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CURRENT EVENTS

Nov 07 00:17

Now That America Has Given The Crazies Control Of The House, They Plan To Hit Trump With A Wave Of Subpoenas

This is a very dark moment in American history. On November 6th, the American people gave the keys to the U.S. House of Representatives to the Democrats, and that means that the crazies will soon be unleashed on Capitol Hill. They won’t be able to get much legislation pushed through because Republicans still control the Senate and Donald Trump is still in the White House, but they will be able to cause all sorts of chaos with their investigative powers. If you thought that things were bad the last two years, just wait, because you haven’t seen anything yet. Top Democrats are already talking about hitting Trump with a huge wave of subpoenas, and the White House is bracing for the worst. It is going to be a time of bitter partisan wrangling in Washington, and meanwhile the nation as a whole is going to continue to fall apart.

Nov 07 00:12

Man’s Shooting Rampage Kills 2, Only Ends When Armed Citizen Steps In

A man was arrested and charged with multiple murders after engaging in a grocery store rampage that was only ended when an armed citizen engaged fire with him, WDRB reports.

Nov 06 18:08

‘They came in the same old way’: In the midterms, echoes of 2016

What they did not realize then, and do not appear to realize even now, is that their tried-and-tested tricks simply didn’t work against Trump, who is not a professional politician and doesn’t react like one. Love him or hate him, agree with his policies or not, this is a fact. Rather than recognize that fact and deal with it accordingly, Trump’s critics just stuffed more wool into their ears and continued screaming “RACIST,” as if that invocation was somehow magical.

It is this sort of magical thinking that doomed the Democrats in 2016. It wasn’t just bad data, or a terrible job interpreting it, but the fact that both the media and the Clinton campaign wanted to believe their own hype. Instead of reporting reality, the media thought they could create it. So they pretended the railroading of Bernie Sanders did not happen, and confidently predicted Clinton would crush Trump. Then came the night of November 8 and the shocked, stunned long faces in TV studios and at the Javits Center.

Nov 06 17:04

Georgia voters have filed a federal lawsuit

BREAKING: Lawsuit just filed demanding Brian Kemp not be able to count votes or handle anything relating to the election

Nov 06 16:28

Orlando, Florida! HUNDREDS OF STUDENTS WAITING IN LINE FOR HOURS, BEING TURNED AWAY, ONLY ONE VOTING MACHINE.

New Life Church of God 2820 N Alafaya Trl Orlando, FL is her polling place, please help

EYEWITNESS ACCOUNT, LISTEN TO PHONE CALL.

Nov 06 16:04

TheTinyDot

Nov 06 15:24

BREAKING @Project_Veritas: Non-Citizens Voting in Texas? "We got TONS of them"

Says Election Official on Undercover Video

Nov 06 14:53

WATCH: Trump Brought Hannity On Stage During Rally

In response to controversy over Sean Hannity and Jeanine Pirro campaigning with Trump, Fox claimed that it “does not condone any talent participating in campaign events."

Nov 06 14:51

The niqab represents a pernicious ideology and its spread should worry us all

Mohamed El-Doufani says the proliferation of the Muslim veil, the niqab, and its equally primitive variants is an indicator of the spread of a pernicious ideology propagated by the Muslim Brotherhood and other ultra-reactionary Salafists and should be of concern to everyone of us. >>

Nov 06 14:49

The niqab represents a pernicious ideology and its spread should worry us all

Mohamed El-Doufani says the proliferation of the Muslim veil, the niqab, and its equally primitive variants is an indicator of the spread of a pernicious ideology propagated by the Muslim Brotherhood and other ultra-reactionary Salafists and should be of concern to everyone of us. >>

Nov 06 14:31

Masquerading Reforms: The Tricks of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

The surgical dismembering of Jamal Khashoggi has sent the military establishments of several countries into a tizz. Arms manufacturers are wondering whether this is an inconvenient blip, a ruffling moral reminder about what they are dealing with. Autocratic regimes indifferent to the lives of journalists are wondering whether the fuss taken about all this is merely the fuss endured, till the next bloody suppression. But importantly, those states notionally constituting the West may have to reconsider the duping strategy that the House of Saud has executed with the deft efficiency of the dedicated axeman.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

My sense of this is, that the Butcher of Yemen, AKA Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, will be allowed to stand, and never charged for this crime; this is because the US and the UK do not want to give up all that revenue for their weapons which they have sold to Saudi Arabia for his use in the creating the expanding genocide in Yemen.

