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May 17, 2019

May 17 10:53

FRANCE TAKES UNPRECEDENTED ACTION AGAINST REPORTERS WHO PUBLISHED SECRET GOVERNMENT DOCUMENT

SOURCE: THE INTERCEPT

JOURNALISTS IN FRANCE are facing potential jail sentences in an unprecedented case over their handling of secret documents detailing the country’s involvement in the Yemen conflict.

Earlier this week, a reporter from Radio France and the co-founders of Paris-based investigative news organization Disclose were called in for questioning at the offices of the General Directorate for Internal Security, known as the DGSI, an organization that is tasked with fighting terrorism, espionage, and other domestic threats, similar in function to the FBI in the United States.

The two news organizations published stories in April – together with The Intercept, Mediapart, ARTE Info, and Konbini News – that revealed the vast amount of French, British, and American military equipment sold to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates and subsequently used by those nations to wage war in Yemen.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Hey, France and Britain didn't want to miss out on this whirlwind opportunity, to get its weapons sold to the Saudi military, no matter that the final outcomes of these sales...looked like this... (warning; this may a "lose your lunch" moment, unless you love to see dead, and dying, children):

Images: Yemeni kids, murdered or crippled for life, courtesy of US/Saudi war crimes in Yemen.

Horrifying images of starving children (courtesy of the Saudi/US port blockade)

YeImages: Yemeni children dying of cholera, because all the clean water systems have been systematically destroyed, courtesy of US/Saudi bombing

And I challenge France's President Macron, and the US President, President Trump, to really look at these images; if you are not moved by them, you have lost any small shred of humanity you might have once had, but got surgically removed, when it was time for your first run at office.

Which, of course, leads us to the Next Big War; the coming war with Iran.

President Trump, you have been "Boltonized" into believing that such a war would be "good" for the US, when the mechanics of what has happened here, is that you have simply outsourced your Middle East policy to Israel, and let them have free-reign control over US policy in the region; this means infinitely more bloodshed, and a possible US resurrection of the draft in this country.

To President Macron and President Trump; there are times when US, French, and Israeli policy need to align; but gentlemen, I swear to you both, that this is one moment, in your political careers, when that is the worst possible thing you could do to the people you represent.

May 17 10:49

Utter Insanity…

That’s the only way to describe this stock market. It won’t end well for the hedge funds whose algos are chasing price momentum nor for the retail daytraders playing the game of “greater fool.” Apparently CSCO and WMT’s “beat” triggered a multi-hundred point spike in the Dow on Thursday. Funny thing about that. CSCO’s one-cent “beat” has been routine since the late 1990’s.

May 17 10:48

Inside Judicial Watch: Obama WH Orchestrated Clinton Email Cover-Up

In this episode of "Inside Judicial Watch" JW Senior Investigator Bill Marshall discuss how records obtained through a court-ordered discovery revealed that the Obama White House was tracking a FOIA request for Clinton emails.

May 17 10:29

Saudi Arabia launches deadly airstrike on Yemeni capital

Once again deadly bombardment of civilian areas in Yemen. Saudi fighter jets targeted the capital Sana’a. At least seven civilians, most of them women and children, have lost their lives in the strikes. The air raids also left more than 50 others wounded.



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May 17 10:29

Peter Schweizer: Senate Should Call Hunter Biden to Testify on China and Ukraine Deals

Peter Schweizer, president of the Government Accountability Institute and senior editor-at-large at Breitbart News, advised the Senate to call on Hunter Biden to testify about business dealings in China and Ukraine, offering his recommendation in a Wednesday interview on SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Tonight with hosts Rebecca Mansour and Joel Pollak.

The Senate should call Hunter Biden to testify before a committee regarding his business dealings in China and Ukraine, advised Schweizer.

“We need to begin at the headwaters of this whole story, which is the simple question: He was brought on the board of the Burisma corporation, he was brought on to do regulatory compliance — which of course he had no background in, [and] he had no background in Ukraine — what precisely was he being paid to do, and why was he hired by Burisma?” asked Schweizer. “That’s the first question that needs to be asked.”

May 17 10:28

BEX ALERT - Report: Pompeo Confirms Iran-Backed Shiite Forces Moving Missiles near U.S. Bases in Iraq

Reuters on Wednesday quoted two Iraqi security sources who revealed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo issued warnings about Iran-backed Shiite militia threatening U.S. bases in Iraq with missiles when he paid a surprise visit to Baghdad on May 7.

Pompeo reportedly warned the Iraqi government to keep those Shiite forces at bay, or else the U.S. military would deal with them:

May 17 10:27

Joe diGenova: I Believe Some Russia Hoax Architects Will Go to Prison

Joe diGenova expressed optimism that “some of the people responsible” for using federal intelligence assets to surveil and subvert Donald Trump — as a presidential candidate and as president — “are going to go to prison,” offering his remarks in a Wednesday interview on SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Daily with host Alex Marlow.

