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May 23 21:28

Yulia Skripal gives first media interview since Salisbury Poisoning

Yulia Skripal - the woman poisoned in the UK alongside her double-agent father - gives her first media interview since the incident, saying her life's been turned upside down, and that she wants to return to Russia.

May 23 19:27

You sign off on genocide’: Protesters attack Haley over Palestine

Protests start at 2:45.

May 23 17:37

LATEST VIDEO REPORT: backflow heading toward the Puna Geothermal Venture plant -- wells & hydrogen sulfide concerns

(May 23 at 2 PM) hst

absolutely the best reporter there!

May 23 16:48

NFL Owners Bend The Knee: Teams Whose Players Kneel On Field During Anthem To Be Fined

NFL owners bent the knee before President Donald Trump on Wednesday by announcing they have voted to punish players who kneel during the national anthem while on the field.

May 23 15:50

Mueller Rejects Speedy Trial Law To Delay Russian Collusion Trial

It is the second time Mueller tried to delay the trial

May 23 15:44

3 Ebola-infected detainees escape forced quarantine, take a stroll through big city, 2 die, 1 recaptured

Three Ebola infected detainees who escaped mandated quarantine measures in the city of Mbandaka on on Sunday were displaying symptoms of the deadly virus before two of the three were later found dead.

May 23 15:32

'I think I'll call it Pravda': Elon Musk goes on Twitter rant against media criticizing Tesla and says he will start a website to rate the 'truthfulness' of journalists (named after the old Soviet state-run news agency)

Billionaire tech mogul Elon Musk launched another Twitter tirade on Wednesday, this time aimed at the media's coverage of his electric car company, Tesla.

Musk took 'big media companies' to task in a series of tweets, saying the public doesn't respect them anymore because of their 'holier-than-thou hypocrisy' and because they 'claim to the truth, but publish only enough to sugarcoat the lie'.

After a reporter from the Verge retorted by calling him a 'media-bating Trump figure,' Musk sharply replied by saying President Donald Trump was elected because no one believes the media anymore.

May 23 15:28

Top 10 Careers With The Most Psychopaths – Is Your Job On The List? (

Who could have guessed?) by Bananaman

May 23 15:18

video --- THIS SURGEON SHOULD LOSE THE RIGHT TO OPERATE ON ANY HUMAN BEINGS

OR EVEN ANIMALS EVER AGAIN A Georgia cosmetic surgeon who is being sued for malpractice

May 23 14:46

Video: Dancing Israelis on 9/11 Interviewed

"We were there to document the event."

May 23 14:40

Judge's Ruling That Trump Can't Block Twitter Trolls Could Be A Huge Win For Right-Wingers

A liberal federal judge's ruling against President Donald Trump in favor of liberal Twitter trolls could be a major win for right-wingers who've been censored and banned from social media.

May 23 13:58

WikiLeaks to Trump: ‘Obama Already Did it to the French’, Ordered CIA to Hack Le Pen and Other Candidates

Responding to a tweet from President Donald Trump, WikiLeaks pointed out that the Obama administration ordered the CIA to hack Marine Le Pen and other candidates during the French election in 2012.

May 23 13:55

Nigel Farage Gets SPICY With Mark Zuckerberg…

Here's the best clip from Zuckerberg's testimony yesterday before the EU...

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May 23 13:48

SEKULOW: We Have Uncovered Thousands of Docs Showing Pay-to-Play Between Hillary State Department and Clinton Foundation

An attorney for Trump, Jay Sekulow announced Wednesday the American Center for Law and Justice uncovered thousands of documents showing Clinton Foundation pay-to-play with Hillary’s State Department through a FOIA lawsuit.

May 23 13:46

Wells Fargo Dismisses Bankers In Struggling Muni-Bond Division

Four months after Vanguard shuttered three muni bond ETFs due to their "high level of volatility" which began in 2010 and continues today, Wells Fargo's head of public finance announced Wednesday that the bank would be "shaking up the department" by dismissing several senior bankers who worked on the bank's shrinking muni business.

May 23 13:34

RAW POOL VIDEO | Trump Speaks: ‘I did a great service to this country by firing James Comey’…

Trump speaks outside the White House...

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May 23 13:33

Chosin Reservoir - Epic of Endurance | KOREAN WAR

Toughest fight in USMC history except maybe Iwo Jima and Okinawa!

The Battle of Chosin Reservoir was fought November 26-December 13, 1950 during the Korean War and saw UN troops fight through larger Chinese forces.
Not UN troops. US Marines and USA Infantry!

May 23 13:31

Report: Inspector General Will Declare FBI, DOJ Broke Law in Clinton Email Probe

A new report suggests an imminent Inspector General (IG) report may rule that FBI and Justice Department officials broke the law in their handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation.

Investigative reporter Paul Sperry said Thursday that Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz has “found ‘reasonable grounds’ for believing there has been a violation of federal criminal law in the FBI/DOJ’s handling of the Clinton investigation/s,” adding that the top watchdog official has “referred his findings of potential criminal misconduct to Huber for possible criminal prosecution.”

May 23 13:12

BREAKING: NFL Changes National Anthem Rule…

Just hit the wires a few minutes ago...

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May 23 12:54

Southern Poverty Law Center SLAMS Trump’s MS-13 Remarks

The Southern Poverty Law Center slammed the Trump administration’s use of the term ‘animals’ when describing violent MS-13 gang members this week; saying it was “unacceptable” to use the “racist” and “dehumanizing language.”

The SPLC posted the complaint on social media just one day after the White House published an official report on the ‘Animals of MS-13’ on their official website, saying it was inappropriate to use the term ‘animal’ 10 times.

May 23 12:49

Trump Mocks The Deep State: 'What Goes Around, Comes Around!'

President Donald J. Trump ridiculed the purveyors of the ongoing Russian investigation Wednesday, mocking them on Twitter for getting "caught" in a scandal.

May 23 12:48

HUD Secretary Ben Carson Dismantling Obama-Era 'Forced Diversity' Policies

HUD Secretary Ben Carson is making good on President Trump's campaign promise to dismantle the Obama regime's "social engineering" housing policies.

May 23 12:48

MS-13 Gang Member Known As 'Animal' Gets 40 Yrs For Killing 15yo Boy

Don't you dare call him an animal!

May 23 12:40

WHO: DRC Ebola outbreak on a 'knife's edge' as urban cases rise

"The next few weeks will really tell if this outbreak is going to expand to urban areas or if we're going to be able to keep it under control," Salama said.

Following the meeting, Salama told AFP news agency the outbreak "could go either way" in coming weeks.

May 23 12:39

Two infected Ebola patients flee treatment center in Congo

Two infected patients who fled from an Ebola treatment center in a Congo city of 1.2 million people later died, an aid group said Wednesday while asserting that "forced hospitalization is not the solution to this epidemic." As the number of suspected Ebola cases continued to rise, experts emphasized that more community engagement is needed to prevent the spread of the deadly virus.

Three patients left of their own accord from the isolation zone of the Wangata hospital in Mbandaka city between Sunday and Tuesday, said Henry Gray, emergency coordinator for Medecins Sans Frontieres, or Doctors Without Borders.

May 23 12:38

North Korea: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says 'bad deal' not an option for US

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the United States is prepared to walk away from negotiations with North Korea if upcoming talks on its nuclear weapons program head in the wrong direction.

"The American people are counting on us to get this right.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

No we're not. We are counting on you to stop mucking about in other peoples' countries and start repairing this one!

May 23 12:35

Ad for Israeli maternity ward portrays fetus as future soldier

The ad for Lis Maternity Hospital, part of Ichilov Hospital in Tel Aviv, shows a fetus wearing a military beret, with a caption reading: “Received the Presidential Award of Excellence, 2038.”

Portraying an unborn child as a soldier is disturbing in its own right, regardless of country. In Israel, an occupying power whose military has for over five decades been primarily concerned with maintaining control over a civilian population, this ad is even more charged and offensive. Furthermore, its timing is especially disturbing, considering that the IDF killed 60 Palestinians and wounded over 2,400 in a single day in Gaza, while continuing to exert control over millions of stateless Palestinians.

May 23 12:27

Moscow Concerned Over Yulia Skripal's Treatment as Her 1st Interview Released

Yulia Skripal, who has claimed to have been poisoned by Russia, together with her father Sergei Skripal, gave an interview to Reuters, according to a video released by the agency on Wednesday.