Additionally, Israel is siding with Saudi Arabia against Iran, so one can see how this is sorting out, in terms of who will be aligned with whom in the next coming regional war.

Some poor underschmuck will be blamed, and punished, and just like magic, the Butcher of Yemen will have been wiped clean of his deeds, with an extra dose of corporate sales-bleach added to the last spin cycle.

But I would gently suggest that when people in power start to mingle with sociopaths in power with malicious intent, that malicious intent rubs off, and becomes a justification for that person to start materializing, and executing, some malicious intent of their own, which will most probably not be to the benefit of the country over which they are leaders.

It very deeply concerns me that President Trump's BFFs in the Middle East, are the Butcher of Yemen,Crown prince bin Salman, and the Butcher of Gaza, Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu.

Nov 06 14:24

White South Africans barred from registering on government jobs website

A registration process on a government partnered youth employment initiative has appeared to exclude white South Africans, sparking criticism from the country’s trade union.
The YES (Youth Employment Service) government jobs website aims at helping unemployed young South Africans who have been jobless for longer than six months. The program is endorsed by the National Development Plan 2030, which intends to eliminate poverty and reduce inequality within the next 12 years.

The registration criteria on the site require the applicants to be black, in accordance with the BEE definition (Black Economic Empowerment), between the ages of 18 – 34, and South African citizens.

Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) is a racially selective program launched by the South African government to redress the inequalities of Apartheid by giving black South African citizens, whom they define to include black, coloured and Indian people, economic privileges not available to whites.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

South African citizens of European descent, should get out of the country while they still can. What is coming here, is the full Zimbabwification of South Africa, and all that this implies.

Nov 06 14:16

State Dept: US to Impose New Set of Sanctions Against Russia Over Skripal Attack

The United States intends to move forward with imposing additional sanctions against Russia for the attack against Russian double agent Sergei Skripal as required by law, State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert told Sputnik on Tuesday.

"Today, the Department informed Congress we could not certify that the Russian Federation met the conditions required by the Chemical and Biological Weapons Control and Warfare Elimination Act of 1991," Nauert said. "We intend to proceed in accordance with the terms of the CBW Act, which directs the implementation of additional sanctions."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Forgive me, but isn't the ultimate authority for inspecting for chemical weapons on this planet done by the CWC, the Chemical Weapons Convention, and administered by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons ?!?The financial sanctions, if they are to be placed against Russia, would be under the OPCW's control, not the US government's control.

And is this not precisely same body which reported the United States in non-compliance in 2017?!? The article states:

US Fails to Comply with Chemical Weapons Convention While Using Internationally Banned Weapons The article goes on to state:

Russia strictly complies with its commitments in accordance with the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons and on their Destruction (the Chemical Weapons Convention – CWC). On June 12, it announced that all sarin chemical agent stockpiles had been destroyed. Before that Russia had also eliminated the stockpiles of mustard gas and soman. All in all, Russia has destroyed 99% of all stockpiles.

"The United States promised, but failed, to destroy its stocks by 2012. The complete destruction is expected to take place only by the end of 2023 at best. The efforts to neutralize the remaining munitions have slowed to a trickle in recent years. The Army’s Pueblo Chemical Depot in southern Colorado still has a long way to go to full operational capacity expected to be reached no earlier than 2018. The Blue Grass Army Depot near Richmond, Kentucky, is being built and is expected to start operations only somewhere in 2023 – roughly eleven years after the date the US promised to destroy all the stockpiles, and eight, may be nine, years after the Russian Federation."
The US was given an extension until 2023 by the Arms Control Association until 2023 to get rid of its Category 1 chemical weapons.
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There has been absolutely zero evidence that Russia has not fully complied with this destruction of their chemical weapons as promised: this is just more propaganda, and demonization, functioning as a prelude toward a war against Russia.

