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Jul 19 08:47

DEA TRACKED EVERY OPIOID PILL SOLD IN THE US. THE DATA IS OUT—AND IT’S HORRIFIC

SOURCE: ARSTECHNICA.COM

Between 2006 and 2012, opioid drug makers and distributors flooded the country with 76 billion pills of oxycodone and hydrocodone—highly addictive opioid pain medications that sparked the epidemic of abuse and overdoses that killed nearly 100,000 people in that time period.

As the epidemic surged over the seven-year period, so did the supply. The companies increased distribution from 8.4 billion in 2006 to 12.6 billion in 2012, a jump of roughly 50%. In all, the deluge of pills was enough to supply every adult and child in the country with around 36 opioid pills per year. Just a 10-day supply can hook 1 in 5 people into being long-term users, researchers have determined.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"The needs of the patients" did NOT include heavy addiction, over a short period of time, thank you very much.

There are alternatives to addiction, including meditation; diet; music; and more. Music calmed pre-op patients just as well as did drugs

I would hope for a future which combines the best,and vetted, alternative therapies with far lower doses of potentially addictive drugs, to keep people from getting addicted.

Unfortunately, these are alternatives which are not really supported by the medical/industrial complex at all, because it eats into drugs' profitability.

Jul 17 16:51

Things Haven’t Always Been This Way

Today’s true tragedy is that most people think what we see today has always been so. As such, today’s Americans accept behavior that our parents and grandparents never would have accepted.

Jul 17 16:39

Liberal Professor Warns: Google Manipulating Voters ‘on a Massive Scale’ (VIDEO)

Dr. Robert Epstein told Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Tuesday that Google can manipulate votes by using tools that they have at their disposal exclusively, and that no one can counteract them. Epstein warned the senator of big tech election meddling during his testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing on “Google and Censorship through Search Engines” on Tuesday.

Jul 17 09:34

It’s Un-American To Be Anti-Free Speech: Protect the Right to Criticize the Government

“Since when have we Americans been expected to bow submissively to authority and speak with awe and reverence to those who represent us? The constitutional theory is that we the people are the sovereigns, the state and federal officials only our agents. We who have the final word can speak softly or angrily. We can seek to challenge and annoy, as we need not stay docile and quiet.”— Justice William O. Douglas

Jul 17 09:08

TO ATTACK JULIAN ASSANGE, CNN TWISTS EMBASSY SURVEILLANCE RECORDS THAT WERE FIRST COVERED BY SPANISH NEWSPAPER

Spanish newspaper EL PAÍS reported on July 9 that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was spied on by a Spanish private defense and security firm called Undercover Global S.L., when he lived in the Ecuador embassy in the United Kingdom.

The report was based on “documents, video, and audio material” that was “used in an extortion attempt against Assange by several individuals.” In May, Spanish police arrested journalist José Martín Santos, who had a record of fraud, and a computer programmer for their alleged involvement in an “attempt to make €3 million from the sale of private material.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These trumped up charges are very ridiculous; they were simply items that embarrassed the Democrats, and were most likely coming from Seth Rich., who was very concerned about the tenor - and the direction - the Democratic party was taking, to attempt to insure victory in 2016, and that there was no other outcome possible.

Jul 17 09:04

Mueller, Dems Scramble as Russiagate Falls Apart

by Ray McGovern Posted on July 17, 2019

Friday’s surprising report that Robert Mueller had successfully sought an extra week to prepare for his House testimony on Russiagate (now set for July 24) must have come as scary news to those of his fans who can put two and two together. Over the past few weeks, it has become clearer that each of the two frayed findings of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election has now come apart at the seams.

How to Avoid Eating Crow

As the truth seeps out, there will be plenty of crow to go around. To avoid eating it, the Democrats on the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees, the stenographers who pass for journalists at the Times and Post, and the “Mueller team” will need all the time they can muster to come up with imaginative responses to two recent bombshell revelations from the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These revelations are also going to hit hard, against current Democratic contenders for the white House.

Jul 17 08:59

Pentagon Chief’s Confirmation Hearing Avoids Any Questions About Wars

As the nominee for Secretary of Defense, Mark Esper is set to inherit just a whole slew of US wars around the world. His long hearing at the Senate Armed Services Committee, however, didn’t spend a lot of time talking about wars.

Or indeed any time. Esper was faced with questions about his history as a lobbyist for a major arms maker, and how that was going to fit in to his potential new job. He was asked exactly zero questions about ongoing wars.

Esper assured Senators that he sees “the big picture,” and his focus was heavily on the need for the Senate to spend vastly more on weaponry for the US military, which would be his job as Defense Secretary, and largely just a scaled up version of his lobbying past.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

No one in Congress wants to talk about these endless wars, which President Trump has insisted are critical for the survival of this country, and the reality here, is that NO ONE in Congress wants to talk about these wars, as a way to skip responsibility for them.

Jul 17 08:54

US, Iran Send Conflicting Signals on Possible Missile Talks

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has claimed that Iran has signaled a willingness to negotiate on the matter of ballistic missiles. Other US officials aren’t so sure, and Iranian officials are also telling conflicting stories on the matter.

“Iran’s missiles are absolutely and under no condition negotiable with anyone or any country,” insisted Alireza Miryousefi, the spokesman for Iran’s UN Mission. That is certainly the position Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has long taken.

Yet Pompeo’s belief that talks are possible didn’t come out of thin air. Rather, Foreign Minister Javad Zarif suggested in the US was willing to cut off arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, Iran’s missiles might also be up for negotiation.

That’s probably a non-starter,with President Trump so obsessed with growing arms sales, but does point to a grand bargain potentially being on the table, if both sides want it. The problem is, neither side is being very clear if they want it or not.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Any possibility of a real deal, will most likely be scotched by Pompeo and Bolton, who both would rather see the US at war with Iran for Israel, than any move toward accommodation and threat-reduction.

And there is is something both gentlemen are really good at not seeing; this is The "Russian Option", and made very clear through the announcement of one top Russian official a couple of weeks ago: Zamir Kabulov: the Foreign Ministry’s special envoy for Asian countries including Iran, has said that Iran will not be alone, if the US attacks it.

Jul 17 08:35

India Says It's Working with Russia on De-Dollarisation of Bilateral Trade

New Delhi (Sputnik): India says it is working with Russia to overcome payment issues for its strategic imports from that country. Deputy National Security Advisor of India, Ambassador Pankaj Saran said both sides are working on rupee-rouble trade to overcome a crisis caused by US financial sanctions.

Addressing the Second India-Russia Strategic Economic Dialogue in New Delhi on Wednesday, Ambassador Saran said this would help overcome India’s adverse balance of trade with Russia.

“As part of the trading environment, there have been talks about trade in national currencies. This again is still a work in progress and we need to see how we can operationalise and move forward on this idea, because increasingly we see many countries in the world are taking recourse to trading in their own respective currencies", said Ambassador Saran.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder if President Trump understands, to any possible degree, how much these sanctions are hurting - and will hurt - US businesses?!?

Jul 17 08:32

TURKEY WILL GET A CHUNK OF SYRIA, AN ADVANTAGE OF BEING IN NATO

ERIC ZUESSE, ORIGINALLY POSTED AT THE SAKER
The success of Turkey’s takeover of Syria’s most pro-jihadist province, Idlib, is making less and less likely that Syria will be able to continue maintaining Idlib as being a part of Syria. (This is something I had predicted, back on 14 September 2018, to be possible or even likely, and now it is actually happening.) On July 10th, Reuters headlined “Assad hits a wall in Syrian war as front lines harden”, and reported that, “More than two months of Russian-backed operations in and around Idlib province have yielded little or nothing for Assad’s side. It marks a rare case of a military campaign that has not gone his way since Russia intervened in 2015. While resisting government attacks, the insurgents have managed to carve out small advances of their own, drawing on ample stocks of guided anti-tank missiles that opposition and diplomatic sources say have been supplied by Turkey.” It continues:

Jul 17 08:29

Jeffrey Epstein Allegedly Bankrolled Ex-Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak’s Tech Startup, Israel Media Reports

Ehud Barak, who defeated Benjamin Netanyahu in a 1999 election to become Israel's prime minister, has been linked to convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

Less than three weeks after announcing that he will come out of political retirement to challenge Benjamin Netanyahu for prime minister in the upcoming Israeli elections, as YNet News reported, former prime minister Ehud Barak is facing allegations that he is financially tied to convicted sex offender and shadowy financier Jeffrey Epstein.

Epstein pleaded guilty in 2008 to a sexual offense with a 14-year-old girl, and was arrested again on July 6 on new sex trafficking charges. Barak, a former lieutenant general in Israel’s army, served as Israel’s 10th prime minister from 1999 to 2001, after defeating Netanyahu, who was then serving his first term as Israeli PM.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These allegations may well be the KOD (Kiss of Death) for Barak's campaign to serve Israel as prime minister again.

Jul 17 08:17

Trump promises to probe China’s alleged ‘infiltration’ of Google

Donald Trump has said his administration will probe accusations that Google has been infiltrated after working with China’s military, days after billionaire entrepreneur Peter Thiel called for the tech giant to be investigated.

The US president tweeted on Tuesday that he would “take a look” at Thiel’s assertion that Google was in cahoots with Beijing and should face a federal investigation. During a speech on Sunday, the co-founder of PayPal urged the FBI and CIA to take action, suggesting that Google may be “thoroughly infiltrated” by Chinese intelligence. Thiel failed to provide evidence when pressed further about his incendiary claims, stressing that he was simply “raising questions” about Google’s relationship with Beijing.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Methinks that Google.... has chosen to "mess with the wrong President"!! on this issue.

Jul 17 07:44

US POLICE HAVE KILLED OVER 1,200% MORE CITIZENS THAN MASS SHOOTERS SINCE 2015

SOURCE: MATT AGORIST @ THE FREE THOUGHT PROJECT
(Support Free Thought) - Tragically, in America, mass shootings — in which murdering psychopaths go on rampages in public spaces — have claimed the lives of 339 people since 2015. While this number is certainly shocking and far too high, during this same time frame, police in America have claimed the lives of 4,355 citizens.

While some of these citizens were armed and dangerous, others were innocent, unarmed, and include small children. Daniel Shaver was one of these people whose life was brought to a screeching halt as he begged on his knees for police not to shoot him. Despite being innocent and unarmed, this father of three was murdered in cold blood by Philip Brailsford who was never held accountable and allowed to retire from the police force with his pension.

Jul 17 07:16

JUDGE REDUCES SONOMA CO. MAN'S $80 MILLION AWARD FROM MONSANTO TO $25 MILLION

A federal judge in San Francisco on Monday reduced an $80 million award levied against Monsanto Co. to $25 million for a Sonoma County man who claimed the company's Roundup weedkiller caused his non-Hodgkins' lymphoma.

U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria upheld a jury award of approximately $5 million in compensatory damages to Edwin Hardeman, 70, of Santa Rosa, but said that guidelines in a 2013 Supreme Court decision required him to reduce the jury's $75 million in punitive damages to $20 million.

The ruling leaves Hardeman's total award at $25,267,634. His case was the first to go to trial of more than 1,000 federal lawsuits against Monsanto nationwide.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A federal judge in San Francisco on Monday reduced an $80 million award levied against Monsanto Co. to $25 million for a Sonoma County man who claimed the company's Roundup weedkiller caused his non-Hodgkins' lymphoma.

U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria upheld a jury award of approximately $5 million in compensatory damages to Edwin Hardeman, 70, of Santa Rosa, but said that guidelines in a 2013 Supreme Court decision required him to reduce the jury's $75 million in punitive damages to $20 million.

The ruling leaves Hardeman's total award at $25,267,634. His case was the first to go to trial of more than 1,000 federal lawsuits against Monsanto nationwide.

The US Supreme Court ruling indicated that the damages could not be placed at over 9/1; but why?!? This ruling rather puzzles me, as it doesn't leave a lot of room for legitimate victims' claims.

Jul 17 07:02

FLORIDA SHERIFF DEPUTY ARRESTED AFTER PLANTING DRUGS ON INNOCENT PEOPLE

A former Florida sheriff’s deputy was arrested Wednesday for planting drugs and falsely arresting at least 10 people, including one case where Reason obtained body camera footage showing him lying about the results of roadside field test.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) announced yesterday that, following a months-long investigation, former Jackson County sheriff’s deputy Zach Wester had been arrested and charged with 52 felony crimes, including racketeering, false imprisonment, fabricating evidence, and drug possession.