“This is an unfolding American tragedy,” said diGenova of of the Obama administration’s surveillance of Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and the subsequent Robert Mueller-led operation. “For the first time in this entire almost three years, I now believe that some of the people responsible for this are going to go to prison, and that, to me, is a beautiful thing.”

May 17 10:26

UN Mission: No Threat Posed by Iran to Anybody in Iraq

Iran's permanent UN mission in New York in a statement strongly dismissed the US media and psychological warfare inducing Tehran's intention to attack Washington's interests in Iraq.

The statement was issued after the US State Department ordered a partial evacuation of the embassy in Baghdad and consulate in Erbil on Wednesday.

Iran's statement denounced the move as “the latest escalation in the propaganda war”, suggesting that Washington is trying to use them as a pretext to initiate a conflict.

"Iran is no threat to anybody in Iraq or elsewhere, and Iran is not preparing for any attacks anywhere,” it said.


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May 17 10:25

CONGRESSMAN CALLS FOR BANNING BITCOIN BECAUSE IT 'TAKES POWER' FROM THE CORRUPT FEDERAL RESERVE

SOURCE: MATT AGORIST @ THE FREE THOUGHT PROJECT
(Support Free Thought) - In 2017, the state of Arizona went after the federal government’s attack on gold and silver by eliminating the capital gains taxes on precious metals. This paved the way to deal a massive blow to the Federal Reserve and end their monopoly on money. While the precious metals move was certainly noteworthy, legislation passed last year by the Arizona Senate was nothing short of revolutionary as it officially recognized cryptocurrencies as money by allowing residents to pay their taxes in it. But when you challenge the Federal Reserve, they fight back.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Federal Reserve, is nothing more than a very sophisticated money laundering system, perpetrated by the already monied, on the rest of us.

May 17 10:25

Deadly Cholera Hits Illegal Immigrants in Yemen amid Worsening Health Situation

Outbreak of cholera has killed 21 illegal African immigrants and asylum-seekers, and infected over 450 others in the Southern province of Lahj.

May 17 10:24

US-Israel relationship is ‘altar’ of ‘holiness,’ and Jerusalem embassy is ‘shrine’ — US ambassador

There’s been a lot of focus on US Ambassador David Friedman saying at a ceremony in Jerusalem Tuesday that Israel “is on the side of God,” as the New York Times reported.

The religious character of Friedman’s remarks went well beyond that statement. Friedman likened the US-Israel relationship to the “altar” of the original Jewish temple in Jerusalem and called the embassy a “shrine” that people pray to and thank God for. The US and Israel need to get even closer in the coming months, Friedman said, and move toward even greater “holiness.”

May 17 10:23

Merkel Says Postwar Order Over, Calls on Europe to Unite in Face of US

In an interview with the German daily Zueddeutche Zeitung ahead of the European elections Chancellor Angela Merkel has urged Europe to unite and stand up to the US, Russia, and China. Amid the ongoing tussle with Washington over higher import tariffs and the US pulling out of the Iran deal, one of Europe’s most powerful politicians stated that “the old certainties of the postwar order no longer apply” expressing confidence that “Europe needs to reposition itself in a changed world”.


May 17 10:22

Iran and the West: Can Europe restrain the US?

The schism between the United States and Europe over Iran bears the hallmarks of their friction over Iraq prior to the 2003 US-led invasion. Their current dispute is mainly over means not ends, but could have major implications for transatlantic relations and the Middle East.

May 17 10:20

Never before seen footage chronicling Syrian Army’s massive advance towards Idlib

Anna News released a never before seen video that chronicles the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) massive advance across northwestern countryside of the Hama Governorate recently.

In the Anna News video, the Syrian Arab Army can be seen attacking and capturing several areas, forcing the militants to fall back towards the Idlib Governorate.

May 17 10:16

Facebook Busts Israeli Campaign to Disrupt Elections in African, Asian and Latin American Nations

Facebook said Thursday it banned an Israeli company that ran an influence campaign aimed at disrupting elections in various countries and has canceled dozens of accounts engaged in spreading disinformation.

Nathaniel Gleicher, Facebook's head of cybersecurity policy, told reporters that the tech giant had purged 65 Israeli accounts, 161 pages, dozens of groups and four Instagram accounts. Many were linked to the Archimedes Group, a Tel Aviv-based political consulting and lobbying firm that boasts of its social media skills and ability to "change reality."

May 17 10:14

Angela Merkel TAKES ON Trump - lists USA along with Russia and China as global RIVALS

GERMAN Chancellor Angela Merkel has provocatively listed the USA under President Trump along with China and Russia as countries that Europe needs to unite to contain.


May 17 10:13

The Latest: Chelsea Manning ordered back to jail

Former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning has been sent to jail – again – for refusing to testify to a grand jury.

A judge on Thursday ordered Manning back to the Alexandria Detention Center until she agrees to testify to a grand jury investigating Wikileaks or until the grand jury term expires in 18 months.

May 17 10:12

Who Wants This War with Iran?

Speaking on state TV of the prospect of a war in the Gulf, Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei seemed to dismiss the idea.