Wow, attempting to lie to to the American public and the world, when actual facts on the ground prove the polar opposite of your statements, must be a great job; that's why you are on President Trump's short list as the US Envoy to the UN!! Congrats!!

Nov 06 13:57

Masquerading Reforms: The Tricks of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

The surgical dismembering of Jamal Khashoggi has sent the military establishments of several countries into a tizz. Arms manufacturers are wondering whether this is an inconvenient blip, a ruffling moral reminder about what they are dealing with. Autocratic regimes indifferent to the lives of journalists are wondering whether the fuss taken about all this is merely the fuss endured, till the next bloody suppression. But importantly, those states notionally constituting the West may have to reconsider the duping strategy that the House of Saud has executed with the deft efficiency of the dedicated axeman.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

My sense of this is, that the Butcher of Yemen, AKA Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, will be allowed to stand, and never charged for this crime; this is because the US and the UK do not want to give up all that revenue for their weapons which they have sold to Saudi Arabia for his use in the creating the expanding genocide in Yemen.

Additionally, Israel is siding with Saudi Arabia against Iran, so one can see how this is sorting out, in terms of who will be aligned with whom in the next coming regional war.

Some poor underschmuck will be blamed, and punished, and just like magic, the Butcher of Yemen will have been wiped clean of his deeds, with an extra dose of corporate sales-bleach added to the last spin cycle.

But I would gently suggest that when people in power start to mingle with sociopaths in power with malicious intent, that malicious intent rubs off, and becomes a justification for that person to start materializing, and executing, some malicious intent of their own, which will most probably not be to the benefit of the country over which they are leaders.

It very deeply concerns me that President Trump's BFFs in the Middle East, are the Butcher of Yemen,Crown prince bin Salman, and the Butcher of Gaza, Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu.

Nov 06 13:32

Video: Former US-backed Militants “Switch Sides” in Syria War. Now Fighting against US-led Coalition

Former members of US-backed militant groups are joining forces with the Lebanese Hezbollah movement, operating in Syria, the WSJ reported on November 1. According to the report, approximately 2,000 fighters had joined the forces and have even started receiving salaries. The WSJ claimed that it was due to losing funding from the US. However, the reason pointed out by local experts is that the US strategy in Syria had lost credit even in the eyes of some of its own proxies. In the period from 2016 to 2018, thousands of former members of militant groups had reconciled with the Damascus government. A notable part of them is now serving in the newly formed units of the Syrian military, for example the Shield of Qalamoun.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Please color the Pentagon, State Department, Congress and White House completely unhinged, if they didn't see this coming.

Nov 06 13:28

Your Kid’s Vaccines May Actually be Making Them Sick…

Periodically injecting cocktails of toxic substances such as mercury, aluminum, live viruses, formaldehyde, chicken egg albumin, squalene, glutamate, DNA fragments, etc, into the muscles of unaware, innocent babies and adults puts them all at risk of being diagnosed with vaccine-induced brain disorders including, much later in life, Alzheimer’s disease. (The chronic use of neurotoxic prescription drugs [especially psychiatric drugs] is also a major risk factor for Alzheimer’s especially when vaccines are also periodically injected.)

One of the major problems with infant vaccines is that they are mandated (!) to be given to infants and young children in cocktails of hyperimmunity- and/or autoimmunity-inducing and potentially brain-damaging vaccines and brain-damaging prescription drugs.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Money is demanded by the medical industrial complex, in terms of these vaccinations, then more money is demanded to "cure" you of the illnesses the vaccines created; sounds like a sweet deal for big pharma!

Nov 06 13:28

WOW, Young Black kid in Georgia RED Pills reporter, on why he’s voting Republican (video)

and why he supports President Trump!

Nov 06 13:19

"Broken scanners, long lines and late poll-site openings have impacted voters across New York City Tuesday,

prompting City Council Speaker Corey Johnson to call for the resignation of Board of Elections Executive Director Michael Ryan.