In a stunning 30-page affidavit, the FDLE laid out how Wester kept unmarked bags of marijuana and meth amphetamines in the trunk of his patrol car, manipulated his body cam footage, planted drugs in people’s cars, and falsified arrest reports to railroad innocent people under the color of law. His victims, many of whom had prior records or were working to stay sober, had their lives upended. One man lost custody of his daughter.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Why this guy wasn't hit with an Internal Affairs investigation much sooner than the FDLE investigation, is absolutely beyond me; this guy had an almost pathological desire to hurt innocent people.

Jul 17 06:53

ARMY CORPS ADMITS TO DUMPING TOXIC WATER INTO FLORIDA ESTUARIES WITHOUT TELLING PUBLIC

Last week, during a meeting of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, an Army Corps of Engineers official admitted that the agency has been dumping toxic water from Lake Okeechobee into local estuaries without any warning to the public.

For years, this has been an open secret among the area’s residents, who have seen the consequences of this policy on the region’s wildlife, but this is the first time the government has admitted that it is actually happening.

Republican Congressman Brian Mast questioned Maj. Gen. Scott Spellmon of the Army Corps during the meeting, asking him about the water that was being diverted from Lake Okeechobee into estuaries on the coasts of Florida. Mast asked if the water that was dumped into the estuaries contained cyanobacteria.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There should be a class action lawsuit against the Army Corps of Engineers for this willful pollution of these waters, and all who have been hurt by this, should get compensated.

Jul 17 06:49

GOING QUIET: MORE STATES ARE HIDING 911 RECORDINGS FROM FAMILIES, LAWYERS AND THE GENERAL PUBLIC

At Rhode Island Hospital, Phillips learned that his 46-year-old brother had stopped for lunch at a Subway sandwich shop, in Cranston, when he collapsed.

The cause of death was hypertensive cardiovascular disease, according to his death certificate.

In the months since his brother’s death, Phillips — a volunteer firefighter and licensed EMT — has been trying to piece together what happened the day Scott died.

“Being an EMT,” Troy Phillips said, “you just want to know, what happened?”

But he keeps hitting a wall.

Rhode Island is one of about a dozen states that prohibit the release of 911 recordings or transcripts without the written consent of the caller or by court order. The goal generally is to protect the privacy of callers in what may be one of the most stressful moments of their lives.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

CPR should be taught in every public school, with a certificate issued, if the kids are capable of knowing when and how to use it, by the end of Junior High School.

This, in and of itself, would save a lot of lives in this country.

Jul 17 06:40

MARYLAND POLICE AGENCIES HAVE FOR YEARS BROKEN LAW MANDATING REPORTING OF EXCESSIVE FORCE, CHARGES AGAINST OFFICERS

SOURCE: BALTIMORE SUN
In the wake of Freddie Gray’s death from injuries suffered in police custody and the subsequent protests and rioting in Baltimore in 2015, state lawmakers passed a law mandating police agencies across Maryland report when officers use excessive force or injure someone and cases of officers’ criminal misconduct, among other data.

However, dozens of agencies — including the Baltimore Police Department — never did so. That’s resulted in extreme undercounting of such encounters in annual reports mandated by the law and collated by the Maryland Police Training and Standards Commission.

In 2018, 42 of 148 agencies required to submit data did not, according to the commission.

“There was a misunderstanding here about which unit was responsible for submitting,” said Matt Jablow, a Baltimore Police spokesman, after The Baltimore Sun asked this week about the agency’s failure to comply with the law.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"... Misunderstanding", MY ASTROLABE!!!

Jul 17 06:36

HOW ISRAELI-DESIGNED DRONES BECAME RUSSIA’S EYES IN THE SKY FOR DEFENDING BASHAR AL-ASSAD

How Israeli-designed drones ended up supporting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is a case study in the complicated relationship between Israel and Russia. Though Russia has been instrumental in protecting the Assad government, which appeared to be on the brink of collapse four years ago, it has also carefully cultivated a military relationship with Israel over the past decade.

After more than seven years of war, the skies over Syria are saturated with aircraft from multiple militaries and armed groups, each pursuing their own goals, including using the country as a weapons-testing ground. American airpower and Kurdish ground forces helped grind the Islamic State’s caliphate down to a tiny pocket before it dramatically collapsed this past spring. Meanwhile, Turkish occupation forces and their proxies are conducting a brutal campaign of repression in the Syrian-Kurdish canton of Afrin.

Jul 17 06:31

TOP FBI, DOJ OFFICIALS USE DRUG-CARTEL-STYLE BURNER PHONES TO DODGE FEDERAL INVESTIGATORS, LAWMAKERS

TOP FBI, DOJ OFFICIALS USE DRUG-CARTEL-STYLE BURNER PHONES TO DODGE FEDERAL INVESTIGATORS, LAWMAKERS.

Members of the FBI and Justice Department’s top brass at their Washington D.C.headquarters and other field offices are now using burner phones to stay under the radar of federal investigators and lawmakers, according to FBI insiders.

The shocking revelations come on the heels of news that the FBI deleted thousands of text messages between anti-Trump FBI agents before investigators could review their content.

While that is disturbing on one level, FBI and DOJ hierarchy employing the telecom habits of drug cartel bosses reaches a new low for the once-heralded federal law enforcement agency and the DOJ. And breaks federal laws as well.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Color me completely unsurprised at this.

Jul 17 06:28

PFAS CRISIS EXPANDS AS MILLIONS OF AMERICANS IN 43 STATES ARE EXPOSED TO TOXIC CHEMICALS

SOURCE: ZEROHEDGE

Tens of millions of Americans in 43 states may have been exposed to toxic fluorinated compounds known as PFAS in their drinking water.

In a report from May, the non-profit Environmental Working Group (EWG) showed how PFAS had exposed upwards of 19 million Americans through contaminated groundwater. EWG found 610 contaminated locations ranging from public water systems, military bases, military and civilian airports, industrial plants, dumps, and firefighter training sites.

Now the environmental advocacy group has identified 58 more military sites where high levels of PFAS used in firefighting foam have been detected in groundwater or drinking water, from Elmendorf Air Force Base and Fort Richardson, Alaska to Fort Eustis, Virginia, reported the Military Times.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is absolutely, completely wrong, and those agencies which allowed this to happen, particularly to our military families, need to get this corrected immediately.

Jul 17 06:22

TRUMP MAY APPOINT FRINGE NEOCON TO HEAD INTELLIGENCE

It keeps getting worse. The neocons have burrowed termite-deep inside the Trump administration and rumor has it the president will add yet another one to an important cabinet position.

If there is any substance to the latest rumors, DNI Dan Coats will be replaced by Fred Fleitz, former NSC executive secretary, CIA analyst, Trump Chief of Staff, Bolton enforcer, and CEO of the Center for Security Policy.

This last one should send up a huge red flag. CSP is a project launched by Frank Gaffney Jr., an Islamophobe way out on the neocon fringe. During the Trump presidential campaign, I wrote a short ebook (Donald Trump and the War on Islam) about Gaffney, among other neocons and rabid Israel-firsters exacting a corrosive influence on the Trump campaign.
I wrote:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What is terrifying about so many of these Presidential appointments, is that President Trump is so surrounded by ultra-Rightists, who pathologically cannot distinguish between what is good for the US, and what may be good for Israel, that they may push this country into an absolutely wrong decision regarding Iran.

War with Iran?!? I am sure that Gaffney believes that this will be good for Israel, so he will be very motivated to encourage President Trump to engage in such a war.

There is, of course, one tiny problem with that stance; if the US invades Iran, what will Russia do?!?

The hard, real truth, is that Russia will continue its friendship with Iran, and will not be deterred by US military action taken.

The US has seen what Russian equipment and troops can do, in their getting the US-trained and funded jihadis out of Syria. By attempting to invade Iran, the US will have the opportunity to get clobbered again, as the US military does not have the weaponry; the troop strength; the money; or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome to such a conflict with Russia right now.

Mr. President, were I you right now, I would hedge my bets in terms of taking any actions against Iran, other than what you have already done, economically. And please remember the following, stated by a Russian Diplomat on 26 June, 2019: Zamir Kabulov says Iran will not stand alone, if attacked by the US

Mr. President, I do no believe that Kabulov was "bluffing" when he made that statement; I would, therefore, strongly encourage you to please take that into account.

Jul 17 05:47

CITY HALLS USE FACIAL RECOGNITION TO BLACKLIST AND BAN RESIDENTS

SOURCE: BLOGSPOT.COM

I hate to say I told you so, but I told you so. Local governments and private corporations are using facial recognition to secretly blacklist people, despite having no valid reason to do so.

A recent article in the Idaho Statesman and in the video above, prove that local governments are using facial recognition to ban residents from accessing city-owned buildings.

The Boise city council claimed that they need facial recognition cameras to protect public employees from disgruntled or unwelcome residents.

Wow, there must be a lot of disgruntled or unhappy residents for the city council to justify putting facial recognition cameras in Boise City Hall and City Hall West, right?

Would you believe both city halls have banned just one single resident because he opposed using city funds to pay for an NBA developmental league team.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is a very unwelcome development, and a harbinger of other nasty deplatforming, and side-lining still to come.

I am a Christian pacifist activist; I am not here to create any tension, or upset; I just work with the facts, the best I can, to encourage our government to be responsible and transparent in what it does.

I am sure that every government "alphabet soup" agency is reading my contributions to WRH, and are feeling very exasperated, because I never support violence of any kind. So... peace be with you, my brothers and sisters!! :-)

Jul 17 05:39

EU Launches Amazon Anti-Trust Probe

Now that the EU's anti-trust regulator is finished fining the bejeezus out of Alphabet, the European Commission is turning its attention to another American tech giant: Amazon.

The e-commerce giant is facing a formal EU anti-trust probe over its treatment of third-party merchants on its platform, a premise that doesn't sound all that different from the EU's investigation into Google's AdSense advertising business (the EU hit Google with three multi-billion anti-trust fines over the past few years). In addition to the Amazon probe, the EU is also juggling investigations into Facebook, Apple and Twitter over violations of the EU's new GDPR privacy laws.

According to WSJ, Amazon is suspected of "abusing its dual role as both the provider of a marketplace where independent sellers can offer products and a retailer of products in its own right." In particular, the probe will explore whether "Amazon is using sensitive data from independent merchants to compete against them."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is also very possible, that Google picked the absolutely wrong President to deplatform, as it has done for so many sites supporting President Trump.

Jul 17 05:29

Why does the global economy need rescuing after 10 years of non stop monetary stimulus?

Why does the global economy need rescuing after 10 years of non stop monetary stimulus?

I also have an answer and it’s an unpleasant one. Because by bailing out markets and economies at every sign of trouble over the past 10 years central banks have given politicians license to do nothing. And nothing is what you get as political discourse fragments and majority solutions are impossible to come by.

But not only are majority solution impossible to get nobody even wants to even talk about them. Why? Because they involve pain. Voters don’t want to hear pain. Hence all you hear is free money. Tax cuts in 2016. Now we hear free college, health care and debt forgiveness for 2020 and who knows maybe more tax cuts.

Nobody wants to campaign on pain. I get it. But does anyone really think solving the structural problems that are behind slowing growth after 10 years of monetary stimulus are easily solvable?

Jul 16 17:13

At This Point, Twitter’s Basically A Democratic Party Super-Pac

A senior Twitter manager who has called for jailing and impeaching President Trump and slammed the White House social media chief with four-letter slurs is raising concerns that the platform isn’t serious about policing hate posts.

Jul 16 16:52

YouTube Removes Gun Channels From Their Partner Program

Google has once again struck out against Second Amendment channels on its YouTube video sharing platform. The tech giant has set out to demonetize channels dealing with guns even if the creators do not violate YouTube’s terms of service.

Jul 16 15:18

Bank Run: Deutsche Bank Clients Are Pulling $1 Billion A Day

There is a reason James Simons' RenTec is the world's best performing hedge fund - it spots trends (even if they are glaringly obvious) well ahead of almost everyone else, and certainly long before the consensus.

That's what happened with Deutsche Bank, when as we reported two weeks ago, the quant fund pulled its cash from Deutsche Bank as a result of soaring counterparty risk, just days before the full - and to many, devastating - extent of the German lender's historic restructuring was disclosed, and would result in a bank that is radically different from what Deutsche Bank was previously (see "The Deutsche Bank As You Know It Is No More").

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is going to have a domino effect on other major banks, and most probably very soon.

