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February 21, 2019

Feb 21 13:03

It Snowed Twice in Las Vegas This Week — and More Is Coming for Arizona

The idea of jetting off to Las Vegas typically conjures up thoughts of warm weather, sunny days, and maybe catching a show or two. However, if you’re heading to Vegas this week hoping for summer-like weather, we’re sorry to inform you, you bet on the wrong time.

Snow — yes, snow — fell last night on the Las Vegas Strip thanks to a winter storm making its way through the Southwest. According to NBC, the city of Henderson, Nevada, which sits just southeast of Las Vegas, received nearly an inch of snow Wednesday night. Temperatures fell to the low 30s, according to the National Weather Service, making it a prime spot for the white stuff to fall.

Feb 21 13:02

It's snowing in Las Vegas for the first time since 1937 and the internet can't handle it

The iconic deserts of Las Vegas, Nevada, have been coated in white for the past week. The National Weather Service reported that 1 inch of snow fell at 4 a.m. on Thursday morning, to top the half an inch that fell on Wednesday.

Combined, this week's precipitation is the first of its kind since Las Vegas started keeping records in 1937. All morning, people in the area have been posting evidence of the surprise snow on social media.

Here's a roundup of some surprising photos of the Las Vegas snow from Instagram and Twitter.

Feb 21 12:49

Putin to U.S.: I'm ready for another Cuban Missile-style crisis if you want one

President Vladimir Putin has said that Russia is militarily ready for a Cuban Missile-style crisis if the United States wanted one, and that his country currently has the edge when it comes to a first nuclear strike.

The Cuban Missile Crisis erupted in 1962 when Moscow responded to a U.S. missile deployment in Turkey by sending ballistic missiles to Cuba, sparking a standoff that brought the world to the brink of nuclear war.

Feb 21 11:57

fake hoaxes lead to real laws ?

New Jersey’s Democratic Sen. Cory Booker has pointed to the racist and homophobic attack on actor Jussie Smollet to show the necessity for Congress to finally pass an anti-lynching law, which cleared a key hurdle Thursday as it winds its way through the legislative process.

Feb 21 11:47

New Jersey Lawmakers Are Trying to Tax the Rain

By Brittany Hunter

This gives new life to the saying, “when it rains, it pours.”

Sometimes life mimics fiction. And sometimes life is so much stranger than fiction you have to double check the headlines to ensure they aren’t satire. The latest doubletake comes from New Jersey, where, under the guise of environmentalism, local legislators have passed a new tax on—wait for it— the rain...

Feb 21 11:29

FBI Official Admits To Infiltrating Trump Campaign - Just Don't Call It Spying

A top FBI official admitted to Congressional investigators last year that the agency had contacts within the Trump campaign as part of operation "Crossfire Hurricane," which sounds a lot like FBI "informant" Stefan Halper - a former Oxford University professor who was paid over $1 million by the Obama Department of Defense between 2012 and 2018, with nearly half of it surrounding the 2016 US election.

According to portions of transcripts published on Tuesday by the Epoch Times of a Aug. 31, 2018 deposition by Trisha Anderson, the FBI relied on sources who "already had campaign contacts" in order to surveil the Trump team.

Feb 21 11:26

Cuba denies military in Venezuela, charges U.S. readies intervention

Cuba denied on Tuesday it has security forces in Venezuela and charged the statements were part of an orchestrated campaign of lies paving the way for military intervention in the South American country.

U.S. President Donald Trump and members of the administration have charged that Cuba's security forces and military control Venezuela's and that troops are also on the ground there.

"Our government categorically and energetically rejects this slander," Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez said at a Havana press conference, adding all of the some 20,000 Cubans in Venezuela were civilians, most health professionals.

Rodriguez called on the U.S. administration to produce proof.



Feb 21 11:25

Venezuela Shuts Border With Neighbouring Islands - Vice President

On 19 February, the Latin American country's regional military chief announced the closure of the Venezuelan maritime border with the Dutch Caribbean.

Venezuela will close the border with neighboring island nations, suspend air traffic and revise their diplomatic ties, its Vice President Delcy Rodriguez said Wednesday after the Caribbean island of Curacao agreed to act as a hub for relief aid shipments.

"Venezuela has decided not only to shut the border but also to revise relations with these countries. These measures will be in place until their governments start following and respecting international laws," she said at a press conference broadcast by the state television.

Feb 21 11:24

CNN Analyst Crosses Line When Talking Roger Stone and Prison

Discussion of Roger Stone’s social media post about the judge handling his case went off the rails on CNN, when analyst and former adviser to four presidents, David Gergen, made some controversial suggestions about what could happen to Stone in prison.

Gergen’s comments came as the panel discussed Stone’s ill-advised Instagram posting about U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson, which featured her image with crosshairs next to it.

“Through legal trickery Deep State hitman Robert Mueller has guaranteed that my upcoming show trial is before Judge Amy Berman Jackson,” Stone wrote on Instagram.

He referred to her as “an Obama appointed Judge who dismissed the Benghazi charges against Hillary Clinton and incarcerated Paul Manafort prior to his conviction for any crime.”

Feb 21 11:24

Dick Durbin Reacts To Green New Deal: ‘What In The Heck Is This?’

Democratic Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin shared his views on the Green New Deal, saying he doesn’t know what exactly it is or whether he would vote for it after reading the legislation.

Durbin spoke about the Green New Deal on “Morning Joe” Wednesday and whether he would be supporting it after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced he would be bringing it to the floor for a vote to put lawmakers on the record.

