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Apr 10 07:55

The House’s White Nationalist Hearing Farcical—But Disturbing

Except for a few brief moments of sanity, the whole hearing was a farce—but it revealed our political Establishment’s mounting and ominous obsession with censorship.

Apr 10 04:21

Netanyahu's traditional partners set to join the new coalition

A right wing and religious coalition gives Netanyahu his victory despite Likud tying with The Blue and White party in seats

While the final vote count is not expected before late Thursday, Benjamin Netanyahu appears to have a clear path to his 5th term as Prime Minister.

With a ten seat lead Netanyahu's coalition will rely on a stronger ultra-orthodox block consisting of 16 seats, divided equally between Shas and the United Torah Judaism Party.

Netanyahu will also rely on his partners to the right: The Union of Right Wing Parties, with six 6 seats so far and Moshe Kahlon's Kulanu which managed to scrape by the minimum votes needed to win 4 seats.

Avigdor Leiberman's Israel Beiteinu Party is also expected to join the new coalition>>>

Netanyahu's policy of divide and rule?

Apr 09 14:31

America : Freedom to Fascism

Apr 09 12:59

WAL-MART IS ROLLING OUT THE ROBOTS AFTER RAISING MINIMUM WAGE

Offering yet another lesson in how raising the minimum wage can destroy jobs, particularly for the most poorly compensated workers whom activists had intended to help, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday that Wal-Mart is deploying robots to carry out mundane tasks like mopping its floors and tracking inventory as it seeks to cut down on labor costs after raising wages last year, while also expanding into new services like grocery delivery.

Wal-Mart, which is the largest employer in the US, said at least 300 stores will introduce machines that scan shelves for out-of-stock products. Meanwhile, so-called "autonomous floor scrubbers" will be deployed in 1,500 stores, and conveyor belts that automatically scan and sort products as they are loaded off of trucks will more than double to 1,200. Another 900 stores will install 16-foot-high towers that will allow customers to pick up their online grocery orders without interacting with humans.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This... is amazing technology; but what happens after humans have been let go, and there is no money to pay for goods and services they desperately need, because they are out of work ?!?

We must stop, as a nation, looking for short term solutions, which shackle us to the past, and look for intelligent, long-term solutions to issues like unemployment caused by the use of AI.

Apr 09 10:11

Medical TYRANNY: If you question vaccines in Australia, you could be thrown in prison for 10 YEARS

Freedom of speech has taken another major hit Down Under, as government authorities in Australia recently decreed that any medical professional who dares to express skepticism about the safety or effectiveness of vaccines will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law, including a potential prison sentence of up to 10 years.

Nurses and midwives who try to explain to pregnant women that some vaccines contain neurotoxic mercury (thimerosal), for instance, or that aborted human fetal tissue is often used to manufacture vaccines, will now face the ire of Australia’s medical police state, which insists that all vaccines are 100 percent safe and effective.

The Australian government has also set up a snitch program for medical “offenders” to be reported by their “friends,” colleagues, or others who suspect that they might be in violation of this new speech code – like some kind of deep state spying and surveillance scheme contrived from the dystopian novel 1984.

Apr 09 09:53

Jewish Lobbyists Like the ADL Are Behind the Disgraceful Amazon Book Bannings

As most are surely aware, the last year or two has seen a growing crackdown on free speech and free thought across the Internet, with our constitutionally-protected First Amendment rights being circumvented through the agency of monopolistic private sector corporations such as Facebook, Twitter, and Google. Although as yet our government has not gained the power to ban discordant views nor punish their advocates, anonymous tech company censors regularly take these steps, seemingly based upon entirely opaque and arbitrary standards which lack any power of appeal. No one really knows why some individuals are banned or “de-platformed” and others are not, and surely this looming uncertainty has imposed self-censorship upon hundreds of individuals for every publicized victim who receives an exemplary punishment.

Apr 09 07:36

Netanyahu's Attempts to Reopen PMD Case Futile

Tehran on Tuesday described as futile the attempts made by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to bring up new issues with regard to Iran's past nuclear activities, known as the PMD (possible military dimensions) in a case that has already been closed legally and politically.

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Apr 08 15:44

Guilty conscience? (NZ Labour Govt allowed for easier access to guns)

Mr Seymour made it known last week that eight days before Christmas, the Government, with the Prime Minister's involvement, made a regulation that allowed electronic applications for dealers' licences, licences for gun shows, and permits to import and procure guns, including MSSAs. He could find no public announcement of that, at the time or since. He found it astounding, as should we, that the Government thought this regulation, effectively made behind closed doors, was a good idea. Not any more it doesn't.

Now, he said, the Government, which had a "working group for everything", was abandoning any sincere attempt at public consultation and parliamentary scrutiny of laws as it set about changing the Arms Act.

Apr 08 10:05

American Internet Companies are Privatized Instruments of American Geopolitical Power, and They’re Not Even Hiding It

I was in the New York Public Library recently doing research in the archives when I stumbled on a 1944 pamphlet from Western Electric, the old American techno-telephone monopolist. It’s called “Circuits for Victory” and its 40 glossy, slickly produced pages are dedicated to one thing: celebrating all the ways that the company’s telecommunication technology helps the United States government fight and win wars.

The pamphlet is a historical document, but if you squint at it right and replace “Western Electric” with, say, “Facebook” or “Google” or “Amazon,” you actually get an accurate sense of what Silicon Valley monopolies are today: privatized extensions of American Empire.

Apr 08 09:03

Countries arming Saudi Arabia, partners in crimes against Yemenis: Iran

Iran has strongly condemned the latest deadly airstrikes by Saudi warplanes in Yemen that killed more than a dozen civilians, most of them schoolchildren, saying countries that are arming the aggressors are complicit in the crimes.

"Countries that have caused the humanitarian catastrophe in Yemen by providing arms to the aggressors are accomplices in these crimes and must be held accountable for their support," Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi said on Monday.

He criticized the international community for remaining silent and indifferent to the atrocities committed by the Saudi-led coalition in its military campaign against Yemen and expressed sympathy with the families of victims.

The Iranian spokesperson called on the United Nations and countries involved in the Yemeni crisis to ramp up their efforts in order to put an immediate end to the attacks and adopt necessary measures to protect civilians, particularly women and children.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Iranian Foreign Minister Qassemi, I agree entirely with your position on this.

The assassination of children, is tantamount to the destruction of a country's rightful future, bit by bit; because all of today's kids will grow up to take their rightful place in the world in the next couple of decades.

There would be no earthly reason for you to know who I am, but I would like to share this with you; my husband and Mike are both peace activists, very concerned that of late, this country seems to believe that the only way to resolve its geopolitical disputes, is the invocation, and execution, of war.

We never advocate violence, ever.

Wishing all those working collaboratively toward Peace and Justice, a day of Grace and Light,

Claire

Apr 08 08:01

GOVERNMENT WANTS TO GIVE STATE POWER TO BAN WEBSITES

Last week Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt announced he was appointing Amal Clooney as the UK’s envoy on media freedom. Today Culture Secretary Jeremy Wright has put out a government White Paper on ‘Online Harms’ which includes proposals for a regulator which will have the power to ban the websites of non-compliant companies from being accessed in the UK at all. Someone tell Amal quick!

You would think that the likes of Facebook and Twitter would be up in arms – they are not because as Dom Hallas, Executive Director of The Coalition for a Digital Economy (Coadec), says

Apr 08 07:29

US designates Iran’s Revolutionary Guards as terrorist organization – Trump

The US government is the biggest supporter of and cause of terrorism on Planet Earth. Trump is a dyed in the wool neocon intent on starting WW3!

US President Donald Trump has designated Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as a “terrorist organization,” accusing the elite force of financing and promoting terrorism in the region.

Apr 08 06:35

Expected bloodbath in Tripoli an outcome of ill-advised NATO toppling of Gaddafi, historian tells RT

Libya is back in the headlines after one of its two competing governments sent troops towards Tripoli. If another bloodbath happens there, it will be the inevitable result of the 2011 NATO bombing campaign, an expert told RT.
The Northern African country was once stable and quite prosperous thanks to large revenues from oil trade. But since 2011, when NATO supported a militant uprising and helped topple, then kill, longtime strongman leader Muammar Gaddafi, it remains a fractured failed state. Last week, the unending feuds between rival factions escalated, with Khalifa Haftar, a powerful military commander, launching an offensive against his rivals from the UN-recognized government in Tripoli.

The general is unlikely to immediately heed calls for a political settlement, believes US political commentator and historian Gerald Horne. This may escalate into a major battle in the capital.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Please remember; Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, was cheer-leading for Gaddafi's removal, and by any means necessary; once he had been assassinated, this threw the country into turmoil in 2011, and 8 years on, the turmoil continues.

This was one of the most spectacular "epic fails" of Clinton's tenure as Secretary of State, and ... if (God help us, no), she decides to run for President, and wins, one has to wonder; what other spectacular defects in her logic and vision will she demonstrate to both this country and the world?!?

I am looking at many of the possible geopolitical situations here which could go "mammary glands up" in a heartbeat, if unsound, or truly monumentally bad decisions are made by this country's leadership about how the US should approach challenges abroad.

So color me nervous about Libya right now; there are many factions looking at what seizing Tripoli, and the country, could mean for them, economically; and I would rather suspect that the US government is standing right in front of that line, trying to figure out how best to conjure a Lybia 2.0 invasion, but struggling to find ways which potentially insure, that the optics of such an invasion...appear to be a very different kind of animal, let's say, for example, like perhaps several battalions of enraged, GMO'd kangaroos, covertly chucking death stars out their pouches.

BUT, MIND YOU, THIS WILL NOT BE AN INVASION!!

But seriously, I have to wonder, if I had family in Libya, how I would get them out, or get them to safety, if the airports are ordered closed because of an on-coming military attack? If I had kids, or medically fragile elderly members who needed special care, and attention.

These are the kinds of brutal choices many families in the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia must make on a daily basis; but for me, the worst of this is, that these decisions are far too frequently a direct result of US foreign policy in their countries.

Time will, of course, resolve this; but to see so many people throughout the Middle East are are suffering, and will suffer so catastrophically because the international battles for their oil (usually courtesy of the Unhinged, Surveilled State of America).

I know that I am a citizen of a country whose leadership is very comfortable with being war criminals. As a Christian Pacifist, I never advocate violence.

But my suggestion here, is that my brother and sister Americans, need, urgently, to have a national conversation about what we can do (again peacefully) to assist our government in creating a different tone of its foreign policies, which might resemble a reasonably sane foreign policy.

Sanity in foreign policy tends to lead to peaceful, amicable relations with a country's neighbors, and the world.

This government desperately needs to rediscover what that means.

Apr 08 05:47

Sieff: The Most Dangerous Thing Trump Could Do Now Is Let Down His Guard

Uneasy Hangs the Head That Wears a Crown: The Lessons Donald Trump Needs to Learn from William Shakespeare.

Now that President Donald Trump has finally been exonerated from the always farcical Big Lie of Collusion with Russia in the 2016 election, the US leader had better watch out: The Deep State will really go after him now that it's supposed Soft Coup plot has failed.

Who can never afford to rest.

The forces opposed to Trump and his decent, sensible 2016 campaign vision of defusing tensions with Russia worked viciously, relentlessly and long to discredit the 45th President of the United States before he could even get going. The idea that they are now going to sit back like good losers because their entire pyramid of lies on Collusion with Russia has been exposed is ludicrous.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What these masters of destruction have accomplished through their reprehensively divisive actions and false accusations, has been to to encourage future wars, by betting on unstable, hubristic, sociopathic national leaders like Israel's Bibi Netanyahu; creating "regime changes",for example, when Ukraine's Yanukovich was thrown under the proverbial bus in order to "anoint" Pyotr Poroshenko; or cheerleading for new wars to start, like former Polish General Waldemar Skrzypczak, when he talks, fondly, of a US pre-emptive strike against Russia being "moral"

I would also like to politely point out to people like Adam Schiff and Nancy Pelosi, that every second they spend in this deplorable attempt to "cut a sitting President at the knees" (a literary reference, for those of you who didn't know), you are not doing what We the People hired you to do, which is to take care of the people you allegedly represent.

And I will tell you, in no uncertain terms one absolute, and immutable truth; the broad, deep, and dispassionate lens of history (if this planet survives these machinations to actually have a future) will judge you and your actions as criminal in the extreme.

But, of course, your alleged "constituents" never ever mattered in the first place, did they?!?

Winning a seat in the US Congress is much akin to buying the winning lottery ticket, with all the money, all the perks, and all the intel to turn you into a multi-millionaire.

It is a startling revelation of how many members of Congress are actually millionaires; and they can all be found, including their net worth, here:

Every Member of Congress, with documented wealth, in one chart.

Apr 08 05:07

Russiagate: A Moral Reckoning Is Due

Authored by Renee Parsons via Off-Guardian.org,

With Russiagate, the Democrats created some powerful karma to answer for; especially for the likes of Rep. Adam Schiff and Rep. Eric Swalwell, (D-Calif.), both of whom persist in the mindless search for the Holy Grail.

After cheating Bernie out of the nomination in 2016, the Dems had not yet learned their karmic lesson when they lost the Presidential election. The Mueller Report is but the latest of that karmic reckoning.