Jul 15 10:47

Rutherford Institute calls on DHS to disclose government surveillance program that tracks, monitors and mines social media influencers & posts

Pushing back against the expansion of secret government surveillance programs and the chilling impact they have on lawful First Amendment activities, The Rutherford Institute is demanding the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) disclose the details of a government program proposed by DHS in April 2018 that aims to track, monitor, catalog and mine content posted by social media "influencers."

In filing a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, Rutherford Institute attorneys are asking for all records relating to a "Media Monitoring Services" surveillance program that would create a "media influencer database" for content created and posted by journalists, editors, social media influencers, and bloggers. The Institute is asking for records and information on the program because of the chilling effect it will have on the First Amendment activities of the citizens targeted by the program.

Jul 14 14:41

The Corrupt System Will Never Police Itself

We can no longer deceive ourselves with notions of absorbing Washington D.C. or Wall Street and making them work for us. The hope that this is possible is poison, and the elites use that poison to weaken public resolve. While we sit around waiting for the system to police itself the Earth turns and they become more powerful. Without a dramatic change in our own strategy, without direct action on our part instead of action through political middlemen, I predict our situation will only become worse.

Jul 14 13:56

Why the upcoming economic crisis maybe worse than the 08

1) Yield curve inversion has lasted more than 3 months. A downturn is evident. We only have only about two years (max and i think that is generous) from the start of the point of inversion.
2) Right now the market is addicted to cheap money, like an addict would be to heroin. This has been going on for a decade. Business are over-levered and borrowed and they are addicted to those low interests rates.
3) Many Americans are in their eyeballs in debt

Jul 14 08:57

US-TRAINED TROOPS SHOOT HONDURAN STUDENTS PROTESTING PRIVATIZATION

Anya Parampil reports from inside a student occupation at the National Autonomous University of Honduras (UNAH), where US-trained troops shot activists protesting the Juan Orlando Hernandez government’s attempt to privatize education and healthcare.

VIDEO BY BEN NORTON

Anya Parampil is a journalist based in Washington, DC. She previously hosted a daily progressive afternoon news program called In Question on RT America. She has produced and reported several documentaries, including on-the-ground reports from the Korean peninsula and Palestine.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Anya and Ben, my prayers are with you both this morning.

The privatization of these two areas, will result in the following outcomes: the monied will have their children educated, and taken care of, medically; those without money, will simply be consigned to rot in the streets.

And I suddenly got curious, as to just when the last detail of US troops trained some of their Honduran counterparts, and my jaw dropped at the following, from SOUTHCOM:
Honduran soldiers complete U.S. Army led Security Forces Training

And the date of this article: 11 June, 2019, just a little over a month ago..

Apparently, the bit about shooting student protestors somehow... didn't quite make its way into this article.

Jul 14 08:52

LONDON POLICE OFFICIAL WARNS JOURNALISTS NOT TO PUBLISH GOV. LEAKS WITH THREATS OF IMPRISONMENT

After a leak revealed that the British Ambassador to the USA had called Trump "inept, insecure and incompetent" (leading to the ambassador’s resignation and a round of Twitter insults between Trump and senior Tory officials), London’s Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu publicly warned journalists not to publish government leaks, threatening to imprison them if they do: "The publication of leaked communications, knowing the damage they have caused or are likely to cause may also be a criminal matter.

I would advise all owners, editors and publishers of social and mainstream media not to publish leaked government documents that may already be in their possession, or which may be offered to them, and to turn them over to the police or give them back to their rightful owner, Her Majesty’s Government."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sorry, Tim Shipman; your government has never really been a representative democracy, and with the monied continuing to dictate policy, it most certainly has no appetite for becoming such an institution.

For decades, both the Brits, and their American cousins, have gone to war on dubious grounds, and essentially expropriated resources to which they had no moral right; regime changed a number of nations to make them more "amenable" to western-centric leadership, and insured that those resources taken are only sold... in US dollars.

When Karl Marx made the observation that all wars are economic in their origin, he has been proven correct almost too many times to count.

Jul 14 08:44

IS THERE A STEALTH FINANCIAL CRISIS? ALARM BELLS ARE RINGING.

SOURCE: RIGGED GAME

THE MARKETS ARE SHOWING DISCONCERTING PARALLELS WITH LATE 2007.

BY PAM MARTENS AND RUSS MARTENS OF WALL STREET ON PARADE

Fast forward to today: On June 3, 2019 one of Britain’s highest profile money managers, Neil Woodford, stunned global markets by announcing that his firm’s flagship fund, the $4.7 billion Woodford Equity Income Fund, would freeze customer withdrawals. The decision resulted from heavy outflows and a large stake in illiquid stocks. The U.K. securities regulator, the Financial Conduct Authority, has opened an investigation into the matter. You can read its initial assessment here.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Deutsche Bank's statement on Friday, may create havoc all throughout the financial sector; we won't know for sure whether - and how much - Deutsche Bank's "restructuring" has been priced into the markets, or if the "shock" of the magnitude of this announcement, will have investors running for the hills.

There is one thing I can say, with more than a bit of confidence; the US's Plunge Protection Team will be very busy for the next 24 hours and beyond, to try to keep the financial carnage to a minimum.

Jul 14 08:20

PHILADELPHIA IS USING A SONIC WEAPON ON KIDS -- TO KEEP THEM OUT OF PARKS

SOURCE: THE FREE THOUGHT PROJECT
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The Philadelphia government is reportedly using sonic weapons on it own citizens, youth and young adults, to keep them out of public parks after hours. We at TFTP were initially caught off guard with the news of compliance weapons usually reserved for riot control being used on kids. Admittedly, we believed it was fake news. Unfortunately, after further investigation, it is no laughing matter and is the first such torture device we are aware of regularly being used on young people in the U.S.

The device we learned is called “The Mosquito” and is installed in at least 30 city parks throughout Philadelphia. The Mosquito isn’t new and was covered by the NY Times in 2005 which describes the implement:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If the hearing damage is real, and documented, it would appear that the residents of Philadelphia have good grounds for a class action lawsuit against the city, and need to have an "amici curiae" brief filed by an attorney, right before the trial is to take place.

Jul 14 08:09

CIA INVOKING WIKILEAKS TO PUSH EXPANSION OF COLD WAR ERA SECRECY LAW

When the CIA and other agencies in the United States government pushed for the Intelligence Identities Protection Act (IIPA) in 1981, it was crafted to exclude “covert agents” who resided in the U.S.

There was consideration by the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence of how the legislation might “chill or stifle public criticism of intelligence activities or public debate concerning intelligence policy.”

More than three decades later, the CIA is apparently unsatisfied with the protections the bill granted “covert agents. It has enlisted a select group of senators and representatives to help expand the universe of individuals who are protected, making members of the press who cover intelligence matters more vulnerable to prosecution.

Democratic Representative Adam Schiff, chairman of the House intelligence committee, was involved in adding language to expand the IIPA to the Intelligence Authorization Act moving through Congress.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder why the US Intelligence community is so skittish right now, and feel the need for more "protection from prosecution" them, but not for reporters, telling the truth as best they can?

I almost sense that there is another big, fat, hairy, ugly story about to come into focus, regarding torture and war crimes, which is going to make the US government very nervous about potential revelations coming from it; this impending legislation very much reminds me of the phrase "Truth is the first casualty of war."

Jul 14 07:51

COURT RULES IN FAVOR OF PENTAGON IN JEDI LAWSUIT

SOURCE: NEXTGOV

The Defense Department has triumphed in the eight-month-long U.S. Court of Federal Claims lawsuit filed by Oracle over its $10 billion Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure contract.

On Friday, Senior Judge Eric Bruggink ruled in favor the Defense Department—and Amazon Web Services, which joined the lawsuit as an intervener—stating that Oracle could not meet certain gate criteria when bids were due in late 2018.

The judge’s order also denied numerous allegations made by Oracle over the course of several months, including an alleged conflict of interest between AWS and Defense Department officials.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Even in defense parlance, $10 billion dollars .... is still one heck of a lot of Benjamins; one can understand why Oracle fought so hard, to get the award of the contract reversed.

Jul 14 07:44

SEXUAL PREDATORS WITHIN AMERICA’S POWER ELITE: WHAT YOU'RE NOT BEING TOLD

SOURCE: THEMINDUNLEASHED.COM
“As political and economic freedom diminishes, sexual freedom tends compensating to increase. And the dictator (unless he needs cannon fodder and families with which to colonize empty or conquered territories) will do well to encourage that freedom.” — Aldous Huxley, Brave New World

(RI) — Power corrupts. Anyone who believes differently hasn’t been paying attention.

Politics, religion, sports, government, entertainment, business, armed forces: it doesn’t matter what arena you’re talking about, they are all riddled with the kind of seedy, sleazy, decadent, dodgy, depraved, immoral, corrupt behavior that somehow gets a free pass when it involves the wealthy and powerful elite in America.

In this age of partisan politics and a deeply polarized populace, corruption — especially when it involves sexual debauchery, depravity and predatory behavior — has become the great equalizer.

Jul 14 06:45

Big Lie that ‘mass shootings’ like Sandy Hook require public gun confiscation must be flipped: arrest .01% US rogue state leaders to confiscate THEIR guns for shooting millions in lie-started illegal Wars of Aggression, assassinating JFK, RFK, MLK, etc.,

Americans are propagandized with a "Big Lie" that law-abiding citizens must be disarmed because our .01% government engages in mass war and poverty-murders in the annual millions! Please ask and answer for yourself: do our "leaders" care about innocent people and therefore take extraordinary care for public safety, OR are they frightened about public awakening to their rogue state empire and want Americans disarmed to more safely dominate? You are aware that public gun confiscation was our previous government's last move before our ancestors' last American Revolution, so if you honor the breakthrough in freedom We the People stand for, you'd better "arm yourself" with talking points to flip this debate: disarm .01% lying, looting, rogue state criminals, then arrest them.

Jul 13 18:25

Roger Waters brands Twitter ‘thought police’ for suspending Assange support account (VIDEO)

Roger Waters has called out “Big Brother” Twitter for suspending a popular account that supports WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. The Unity4J account’s owners were given no reason for the removal.

“Twitter, you are Big Brother, now we know it for sure, we always suspected it,” Waters said in a video posted to Twitter. “You are an arm of the thought police. You are an arm of the forces of oppression. You wish to suppress freedom of speech, journalism, freedom of anything probably.”

Jul 13 12:10

Glenn Greenwald becomes focus of Brazil press freedom debate

Several weeks after publishing explosive reports about a key member of Brazil’s far-right government, U.S. journalist Glenn Greenwald was called before a congressional committee to face hostile questions.

“Who should be judged, convicted and in prison is the journalist!” shouted congresswoman Katia Sastre, an ally of President Jair Bolsonaro.

And by some accounts that wasn’t an empty threat: A conservative website reported that federal police had requested that financial regulators investigate Greenwald’s finances. The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and his Brazilian husband also say they have been receiving detailed death threats, calls for his deportation and homophobic comments in an increasingly hostile political environment.

Jul 12 12:40

Dr. Jim Fetzer's debrief on Sandy Hook ‘show trial’: Orwellian ‘judge’ violates right for jury to determine disputed facts, claims five versions of death certificate = ‘no differences,’ silences two expert witnesses proving multiple areas of forgery

show trial: noun (especially in a totalitarian state) the public trial of a political offender conducted chiefly for propagandistic purposes, as to suppress further dissent against the government by making an example of the accused.

"Trial by jury; verdict in civil cases. Section 5. The right of trial by jury shall remain inviolate, and shall extend to all cases at law without regard to the amount in controversy; but a jury trial may be waived by the parties in all cases in the manner prescribed by law." ~ Wisconsin State Constitution

Jul 12 10:10

TRUMP, BRITS TIRELESS IN ATTEMPT TO GET WAR ON IRAN GOING

SOURCE: KURT NIMMO
On Thursday evening, social media posts claimed the UK flagged and Japanese owned crude oil tanker Atlantic Pioneer had crossed over into Iranian territorial waters. According to the Marine Traffic website, on Friday morning the tanker was in the Gulf of Oman.

BREAKING: #UK flagged ship, #AtlanticPioneer, has officially entered recognized #Iran|ian waters. Time to see what Iran does, if anything. pic.twitter.com/gn05YCtUAe

— Evan McLean (@TheEvanMcLean) July 12, 2019

I don’t know if these social media reports are accurate, but considering the recent behavior of the US and Britain, I cannot discount it. The US, with the help of the UK, is attempting to goad the Iranians into taking action and thus providing a pretext to get the next neocon war going.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have this image in my head, of President Trump, meeting with his cabinet, and saying,"Damn! We can't lie the American people into another war; so what the hell do we do to get this party started, with some kind of false flag that the Americans might actually believe, as a justification for this war against Iran?!?"

