of Puli (population 86 406), and 77 km (48 miles) S of Yilan (population 94 188), Taiwan.

There are 2 040 000 people living within 100 km (62 miles), 650 000 within 75 km (46 000 miles), 260 000 within 50 km (31 miles) and 42 000 within 10 km (62 miles).

163 000 people are estimated to have felt very strong shaking, 71 000 strong, 395 000 moderate and 20 223 000 light.

This was the largest quake to hit the island so far this year.

Apr 18 10:18

Rising Democratic star Pete Buttigieg enlists Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton fundraisers to build his 2020 campaign war chest

Pete Buttigieg’s increasingly popular presidential run has drawn the support of more than two dozen top Democratic fundraisers, including people who bundled big-dollar donations for Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton during their White House bids, according to a list CNBC obtained from campaign aides.

The financiers on the roster range from former U.S. ambassadors to real estate executives, the latest evidence that the South Bend, Indiana, mayor’s underdog bid to challenge President Donald Trump next year is catching on with Democrats as the party sorts through a crowded primary field.

Apr 18 10:18

Extreme rainfall, widespread flooding hit Ras Al Khaimah, UAE

Extremely heavy rainfall hit parts of United Arab Emirates over the past couple of days, causing major flash flooding in Ras Al Khaimah (RAK), UAE's northernmost emirate. Parts of the emirate received 2.5 years of average annual rainfall from April 9 to 15, 2019.

The heaviest rainfall hit Al-Khaimah Valley with record high 247.4 mm (9.7 inches). The previous record of 189.8 mm (7.47 inches) was set in 2003. The rainfall filled the "Wadi al-Bays" dam built in the valley in 1982, weather authorities said.

The annual average in UAE is about 100 mm (3.93 inches).

Apr 18 10:17

New York Times Accidentally Unravels UK Government's Official Skripal Narrative

While London almost immediately blamed Moscow for being behind the poisoning of ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in the UK city of Salisbury in March 2018, Russia has strongly rejected its involvement, stressing it's been denied access both to the investigation into the incident and the Russian nationals affected.

Apr 18 10:15

Ann Coulter: All the President’s Bloodsucking Relatives

Even after Trump won the presidency, Jared Kushner was embarrassed by his father-in-law, according to Vicky Ward’s terrific new book, Kushner, Inc.: Greed. Ambition. Corruption. The Extraordinary Story of Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump.
In a speech to hundreds of New York bankers and businessmen on Dec. 16, 2016, Jared admitted that Trump was “easy to hate from afar.” But not to worry, he said, Trump wouldn’t be keeping his campaign promises — especially on immigration.

One banker who heard the speech was appalled, shocked by Jared’s arrogance in thinking he could “control” the president.

Joke’s on him. Turns out Jared was right. He does control Trump.

And what a blessing that’s been.

Apr 18 10:15

PR Operation: Macron Uses Notre Dame Blaze to Stage Show of ‘National Unity’

Gilbert Mercier, editor-in-chief of News Junkie Post and author of “The Orwellian Empire,” joined Radio Sputnik’s Loud & Clear Wednesday to discuss how French President Emmanuel Macron’s solemn speech in the aftermath of the fire that devastated the Cathedral of Notre Dame could boost Macron’s approval ratings.

"It might sound kind of cynical on my part, but for politicians, it seems like all disasters can be used for potential political gain," Mercier told hosts John Kiriakou and Brian Becker.

Apr 18 10:14

Donald Trump Calls Pope Francis to Offer Reconstruction Support for Notre Dame

President Donald Trump spoke with Pope Francis on Wednesday to offer condolences after the fire at Notre Dame Cathedral.
“Just had a wonderful conversation with Pope Francis offering condolences from the People of the United States for the horrible and destructive fire at Notre Dame Cathedral,” Trump wrote on Twitter.

Restoration of the famous Catholic cathedral will take several years and billions of dollars after the destructive fire on Monday.

Trump offered assistance for the process from the United States.

“I offered the help of our great experts on renovation and construction as I did in my conversation yesterday with President Emmanuel Macron of France,” Trump wrote on Twitter.

The fire occurred during Holy Week, just prior to Easter Sunday, which prompted the president to recognize the season.

“I also wished both Pope Francis and President Macron a very Happy Easter!” Trump said.

Apr 18 10:13

Glyphosate Worse Than We Could Imagine

As new studies continue to point to a direct link between the widely-used glyphosate herbicide and various forms of cancer, the agribusiness lobby fights ferociously to ignore or discredit evidence of human and other damage. A second US court jury case just ruled that Monsanto, now a part of the German Bayer AG, must pay $ 81 million in damages to plaintiff Edwin Hardeman who contracted non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma cancer. The ruling and a line-up of another 11,000 pending cases in US courts going after the effects of glyphosate, have hit Bayer AG hard with the company announcing several thousand layoffs as its stock price plunges.

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