“There won’t be any war. … We don’t seek a war, and (the Americans) don’t either. They know it’s not in their interests.”

The ayatollah’s analysis — a war is in neither nation’s interest — is correct.

May 17 10:11

3,000 Blacks Protest “Gentrification”—Code for Whites’ Making Washington D.C. Livable Again

Some 3,000 people, almost every one of them black, swarmed onto the intersection of Washington D.C.’s 14th and U Streets last week for the #DontMuteDC protest known as “Moechella”—part of a gathering protest following T-Mobile’s order that its Metro PCS storefront stop blaring “go-go” music. But it not really about music. It’s about “gentrification”—the movement of young affluent whites into to D.C.

May 17 10:03

MGM might pay $800m in Las Vegas shooting settlement

Casino giant MGM Resorts has told regulators in the United States it may pay up to $800m to settle liability lawsuits stemming from the 2017 mass shooting in Las Vegas - the deadliest in the country's modern history.

"The company believes it is reasonably possible that a settlement will be reached" by next May, it told the Securities and Exchange Commission in a quarterly report released on Thursday.

MGM Resorts also said it had $751m in insurance to pay towards a settlement.


May 17 10:03

Trump on Track to Flip the Ninth Circuit to Republican by 2020

With the confirmation of Kenneth Kiyul Lee to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals yesterday, President Trump is on track to flip the notoriously liberal court to Republican by 2020.

According to National Review's Ed Whelan, Lee will be filling a seat that was held for decades by "arch-activist Stephen Reinhardt."

May 17 10:02

Trump sending ‘500 migrants a month’ to Florida Democratic strongholds

President Donald Trump‘s plans to send potentially hundreds of undocumented immigrants each month to the Democratic strongholds of Broward and Palm Beach counties ignited a torrent of criticism from local Florida officials who called the move political.

“The blatant politics, sending them to the two most Democratic Counties in the state of Florida, is ridiculous,” said state Sen. Gary Farmer, a Democrat who represents portions of Broward County. “You can’t make this stuff up.”

Broward County officials described the plans Thursday in a press release, saying the Trump administration plans to release asylum seekers caught along the southern U.S. border into the county. A month earlier, Trump floated the idea of shipping undocumented immigrants to sanctuary cities that limit their cooperation with federal immigration enforcement. Neither Palm Beach nor Broward counties fit that description, but politically they're enemy territory for Trump and Republicans.

May 17 10:01

IT’S HAPPENING: President Trump Plans to Invoke Insurrection Act to Remove Illegal Aliens From United States

The Daily Caller’s Amber Athey reported that multiple senior Trump administration officials said President Trump will soon invoke the “tremendous powers” of the act to get rid of illegal aliens leeching off the fat of the land.

“We’re doing the Insurrection Act,” one official said.

Under the Insurrection Act of 1807, the president has the authority to use the National Guard and military in order to combat “unlawful obstruction or rebellion” within U.S. borders. The act was last invoked in 1992 by George H.W. Bush to quell the Los Angeles riots, and was also used by Eisenhower in 1957 to enforce school desegregation in the south.

An official expressed concerns that Trump’s use of the act’s powers would face legal challenges, pointing to the lawsuits against the president’s travel ban from majority-Muslim countries. However, as the official noted, the travel ban ultimately prevailed in the Supreme Court.

May 17 10:00

EU leaders: We won't follow Trump's Huawei ban

Germany, France and the Netherlands have said they will not block Huawei from participating in the expansion of national 5G networks. The US fears that China could use Huawei equipment for spying.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

No, the US fears losing US customers to China!


May 17 09:59

San Francisco area homeless count increases by double digits

A federal count shows the number of homeless people increased by double-digit percentages in three San Francisco Bay Area counties over two years as the region struggled to tackle the growing problem, including 17% in San Francisco and 43% in the county that includes Oakland.

More than 25,000 people were counted as homeless during an overnight tally conducted in San Francisco, Alameda and Silicon Valley’s Santa Clara counties in January. Detailed reports are expected later this year.

May 17 09:58

Alabama law moves abortion to the center of 2020 campaign

Alabama’s new law restricting abortion in nearly every circumstance has moved one of the most polarizing issues in American politics to the center of the 2020 presidential campaign.

The state’s legislation — the toughest of several anti-abortion measures that have passed recently, with the only exception being a serious risk to the woman’s health — prompted an outcry from Democratic presidential candidates, who warned that conservatives were laying the groundwork to undermine the landmark Roe v. Wade decision. The White House, meanwhile, didn’t comment on the Alabama bill, signed into law Wednesday by Republican Gov. Kay Ivey, as President Donald Trump tries to balance his conservative base against the potential of antagonizing women who are already skeptical of his presidency.

May 17 09:56

Iran tells Middle East militias: prepare for proxy war

Iran’s most prominent military leader has recently met Iraqi militias in Baghdad and told them to “prepare for proxy war”, the Guardian has learned.