Nov 06 13:16

Former FBI Director James Comey knocking on doors for a Democratic candidate in Virginia (pic)

vote Dem, shut down investigations in to me

Nov 06 13:15

Antiwar.com Home About Antiwar.com Donate Blog US Casualties Contact Latest NewsNot on the Agenda – America’s Wars Are a Non-Factor in Today’s Midterm Elections

The United States military is actively fighting in seven Muslim-majority countries; and no one cares. As Americans go to the polls today in a ritual pretense of democracy, they will vote for one of the two major political parties on issues ranging from healthcare to immigration to the basic personality of President Donald Trump. The three mainstream networks – from "liberal" MSNBC to "conservative" Fox News – have reported on little else for the last several months. The whole charade is little more than politics-as-entertainment.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And so the wars continue, because there is absolutely very little daylight, allowing people to see the realities of what the US is doing militarily.

I do not know who, in their "to do" list of destabilization and invasions, the US government is going to attack next; but I can tell you, if either Russia or China get into the fray on the side of the attacked country, it is very possible that the US military may not be able to win, because they do not have the weaponry; the troop strength; the money, or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome to a conventional war.

Nov 06 13:07

New Senate Report: Evidence Shows Michael Avenatti and Julie Swetnik Criminally Conspired to Take Kavanaugh Down With Lies

"The evidence appears to support the position that Julie Swetnick and Mr. Avenatti criminally conspired to make materially false statements to the Committee and obstruct the Committee’s investigation."

Nov 06 13:02

The U.S. Ignores Its Vietnamese Victims to This Day

Nguyen Van Tu grasps my hands in thanks as we end the interview. His story is part of a hidden, if not forbidden, history that few in the U.S. know. It’s a story that was written in blood in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos during the 1960s and 1970s and now is being rewritten in Afghanistan and Iraq. It’s a story to which new episodes are added each day that U.S. forces roll armored vehicles down other people’s streets, kick down other people’s doors, carry out attacks in other people’s neighborhoods and occupy other people’s countries.

It took nearly 40 years for word of Nguyen Van Tu’s hardships at the hands of the United States to filter back to America. Perhaps a few more Americans will feel remorse as a result. But who will come forward to take responsibility for all this suffering? And who will give Pham Van Chap a new leg?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Being one of the world's most war-centric despots on the planet means, never having to say you're sorry; until the loss or losses are so horrific, that the wars ultimately grind to a stop, because the people of the US will not allow it, as they did during the peaceful, massive demonstrations against the war in Vietnam.

So far, that hasn't happened for the US; but coming wars I see, potentially against Russia; China; and Iran, may well be the turning point for the US, creating either total devastation, or a complete economic collapse for this country. Either way, it may not not end well.

Nov 06 12:50

Bolton: More Sanctions Against Iran Are Coming

On Monday, the US completed the reimposition of all US sanctions against Iran which had been relaxed under the P5+1 nuclear deal. President Trump withdrew the US from the deal in May, and there was a six month window after the announcement before sanctions could be resumed.

According to national security adviser John Bolton, this is only the beginning. During a Monday interview with Fox Business, Bolton insisted that the administration plans to “even go beyond this,” and that more sanctions are coming.

He was not specific on what that means, but Bolton did say that the administration would not “be content with going back to the level of sanctions that existed under Obama in 2015.” The 2015 sanctions were nearly a full blockade of Iran, and it’s not clear what additional sanctions are even possible.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It appears that the US government wants to attempt to get Iran's economy derailed as humanly possible; but if that doesn't work in time, look for a false flag, to be blamed on Iran, to be the justification of US military action against it.

Nov 06 12:42

GMO POTATO CREATOR NOW FEARS ITS IMPACT ON HUMAN HEALTH

Of all the genetic engineers who have renounced the technology—Arpad Pusztai, Belinda Martineau, Thierry Vrain, John Fagan and Michael Antoniou, among others—because of its shortsighted approach and ability to produce unintended and potentially toxic consequences, Caius Rommens' story may be the most compelling.

Rommens was director of research at Simplot Plant Sciences from 2000 to 2013 where he led development of the company's genetically engineered Innate potato. But over time, Rommens started to have serious doubts about his work and worried about potential health risks from eating the GMO potatoes, which are now sold in 4,000 supermarkets in the U.S.