There is no pride in being one of those who “got it right” that there was no evidence, not a scintilla of material fact to prove collusion between the Trump campaign and the dastardly Russians. As the country has been torn asunder by a two year politically tainted investigation begun with no evidentiary standard and no probable cause, there is little satisfaction to be gained.

Apr 08 04:49

Trump's Neocons See Erdogan As Their Ticket To A Region-Wide MidEast War

Authored by Mike Whitney via The Unz Review,

Turkish troops and armored units are massed along Turkey’s southern border awaiting orders to invade northern Syria. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan wants to clear a ten mile-deep swath of land east of the Euphrates River in order to remove terrorist-linked militants (YPG) currently occupying the territory. The proposed offensive would put US Special Forces in the line of fire which significantly increases the likelihood of US casualties. If American troops are killed or wounded by the Turkish operation, Washington will respond in force leading to a potentially catastrophic face-off between the two NATO allies. The possibility of a violent clash between Turkey and the United States has never been greater than it is today.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder, in terms of the neocons, if plans are already in play for a "false flag" here, to be blamed on Turkey, as the US "provocation/justification" for an attack against it.

Dicey in the extreme?? But possible, as a way of distracting American voters who are fed up with Russiagate; stagnating salaries; and the horrific hardening of political lines in this country where, to some people, beating up someone who disagrees with you is a perfectly rational thing to do?!?

You bet your sweet bippy!!

And let us not forget that in tomorrow's Israeli election, Prime Minister Netanyahu is betting on re-election for a 5th term, in spite of corruption charges being laid against him.

He could really use international focus going...elsewhere.

Apr 08 04:35

After Golan, are Trump and Netanyahu coming for West Bank?

A warning: If Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is still in office in late 2020 or 2024, when President Donald Trump’s time in office is coming to a close, there is a good chance the two leaders will declare American recognition of Israeli annexation of all or most of the occupied West Bank.

The precedent for such a move was put in place Monday as two significant anti-Arab events took place in Washington.

First, at the annual AIPAC conference, Democratic and Republican speakers alike ignored the Israeli occupation of Palestinian and Arab territory, choosing instead to rail against Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, who has been vilified for openly criticizing the powerful Israel lobby group’s outsize influence.

A bipartisan consensus pretended that AIPAC was being silenced, turning on its head the reality that the organization is supporting legislation seeking to silence supporters of Palestinian rights.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In a short answer to the rhetorical question asked at the beginning of this article, HELL, yes!!

Apr 08 04:25

AMERICAN INTERNET COMPANIES ARE PRIVATIZED INSTRUMENTS OF AMERICAN GEOPOLITICAL POWER, AND THEY’RE NOT EVEN HIDING IT

Perhaps the one positive thing that’s come out of RussiaGate is that no one believes Silicon Valley’s global utopianism anymore.
BY YASHA LEVINE
Originally published at Yasha Levine’s Influence Ops

I was in the New York Public Library recently doing research in the archives when I stumbled on a 1944 pamphlet from Western Electric, the old American techno-telephone monopolist. It’s called “Circuits for Victory” and its 40 glossy, slickly produced pages are dedicated to one thing: celebrating all the ways that the company’s telecommunication technology helps the United States government fight and win wars.

The pamphlet is a historical document, but if you squint at it right and replace “Western Electric” with, say, “Facebook” or “Google” or “Amazon,” you actually get an accurate sense of what Silicon Valley monopolies are today: privatized extensions of American Empire.

Apr 08 04:23

UK TO FINE FACEBOOK, GOOGLE FOR HOSTING TERRORIST CONTENT

The cat and mouse game between the world's largest media company and global governments continues.
Just days after Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg called for more government regulation in an attempt to mollify the company's growing critics, while seeking to squash smaller competitors as well as give governments a legitimate reason to enforce censorship and chip away at freedom of speech in order to comply with Facebook's mysterious "community standards", the company and its tech peers are facing a new UK law that will impose "substantial" fines, or even ban companies if they don’t act swiftly enough to remove content that encourages terrorism and child sexual exploitation and abuse.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Be very careful about what you wish for; it may hit you with a sucker punch you never saw coming.

Apr 08 04:21

A DRUG RESISTANT “SUPER FUNGUS” KILLS NEARLY HALF THE PEOPLE IT INFECTS – AND IT IS SPREADING ACROSS AMERICA

SOURCE: THE ECONOMIC COLLAPSE

The medical community knew that a day of reckoning was coming. For years, they were repeatedly warned that the rampant overuse of certain types of medications would result in the development of “super diseases” that we would not be able to stop, and now that day has arrived. Just like many types of bacteria, fungi have also been developing defenses against our most effective modern medicines. One in particular, a fungus known as Candida auris, is now a massive public health threat. An expert quoted by the New York Times has admitted that it is “pretty much unbeatable”, it spreads very easily, and it kills close to 50 percent of the people that it infects. In other words, we are in the early chapters of a medical horror show of our own making, and there is no way out.

Candida auris (or C. auris for short) spreads most easily among those with weakened immune systems. Infants, seniors, smokers and diabetics are among the most vulnerable.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Please educate yourself on what natural methods you can use to keep yourself healthier. There are a number of responsible, logical sites which can give you places to go, and natural things to do to boost your immunity.

Apr 08 04:13

THE MANAGEMENT OF SAVAGERY: PRO-WAR LOBBYISTS PUSH TO BAN BOOK EXPOSING REGIME CHANGE WARS

Authored by Alexander Rubinstein via MintPress News

The Syrian American Council and a collection of pro-war lobbyists have led an intimidation campaign aimed at bullying a major Washington-based bookstore, Politics and Prose, into canceling award-winning journalist and author Max Blumenthal’s launch event for his new book The Management of Savagery.

And it appears to have worked. Politics and Prose announced that it would “postpone” the event, citing “concerns” over the event’s “format, substance, … [and] security” in a tweet. In a testament to the ferocity of the harassment campaign against the small chain, the company has pinned the statement to the top of its Twitter page so that anyone visiting it sees immediately that they caved.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Max, you will ALWAYS be welcomed at WRH.com!!

Apr 07 09:29

IS THE EU RENEGING ON ITS COMMITMENT TO BANK BAIL-INS?

Quietly but ominously, making taxpayers, rather than bank creditors, pay for bank failures appears to be becoming acceptable policy in Europe once again as EU bank regulation threatens to come full circle, meaning it won’t have gone anywhere at all.

Apr 07 09:19

NETANYAHU: IF I WIN ELECTION, 'I WILL EXTEND SOVEREIGNTY'

(Haaretz) Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Israel’s Channel 12 News on Saturday evening that he will start extending Israeli sovereignty over the West Bank if re-elected prime minister in the election on April 9.

It remains unclear at this point whether Netanyahu was referring to all of the West Bank, or only parts of it.

“A Palestinian state will endanger our existence and I withstood huge pressure over the past eight years, no prime minister has withstood such pressure. We must control our destiny,” the premier said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Forgive me, Prime Minister Netanyahu; but could you, please possibly share with those who have read your promises to do this, (AFTER the 9 April, Israeli general elections, of course!) HOW a peaceful, democratic independent Palestine, trading with Israel and other countries in the region, can be a threat, and endanger Israel in any way?!?

So what will be your policy toward those Palestinians whose homes you are going to either demolish, or annex, as this flood of settlers comes in, claiming that the West Bank now all belongs exclusively to Israel and its Jewish settlers?!?

Will you have the IDF shooting them down, like fish in a barrel, should they refuse to go quietly, even the kids and toddlers?!? Do you intend to make this a "blood bath event"?? Or maybe you'll stream it, live, on an Israeli "pay for view" channel, so your voters can watch and listen?!?

I would politely suggest, Mr. Prime Minister, that the optics of such a slaughter will make your country the despised pariah in the world, and a country with which the world absolutely doesn't want to have to deal.

You and your brother and sister Israelis may see a BDS movement so intensely engineered, that there is no escape from it, and those who sell merchandise or services outside of Israel, will be clogging up the phones at the Knesset, with their anger.

Apr 07 09:09

Germany brings home 'Islamic State' children from Iraq

Germany has started repatriating the children of jailed "Islamic State" fighters from conflict zones the Middle East. European countries are grappling with how to handle returning foreign fighters and their families.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is an amazing kind thing for Germany to be doing; it's not the kids' fault that their dads decided to "make war" in the name of their faith.

I would, however, rather that faiths around the world find a way to make a path for understand, kindness, and empathy; because at the center of almost all faiths, if they are to be taken seriously, have those elements deep within their core set of beliefs.

Apr 07 08:59

It's Not Just San Francisco and Portland, Philadelphia Is a Hellscape Too

My original title for this article was going to be 30 Blocks of Potholes, Shitholes, and Assholes, but I didn’t want to offend the sensibilities of my highbrow readership. The trigger for that title was my morning commute on 34th Street in West Philly near the Philadelphia Zoo. This extremely well-traveled four lane highway resembles a moonscape of craters capable of blowing a tire (which I did a few years ago while turning onto Girard Avenue).

As I swerved through this obstacle course of government incompetence, I reflected upon how Philadelphia was a real shithole city run by Democrat asshole politicians (those not in prison yet). I’ve written dozens of articles about the 30 Blocks of Squalor over the last decade and one thing remains constant – West Philly is still a shithole, occupied by low income, low IQ, low morality, welfare state slaves who continue to vote for the same assholes who have enslaved them in squalor.

Apr 07 07:28

‘We did not expect the world to be silent’: US continuing to kill civilians with impunity

The Trump administration, which made promises to rein in Washington’s unnecessary wars, has not only expanded the US’ covert and lethal drone program, but has taken the covering up of its civilian death toll to a whole new level.
Like most of the battlefields opened more widely under the Obama administration, Donald Trump ramped up airstrikes against the infamous Al-Shabaab terrorist group in Somalia approximately two years ago. And, like most drone wars expanded under Obama and dramatically widened under Trump, the details of this covert assault are continuously swept under the rug, particularly when it comes to civilian casualties.

The Pentagon has openly said that its airstrikes in Somalia have killed zero civilians.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

(Sigh) why is it, in American National elections, the voting public gets its alleged "choice" between two evils, which means, you have no choice but voting for who you think is the lesser evil?

This is a real problem for voting, intelligent citizens who want to have their voices heard in DC, and get a better deal for themselves in terms of opportunities and work.

But by the time our Presidential candidates get vetted by the military industrial complex; major multinational corporations; and various civil and religious organizations, we can expect only one series of outcomes; more wars; more destruction of our infrastructure; more dumbing down of our kids with an "educational system" that fails its students; and more taxes which never come back to us in goods and services.

It doesn't matter who we vote for; the American deep state has always had its imperious sway, with both domestic and foreign policies.

Right now, I feel like I'm living in Terry Gilliam's "Brazil" (a marvellous metaphor for the state of far too many Americans in 2019), where lodging is ramshackle; no individual thinking is allowed; and torture is completely, and openly embraced by a dictatorship, as a way of keeping people "controlled."

And if you haven't seen it, please get "the Director's Cut; this is utterly brilliant.

Apr 07 07:13

Islamabad Has 'Reliable Intel' India Readying New Attack on Pakistan

This comes a day after Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan slammed India’s governing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for purportedly trying to use false claims of Pakistan using an F-16 in the February dogfight between the two countries to promote “war hysteria”.

Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has claimed that he has “reliable intelligence that India is planning a new attack on Pakistan” which may take place between 16 and 20 April.

“I am saying it with responsibility and I have a responsible position, I know each word I say would make headlines in the international press”, Qureshi said.

READ MORE: India Warns Pakistan of Escalatory Retaliation in Direct Phone Call — Source

He added that New Delhi’s planned attack aims to “increase diplomatic pressure against Pakistan." India’s Foreign Ministry is yet to comment on the matter.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would implore a couple of "adults in the room" (ladies and gentlemen, who know who you are) to please start working the phones on this, and see if might be possible for the tensions to ratcheted down here, in a deal to create, and foster, peace, and good business relationships between both countries.

Both are nuclear armed countries, and this could escalate completely out of control, if leadership in neither country wants to take a responsible stand toward a greater peace in the region.

Apr 07 06:59

WATCH US Redeploy Military Personnel From Libya as Tensions Rise

US Africa Command (AFRICOM) commander Thomas D. Waldhauser said that the decision to redeploy US forces was made "due to increased unrest". According to him, the situation in Libya has deteriorated and American troops are no longer safe there.

Libyan media released footage showing the temporary redeployment of the US Africa Command's military personnel.

READ MORE: US Evacuates Personnel From Libya Due To Increased Unrest — Report

US Africa Command (AFRICOM) commander Thomas D. Waldhauser said that the decision to redeploy US forces was made "due to increased unrest". According to him, the situation in Libya has deteriorated and American troops are no longer safe there.

Libyan media released footage showing the temporary redeployment of the US Africa Command's military personnel.