Two senior intelligence sources said that Qassem Suleimani, leader of Iran’s powerful Quds force, summoned the militias under Tehran’s influence three weeks ago, amid a heightened state of tension in the region. The move to mobilise Iran’s regional allies is understood to have triggered fears in the US that Washington’s interests in the Middle East are facing a pressing threat. The UK raised its threat levels for British troops in Iraq on Thursday.

While Suleimani has met regularly with leaders of Iraq’s myriad Shia groups over the past five years, the nature and tone of this gathering was different. “It wasn’t quite a call to arms, but it wasn’t far off,” one source said.

May 17 09:55

US ILLEGALLY EVICTS PROTECTORS FROM VENEZUELAN EMBASSY

The Trump administration has been trying to engineer an unlawful coup and regime change in Venezuela. After U.S. puppet Juan Guaidó declared himself “interim president” of Venezuela on January 23, high Trump officials quickly ratified his declaration. The U.S. government seeks to illegally install Guaidó and a new ambassador in the D.C. embassy as part of its coup attempt.

After cutting off electricity and refusing to allow food and water to the protectors, agents from the Secret Service, State Department and Washington, D.C., police tried to raid the embassy on May 13. They read from an unsigned piece of paper titled “Trespassing Notice,” which stated that the U.S. government recognized Guaidó as president of Venezuela and Carlos Vecchio as Venezuelan ambassador to the United States.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Ann Wright is one of my great heroines of 21st century peace movement; I would put great stake in what she has to say, and she is welcomed to tea, any time she wants, in our home!!!



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May 17 09:54

Is China's "Mandate Of Heaven" In Jeopardy?

U.S. policy through the Bush and Obama administrations was to soft-pedal questionable Chinese trade practices, pirating technology and theft of intellectual property in return for cheap manufactured goods and China’s willingness to finance trillions of dollars of U.S. government debt.

Now Trump has changed the rules of the game. He’s said lost jobs in the U.S. are not worth the cheap goods and cheap financing. He bet that China had no alternative but to keep producing those goods and keep buying our debt, even if the U.S. imposes tariffs to help create manufacturing jobs here.

President Trump and President Xi had been on a collision course involving issues of trade, tariffs, and currency manipulation, which are coming to a head.

May 17 09:53

FT Agrees With Hughes, Says US Must Break Up Facebook 'Monopoly' In Editorial

Europe and the UK have been much more proactive in trying to hold tech giants accountable than the US, which probably has something to do with the fact that most of these companies are American firms. So it's hardly a surprise that an editorial written by Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes, Mark Zuckerberg's former college roommate, resonated more on the other side of the pond.

In an editorial published by the FT, perhaps Europe's most venerable financial news publication, the paper argued that European capitals must lead the charge, but that ultimately, the US must wake up and start regulating.

May 17 09:50

GARDASIL’S FRAUDULENT RESEARCH REVEALED: THERE WILL BE LEGAL CONSEQUENCES, SAYS ATTORNEY ROBERT F. KENNEDY JR.

BY CATHERINE J. FROMPOVICH
Attorney Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Children’s Health Defense’s Chairman and Chief Legal Counsel, finally has “put on the gloves” and is ready to fight Big Pharma’s Merck & Co., Inc. regarding the falsified and fraudulent research they undertook and presented to the CDC/FDA for the licensure of the HPV vaccine Gardasil®.

After reading the transcript of Mr. Kennedy’s video, I could not help but spotlight some of the more apparently shocking facts he and his team uncovered in their exposé of the fraud that apparently took place during Merck’s testing of the Gardasil® vaccine.

Much of the information below is taken from various parts of the video/transcript, which I request readers refer to here. This may read out of context, but it falls together to tell a long story as briefly as possible.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Drug companies frequently falsify their research, in order to get drugs on the marketplace, and reap massive profits from them.

And BTW, parents of infants or young children, please DEMAND, from your physician, a copy of the package insert before your kid is given a DTAP vaccine; you need to know precisely what the manufacturer is saying about the potential harm to your kid, this drug may cause.

What bad side effects can the DTAP vaccine can have on children

May 17 09:43

MEXICAN JOURNALIST UNDER GOVERNMENT PROTECTION PLAN SHOT DEAD

SOURCE: ALJAZEERA

Blood-soaked body of Francisco Romero, fifth journalist to be killed this year, was found on a pavement in his hometown.

A Mexican journalist enrolled in a federal protection programme has been shot dead, the fifth reporter to be killed this year in one of the most dangerous countries for the press.

The blood-soaked body of crime reporter Francisco Romero was found on a pavement outside a nightclub in his hometown of Playa del Carmen along Mexico's Caribbean coast on Thursday, authorities said.

Romero ran a Facebook-based news site called "Ocurrio Aqui" (It Happened Here) that covers local politics and crime and had more than 17,000 followers. He also worked for one of the state's leading newspapers, Quintana Roo Hoy.