Rommens' concerns about the GMO potato led him to write a book, Pandora's Potatoes, which was recently published. The book is a case study on how a scientist's initial enthusiasm about genetic engineering turns to doubt and fear as he realizes the hazards the technology can create.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Any one who really wants to understand the dangers of GM products to human health, ought to read the research of Seralini, whose first paper on this issue got published, then, retracted, because a Monsanto board member became an editor of this scientific journal, and finally got it republished, and won a court case about the merits of his research, and got his professional reputation back.

The Seralini Research on GMO

This man is one of my favorite unsung heroes for the pioneering work he did, even after Monsanto tried to smack him down.

Nov 06 12:33

PANDORA, ANYONE? RUSSIA PLANS TO SET UP MOON BASE INHABITED BY ‘AVATAR ROBOTS’

After unveiling an ambitious plan to install a permanent base on the moon, Russia’s space boss Dmitry Rogozin has now added a truly sci-fi-esque detail: humans will control it from Earth through sophisticated ‘avatar robotics.’
“We’re talking about creating a long-term base, not constantly manned, but visitable,” Rogozin, who leads Russia’s national space agency, ‘Roscosmos’ told RIA Novosti on Tuesday.

The base will be chiefly managed by “robotized systems, avatars that will be executing tasks on the moon’s surface,” he said, noting that whole project will be larger than the US ‘Apollo’ program of the ‘60s and ‘70s.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Looks like the Russians are going to be working with bleeding-edge technology on this one, and I wish them every success.

It is too bad, however, that NASA will not be partnering here; such a partnership could be a win/win for both countries.

Nov 06 12:27

KEITH ELLISON PICTURED WITH PORTLAND ANTIFA LEADER AT MINNESOTA STATE FAIR

On the heels of an unprecedented Minneapolis Police press conference this week in which officers warned citizens to not vote for Keith Ellison, photographs obtained by Big League Politics contributor Laura Loomer show Ellison and Luis Enrique Marquez, a notorious leader of the Portland ANTIFA who has a criminal record and has carried the Communist flag.

Ellison’s support of ANTIFA is no secret, but as a candidate for Attorney General, his relationship with a violent member of ANTIFA, which has been designated as a domestic terrorist organization by the US Department of State, is concerning.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Ellison is running for AG in Minnesota.

But since he is, apparently, in favor of mobocracy, and the use of physical violence as a a substitute for rational discussion, were I a Minnesota voter, I would be very, very cautious about voting him in as their state's AG.

Nov 06 12:23

video SUNY lecturer charged for stealing GOP lawn signs

“I have apologized and feel bad, but clearly the GOP is putting a big deal [of] spin on this..."

Nov 06 12:15

Why so many buses in San Antonio in the morning of midterms? (video)

Holy chit, lot' o buses

@LarrySchweikart
Hearing two busses near TX border stopped with "Beto" signs, full of illegals, each had $100 and were headed to the polls.

Nov 06 12:12

Trial of former SS guard, now 94, starts in Münster

A former SS guard, aged 94, goes on trial Tuesday in Germany charged with complicity in mass murders at a Nazi concentration camp during World War II, in a case bearing symbolic and moral weight.

The man from the western district of Borken was a watchman from June 1942 to September 1944 at the Stutthof camp near what was then the free city of Danzig, now Gdansk in Poland.

He was not named by prosecutors, but Die Welt daily identified him as Johann R., a landscape architect who once worked for North Rhine-Westphalia state authorities.

The trial marks a new attempt in Germany's race against time to prosecute surviving Nazis, after a new legal precedent was set in 2011.

The nonagenarian is accused of being an accessory to the murders of several hundred camp prisoners, the regional court of Münster said, more than seven decades after the end of WWII.

Nov 06 12:02

Of course this got no play on cable news --- because we're all just a bunch of loathsome, scum-of-the-earth whites

STUNNING: - Woman faints at the Trump rally - Trump stops, steps away from the mic & stands silently for 7 minutes (!) while medical personnel deliver care - Trump asks audience to pray - Audience breaks into spontaneous rendition of Amazing Grace that grips the arena WATCH:

Nov 06 12:01

AT UN, SAUDI VOWS TO PROSECUTE KHASHOGGI’S ASSASSINS

A Saudi diplomat yesterday confirmed to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) that the kingdom is investigating the assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, adding that those responsible for his death will be prosecuted.