Google reminds us with the following statement regarding Israel's next elections, as to just how critical they are in developing, and shaping, both national, and international Israeli policies:

"Snap legislative elections are due to be held in Israel on 17 September 2019 to elect the 120 members of the 22nd Knesset. Following the prior elections in April, incumbent and Prime Minister-designate Benjamin Netanyahu failed to form a governing coalition, the first such failure in Israeli history."f

So am quite certain, looking at today's date (12 July), that Israel's Netanyahu, is burning up the phone lines from Tel Aviv to DC, impressing on Trump how damned short the time frame is, for getting such a war going, as to make Netanyahu look "butch" in anticipation of September's snap election in Israel.

I am equally as certain, that Russia's President Putin, and Iran's President Rouhani, are talking to each other about how to calm the situation down, and for Iran not to lash out, if there is an attempt at a false flag.

I'm looking at timing here. The last major summer holiday in the US, at the end of August, is Labor Day weekend, which this year, starts on Friday, 31 August, and lasts through Monday, 2 September. IF the US, the UK, and Israel cannot get a war on or before that point in time, so that the US media can fully indoctrinate the public with it; have it soak into the consciousness of both the American (and British) people before the first full week in September, it may well be too late for such an attack to begin to influence Netanyahu's re-election bid.

Jul 12 09:56

UN Launches All-Out War On Free Speech

In January, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, tasked his Special Adviser for the Prevention of Genocide, Adama Dieng, to "present a global plan of action against hate speech and hate crimes on a fast-track basis". Speaking at a press conference about the UN's challenges for 2019, Guterres maintained, "The biggest challenge that governments and institutions face today is to show that we care -- and to mobilize solutions that respond to people's fears and anxieties with answers..."

Jul 12 09:30

CALIFORNIA PARENTS HORRIFIED AT NEW SEX-ED AGENDA

In a small California community, parents and clergy were so appalled at the explicit and LGBTQ-inspired lessons, they went undercover to investigate deeper. What they discovered at a Riverside County Comprehensive Health Education meeting so horrified them, they determined to stop the curriculum.

Our Watch President Pastor Tim Thompson said:

“We don’t want our children exposed to some of these things they are showing, this pornographic, sexually explicit material. It has no place in the classroom. It’s not right, and it won’t be tolerated.”

Thompson was referring to Positive Prevention Plus, the text for sex ed classes. John Andrews, parent of a student in the Murietta School District, was sick over the explicit material depicted in the “educational” materials. He said:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That last sentence is a crystal-clear summation of what is wrong with this program.

So Californians who can, please vote with your feet, and move to a state which is infinitely more responsible about how, what, and when educators mention anything this information.

IF you cannot, learn to homeschool, and teach your children that way. Here are some resources for you:

Public School at Home with California Virtual Academies

Homeschooling, California Style

The Homeschool
Association of CA

Homeschooling in California

California Homeschooling Laws

California Homeschool Network

For those of you "on the fence" about home schooling, I sincerely hope that this helps.

Jul 11 14:23

‘Comical & tragic’ when US officials say arms sales to Saudis are about ‘exporting human rights’

It was truly baffling to hear a grilled US official claim during a Senate hearing that the sales of weapons to Saudi Arabia are a ‘manifestation’ of exporting human rights and open society, an anti-war activist told RT.
R. Clarke Cooper, the US State Department’s assistant secretary for political-military affairs, was grilled during a hearing at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday. Defending arms sales to Saudi Arabia, he said that the deal itself means more than just selling weapons.

“Our policy is not just limited to arms transfers. It is a manifestation of what else we export: open society, human rights. That is a part of our policy,” he said. The official added that Washington does not cut security ties with partners like Riyadh that carry “so much weight for our interests.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Let me translate this for you, as someone who is reasonably literate in State Departmentese: "Because Saudi Arabia, is, of course, such a resolute haven for human rights, the US government cannot reasonably stop selling US weapons to them."

Upon reading this, I don't know whether to laugh or cry; does this man take every American who reads this for a fool?!?

Let's see how that plays out for real in Saudi Arabia, shall we?!?

Saudi Arabia: Events in 2018

Human Rights in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia laws and punishments.
Featured snippet from the web:

the article goes on to state:

"Criminal law punishments in Saudi Arabia include public beheading, hanging, stoning, amputation and lashing. Serious criminal offences include not only internationally recognized crimes such as murder, rape, theft and robbery, but also apostasy, adultery, witchcraft and sorcery."

Witchcraft?!? Sorcery?!?!

Forgive me, but what century are we in now, please, the 21st?!?

That these laws are still on the Saudi books, is more than a little bit frightening.

For people like R. Clarke Cooper, being able to say such thoroughly stupid things, and not acting as though his hair is on fire,but he cannot smell the smoke, is a real asset in his line of work.

But Clarke, sorry; the "lipstick on a pig analogy" holds very true here, and no matter how much you are trying to spin this as though it were the most moral thing the US could do, this statement reads like codswallop.

Jul 11 13:35

Illegal immigrant population to surge 10% this year, flood schools

The continued surge of Latin American illegal immigrants at the U.S.-Mexico border will lead to hundreds of thousands being released into the country, increasing the already massive population of migrants by some 10%, according to a new analysis.

“We anticipate more than 700,000 migrants will successfully enter the country, increasing the unauthorized Hispanic population by nearly 10%,” said the influential Princeton Policy Advisors.

What’s more, wrote the group’s president Steve Kopits in a memo provided to Secrets, “By year end, nearly 300,000 migrant children are expected to enter the U.S. Over time, these will show up in the U.S. public school system.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In light of the reality that the US does an horrific job of truly educating the kids who are here legally, the addition of illegal alien children will completely overwhelm public schools, both in terms of educators, and money.

Jul 11 13:25

Cholera Rips Through War-Torn Yemen: Nears 500,000 Cases In 2019

As the UAE announced this week it would withdraw its forces from Yemen as a longtime lead country in the Saudi coalition which has fought Houthi rebels since 2015, the United Nations issued a damning report on what it previously dubbed the "world's worst humanitarian crisis" and what many analysts have described as the "forgotten war," due to the little coverage it receives in the mainstream media.

War-ravaged Yemen has seen more than than 460,000 suspected cholera cases so far this year, which is significantly higher that the total number for all of 2018, at 380,000 — the UN stated early this week.

This as the over four-year long war is has reached casualty numbers on par with the opening half of the Syrian war, expected to reach an estimated 233,000 deaths by the end of 2019, according to a previous UN report issued in May.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I want to ask you to look, very very hard, at the image accompanying this story.

I want to imagine that it was you, attempting to wash clothing in the filthy water you see behind this lady; she has no clean water with which she can do this, and is just praying that no one who is left in her family, gets sick from the horrific state of the water.

Imagine she understands that, the USA, with UAE and Saudi Arabia, have completely destroyed all the water infrastructure in Yemen, and that there also may have been weaponized cholera introduced into the country's water (it happened in World War II, during the war against Japan.)

So I have to ask: how proud are you to be a citizen of a country which routinely commits war crimes in places like Yemen; Iraq; Afghanistan; and Libya, believing that there will never be any consequences to come back and smack smack it in the face?!?

I do love my country, but I weep for the damage it has caused, and continues to cause, both nationally, and internationally.

This is why Mike so consistently reminds people to tell their friends and colleagues, where you think there is some resonance with what we are doing.

So let me ask another question; when was the last time you saw, or heard, a story on Yemen from the Presstitutes and corporate warmongers?!?

My best guess here, would be never.

Jul 11 12:47

Chuck Schumer Took Tens Of Thousands Of Dollars In Donations From Jeffrey Epstein

Senator Chuck Schumer accepted thousands of dollars in donations from Jeffrey Epstein in the 1990s, according to the NY Post. Schumer has recently been vocal in demanding that President Trump "answer" for his relationship with Epstein, while also urging Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta to resign.

FEC records showed that Schumer took in seven $1,000 donations between 1992 and 1997 from Epstein. The donations were accepted first as a US congressman, then later while running for the state's senator.

We reported Sunday night that Epstein had has been arrested for allegedly sex trafficking dozens of minors in New York and Florida between 2002 and 2005. The new charges claim that "Epstein sexually exploited dozens of underage girls in a now-familiar scheme: paying them cash for 'massages' and then molesting or sexually abusing them in his Upper East Side mansion or his residence in Palm Beach."

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How I LOVE the smell of irony in the morning!!!

Jul 11 12:44

Trade War Spurs Biggest De-Globalization Shift Since The Cold War

From an office in Tijuana, Mexico, Roberto Durazo has been capitalizing on one of the biggest shifts in global trade since the end of the cold war.

His company, Ivemsa, has been helping dozens of companies move their factories out of China and other parts of Asia and into Mexico to make goods to be sold domestically and in the United States. Operating in what is known as the “shelter industry”, firms like Ivemsa help international companies operate in Mexico without having to maintain a legal entity.

This example illustrates a wider movement that predates the trade war between China and the US, but one which experts now say is irreversible. After decades in which globalization seemed to be an unstoppable force, the trade war is accelerating a complete transformation of global trade towards a more fragmented model, and Durazo is operating at ground zero.

Jul 11 12:18

SAUDI ARABIA LIFTS TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS ON WOMEN

SOURCE: ZEROHEDGE

The gradual liberalization of Saudi Arabia's repressive laws and social mores continued on Thursday with WSJ reporting that Crown Prince MBS plans to drop restrictions barring women from traveling out of the country without a male guardian's permission. Though we suspect that this time, there will be no glowing NYT op-ed praising the young crown prince - the kingdom's de facto ruler - for his reformist tendencies and his respect for human rights.

It won't happen right away: WSJ says the kingdom plans to end the ban some time this year. The plan would end guardianship laws relating to travel for men and women over 18 years old. As it stands, women of any age, and men under 21, must have a guardian's permission to travel internationally. Soon, that won't be the case.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I frankly do not believe that history will be kind to this man, or the British, or US government which have enabled his slaughter of innocent Yemenites.

In fact, I am rather amazed that he hasn't called for a complete carpet bombing of the entire country.

Very possibly, the only reason, and perhaps this is a thank God, he has not done this, is that he understands what the optics will be; so while he still has money to buy the best PR his money can buy, has decided to buy public focus on his, to keep the media as off the Kashoggi assassination as possible.

Jul 11 08:33

RT’s ban from media freedom conference shows British irony is alive and well

After it was prevented from attending the Global Conference for Media Freedom: London 2019, RT replied:

"It takes a particular brand of hypocrisy to advocate for freedom of press while banning inconvenient voices and slandering alternative media."

Jul 11 08:04

PREDATORY "GREEN CAPITALISM" IS MONETIZING THE AIR, AND IT'S GOING TO COST YOU

SOURCE: CHARLES HUGH SMITH VIA OFTWOMINDS BLOG,
You want to reduce CO2? Then trigger a global depression that reduces global consumption of everything by 50% and destroys 95% of the phantom wealth owned by the global elites trying to monetize the air.

I recently asked What’s Left to Monetize?, and longtime correspondent Mark G. provided the answer: the air we breathe, via carbon taxes and markets for trading carbon credits, i.e. financializing / monetizing Nature to benefit the few at the expense pf the many.

Here’s Mark’s commentary:

You asked, "What’s left to monetize? It appears the answer is 'very little.'"

Jul 11 08:02

VOTING MACHINE MAKERS CLAIM THE NAMES OF THE ENTITIES THAT OWN THEM ARE TRADE SECRETS

SOURCE: TECH DIRT
Recently, the North Carolina State Board of Elections asked suppliers of electronic voting machines a simple question: who owns you? (h/t Annemarie Bridy)
On June 14, 2019, the State Board of Elections requested that your companies disclose any owners or shareholders with a 5% or greater interest or share in each of the vendor’s company, any subsidiary company, of the vendor, and the vendor’s parent company.

This seems like very basic information -- information the Board should know and should be able to pass on to the general public. After all, these are the makers of devices used by the public while electing their representatives. They should know who’s running these companies and who their majority stakeholders are. If something goes wrong (and something always does), they should know who’s ultimately responsible for the latest debacle.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unless and until the names of companies providing voting machines to the states are made public, there should be no purchasing of them by the states which utilize electronic tabulations to determine their outcome, period, end of discussion.