The Russian embassy in the United Kingdom commented on the interview of Yulia Skripal to Reuters, who made her first media appearance since the poisoning. The embassy still suspects Yulis Skripal is kept in Britain against her will, insisting yet again that the Russian consulate officials should be provided direct access to her.

"The United Kingdom has a responsibility to give us the opportunity to communicate directly with Yulia to make sure that she is not kept [in the UK] against her will and does not make statements under pressure. So far we have every reason to suspect the opposite," a representative of the Russian embassy in the UK told reporters.

The embassy believes the text she read during her first interview after the poisoning, was originally written in English.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It looks like she has a tracheotomy scar on her neck.

May 23 12:26

'Israel lobby calling the shots in Trump's rollback policy on Iran' – Max Blumenthal

President Donald Trump's withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal is a result of a lobbying effort by American Jewish billionaires and recycled, cooked-up intelligence touted by the Israeli PM, journalist Max Blumenthal told RT.

Trump's decision to pull the US out of the deal, which capped Iran's uranium enrichment in return for economic sanctions relief, has drawn widespread criticism from Washington's European allies and Moscow, but it was lauded in Israel, which has long pushed for dismantling of the 2015 accord.

If this doesn't speak for itself, Blumenthal told RT that the roots of Trump's decision to scrap the deal can be easily traced back to Israel.

"Israeli influence is absolutely key here. At least, Trump sided Netanyahu's kind of used car salesman style of presentation in order to justify withdrawing from the Iran deal and his new policy of rollback," the journalist said.

May 23 12:24

Israel Warns Damascus Not to Use Air Defenses Against Israeli Jets Inside Syria

A senior Israeli Air Force officer has said that his country's military aircraft will continue to operate in Syrian airspace for as long as is deemed necessary.

"We're not doing this because we're aggressive, but because we constantly have to be actively defending the state of Israel," the senior officer said, speaking to reporters on condition of anonymity on Wednesday.

"This is the only thing preventing offensive measures by Iran," he added.

The officer also warned Syria not to use its air defenses against Israeli warplanes. "All batteries that fire on Israeli aircraft will be destroyed. All batteries that do not fire on us will not be destroyed," he said, noting that "this policy will continue."

May 23 12:14

VIDEO | Female Lawmaker Busted For DUI Pleads With Cops...

Here's the video. She tried to play the political card, but it didn't work...

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May 23 11:55

Chris Hedges speech on GAZA

Hard to watch especially if one has been there. He speaks for many let us make sure he is heard by all. Watch, reflect, and pass it on.

May 23 11:47

More Police State Surveillance: Courtesy of the Pentagon

There was an article by Joseph Marks of Nextgov published on 5/16/18 that was neither picked up by the larger news networks nor kept in view for long. The article is entitled The Pentagon Has a Big Plan to Solve Identity Verification in Two Years, and here is a portion of it:

May 23 11:47

An Israeli asks where is the outrage in Israel at the appalling Gaza massacre?

For the last few weeks, Palestinians in Gaza have been marching every Friday towards the Israeli fence, and every Friday, they have been met with live fire from Israeli soldiers. More than 30 Palestinians have been killed and hundreds more wounded since the “Great March of Return” began on 30 March.
The demonstrators were unarmed and did not threaten the lives of the soldiers beyond the fence. What’s been happening is a massacre; there’s no other word to describe it.

Israel has responded to these events with its typical lack of interest. Only the thick black smoke from burning tyres, which may have drifted towards Israeli communities along the fence, threatened the serenity of their Passover holiday.

May 23 11:40

Customers Rage As Starbucks Turns Into Homeless Shelter

Starbucks' controversial decision to enable every Tom, Dick, and non-paying Harry to use their restrooms has sparked equal parts criticism and praise, mirroring the nation's increasingly extreme partisan perspective on every- and any-thing...

“It sounds like Starbucks is turning their stores into homeless shelters. Their coffee is strong but their management is weak,” said Ron Raduechel, a 64-year-old retired supply chain executive from Waukesha, Wis., who said he would no longer go to Starbucks.

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“I believe Starbucks is doing what’s right in their hearts whether its outcome sparks negativity or not,” said Johnny Varela, a 31-year-old carpenter in Orlando, Fla.

“I think Starbucks is very humanitarian.”

May 23 11:40

Germany's 'Asylum-For-Cash' Scandal Exposed

Germany's Federal Office for Refugees and Migration (BAMF) will review more than 25,000 asylum decisions after allegations of corruption at its regional office in the northern city of Bremen.

Some of those granted asylum were considered by German authorities to be potential security risks, according to the news magazine Der Spiegel. They include Syrian intelligence operatives, human smugglers and other hard-core criminals - as well as potential Islamic State jihadists.

BAMF currently rejects almost all asylum requests from converts from Islam to Christianity, according to Thomas Schirrmacher, president of the International Society for Human Rights. He said that when undergoing "belief tests," BAMF often relies on Muslim translators who deliberately mistranslate at the expense of Christians or converts.

May 23 11:39

Comey Responds To Trump Attack: "Our Country Is Led By Those Who Will Lie About Anything"

Former FBI Director James Comey won't allow President Trump's gloating from this morning to go unanswered.

In a tweet that appears to be a direct response to Trump, Comey attempted to justify the FBI's use of a spy - or what Comey describes as a "Confidential Human Source" - to keep tabs on the Trump campaign. According to Comey, human sources are "tightly regulated and essential to protecting the country".

May 23 11:39

'Global Synchronous Recovery' Narrative Crushed As US, EU PMIs Diverge

Following notably disappointing Eurozone PMIs (specifically France and Germany) hitting 18-month lows, US PMIs printed better than expected, sending the US Composite back near its highest since Nov 2015.

May 23 11:38

Trump Shuns Xi As US Uninvites China From World's Largest Naval Exercise

In the latest sign that contrary to the official rhetoric, tensions between the US and China are in fact escalating as China reaffirms its dominance of contested territory in the South China Sea (see "China Releases Footage Of Bombers Landing On Disputed Island For The First Time") the US has disinvited China from the Pacific Rim Military Exercises, the Pentagon told AFP.

May 23 11:38

Second Trump Campaign Spy Was From NSA, Offered Hillary's Emails: Caputo

Former Trump campaign aide and Republican consultant Michael Caputo has provided more details about what he believes was another attempt to infiltrate the Trump campaign during the 2016 U.S. election - long before FBI informant Stephan Halper infiltrated the Trump campaign, targeting several aides. Speaking on Tuesday with Fox News and One America News Network (OANN), Caputo said he refused an offer from a former NSA contractor who said he had Hillary Clinton's emails.

May 23 11:37

For The First Time, Americans More Likely To Pay Their Cell Phone Bill Over Car Loan

American consumers are now more likely to pay off their cell phone bill than their auto loan, a new report by PeerIQ has found. However, instead of focusing on this as a potential catalyst for more pain in the already precarious world of auto loans, the media, always the finder of silver linings, is emphasizing how this finding will boost demand for securities that are backed by cell phone purchases going forward.

Yes, Cell-Phone Backed lines of credit are coming to a Goldman Sachs retail branch near you.

May 23 11:37

FOMC Minutes Show Fed Hiking "Soon" But Willing To Allow Dovish Inflation Overshoot

The big question after the May FOMC statement was "how symmetric is The Fed's reaction function" to inflationary upside, i.e. how much will the Fed allow inflation to overshoot, and how much attention are they really paying to the collapsing yield curve? And as Bloomberg noted, a key focal point of the minutes will be to further distinguish the main thresholds separating the three- and four-hike camps in the 2018 dot plot.

Former fund manager Richard Breslow wrote in his Trader's Notes column earlier:

"I expect there is a decent chance that the FOMC minutes we’re going to see this afternoon read on the hawkish side. What a difference a few weeks make. Way back then Fed-speak was clearly trending to the upbeat side and they were getting even more hopeful on the inflation side of the dual-mandate."

May 23 11:36

How The Feds Use Transportation Funds To Spy On You

A recent announcement by a local transit authority in Virginia sheds light on how the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) are building a massive, intrusive surveillance network built on America's transportation system.