President of the Human Rights Commission of Saudi Arabia Bandar Al Aiban said: “The prosecution initiated the necessary investigations to unveil all the facts, bring all the murderers to justice, and punish those guilty of killing Khashoggi.”

After denying Khashoggi’s death for three weeks, Saudi Arabia confessed he was killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on 2 October.

Saudi Attorney General, Saud Bin Abdullah bin Mubarak, visited Istanbul last month as part of the investigation into Khashoggi’s assassination.

Khashoggi was last seen entering the consulate in early October. Turkey says it has audio recordings which prove he was strangled then dismembered however it has yet to release the evidence.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Oh, yes, the Saudi Government and the House of Saud will work tirelessly, to prove who actually iced Khashoggi; folks, this is another great "lipstick on a pig" moment for the world, brought to you, courtesy of the House of Saud and its minions, and an horrific embarrassment to the US and UK, because they will not let anything, even an assassination, get in the way of the money their defense industries make, selling the Saudis just as many bombs, bullets, and fighter jets, as it wants.

This, of course, insures that hundreds, if not thousands more assassinations of Yemeni infants, children, women, and the medically fragile elderly. But hell, who's counting, as long as those checks for weapons don't bounce, right?!?

Saudi money talks....and apparently, has the stunning ability to completely obliviate any last, possible vestige of morality in the governments of both the US and UK.

Nov 06 11:59

Here’s The Trump GOP Ad That NBC And Fox News Just Pulled From Their Networks…

Here's the 30-second ad. Networks called it 'racist'...

Nov 06 11:34

Young Angry Men & Gangbangers March Towards U.S. Yelling “Vamos Para Allá Trump!”

Judicial Watch EXCLUSIVE Video: Caravan Migrants Coming 'From All Over the World'

Nov 06 11:29

HOME RESIDENT KILLED BY MARYLAND POLICE TRYING CONFISCATE HIS GUNS

Foxbaltimore.com is reporting that a Maryland resident was killed by police as they tried to enforce a “Red Flag Gun Confiscation Order” at 5:17 am in the morning on Monday, November 5th, 2018.

Information is incomplete at this time but according to Fox Baltimore;

“Anne Arundel County Police are investigating an officer-involved shooting that occurred Monday morning in Ferndale.

Police spokesman Jacklyn Davis said officers responded to 103 Linwood Avenue at around 5:15 a.m. to serve an “emergency risk protective order,” also known as the red flag order.

The man answered the door armed with a handgun and a struggle ensued as officers attempted to disarm the man, Davis said.

During the struggle, the man’s handgun discharged and police fired shots, Davis said.

Davis says no Anne Arundel County officers were injured in the struggle. The suspect was pronounced dead on scene.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When any police department wants "confrontation" they will get the confrontation they seek, as in this instance.

Police used to be trained to use psychological techniques to encourage someone to put down their weapon; apparently, this is no longer favored; just plug the guy, kill him, period, end of discussion....and life goes on.

Nov 06 11:18

Almost All Pakistani Banks Hacked, Data of Customers Stolen In Major Security Breach: Report

It wasn't immediately clear when exactly the security breach took place.

Nov 06 11:18

SIR TIM BERNERS-LEE LAUNCHES 'MAGNA CARTA FOR THE WEB' TO SAVE INTERNET FROM ABUSE

Sir Tim Berners-Lee has launched a "Magna Carta for the web", warning that tech giants must change their ways to save the online world from the dangerous forces they have unleashed.

Sir Tim, who invented the World Wide Web in 1989, called for a "revolution" in how the internet is regulated and monetised in order to stem abuse, political polarisation and fake news.

The 63-year-old was speaking at the Web Summit in Lisbon to launch a new "contract for the web" which asks internet companies to uphold a set of principles such as protecting privacy and being transparent about their algorithms.

Facebook and Google have backed the contract, which will be agreed in detail next year, despite both companies being mentioned by its creator as examples of how "the web we know and love" is under threat.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Good luck getting Twitter, Google, and Facebook to agree to that contract!

Nov 06 11:14

COURT: CAN'T PAY YOUR TICKET? WASH POLICE CARS AND CLEAN COURTROOMS OR GO TO JAIL

The birthplace of Martin Luther King Jr., appears to be reverting back to the 1950's.