The state prosecutor's office opened a homicide investigation, saying Romero had filed a complaint on April 12 over threats he had received. The source of those threats was not specified.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Please take Mexico off your list for any vacation, or convention outings; this place can be hazardous to one's health, even if you are an innocent, with no cartel affiliations\ whatsoever.


May 17 09:40

CONGRESS WANTS TO STEAL $1.68 BILLION FROM IRAN

It’s not enough to want untold thousands to die and the country destroyed, now neocons in Congress want to steal more than a billion and a half dollars from Iran as compensation for something somebody else did or didn’t do.

From the Daily Caller:

A bipartisan group of lawmakers introduced legislation Thursday to make $1.68 billion worth of Iranian funds available to the families of 241 American servicemen killed in the 1983 suicide bombing on a Marine base in Beirut, Lebanon.

In Trump Bizarro World, as in the Obama and Bush versions of the same, reality and facts are only applicable when they serve the agenda.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This... is desperation on the cusp of madness; and pray tell, how was Iran responsible for this horrible event?!>? Where, please, are those oft-neglected words, logic and proof, please?!?

Would they do something like this, understanding that the response from the US, and Israel be destroying their country with multiple nuclear strikes?

The short answer, of course, is HELL no.

But I DO know another country that would have had utterly zero problem in creating such an event; that country, of course, would be Israel, because they have done it before.

In fact, were I a betting person, I would almost be willing to bet that the alleged "bombs" Iran was supposed to have left in Syria, will soon be triggered by Israel's Mossad.

And if you think for one moment that this kind of despicable behaviour would be "off the books" for Mossad, you had better think again.

The Israeli attack on the USN's Liberty

May 17 09:07

SWAT Team Raids Venezuelan Embassy In DC To Cheers Of Guaido Supporters

The four remaining "Embassy Collective" activists who were remaining from among dozens of anti-war protesters who had been holed up in the embassy for the prior few weeks were arrested, according to local accounts.

The group had been defending the embassy since April 10 from what they described as a hostile and illegal potential takeover from pro-Guaido opposition supporters camped outside. The Maduro-supporting collective had the blessing of Venezuelan diplomatic authorities.

Subsequently, Carlos Vecchio - the Guaidó-appointed ambassador - tweeted his congratulations that the embassy had been "liberated," further thanking the "Venezuelan diaspora" for helping.

May 17 09:07

WHO’S BEHIND THE PRO-GUAIDÓ CROWD BESIEGING VENEZUELA’S D.C. EMBASSY?

The intimidation tactics by the pro-coup embassy besiegers not only failed to deter the peace activists around the embassy, they left Venezuela’s D.C.-based opposition with a serious PR problem. After a week of hateful outbursts, a handful of marketing strategists emerged as de facto spokespeople for the mob.

After a rough and revealing start, the reins of the campaign to seize Venezuela’s embassy in Washington are being taken over by a group of well-connected marketing and online strategists.

May 17 09:06

France won’t ease reforms if right-wing make gains in European elections – PM Philippe

France will press ahead with a social and economic reform agenda that spurred months of anti-government protests in France even if the right-wing comes out on top in European elections, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said on Thursday.

Ten days from the vote in France, Marine Le Pen’s Rassemblement National party, which is running on a campaign to overhaul the EU from within, is level with Macron’s En Marche in opinion polls, Reuters said.


May 17 09:05

Ruling coalition in Ukraine breaks up, may lead to snap election

Ukraine’s ruling coalition broke up on Friday after the People’s Front party quit outgoing President Petro Poroshenko’s faction. The move potentially paves the way for incoming President Volodymyr Zelensky to call a snap election, Reuters said.

Parliament now has one month to form a new coalition or else the president can dissolve parliament and call snap parliamentary elections.

May 17 09:05

Ukraine’s FM Klimkin resigns ahead of Zelensky’s inauguration

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavel Klimkin has tendered his resignation, he said in a video posted on his Facebook page on Friday. “As I have promised, I have just written my letter of resignation,” he said.

Klimkin will send the letter to the Verkhovna Rada and to Ukrainian President-elect Volodymyr Zelensky after his inauguration on May 20.

The minister also announced his intention to run for the Ukrainian parliament, TASS reports.

May 17 09:04

The Hidden Stakes of the Restoration of Notre-Dame

L’Élysée has used the fire of Notre-Dame de Paris to carry out a project that was in limbo. It has set new rules, outside respect for heritage and normal tendering procedures, not to restore the cathedral, but to transform the Ile de la Cité into Europe’s leading tourist destination on the eve of the 2024 Olympic Games. To avoid judicial constraints, the hypothesis of a construction site accident was arbitrarily imposed.

May 17 09:03

Facebook busts Israeli influence campaign that targeted elections on 3 continents

Facebook has uncovered an extensive Israeli-run political influence campaign that has been ‘changing reality according to clients' wishes’ targeting elections in African, Latin America and Asian nations for years.



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May 17 09:02

2 US destroyers enter Persian Gulf amid tensions with Iran

Two US Navy warships armed with Tomahawk cruise missiles have entered the Persian Gulf with a carrier strike group on stand-by off the coast of Oman, as Washington keeps accusing Tehran of planning to attack “American interests.”