May 23 11:34

REPORT | FBI Agents Want Congress To Issue Them Subpoenas So They Can Reveal Dirt On Comey, McCabe…

A very interesting new development in ObamaGate...

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May 23 11:31

Mike Pompeo claims Iran carrying out 'assassination operations' in Europe

The statement bewildered security experts and Iranian exiles, who say they are not aware of any evidence for the allegation

May 23 11:30

The US is running out of bombs — and it may soon struggle to make more

The Pentagon plans to invest more than $20 billion in munitions in its next budget. But whether the industrial base will be there to support such massive buys in the future is up in the air — at a time when America is expending munitions at increasingly intense rates.

The annual Industrial Capabilities report, put out by the Pentagon’s Office of Manufacturing and Industrial Base Policy, has concluded that the industrial base of the munitions sector is particularly strained, something the report blames on the start-and-stop nature of munitions procurement over the last 20 years, as well as the lack of new designs being internally developed.

Some suppliers have dropped out entirely, leaving no option for replacing vital materials. Other key suppliers are foreign-owned, with no indigenous capability to produce vital parts and materials ? setting up the risk that a conflict with China could rely on Chinese-made parts.

May 23 11:30

US ‘Plan B’ With Iran Sets the Stage for War

When the Trump Administration withdrew from the P5+1 nuclear deal, they began talking about a “plan B.” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has set out the US strategy post-deal this week, threatening the “strongest sanctions in history” and setting out an incredibly broad set of 12 demands.

Despite Pompeo’s insistence that the demands are “basic requirements,” they are anything but, and analysts and former officials broadly agree that this leaves no room for new diplomacy between the US and Iran. Threats and demands are the tired old US strategy toward Iran, one that has failed for the better part of 40 years.

The point of this is to go back to the pre-deal situation, when the US was threatening to attack Iran constantly on the slightest pretext. “Plan B” ultimately has meant setting the stage for a massive US war with Iran.

May 23 11:29

America’s industrial base is at risk, and the military may feel the consequences

Underneath the rosy picture of a strong U.S. defense industry lies a demographic challenge for the workforce and contraction issues, a new government study has concluded.

The annual Industrial Capabilities report, quietly released May 17 by the Pentagon’s Office of Manufacturing and Industrial Base Policy, found that America’s defense industry continued to outperform other industrial sectors in fiscal 2017.

However, long-term trends “continue to threaten the health of the industrial base, limit innovation, and reduce U.S. competitiveness in the global markets,” the report states.

May 23 11:25

Rationalizing Genocide

Outrage over what has been alleged to be interference by a foreign power in the affairs of this country has led to a profound deterioration of relations with Russia and the unfortunate and tragic renewal of the Cold War. The mainstream media, despite the fact that the investigation is ongoing and conclusive evidence has yet to be released, is rife with criticism and condemnation of what it seems convinced are, or wishes to portray as, Russian attempts to influence, if not to undermine, the 2016 elections. But yet, in May of 2015, there was nary a whimper, neither the appointment of a special prosecutor or much debate and discussion in the MSM, when Benjamin Netanyahu, the Prime Minister of Israel, was invited by Republicans to speak to a joint session of Congress in an attempt to undermine not just Obama’s efforts to strike a nuclear deal with Iran, but his presidential authority over foreign policy.

May 23 11:23

Blaming the Victims of Israel’s Gaza Massacre

On the 70th anniversary of Israel’s so-called “declaration of independence,” the United States opened its new embassy in Jerusalem—a city Israel claims as its own, despite what international law says on the matter—and Palestinians undertook unarmed protests in reaction to the move and as part of the Great Return March. Although to this point, the only Israeli casualty during the entire cycle of demonstrations has been one “lightly wounded” soldier, considerable space in coverage of the massacres is devoted to blaming Palestinians for their own slaughter.

Two of the first three paragraphs in an NBC report (5/14/18) provided Israel’s rationalizations for its killing spree. The second sentence in the article says that the Israeli military accused Hamas of “leading a terrorist operation under the cover of masses of people,” adding that “firebombs and explosive devices” as well as rocks were being thrown towards the barrier.

May 23 11:23

Japan, Russia, Turkey bring potential U.S. tariff retaliation to $3.5 billion

Japan, Russia and Turkey have warned the United States about potential retaliation for its tariffs on steel and aluminum, the World Trade Organization said on Tuesday, bringing the total U.S. tariff bill to around $3.5 billion annually.

May 23 11:21

Security Cabinet starts convening in underground bunker

PM Netanyahu orders Security Cabinet to meet at underground bunker until further notice for security purposes; order given amid increased tensions with Iran.

May 23 11:21

EU calls on Israel to reinstate visa for Human Rights Watch head

Omar Shakir's visa was revoked after Israel accused him of supporting boycotts against it, but EU notes if not reinstated, 'Israel would join a very short list of countries' which have barred HRW staff.

May 23 11:17

Speculation on Hyperinflation

Hyperinflation Myths:
Hyperinflation occurs in banana-republics and not modern western countries.
Hyperinflation cannot occur in the United States because the U.S. issues dollars – the reserve currency.
BOTH IDEAS ARE INCORRECT.

WHAT ARE THE CONSEQUENCES OF HYPERINFLATION?
The hyperinflations of past centuries have hurt the poor and middle classes more than the wealthy because they owned real assets.
Hyperinflation destroys savings, assets, purchasing power and retirement expectations, along with moral values.
The value of the currency is smashed. The economy “resets” and life goes on, albeit much changed.
Hard assets such as real estate, fine art, land, gold and silver fare better than many other assets.

May 23 11:17

Gas prices rise to $5 a gallon in New York City

With summertime right around the corner and travel season picking up, gas prices are on the rise.

While the current national average for regular gas is $2.93, in New York City drivers are getting a bit of sticker shock.

According to Fox 5, regular gas in at least one station in Manhattan has hit $5 a gallon.

May 23 11:16

Palestine joins Chemical Weapons Convention OPCW

Palestine has officially joined the Chemical Weapons Convention, according to a statement by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).

The OPCW published the announcement on its website on Wednesday and said the move will take effect on June 16 of this year.

"The State of Palestine deposited on 17 May 2018 its instrument of accession to the Chemical Weapons Convention with the Secretary-General of the United Nations, the depositary of the Convention," the OPCW wrote.

May 23 11:16

All Hell Is Breaking Loose After Devin Nunes’ Jaw Dropping Interview

Nunes appeared on Maria Bartiromo’s program and blasted the FBI for unleashing a spy on Trump associates in order to entrap them into collusion.

The House Intelligence Chairman declared this was a red line and stated the Deep State conspiracy was over if it was proven that the spy paid Trump associates as a means to implant himself in the campaign.

May 23 11:15

Israeli Air Force Fires Missiles Targeting Boats In Gaza Port

The Israeli Air Force fired, on Tuesday at dawn, several missiles at the Gaza Sea Port, west of Gaza City, targeting at least two boats prepared for welcoming the Freedom Flotilla boat that is currently sailing to the besieged and impoverished coastal region.

Media sources in Gaza said the Israeli missiles targeted two boats in the Gaza Port, and added that the army fired at least three missiles into the port.

Palestinian Civil Defense teams rushed to the port to extinguish the fire; damage was reported but no injuries.

May 23 11:15

Weird laws still in effect in the United States

Get this – the average US citizen breaks at least three laws a day without even knowing it!

All women of “uncertain” chastity must be off the streets by 9 p.m.

A man can legally beat his wife (but not more than once a month).

One may not have more than two dildos in a house.

Sunshine is guaranteed to the masses.

It is a misdemeanor to shoot at any kind of game from a moving vehicle, unless the target is a whale.

It is illegal to serve alcohol to a gay person.

Males may not dress as a female unless a special permit is obtained from the sheriff.

May 23 11:15

Army Shells Central Gaza

Israeli forces shelled what they alleged to be a Hamas military post located east of the al-Bureij refugee camp, in the central Gaza Strip, on Tuesday morning.

Witnesses told Ma’an News Agency that the shelling came after several Palestinian youth managed to cross the Israeli border fence and burn Israeli military tents.

Israeli forces stationed in military towers along the border reportedly opened fire at several points east of al-Bureij.

No injuries were reported, and the youth were said to have crossed back into the Gaza Strip, unharmed.