Feb 21 11:23

Maxine Waters: People Who Support the Wall Don’t Love This Country

Congresswoman Maxine Waters claims anybody who supports the construction of a wall at the southern border is not a patriot and, in fact, does not love America.

Waters was speaking at a rally to protest the President’s declaration of a national emergency to build the border wall. The rally was held outside Los Angeles City Hall.

“This president is trying to keep a campaign promise to all of those people that he swore he would build a wall!” she said, as if keeping campaign promises is a terrible thing.

“Those people who want the wall are not patriots,” Waters asserted. “They are not people who love this country, they are not people who stand up for what’s right!”



Feb 21 11:23

Trump Legalizes Hemp In Farm Bill; FDA Looking For "Pathways" To Legalize Cannabinoid Drinks and Snacks

By Aaron Kesel

All over the U.S., a new trend is taking form — several restaurants are suddenly offering cannabidiol (CBD) infused snacks and drinks; however, according to several state regulators, selling them is illegal. Meanwhile, the battle on the federal level already seems won as the FDA is seeking “pathways” to legalize CBD oil in drinks and snack food.

If you do a simple Presearch for the words “CBD oil smoothie” you are bound to get tons of results. It’s a new trend taking over U.S. restaurants all over from the East Coast to the West Coast, selling CBD-infused drinks or snacks to customers...

Feb 21 11:23

Putin Threatens US Soil If Missiles Deployed in Europe

Russian President Vladimir Putin, during his annual presidential address to the legislature Wednesday, criticized the United States for ignoring the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty by deploying missile launchers in Romania and Poland.

"First it started developing and using intermediate-range missiles it deceitfully called targets for missile defenses. Then it began to deploy the Mk-41 launchers in Europe, capable of using intermediate range cruise missiles Tomahawk for combat purposes," he said.

"By doing all this the United States blatantly ignored the provisions contained in articles 4 and 6 of the INF Treaty."

Russia will respond to any U.S. deployment of short or intermediate-range nuclear weapons in Europe by targeting not only the countries where they are stationed but the United States itself, Putin warned.

Feb 21 11:22

Trump Just Wrecked Robert Mueller In One Tweet

Clinton lost because she was an awful candidate, not because Donald Trump colluded with Vladimir Putin in order to steal the election.

Putin didn’t convince the people of Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin to vote for Donald Trump.

Trump did.

And what’s more, Clinton’s campaign did everything possible to lose voters in these states. Clinton didn’t even campaign in Wisconsin once during the entire election.

Feb 21 11:21

Vatican summit on child sex abuse: What to expect

Pope Francis has summoned senior bishops from all over the world to Rome for a landmark meeting on sexual abuse.

From Thursday to Sunday, 190 Catholic leaders, including 10 women, will gather in the Italian capital at the pope's request; the event marks the first time in history that a pope has called senior bishops to discuss sexual abuse.

Scandals have struck the Catholic Church for decades, with pressure increasing after journalistic and judicial investigations revealed patterns of sexual abuse and cover-ups.

Further cases in 2018 heightened the crisis - some senior bishops have said the issue puts the very credibility of the Catholic Church at stake.



Feb 21 11:20

The world's best-selling drug costs SIX times more in the US than the UK because Big Pharma is gaming the American patent system

The best-selling drug in the world, Humira, costs patients five times more in the US than in the UK - but no one else can make a competitor.

Humira, which treats a number of diseases including rheumatoid arthritis, made its maker, Abbvie, $18 billion in 2017.

And it can continue jacking its price up because the American patent system - and the company's abuse of it - keeps any other company from making a competing drug.

Abbvie has filed 247 different patents for, effectively, the same drug, keeping a monopoly on it for 39 years.

Feb 21 11:19

Watchdog Group Finds Over 50 Hate Crime Hoaxes in Last 7 Years

As the Jussie Smollett controversy continues to unfold and the debate over the validity of hate crimes increases, one watchdog group has found more than 50 hate crime hoaxes carried out over the last seven years on America’s college campuses.

Student-run group The College Fix found nine campus hate crime hoaxes between 2012 and 2014, including the case of the Montclair State University students who claimed to find hateful graffiti in their dorms threatening minorities and women. “Black B***h you will die,” was found on a dorm room door.

However, investigators found out that students had carried out the entire thing themselves.

Feb 21 11:18

Elizabeth Warren Can’t Escape This Embarrassing Scandal On The Campaign Trail

But the Massachusetts Senator who was once hailed as the new face of the Democratic Party is now on the ropes.

Haunted by this never-ending scandal, Warren can’t stay on message and she’s struggling to move on with her campaign.

Mediaite reports, “During a campaign stop in Georgia on Saturday, Senator and 2020 presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) was heckled at the beginning of her speech. Before Warren started telling her back story to her supporters, a man started to shout “Why did you lie” at her.”

The “lie” is of course Warren’s bogus claim to Native American ancestry.

Feb 21 11:18

State-Sponsored Cyberattacks Are On The Rise

Is this another case of “seek and ye shall find” or have U.S. foes actually been increasingly resorting to cyberwars when they feel threatened by the world’s only superpower? For years, Russia has been seen as the leader of politically-instigated cyberwars against the U.S., frequently using them as tools to gain leverage and force the country to the negotiating table.

Well, it’s probably not a coincidence that China and Iran, two nations whose relations with the U.S. have recently taken a turn for the worse, having escalated cyberattacks against the country with China even overtaking Russia as the biggest source of state-sponsored cyberattacks.

Feb 21 11:12

The Side Of Him We Rarely See: Winston Churchill, The Artist and Writer

Winston Churchill is famous for his role in leading Britain to victory against the Nazis. But he was also a writer and artist who painted to battle depression. His works are now on display for the first time in Germany. The exhibit succinctly titled "Winston Churchill. Writings. Speeches. Pictures," reveals the lesser known sides of the former British prime minister.