READ MORE: US Evacuates Personnel From Libya Due To Increased Unrest — Report

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder; to where were these troops evacuated from Libya, headed?!? And here is some more current coverage, dateline today:

And here is a final update, from sputnik.com:

Situation in Libya Amid Haftar's Army Air Operation Over Tripoli

The article goes on to state:

"Tensions in war-torn Libya have escalated since 4 April, after the Libyan National Army, led by Khalifa Haftar, started an offensive aimed at seizing Tripoli from the UN-recognised government. While making its way to Tripoli, the LNA captured several settlements; at the same time, the GNA's prime minister ordered troops to use force if necessary.

On Sunday, the Libyan National Army (LNA) commenced an aerial bombardment of the Libyan capital Tripoli, a top Libyan military source told Sputnik."

Folks, my heart is praying for the people of Libya, who just are desperately get out of harm's way, and just find in a place where they, and their families can just be safe, even for a little while.

Apr 07 06:51

Saudi Arabia has gone nuclear, threatening the petrodollar. Or has it?

The report from Zerohedge via Reuters that Saudi Arabia is angry with the U.S. for considering a bill exposing OPEC to U.S. antitrust law is a trial balloon.

The chances of the U.S. bill known as NOPEC coming into force are slim and Saudi Arabia would be unlikely to follow through, but the fact Riyadh is considering such a drastic step is a sign of the kingdom’s annoyance about potential U.S. legal challenges to OPEC.

If these things are so unlikely then why make the threat public? There are a number of reasons.

First, one must remember that the Saudis are hemorrhaging money. Their primary budget deficit in 2018 was around 7% of GDP. Since the 2014 crash in oil prices it has gone from almost zero sovereign debt to $180 billion in debt to finance its spending, or around 22% of GDP.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I think that the US needs to tread very carefully at the moment, concerning oil and pricing issues,, and for Saudi Arabia's military not having to have been able to, finally, completely occupy Yemen, even with US military assistance here.

Apr 07 06:31

Lawmakers Urge Trump Not to Veto Yemen War Powers Challenge

Letter says Trump has opportunity to restore cooperation with Congress.

A bipartisan group of lawmakers from both the Senate and the House have issued a letter to President Trump urging him not to veto the SJ Res 7 War Powers Act challenge to the Yemen War. The resolution passed the Senate last month, and the House on Thursday.

The War Powers Act requires the president to get the approval of Congress for any overseas military conflicts, and allows Congress to demand a withdrawal form those nations if the operation is unauthorized. The Yemen War was never authorized by Congress.

President Trump has threatened to veto the resolution, and the letter urges him not to, arguing that he has an historic opportunity to set a precedent for cooperation with Congress by complying with the law and ending an unconstitutional war that was launched under President Obama.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I absolutely agree with these bipartisan members of Congress; unfortunately, because there is still so much "bromance and pull" between Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, also know in Yemen as "The Butcher of Yemen", and President Trump, I would be amazingly surprised if he did not veto.

But what has happened in Yemen, for the last 3 years, is a level of butchery and genocide against the Yemeni people, that it definitely comes up to the standar of US-abetted Saudi war crimes in Yemen.

I actually never wanted to be a citizen of a country which commits war crimes; and here I am, nearly 70, and watching the madness of the last several administrations, from Bush II to President Trump, operating very overtly; with impunity; and with no question as to whether these actions are morally right, or morally repugnant.

The steps of the pattern emerge very clearly, if you are looking for them.

First, we see demonizations of countries with the resources the US wants; then the regime change of demonized leadership happens; the then, there is an "anointing " of a US-centric leader or leaders; and finally, the assignment of US- centric companies to expropriate those resources; and sell them only for American dollars.

When Karl Marx made the observation that all wars are economic in their origins, the guy was absolutely correct.

And again, I find it very interesting, that President Trump's BBFs in the Middle East, are the Butcher of Gaza, Israel's Bibi Netanyahu, and Crown Prince bin Salman,the Butcher of Yemen.

Apr 07 06:13

More:http://tass.com/world/1052444?_ga=2.242498114.1993041757.1554612644-363929275.1477368173

The Libyan National Army under the command of Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar declared on Saturday a no-fly zone for combat aircraft in the country’s western part, where it is mounting an offensive against Tripoli, the Al Arabiya TV channel reported citing the military.

"The Libyan army declares the western region of the country a military operation zone and imposes a ban on combat aircraft flights in the area," the military said in a communique. "We will carry out strikes against any airports in the west from where sorties are made.".

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Haftar is completely unambiguous; he has warned countries, like the US, and Pan-national military entities, like NATO, and the UN, NOT to do something stupid.

The following article appeared in guardian.co.uk, yesterday: UN Expresses deep concern for Libya as Haftar closes in on Tripoli

Are you telling me that, 8 years after the assassination of Muammar Ghadaffi, which has resulted in horrific civil wars, with slaves bought and sold in this country 'It Was As if We Weren’t Human.' Inside the Modern Slave Trade Trapping African Migrants, is THIS is the bloody best the impotent UN can state?!?

No matter what the US government says, it is laser-focused on Libya's oil wealth, and how to control it,and insure that it is only sold for US dollars.

If they think Haftar negotiable on the issue, they may well side with him; if they do not, look for another flash-point in Africa to heat up, and massively soon.

War and Economy; the battle for Libya's oil.

There is a real risk that Haftar's military will do battle with local, UN-sponsored militias, as reported yesterday at aljazeera.com:

Libya: High alert in Tripoli after renegade leader orders advance

As reported at Sputnik, there is supposed to be an "urgent meeting" on Libya this coming Friday, 12 April; UN will have an "urgent" meeting on Lybia Friday 12 April

IF these people choose not to move the deadline up, and quickly (like perhaps today), Haftar will have control of Tripoli, control of its oil, and control of the country.

Here is an update on the story, yesterday, from bbc:

Libya crisis: Fighting flares on outskirts of Tripoli

Apr 07 05:38

Clashes erupt as Greek police stop migrants from reaching border

* Migrants head toward border after false rumour goes viral

* Police block access to nearby border crossing

* Buses start taking some people back to housing

* Tens of thousands of migrants, refugees stuck in Greece (Updates with quotes, detail)

By Lefteris Papadimas

DIAVATA, Greece, April 6 (Reuters) - Greek police fired teargas on Saturday as angry migrants hoping to travel to northern Europe hurled stones and bottles after being barred from reaching a nearby border crossing, witnesses said.

Spurred by a false rumour about border openings that spread on social media, hundreds of migrants and refugees arrived and pitched tents on Thursday in a field next to the Diavata migrant camp near Greece's border with North Macedonia.

There were dozens of tents in the field on Saturday and riot police formed a cordon to block an access route, parking 20 buses to stop the migrants from leaving the field. Authorities also sent buses to take people back to housing settlements.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What a damned cruel joke, on both the Greek people, who are suffering the dual blow of austerity, and an unimaginable burden by the sheer number of illegal immigrants with which they are having to deal.

Greece's President Prokopis Pavlopoulos is going to have to solve this; otherwise, we may possibly see a genuine uprising against him, and this policie, which have put Greece in such a terrible bind.

Apr 06 10:46

New Zealand - Multiple Players And Identifying the Cointel Narrative - thecrowhouse


Published on Apr 5, 2019
DescriptionMax Igan - Surviving the Matrix - Episode 370 - American Voice Radio, April 05, 2019 - http://thecrowhouse.com

NOTE: Max claims he has been locked out of his main YouTube channel. Is the lockdown rolling out?

Apr 06 09:55

Capital One Says ‘No’ to Democrats Request For Trump Records

As the Attorney General defends his summary of Mueller Report, democrats keep digging finding new ways to increase scrutiny on President Trump. This time they are targeting his bank records.

As reported by SaraACarter.com, last month three top House of Representatives democrats, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) and Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) requested documentation from Capital One Bank related to the President’s business holdings.

Capital One responded that they are preserving the records but “given the confidentiality obligations we have as a financial institution, including under state and federal law we respectfully request that any production of materials be made pursuant to a subpoena rather than an informal request.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

With the losers of the 2016 election still pathologically incapable of swallowing that bitter pill of their ignominious defeat, they just can't let go.

And right now, to the American people, the Democrats look, and sound like, the Party of NO!!

NO, we will not work for the interests of the people who hired them by electing them!

NO, we will avoid, and not work for any of the end results President Trump wants to see happen, even if they are good for the country; we will do everything possible to poison those efforts, and also focus on his family, to see who is lawfare worthy in it, and do this right up to the 2020 elections.

NO, we do not want any and every border control effort to pass, because we want all illegal aliens voting Democratic, even if that is, at the moment, illegal in all 50 states.

NO, we will NOT stop giving an inordinate amount of money to Israel, because we depend on both the money and the influence from AIPAC to keep getting re-elected.

NO, we have absolutely no plan in place, for 2020, to bring this country into the spirit and energy of being an excellent place to live, work, and raise a family, because when people get angry at wealth inequality, they will vote for us, because we always promise them freebies.

NO, we have no plan for making the world more safe, less crazed, and to hold countries accountable for their wars and weapons use. We are bought and paid for, as good corporate and national "assets", to promote the legislation corporations and foreign countries they want, which may not at all be good for You the People.

Tom Perez, I am personally holding you responsible for delivering a candidate who will turn the Democratic party back into the party of We the People, not of Those, the Privileged; and please, this election, do not let the nomination be politically repressed or stolen from someone who COULD have won it for you, like Bernie Sanders.

I, too, and very frustrated with this President, who sounded great on the campaign trail, but has proven to be an utter card-carrying failure, in his inability to deliver on so much of what he was telling us he would do for this country.

Tom, in 2020, you, and the DNC have to do better on this. Please do not, again, offer us a candidate with more baggage than Kim Kardashian has on a photo shoot!

And you had damned well better start the process right the hell now.

You, and the DNC, really need to be listening to people like us, even if some times you really hate what we have to tell you, because if you do not, 2020 will wind up a repeat of 2016.

And hey, I'm no Nostradamus; but I am sensing a real, and mushrooming anger, by people who have been loyal to the DNC over time, but felt utterly betrayed at your and Debbie Wasserman Schultz, having "decided" that Hillary HAD to be the candidate for 2016, so you, collectively, and in fact, stole the nomination from Bernie Sanders.

Apr 06 09:24

“CORPORATE HOMICIDE”: RALPH NADER DEMANDS BOEING RECALL JETS AFTER ETHIOPIA CRASH KILLS HIS NIECE

A wrongful death case was filed against Boeing on the same day that a preliminary investigation into last month’s Ethiopian Airlines crash revealed damning details about the aircraft manufacturer and raised new questions about whether it gave pilots proper instructions for navigating new software. The findings were released Thursday in Ethiopia, based on the analysis of a team of 18 investigators, less than a month after the Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 crash killed all 157 people on board.

The report found similarities in the technical issues experienced by pilots on both the Ethiopian Airlines flight and October’s Indonesian Lion Air Flight 610, which also crashed just minutes after takeoff, killing all 189 people on board. Both flights were on a Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Look for a series of class action lawsuits which will make Boeing reel, financially; but they brought it on themselves, by taking risky shortcuts which could (and did) destroy people's lives in these two crashes so I have utterly no sympathy for them.

Apr 06 09:21

A TOP PROGRESSIVE CONSULTING FIRM IS DOING PR FOR AN ISRAELI SPY COMPANY

A PROMINENT POLITICAL communications shop that works on Democratic campaigns, employs Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton campaign alums, and boasts of its role in the fight for gun control and LGBT equality is representing an Israeli firm notorious for selling powerful surveillance technology to authoritarian governments around the world.

NSO Group, which is facing multiple lawsuits charging that its technology was used to spy on journalists and dissidents, hired SKDKnickerbocker to help with media inquiries as the spy firm tries to turn around its marred image.

The hiring, which was first reported by FastCompany, is the latest example of how SKDKnickerbocker is anything but progressive, despite the way it markets itself.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

'HEY, AFAB! (anything for a buck!)" Official Israeli software company souse.

Apr 06 09:18

ECUADOR BACKS DOWN: FOREIGN MINISTRY SAYS IT HAS 'NO PLANS' TO EXPEL ASSANGE

As dozens of supporters massed outside its London embassy, Ecuadorian officials late Friday denied reports that they had been planning to unilaterally revoke the asylum first granted to Wikileaks founder Julian Assange in 2012, expelling the controversial journalist from their London embassy and handing him over to British police for arrest on charges that he skipped out on his bail - which would have likely set in motion a chain of events ending with Assange's extradition to the US.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is a "thank God" moment, for people who value the concept that the US government has the right to lie to the American people, or anyone else; Assange is not out of the woods yet, but at least, for the moment, he is out of immediate danger.

Apr 06 09:15

CONGRESS BLASTS LABOR SECRETARY FOR LETTING BILLIONAIRE CHILD TRAFFICKING PEDOPHILE "ON THE LOOSE"

On Wednesday, Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta appeared before a budget appropriations subcommittee to testify about the effectiveness of the Labor Department’s 2020 budget which calls for a 10 percent cut in programs affecting millions of workers. When it came time for Acosta to testify whether or not he could safeguard children from illegal labor practices and combat human trafficking, multiple lawmakers grilled him over the sweetheart deal he gave convicted billionaire pedophile Jeffery Epstein who is also suspected of running a massive child sex trafficking ring.