A recent appeals court ruling reveals that Montgomery, Alabama judges and police are allowed to give indigent people two choices to pay for traffic tickets. One, they can wash police cars and clean courtrooms or two, they can go directly to jail.

"This appeal requires us to decide whether two municipal judges enjoy absolute judicial immunity and a mayor and two police chiefs enjoy qualified immunity from a complaint alleging claims of peonage and false imprisonment.?

"The complaint alleges that the city of Montgomery, aggressively collected fines and court costs owed by individuals for various offenses, typically traffic tickets. But indigent offenders, who could not afford to pay their fines, were forced to sit-out the fines in jail by earning a credit of $50 a day."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is, sadly, more evidence, that the US is turning into a serf economy, where society has only two tiers; one for the already monied, and the other, for the horrifically impoverished.

And soon, far too many Americans will be in that second tier.

Nov 06 11:09

SNOWDEN FILES DECLARATION IN NSA SPYING CASE CONFIRMING AUTHENTICITY OF DRAFT INSPECTOR GENERAL REPORT

EFF filed papers with the court in its long-running Jewel v. NSA mass spying case today that included a surprising witness: Edward Snowden. Mr. Snowden’s short declaration confirms that a document relied upon in the case, a draft NSA Inspector General Report from 2009 discussing the mass surveillance program known as Stellar Wind, is actually the same document that he came upon during the course of his employment at NSA contractor. Mr. Snowden confirms that he remembers the document because it helped convince him that the NSA had been engaged in illegal surveillance.

Nov 06 11:07

HORRIFIC VIDEO SHOWS 4 COPS HOLD MAN DOWN AS ONE SMASHES HIS FACE IN WITH A TASER

The Louisville Metro Police are in the spotlight this week after a citizen’s video was uploaded to social media showing an officer pound a man’s face in with his taser, as his fellow officers hold him down during an arrest.

According to police, they were responding to an alleged fight outside the Nowhere Bar in Louisville early Sunday morning when they encountered Matthew Murphy. Police claim Murphy attacked them and they had no other choice but to engage. The video does not show this attack.

What the video does show, however, is Murphy on the ground, entirely submissive and not resisting when he is smacked in the face with the officer’s taser as the other officers hold him down.

As the video shows, Murphy is on the ground as one of the four officers on top of him aims his taser into the crowd of bystanders. Shortly after pointing his taser at the crowd, the officer then wallops Murphy with it, causing the crowd to erupt in outrage.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If you are thinking about holding any kind of convention or group activity in this city, I would like to politely suggest that because it has devolved into complete, shambolic, shell of its former self, you may well want to reconsider, very carefully.

If the police in this city continue acting like this, I would suggest that all the people living there who can, vote with their feet, and get out of the city, if not the state proper.

And BTW, where, please, is Jeff Sessions, our "top cop" as attorney general of this country, when police arrests result in these kinds of behaviours and physical damage to a suspect??! He is, as usual, no where to be found.

Nov 06 10:56

US USES BANNED WHITE PHOSPHORUS BOMBS IN SYRIAN CITY FOR THE FOURTH TIME IN TWO MONTHS

DEIR EZ ZOR, SYRIA – The U.S.-led coalition in Syria has been accused of using white phosphorus incendiary munitions for the fourth time since mid-September. White phosphorus is banned internationally when used in areas with civilian populations.

Syrian state news agency SANA reported on a bombing conducted by the U.S.-led coalition that had targeted the small city of Hajin in Syria’s Eastern Deir Ez-Zor province over the weekend. The bombing, allegedly intended to target Daesh (ISIS) terrorists who control the city, killed fifteen civilians – among them women and children – and injured scores more. Civil sources cited by SANA reported that white phosphorus bombs had been used, which – in addition to resulting in several civilian deaths and injuries — caused massive property damage due to the fires resulting from the use of the banned substance.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am thoroughly amazed that by now, President Trump, who seems to be very excited about the possibility of overtaking President Bush's record for the most slaughtered innocents, in both Syria and Yemen, hasn't just ordered a complete carpet bombing of Syria with white phosphorous, including , perhaps, a decap strike, using the chemical, on Damascus.