Feb 21 11:08

The US ‘Has the Most Mass Shootings’—and Other Bogus Gun Research

Last week, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., warned President Donald Trump that if he declared an “emergency” to build a wall, “think what a president with different values can present. … Why don’t you declare [the epidemic of gun violence in America] an emergency, Mr. President? I wish you would. … A Democratic president can declare emergencies as well.”

Her fellow Democrats, Sens. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., and Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., quickly agreed. Warren tweeted: “Gun violence is an emergency. Climate change is an emergency.”
Yikes.

Not every problem in America should be declared an emergency—or used by a president to justify
But why are guns on the Democrats’ “emergency” list anyway?

One reason is sloppy reporting by lazy media.

Feb 21 11:03

Xinhua's AI anchor broadcasts news in standing position

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Wow!



Owl 1
Feb 21 11:00

Maduro's Soldiers Have Begun Disobeying Orders, Rubio Says

Venezuelan troops have begun disobeying orders from Nicolas Maduro’s top officers and are unlikely to heed calls to crack down on a humanitarian-aid caravan scheduled to enter the country this weekend, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Aid is getting into Venezuela ... From Russia, China, and other Maduro Allies. Only the 'aid' from the US is being blocked under the suspicion (based on historical precedent) that it is actually supplied intended for paramilitary groups working to bring Maduro down.

Feb 21 10:58

Scott Adams: The TDS WMD Heading Our Way, Smollet, and Rats

The TDS weapon of mass destruction headed our way
Mueller report will NOT be made fully public
This will trigger a MASSIVE mental health emergency
CNN’s Erin Burnett says unrelated things prove Russian Collusion
Brennan says people can be unwilling puppets of Russia
President Trump’s technique
Respectful words about PEOPLE, other country leaders
He goes hard on POLICIES, while respecting the people
American businessman living in Russia, has the goods on Trump!
Desperate much?
Were you expecting CNN to offset the Jussie Smollet story?
Well…here it is, (accused) white supremacist Nat’l Guard guy
Suggestion: President Trump should request Governor pardon Jussie
He didn’t come down with TDS on his own
He believed he was acting as a patriot, saving the country
People don’t come up with their opinions
People are assigned their opinions by the media they follow

Feb 21 10:57

Shameful Smollett lynched the truth, betrayed every black and gay person in America, and proved Trump Derangement Syndrome is a very real and dangerous disease

‘I AM telling the truth!’ Jussie Smollett once tweeted, with the hashtag #TheMostCommonLies.

Oh the irony.

Today, Smollett is revealed to be the most hideous, reprehensible, disgusting, snivelling little liar in America.

How else to adequately describe a prominent black, gay celebrity actor who police say staged a racist, homophobic attack on HIMSELF?

Feb 21 10:56

Stalled Coup: US' Allies May Soon Regret They Rushed to Embrace Guaido – Journo

The Venezuela coup attempt is not going well at all and Washington's global allies may soon regret rushing to recognise Juan Guaido as the legitimate interim president of Venezuela, French journalist and geopolitical analyst Gilbert Mercier told Sputnik.

Make no mistake, the so called Venezuela crisis has been engineered through economic sanctions and plotted in Washington for many years, Gilbert Mercier, a French journalist, geopolitical analyst, and editor-in-chief of the News Junkie Post, told Sputnik.

He recalled that Washington's 2002 coup attempt plotted by Elliott Abrams, Donald Trump's current Venezuela special envoy, failed in Venezuela.



Feb 21 10:55

At Least 15 Killed, Dozens Injured in Terrorist Attack in Syria's Deir ez-Zor

At least 15 people were killed, and dozens were injured on Thursday as a result of an explosion of a car bomb in Deir ez-Zor province in eastern Syria, Al-Jazeera television reported, citing its own sources.

"Fifteen dead and dozens injured in a car bomb explosion in the settlement of Al-Shuhail in the province of Deir ez-Zor," Al-Jazeera said in a tweet.

The province remains a constant target of airstrikes by the US-led coalition, with over 40 people reportedly killed by its air forces since the beginning of this year alone.

Feb 21 10:55

US House Launches Plan to Oust Trump With Testimony From Cohen – Lawmaker

Democrats in the US House of Representatives are beginning a campaign to oust President Donald Trump from office, with former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen’s testimony to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, the committee’s senior Republican Congressman Jim Jordan charged on Thursday.

"Chairman [Elijah] Cummings first major hearing will feature Michael Cohen as phase one of the Democrats’ coordinated campaign to remove the president from office," Jordan said in a press release.

Cummings took over the Oversight Committee after Democrats gained control of the House in November’s mid-term elections.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Small technicality. The House can impeach, but only the Senate can remove.

Feb 21 10:54

Venezuela to Close Border With Brazil on Thursday Night - Maduro

Earlier in the day, Venezuelan Deputy Foreign Minister Yvan Gil Pinto told Sputnik that Caracas had no plans to close land borders amid US humanitarian aid delivery due on February 23.

According to Deputy Russian Envoy to the United Nations Dmitry Polyansky, the US is preparing an "outrageous" provocation on the border between Colombia and Venezuela.

The statement comes moments after Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said during televised comments that Venezuela would close the border with Brazil and was considering closing the border with Colombia.

"From February 21, the land border with Brazil will be completely closed until the new announcement," Maduro said in a speech.