During the testimony, Acosta defended his cuts to multiple programs, noting that the new budget provides “greater investment in programs that work, eliminates programs that do not, and generally bolsters opportunities for working Americans through common-sense reforms.’’

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am frankly glad that this got brought up: Acosta should have thrown the guy into jail for a long, long time for what he did; of course, in those levels of society, the rich and monied rarely "eat" their own.

A society should, in some light, be judged by how it treats the most vulnerable of its members; and children are always among the most vulnerable.

A society which enables the grooming of underage kids for pedophiles, is a sick society, and there are no two ways around this.

And right now, for those monied and elite, who flout both the law, and have no moral compass whatsoever, the who concept of "justice", has devolved into "Just US!!!"

Apr 05 17:31

The CIA Takeover of America in the 1960s is the Story of Our Times

CLICK>>>The CIA Takeover of America in the 1960s is the Story of Our Times

When Senator Robert Kennedy was assassinated on June 5, 1968, the American public fell into an hypnotic trance in which they have remained ever since. The overwhelming majority accepted what was presented by government authorities as an open and shut case that a young Palestinian American, Sirhan Sirhan, had murdered RFK because of his support for Israel, a false accusation whose ramifications echo down the years. That this was patently untrue and was contradicted by overwhelming evidence made no difference.

Sirhan did not kill Robert Kennedy, yet he remains in jail to this very day. Robert Kennedy, Jr., who was 14 years old at the time of his father’s death, has visited Sirhan in prison, claims he is innocent>>>
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Apr 05 12:39

US must choose between Turkey and terrorists’: Ankara slaps Pence with counter-ultimatum

Turkey’s vice president said his US counterpart must choose between an alliance with a loyal NATO partner or siding with terrorists, after Mike Pence issued an ultimatum for Ankara to pick its F-35 jets over Russian S-400 systems.
“The United States must choose. Does it want to remain Turkey’s ally or risk our friendship by joining forces with terrorists to undermine its NATO ally’s defense against its enemies?” Vice President Fuat Oktay tweeted, in response to Mike Pence’s demands.

The Turkish official did not make clear what “terrorists” he was talking about. Ankara is at odds with Washington over the military support it provides to Syrian Kurdish militias which are designated as terrorist organizations in Turkey.

That aside, self-exiled Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen, whose entity Turkey accuses of plotting the 2016 coup attempt, has found a safe haven in the US which also poisons relations between the two NATO allies.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It appears that Pence has fully accepted his position as the Vice"merchant of death in Chief", when it comes to hawking US weapons systems other countries really don't want to buy.

But that he threatened Turkey in this very public way, is not going to get him any favors from Turkey, which may be thinking seriously about resigning their NATO membership, and that really poses a problem for NATO.

Because of it bordering both Europe and Central Asia, straddling the Black Sea and Mediterranean Seas, along with bordering Bulgaria; Iran; Syria; Cypress; Armenia and Georgia, Turkey is strategically vital to NATO's operations.

And I have to wonder; after a not so lustrous showing in Turkey's general elections, will NATO decide that Turkey needs a "regime change"?!? Were I Edrogan, I would want to think about this very, very carefully.

Apr 05 12:25

You elected them to write new laws. They’re letting corporations do it instead.

ach year, state lawmakers across the U.S. introduce thousands of bills dreamed up and written by corporations, industry groups and think tanks.

Disguised as the work of lawmakers, these so-called “model” bills get copied in one state Capitol after another, quietly advancing the agenda of the people who write them.

A two-year investigation by USA TODAY, The Arizona Republic? and the Center for Public Integrity reveals for the first time the extent to which special interests have infiltrated state legislatures using model legislation.

USA TODAY and the Republic found at least 10,000 bills almost entirely copied from model legislation were introduced nationwide in the past eight years, and more than 2,100 of those bills were signed into law.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Let's face it, America's alleged "legislators" are simply bought and paid for by the corporations, which is why laws generally tend to favor them, rather than We the People.

How can this be prevented?!? For one, we need a straightforward, honest election system, with manual ballots substituted for electronic voting machines, which are, sadly universally breakable, in term of having the capability to shift votes from one candidate to another.

Secondly (and I know that this won't happen before pigs become aware that they are aerodynamic), no corporate money should be allowed in any campaign, because this gives strength and legitimacy to this fraudulent, corporate-purchased legislation.

Apr 05 12:13

Netanyahu, Israel's 'King Bibi', in quest for fifth term

Jerusalem (AFP) - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's long domination of Israeli politics has earned him the nickname "King Bibi" but he now faces the twin risks of a strong political challenger in an April 9 election and possible indictment for corruption.

Should he win again for a fifth term in office, Netanyahu will be on track to surpass Israel's founding father David Ben-Gurion's record of more than 13 years in office.

But opinion polls show Netanyahu's right-wing Likud locked in a close battle with a centrist alliance led by former armed forces chief of staff Benny Gantz.

The attorney general has announced his intention to indict Netanyahu on fraud, bribery and breach of trust charges pending a hearing, which will be held after the election.

Netanyahu is not legally required to resign if indicted, only if convicted with all appeals exhausted, but political pressure would likely be intense.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Should Netanyahu get re-elected, this is bad news for Israelis, Palestinians, and the world in general.

These corruption charges are not going away, no matter how Netenyahu tries to minimize them as "a misunderstanding".

He is now a cornered, politically wounded animal; and both people, and animals are at their nastiest when they are both cornered, and wounded.

Today is 5 April; the Israeli General Elections are this Tuesday, 9 April.

I wonder just what kind of a stunt he will pull, to try to create in a "further misdirection " away from those charges. And heaven knows, there are opportunities abounding in terms of what he might do, like a strike into Syria; the re-taking of Gaza at gunpoint; or an invasion of Lebanon.

Just color me very concerned about this coming weekend, and what he may try to do to get the Israeli voting public, voting for him, rather than Gantz.

Apr 05 12:02

Libyan strongman Haftar orders troops to move on Tripoli

Eastern Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar has ordered his troops to move on the capital Tripoli, seat of the UN-backed government of Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj.
In an audio address broadcast to his troops and published on Facebook, Haftar ordered all army units to “advance to Tripoli,” and free the capital from “militias and terrorists.” The Thursday address came hours after Haftar’s forces captured the town of Gharyan, 100km south of the capital.

Haftar also vowed to protect foreigners, civilians and those surrendering to his troops, promising to ensure their “safety and security.”

Drone-filmed footage shows scores of Haftar's Libyan National Army (NLA) vehicles en route to the capital, most of them machine-gun-armed 'technicals.'

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Looks like the US-ordered assassination of Gaddafi, has caused this country to spin completely out of control, much to the US government's embarrassment.

So what are they going to do with Khalifa Haftar, order an "Assassination 2.0" on the guy?!?

Apr 05 11:57

Liberal Dark Money Group to Receive Private Briefing From House Dem Jerrold Nadler

Democracy Alliance holds private gathering at luxury Austin hotel, plots nearly $300 million in new political spending.

AUSTIN—The largest donors on the left will be given a private briefing on investigations into President Donald Trump by House Judiciary Committee chairman Jerrold Nadler (N.Y.) during a secretive Texas gathering this week, according to documents obtained exclusively by the Washington Free Beacon.

The Democracy Alliance, a group of millionaire and billionaire funders of the liberal movement, is holding its Spring Partner Retreat and Strategy Conference at the Four Seasons hotel in Austin, where security has been patrolling the meeting areas since Wednesday. As always at the group's secretive meetings, all programming is off the record and closed to members of the media.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What is next, Judiciary Chair Nadler, is for the Dementocrats deciding to do something constructive for the people who elected you into office.

You have the job sir, that's what your constituents hired you to do; now, let's see a little delivery for those you represent, rather than this horrific plunge into toxic, "Gotcha!" politics!!

Apr 05 11:43

AUSSIE SENATE RUSHES THRU BILL THAT WOULD FINE SOCIAL MEDIA COMPANIES FOR NOT TAKING DOWN 'ABHORRENT' CONTENT FAST ENOUGH

Following the Christchurch mosque shooting, the New Zealand government swiftly declared footage and photos of the shooting illegal and started rounding up citizens who violated the censorship body's new declaration. The government of its closest neighbor has responded to the tragedy in a similar fashion, outlawing the sharing of "abhorrent violent material."

Tragedies make for bad laws. And Australia -- while relatively short on tragedy -- has been crafting some supremely bad laws lately. The national security flag was waved around a bit to justify encryption-breaking mandates. Now, the government has rushed through a bill targeting content like the Christchurch shooter's livestream of his violent act.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I'm sorry; but how will this law define "not taking down quickly enough", in a moment when the horrific images are live-streamed?!?

My deepest sympathies for those who got killed or maimed in this brutal assassination; but there is something about this which just doesn't pass the
smell test for me, and I am not quite sure what.

But here is a companion piece about this legislation:

After Christchurch shooting, Australia doubles-down on being stampeded into catastrophically stupid legislation.

Apr 05 11:33

CHINESE CITY OFFERS REWARD FOR RATTING ON CHRISTIANS AND OTHER “ILLEGAL” RELIGIOUS FOLK

As China continues its efforts to eradicate Christianity and other faiths, Communist Party officials in Guangzhou (shown), the capital of China’s Guangdong province, are offering a reward to residents who can provide information about underground churches, secret Christians, and others involved in unsanctioned religious activity.

Guangzhou’s Department of Ethnic and Religious Affairs recently announced on its website that it would pay up to 10,000 Chinese yuan (around $1,500) for information leading to the apprehension of unsanctioned religious leaders. That amounts to about two months’ salary for the average resident. Officials are offering smaller rewards for information about churches and other religious meeting places built or used without permission from authorities. Informers can also cash in for ratting on people who incite “religious extremism,” says the website.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It looks like Chinese authorities are creating an absolutely Orwellian nightmare on steroids for its people, with this "ratting out" your neighbors and your friends for thinking non-conformist thoughts, or having any religious beliefs whatsoever.

Apr 05 11:18

US DENIES VISA TO ICC CHIEF PROSECUTOR, UNHAPPY WITH HER PROBING AMERICAN WAR CRIMES IN AFGHANISTAN

Washington has annulled the entry visa of Fatou Bensouda, chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, after the State Department vowed to shield Americans from “unjust prosecutions” of possible war crimes in Afghanistan.

“We can confirm that the US authorities have revoked the prosecutor’s visa for entry into the US,” Bensouda’s office told Reuters in an email. However, the move should not restrict her travels to the UN headquarters in New York City.

Over the last two years, the Gambian lawyer has been probing US-led war crimes in Afghanistan but has not yet opened a formal investigation into alleged atrocities conducted over the last 18 years. For now, the preliminary inquiry remains in Pre-Trial Chamber, even though Bensouda found a “reasonable basis to believe that war crimes and crimes against humanity have been committed in connection with the armed conflict in Afghanistan.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is a link to this lady's CV: Fatou Bensouda, Judge at the International Criminal Court

So, IF everything we have been doing in Afghanistan was moral, stable, and the us military are not killing people indiscriminately, what the hell is Pompeo afraid of?!?

The reality on the ground here, must be pretty horrific, for him to deny this lady a visa.

When I was a kid growing up, I read about how the USA was the greatest country in the world; but when I got into Junior College, I had to revise what I thought about this country; I got ... awakened, at that point.

Many of my young friends wound up in Vietnam, as "cannon fodder" for this insane and immoral war, which allowed a lot of military equipment get "eaten up", so the military industrial complex could sell our military more stuff.

Many of those friends didn't make it back, or emotionally, didn't make it all the way back; one, in fact, committed suicide when he got back to the States.

Pompeo's refusal to grant this lady a visa, is pretty condemning evidence, that much of what she thought had happened in Afghanistan, but didn't quite have the evidence for, is damningly true.

And what else is damningly true, is that the United States of America, has devolved into "the land of the cowed... and the home of the surveilled."

The US has become "War Crimes R Us", as indicated by the US moves against Afghanistan; Iraq; Libya; Somalia, Yemen, and more recently, Venezuela.

All those who are now citizens of the Unhinged, Surveilled State of America, are citizens of a country which commits war crimes with impunity.

I don't know how that makes you feel, when this realization hits; but frankly, from my perspective, it really ... bites.

As a kid, I never believed that the US could create the amount of mayhem and destruction internationally that it has; now, I know better.

So, what do we do?!?

Violence is never the answer, and those in our military and beyond, will most probably obey their orders, when told to "exterminate American citizens with extreme prejudice."

We need to have a peaceful, honest conversation with each other, and those who allegedly represent us in Congress.

We tell them, logically, and rationally, how these wars are killing our economy, and preventing this country from improving its infrastructure, which is crumbling as I type this.

And we tell them, gently, that we will be looking, very analytically, at their voting records, when it comes to war-related issues, and if they are incapable of pulling away from the warmongers, the next time they are up for re-election, they will not win it.

At the end of the day, these are the only choices we have left right now; but we have to exercise them collectively, or the US government will just brush us off.

Apr 05 10:50

TSA PLANS TO PUT NEW LYING SIGNS IN AIRPORTS

According to a press release issued today by the Transportation Security Administration, the TSA plans to start posting signs as shown above in airports throughout the USA, claiming that “ID Requirements Are Changing” and that “Beginning Beginning October 1, 2020, you will need a REAL ID compliant license or another acceptable form of ID, such
as a valid passport or U.S. military ID, to fly within the U.S.”