Jul 11 07:57

FLASHBACK: BILLIONAIRE PEDOPHILE JEFFREY EPSTEIN SENT BILL CLINTON $3.5 MILLION FROM SECRET SWISS BANK ACCOUNT

SOURCE: RADAR ONLINE ARCHIVE
Billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein sent $3.5 million to Bill and Hillary Clinton‘s foundation after an underage sex slave probe began, according to secret Swiss bank records leaked by a whistleblower.

As RadarOnline.com has previously reported, Hillary Clinton is reconsidering her 2016 presidential bid because of fears of the embarrassing revelations that could emerge in the coming months about Bill Clinton’s dealings with Epstein.

Sworn statements from Virginia Roberts — the woman who claims she was a teen sex slave forced to have sex with Prince Andrew — also includes the allegation that she saw the former president on Epstein’s “orgy island.”

“I remember asking Jeffrey, ‘What’s Bill Clinton doing here?’ kind-of-thing and he laughed it off and said, ‘Well, he owes me a favor’ … he never told me what favors they were,'” Roberts told lawyers.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Again, the monied believe that there will never be any consequences for what they do, as long as they can buy off/kill off, or have killed off, those who offend them ion any way.

I remember a wonderful line from the series "Elementary", where Sherlock Holmes is describing his Father, Morland, to the Joan Watson character as someone who has "assassins on speed dial"; this, many times, when it comes to very powerful people, may well be more truth...than fiction.

Jul 11 07:44

HOW AMERICAN CORPORATIONS ARE POLICING ONLINE SPEECH WORLDWIDE

SOURCE: GIZMODO
...

The architects of Silicon Valley’s big social media platforms never imagined they’d someday be the global speech police. And yet, as their market share and global user bases have increased over the years, that’s exactly what they’ve become. Today, the number of people who tweet is nearly the population of the United States. About a quarter of the internet’s total users watch YouTube videos, and nearly one-third of the entire world uses Facebook. Regardless of the intent of their founders, none of these platforms were ever merely a means of connecting people; from their early days, they fulfilled greater needs. They are the newspaper, the marketplace, the television. They are the billboard, the community newsletter, and the town square.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Please remember; everything you say in any conversation, or anything you type into your computer, is now public knowledge, and you will wind up getting "hit" with ads for products at which you have looked on line.

I know a couple of days ago, I was looking at a really lovely (and inexpensive) clothing line for a couple of things; suddenly, I was getting ads all over the place on my computer, for this, and other brands of clothing.
It would actually have been funny, if its implications about freedom and privacy, were not so completely grim.

Privacy, as used to be afforded through through a Governmental adherence to the Constitution and Bill of Rights, is completely gone for Americans, at this point in the 21st century.

Please remember this, as you are posting and reading.

The only way to communicate privately in this country any more, is under a very opaque blanket, with a flashlight, and your speaking in sign language to the other person there.

Welcome to the unhinged, surveilled State of Amerika; we're there, folks.

Jul 11 07:35

ACOSTA SCRAPPED 53-PAGE EPSTEIN INDICTMENT IN 2008 "AFTER SECRET NEGOTIATIONS": FMR STATE'S ATTORNEY

SOURCE: ZERO HEDGE

Former Palm Beach County state's attorney, Barry Krischer, says that Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta's account of a 2008 plea arrangement his office cut with pedophile financier Jeffrey Epstein is "completely wrong," and that Acosta "should not be allowed to rewrite history," according to a Wednesday statement by Krischer.

Earlier in the day Acosta held a press conference in which he vehemently defended the deal to serve just 13 months in county jail - saying that Krischer would have let Epstein walk otherwise.

"Simply put, the Palm Beach State Attorney's Office was willing to let Epstein walk free. No jail time. Nothing," said Acosta. "Prosecutors in my former office found this to be completely unacceptable, and we became involved."

Not true says Krischer - who said that Acosta abandoned a 53-page federal indictment "after secret negotiations between Mr. Epstein's lawyers and Mr. Acosta," according to The Hill.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Acosta most likely had a price for what he did, and Epstein most probably met it; that is the way the world is run, for the monied, by the monied, and of the monied.

The incredible "sleaze factor", and the moral horror of those kids getting violated, is never a factor, when the incredibly powerful believe that can get anything they want, and think that they can get away with it.

Of course, they never consider that cameras are running, and silently documenting this behaviour, and that the images (and sounds) may well be used later, for extortion, or blackmail.

Jul 10 15:21

Dissenter addon banned from Firefox addons and Chrome store: Big Tech Shit the bed

Banned for alleged "Hate Speech", Dissenter addon is known as the comment section of the internet. This allows commenting on literally any article, video, and website on the web, even websites that don't allow comments or that strictly moderate. It has reshaped the internet as we know it for the better.

Protect free speech online, make a stink, lobby FireFox & Chrome developers, make sure you tell them to put the addon back up.

I envision a future where dissenter addon ads a comment section perfectly and conveniently to the bottom of every article. For now you click the buttons and addon itself, though there are third party addons that apply the comment section below.

Jul 10 12:20

2019 interview with Socrates: Are Earth’s sheeple damned for psychopathic dictatorship and voting to execute Truth? Or are White Hat insiders unveiling ‘The Great Awakening’ for inescapable and final Truth? (8 of ?)

Socrates and I "discuss" the degree to which ordinary human beings reject the most important areas of factual consideration to upgrade the quality of Life for the planet, our nation, and our communities.

Jul 10 11:06

Court: It's Cool If The (Federal) Government Searches A Phone The (Local) Government Seized Illegally

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has decided it's OK if a government agency searches a phone that should never have been seized in the first place… so long as it's not the same government agency that illegally seized it. The illegality of the original seizure -- which should have provoked some discussions of poisonous trees and their harmful fruit -- is pretty much discarded in favor of the good faith exception.

Jul 10 10:16

Major Red Flags Are Causing Many To Doubt Whether Justice Will Be Done In The Epstein Sex Scandal

It won’t just be Jeffrey Epstein that will be on trial in the months ahead. As this scandal unfolds, the entire U.S. legal system will be on trial, and if justice does not prevail many Americans will lose faith in the system for good.

And of course the rest of the world will be watching too, and so what are they supposed to think about us if we are not able to put Epstein and all of his dirty friends in prison? As I detailed in part three of this series, the evidence against Jeffrey Epstein and his partners in crime is mounting. If Jeffrey Epstein is put behind bars that will be a step in the right direction, but it will not nearly be enough.

Jul 10 10:12

Epstein case oozes into Israeli political mud as Netanyahu, Barak trade barbs

SOURCE: TIMESOFISRAEL.COM

Disgraced US billionaire Jeffrey Epstein, arrested on fresh sex-trafficking charges Saturday, was injected into Israel’s political scrum Sunday, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu highlighting Epstein’s alleged connection to rival Ehud Barak.

Epstein, a wealthy hedge fund manager who once counted as friends former US President Bill Clinton, Great Britain’s Prince Andrew, and US President Donald Trump, was taken into federal custody Saturday and is expected to appear Monday in Manhattan federal court, according to law enforcement officials.

One of the officials said Epstein is accused of paying underage girls for massages and molesting them at his homes in Florida and New York in the early 2000s.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Well, here is a little "gem' about the relationship between Ehud Barak and Jeffrey Epstein: Ehud Barak’s Name Found in Jeffery Epstein’s Address Book: the “Holy Grail” to Unraveling a Child Sex Network

The article goes on to state:

'Here’s what we know:

Jeffery Epstein is a known pedophile who is now facing new charges of sex trafficking minors

Epstein ran a series of brothels

The brothels were staffed by underage girls who would turn tricks for Epstein’s close associates

Ehud Barak is a close associate of Jeffery Epstein

The brothels were located in Epstein’s Florida and New York homes
Barak was photographed by the Daily Mail exiting Epstein’s New York home
At the same time, Barak was photographed, the photographer, Jae Donnelly, reported: “A steady stream of gorgeous women were spotted coming and going,”

Ehud Barak was circled in Epstein’s “little black book” '

In an FBI affidavit, Alfredo Rodriguez, Epstein’s former house manager, described an address book in his possession as the “Holy Grail” to unraveling Epstein’s sprawling child-sex network. Ehud Barak was one of the names in that book.

IF these allegations prove true, it could be a very unsettling time for Ehud Barak's party, trying to get out from under the coming bad PR right before snap elections.

I am also certain, that the more Netanyahu can get these charges substantiated, or appear to be substantiated, the better chances he has of winning Israel's national elections mid September.

So, what country's intel, makes it a practice of having compromising photos of American Congressional Members, and other business magnates, in order to "persuade them" to sign off on various pieces of US legislation, or give their country most favored trading status?!?

What country manages to get the US to create wars they want to see happen, but only at the costs of American blood, and American money?!?

What nuclear-armed country does not have a constitution, over 60 years after its founding?!

What nuclear-armed country has refused to sign on as a member of NNPT (which , BTW, Iran actually did!)

We all know the answer; that little "frenemy" in the Middle East, to whom the US government consistently gives weapons and money, even though it is illegal, under the Symington Amendment, because they will not sign on as participants to the NNPT Treaty; and people in the Middle East are beginning to notice, that no matter what the US government does for this country , it is never, ever enough.

The US, allegedly an honest broker for peace, can never be trusted again, and the Middle Eastern countries surrounding Israel, understand this.

Jul 10 09:16

Freedom of piracy: US seeks allies to outsource hunt for Iranian oil tankers

The latest out of Washington is that the US is looking to put together a “coalition” that would “ensure freedom of navigation both in the Straits of Hormuz and Bab al-Mandeb,” as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph Dunford said on Tuesday. These are the waterways connecting the Persian Gulf to the Gulf of Oman, and the Red Sea to the Gulf of Aden, respectively.

The US is in contact with “a number of countries” to see which ones “have the political will” to support the project, the Marine general added.

A legitimate policing project, however, would easily get UN approval and not require some kind of revamped “coalition of the willing” that the US used to illegally invade Iraq in 2003. Not to mention that Iran itself has welcomed a truly international security effort.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sounds great, but which countries will wind up paying for this?!?

Jul 10 09:11

AMAZON PLANS NATIONWIDE BROADBAND—WITH BOTH HOME AND MOBILE SERVICE

SOURCE: ARSTECHNICA.COM

Amazon is seeking government permission to launch 3,236 broadband satellites that would cover nearly all of the United States and much of the rest of the world.

Amazon subsidiary Kuiper Systems filed its application with the Federal Communications Commission on Thursday last week, saying it intends to cover all of the US except most of Alaska.

"The Kuiper System covers the area between 56°N and 56°S latitudes," the Amazon subsidiary told the FCC. "Accordingly, customers throughout [the] continental US, Hawaii, and all US territories will have access to Kuiper System services. So too will customers in many other countries within the coverage area. The Kuiper System will not provide FSS [fixed-satellite service] in the majority of Alaska, however, because the state's high latitude is outside of the coverage area."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF Amazon gets the green light on this, it will mean even more surveillance/harassment of American users by Amazon's systems and technology.

Jul 10 08:43

Vimeo is purging ALL vaccine awareness channels as part of coordinated tech censorship sweep

Not to be outdone by YouTube with its continued efforts to stifle online free speech, the competing video platform Vimeo has now begun to censor channels and pull content that expresses any type of skepticism about the safety and effectiveness of vaccines.

Jul 10 08:16

AT LEAST 2% OF US PUBLIC WATER SYSTEMS ARE LIKE FLINT'S – AMERICANS JUST DON'T HEAR ABOUT THEM

SOURCE: THECONVERSATION.COM

More than five years after Flint’s water crisis first hit the news, the city has successfully lowered the lead levels in its water.

The most recently available testing, from the second half of 2018, puts the lead in Flint’s water at 4 parts per billion. That’s well below the level, 15 ppb, that the federal government currently regards as dangerous for public health.

No amount of lead in water is safe, but the lower level in Flint represents a substantial improvement over the 27 ppb reported by the Virginia Tech Water Study at the peak of the crisis in April 2015.

However, even Flint’s highest levels were not atypical for water systems that have problems. Most reports of elevated lead levels cluster in the range between 15 and 20 ppb.

WHERE LEAD PROBLEMS OCCUR
The federal Lead and Copper Rule requires public water utilities to sample home tap water yearly in neighborhoods most likely to face contamination.

Jul 10 07:29

China's Losing Control Of Its Crushing Debt Load As Defaults And Missed Payments Skyrocket

China’s economic slowdown and heavy debt load is affecting everybody in the country – even it’s "jewelry queen", Zhou Xiaoguang, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Zhou, who went from selling trinkets on city streets to taking a seat in China’s parliament and becoming Ernst & Young‘s "Entrepreneur of the Year" was faced with the reality of being unable to pay her company's billions of dollars in debt while in a bankruptcy court in April.