Feb 21 10:53

'Dumbest F***ing Idea I've Ever Heard': Lindsey Graham Blasts Trump's Syria Plan

President Trump's announcement that the US would be withdrawing its entire contingent of 2,000 troops from Syria amid the defeat of Daesh (ISIS)* has shaken pro-war officials and lawmakers across Washington, prompting to a string of resignations of senior administration members, including (now-ex) Pentagon chief Jim Mattis.

Senior South Carolina Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, a long-time critic of Donald Trump's foreign policy, has lashed out at acting Defence Secretary Patrick Shanahan on the Pentagon's Syria policy. The Washington Post detailed the harsh exchange between Graham and Shanahan at the Munich Security Conference last week, which reportedly included the senator blasting the defence secretary on the US' 30 April withdrawal deadline.



Feb 21 10:53

Venezuela Doesn't Need to Ask Russia For Military Assistance - Caracas

The US has been stockpiling humanitarian aid on the Colombian border. However, President Nicolas Maduro, refused to allow the aid into the country, blasting it as a ploy to topple his government.

Venezuela does not need to ask Russia for military assistance as Caracas is able to defend itself, Venezuelan Deputy Foreign Minister Yvan Gil Pinto told Sputnik on Thursday.

"Venezuela has all the capabilities to guarantee peace. And we have all the capabilities to ensure that no aggression will happen. We do not need any military support, because we are fully prepared to guarantee peace to our people," Pinto said when asked whether Caracas planned to seek military assistance from Russia.

The official also noted that the senior political and military management of Venezuela are constantly observing the situation in the state.

Feb 21 10:51

Russia to Press for Putting “White Helmets” on Trial for Crimes in Syria

Russia will press for putting the White Helmets on trial for crimes committed in Syria, including faked videos of chemical attacks, the director of the Foreign Ministry’s department of new challenges and threats, Ilya Rogachyov, told TASS in an interview on February 20.

“The leading Western countries have failed to place the struggle against terrorism above their own time-serving political interests. In the sphere of international counter-terrorist cooperation various selective approaches thrive. Terrorists are rated as ‘bad’ and ‘not very bad’. Countries are being forced to agree with the concept of ‘resistance to violent extremism’ and its dangerous elements that create situations for ousting ‘disfavored’ governments,” Rogachyov said. “The Western sponsors are keen to present the contractors on their payroll in a favorable light as ‘envoys of peace’ in order to use this as a cover to push ahead with political destabilization scenarios.”

Feb 21 10:51

Yellowstone Supervolcano Eruption Fears SPIKE As Geysers Become More Active

Some of Yellowstone’s geysers have been more active lately reigniting fears that the massive supervolcano will erupt. The sudden bursts of steaming hot water highlight the dramatic nature of Yellowstone while reminding us we are all at the caldera’s mercy.

While average people seemed concerned, geologists seemed excited and thrilled when Yellowstone’s steamboat geyser began erupting again in 2018. It has been erupting as often as once a week since last March, according to National Geographic, and scientists continue to say the volatile activity is not a sign of an imminent eruption. The Yellowstone Volcano Observatory reported that Steamboat has now set a record by erupting a whopping 32 times in 2018, a personal best for the geyser for a single calendar year. It’s the world’s tallest active geyser, and at the best of times, it can shoot hot water 300 feet into the air. However, it isn’t just the Steamboat Geyser that has been concerning people.

Feb 21 10:49

World's First Anti-Tank Drone Debuts At IDEX 2019

MBDA Missile Systems and Milrem Robotics unveiled an anti-tank unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) on Sunday at the IDEX-2019 arms exhibition in the United Arab Emirates.



Lockerdome
Feb 21 10:49

"Consequences for NATO": Germany Rebuffs UK Call To Back Off Saudi Arms Freeze

Germany is feeling the pressure from western allies over its weapons exports freeze in the wake of the Saudi killing of Jamal Khashoggi, a freeze first announced in November, which included plans to reject any future export licences to Riyadh, but not previously approved deals.

German allies like the UK have lately implored the German government to soften its stance, noting the potential broader economic impact on Europe. British foreign minister Jeremy Hunt, currently in Berlin to discuss the terms of Brexit, reportedly wrote to the German foreign minister, Heiko Maas, in a private letter first revealed by Der Spiegel that UK defense companies would be hindered in contractual obligations related to Eurofighter Typhoon and the Tornado fighter jet delivery, namely to supply parts affected by the German arms freeze.

Feb 21 10:48

The Nightmare Fairyland Of The Green New Dealers

When a small child runs around waving their arms saying, “I’m a bird, I’m a bird,” we often will say what a creative imagination they have. If an adult runs around doing the same, we usually say that that person needs help because they are clearly out of touch with reality. Anyone who takes the time to read the proposed Green New Deal legislation can only conclude that the authors are living in a fairyland that is also deeply out of touch with reality.

Read through the list of desired and, indeed, demanded activities the congressional sponsors say they want the federal government to undertake over the next decade. The sponsors resemble a child running around the toy store saying, “I want that, and that, and that, and that, and…” while all the time completely oblivious to the fact that everything they want costs money that their parents do not have an unlimited quantity of.

Feb 21 10:47

Is Venezuela On The Verge Of Becoming Another Syria?

Establishment elites have always had a predilection for regime change. Obviously, this strategy helps weed out nation states that might be uncooperative with their future plans for a fully centralized global economic and political order. We have also seen regime change occur when former puppet leaders go rogue and refuse to follow the script they have been given. Most of these men have acted as dictators and are not very empathetic public figures, so we rarely care when they get overthrown or murdered. That said, there are always wider implications to such events.