Guided missile destroyers USS Gonzalez (DDG-66) and USS McFaul (DDG-74) transited the Strait of Hormuz on Thursday afternoon, the US Naval Institute (USNI) reported. Their sailing proceeded “without challenge” or “harassment” from the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, despite boiling hot tensions between Tehran and Washington, the publication's defense sources noted.

May 17 09:01

John Bolton ADMITS He Will LIE To Get Us To World War!

May 17 08:48

Monsanto’s “Rain of Death” on Canada’s Forests

First Nations in Ontario have run out of patience. For 43 years, the forest industry has been conducting aerial spraying of glyphosate herbicide on Indigenous lands – a “rain of death” used in forest management practice that has slowly been killing off a wide range of animals, plants, fish and insects. First Nations have tried to stop this practice since the 1990s through a variety of measures including meetings with logging companies and government officials, protests and reports, but all to no avail. The “rain of death” keeps coming.


May 17 08:48

U.S. Air Force has deployed 20 missiles that could zap the military electronics of North Korea or Iran with super powerful microwaves, rendering their military capabilities virtually useless with NO COLLATERAL DAMAGE

The U.S. Air Force has deployed at least 20 missiles that could zap the military electronics of North Korea or Iran with high-power microwaves, rendering their military capabilities virtually useless without causing any fatalities, DailyMail.com has learned exclusively.

Known as the Counter-Electronics High Power Microwave Advanced Missile Project (CHAMP), the missiles were built by Boeing's Phantom Works for the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory and tested successfully in 2012. They have not been operation until now.

The microwave weapons are fitted into an air-launched cruise missile and delivered from B-52 bombers. With a range of 700 miles, they can fly into enemy airspace at low altitude and emit sharp pulses of high power microwave (HPM) energy that fry computer chips, disabling any electronic devices targeted by the missiles with causing any collateral damage.

May 17 08:46

Bayer’s Stock Has Lost 44% Of Its Value Since They Bought Monsanto

By John Vibes

Bayer’s stock price fell to a seven-year low this week, after the company lost a $2 billion lawsuit over claims that the weedkiller Roundup causes cancer. Roundup weedkiller is a product that was developed by the controversial biotech corporation Monsanto, but the company was purchased by Bayer for $66 Billion in 2016. Along with the acquisition of the extremely profitable company, Bayer has also inherited a long list of lawsuits and reputation problems...

May 17 08:45

“Treason!” – Barr finds “government power was used to spy on American citizens

In his first pair of interviews since being sworn in, Attorney General Barr told Fox News and WSJ that he was pursuing the investigation into the origins of the Trump-Russia probe – an investigation he has tasked

John Durham, the US Attorney from Connecticut, with leading – because Americans need to know whether the government “put a thumb on the scale” to try and undermine President Trump both during the campaign and during the first two years of his term, just like “we need to ensure that foreign actors don’t influence the outcome of our elections.”

Separately, he told WSJ that “government power was used to spy on American citizens…I can’t imagine any world where we wouldn’t take a look and make sure that was done properly.”

Barr has doubled-down on using the term ‘spying’, which has angered Democrats, after first using it during Senate committee testimony from April 10, where he uttered the now-infamous phrase “I think spying did occur.”

May 17 08:44

The Oligarch Takeover of US media

Back in 1983, 50 corporations controlled most of the American media, but by 1992 the number had dropped by half, and by 2000 there were left only 5 corporations wielding totalitarian control over the media. Their control covers all the means for expression of speech and ideas: television, movies, radio, books, music, news feeds. Those figures refer to everything except for print media, newspapers and magazines, which would add a couple of more oligarchs to the small group of media controlling owners. Some of the Big Five media corporations are in themselves also print media owners.


May 17 08:43

Davos Elitist Celebrates “Discussions” Being “Quickly Erased From Social Networks”

Davos elitist Maurice Levy is happy that new “hateful content” rules for the Internet will see “discussions” being “quickly erased from social networks”.

Levy is Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Publicis Groupe, the world’s third largest advertising and communications group and a regular attendee of the World Economic Forum.

He has joined with global leaders like Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and French President Emmanuel Macron to promote the “Christchurch Call,” which demands countries and social media giants “clamp down on hate content” in response to the New Zealand mosque shooting.

May 17 08:42

Apprehensions up 42% on NORTHERN border as Mexicans, Central Americans try to enter US from Canada

The overwhelming surge of illegal immigrants on the U.S.-Mexico border is drawing agents away from the northern border, where apprehensions are also increasing significantly.

Sault Ste. Marie Border Patrol Agent in Charge Henry Laxdal told WJFW apprehensions in the Detroit sector increased 42 percent between 2017 and 2018, though the numbers pale in comparison to the southern border crisis.

May 17 08:42

German Government Classifies as Secret Number of ‘Refugees’ Arriving By Plane

The German government has made secret the number of “refugees” arriving in the country by plane after previous figures showed it was as high as 30 per cent.