She is just one example of a massive debt burden taking its toll on China.

China has relied on borrowing to fuel its expansion for at least a generation. In 2018, the country was known for creating four billionaires a week and is number one globally in self-made fortunes. But this quick pace of growth, with many borrowing heavily in the process, also masked companies' strategic mistakes.

Fueled by debt, many over-expanded into crowded sectors and now those mal-investments and mis-allocations of resources are coming back to bite them.

Jul 10 07:25

The Taliban Have Won In Afghanistan

Authored by Brian Cloughley via The Strategic Culture Foundation,

On June 26 two US special forces soldiers were killed in Afghanistan, bringing the total of US military personnel who have died in that useless war to 2429, according to iCasualties, an independent casualty tracker.

No matter what one might think about the rights and wrongs of the war in Afghanistan, it is sad to record such fatalities, and the question that comes to mind is: What did they die for?

According to the US State Department the military are there because “we continue to invest US resources to help Afghanistan improve its security, governance, institutions and economy,” and the Pentagon says “the principle goal… is to conclude the war in Afghanistan on terms favourable to Afghanistan and the United States.”

How?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would politely suggest that this country needs to bring our military home from Afghanistan, as carefully as humanly possible, and also as quickly.

And I would also like to politely suggest, that President Trump not attempt to lie the American people in to a war against Iran, whose only "crimes" have been not selling all their oil in US dollars, and being an economic competitor to Israel.

Jul 10 07:14

EU Mulls Sanctions On Turkey After 2nd Drilling Ship Deployed In Cypriot Waters

Turkey and Europe are headed for a showdown in the eastern Mediterranean over Turkish plans for oil and gas exploration and drilling in Cypriot-recognized waters, with the European Union reportedly now mulling cutting financial assistance to Turkey over the illegal drilling. EU envoys are reportedly meeting Wednesday to discuss various punitive measures against Turkey, including suspending aviation talks and even sanctions.

The latest crisis was triggered after Turkish drilling vessel Yavuz sailed to an area off Cyprus’ east coast at the start of this week — the second to follow a first drilling vessel, Fatih, which had already been exploring in Cypriot waters. Notably, the vessels have been accompanied by the Turkish military, including drones, F-16 fighters, and warships.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder if the EU is considering a "Let's Make a Deal" with Cyprus, over these same oil and drilling rights?!?

Jul 10 07:04

SHIP SEIZED IN RECORD $1.3 BILLION COCAINE BUST BELONGS TO JPMORGAN

SOURCE: ZEROHEDGE
A few weeks ago we reported that around $1 billion worth of cocaine (15,500 kilos) was seized from a container ship at a Philadelphia port after having stopped in Colombia, Chile, Peru, Panama and the Bahamas (subsequently it turned out that it was a record $1.3 billion, or 18,000 kilos worth).

Today we learn that the vessel, the MSC Gayane, is owned by JP Morgan, and has been seized by US authorities according to the Wall Street Journal. The Gayane is the world's second-largest container ship - operated by Switzerland-based Mediterranean Shipping Co, MSC.

$91 million: The amount of cocaine that was supposed to be on that boat in fictional movie “The Usual Suspects.”

$1.3 billion: The amount of cocaine in this boat. https://t.co/Z539qoDKlo

— Sam Ro ???? (@SamRo) July 9, 2019

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As usual, the monied believe that there will be no actions against what they have done to impact people, and the country, negatively.

And I would almost be willing to bet that right now, JP Morgan's President, Jamie Dimon, is getting ready to "speed dial" his "Crisis Aversion and Management Team", to find a way of blaming this on some unsuspecting underling, and leave the corporation without too much "moral garbage" to be carrying for this, and for only a short period of time.

Philly has an horrendous drug problem, as indicated by the following stories:

"Kensington Blues" gives a devastating picture of drug abuse in Philadelphia

Trapped by the Walmart of Heroin

Philadelphia’s overdose deaths dip overall in 2018 but are ‘still at crisis levels’

That someone at JP Morgan thought that this was a "too amazing a financial opportunity they couldn't afford to lose", has obviously had both their humanity, and conscience, thoroughly removed.

And when McSwain finds the person who signed off on this, I hope that no matter how far up the food chain they are, that they will be tried and convicted by their peers, and will be sentenced to a prison OTHER... than a Club Fed.

Jul 10 06:37

ISRAEL MANDATES PROPAGANDA COURSE FOR STUDENTS TRAVELLING ABROAD

SOURCE: MINT PRESS
JERUSALEM, PALESTINE — While Israel tries to portray a friendly face to the outside world, internally it is promoting racism and violence at levels that are more alarming than ever before. A course to prepare young high school students traveling overseas to be good “ambassadors” stands in contrast to racist policies and the advancement of a military that is encouraged to exercise unprecedented violence against civilians.

YOUNG AMBASSADORS

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This... is desperation on the cusp of madness, on the part of Tel Aviv.

The words, images, and pure lies offered here, have utterly no place in the reality emanating from Gaza; The West Bank, and East Jerusalem.

And I might just politely suggest that some of these students, in their travels, might meet people knowledgeable about the Palestinian plight, and perhaps may give some of these students their "Buddha on the Road" moment, to consider if the choices made by their government, relative to the Palestinians, have been moral; responsible; or, truly sane?!?

Jul 10 05:22

NETANYAHU THREATENS IRAN WITH ISRAELI PLANES THAT CAN ‘REACH EVERYWHERE’ IN THE MIDDLE EAST

SOURCE: RT

As tension mounts over Iran’s nuclear program, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has warned Tehran that Israeli warplanes can strike anywhere in the Middle East, “including Iran and Syria.”

“Iran has threatened recently to destroy Israel,” Netanyahu said in a video clip posted on Tuesday. “It is worthwhile for them to remember that these planes can reach everywhere in the Middle East, including Iran and Syria.”

Netanyahu delivered his stern lecture while standing in front of an F-35 fighter jet at Nevatim Airbase in central Israel. The Israeli Air Force has used its warplanes to strike supposed Iranian and Hezbollah targets in Syria numerous times, most recently pounding the cities of Damascus and Homs at the beginning of July – attacks that left multiple civilians dead. Last year, Israel became the world’s first military power to use the next-generation F-35 in a combat operation, reportedly against Iranian targets in Syria.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These threats, and counter-threats, are absolutely the last thing this region needs.

Netanyahu is pushing, and hyping, the Iranian threat, as though war was something Iran wants, or needs, militarily, which is absolutely not the case here.

Netanyahu understands this, but has been using the "fear card" against his own people for so long, that his behaviour has simply become pathological, at this point.

But faced with a snap election mid-September, his hope is that he can persuade/trick the US and possibly Saudi Arabia, to attack Iran, without personally, or nationally, having to pay either a political, or financial "price", and that he will appear to have "done something" to get him re-elected, no matter the costs to American and Saudi troops in blood and money spent.

We ran a story yesterday, from zerohedge.com, titled UAE's Yemen Exit is a Preparation for Confronting Iran Closer To Home

The fact that this repositioning is happening at all, telegraphs that the the Ziohawkonoids are attempting to move heaven and earth to start this war with Iran just as soon as possible.

There is, however, one 6,000 lb gorilla, napping, draped across the Bosendorfer Grand in this scenario, and that is the presence of Russia.

On 26 June, Foreign Ministry Diplomat, Zamir Kabulov, made the following statement: Iran won't be alone, if the US attacks

Were I any member of President Trump's Cabinet, or Advisory staff, I would definitely take this man at his word.

Jul 10 05:01

JEFFREY EPSTEIN'S WIKIPEDIA PAGE STEALTH-EDITED TO REMOVE TIES TO DEMOCRATS

SOURCE: ZEROHEDGE

In the wake of Jeffrey Epstein's weekend arrest, an observant Twitter user noticed that someone has edited the billionaire pedophile's Wikipedia page to remove all mention of Democrats who have flown on the "Lolita Express" - the nickname given to his private Boeing 727 jet which was reportedly outfitted with a bed.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Color me completely unsurprised at this.

Jul 10 04:59

NIMMO: NO WAY WILL EPSTEIN BE ALLOWED TO EXPOSE POLITICAL CLASS PEDOS

SOURCE: KURT NIMMO

I will be sincerely surprised if the latest effort to put away child sex ring leader Jeffrey Epstein results in outing members of the political class.

And even if names are revealed—and quite a few already have—there is simply no way a criminal like Bill Clinton will be charged with raping minors and thrown in prison.

Clinton, of course, is guilty of much more serious crimes, for instance, bombing the former Yugoslavia and killing hundreds of innocent people, including children, and burning men, women, and children alive at Waco. These crimes are now at best footnotes.

It has been known for a long time Bill Clinton is a sexual predator, and yet all the evidence of this, out there for the public to see, has yet to result in criminal charges against him. Both Bill and his wife are way above the law and more or less untouchable.

Ann Coulter Thinks Epstein Had A “State Sponsor” & Was Running A “Blackmailing” Operation https://t.co/8baUEI4jIc

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The "Big Test" will be at his next hearing, 15 July, and whether he is able to leave prison, on his own recognizance, until his trial; if that is allowed to happen, you can bet the farm, that this man will be on a fast track to a country which has no extradition treaties with the US.

Jul 09 15:40

How UAE's Yemen Exit Is Preparation To Confront Iran Closer To Home

Authored by James M. Dorsey via Lobe Log

A United Arab Emirates decision to withdraw the bulk of its forces from Yemen shines a spotlight on hard realities underlying Middle Eastern geopolitics.

The pullback suggests that the UAE is preparing for the possibility of a US military confrontation with Iran in which the UAE and Saudi Arabia could emerge as prime battlegrounds.

It also reflects long-standing subtle differences in the approaches of Saudi Arabia and the UAE towards Yemen. It further highlights the UAE’s long-standing concern for its international standing amid mounting criticism of the civilian toll of the war as well as a recognition that the Trump administration’s unquestioning support may not be enough to shield its allies from significant reputational damage.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I think that this is absolutely on, and The Butcher of Yemen,is getting ready to collaborate with the Us military for a huge strike against Iran.

As I mentioned before, the Ziohawkonoids need this to happen very quickly, as Netanyahu is facing a snap election mid-September, and has to appear to have "done something constructive" by that point in time.

And what would be much more lovely than to see the US, and Saudi troops, doing a decap strike against Iran?!?

Jul 09 13:40

Egypt Seizes Tanker Carrying Iranian Crude

Tehran's threats of retaliation against the UK for seizing a tanker carrying Iranian crude oil for export have prompted a British vessel to shelter in the Gulf, but the rest of the world doesn't seem to be taking them too seriously.

Citing local press reports, Middle East Monitor said Tuesday that a Ukrainian tanker carrying Iranian oil as it passed through the Suez Canal ten days ago was seized by the Egyptian government, just as Egypt's State Security Criminal Court was sentencing six people to lengthy jail terms allegedly for spying for Iran.

Egypt is a staunch ally of the US, and as a Sunni-majority country, would naturally align with the UAE and Saudi Arabia in their efforts to contain Iran. Egypt also supports the Saudi-backed coalition in Yemen that is fighting to retain control in that country's brutal civil war. Cairo has condemned the Houthis for the recent spate of attacks on Saudi infrastructure that have inflamed tensions in the region.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

With tensions escalating between Iran and Iran, and the US government reeling, regarding numerous problems on the horizon which have nothing to do with the current US government, (but involve some INCREDIBLY salacious actions by former members of this government, "Epstein-gate"), I have a sense that the Ziohawkonoids are going to push forward on a US attack against Iran, in terms of getting it going at the earliest possible opportunity.

Because if ever Washington's elite needed a war as a distraction from these nasty situations, it is right the heck now.

There is only one minor problem here; we may well be looking at Russia jumping into the fray on Iran's side, and, in fact, here's the following statement from a Russian official who essentially said just that:
Russia Says Iran ‘Won’t Be Alone’ If US AttacksThe story goes on to state:

"“Iran will withstand this type of fight and Iran is not alone,” Zamir Kabulov, the Foreign Ministry’s special envoy for Asian countries including Iran, said at a Russian-Iranian policy forum in Moscow, reported The Moscow Times.

Now, I don't know about you, but if I were any members of President Trump's cabinet, or advisors, I would absolutely take this guy at his word.

Jul 09 13:17

Bill Clinton Lying About Epstein Relationship: Report

Bill Clinton is lying about his involvement with arrested pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, according to investigative journalist Conchita Sarnoff - who first revealed the former president's extensive flights on Epstein's "lolita express" in a 2010 Daily Beast exposé.