According to today’s TSA press release:

REAL ID-compliant licenses or other acceptable forms of ID, such as a valid passport, federal government PIV card or U.S. military ID, will be mandatory for air travel beginning on October 1, 2020. Critically important, on October 1, 2020, individuals who are unable to verify their identity will not be permitted to enter the TSA checkpoint and will not be allowed to fly.

These signs and this and similar press releases are lies.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As some of you may know, my late Dad, Spencer, was an aircraft instrument mechanic, with whom his employer always had what I would describe as a "love/hate relationship", because dad NEVER signed off on the air-worthiness of an instrument before it went back on a plane, unless the instrument calibrated out perfectly.

That meant that the place's departure would be delayed, which infuriated his employer,but Spencer wanted to make sure that every instrument on which he signed off, was perfect.

When I was a kid, I used to love to fly, because I believed that every aircraft instrument mechanic took his job as seriously as did my Dad.

But since the TSA got its talons around air travel, I absolutely dread it.

Terrorist, me?!? NO ONE in their right mind would ever have that opinion of me, if they got to know me.

As a Christian pacifist activist I want to see the ending of wars as a means of settling international disputes, not more of them, thank you very much.

But this has been a paradigm shift in American culture, that when one travels, one is presumed "guilty until proven innocent", harking back to Code Napoleon.

As a thinking Christian, and someone who cares about the future trajectory of both US foreign and domestic policies, I abhor this shift in American values.

Apr 05 10:38

SECRET DOCUMENT REVEALS PLANS FOR CIVIL WAR IN LEBANON, ISRAELI FALSE FLAGS, AND INVASION

THE VALIDITY OF THIS DOCUMENT SHOULD BE QUESTIONED. THAT SAID, THE PLAN IS CONSISTENT WITH THE U.S. SOP FOR REGIME CHANGE.

Beirut (GPA) – During his visit with US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, Lebanese President Michael Aoun reportedly received a US-Israeli document detailing plans for creating a civil war in Lebanon with covert false flag operations and possible Israeli invasion.
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Although the source of the document is Israeli and created in partnership with Washington, no one knows who presented it to Aoun. The Lebanese TV station, Al-Jadeed, initially reported the document on Lebanese TV and a video on its website. Geopolitics Alert translated the report for this article.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF, in fact, this is true, it appears to come right out the CIA playbook, and the pattern is painfully clear; demonize the existing government; create regime change; replace that regime with one which is US-centric; and make sure that the assets which the US wants to expropriate are only sold by US-centric companies, and that they are only allowed to be paid for in the US dollar.

Wash; rinse; repeat.

IF true, color me completely unsurprised by this development.

Apr 05 10:31

ASSANGE 'WILL BE' ARRESTED IN 'HOURS TO DAYS,' WIKILEAKS SAYS

WikiLeaks has quoted a “high-level” Ecuadorian government source as saying that Julian Assange could be imminently expelled from Ecuador’s London embassy and that Quito has an agreement with the UK to arrest him.

WikiLeaks warned Thursday that its founder “will be expelled within ‘hours to days'” from Ecuador’s London embassy and that Ecuador has an agreement with Britain to have him arrested.

President Lenin Moreno will use the pretext of a scandal engulfing his presidency to oust Assange, a “high level source” in the Ecuador government told WikiLeaks.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When the Brits get Assange, I am quite sure they will hand him over to American authorities, who want to make, probably, a very messy example of what happens to people who tell the truth, but are "an embarrassment" to the Power Structure here in the US.

Apr 05 03:18

Auckland police want fewer Anzac Day events for public safety after Christchurch attacks

Auckland police have recommended fewer Anzac Day events be held in the city so their officers are better able to ensure the safety of those attending.

The recommendation is in response to the Christchurch mosque attacks.

Auckland City district commander Superintendent Karyn Malthus said police did not have any information to suggest there was a "specific risk" to public safety.

However, Malthus had still asked Auckland Council and the Returned and Services Association to consolidate the number of events being held across Tamaki Makaurau.

"In the current environment, police are continuing to provide a visible presence nationwide for the safety and reassurance of the community," she said.

*The FEAR FACTOR! Keep everybody scared!*

Apr 05 03:16

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg breaks silence on Christchurch shootings

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has finally given his first interview on the Christchurch shootings.

READ MORE:
• Multiple copies of alleged Christchurch mosque gunman's video still on Facebook

Zuckerberg told ABC News that the mosque massacres, which saw 50 people slain as the gunman livestreamed to Facebook, "a really terrible event."

But the Facebook founder had mixed feelings about a delay, just as "live" TV is on a slight delay, when the idea was suggested by interviewer George Stephanopoulos if it would help.

"You know, it might, in this case," Zuckerberg replied.

*What a dork!*

Apr 04 15:34

'I think you're in trouble': What really happened to arrested Kiwi journalists in Fiji

One of the three Kiwi journalists detained in a Fiji jail while working on a story about a controversial resort development has reported details of the ordeal.

Melanie Reid, Mark Jennings and Hayden Aull, who work for news website Newsroom, were taken into custody in Suva after attempting to interview a resort developer accused of the "environmental desecration" of a Mamanucas island.

Newsroom was in the process of investigating the environmental destruction caused by the developers and spent this week on Malolo.

Jennings says they were wrongly held and has written about the incident.

Apr 04 13:59

AFTER CHRISTCHURCH SHOOTING, AUSTRALIA DOUBLES DOWN ON BEING STAMPEDED INTO CATASTROPHICALLY STUPID TECH LAWS

Australia leads "developed democracies" in the adoption of poorly thought-through, dangerous tech laws, thanks to its ban on working cryptography, rushed through in late 2018; now, with no debate or consultation, the Australian Parliament has passed a law that gives tech companies one hour to remove "violent materials" from their platforms with penalties for noncompliance of up to 10% of annual global turnover.

Apr 04 13:42

CONGRESS VOTES TO STOP SUPPORTING SAUDI SLAUGHTER IN YEMEN, PRESIDENT PROMISES VETO

The US House of Representatives has voted in favor of ending US involvement in the war in Yemen, but the bill is expected to be vetoed by President Donald Trump as the White House cites “serious constitutional concerns.”

Apr 04 13:42

JUDGE RIPS DRUG TASK FORCE FOR GOING ON ASSET FORFEITURE 'SHOPPING SPREES'

A Pennsylvania judge has delivered an earful to the York County Drug Task Force and its handling of property forfeitures. Christopher Hawkins, represented by Korey Leslie (who was kind enough to email me the ruling the York Dispatch couldn't be bothered to post with its article), challenged the seizure of two vehicles and a bunch of electronics from his house. Hawkins was arrested after a controlled heroin purchase. There appears to be no question Hawkins participated in drug dealing. But that doesn't excuse the government's decision to take two cars and some TVs from him as "evidence."vvvv

Apr 04 10:51

House Votes to End US Military Involvement in Yemen War

After voting down a Republican motion to recommit, the House of Representatives voted on Thursday to pass S.J. Res 7, the Senate version of the War Powers Act challenge to US involvement in the war in Yemen. The vote was 247-175-1.

This Senate passed this resolution in March, and sends the resolution to President Trump, who has threatened to veto it. So far it appears unlikely that Congress will be able to override such a veto.

Both House votes on Yemen ran heavily along party lines. The War Powers Act requires any US war to be approved by Congress, and the resolution notes that Congress never authorized any such war in Yemen.

The administration has argued that the four years of war in Yemen technically don’t count under the War Powers Act, sometimes overtly lying about the extent of US involvement in Yemen, and other times arguing that support fo the Saudi-led war is obligated because of arms sales to them.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sorry, President Trump, but, to paraphrase Gertrude Stein: "a war is a war is a war", and Congress was left with no choice, until this legislation was passed.

President Trump will, predictably, veto this; after all, he can't let one of his BFFs in the Middle East, The Butcher of Yemen, down, both in terms of providing US military assistance and "guidance" to Saudi mercs and military, and the weapons they are gobbling up, to use to create a genocide in Yemen.

I was wrong about President Trump, in a number of significant ways, as were others who nominally supported his candidacy over that of Hillary Clinton's; but perhaps, one of the most depressing was discovering that his presidency was going to "gift" the world with his presence as "America's Merchant of Death in Chief."

I think history will judge him very harshly on that issue.

Apr 04 10:41

After Losing Big On Collusion, Democrats Are Now 'Inventing A Coverup': WSJ

Remember when Hillary Clinton said that it would be a 'direct threat to democracy' if Donald Trump refused to say he'd respect the results of the 2016 election?

Now picture Democrats doing exactly that for over two years, then losing big again when Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his team of "13 angry Democrats" found no collusion with Russia - and then balling their fists up for extra innings in a post-Mueller 'witch hunt' led by Democratic Congressmen Jerry Nadler (D-NY) and Adam Schiff (D-CA).

Oh - and you can throw a spineless Richard Burr of North Carolina in there two, as the GOP-controlled Senate Intel Committee he chairs is reportedly planning to continue the Russia investigation according to Tucker Carlson.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I LOVE the pungent, and rank, smell of hypocrisy in the morning!!

Apr 04 10:39

China's Han Superstate: The New Third Reich

Authored by Gordon Chang via The Gatestone Institute,

More than a million people, for no reason other than their ethnicity or religion, are held in concentration camps in what Beijing calls the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region and what traditional inhabitants of the area, the Uighurs, say is East Turkestan. In addition to Uighurs, ethnic Kazakhs are also held in these facilities.

Families in this troubled area, shown on maps as the northwestern portion of the People's Republic of China, are being torn apart. The children of imprisoned Uighur and Kazakh parents are "confined" to "schools" that are separated from the outside by barbed wire and heavy police patrols. They are denied instruction in their own language, forced to learn Mandarin Chinese. The controls are part of a so-called "Hanification" policy, a program of forced assimilation. "Han" is the name of China's dominant ethnic group.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I think that Gordon Chang "jumped the shark" in his characterization of these re-education camps as "China's 3rd Reich"

China is, and will most probably remain, at least for the foreseeable future, a dictatorship.

But the larger question is, what should the US government do about it, and is it the US government's place to do this, considering that certain of our alphabet soup Federal agencies are still torturing, or outsourcing torture on prisoners of war?!?

IT’S STILL OPEN: WILL THE GUANTÁNAMO BAY PRISON BECOME A 2020 ISSUE?

The article goes on to state: "In the 17 long years since the naval base was used to detain prisoners merely suspected of having something to do with anti-American terrorism, 780 men have passed through its walls. Today, 40 men remain. Some of those men — like Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, or KSM, the alleged mastermind of the 9/11 attacks — first went through a secret CIA-operated outpost within the military base, known as a black site.

Rosenberg revealed last month that CIA Director Gina Haspel may have had a stint running a CIA outpost at GTMO, which was operated from 2003 to 2004. Rosenberg got the scoop from a recently declassified transcript of a secret court hearing last year, in which KSM’s defense lawyer argued that Haspel’s past involvement at the prison makes a fair trial impossible."

I therefore, would politely suggest, that President Trump not allow himself to be overly troubled by this; the most important situation with China at this point, is creating a "win/win" trade program, with which the US and China can feel good.

Apr 04 10:21

Belt-And-Road Initiative In Full Swing In Europe

Authored by Federico Pieraccini via The Strategic Culture Foundation,

The multipolar transformation that is occurring across the Eurasian continent confirms the industrial and diplomatic cooperation between China and the European continent in spite of strong opposition from the United States.

Xi Jinping's visit to Europe confirms what many of us have been writing about over the past few months and years, namely, the reality of an ongoing global transformation of a world dominated by the United States to a pluralistic one composed of different powers collectively shaping a multipolar world.

Europe therefore finds itself in fortuitous position, balanced as it is between its old world links to the United States on the one side and the fledgling Eurasian one being ushered in by Russia and China on the other.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unfortunately, when it comes to global economics, and the advantages of cooperating with such economic evolutions, it appears that President Trump cannot see the forest for the trees; hence, there will be more financial pain for American sellers of goods and services (particularly our farmers, who have been doubly devastated by tariffs, and the monumental storm damage in the Central part of the country, which is prime farming country).

Unfortunately, President Trump's "vision" on his financial path for this country, will inevitably lead to financial ruin, be it from economic collapse, or more wars.

Apr 04 10:12

An Open Letter To The UK Prime Minister (From One Of The Seventeen Million)

The main argument put forward by the Treasury etc against Brexit has been the potential economic damage which may or may not be accurate.

What is fact however is that, according to the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank – the most important central bank in the world – U.K. total factor productivity growth has fallen from 3.84% in 1973 – (2.88% per annum in the 10 years ending 1973) – to 0.14% in 2016, the most recent data, and negative 0.17% per annum in the 10 years ending 2016. Based on the difference between the 10-year average up to 1973 and the subsequent growth, productivity is just 43% of the size it would otherwise have been. Whilst an opportunity cost rather than a real loss of wealth, the damage is all too clear.

The data gets worse. Even stripping out the 2008 and 2009 crisis years, the last 20 years of productivity is the worst since the 20 years ending 1922 which obviously encompassed WW1 and the enormous loss of capital funding the war.