Feb 21 10:47

Taiwan's Leader Says Threat Of Chinese Invasion "Growing Every Day"

President Trump's at times warm, at times contentious relationship with his Chinese counterpart has been an exercise in cognitive dissonance that's reflective of a broader truth about the relationship between the world's two largest economies. The veneer of economic cooperation belies deeper military tensions as China's expansionist military aims threaten US security in the Pacific.



Feb 21 10:46

Trade Talks Update: China, US Working On 6 Memorandums As Deal Takes Shape

After a week of trade headlines that has been dominated by President Trump's insistence that talks are seeing "their most significant progress yet" and that the US has been pressing Beijing to commit to keeping the yuan "stable" to preclude any tariff-offsetting devaluations, the progress on a "memorandums of understanding" has emerged as a primary point of interest for Wall Street.

Feb 21 10:46

WHY S-300 IN SYRIA NOT BEING USED AGAINST ISRAELI AIRCRAFT

There has been considerable speculation in recent months concerning reasons why the S-300 air defense systems supplied to the Syrian Arab Army by the Russian Federation have yet to fire a shot in anger at Israeli aircraft encroaching on its airspace and launching ordnance against a variety of targets on Syria’s territory. This video attempts to explore a reasonably complete range of explanations. On the one hand, the S-300 batteries in Syria operate under a handicap of operational and political restrictions. However, it would be a mistake to believe that just because missiles are not being launched, that the weapons in question are ineffective.

Feb 21 10:43

CNN’s Don Lemon Panics That Fox News, Trump Will Pounce on Jussie Smollett Story

CNN’s Don Lemon is fretting that conservative-leaning media outlets and the President of the United States will pounce on news that the Jussie Smollett hate crime was likely a hoax.

The statement came in response to news that Smollett himself had been charged with felony disorderly conduct for allegedly filing a false police report.

From the onset of the story, readers of The Political Insider have been keenly aware of the oddities and discrepancies in Smollett’s story.

And they are well aware that a hate crime hoax is devastating to the community, leaving everyone viewing others of a different race with a wary eye. It could have resulted in the arrest of innocent people. And it makes things exponentially harder for actual victims of actual hate crimes.

But that’s not the real problem according to Lemon. The true tragedy in his world is that Fox News and President Trump will be able to score some political points over the fake news story.



Feb 21 10:42

Poll: 75% of Americans Oppose Outlawing Boycotts of Israel

New legislation passed in the Senate seeks to legalize the right of individual state governments to force American companies to certify they won’t engage in economic boycotts of Israel as a condition for receiving government contracts.

The “Combating BDS Act of 2019” is embedded as Title IV within the ‘‘Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East Act of 2019’’ (S.1). If signed into law, S.1 would allow states to withhold government funding from entities unwilling to certify they will not boycott Israel. Most existing state anti-BDS measures require pledge forms that contractors must sign as a condition for winning or renewing contracts.

But only 22.5% of American adults favor anti-boycott measures. A new representative IRmep poll conducted through Google Surveys finds that 74.9% of Americans oppose forcing government contractors to forswear boycotts.

Feb 21 10:41

FBI’s top lawyer believed Hillary Clinton should face charges, but was talked out of it

For most of the past three years, the FBI has tried to portray its top leadership as united behind ex-Director James Comey’s decision not to pursue criminal charges against Hillary Clinton for transmitting classified information over her insecure, private email server.

Although in the end that may have been the case, we now are learning that Comey’s top lawyer, then-FBI General Counsel James Baker, initially believed Clinton deserved to face criminal charges, but was talked out of it “pretty late in the process.”

The revelation is contained in testimony Baker gave to House investigators last year. His testimony has not been publicly released, but I was permitted to review a transcript.

During questioning by Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas), Baker was unequivocal about his early view that Clinton should face criminal charges.

Feb 21 10:37

WINTER OF OUR DISCONTENT MEETS FYRE FESTIVAL

“When a condition or a problem becomes too great, humans have the protection of not thinking about it. But it goes inward and minces up with a lot of other things already there and what comes out is discontent and uneasiness, guilt and a compulsion to get something–anything–before it is all gone.” ? John Steinbeck, The Winter of Our Discontent



Feb 21 10:36

Rockefeller, Big Pharma Facing $1 Billion Lawsuit for Intentionally Infecting People With Syphilis

A federal judge recently approved a $1 billion lawsuit against Johns Hopkins University, Bristol-Myers Squibb Co (BMY.N) and the Rockefeller Foundation. The lawsuit is seeking restitution for victims who were intentionally infected with syphilis during government experiments in Guatemala during the 1940s.

Hundreds of Guatemalans were reportedly infected with syphilis during the studies, which were designed to test the ability of penicillin to treat sexually transmitted diseases. The lawsuit was pending and waiting in limbo for the past four years until it was finally approved by U.S. District Judge Theodore Chuang last month. In 2015, when the lawsuit was originally filed, there were 750 victims seeking restitution, now there are only 444 plaintiffs and some remaining relatives.

The test subjects in the experiments were mainly children, orphans, patients from mental hospitals and inmates.

Feb 21 10:35

I'm sure most of you have seen the Fake News Site list going around social media

I'm sure most of you have seen the Fake News Site list that has been going around social media the past few days. The media is incensed that the supposed 'alt' right was able to break through the dying mainstream media's Berlin wall of lies to expose their demi-God.

One Ultra liberal professor, Melisssa Zimdars, caught wind of the hysteria and took it upon herself to create her own "non-biased" list o fake websites.

Here are the criteria to be deemed a fake site according to Zimdars as well as the list of actual "Fake" Sites.