May 23 11:14

US envoy poses with photo depicting Jewish temple at Al-Aqsa Mosque

US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman was yesterday photographed posing with a picture of Jerusalem in which a Jewish temple stands in place of Al-Aqsa Mosque.

The photo of Freidman being gifted the poster was taken during a visit to the city of Bnei Brak’s ultra-Orthodox Achiya institute, which helps children that suffer from learning disabilities.

The photo clearly imposes a temple on the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, removing the famous golden hues of the Dome of the Rock.

Whilst it is unclear whether Friedman was aware that the photo depicted the temple, the US embassy has demanded an apology from the organisation “for allowing one of their staff to present this controversial image to the ambassador during the visit,” according to Haaretz.

“The US’ policy is absolutely clear: we support the status quo on the Haram Al-Sharif/Temple Mount,” the statement concluded.

May 23 11:13

Israel demolition order for medical facilities in Hebron

The Israeli occupation forces yesterday issued demolition orders for the residential and agricultural structures including a clinic in Yatta, south of Hebron.

The coordinator of the anti-settlement and wall committee in Yatta, Rateb Al-Jubour told Quds Press that the Israeli forces raided the area of Shaab El-Butm, east of the city of Yatta, and handed the citizens four demolition orders under the pretext of building without a permit.

Al-Jubour explained that the demolition notices included a medical clinic belonging to the Palestinian Ministry of Health.

The area is inhabited by a group of Palestinian families who depend on agriculture and sheep herding. The area is constantly attacked by Jewish settlers and there have been numerous attempts to seize their land.

May 23 11:13

76 Members of Congress write to Netanyahu over Israel demolitions

Seventy-six Members of Congress have co-signed a letter to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urging him to end the demolitions and evictions of Palestinians in the occupied West Bank.

According to J Street, a Washington DC-based liberal Zionist pressure group, “the letter notes that the destruction and displacement of these communities pose a serious threat to the human rights of Palestinians, to the prospects for a two-state solution and to Israel’s future as a Jewish and democratic state.”

“This is the latest sign that US lawmakers are increasingly concerned by the alarming consequences of the Israeli government’s policies in the West Bank,” said Dylan Williams, J Street’s Vice President of Government Affairs.

May 23 11:12

Hezbollah withdraws from south Syria

Hezbollah forces withdrew from areas in the province of Daraa, south of Syria, heading to the regime controlled area north of the province and towards the capital, Damascus.

Sources confirmed to the Anadolu Agency that members of Lebanese Hezbollah militia withdrew from the city of Dara’a ‘ and the towns of Etman and Khirbet Ghazala near the international highway between the Syrian capital Damascus and Jordan.

As many as three military convoys belonging to Iran-backed militias left the area over the past three days.

The Syrian regime forces have taken control of the areas which the Hezbollah fighters are evacuating.

May 23 11:11

Report: US considers punitive steps against Palestinian diplomats

The Trump administration “is considering action against Palestinian diplomats in Washington after Ramallah asked the International Criminal Court on Tuesday to investigate alleged Israeli crimes”, reported the Times of Israel.

As explained by the site, “according to a US law passed in December 2015, the Palestinian Authority is subject to penalties if it pursues the prosecution of Israelis at the Hague-based ICC.”

Such consequences include the closure of the Palestine Liberation Organisation’s mission to the US.

“We are reviewing this latest development to determine if it requires changes to the operating status of the PLO office in Washington, D.C., which has been limited to activities related to achieving a lasting, comprehensive peace between the Israelis and Palestinians since November 2017,” a National Security Council spokesperson said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Neither does gunning down innocent protesters.

May 23 11:10

US Allegedly Gives Israel Green Light to Kill Top Iranian General – Report

Three years after the US allegedly helped botch an Israeli plot to kill an Iranian general, Washington now wishes it hadn’t tipped off the Iranians about the plan, a Kuwaiti newspaper has purported.

The US has allegedly given Israel the go-ahead to assassinate General Qassem Soleimani, the commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard’s overseas arm, the Quds Force, the Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Jarida reported.

The paper, seen in the Arab world as being instrumental in getting Israel’s message across to other Mideast countries, quoted an unnamed source in Jerusalem as saying that "there is an American-Israeli agreement" that Soleimani is a "threat to the two countries' interests in the region."

According to the report, Washington’s purported nod to kill the Iranian general comes three years after the US thwarted an Israeli attempt to assassinate him near Damascus.

May 23 11:09

PROPAGANDA 101: HOW TO DEFEND A MASSACRE

Rosner fully justifies the massacre, with no apologies, regret, or second thoughts. He believes the killing of these Palestinians was correct, and that they deserved to die. Now you might, as I do, think this attitude is so self-evidently barbaric that even to debate it is to surrender a little bit of one’s humanity. But Rosner’s position is not a fringe one, and the good liberals at the New York Times consider it within the boundaries of reasonable discourse, so unfortunately we have not yet achieved the kind of world in which such thinking is “self-evidently” immoral. (This reflects very badly on all of us.) I’d like, then, to go through Rosner’s argument paragraph by paragraph, to show how he constructs his defense of murder, why it might be persuasive to people, and why it fails and should horrify everyone.

May 23 11:08

EU agrees to start Australia, New Zealand trade talks

European Union countries cleared the way on Tuesday for the bloc to begin free trade talks with Australia and New Zealand in a drive to forge new alliances as trade tensions with the United States increase.

The European Commission, which negotiates on behalf of the 28 EU members, said EU trade chief Cecilia Malmstrom would visit both countries to open talks in June before negotiators convene in Brussels in July for a first round of discussions.

The EU forecasts that ambitious and comprehensive agreements could boost its exports to the two countries by a third in the long term, although there are caveats about opening up EU markets to farm produce such as butter and beef.

May 23 11:07

BP halts work on gas field over US sanctions on Iran

British oil company BP says it has halted work on a gas field which it co-owns with National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) in the North Sea, citing US plans to reimpose sanctions on the Islamic Republic.

NIOC owns 50% of the Rhum field northeast of Aberdeen and BP holds the other half, which it plans to sell to UK-listed producer Serica Energy.

“BP has decided to defer some planned work on the Rhum gas field in the North Sea while we seek clarity on the potential impact on the field of recent US government decisions regarding Iran,” the company said in a statement on Tuesday.

Current operations at Rhum such as provisions of goods, services and support by “certain US persons” are carried out under a US license which is due to expire at the end of September.

Serica said it expected those operations to be affected by US sanctions, “in particular, the new sanctions regime announced by the US government on 8 May.”

May 23 11:06

FDA warns teething medicines unsafe, wants them off shelves

Federal health officials warned parents Wednesday about the dangers of teething remedies that contain a popular numbing ingredient and asked manufacturers to stop selling their products intended for babies and toddlers.

The Food and Drug Administration said that various gels and creams containing the drug benzocaine (BEN-zoh-keyn) can cause rare but deadly side effects in children, especially those 2 years and younger.

The agency has been warning about the products for a decade but said reports of illnesses and deaths have continued. Now, it wants teething products off the market, noting there is little evidence they actually work.

May 23 11:03

Dozens of foreign ISIS brides sentenced to death in Iraq

Dozens of foreign ISIS brides are being sentenced to death in Iraq as the country exacts its revenge after three years of jihadi occupation.

Pleading that they themselves are victims, the women were given 10 minutes to beg for their lives before judges decide their sentence.

Many of them find little sympathy with the Iraqi judiciary and locals and are despised for their support of their militant husbands, who tore the country apart between 2014 and 2017.

French citizen Djamila Boutoutao, 29, appeared in court last month and claimed: “I thought I had married a rapper. It was only when we arrived in Turkey for a week-long ‘holiday’ that I discovered my husband was a jihadist.”

“I’m a victim. My husband beat me and locked me up in a cave with my children when I refused to follow him (to Iraq).”

She reappeared in court again last week alongside 14 other women, The Guardian reported, where she begged to keep her daughter.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These women, and most probably their children, will be murdered by the Iraqi government, demonstrating that the Muqtada coalition is just as barbaric and midieval regarding issues pertaining to women, as were their predecessors.

They were, in many cases, victims of men who played and betrayed them, not revealing their jihadi affiliations until after they had been married to these guys.