Apr 04 10:08

Brink Of War: Pakistan On High Alert, Indian Military Ready To Strike

The situation at the LoC (Line of Control) between India and Pakistan remains critical, as both countries are ready for an all-out conflict, reported Sputnik.

"There is a difficult situation with India. We wish for de-escalation and are taking steps for this. The situation like the prime minister [Imran Khan] said remains on alert", Pakistan's Foreign Office spokesman Dr. Muhammad Faisal said in a television report earlier this month.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday held meetings with National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and military commanders, over its "readiness to initiate war against Pakistan," India TV News reported.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

To the Adults in the Room of Geopolitics, (and you know who you are, gentlemen; President Putin and Foreign minister Lavrov); I am hoping and praying,for a Russian intervention here to start to defuse this situation; otherwise, we are looking at two nuclear-armed nations creating the start of a nuclear Armageddon.

Pakistan is aligned with China, in terms of developing its military capabilities Pakistan's new generation of Chinese warships, and India is aligned with the US government US, India sign a military logistics treaty, 2016

Please remember that World War I happened in large measure, because of military and diplomatic treaties, Europe in 1914; first World War alliances explained

To the leadership of both India and Pakistan, please; this potentially coming war, as a way of settling old scores, will put the entire planet in peril.

I am respectfully and sincerely, asking both of you, to stand down, and find a way of resolving your differences without firing a single shot. You CAN do this; but the question is, will you?!?

Apr 04 09:42

Saudi Nuclear Facility Near Completion According To Satellite Photos

Saudi Arabia has nearly completed its first nuclear reactor according to satellite photos of the facility published by GoogleEarth, which reveal a "columnar vessel that will contain atomic fuel," according to Bloomberg.

Located in the southwest corner of the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology in Riyadh, the new facility has raised concerns in the West - as the Saudis have yet to sign up to the international framework of rules adhered to by other nuclear powers in order to prevent civilian atomic programs aren't used to develop weapons. Nuclear fuel providers, meanwhile, cannot legally supply the new reactor until modern surveillance arrangements have been reached with the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Dear LORD, tell me no!!! And President Trump is ready to sign off on a transfer of nuclear technology here?!?

President Trump Rushing to seel Saudi Arabia Nuclear Technology

Mr. President, forgive me, but of all the ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid things you could do in your Presidency to date, this one is most probably one of the worst, and most vile things that you could have possibly promised Saudi Arabia and it's leadership.

President Trump, I assure you that no matter the promises the Butcher of Yemen has made to you, your BFF Saudi Prince Mohammed Ben Salman, about signing on to norms and protocols, and signing the NNPT (which, BTW, Iran has done, but, of course, not Israel), you, in this action, are signing the death warrants of potentially thousands of people in the Middle East and beyond.

Please do not think that once they have the technology, that Saudi scientists are NOT going to be creating nuclear weapons, rather than nuclear energy with which to run their country.

I stand gobsmacked and amazed at your total blindness in not seeing this, sir; this is an horrific idea, writ large.

Apr 04 09:39

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Apr 04 08:57

Is Soros Seeking To Ruin Trump's Economic Rise Through Green New Deal?

Authored by Ekaterina Blinova via SputnikNews.com

Hungarian-born American billionaire George Soros and other globalist investors are highly interested in financial crises, and are therefore keen to support the Green New Deal advocated by economically illiterate politicians including Maxine Waters and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Wall Street analyst Charles Ortel told Sputnik.

On 2 April, President Donald Trump harshly criticised the Green New Deal, which was rejected by the Republican-led US Senate on 26 March, by saying that it was "done by a young bartender" in a reference to Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Speaking to Sputnik, Charles Ortel, a Wall Street analyst, investor, and investigative journalist, explained why the initiative has triggered a heated debate and what risks it is fraught with.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I find myself engaged with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez' energy, but abhor her sloppy math and science, and an almost pathological inability to reason. (she must be a Common Core graduate, but..I digress!)

But sloppy math and science, coupled with that pathological inability to reason, are what investors like Soros love, because they understand just what that sloppy math, science, and an inability to reason will actually create, which is the polar opposite of a "Green New Deal", and understand how to bet against it financially.

Apr 04 08:22

Jimmy Dore: The US is a MAFIA STATE!

Apr 03 16:38

After Insisting That EU Copyright Directive Didn't Require Filters, France Immediately Starts Promoting Filters

Riester also suggests that France may be the first to transpose the Directive into French law, meaning that it may be implemented long before required under the Directive. As he said: "there is no time to lose on this subject." If you're a site that has any user-generated content in France, good luck. Your government just sold you out. Of course, if you're a company selling filters, I guess send your lobbyists over to Paris quick and cash in.

Apr 03 09:19

With Friends Like These: Abusive Frenemies and American Mideast Policy

Pop quiz: name the two largest (by far) recipients of U.S. foreign military aid and one other country which recently negotiated the biggest American arms sale deal in world history. Let’s call them the Big three (beneficiaries of largesse, that is).

Ready for the (not-so) shocking answers? So, the military dictatorship is Egypt – recipient of $1.3 billion in military aid per annum. The nation that conquered and annexed adjacent territory is Israel – the donee of some $3.1 billion in military aid each year; and, ironically, the state that US leaders regularly (if incorrectly) tout as the “only democracy in the Mideast.” And the charming, child-starving, woman-beheading regime: that’s the theocracy and absolute monarchy of Saudi Arabia – future owner (maybe) of a record $110 billion in US military equipment. Now that’s a proud lot!

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Rewarding bad behaviour, at the national level, is one of the lousiest things the Unhinged, Surveilled State of America can do, and yet it continues doing just that.

Here's a good analogy; just think about a parent whose teenage son gets drunk, drives off while well tanked, and gets himself into an horrific accident, resulting in multiple deaths and woundings, and what does the dad do?!?

Goes out and gets the kid another car, of course!!

Folks, the US government is driving this world into an oblivion of hate, war, and pestilence, the likes of which humankind has never seen before. It appears that most members of the American political class (except for Ro Khanna, whose bi-partisan legislation to stop the US's wars I respect highly), believe that US foreign policy ... always has to come with bombs, bullets, and whatever hellfire they can conjure, raining down death from above, against any and every nation with the nerve to be sitting over some resource which the US government wants to expropriate, regime change that the government, and make sure that this resource is only sold with American dollars.

This formula is so transparent, that I cannot imagine why people don't see it; yet, because of all the distractions and diversions put in their way, US citizens just don't see it, or won't see it, until, unfortunately, it may be far too late to save this country, and the world, from an ELE (extinction level event).

I do believe that there is a different path this country should be taking, a path of peace, with a lot more positive outcomes than what I see in current foreign policy, but it will take a formidable, will and absolute honesty, of every American citizen, to make that happen.

I hope, and pray, that my brother and sister Americans are up to the journey. It will be long, and hard, and they may never mention our influence in history books yet to be written; but it is imperative that we come together, with hope and optimism, to make this world a better place.

Apr 03 08:55

UN Nuclear Watchdog Could Be in North Korea Within Weeks of a Deal

While diplomacy seems to be slowing down in recent weeks, there are still high hopes that a peace deal with North Korea is possible, and that this may include denuclearization, even if it isn’t the US version which requires Kim to give the US all the weapons directly.

The UN’s nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), is all for that idea, and said on Tuesday that they are fully prepared to act as the monitor for any nuclear deal that might get reached.

IAEA Director Amano Yukiya tod the UN Security Council that the agency could have inspectors back in North Korea within a matter of weeks if a deal came into effect that would allow them to go there.

Amano said he believes the IAEA is the only body equipped to carry out the job at all. This may not sit well with the Trump Administration, as the IAEA has repeatedly confirmed Iran is in compliance with that nuclear deal, despite the US withdrawing from the pact and falsely accusing Iran of non-compliance.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

North Korea might be open to denuclearizing, but probably NOT with an agreement with the United States; Kim Jung Un understands perfectly that when treaties are made by a high ranking operative of the US, let's say, by President Obama, they can be just as easily be tossed out the window by an incoming President with a different take on that treaty, as President Trump has done with Iran.

And Amanos last statement, is perfectly on the mark, in light of the fact that the IAEA has done its inspections, and found Iran perfectly within compliance of the P5+1 agreement.

Apr 03 08:35

Trump: Great Strides Made in ‘Ridiculous’ Afghan War

Whenever President Trump is dealing with NATO issues, there is always the question of whether Trump is going to praise NATO as the greatest thing since sliced bread, mock them as a relic of the past, or somehow manage to do both at once.

Meeting NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Tuesday, Trump played up the pledges for increased military spending, while pushing for even more. He also cheered the “great strides” made in Afghanistan militarily by NATO, while terming the war ‘ridiculous.’

Trump is well known to be weary of the Afghan War, and hopeful of making a negotiated deal with the Taliban to withdraw from the nation. It’s a good thing this was known beforehand, as he did not elaborate beyond calling the war “unfortunate” and “ridiculous.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mr. President, one can not have this both ways; this war cannot have been both critically important, and "ridiculous" simultaneously.

You know as well as I do, that the war against Afghanistan had utterly nothing to do with Usama Bin Laden, and everything to do with controlling the oil pipelines, the rare earth minerals, and the opium poppy trade.

I hope and pray that a good negotiated settlement can happen; there have been far too many American military members who have been killed, or maimed for life here, in pursuit of that control of the oil pipelines, the rare earth minerals, and the opium poppy control.

Apr 03 08:06

AMERICAN IDIOCRACY: 50 YEARS LATER, WE’RE STILL STRANDED IN THE TWILIGHT ZONE

“We’re developing a new citizenry. One that will be very selective about cereals and automobiles, but won’t be able to think.”—Rod Serling

Have you noticed how much life increasingly feels like an episode of The Twilight Zone?

Only instead of Rod Serling’s imaginary “land of both shadow and substance, of things and ideas,” we’re trapped in a topsy-turvy, all-too-real land of corruption, brutality and lies, where freedom, justice and integrity play second fiddle to political ambition, corporate greed, and bureaucratic tyranny.

It’s not merely that life in the American Police State is more brutal, or more unjust, or even more corrupt. It’s getting more idiotic, more perverse, and more outlandish by the day.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Serling was not just an incredible writer; he was a prophet, on that issue.

Apr 03 08:02

FAMILYTREEDNA DEPUTIZES ITSELF, STARTS PITCHING DNA MATCHING SERVICES TO LAW ENFORCEMENT

One DNA-matching company has decided it's going to corner an under-served market: US law enforcement. FamilyTreeDNA -- last seen here opening up its database to the FBI without informing its users first -- is actively pitching its services to law enforcement.

The television spot, to air in San Diego first, asks anyone who has had a direct-to-consumer DNA test from another company, like 23andMe or Ancestry.com, to upload a copy so that law enforcement can spot any connections to DNA found at crime scenes.

The advertisement features Ed Smart, father of Elizabeth Smart, a Salt Lake City teen who was abducted in 2002 but later found alive. “If you are one of the millions of people who have taken a DNA test, your help can provide the missing link,” he says in the spot.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There are things I would love to find out about my family, having lost both parents relatively early in life; but I would never use this kind of DNA service, ever.

This company is looking at a tsunami of potential class action lawsuits, and getting sued out of existence, because no consent has been given by their customers, that their DNA would be used in this way.

Apr 03 07:57

ECUADOR PRESIDENT THREATENS TO DECIDE ASSANGE’S FATE OVER SCANDAL

Ecuador’s president is threatening to soon decide on Julian Assange’s refuge after his government falsely accused WikiLeaks of publishing files about a scandal that threatens to bring the president down, as Elizabeth Vos reports.

Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno said Tuesday he would decide “in the short term” the fate of Julian Assange after claiming that WikiLeaks had “repeatedly violated” the terms of Assange’s asylum in Ecuador’s London embassy by commenting on a scandal linking a Panamanian investment company with Moreno and his family.

Those conditions, or protocol, were imposed by Ecuador on Assange in March 2018 and bar him from commenting publicly on political matters in exchange for being allowed to remain a refugee in the embassy. Assange never agreed to the protocol, which contradicts international refugee law guaranteeing freedom of expression.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Moreno is simply setting the stage for remanding Assange into US custody, and is hoping the scandal will blow over, and be forgotten, before Assange arrives in the US, most likely in shackles and leg irons.

And there is a very interesting related article, dated February 2019, which asks the question; Equador; turning right?!?

The next Presidential election happens in Ecuador in 2021, but Moreno is putting his "ducks in a row", so that most Ecuadorian voters will have forgotten about this; there is also a tantalizing bit of business from the Mueller investigations, dated last December, which makes it very clear that Moreno wanted Assange out of the country's embassy, and quickly; Ecuadorian President talked with Manafort about removing Assange from embassy

The article goes on to state:

"The New York Times was first to report that President Lenin Moreno and his aides had expressed their desire to have Assange leave the embassy in at least two meetings with Manafort in exchange for concessions from the US like debt relief, citing three people familiar with the talks. Assange has been holed up at the Ecuadorian embassy, since 2012."

So, I have to wonder; what will President Trump's "quid pro quo" be, as this evolves?!?