Feb 21 10:25

University of California Santa Cruz freshman is accused of creating app called 'Banana Plug' to sell cocaine and meth

A Northern California college freshman has been indicted on federal drug charges for allegedly creating an iPhone app he dubbed the 'Banana Plug' to sell cocaine, methamphetamine and hallucinogenic mushrooms.

Feb 21 10:23

NWO : Communism By The Backdoor pt1



Feb 21 10:14

Now comes the ice: Snow gives way to wintry mix in DC area

Snow and sleet gave way to rain and freezing rain Wednesday across the D.C. area, leaving surfaces slick and increasing the risk of power outages.

Storm Team4 Meteorologist Mike Stinneford said Wednesday afternoon that freezing temperatures had been hanging on across the area. Indeed, the National Weather Service has extended the winter storm warning for the areas north and west of D.C. until 1 a.m. Thursday, as temperatures had gone up more slowly than projected.

Stinneford said just before 6 p.m. that a few pockets of snow were still falling in the southern suburbs of D.C., and that what he called the “messy mix” of sleet and freezing rain would continue, with plain rain moving south to north, and ice forming to varying degrees across the region.

Feb 21 10:13

Three simple words: "Please stop snowing"

Awakening to another major snow event tries the resolve of even the hardiest South Dakotans.

In a Facebook post today featuring a broken shovel in a snowdrift, Donna Marie Osement from Harrisburg summarized the sentiments of many across the Northern Plains.

"Please stop snowing."

The shovel handle broke while trying to dig out her driveway this morning.

Feb 21 10:12

Ilhan Omar is right about the influence of the Israel lobby

It’s important to remember how the controversy around Ilhan Omar, who Trump said should resign over tweets critical of a pro-Israel lobbying group, began. The first two Muslim congresswomen in the history of the United States – Ilhan Omar, a freshman representative from Minnesota and Somali refugee, and her fellow freshman representative Rashida Tlaib, a Palestinian American – have bravely criticized the Israeli government for its grotesque treatment of the Palestinian people.

Acknowledging this apartheid system is a dangerous thing for American elected officials to do. Just in 2016, when presidential candidate Bernie Sanders dared to say that “We are going to have to treat the Palestinian people with respect and dignity” it became a major media event.

Feb 21 10:12

Man Pulls Gun on Couple Wearing MAGA Hats: ‘It Is a Good Day for You to Die’

A Kentucky couple who support President Trump got quite a scare over the weekend when a man allegedly pulled a gun on them for wearing “Make America Great Again” hats. James Michael Phillips was arrested after the incident, according to BuzzFeed News.

Terry Pierce told Buzzfeed News that he and his wife Cherrie were shopping at a Sam’s Club in Bowling Green, Kentucky. While they were waiting in the checkout line, a man flipped them off.

Phillips admitted to police that that he insulted the couple with his hand gesture “solely for wearing the hats.”

Cherrie Pierce asked Phillips, “Excuse me, did you just flip us off?”

“Yes, I did because of those hats,” Phillips responded, according to the couple. Terry Pierce said he then chased Phillips and told him, “Buddy, it goes both ways.”

That’s when things got scary.



Feb 21 10:07

Felony criminal charges against Jussie Smollett approved, Chicago police say

Jussie Smollett was arrested Thursday morning and was in the "custody of detectives," Chicago cops announced.

Smollett turned himself in, authorities said.

Authorities in Chicago on Wednesday approved felony criminal charges against "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett, hours after he was "officially classified as a suspect in a criminal investigation" for allegedly "filing a false police report" in connection with his Jan. 29 attack claims, police said.

The update in the case was provided by the department's Chief of Communications Officer Anthony Guglielmi on Twitter, who said the Cook County State's Attorney's Office approved the "Disorderly Conduct / Filing a False Police Report" charges.



Feb 21 10:07

Police discover 'fully skeletonized' remains of Florida teen who disappeared days after allegedly witnessing killing

Police have found the remains of a 14-year-old Florida boy who went missing over a year and a half ago after possibly witnessing a murder.

Deputy Chief of Police Patrick Robinson with the Sarasota Police Department said at a press conference on Tuesday that the search for Jabez Spann came to an end Saturday when the teen’s skeletal remains were discovered in a rural area west of Interstate 75.

Robinson said Spann’s identity was confirmed using dental records.

“I can’t speculate nor will I speculate on how long the body has been in that location, however, I can tell you it was fully ... skeletonized,” he told reporters.

Feb 21 10:06

Opioid Maker Sought to Addict and Treat Addiction With Their New Pills

Opioid overdose deaths are rising as over 202,000 Americans died from opioid overdoses between 2002 and 2015, and more than 70,000 died in 2017.1 Drug overdoses are now the leading cause of death among Americans under the age of 50,2 and chronic use accounts for 20 percent of the increase in male unemployment.3

Narcotic pain relievers place an enormous economic burden on society, costing an estimated $504 billion each year.4 As noted by Dr. Tom Frieden,5 former director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “We know of no other medication routinely used for nonfatal conditions that kills patients so frequently.”

Despite these risks, including birth defects and risks of addiction, nearly one-third of women of childbearing age are prescribed opioids,6 and more than 14 percent of pregnant women are prescribed opioids during their pregnancy.7

Feb 21 10:05

Judge Napolitano Explains to Fox News Host: Covington Kid’s Lawsuit ‘Impossible’ to Prove

Fox News senior judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano on Wednesday helpfully explained to Fox host Charles Payne that the $250 million lawsuit against the Washington Post filed by the family of Covington Catholic student Nick Sandmann faces a tough road, adding that it is “impossible” to prove that level of damages claimed.