Clinton claimed in a Monday statement that he only took "a total of four trips on Jeffrey Epstein's airplane" in 2002 and 2003, and that Secret Service accompanied him at all times.

According to Sarnoff's research as well as flight logs obtained by Fox News in 2016, that's a complete lie.

Sarnoff, who heads up the Alliance to Rescue Victims of Trafficking and the author of "Trafficking," told Fox News Monday evening: "I know from the pilot logs and these are pilot logs that you know were written by different pilots and at different times that Clinton went, he was a guest of Epstein's 27 times," adding "many of those times Clinton had his Secret Service with him and many times he did not."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Oh, this is going to get interesting, folks; grab your popcorn and enjoy, as the monied eat their own!!

Jul 08 12:05

NETANYAHU USES DNA CLAIM TO DENY PALESTINIAN RIGHT TO HOMELAND

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu yesterday tweeted that the Palestinians’ connection to the Land of Israel is nothing compared to the 4,000 year connection that the Jewish people have with the land. He cited a recent article stating that Biblical Philistines had come from Europe, according to DNA uncovered in the coastal city of Ashkelon. His attempt to delegitimise the Palestinians’ right to their homeland was criticised by many as “race science”, which is often promoted by extreme right-wingers to justify ethno-nationalist policies.

Jul 08 09:38

Netanyahu denies intention to amend immunity law

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu yesterday denied that he had sought support for amending the immunity law for Israeli MKs, Arab48 reported.

Netanyahu said in a live Facebook video from a coffee shop near his residence that “no one is changing the law, it doesn’t need to be changed, and I won’t need it at all.”

He added: “It isn’t necessary at all because there has never been anything and there won’t be anything,” referring to corruption cases in which he has been embroiled.

The Times of Israel reported that, in the wake of the Knesset elections in April, the Likud “was conditioning membership in the coalition on support for a bill that would make it easier for him [Netanyahu] to retain immunity from prosecution.”

Jul 08 09:02

US Foreign Policy Is A War On Disobedience

In an excellent new essay titled “We’re Not the Good Guys — Why Is American Aggression Missing in Action?“, Tom Engelhardt criticizes the way western media outlets consistently describe the behavior of disobedient nations like Iran as “aggressions”, but never use that label for the (generally antecedent and far more egregious) aggressions of the United States.

“When it comes to Washington’s never-ending war on terror, I think I can say with reasonable confidence that, in the past, the present, and the future, the one phrase you’re not likely to find in such media coverage will be ‘American aggression,'” Engelhardt writes.

Jul 08 05:46

‘Homeland Security CSI’ July 4th TV special: Agents Dick Strong & Fannie Goode bring ‘Illegal Terrorist Combatant Associates’ to justice!

Satire often demonstrates how our real-world so-called "news," so-called "political leadership," and so-called "entertainment" help indoctrinate Americans to accept dictatorial government. Americans' loss of promised rights are real, forever lie-started and illegal Wars of Aggression are real, and exponential debt is real, and the challenge of US .01% "leadership" is to convince the American public to embrace these slave conditions as "necessary" for public safety.

Read on to see this is the point of so much of what we're given to watch for "public programming."

Jul 07 15:52

The most powerful people in Europe are simply being APPOINTED like Game of Thrones

Express.co.uk Head of News Paul Baldwin told The Brexit The Final Countdown podcast the whole process of appointing Europe’s top jobs this week was more akin to Game of Thrones than a modern democracy. Mr Baldwin was joining presenter Rebecca Hutson Express.co.uk News Editor Thomas Hunt, and Brussels correspondent Joe Barnes. He said: “The most powerful jobs in Europe are changing hands and those who inherit the titles will hold sway over the lives of 500 million Europeans. Yet the whole process of appointing these favoured EU sons and daughters has more in common with the kind of royal patronage we see in Game of Thrones than any self-respecting modern democracy in the 21st century.

“It's a disgusting insult to democracy and exactly why people are so suspicious of the EU – and rightly so.”

Jul 07 13:33

In America Money Literally Is Time - Unless Of Course You're Bernie Sanders

Money raised graphed against speaking time in the first Democratic presidential debate. As usual, there's a relationship that is nearly one to one.

What is anomalous is the 'lower tier candidate' effect: slightly less bang for their buck.

And downright unusual is the amount of time given -- or should I say not given -- to Bernie Sanders.

Original graph by Corporanon.

Jul 07 11:03

Are We Really Free? Maybe It’s Time For A Personal Declaration Of Independence

You never own your home outright, even when the mortgage is paid off. Every year, you must make your extortion payment to the city or trust me, you won’t be living in that house for long.

The same thing with your car. If you don’t pay your annual extortion payment on your vehicle and pay a hundred bucks for a tiny sticker that gives you permission to drive it, it will be promptly towed away by the city with the government’s blessing. Then, like a hostage negotiation gone wrong, you’ll have to pay even more money to cover their theft and storage of YOUR vehicle.

On a regular basis, you must pay a fee and ask the government for permission to do any number of things, such as driving a car, traveling outside the country, running a business, adding another bathroom to your home, or even catching a fish for dinner.

Jul 07 09:51

Netanyahu Compares Iran's Uranium Enrichment 'Small Step' With Nazis' March Into Rhineland in 1936

Tehran announced Sunday that its uranium enrichment levels would soon surpass limits set in the 2015 nuclear deal, and said that Iran would continue to reduce its commitments to the nuclear deal every 60 days until the deal's other signatories meet their commitments.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has blasted Iran's decision to raise uranium enrichment levels beyond the 3.67 per cent limit outlined in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), saying the only possible reason for such an action is the creation of a nuclear bomb, The Jerusalem Post has reported.

Commenting on a report in US media about Iran's uranium enrichment decision on Sunday, Netanyahu said the report seemed to suggest that the move was "not terrible, because it is just a 'small step'."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mr. Prime Minister Netanyahu, a word, please; this idiotic analogy was absolutely DOA upon delivery.

I would like to politely remind you that when looking at the movement of the Nazis, this was to gain physical territory; not to create a bomb.

And I would like to also politely remind you, that so far, Iran has been within the levels acceptable covered by the P5 +1 agreement.

It appears, to some political analysts in Israel and abroad, you have become a geopolitically "wounded animal", with all the corruption charges placed against you, and you have had to call a snap election, to happen 17 September, because your party was unable to create a quorum.

And nothing is more dangerous than is a wounded animal, or human being.

There are a number of of political pundits professing that you desperately need something major, to plunge into the minds of the Israeli voting public like a knife, before that 60 days is finished, to "seal the deal" of your return to power.
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And what would be more major than a "false flag", perhaps to be perpetrated against some sort of US military asset, just like Israel tried to do with the USS Liberty, where good men died, because Israel wanted the US government, and the world to believe that it was Egypt which attacked this ship, in order to get the US to declare war against Egypt?!?

What I have just stated, is an historical fact, and not some fanciful work of fiction. 52nd ANNIVERSARY OF ISRAEL'S ATTACK ON THE USS LIBERTY

If it has happened before, there is a precedent; I would like to hope that your "Bromance" with President Trump, is not that of a "Frenemy" in this instance, getting ready to make his move at the expense of both President Trump, and the USA.

Only time.... will answer that question.

Jul 07 09:18

Germany, UK Call on Iran to 'Immediately Stop and Reverse All Activities' on Uranium Enrichment

Earlier in the day, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi said that Tehran will in 60 days announce further nuclear obligations it will discontinue as the third step of scaling down its commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

Germany is extremely concerned about Iran breaching the limit set for uranium enrichment and urges it to reverse this decision, the foreign ministry said on Sunday.

“Germany – like our E3 [UK, France, Germany] and EU partners – is extremely concerned by Iran’s announcement that it has begun enriching uranium beyond the concentration of 3.67%,” it said in a statement.

Germany will wait for the confirmation from the IAEA nuclear watchdog.

“As E3 and EU we have repeatedly called on Iran not to take further measures that further undermine the nuclear deal. We strongly urge Iran to stop and reverse all steps that are inconsistent with Iran’s commitments,” it continued.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

OK, folks, if you didn't know the deal here before; the amount of enrichment the Iranians are talking about is to enrich their nuclear capacities to a level consistent with a nuclear energy plant, and NOT consistent with developing a nuclear weapon. Please check with a science person, familiar with the process, because... this is reality.

And I am hoping that someone around President Trump, with this kind of understanding, will speak directly to him, about the differences in enriching uranium for a power station, and building a weapon; it is HUGE AND MAJOR.

And to President Trump, and Iranian President Rouhani, please; no more insults, no trying to make the other leader look bad and wrong, with some rather inflammatory language getting used along the way.

You are both capable of quite a bit better than that.

Jul 07 08:53

Ron Paul: "Many Americans Justifiably Fear Their Own Government"

Authored by Adam Dick via The Ron Paul Institute for Peace & Prosperity,

In a Friday editorial at the American Conservative, James Bovard examines a multitude of reasons why Americans rationally fear having an interaction with a cop. At the root, explains, Bovard, there are too many laws providing reasons for police to exercise force and too few restraints on when and how that force may be exercised.

Bovard writes his editorial as a response to South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s comment in a June Democratic presidential primary debate that Buttigieg is “determined to bring about a day when a white person driving a vehicle and a black person driving a vehicle, when they see a police officer approaching, feels the exact same thing — a feeling not of fear but of safety.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We are very blessed, here on Oahu, because the police here are very polite, and I have never had a stress-out with any police here with which I have interacted; I know, however, that this is not true in all other states on the Mainland.

Jul 07 08:49

In "Radical Overhaul" 20,000 Deutsche Bankers Will Be Fired As "Bad Bank" Soars To €80BN, 5x DB's Market Cap

One month ago, Jeff Gundlach - in his latest DoubleLine investor call - cracked jokes that Deutsche Bank's imploding stock, which has been hitting fresh all time lows virtually every day, had "major support" at €0.

Once again, he was on to something because just a few days later, the FT first reported that the bank which was this close to nationalization in 2016, and failed to consummate a merger with that "other" German bank, Commerzbank, was preparing to roll out Plan Z: amid a deep overhaul of its trading operations (read: mass terminations), the biggest German lender was set to roll out a "bad bank" holding some €50 billion in legacy toxic derivative assets, a plan that was quite popular in the depths of the global financial crisis.

As we noted at the time, it would hardly come as a surprise that the German bank best known for housing €43.5 trillion in gross derivatives notional (something we first pointed out way back in 2013)...

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Ouch!!!

Jul 07 08:43

The Only Strategic Rationale For America's Involvement In Syria Finally Revealed

Authored by Elias Samo via The Strategic Culture Foundation,

“Washington lacks a clear strategy in Syria “; those were the recent words of Robert Ford, the last American ambassador to Syria who served prior to and during the first few years of the Syrian uprising from 2010 to 2014. A man of Ford’s intricate knowledge of the Syrian/American political dynamic is surly knowledgeable enough to assess America’s policy towards Syria. He goes on to say, “It is hard to explain the fundamental American mission in Syria… Is it to fight Daesh? Or is it to help promote a Kurdish autonomous district in Northeastern Syria… Or is it to resist Iranian encouragement?” It is partially all three; however, oddly enough, Mr. Ford avoids the obvious top priority and strategic rationale for America’s involvement in Syria: The Protection of Israel.

Jul 07 08:08

The Trump administration is trying to make war with Iran inevitable - Ben Armbruster

Last night, in response to Iran shooting down an American drone earlier this week, the United States came within one whim of an erratic and unstable president from launching a military strike on Iran.

Like the recent oil tanker attacks in the Gulf of Oman, the Trump administration has framed the drone incident as if it occurred in a vacuum – implying that the Iranians are launching these (alleged) attacks without provocation, and providing an aura of legitimacy to a possible American military response.

And that’s exactly what the Trump administration’s Iran hawks – led by the national security adviser, John Bolton, and the secretary of state, Mike Pompeo — have seemingly planned all along: to cultivate conditions that make military conflict with Iran the only option.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Again, should such a war happen, it will absolutely NOT be for the benefit of We the People, but only for the benefit of our corporate oligarchs, who will profit from such a war immeasurably.

When Karl Marx made the observation that "All Wars are Economic in Origin, the guy wasn't mistaken at all; it takes large governments borrowing money from the banks, at insanely high interest rates, to keep these wars going.

Mr. President, I am sure that you are getting daily, if not hourly, calls from the politically wounded Israeli Prime Minister, Benyamin Netanyahu, urging you, explicitly, to "get the party started" by issuing an "Executive Order" for a"kinetic Motion" attack against Iran, bypassing Congress completely.