Apr 03 07:40

SPAIN NOT SATISFIED WITH CIA ANSWERS ON EMBASSY BREAK-IN

The cast of characters will be familiar to observers of secret intelligence operations.

The embassy burglars sought information, a la Watergate. Unlike Watergate, they came by day. They invaded the Embassy in a quiet residential neighborhood, assaulted the staff, tied people up, and demanded computers and files.

A BBC report says they were especially interested in former ambassador to Madrid, Kim Hyok-chol, a confidante of Kim Jong-un.

He was a natural target for those seeking intelligence about North Korea’s nuclear program. In February Thae Yong-ho, a former North Korean diplomat who defected to South Korea in 2016, described him as nuclear expert.

“At a very young age, Kim Hyok Chol was placed on the task force that wrote the drafts for North Korea’s nuclear strategy documents at its foreign ministry,” Thae told reporters at a news conference in Seoul.

El Pais on the possible motive for the brazen attack:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

All fingers point to some kind of American intel op, but because everyone got away, the US government is able, of course, to claim "plausible deniability".

Apr 03 07:34

FORGET 'CREEPY' - BIDEN HAS A MAJOR UKRAINE PROBLEM

Joe Biden appears to have made a major tactical error last year when he bragged to an audience of foreign policy experts how he threatened to hurl Ukraine into bankruptcy if their top prosecutor, General Viktor Shokin, wasn't immediately fired, according to The Hill's John Solomon.

In his own words, with video cameras rolling, Biden described how he threatened Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in March 2016 that the Obama administration would pull $1 billion in U.S. loan guarantees, sending the former Soviet republic toward insolvency, if it didn’t immediately fire Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin. -The Hill

"I said, ‘You’re not getting the billion.’ I’m going to be leaving here in, I think it was about six hours. I looked at them and said: ‘I’m leaving in six hours. If the prosecutor is not fired, you’re not getting the money,’" bragged Biden, recalling the conversation with Poroshenko.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This got reported at WRH yesterday, but certainly bears repeating.

But that Biden would, with his bare face hanging out and cameras rolling, say this, with impunity to a group of foreign policy experts, is one of the most compellingly horrific examples of corruption within the Obama administration.

That he actually had the power to cause a Ukrainian prosecutor to be fired, by threatening Ukraine with bankruptcy, because this prosecutor was leading an investigation into the workings of Burisma's Holdings, which employed Biden's younger son, Hunter, as a board member, should never be allowed to be forgotten by either the Democratic party, or American voters.

Apr 03 07:23

FACEBOOK CAUGHT ASKING FOR NEW USERS' EMAIL PASSWORDS

Facebook users are being interrupted by an interstitial demanding they provide the password for the email account they gave to Facebook when signing up. “To continue using Facebook, you’ll need to confirm your email,” the message demands. “Since you signed up with [email address], you can do that automatically …”

A form below the message asked for the users’ “email password.”

“That’s beyond sketchy,” security consultant Jake Williams told the Daily Beast. “They should not be taking your password or handling your password in the background. If that’s what’s required to sign up with Facebook, you’re better off not being on Facebook.”

At this point, the most unsettling thing about Facebook is that it keeps churning out the apologies and promises as it descends to abuses that would have seems impossible to get away with even a few years ago. It's a wolf with a tiny, creepy sheep mask balanced on its snout that far too many journalists feel bound to respect.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have zero respect for what started out as a great platform, but got "absorbed into the borg" of surveillance for the US government.

Apr 03 06:36

Q: White Hat insiders exposing + arresting .01% rogue state criminals, OR Black Hats lowering the bar of corporate media ‘reporting’ + public gun confiscations + total censorship of ‘unofficial’ speech for their endgame?

*hyperlinks/videos live at source*

Two premises:
1. We the People are massively and continuously dominated by a .01% “wanna-be empire class” with ongoing lie-started and illegal Wars of Aggression, Crimes Against Humanity killing hundreds of millions with intentional and preventable poverty, and looting tens of trillions (and here).
2. I’ve speculated whether Q is true or PsyOp. Either way, .01% arrests OR the following escalating tyranny is crucially important for our attention:
~lowering the bar of corporate media “reporting,”
~ongoing false flags for public gun confiscations,
~censorship of “crazy conspiracy theories” disagreeing with “official and credible sources,”
~US illegal rogue state empire (as usual) including with Trump dictating Venezuela’s democracy overthrown (and likely also “overthrowing” their electrical power), supporting Israel’s illegal War of Aggression on Gaza, war-mongering on Iran since Operation Iraqi Liberation (O.I.L.), etc., etc.,

Apr 03 02:07

Gun City owner David Tipple takes another shot at gun-law reforms

Gun City owner David Tipple has taken another shot at gun law reforms, stating that rushing the law is causing division.

"Rather than divide us, this tragedy has actually created unity and a beautiful empathy within New Zealand.

"I would like that unity and empathy to be extended to legal gun owners, our employees and our families. Rushing this law is causing division," he said in a video statement posted to social media yesterday.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced a ban on military-style semi-automatics (MSSAs) and assault rifles after the terrorist attack in Christchurch.

Apr 02 14:16

U.S. Eyes New Front to Combat Iran in Golan Heights

The Trump administration’s recent recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the contested Golan Heights territory is part of a larger effort by the White House to open new fronts in efforts to combat Iranian militants and terror proxies in the region, according to U.S. officials familiar with the decision.

President Donald Trump won plaudits from the pro-Israel community and allies on Capitol Hill when he announced that America would officially recognize the Golan territory on Israel’s northern border as belonging to the Jewish state, which annexed the area following war with Syria several decades ago.

U.S. officials last week faced down critics of this decision at the United Nations, a forum unfriendly to the Jewish state, telling member countries that the Trump administration will take every step necessary to protect Israel’s right to self defense against Iranian militants and Hezbollah fighters who have used the Golan area to launch terrorist attacks on Israel.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Now, it makes sense that President Trump may well think that the Golan Area is the perfect "base" from which he can attack Iranian and Syrian forces, and that was why he tried to lend some "credibility and legitimacy" to Israel's having annexed this area.

Prepare to see major deployments of US military into this area, and most probably, very soon.

Apr 02 13:04

Is Washington Preparing The Groundwork For A Maidan Scenario In Venezuela?

Authored by Robert Bridge via The Strategic Culture Foundation,

Venezuela is home to the largest oil deposits in the world, which makes the political stakes involved much higher than they would be otherwise. Enter Juan Guaidó, Washington’s puppet leader in Caracas, who will be attempting to rally the country against legitimate (i.e., democratically elected by the people) President Nicolas Maduro next month.

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó has announced that April 6 will kick off a nationwide "tactical actions" as part of the so-called Operation Freedom protests, which are designed to oust President Nicolas Maduro.

"On April 6 will be the first tactical actions of the # Operation Freedom across the country," Guaidó declared over Twitter this week.

"That day we must be ready, prepared and organized, with the Aid and Freedom Committees already formed. The rescue of Venezuela is in our hands!"

Is this the start of Maidan 2.0?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Just because something would be the most pig-headedly, ham-fistedly stupid thing for the US government can do, is utterly no guarantee that they will not do it.

Guaido's minions are going to have to do this without a US troop presence, in light of the reality that Russia has already placed troops on the ground, and founded a helicopter flying school.

I would like to hope that President Trump is not contemplating sending in the troops, if Guaido's efforts only create an epic fail; right now, our military doesn't have the weaponry; the troop strength; the money; or the manufacturing to create a positive outcome in a war with Russia, China, or both.

Apr 02 12:40

Empire of Chaos in Hybrid War Overdrive

Show Me The Big Picture

A hefty case can be made that the Empire of Chaos currently has no allies; it’s essentially surrounded by an assortment of vassals, puppets and comprador 5th columnist elites professing varied degrees of – sometimes reluctant – obedience.

The Trump administration’s foreign policy may be easily deconstructed as a crossover between The Sopranos and late-night comedy – as in the whole episode of designating State Department/CIA regime change, lab experiment Random Dude as President of Venezuela. Legendary cultural critic Walter Benjamin would have called it “the aestheticization of politics,” (turning politics into art), as he did about the Nazis, but this time it’s the Looney Tunes version.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The change in "suspects" does not mask the dark, sinister reality, that the US government's moving forward, both militarily, and by any other means necessary, in order to gain complete control of the Middle Eastern oil, and also to guarantee that it's availability to western-centric countries, and will only be sold in US dollars.

Unfortunately, this realization won't sink in for number of Americans, until the draft is reinstated, and will be coming after both its sons and its daughters.

Apr 02 12:25

Video: US Says Syrian Army Must Withdraw from Golan Heights’ Contact Line

On March 28, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu came with a new statement claiming that his country will continue working against Iranian presence in Syria. The statement shows that the Israeli military is set to continue its military campaign in Syria.

In own turn, the US did not limit its recent actions in support of Tel Aviv to recognizing the Golan Heights as Israeli territory. It also demanded the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) to withdraw from the separation line area established in the framework of the 1974 Disengagement Agreement. US-Israeli efforts to force the SAA to do so could easily turn the Golan Heights into a new hot point and fuel the Syrian conflict further.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unfortunately, this may be precisely what the US and Israel are hoping, and planning for; The Israeli elections are only 7 days away, on 9 April, so having a military "win" if Syrian forces either attack, or refuse to pull back, would distract the Israeli voting public from Netanyahu's corruption trial.

The big question is, if this happens, what will Russia do?!?!?

Apr 02 12:11

Several of Khashoggi’s Killers Were Trained in US

n a further blow to US-Saudi ties, reports emerged this weekend on the October murder of Jamal Khashoggi by a Saudi kill team. The kill team’s leader, Maher Mutreb, and other members, had apparently been trained by the US government in the past.

It’s a familiar story, heard often enough when the US aligns itself with a country with a flimsy human rights record. The trainees were part of ongoing routine training operations meant to increase the ties of rank and file Saudi figures with the US security state.

During his training Mutreb, a colonel in the Saudi apy agency, apparently went so far as to try to befriend Khashoggi, likely gathering more intelligence on him, but likely also making his murder all the more uncomfortable.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Color me completely unsurprised by this revelation.

Apr 02 12:09

Turkey’s Ruling Party Loses Big in Local Votes; Expects to Reverse Results on Appeal

Turkey’s ruling party, the AKP, lost in a big way in the weekend’s local elections, results that had many suggesting that President Erdogan’s attempt to make local voting a referendum on his rule a strategic error.

The AKP, however, is spinning the losses as simple “mistakes,” and with major losses in the big cities of Istanbul and Ankara, the results are being presented as temporary, with AKP fully expecting to appeal enough to get handed those cities in court

Appeals are expected in every distinct of the capital city, as well as in much of Istanbul, where the loss came down to an estimated 0.28 percentage points. Officials see any recounts or appeals as virtually certain to benefit the incumbent party.

With turnouts well above 80%, this was clearly a major election for Turkey, where Erdogan has increased his own powers while severely limiting the parliament, and local officials.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In the long run, Erdogan has not been great for the Turkish people, or for its minority Kurdish populations; the Turkish people deserve far better leadership than they have had under Erdogan's watch.

Apr 02 12:04

Yemeni child soldiers recruited by Saudi-UAE coalition

Al Jazeera has obtained exclusive footage that proves the presence of child soldiers in the recruitment camps of the Saudi-UAE-led coalition fighting in Yemen.

The children, desperately poor, are being recruited to fight along the Saudi border to defend it from the Houthis, a rebel group that overran the capital, Sanaa, and large swaths of Yemen's northwest in 2014.

In 2015, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) formed a coalition to overthrow the Houthis - plunging Yemen into a ruinous war - supported by forces loyal to the country's internationally recognised government.

The conflict has created the world's worst humanitarian crisis, pushing Yemen to the brink of famine and leaving about 80 percent of its population - 24 million people - in need of humanitarian assistance.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Al Jazeera should be commended on this issue; these kids belong in school, getting the education they need, and not armed with shotguns and bombs.

That the Saudis think of them as "collateral damage", is chilling.

Apr 02 12:01

US Conducts a Flurry of Airstrikes Against Southern Yemen

According to US Central Command, at least six airstrikes were carried out by US forces over the past week in Yemen. The strikes were intended to targeted the local al-Qaeda affiliate in al-Bayda Province.

As usual, Centcom offered no casualty data or any details of who was hit, or who was even the intended target. Bayda is known as a major haven for al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) but strikes into the province aren’t necessarily productive to that US air war.

The reason Centcom discussed the matter at all seems to have been to clarify that this was part of an anti-al-Qaeda campaign, and not in any way related to the Saudi invasion of Yemen. Despite that, Centcom says that the operation was coordinated with the Saudi-backed government.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mr. President, I am urging you, please; stop the madness of US militarily-enabled Saudi war crimes in Yemen.

I find it very distressing, sir, that 2 of your BFFs in the Middle East, are the Butcher of Yemen (Prince Mohammed bin Salman) and the Butcher of Gaza (Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu.

This is not something that can EVER be won militarily, but it has to be ended with diplomacy.

And yes, I know that may not be your strong suite; but sir, there have been far too many non-coms, (women, children, infants, and the medically fragile elderly)have been assassinated, or maimed for life.