The idea of refugees risking their lives to flee war torn countries, whether by land or even more dangerous boat journey, has been popularized by the media.

However, at least a third of asylum seekers who enter Germany do so via a quick flight.

May 17 08:41

Men in Gray Suits Set Trap: Theresa May Will Be Gone by End of July

Theresa May will be gone by the end of July says Robert Peston of Peston Politics. Eurointelligence agrees.

There have been many rumors of May's demise, yet she is still Prime Minister. Peston's theory is well founded and Eurointelligence agrees.

Please consider 'New PM by the Summer' claim Tory MPs as Theresa May faces more calls to resign.


May 17 08:41

Theresa May to be told: Give us your leaving date or you'll be gone in a month - regardless of Brexit deal

Theresa May will be forced from office within a month if she does not set out a timetable for her departure when she meets senior backbench MPs on Thursday.

The Prime Minister will be told she faces the prospect of a confidence vote of her own MPs on June 12 if she does not agree to quit before the summer.

May 17 08:39

The Cakes of Wrath

FOR 40 years, the good ladies of the Women’s Institute have been washing their hands and putting on their pinnies to bake cakes and biscuits for the terminally ill patients at the Loros hospice in Leicestershire.

They have now been told, however, that their confectionery gifts are no longer welcome. Loros (Leicestershire and Rutland Organisation for the Relief Of Suffering) is not allowed to accept them because members’ kitchens have not been visited and approved for cleanliness by health inspectors.

Glenice Wignall, 75, said she had never encountered problems with health and safety in three decades with the WI. And Loros manager Helen Williams said: ‘We have loved receiving donations from so many generous supporters but unfortunately this is a decision made by the local authority, not by our organisation.’

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So the government shuts down these women because where they bake their cakes has not been approved for cleanliness in order to bake cakes for patients who are already dying?

May 17 08:37

UK Raises Threat Level for Troops in Iraq Over Alleged Risk From Iran

London has raised the threat level for UK troops and diplomats in Iraq over alleged increased security risks from Iran, Sky News reported Wednesday, citing sources.

Great Britain also issued security alert for its personnel in Iraq. The threat leveal was raised for UK troops and diplomats in Kuwait, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia as well.

Earlier this week the US State Department ordered the departure of "non-emergency government employees" from Baghdad and Erbil after US Central Command spokesman Bill Urban that the US-led coalition was on high alert because it saw credible threats to American forces in Iraq.

May 17 08:36

Russian Astronomers Spot Mysterious New Manoeuvring Satellite in Earth's Orbit

The satellite is said to be operating in geostationary orbit, in the same area where the vast majority of Earth's communications and television broadcasting satellites are situated.


May 17 08:35

Indians Call for Boycott of Amazon Over Offensive Depictions of Gods

#BoycottAmazon was trending on Indian Twitter Thursday after customers in the subcontinent noticed the retail giant was selling items like shoes, rugs and toilet covers emblazoned with Hindu deities, the Indian flag or icon Mahatma Gandhi.

Reuters reports that Amazon will be pulling the offending products. "All sellers must follow our selling guidelines and those who do not will be subject to action including potential removal of their account," the company said in a statement.

May 17 08:34

US military complex is a ‘malignant virus’ that's evolved to defend itself – Andrew Cockburn

The US military industrial complex has grown into a self-sustaining organism with an immune system that attacks and smothers any threat to its food supply – the taxpayers' money, writes renowned defense analyst Andrew Cockburn.

May 17 08:34

Merkel ‘unavailable for any political office’ after serving out 4th term as chancellor

Angela Merkel said on Thursday she would be unavailable for any further political office after serving out her fourth term as Germany’s chancellor, dismissing speculation that she could take a big EU job in Brussels.

“I am not available for any further political office, regardless of where it is – including in Europe,” Merkel told a joint news conference with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte in Berlin.

May 17 08:32

Pompeo Runs Around Eurasia Like Wet Hen in Effort to Keep US Relevant

Even veiled by thick layers of diplomatic fog, the overlapping meetings in Sochi between US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and President Putin and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov still offer tantalizing geopolitical nuggets.

Russian presidential aide Yury Ushakov did his best to smooth the utterly intractable, admitting there was “no breakthrough yet” during the talks but at least the US “demonstrated a constructive approach.”



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May 17 08:31

Eurovision celebrates as Palestinians mourn expulsion

While Palestinians commemorated the 71st anniversary of the Nakba – the ethnic cleansing of their homeland in 1948, Eurovision got into high gear in Tel Aviv.

“This weekend, almost 200 million people will tune in to watch the Eurovision Song Contest in Israel, but, behind the glitz and glamour, few will be thinking of Israel’s role in fuelling seven decades of misery for Palestinian refugees,” Amnesty International stated on Wednesday.

May 17 08:30

8% of Chicago's City Council Are Currently Out On Bond

Chicago has a city council with 50 Aldermen. Four are currently out on bond. The list may grow in the next 30 days.... We kid you not.