And hey, Amal Clooney; we know where you and your husband were last weekend, attending the royal wedding of the Duke and Dutchess of Sussex; where the hell are you now, in a human rights case, that is screaming your name?!?

the short answer is, NOWHERE.

May 23 11:02

The Long Death of America’s Middle Class

The American middle class is dying.

In 2015, it dipped below 50% of the population for the first time since data collection started on the issue. It’s now an official minority group.

Meanwhile, nearly half of Americans don’t have enough money to cover a surprise $400 expense. Many are living paycheck to paycheck, with little to no cushion. And US homes are less affordable than they’ve been in decades—possibly ever.

May 23 11:01

LOL, Gun Grabber Is GRUMPY After Losing In Court…

Melody Vaccaro, vice president of Nebraskans Against Gun Violence, downplayed the crime and blamed the NRA for mass shootings, before she was pulled away by one of her attorneys.

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May 23 11:01

UK worried over Germany’s Russian gas reliance as hot war scenario discussed with MPs

UK Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson told the Commons select committee of his fears of German over-reliance on Russian gas - should conflict arise between NATO and Moscow.

Williamson appeared during a Defence Committee on US, NATO and UK defense relations ahead of July’s upcoming NATO summit, where MPs scrutinized the MoD’s financial priorities as members of the alliance look to boost individual military spending to a minimum of 2% of their GDP.

May 23 11:01

Britain in grip of cocaine ‘epidemic’ fuelled online

Security minister Ben Wallace said the UK was in the grip of a cocaine epidemic fuelled by smartphones and the internet.

The class A drug can be obtained in a way that was never possible before, with technology giving young people the opportunity to communicate and trade in a protected space.

Mr Wallace warned the drug is “no longer the preserve of the yuppie or the rich” and its widespread use was leading to an increase in violent crime.

The minister told the Commons: “In the old days, if you wanted to import huge amounts of cocaine somebody had to go to Colombia, somebody had to meet people.

“In the space of about eight years, you don’t have to do that."

May 23 11:00

Israeli airstrike hits boat at Gaza port preparing to meet aid flotilla – locals

An airstrike launched by the Israeli military has hit a boat that was moored in Gaza City. The vessel was preparing to meet other boats that were trying to sail through Israel's naval blockade of Gaza, locals say.

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said they hit "military targets belonging to the Hamas terror organization's naval force," as well as "underground terror infrastructure." On its official Twitter account, the IDF said it was done in response to a group of people breaking through the Israel-Gaza border and setting a military post on fire.

Gaza residents cited by Reuters said the boat that was set on fire by the Israeli attack was due to sail to meet a flotilla on its way to Gaza. A number of aid flotillas have attempted to breach the Israeli naval blockade of Gaza in recent years, but the vessels have been stopped, seized or turned back. In the most notorious case in 2010, Israeli commandos killed nine activists on board the Turkish ship Mavi Marmara.

May 23 10:59

European Lawmakers Disappointed at Facebook CEO's Testimony

The testimony of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg before the European Parliament was insufficient, as the social network founder was able to avoid uncomfortable questions, several members of the parliament pointed out.

Zuckerberg's hour-long interview took place on Tuesday. The format of the hearing allowed the Facebook CEO only several minutes at the end of the session to answer questions. However, he promised to provide written answers to all inquiries.

"Today's pre-cooked format was inappropriate & ensured #Zuckerberg could avoid our questions. I trust that written answers from Facebook will be forthcoming. If these are not accurately answered in detail, the EU competition authorities must be activated & legislation sharpened," Guy Verhofstadt, the president of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE), wrote on his Twitter.

May 23 10:59

Israel war planes STRIKE Gaza City as confrontation with Palestine ESCALATES

The strikes follow an Israeli raid targeting a military post east of Jabalia in northern Gaza just minutes prior.

Israeli war planes also targeted a site inside the fishermen’s port, west of Gaza City.

One Gaza resident, Mohammed Abu Assi, said on Twitter: “Israeli aircrafts are bombing several locations in Gaza, also the rockets were targeted mainly at Gaza sea port.”

Amjad Salah added: “Continuous explosions west of Gaza City shake the sky and flames in different areas.

“A very heavy flight of Israeli warplanes.”

May 23 10:58

Pressure grows to cancel “France-Israel Season”

Demands are growing to cancel the Saison France-Israël 2018 – or France-Israel Season – a series of hundreds of “cultural” events backed by both governments that is set to start next month.

In the first major sign that the pressure is being felt, the French government announced on Wednesday that Prime Minister Édouard Philippe was canceling a trip to open the France-Israel Season.

Already, more than 10,000 people have signed a petition launched this week urging President Emmanuel Macron to cancel the France-Israel Season altogether.

The petition asks: “How can we carry on as if nothing has happened? As if dozens of young people have not been slain in a premeditated fashion? As if hundreds of demonstrators merely demanding their fundamental rights have not been maimed for life? As if the Gaza ghetto does not run the risk of simply being liquidated, with the active or passive complicity of the international community?”

May 23 10:58

Gilberto Gil cancels Tel Aviv gig

Palestinians are hailing the decision by Brazilian music legend Gilberto Gil to pull the plug on a performance in Israel this summer.

Meanwhile, dozens of artists are declaring their support for the cultural boycott of Israel following the latest Israeli mass killings of civilians in the occupied Gaza Strip.

They include bands such as Portishead, Wolf Alice and Slaves.

May 23 10:57

Verhofstadt BLASTS Zuckerberg for creating ‘digital monster DESTROYING democracies’

FACEBOOK’s Mark Zuckerberg was accused by the EU’s Guy Verhofstadt of creating a "digital monster that is destroying our democracies" after he was questioned by EU Parliament over data mining and dealing with meddling in elections.

May 23 10:53

The US is running out of bombs — and it may soon struggle to make more

The Pentagon plans to invest more than $20 billion in munitions in its next budget. But whether the industrial base will be there to support such massive buys in the future is up in the air — at a time when America is expending munitions at increasingly intense rates.

The annual Industrial Capabilities report, put out by the Pentagon’s Office of Manufacturing and Industrial Base Policy, has concluded that the industrial base of the munitions sector is particularly strained, something the report blames on the start-and-stop nature of munitions procurement over the last 20 years, as well as the lack of new designs being internally developed.

Some suppliers have dropped out entirely, leaving no option for replacing vital materials. Other key suppliers are foreign-owned, with no indigenous capability to produce vital parts and materials ? setting up the risk that a conflict with China could rely on Chinese-made parts.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This story is deliciously ironic; how is it the the Unhinged, Surveilled State of WarMerica could possibly run out of munitions?!?

The answer is simple; this country is engaged in far more wars than it can effectively, and practically win, as opposed to trying to resolve its geopolitical differences with moral, hard-won negotations.

So of course, the Pentagon's, and Federal Government's answer here is, more bombs, dammit!!

May 23 10:52

British diplomats to use US Embassy in Jerusalem despite opposing relocation – report

The UK diplomats in Israel will do their business with Americans through the newly-inaugurated embassy in Jerusalem, a UK minister reportedly said. The UK snubbed the grand opening, voicing criticism over the move.

While being the US’ closest European ally, Britain joined the international community in boycotting the unveiling ceremony of the US Embassy in Jerusalem last week, which spurred violent clashes between Palestinian protesters and the Israeli army at the Gaza border. At least 60 people were killed in the altercation, including a baby that reportedly choked to death from tear gas, the Gaza Health Ministry said.

May 23 10:51

'Toilet for dirty money': UK targets Russians because of hate for Putin - George Galloway

The UK has pledged to get rid of Russian “dirty money,” as well as to tighten sanctions against Russian businesses in the country. But why is that an issue for a country that is, as George Galloway puts it, “dirty money central”?

“The City of London is afloat on dirty money and for the money that’s too dirty even for the City of London, we have our own crown dependency tax heavens, which are the toilet for dirty money,” the politician-turned-broadcaster Galloway told RT.

Ill-gotten cash from Russia does not damage UK security more than fraudulent gains, brought to the City of London from any other state across the world, according to the former MP. “Dirty money is dirty money wherever it comes from, and thieves are thieves wherever they come from,” he said, noting the lack of concern by the British government about money coming from the Middle East.