Noting that President Trump gave his support to Sandmann’s suit, which contends the Post targeted and bullied the MAGA hat-wearing teenager in an effort to embarrass the president, Payne asked Napolitano if Sandmann, 16, has a case.

Feb 21 10:03

FLASHBACK - Maxine Blames the President for Unproven Attack on Jussie Smollett

Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) blamed President Trump for an alleged hate crime attack against ‘Empire’ actor Jussie Smollett. She made her comments during an interview with The Giro on Tuesday.

Smollett was allegedly attacked by two men who put a noose around his head, yelling “this is MAGA country.” The attack took place in a liberal area surrounded by liberal areas. The police cannot find any evidence to corroborate Smollett’s story.



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Feb 21 10:02

Koch-backed group offers to help Pelosi limit Trump tariff powers

Americans For Prosperity, a free-market advocacy group funded in part by the Koch network, has offered to help House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., pass legislation that would limit President Trump's ability to unilaterally impose new tariffs.

"[W]e hope to work with your office to advance legislation to require congressional approval of any proposed tariffs," said AFP chief government affairs officer Brent Gardner and Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce executive vice president Nathan Nascimento told Pelosi in a letter sent Friday and made public Wednesday.

Feb 21 10:02

Wisconsin high school cheerleaders received awards for biggest breasts, butt at banquet

A Wisconsin high school has reportedly come under fire for a cheerleading award ceremony last year that saw some of the teens win accolades such as the “Big Boobie” and “Big Booty” awards.

Appalled parents contacted the American Civil Liberties Union and on Tuesday the group sent a warning to the Kenosha Unified School District that it might file a lawsuit over Tremper High School’s mock awards ceremony, The New York Times reported.

The ACLU accused the cheerleading coaches at the school of making inappropriate comments toward the students and claimed the district was “enabling sexual harassment,” the Times reported. The group called on the district to take appropriate action against the coaches.

Feb 21 10:01

Supreme Court rejects abortion provider’s attempt to get bishops’ internal documents

The US Supreme Court has rejected hearing an appeal from Whole Woman’s Health, a Texas-based abortion facility chain, which aimed to get the Texas Catholic bishops’ internal communications about abortion.

In December 2016, Whole Woman’s Health sued over a Texas law that requires abortion facilities to bury or cremate aborted human remains.

The Texas Catholic bishops offered to provide burials to all unborn children who were aborted, which led to the abortion chain subpoenaing decades of internal religious deliberations among the bishops regarding abortion, even though they were not part of the lawsuit.

Feb 21 10:00

Kamala Harris' Jamaican father rips her for pushing pot stereotype 'in pursuit of identity politics'

When Sen. Kamala Harris said last week that she obviously supports marijuana legalization and has smoked the plant, she cited her ethnicity — “Half my family’s from Jamaica. Are you kidding me?”

Her Jamaican father is not happy about that.

In a statement to Jamaica Global Online, Donald Harris called his daughter’s remarks a “travesty” and accused her of stereotyping.

“My dear departed grandmother … as well as my deceased parents, must be turning in their grave right now to see their family’s name, reputation and proud Jamaican identity being connected, in any way, jokingly or not with the fraudulent stereotype of a pot-smoking joy seeker and in the pursuit of identity politics,” he said.



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Feb 21 10:00

Heavily armed US Mercenaries arrested in Haiti, Port-au-Prince, February 2019

Feb 21 09:58

'Why don't you go f**k yourself, you tiny brained moron?' Tucker Carlson berates Dutch historian who accused him of taking 'dirty money' from billionaires in never-aired segment

Newly released audio from a never-aired interview has revealed Tucker Carlson berating a Dutch historian who used an interview about tax policy to sling mud at the Fox News host.
Rutger Bregman released footage from his end of his remote interview on Friday in partnership with NowThis News, claiming that 'Fox News didn’t want you to see' the spiked segment.

Feb 21 09:57

Roseanne Barr takes aim at Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as a 'bug-eyed b***h' who has cost hundreds of people jobs in a rambling foul-mouthed rant, less than one year after she was fired for being racist

Roseanne Barr has laid into Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's 'green new deal' and called her a 'bug-eyed b***h' in a rambling rant.
In a video uploaded this weekend titled 'Bug eyed b***hes', the former sitcom actress unleashed a torrent of abuse at the Democratic firebrand.

Feb 21 09:56

Downturns and Financial Crises – Sequence

Feb 21 09:54

Yosemite's 'firefall' phenomenon is here, but visitors say getting there is 'treacherous and unsafe'

The clouds have parted and the water is running at Horsetail Fall in Yosemite National Park, which means the natural phenomenon commonly known as "firefall" is finally making an appearance.

As in years past, hundreds of people are making the trek out to Yosemite to see and photograph it for themselves. But with the recent snowfall and Yosemite's new parking policy, conditions for "firefall" chasers are being called dangerous.

Photographer Ryan Fitzsimons visited the park over the weekend and called the conditions "treacherous and unsafe."

"What would have been a 10-minute walk normally turned into a two-hour trek through waist-deep snow. People were falling in the river. Our clothes were soaked by the time we got to a viewing spot."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is nature. Deal with it!

Feb 21 09:51

These 10 GOP Senators May Vote To Terminate Trump Border Emergency

As Congress prepares to pass a resolution to preemptively terminate President Trump's national emergency declaration before he can redirect some $7 billion in military and Treasury Department funding, lawmakers have said that the resolution will likely make it to Trump's desk, prompting what would be his first veto.

Of course, passing the resolution in the Senate would be impossible without the support of at least a handful of Republicans. And already, several have spoken out to criticize the decision for circumventing Congress, robbing the coffers of the military and setting a dangerous precedent.