Most probably, because those with camera-equipped cell phones in Damascus, will be sending images of this carnage around the world, so people can document precisely what damage these bombs are causing to both people, and the infrastructure.

But there is another question which must be asked, and that is, just how long will Russia's President Putin will put up with this nonsense until he feels he has to respond militarily?

He has acted with great restraint in these incidents; but there will be a point of no return for him, as long as the "Coalition" continues "playing picador" with Russia by committing these war crimes.

Nov 06 10:44

Humidity causes issues with ballot machines in Wake, other NC counties, officials

"Humidity" Is that a new euphemism ?

Nov 06 10:36

AMERICAN DREAM RE-COLLAPSES: US HOUSING LEAST AFFORDABLE IN A DECADE

In it's latest report, the Black Knight Mortgage Monitor confuses affordability with payment stress and fails to make an apples-to-apples comparison when determining homes are "more affordable" today than in the period 1995-2003.

Nonetheless, the report is interesting for what it does show. I am passing on a number of suggestions to them as to how to make the report better.

MORTGAGE MONITOR BULLET POINTS
It now takes 23.6% of median income to make the monthly payment on the average-priced home, making housing the least affordable it’s been in nearly a decade.

The monthly principal and interest payment needed to purchase the average-priced home has seen a $190 per month increase since the beginning of 2018, an 18% jump.

Despite the recent tightening, housing on average across the U.S. remains more affordable than the long term benchmark (1995–2003) of 25.1%.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, how can this be a "recovering economy" if the past middle-class reality was very much defined by home ownership?!?

Because the truth of the business is, this economy is only "recovering" for the already monied; it sure as heck not for the rest of us.

Nov 06 10:31

"Choke it down, vote for Bob: Obama makes a New Jersey robocall, but doesn't say Menendez's name"

--- Even Obama knows Menendez is in trouble!! VOTE VOTE VOTE STRAIGHT REPUBLICAN !!!

Nov 06 09:48

One of the most ironic photos of midterms, gun owners posing with rifles endorsing the candidate who said she would ban the very rifles they’re holding.

Nov 06 09:06

LOAD OF POLLOCKS ‘Ridiculous’ National Trust stunt puts plastic bags and white sheets over artworks depicting men — to ‘promote women’

A visitor said 'I’m not happy with the National Trust using art to push a message' that 'the only way to put women forward is to put men backwards'

Nov 06 08:59

The Other Pipe Bombs? US’ Ancient Gas Infrastructure Keeps Killing People

A series of linked explosions around the US have killed and injured dozens this year, but without a politically convenient antagonist behind them, they’ve garnered few headlines. It’s not a terrorist who’s stalking an unsuspecting US population ? it’s the country’s decrepit gas infrastructure and the toothless safety regimen governing it.

US natural gas infrastructure is painfully old, under-regulated and under-inspected, and the nation's growing appetite for natural gas is pushing the aging network to the limit. Utility companies exploit this vulnerability to dodge necessary safety rules, costing lives.

Nov 06 08:46

What This Election Is About

I never cease to be amazed at the insouciance of Americans. Readers send me emails asking why I ever supported Trump when he was the Establishment’s candidate. If Trump was the Establishment’s candidate, why has the Establishment spent two years trying to destroy him?

Nov 06 08:30

'Dead' old man comes back to life in Rajasthan's Jhunjhunu, family calls it a 'miracle'

A 95-year-old man in Khetri tehsil in Rajasthan's Jhunjhunu district came back to life hours after his death leaving his aggrieved family members in a state of pleasant shock.
According to reports, 95-year-old Budh Ram Gujjar, a resident of Bakhtanwalan Ki Dhani, had fainted on Saturday afternoon. His family members then rushed the old man to a private doctor who declared him dead.

Nov 06 08:29

China unveils advanced stealth UAV at air show

China on Tuesday unveiled the CH-7 unmanned aerial vehicle, its most advanced combat drone, at the country's biggest air show in the southern state of Zhuhai.
The 12th China International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition will also showcase the J-20 stealth fighter jets to woo aviation enthusiasts and potential buyers.
The latest edition of the biennial exhibition, also known as Airshow China, will have 770 exhibitors from 43 countries.

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