May 23 10:50

Iran in the crosshairs as the Empire enters its mad dog days

Mike Pompeo’s bellicose rhetoric against Tehran leaves no doubt that Washington has embraced the status of international renegade.
Pompeo’s speech, delivered in his capacity as secretary of state, evinced a blatant disregard for the integrity of international treaties and respect for international law. It also ensures that the last vestiges of credibility enjoyed by the US has now been shredded in the eyes of a world grown weary – weary of a Trump administration which, in its caprice and continual threats, is more redolent of a New York mafia crime family than a respectable and responsible government.

May 23 10:49

Hawaii volcano eruption: The most striking pictures from Kilauea eruption

Incredible photographs show molten lava pouring into the Pacific Ocean, volcanic fissures erupting with brutality and lava fountains creating spectacular displays of fire.

May 23 10:47

China Celebrates Social Credit System Blocking People from over 11 Million Flights

China’s state-run Global Times newspaper reported on Monday that over 11.14 million instances of individuals not being able to board flights – and 4.25 million similar incidents on trains – had occurred “by the end of April.”
Since the same person could attempt to board a flight or train and have officials deny them more than once, it is likely that the number of individuals banned from traveling is slightly lower than the number of instances in which the government has blocked travel.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Watch for such a system to be instituted in the US, in the very near future; and for some people who are late on paying taxes, such draconian steps are already in place here:

Another Travel Ban: IRS Moves to revoke Passports for Unpaid Taxes
The article goes on to state:

"Now, over a year later, the IRS has finally released new details on its website. If you have seriously delinquent tax debt, IRS can notify the State Department. The State Department generally will not issue or renew a passport after receiving certification from the IRS. The IRS has not yet started certifying tax debt to the State Department. The IRS says certifications will begin in early 2017, and the IRS website will be updated to indicate when this process has been implemented."

May 23 10:47

Top EU Official Warns Israel 'Not to Disparage Europe' – Reports

With relations between Tel Aviv and Washington at one of their highest points in history after the controversial opening of the US Embassy in the disputed city of Jerusalem, a high-ranking European official has predicted that President Trump's legacy may be scrapped.

During a recent visit to Israel, an unnamed senior EU official warned that Tel Aviv should not underestimate Europe, according to Israel Television News Company's Hadashot TV news bulletin.

"You shouldn't disparage Europe. Look at the numbers: We are still your biggest trade partners. You don't understand that we are under immense public pressure against Israel," the official reportedly said.

May 23 10:47

Italy latest: Lega leader tells France to ‘mind its own business’ amid euro warning

THE leader of Italy’s far-right Lega party told Paris to stop “poking its nose” into Rome’s internal affairs after French economy minister Bruno Le Maire called on the country’s new eurosceptic government to maintain its efforts to reduce its giant public debt in line with European Union fiscal rules.

May 23 10:46

Autonomous vehicle helped locate ‘holy grail of shipwrecks’ off Colombia

An autonomous vehicle was used in 2015 to locate a Spanish galleon that sunk 300 years ago off the coast of Colombia with $17 billion in treasure, the research team that helped in the discovery said on Monday.

The San Jose, which was considered the “holy grail of shipwrecks,” was located with the help of an underwater autonomous vehicle operated by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. The institution said it was holding the discovery under wraps out of respect for the Colombian government.

May 23 10:46

EU Turns Toward Russia as Trans-Atlantic Union Bursting at Seams

European countries are turning to Russia as an ally in their confrontation with Washington over Donald Trump's tariff measures and sanctions spree against Moscow and Tehran. In this context German Chancellor Angela Merkel's visit has marked a potential thaw in EU-Russia relations.

Russia has apparently emerged as a potential EU strategic partner, as the bloc is seeking ways to resist US President Donald Trump's trade policies and Washington's unilateral withdrawal from the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), commonly known as the Iran nuclear deal.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's May 18 meeting with President Vladimir Putin in the Black Sea resort city of Sochi has come as a signal of a potential thaw in relations between Moscow and the EU following the bloc's introduction of anti-Russia sanctions over Crimea's reunification with the state in 2014.

May 23 10:45

WATCH: Chaos in Paris as Police Clash with Protesters Burning Macron in Effigy

Police and protesters clashed violently in Paris streets Tuesday, with fire and water cannons turning neighborhoods into chaos.

As Sputnik reported earlier, Parisians took to the streets Tuesday to protest social and economic reforms implemented by French President Emmanuel Macron.

However, the protests turned into violent clashes and the police resorted to brutality, detaining protesters and beating them to the ground with batons.

May 23 10:43

Italy’s president approves Euroskeptic coalition's proposed PM candidate Conte

Law professor and lawyer Giuseppe Conte, proposed by the anti-establishment Five Star Movement (M5S) and its right-wing coalition ally Lega Nord for the post of Prime Minister, has been approved by the president.

Both parties rolled out their proposal for PM on Monday after lengthy negotiations the previous day. Lega Nord leader Matteo Salvini and Five Star Movement chief Luigi Di Maio later presented their pick to Italian President Sergio Mattarella.

Salvini described Conte as “a professional who contributed to the drafting of the contract” between both parties, while Di Maio called him “the Five Star Movement in a nutshell – he won't burden the Italian public."

Reports in the Italian media suggest that Conte will likely have both Five Star and Lega Nord leaders in his government, with Di Maio reportedly gunning for the Economic Development Ministry and the Salvini heading the Interior Ministry.

May 23 10:41

Caputo says Mueller team didn't seem to care about alleged informants in Trump campaign

Former Trump campaign adviser Michael Caputo opened up to Fox News about alleged informants who approached him during the 2016 presidential election, and revealed that special investigators didn’t seem to care at all.

“I gave this information to the House and Senate Intelligence Committees, and I gave this information to the Mueller team. They never reached out to the intermediary to check on it,” he told Neil Cavuto Tuesday on “Your World.” “They didn't even seem to be taking notes.”

Caputo said he was approached in early May 2016 by an intermediary “who had been talking to a government official” looking to connect with the Trump campaign -- purportedly to hand off Hillary Clinton-related emails.

Caputo noted both were amazed to be contacted from a government organization, which he didn’t name.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The degree to which Meuller - and the FBI - have been politicized, is an absolute shame,and an abomination.

Both Meuller, and the FBI, should be completely sacked for this political corruption, and the appointment of impartial non-partisan individuals to the FBI needs to begin immediately.

May 23 10:41

Toxic cloud caused by Hawaii volcano lava emerges over ocean

White plumes of acid and extremely fine shards of glass billowed into the sky over Hawaii as molten rock from Kilauea volcano poured into the ocean, creating yet another hazard from an eruption that began more than two weeks ago: A toxic steam cloud.

Authorities on Sunday warned the public to stay away the cloud that formed by a chemical reaction when lava touched seawater.

Further upslope, lava continued gushing out of large cracks in the ground in residential neighborhoods in a rural part of the Big Island. The molten rock made rivers that bisected forests and farms as it meandered toward the coast.

The rate of sulfur dioxide gas shooting from the ground fissures tripled, leading Hawaii County to repeat warnings about air quality. At the volcano’s summit, two explosive eruptions unleashed clouds of ash. Winds carried much of it toward the southwest.

May 23 10:41

New concerns as Hawaii volcano lava nears geothermal plant

After Kilauea erupted more than two weeks ago, lava has moved closer to a geothermal power plant and increased the threat of “laze”- a toxic haze created when lava enters the ocean.

May 23 10:40

Bin Laden and the Deep State

On September 24, 2001, a dying Osama bin Laden released his last statement to the world. It is published below, the full CIA transcript with no redactions or editing. In this now declassified but heavily suppressed document, bin Laden describes the role of the Deep State in 9/11:

“President Bush or any other US President, they cannot bring Israel to justice for its human rights abuses or to hold it accountable for such crimes. What is this? Is it not that there exists a government within the government in the United Sates? That secret government must be asked as to who made the attacks.”
Bin Laden’s words, and we assert these are his last words, mean much more today than they did even while the ruins in New York and Washington were still smoldering. One might note that the “jet fuel” fires in New York burned for months, billions of BTU’s melting boots well into 2002.

May 23 10:40

Hawaii volcano earthquakes today: Could Big Island be hit by BIG ONE as Kilauea erupts?

HAWAII’S Mount Kilauea continues its reign of terror on Big Island with 23 fissures open and spewing lava and the list of hazards continuing to grow. With earthquakes rocking the island, could it be hit by the Big One as Kilauea erupts?