My ultimate concern here, although the weapons companies have profited immensely from these wars, that history will not remember you as the Merchant of Death in Chief, for your deciding to send more US military assets, and sell more bombs to the Saudis, into Yemen.

Please, think about it, sir.

Apr 02 11:52

Democratic Rep. Ro Khanna Calls for Bipartisan Coalition to Work with Trump on Ending Foreign Wars: ‘I Think We’re All on the Same Team’ As Americans

Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA), a progressive Democrat who is the co-chairman of the 2020 Democrat presidential campaign for Vermont independent Sen. Bernie Sanders, told Breitbart News in an exclusive interview that he hopes a bipartisan coalition comes together to work with President Donald Trump to end a number of wars and U.S. military conflicts worldwide.
Ro Khanna argued that if the United States stops its backing of Saudi Arabia in Yemen’s civil war, finally ends the war in Afghanistan, withdraws troops from Syria once and for all, resists temptations by some to get militarily involved in Venezuela, and completes successful peace negotiations with North Korea, then the United States could better invest resources wasted abroad into rebuilding America’s infrastructure.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I think this Representative's ideas on this are absolutely terrific; unfortunately, with so many Congressional representatives, from both sides of the aisle, being invested in, or backed by, the military industrial complex, I don't know if he will be able to make this one "fly".

The question is, how many of these manufacturing companies could be re-tooled so quickly to make peace-centric items that doesn't cost an arm and a leg to do?!?

Think: the mythical hero in Iron Man, Tony Stark who, when he understands just what his companies' weapons are doing to real people, wants to shut Stark Industries down, and have the place retooled to make peace-centric products, only to get blind-sided by the business partner, who wants to get him out of the way, permanently?!?

Representative Khanna, this is where you and your team have to be very inventive, transparent, and very positive, to demonstrate how this could be done.

Apr 02 11:39

CHINA-STYLE TOTAL SURVEILLANCE TECHNOLOGY COMES TO DETROIT

TN has repeatedly warned that the China model of Technocracy and Scientific Dictatorship was coming to America, and here it is. Detroit, New Orleans and San Diego are all bent on total surveillance of their citizens. ? TN Editor
The push to turn America’s cities into Chinese-style surveillance networks has found a new partner in Detroit, Michigan

The only difference between what is happening in San Diego and what is happening in Detroit is, they are not using the same smart street lights to spy on everyone. Detroit uses Intellistreets a company known to have strong ties to Homeland Security.

What started out as a ‘voluntary’ police-cam share program in Saginaw, Michigan has morphed into a massive 1000 surveillance camera network which includes 500 businesses in Detroit.

Detroit’s Project Green Light, spies on people in real-time at gas stations, retail stores and public housing.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is really a reprehensible move by those in government,and almost feels like we have devolved from the attitude and intent of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, into true Code Napoleon law, where one was automatically considered guilty until proven innocent.

Apr 02 11:25

GIVING ISRAEL THE GOLAN HEIGHTS IS THE PRICE PAID BY ASSAD TO STAY IN POWER

Trump’s decision not only preserves the status quo and legitimises Israel’s occupation, but is also tantamount to declaring war on international norms, represented by the UN and international law. At a stroke he has imposed the law of the jungle on the Middle East and its people.

Whether the Golan Heights was sold for money or a guarantee of the presidency for Hafez Al-Assad, or both, is not really the issue. Either way, the betrayal is clear. The result was Israel’s occupation of the Golan Heights and Hafez Al-Assad becoming president after his military coup against President Nureddin Al-Atassi in 1971.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is an interesting observation; but the real question, and the true "power behind the throne" behind Syria, is Russia.

And I have to ask; will Russia allow this to remain a stable situation?!? My sense is that President Putin is, by both nature and intelligence, a cautious man, and will simply allow this to continue. But if there are any more "nicks and scrapes" against the sovereignty of Syria in other parts of the country, by either Israel and/or the US (which still has troops in Syria, BTW) Putin may "turn loose", militarily, on both entities.

I would like to hope (and pray) that such a scenario will not happen; this country's military doesn't have the weaponry; the troop strength; the money, or the manufacturing, to insure a positive outcome to a war against Russia in Syria (or anywhere else).

Apr 02 11:12

TAXES OF UKRAINE’S POROSHENKO SHOW HIS INCOME JUMPED 10,000% THANKS TO ROTHSCHILD TRUST

The annual income gains of Petro Poroshenko, who is currently fighting for a second presidential term in Ukraine, saw a nearly hundredfold surge in 2018, the president’s tax documents reveal.
According to the Ukrainian unified register of asset and income declarations, Poroshenko’s fortune totaled 1.56 billion hryvnia (US$57 million) over 12 months through March 31, which is 95 times as much as he reported in the same period a year ago. In 2017, Poroshenko’s gains reportedly reached 16.3 million hryvnia ($600,000).

Most of Poroshenko’s income – around $40.4 million – reportedly comes from return on investment in Zurich-based Rothschild Trust Schweiz, a trust subsidiary of Rothschild Bank AG. The Ukrainian president also earned $14.7 million in profit from the Prime Assets Capital investment fund, while returns on domestic government loan bonds amounted to nearly a million dollars.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

On the 21st, watch those ballot boxes get stuffed more intensely than does a roasted goose at Christmas in a desperate, last ditch attempt to keep Poroshenko in power!!!

I have to wonder if all the people conspired to put this knucklehead in power (like President Obama, Washington was behind Ukraine Coup; Obama admits that it was a US -brokered deal in support of regime changeare experiencing "getters remorse" by this point in time.

Because IF Poroshenko does not win the referendum, the next leadership in Kiev may not be quite so warm to the US and its minions, considering the amount of heartburn and graft the nation has had to endure, post-coup.

Ukraine, at that point, may see the logic in repositioning its relationship with Russia, and not view it an adversary, but a very significant friend, "with benefits"; and were I President Trump right now, that could be one of my worst nightmares of the coming runoff.

Apr 02 09:37

HOUSTON CHEMICAL DISASTER ZONE REMAINS NO-GO TWO WEEKS AFTER BLAZE

Two weeks after a chemical storage complex near Houston erupted in flames and menaced tens of thousands of people with dangerous fumes, the site remains too hazardous for investigators to approach.

Intercontinental Terminal Co. is still trying to drain millions of gallons of volatile oil byproducts from tanks damaged in the four-day blaze that began on March 17. The ground around the tanks is also saturated in dangerous fluids, severely restricting access to the facility 20 miles (32 kilometers) east of downtown Houston. On Friday, the company said they may be able to allow some access early this week.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Proper maintenance of a site like this, is a proven preventer of these kinds of disasters.

When these disasters happen, it is usually because of shoddy, penny-pinching management, in which there is an element of defiant denial, that something like this could possibly ever happen to their company; until it does.

Apr 02 09:32

GOOGLE HELPS GOVERNMENT CONDUCT WARRANTLESS SEARCHES, ALLEGES EPIC

The Electronic Privacy Information Center (“EPIC”), a civil liberties group based in Washington D.C., filed an amicus brief in the United States vs. Wilson case concerning Google scanning billions of users’ files for unlawful content and then sending that information to law enforcement agencies.

BYPASSING THE FOURTH AMENDMENT
EPIC alleges that law enforcement is using Google, a private entity, to bypass the Fourth Amendment, which requires due process and probable cause before “searching or seizing” someone’s property.

As a private entity, Google doesn’t have to abide by the Fourth Amendment as the government has to, so it can do those mass searches on its behalf and then give the government the results. The U.S. government has been increasingly using this strategy to bypass Fourth Amendment protections of U.S. citizens and to expand its warrantless surveillance operations further.

IMAGE HASHES VS. IMAGE MATCHES

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That unholy triumverate of Google, Facebook and Twitter, now have extraordinary powers with which to punish innocent, ordinary citizens, and have collectively become 4th branch of the US government; these now include the Judiciary, Congress, the White House, and Surveillance.

Apr 02 09:26

WAVE OF HATE-CRIME HOAXES STOKES PANIC IN PORTLAND

Jussie Smollett isn't alone in trying to fake a hate crime for personal or selfish reasons. Hate crime hoaxes happen more often than many well-meaning Americans probably realize, and often they're orchestrated as part of a trend intended to provoke hysteria and panic. Sometimes, innocent conservatives guilty of nothing more than living in the area where the "crimes" allegedly occurred are falsely accused of carrying out the attacks, and subjected to a storm of online threats and abuse. The political subtext of these false reports is easy to spot. Just like the Smollett case, they're intended to portray Trump supporters and conservatives as violent bigots and homophobes willing to indiscriminately target members of the trans and gay communities.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Folks, let us please engage, rather than enrage, people who might be at some level, just a little different from who we are, or think differently about a huge number of things.

Because at the end of the day, we're all humans, walking through this incredible experience called life, together. So in light of this, let's hold hands, rather than smack someone with them, and be a blessing to everyone around us.

We all should be lifting people up, rather than putting them down for petty reasons, because are all brothers and sisters in this journey.

Apr 02 09:20

HERE COMES THE SPLINTERNET: HOW THE EU IS HELPING BREAK APART THE INTERNET

...this latest effort is hamfisted in the extreme, and may have the effect of splintering the internet beyond what seemed possible even a few years ago. In the wake of GDPR’s passage, Europeans couldn’t visit the websites of some US publishers for months as new privacy frameworks were put into place. That sort of thing may be about to become a lot more common. The time has now come to speak of the internets, plural. And to get around, you might just need a passport.

Basically, as Newton notes, it just might not be worth it for many sites to serve EU visitors:

Apr 02 09:17

SENATE DEMOCRATS TO INTRODUCE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT TO ABOLISH ELECTORAL COLLEGE

Leading Democratic senators are expected to introduce a constitutional amendment Tuesday to abolish the Electoral College, adding momentum to a long-shot idea that has been gaining steam among 2020 presidential candidates.

Sen. Brian Schatz of Hawaii plans to introduce the measure, along with Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois, the No. 2-ranking Democrat in the Senate, and Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Also signed on to the legislation is Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, one of a growing number of presidential candidates who have called for electing presidents by popular vote, even though changing the Constitution is seen as virtually impossible today.

A constitutional amendment may be proposed by a two-thirds supermajority in both the House (about 290 votes) and Senate (67 votes) and requires ratification by 38 states.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We knew this was coming; the only question is, why so late, after the 2016 elections?!?

I think that the Desperate Dementocrats truly believed that the Mueller investigation and Russiagate were going to get President Trump impeached and thrown out of office.

They, and the alleged "news outlets" which supported them, are now paying, in spades for that miserable attempt to swat down the man who actually won the election, President Trump, but will never get the votes of smaller, less populated states who are protected by the Electoral College in time to affect the 2020 elections.

Apr 02 09:10

FORMER US INTELLIGENCE AGENCY HACKERS HELPED UAE SPY ON AL JAZEERA CHAIRMAN AND OTHER JOURNALISTS

A group of American hackers who once worked for United States intelligence agencies helped the United Arab Emirates spy on a BBC host, the chairman of Al Jazeera and other prominent Arab media figures during a tense 2017 confrontation pitting the UAE and its allies against Qatar, a Reuters investigation has found.

The American operatives worked for Project Raven, a secret Emirati intelligence programme that spied on dissidents, fighters and political opponents of the UAE monarchy. A Reuters investigation in January revealed Project Raven's existence and inner workings, including the fact that it surveilled a British activist and several unnamed US journalists.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is quite an operation, but again shows the need for common sense agreements on the common issues countries of the Middle East are trying to solve; unfortunately, this wasn't any kind of solution to the inter-country pressures the governments of the Middle East are trying to resolve.

Apr 02 09:05

FINGER VEIN VENDING MACHINES AND A GLOBAL BIOMETRIC POLICE DATABASE

Gone are the days when you could use a "slug" to purchase a can of soda, because today's vending machines will know who you are and your criminal record before you purchase an item.

American Green Vending Machine (AGM) uses finger vein readers to identify each customer.

"The American Green Smart System is an age verification system that allows the opportunity of merchandising and selling age restricted products. American Green’s technology interface is one of a kind and does some pretty cool things such as vein verification biometrics."

Customers must register their personal biometrics and information with AGM before they are allowed to purchase anything.

What makes this story so disturbing, is corporate America's rush to put biometric scanners everywhere.

Imagine in the not too distant future, your new car using a built-in TSA biometric scanner to identify you and your family before you even enter a sports stadium.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am sure that there is a database on all of us right now, but I have to wonder; at what point will these databases start to link up, and deny us access to the simplest, most innocent things we may want to buy?

Because I think that this will be happening sooner rather than later.

Apr 02 08:48

COSTCO DROPS ROUNDUP WEEDKILLER AFTER $80 MILLION AWARDED IN SECOND CANCER CASE: REPORT

Costco has reportedly decided to stop selling Roundup weedkiller after a federal jury in San Francisco awarded more than $80 million to 70-year-old California man, Edwin Hardeman, who was diagnosed with cancer after spraying the herbicide on his property for decades.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

THANK GOD!!

The "domino effect" hasn't even begun to start. COSCO had to know that the next tier of class action lawsuits, would start with those stores still selling this poison.

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