Feb 21 09:51

Chase Bank De-Platforms Conservative Performance Artist Martina Markota

Two weeks after Chase Bank announced that it would no longer do business with Proud Boys Chairman Enrique Tarrio, Conservative performance artist and Rebel Media personality Martina Markota has become the latest conservative media figure to be targeted by the bank which has made no secret of its support for liberal causes (see its decision to cut ties with the gun industry).

Feb 21 09:50

McCabe Slammed By FBI Coworker For Discussing Classified Briefing

Former FBI deputy general counsel Greg Bower slammed former Deputy Director Andrew McCabe for revealing the details of a classified briefing during which the Gang of Eight was notified of an investigation into President Trump, reports the Daily Caller's Chuck Ross.

"I’ve been a little surprised at how much he’s saying about the ongoing investigation, about the Gang of Eight briefing he has described," Bower told CNN on Wednesday, adding "He’s clearly trying to sell a book, and he’s on a book tour."

Feb 21 09:49

California College Calls The Police Over A Cartoon Frog

Folsom Lake College notified the local police after finding a poster of a cartoon frog, stating that “hate has no home on our campus.”

An FLC faculty member found the sheet featuring Pepe the frog on their office door earlier in February. The school informed the Los Rios, California Police Department about the incident so it would “be on heightened alert for any signs that this may be part of a larger trend or pattern,” according to an email sent to the school community and obtained by Campus Reform.

Feb 21 09:48

China Bans Millions From Flights, Trains In Social-Credit Crackdown

China has banned millions of people from any number of activities for being labeled as 'untrustworthy' on the country's Orwellian social credit system.

Feb 21 09:48

Disney, Nestle Pull YouTube Ads Over 'Soft-Core Pedo Ring' Exposed By Blogger

Walt Disney is joining Nestle SA and other companies in pulling ads from YouTube after a blogger uncovered a "soft-core pedophilia ring" facilitated in the comments section, reports Bloomberg.

Some of the videos involved in the pedo ring were placed next to Disney and Nestle advertisements, according to the report.

All Nestle companies in the U.S. have paused advertising on YouTube, a spokeswoman for the company said Wednesday in an email. Video game maker Epic Games Inc. and German packaged food giant Dr. August Oetker KG also said they had postponed YouTube spending after their ads were shown to play before the videos. Disney has also withheld its spending, according to people with knowledge of the matter, who asked not to be identified because the decision hasn’t been made public. -Bloomberg

Feb 21 09:47

Border Clash Imminent As Maduro Deploys Military To Borders To Block 'Aid'

CNN reports that a government representative confirmed Venezuela has closed its maritime border with Aruba, Curacao, and Bonaire and, in the Western state of Falcon, prevented flights leaving from or departing to those islands.

President Maduro has rejected offers of foreign food and medicine, denying there are widespread shortages and accusing Guaido of using aid to undermine his government in a U.S.-orchestrated bid to oust him.

In comments broadcast on state TV, Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino said the opposition would have to pass over "our dead bodies" to impose a new government. Guaido, who has invoked the constitution to assume an interim presidency, denounces Maduro as illegitimate and has received backing from some 50 countries.

Padrino said it was unacceptable for the military to receive threats from Trump, and said officers and soldiers remained "obedient and subordinate" to Maduro.

Feb 21 09:45

China Warns New US Tariffs Will Be "Catastrophic" For Global Stocks

The threat of a market catastrophe has pigeonholed the US into striking a deal with Beijing, the report suggests although many are confident that the situation is flipped.

"[Trump's] words further stoked the stock markets of the US, which reached the highest in two months and so increased pressure on the Trump administration to close the deal with China," said the Global Times in an Op-Ed, adding that if the Trump team "imposes more tariffs on Chinese products while China responds with fiercer countermeasures," it would "be a catastrophic strike to global stock markets."

"In terms of avoiding such blows, the Trump administration is probably the most pressured," the Op-Ed continues. "Thus in general, by the end of the trade negotiations, China and the US have become more psychologically equal" (according to the state-run outlet). As a result, "both sides would eventually lose," the Times warned.

Feb 21 09:45

Q&A: Activist Mommy Elizabeth Johnston on the upcoming 'Day of Mourning' event following New York's new abortion laws

Thousands are expected to gather for the "Day of Mourning" event in Albany, New York, in response to the recent expansion of the state's abortion laws that allow a woman to terminate her pregnancy up to the moment of birth.

Feb 21 09:45

Ohio music store owner 'would rather starve and close' than serve Trump supporters

A music store owner in Ohio has made it known that he doesn't want any Trump-supporting customers, and that he'd "rather starve" than to take their money, according to The Hill.

Feb 21 09:45

Exclusive — Sen. Marco Rubio: ‘The Chinese Effort to Supplant America Has No Precedent’

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) told Breitbart News exclusively that China’s intense international push for global dominance is the biggest threat that America has ever faced, even more substantial than the one that the Soviet Union posed in the 20th century during the Cold War.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Bad, bad, bad, BAD China! As the US let its manufacturing decline, China became a manufacturing powerhouse! How dare they. How DARE they!

Feb 21 09:43

West Virginia Teachers Strike over Charter School Bill Governor Vows to Veto

West Virginia teachers will continue to strike into Wednesday, although Republican Gov. Jim Justice has vowed since January he will not sign into law an education bill allowing charter schools and education savings accounts in the state.

The New York Times, however, reported the teachers’ strike led to an immediate “victory” when the West Virginia House of Delegates voted Tuesday to table the bill. Similarly, the Associated Press reported union leaders were celebrating the decision of the West Virginia House of Delegates to kill the education bill that led to the strike:

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