May 23 10:39

Anti-Trump crusade

We have all gotten used to it – the media hate Trump and the president returns the favor in kind. How has this mutually charged hate fest changed media and journalism? Does the liberal corporate media report the news anymore? Is journalism today a fake profession in the service of partisanship?

May 23 10:38

The killing of Palestinians is accepted more lightly than the killing of mosquitoes

The State of Israel is a rogue state – this is a truth that can no longer be denied, except by those who believe illegal occupation, illegal settlements, apartheid, the theft of resources, collective punishment, siege, and regular bouts of mass murder are the legitimate actions of a state that proclaims itself the only democracy in the Middle East.

The latest bout of mass murder committed by soldiers of the IDF, the ‘most moral army in the world’, took place on March 30 at the start of Passover, the most sacred festival in the Jewish calendar. It left 18 unarmed Palestinian civilians dead and, according to some reports, as many as 1700 wounded.

In response to the massacre, writing in the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, Gideon Levy made the salient point that it “shows once again that the killing of Palestinians is accepted in Israel more lightly than the killing of mosquitoes.”

May 23 10:33

Landmark lawsuit claims Monsanto hid cancer danger of weedkiller for decades

At the age of 46, DeWayne Johnson is not ready to die. But with cancer spread through most of his body, doctors say he probably has just months to live. Now Johnson, a husband and father of three in California, hopes to survive long enough to make Monsanto take the blame for his fate.

On 18 June, Johnson will become the first person to take to trial on allegations that it has spent decades hiding the cancer-causing dangers of its popular Roundup herbicide products – and his case has just received a major boost.

Last week Judge Curtis Karnow issued an order clearing the way for jurors to consider not just scientific evidence related to what caused Johnson’s cancer, but allegations that Monsanto suppressed evidence of the risks of its weed killing products. Karnow ruled that the trial will proceed and a jury would be allowed to consider possible punitive damages.

May 23 10:30

Former FBI Director Comey Consulted with Mueller on Russia Testimony

A government watchdog group revealed Thursday that former FBI Director James Comey was advised by senior FBI officials to seek Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s advice prior to testifying before “any congressional committee” about President Donald Trump’s campaign and its alleged collusion with Russia’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election, according to new emails obtained by Judicial Watch.

Comey was also advised to seek Mueller’s counsel on the circumstances surrounding his firing by Trump before providing testimony to Congress, the Department of Justice emails obtained by Judicial Watch reveal. It is the first time evidence reveals there was coordination between the Special Counsel and Comey in the long drawn out controversial Mueller investigation.

May 23 10:29

'Beautiful Missile Launch:' Israel Lashes Out at Eurovision Song Parody

Israel’s victory in the Eurovision final on May 12 has been mirrored not only online, but by official mass media outlets, and a number of parallels have most naturally been drawn with the nation’s latest moves in the Gaza standoff.

The Israeli Embassy in Holland has issued an official letter condemning a parody involving the Israeli Eurovision winner’s hit as anti-Semitic in its essence, Israel’s Haaretz reported. Following the news report, some Twitter users rushed to claim that Israel lacks a sense of humor, while others reiterated their "disgust" with what they billed an "anti-Semitic" Dutch spoof.

May 23 10:26

Meet The Very Shady Prosecutor Robert Mueller Has Hired For The Russia Investigation

Mr. Weissmann has been portrayed recently as having “unimpeachable ethics” and as “the prosecutor you would want” if your family member was innocent. He was extolled for having “a hunch” that a former treasurer of Enron was “willing to say more” and would “cooperate.”

But what do the cases and indisputable facts show?

Let’s start with Mr. Weissmann’s “hunch” that young Enron treasurer Ben Glisan was ready to “cooperate.” Mr. Glisan was about 30 years old when Enron CFO Andrew Fastow — then a cover-boy for CFO Magazine — conned Glisan into one of Fastow’s fraudulent get-rich-quick schemes.

May 23 10:24

Mueller’s ‘Pit Bull’ Andrew Weissmann Busted for Withholding Evidence in Previous Case

The top attorney in Robert Mueller’s Special Counsel’s office was reported to the Department of Justice’s Inspector General by a lawyer representing whistleblowers for alleged “corrupt legal practices” more than a year before the 2016 presidential election and a decade before to the Senate Judiciary Committee, this reporter has learned.

Described by the New York Times as Mueller’s ‘pitbull,’ Andrew Weissmann, a former Eastern District of New York Assistant U.S. Attorney, rose through the ranks to eventually become Mueller’s general counsel at the F.B.I.

In 2015 Weissmann was selected to run the Department of Justice’s criminal fraud section and was later handpicked by Mueller to join the ongoing Special Counsel’s Office investigation into the alleged obstruction and alleged collusion between Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and Russia.

May 23 10:23

Monsanto Tries To Stop Lawsuit But Judge Greenlights Case Against Roundup’s Misleading Label

“In the face of EPA’s poor regulation of pesticides, misleading pesticide product labeling cannot be left unchecked. The court’s decision to allow our case to move forward, in denying Monsanto’s motion to dismiss, is critical to showing that the company is deceiving the public with a safety claim on its Roundup (glyphosate) label. Its advertising and labeling claim that Roundup ‘targets an enzyme found in plants but not in people or pets’ is false, given the devastating harm that glyphosate has on beneficial bacteria in the gut biome. The disruption of the gut biome is associated with a host of 21st century diseases, including asthma, autism, bacterial vaginosis, cardiovascular disease, cancer, Crohn’s disease, depression, inflammatory bowel disease, leaky gut syndrome, multiple sclerosis, obesity, Type 1 and 2 diabetes, and Parkinson’s.

May 23 10:23

‘First step’: House passes prison reform bill uniting (some) Democrats and Trump

The US House of Representatives overwhelmingly backed the First Step Act, which would allow more inmates to earn an early release from federal prisons and end practices such as shackling female prisoners during childbirth.

The bill, House Resolution 5682, was approved on Tuesday evening by a vote of 360 in favor and 59 opposed. Co-sponsored by Representatives Doug Collins (R-Georgia) and Hakeem Jeffries (D-New York), the bill managed to unite President Donald Trump and some of his critics among the Democrats.

Under the law, federal inmates would be able to earn up to 54 days per year in “good time credits” towards an early release, up from the previous cap of 47. This would apply retroactively, meaning that around 4,000 inmates could be released immediately once it is signed into law, according to Axios.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It sounds like a decent first step; unfortunately, prisons in this country are deliberately engineered to fail, and that is borne out by the horrifically high recidivism rates we see in the Unhinged, Surveilled State of WarMerica.

There are countries, particularly in Scandanavia, which don't have anywhere near the recidivism rates we do here.

And why?!?

They treat prisoners as though they were human beings.

I have kind of a hug/punch relationship with the work of Michael Moore, but I must tell you that his "Where to Invade Next", was nothing short of sheer genius. One of the places he filmed, was a Swedish prison, where you saw the incarcerated treated with respect, because the goal of Swedish prisons is rehabilitation, and reintegration with society at large.

US recidivism rate is around 50%.

US recidivism rates

Sweden's is under 40%, because of its commitment to rehabilitation, rather than punishment per se.

Sweden has done for its prisoners what the US government won't

One would think that the US might want to take a clue from prison systems which are working far better than its own does; of course, that... would be logical.

May 23 10:23

Calling For Overhaul Of Nation’s Food System, New Campaign Seeks Ban On Factory Farms

Farmers, environmental advocates, and community leaders came together in Des Moines, Iowa on Monday to launch a national campaign to outlaw factory farming, in conjunction with a new report that outlines the long list of negative consequences tied to housing hundreds or thousands of animals in crowded spaces.

“This is a model that doesn’t work for the way we produce our food. It doesn’t work for the environment. It doesn’t work for public health. It doesn’t work for communities. It doesn’t work for family farmers… And it’s time to say, ‘no more.'”
—Patty Lovera,
Food & Water Watch

May 23 10:22

North Korea’s destruction of nuclear site ‘is like trampling over a murder scene’

North Korea will be dismantling its Punggye-ri nuclear site this week after Kim Jong-un announced the nation would take steps towards denuclearisation.