But the major bone of contention, and your cabinet understands this, is that you will not have the support of ordinary US citizens, should you order a strike before the 2020 elections.

And Mr. President, considering what a mess into which the US government and military were led, by both American and foreign oligarchs the last several times the US government invaded and occupied a number of countries, including Iraq; Afghanistan; Libya; and DRC, you need to look at a couple potential aspects of changing the way the US does business with the Middle East.

What China does, to get what it wants, is its own version of "Let's make a deal"; certain things are promised and delivered; certain things come from the other side, which creates a "win-win" progression of that project, so all people involved, feel lifted up, and that cooperation moves to even greater depths with future projects.

I think you have to call China's "Silk and Belt Road" a major expression of this philosophy, which is going to propel China to absolute leadership and respect, if handled carefully.

Unfortunately, the US government's approach to creating "win/win" since the end of World War II, has generally been "My Way...or the Highway"

And that surprised, collective gasp in Foggy Bottom you hear, when people don't want to be killed or maimed for life by US bullets, to "neutralize" the native population; when the US installs a western-centric puppet government, to insure that their resources are only sold in US dollars, is "Why don't they love our invading their countries; murdering their kids and families, and expropriating their resources"?!?

Mr. President, I am politely requesting that you rethink your Iran strategy; I understand that you are getting what I would call "the ultimate pressure" from Netanyahu, to get this war started, but in light of the fact that the US, economically, isn't doing so well, except for the 1%, I would strongly caution you against it. I frankly think, that the situation needs more time to be resolved, and that starting to "do something" as of the end of today against Iran, could lead to unmitigated disaster for this country.

Patience, honorably conceived notions of win/win in setting up any deal, are desperately needed here; the yelling, foot-stomping, and foul-mouthed insults from both you, and the Iranian leadership, need to stop immediately.

I would also remind you that Russia has been a great partner for Syria, in terms of getting rid of US-backed, trained, and funded jihadi fighters; they are light years ahead in their weapons development.

Jul 07 07:58

Flashback: In 2017, The First Robot Granted Citizenship Was 'Happy' But Apparently Not Very Smart

Original post.

Why grant her citizenship?

Well, that one's easy, if you are familiar with the historical regard that this particular country has for women’s rights.

What country?

Saudi Arabia.

Given such painstaking attention to detail, it must not have seemed like much of a stretch.

Jul 07 07:30

IAEA Board to Meet Wednesday on Iran at Demand of US

US Envoy demands IAEA 'hold Iran responsible'

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has announced that they will hold a special meeting on Iran’s civilian nuclear program on Wednesday, centered around US allegations that Iran is in violation of the P5+1 nuclear deal.

The US accused Iran of being in violation once their uranium stockpile exceeded 300 kg. Iran has denied that this is a violation, and says the stockpile cap was voluntary since the US withdrew from the deal.

The IAEA agreed to the meeting at the demands of the US, even though the US is no longer party to the P5+1 deal. US officials have been trying to undermine the nuclear deal for months now, and this seems to be a continuation of that.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am working like crazy to get my hands around this, logically, but I am sorry: I cannot.

President Trump, a word, please: since the US withdrew from the P5+1 deal in May of this year, how in the world does the US have any right to criticize the planned enrichment coming up?!?

And BTW, sir, the level to which Iranian scientists are enriching their uranium stockpile is only to serve as a clear fuel power base; it is NOT going to be enriched at the level necessary to create an atomic weapon.

Please ask your "science people" and you will get a confirmation.

You are welcome, President Trump!! :-)

Jul 07 07:20

Nuclear weapon material worth $72mn seized in a car in Turkey

Turkish police have taken five people into custody over the smuggling of a highly-radioactive substance used to build nuclear weapons and power nuclear reactors. The 18.1-gram haul was found in a car.

Police discovered a vial of the material after they pulled over a car in the northwestern Bolu province. The substance, believed to be californium, was found stashed under the gear stick wrapped in a bag. Officers had to cut the upholstery to get to the parcel, which is estimated to be worth US$72 million.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am grateful that Turkish police made the right call, and apprehended those people who may have responsible for its transport.

But the bigger, uglier picture, is where, and for what, was this material intended?!?

Jul 07 06:57

US WELCOMES SUDAN POWER-SHARING DEAL AS ‘IMPORTANT STEP FORWARD’

SOURCE: MIDDLE EAST MONITOR
The United States on Saturday welcomed a provisional agreement forged by Sudan’s ruling military council and a coalition of opposition and protest groups to share power for three years as an “important step forward.”

Reported by Reuters, the US State Department said in statement that special envoy for Sudan Donald Booth will return to the region soon.

The agreement brokered by the African Union and Ethiopia Union, announced on Friday, is due to be finalised on Monday.

“The agreement between the Forces for Freedom and Change and the Transitional Military Council to establish a sovereign council is an important step forward,” the State Department said. “We look forward to immediate resumption of access to the internet, establishment of the new legislature, accountability for the violent suppression of peaceful protests, and progress toward free and fair elections.”

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Fingers crossed on this one; but with all the competitive interests and back-channel deals going on here, I am hopeful, but not holding my breath on this.

Jul 07 06:54

TURKEY CHARGED WITH RUNNING FOREIGN TERRORIST "RAT LINE" INTO LIBYA

SOURCE: ZEROHEDGE
Libya was once a key embarkation point for jihadists headed to foreign battlefields - first in the 1980s Afghan-Soviet War where they supported the CIA-backed mujahideen, and more recently in Syria, where both massive jihadist manpower and heavy weaponry were transferred to the killing fields of Aleppo and Idlib (also, it should be noted, in support of CIA regime change efforts against Assad).

But as we described after a recent New York Times report unveiled that US anti-tank missiles have been found in "unknown" Libyan rebel hands fighting within warlord Khalifa Haftar's ranks, the once stable formerly Gadaffi-ruled Arab North African country which was in 2011 "liberated" at the hands of US-NATO forces has once again become ground zero in a grinding proxy war which has allowed jihadists to run rampant amid the chaos.

Jul 07 06:52

SAUDI-UAE COALITION SAYS IT INTERCEPTED HOUTHI DRONES

SOURCE: ALJAZEERA.COM

A Saudi-led military coalition said it has intercepted and destroyed drones launched by Yemen's Houthi group at targets in the kingdom, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

"The drones were destroyed in air space," a coalition statement said on Saturday.

The Houthis' al-Masirah satellite news channel said the rebels targeted Saudi airports in Abha and Jizan with Qasef-2K drones.

Yahia Sarie, spokesperson for the Houthi forces, said the attacks resulted in the suspension of air traffic in both airports.

The Houthis have increasingly used drones to target southern Saudi Arabia, including two recent strikes on the Abha airport, which killed one person and wounded more than 30.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The questions I would have here, are:

1. From whom are the Houthi rebels getting these drones?!?

2. Where are the rebels getting whatever training is needed, to make sure that their targeting is as true as possible, without damaging civilian centers?!?

3. What is this going to do to oil prices in the near term, and what will that do to an already teetering US economy (except for the already monied)?

4. When will the Saudi leadership get it through their heads, that the only way to begin to get a negotiated settlement done, is by diplomacy, rather than using brute force?!?

5. When will the US citizenry begin to have an open, intelligent, and civilized national dialogue regarding the US's role in being complicit to war crimes, and genocide in Yemen?

These are very difficult questions, which urgently deserve some intelligent answers, and actions that can prevent this horrible burden on Yemeni kids and their families from continuing.

But let's consider a more global discussion of US foreign policy.

I am watching Faux & Friends, and their big, banner headline is, at 7 AM, Eastern time, is "Which television shows, should be encouraged to come back"?.

Absoflippinglutely unbelievable!!!

These are very dangerous times; major cities like LA, San Francisco, and Seattle have horrible homeless, and garbage problems, which need to be met with both compassion and intelligence, coupled with with exploding crime.

I don't know whether to laugh, or weep this morning.

And our current incarnation of Emperor Nero, President Trump, Our First American Merchant of Death in Chief, simply plays his violin to the only two tunes he knows; first, that American economy is doing magnificently well (and, for the monied like President Trump, that is true; but not for most of the rest of us); and secondly, that American wars are wrapping up, and doing magnificently well.

(This is not at all correct. What we do not see here, is any revocation, or stand down, of US Military troops in the Middle East.)

Pentagon Sending 1,000 more US troops to Middle East

No wonder that most Americans have not a clue as to what is happening in the world at large, as personnel freedoms get chipped away by ever-more-invasive, 24 hour surveillance, while the US is government pouring more troops into the Middle East, and there is a concerted, willful ignorance about this genocide in Yemen that the Corporate Powers that Be, refuse to ALLOW to be seen seen, unless you know where to look for it.

Hint: you will not find it most of the Corporate Presstitute sites; You can only find it at indy media sites, like WRH.

And here, with a warning for graphic content that may cause you to upchuck, if you've already eaten today, are the real images of what is played out in Yemen, day after day, after day, in terms of US/
Saudi war crimes in Yemen:

Images: Yemeni Children getting blown apart, killed, and/or maimed for life, courtesy of US-enabled Saudi bombing runs.

Images: Yemeni children starving to death, courtesy of US/Saudi port blockade

Yemeni children, sick with, and dying, from cholera

In times when Congress actually listened to the American people (like the huge march on the Capital by peaceful, anti-Vietnam war protestors, which demonstrated to then-President Johnson, that he could not pursue the war, because the American people would not go along anymore), and that those politicians who continued to support the war, wouldn't win the next election.

But now is a madly different time and place, originally ushered into being by President Bush's lusting after a war so badly in the Middle East, so as to be able to control both the oil, and insuring that the oil would only be sold in US dollars.

And in this devolution from its initial, Constitutional charge that only Congress has the capability to created a Declaration of War, Congress no longer makes these decisions about war, peace, and national US policies; they are now simply brokered with private,large, multi-national corporations always having a first right of refusal for if and when these wars will be fought, and that these decrees emanate from both DC and Israel.

I mean, those corporations, including our military/industrial complex, are owned by people who contribute, both overtly, and covertly, to Presidential campaigns, to insure that their will, and for heaven's sake, not the will of We the People, is always supported by the US government.

We have a very Kabuki-like ritual in the Unhinged, Surveilled State of Amerika every 4 years, and that this "ritual" is giving Americans the illusion that they actually control who gets "hired" for the Presidency, rather than have them understand, in this first part of the 21st century, that they really have no choice, whatsoever, because they always get stuck with voting for that proverbial "lesser of two evils".

Folks, I am very deeply concerned that Israel is pushing US leadership to a war against Iran, which may well have Russia step in on the Iranian side.

This is not a war which thinking Americans can possibly support, and may well sound the death-knell for this country in its current configuration.

Tackling Iran would provoke a war, and create a "Coalition of the Willing, Against Us

We have seen how well Russian military hardware and leadership have nearly gotten Syria rejoined, under the leadership of President Bashar Al Assad.

Why a War Against Iran Will be the “Nail in a Coffin” for U.S. Hegemony in the Middle East
The Un-submersible US/Iran Stalemate

Why a War Against Iran is bad for President Trump and America

stalemate/5682745">The Unsubmersible US/Iran Stalemate

Iran to Reach the Mediterranean through the Proposed Iran/Iraq/Syria railway corridor

And one of the most crazy-making facets of President Trump's policies in the Middle East, is that neither he, nor the people around him, want to understand that the more the US hits countries like Iran, China and Russia with sanctions, the more these countries are quickly growing closer to each other both military, and economically.

Was this...ultimately the outcome that President Trump wanted?!?

I am having a hard time believing this; but it is a catastrophic, pathological outcome, and state of being for this country, when its leaders listen to those attached to the US government cannot see a scenario through to its logical conclusion.

Jul 06 20:12

Doctor Fined $100,000 for ‘Anti-Vax’ Social Media Posts

A Canadian medical committee has ordered a chiropractor to pay $100,000 for sharing “anti-vaccine” views on social media.

The ruling, publicized Thursday, orders Dr. Dena Churchill of Halifax to pay the Nova Scotia College of Chiropractors for “professional misconduct” after she shared “her personal views that vaccinations could be harmful.”

“Dr. Churchill’s conduct brought the profession of chiropractic into disrepute,” the committee wrote.

The college maintained social media posts Dr. Churchill made in 2018 were an “egregious breach” of the national chiropractic association’s guidelines, which reportedly order chiropractors “not to discuss vaccines in any capacity,” according to the CBC.

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