However nuclear scientists and North Korea experts fear vital evidence of Kim Jong-un’s nuclear ambitions will be destroyed.

North Korea has invited a handful of media representatives to witness the dismantling of the Punggye-ri site but not technical experts despite calls from the US for "a permanent and irreversible closure that can be inspected and fully accounted for".

Bruce Bechtol, an expert on North Korea, has likened the destruction of the nuclear test site to trampling on a murder scene.

Mr Bechtol, a professor of political science at Angelo State University, said: “It's kind of like a murder scene where they let people like you and me trample around in it, it's the same concept.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

No matter what North Korea does, it is declared a bad thing.

May 23 10:21

Building the Bomb!

The Nevada Test Site was established a few years after the end of the second world war, against the fear of an all-out nuclear attack from the Soviet Union. As the Cold War took hold, America needed a convenient place to design and build its nuclear arsenal.

From 1951, over four decades, the US government carried out almost a thousand nuclear tests at this test site, earning it the nickname of the “most bombed place on Earth”. Here, they took the crude nuclear weapons that had been dropped over Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 and honed their destructive power.

A hundred of these tests, known as atmospheric shots, took place above ground, creating the characteristic mushroom clouds that have become synonymous with nuclear detonations.

The government still carries out classified work on the site, and access is limited to a small number of carefully vetted visitors each year, who are not allowed to take photographs. The Guardian was given extremely rare access to film at the site.

May 23 10:18

NATO Weapons Found in Syria Suggest Preparation for Chemical Attack – Ex-General

The discovery of gear meant for protection against chemical weapons was part of a vast stock of NATO weapons found Monday by the Syrian military and members of the Russian Center for Syrian Reconciliation in territory recently freed from militants.

Commenting on Monday's weapons discovery, which included gas masks and other equipment, in addition to heavy weapons, retired Lebanese Brigadier General Amin Hteit warned that the chemical protection equipment pointed to a possible preparation for another false-flag attack involving the use of chemical weapons.

"The warehouse find includes a great deal of equipment associated with chemical attacks," the former officer said, speaking to Sputnik.

May 23 10:16

Watch Russian nuclear sub fire barrage of 4 ballistic missiles in stunning HD (VIDEO)

The Russian Defense Ministry has released footage of a Borei-class submarine firing a barrage of four Bulava missiles – the first such test for this type of submarine. The test was conducted on Tuesday in the White Sea.
The video published on Wednesday shows some pre-launch activities on board the Yuriy Dolgorukiy, the lead of the project. Then the submarine is shown firing four Bulava missiles at a test range in Kamchatka in quick succession.

Previous tests of the weapon were conducted solo or in barrages of two on two occasions. Firing missiles in a barrage is more challenging for the crew and ship, but reduces the time the submarine stays close to the surface exposed to detection and possible attack.

May 23 10:16

BEX ALERT - Let's face facts: School shootings are inextricably linked to white male privilege | Solomon Jones

In the wake of yet another school shooting — this time in Sante Fe, Texas — it’s time for America to accept that this brand of gun violence is inextricably linked to white male privilege.

May 23 10:12

Afghans question US worth in Taliban fight as Pentagon watchdog admits ‘lack of progress’

Despite committing additional resources to Afghanistan, US troops and local security forces have made little inroads against the Taliban. Some Afghan lawmakers are questioning whether the country needs US assistance at all.

A report to Congress prepared by the Pentagon’s inspector general challenges an earlier assessment of the US military that the latest increase of support to the Afghan national security forces helped turn the corner and gain momentum against the militant movement. Over the first quarter of 2018 the Taliban’s threat has not greatly diminished.

“The Taliban continued to hold territory and launched devastating terrorist attacks in Kabul and across the country,” Glenn Fine, the deputy Pentagon inspector general, wrote in an introductory note to the report, which was released on Monday.

May 23 10:12

Israeli govt minister tells EU: ‘Go to a thousand, thousand hells’

Unhappy about EU calls to probe alleged Israeli police brutality against activists protesting the bloodshed on the Gaza border, Israel's Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz said the EU could go "to a thousand thousand hells."

Steinitz was giving an interview to a local radio station when he said of the EU, "Let them go to a thousand thousand hells," as cited by Haaretz. His response followed the EU’s call for a “swift investigation” into the Israeli police’s violent crackdown on protesters in Haifa last Friday. They had been criticising the State of Israel for the high death toll at the border with Gaza.

May 23 10:11

Reuters Poll: Republicans Lead Generic Ballot for First Time in 2018 Cycle

For the first time this election cycle, Republicans lead Democrats on the generic ballot, according to a new Reuters poll.

About 38 percent of registered voters would pick the Republican candidate if midterm elections were today, while around 37 percent would pick the Democrat, 16 percent said they were unsure which party they would choose or refused to take the survey, and 7 percent would opt for a third-party candidate, the poll found.

The dramatic shift is bad news for Democrats, who were a full ten points on the generic ballot as recently as the end of April. If the trend holds, their hopes of regaining control of Congress atop a blue wave in November could be dashed.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Now that both Clinton's and Obama's quiet, nearly unimaginable corruption, and infiltration of Trumps 2016 campaign, are coming to light, and there is nothing the Democrats can do to stop this, I think that people may be more prone to vote for Republicans rather than Democrats in the upcoming midterms.

It all depends on both how the economy is going, and whether President Trump is able to lead this country without bringing the US into yet another horrific war, in which this country will be enmeshed for well over a decade, as has happened with Afghanistan.

May 23 10:09

Trump Orders Housecleaning to Stop Leaks

President Trump has had enough. And now he’s taking action.

For too long, the leaks out of the West Wing have put the Trump Administration in embarrassing and unproductive positions. And now top Trump staff are fed up with secret information being given to the press.

Last week, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway announced that the President was exploring options for firing a ton of staffers in an effort to stop the leaks.

Now it looks like Trump is following through, and has ordered Chief of Staff John Kelly to initiate the culling. Let the heads roll!

May 23 10:08

"Their Lives Were Ruined": Victims Of CIA MK-Ultra Brainwashing Plan Class-Action Suit

Survivors and families of those who were affected by Project MK-Ultra, also called the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) mind control program, administered at McGill University’s Allan Memorial Institute in Montreal are preparing a class-action lawsuit against the Quebec and federal governments because of what they alleged had been done to them five decades ago.

May 23 10:04

Rudy Giuliani won deal for OxyContin maker to continue sales of drug behind opioid deaths

The US government missed the opportunity to curb sales of the drug that kickstarted the opioid epidemic when it secured the only criminal conviction against the maker of OxyContin a decade ago.

Purdue Pharma hired Rudolph Giuliani, the former New York mayor and now Donald Trump’s lawyer, to head off a federal investigation in the mid-2000s into the company’s marketing of the powerful prescription painkiller at the centre of an epidemic estimated to have claimed at least 300,000 lives.

While Giuliani was not able to prevent the criminal conviction over Purdue’s fraudulent claims for OxyContin’s safety and effectiveness, he was able to reach a deal to avoid a bar on Purdue doing business with the federal government which would have killed a large part of the multibillion-dollar market for the drug.

The former New York mayor also secured an agreement that greatly restricted further prosecution of the pharmaceutical company and kept its senior executives out of prison.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Why is it, that people who are at the top of US society, no matter what party they represent, are such pieces of non-biodegradable pond scum, in terms of their ultimate effects on society?!?

May 23 09:59

AMAZON PUSHES FACIAL RECOGNITION TO POLICE, PROMPTING OUTCRY OVER SURVEILLANCE...

Amazon's decision to market a powerful face recognition tool to police is alarming privacy advocates, who say the tech giant's reach could vastly accelerate a dystopian future in which camera-equipped officers can identify and track people in real time, whether they're involved in crimes or not.

It's not clear how many law enforcement agencies have purchased the tool, called Rekognition, since its launch in late 2016 or since its update last fall, when Amazon added capabilities that allow it to identify people in videos and follow their movements almost instantly.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office in Oregon has used it to quickly compare unidentified suspects in surveillance images to a database of more than 300,000 booking photos from the county jail — a common use of such technology around the country — while the Orlando Police Department in Florida is testing whether it can be used to single out persons-of-interest in public spaces and alert officers to their presence.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The horrific possibilities outlined in the film "Minority Reporty" are, apparently, already with us, courtesy of Amazon.

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