May 17 08:16

Father Saves Entire Family And Stops Home Invader With Head Shot In California

While some will comment that the title of this article is unnecessary, it’s blunt and to the point. It shows just how ready the millions of Armed Americans are, and what they’re willing to do when someone attempts to invade their home.


May 17 08:13

Hacktivist attacks dropped by 95% since 2015

Threat intelligence analysts have long said that hacktivism was dead but new data published by IBM X-Force today confirms the complete collapse of hacktivism scene, with activity levels going down by 95% since 2015.

May 17 08:11

The Texas Fake Marriage Scam: Free Pass Into US

Another scam designed to turn illegal immigrants into American citizens has been rooted out, with about 100 people being caught by law enforcement. While some may refer to a failed marriage as a sham, in Texas marriage sham describes a scheme to unite under false pretenses an alien with a citizen, to allow the undocumented spouse to gain entry to and citizenship in the United States. For this, the noncitizens paid between $50,000 and $70,000, with a portion going to the citizen partner for his or her contribution to the cause.

May 17 08:10

‘We want nothing to do with you’: Salvini says Merkel and Macron ‘ruined’ Europe

Italian Deputy Prime Minister and anti-immigration leader Matteo Salvini has fired back after German Chancellor Angela Merkel claimed she wouldn’t let his party work with her in the European Parliament.

The two clashed just a week before the European elections.

May 17 08:09

The media has turned against Monsanto, and Bayer is now facing a “snowball effect” of new lawsuits from victims of Roundup (glyphosate) exposure

With the acquisition of Monsanto by Bayer, a German corporation linked to the Third Reich and the chemical murder of Jews during the Holocaust, the U.S. media has now turned against Monsanto.

The $2 billion jury award against Monsanto that was just handed down by a California jury has been widely reported by the very same media that, for years, blacklisted any criticism of Monsanto, GMOs or glyphosate herbicide.

They did that because Monsanto ran a “black ops” division that bribed and threatened journalists across the country while keeping a “hit list” of which journalists to pay off or threaten with violence. Bayer has now become aware of this “black ops” division of Monsanto and has publicly apologized for its operation.

May 17 08:07

Canada Joins the Authoritarian Censorship Agenda

May 17 08:07

CNN Reporter Jim Acosta Caught Lying, Trump Campaign Calls Him Out

CNN reporter Jim Acosta was caught in an egregious lie in reporting on the President’s new immigration plan, and Trump’s campaign immediately called him out.

Trump delivered remarks in the Rose Garden offering his vision for modernizing the immigration system to make America stronger.

Acosta relayed those comments and in one particular segment falsely reported that the President painted all asylum seekers with the “broad brush” of making frivolous claims to gain asylum in the United States.



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May 17 08:05

JOHN BOLTON RE-AFFIRMS THAT LIES ARE AN ASSET TO THE NEOCONSERVATIVE AGENDA

One of my favorite Neocons and a member of the PNAC, Bolton was installed as embassador to the United Nations by George Duhbya Bu$h on a recess appointment. Here's an evil doer who wears the title of "Liar" as a badge of honor.

May 17 07:55

It begins: Trump admin launches website where banned, deplatformed social media users can report censorship abuses by the tech giants



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May 17 07:54

How Equities Can Reduce Longevity Risk

May 17 07:31

Retaliation over S-400? Trump cancels Turkey’s preferential trade status

Donald Trump has terminated the preferential trade agreement which provided Turkey with partial tax-free access to US markets, in a move some see as Washington’s retaliation for the NATO ally’s increasingly independent policies.

More than two months after the United States threatened to end Turkey’s participation in Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program, President Donald Trump on Thursday cut off Ankara’s access to the program, noting that the country is no longer a developing state.

May 17 07:15

The High Cost of Free College

By Antony Davies and James R. Harrigan

Last year, total student debt in the United States passed the $1.5 trillion mark. Even after subtracting loans that are paid down, the total has been growing at around $80 billion per year.

Relative to the economy, outstanding student loan debt may have peaked last year, but the amount in question is alarming. Around 11 percent of student debt is either delinquent or in default, which is more than four times the delinquency rates for credit cards and residential mortgages.

Student debt has become so large that politicians on both sides of the aisle are noticing...

May 16, 2019

May 16 23:14

Boy sent home from anti-bullying day for not wearing enough pink

A boy has been sent home from school today for "not wearing enough pink" on Pink Shirt Day.

Today is anti-bullying day and to support the day people across New Zealand - including dozens of school students - have been wearing pink.

But the day of anti-bullying turned sour for an Auckland family when Helensville Primary School sent a boy home for not wearing enough pink.

The boy's mother Claire Lealiifano took to Facebook to say her son had been sent home to change.

Students were told they could wear pink in support of the day or they could wear their school uniform.

The mum said her sons looked for as much pink clothing as they could find.

"Apparently what he was wearing wasn't good enough. So the head of the year sent him home to get changed without checking I was home," Lealiifano said.

*The irony of it. This is why I am glad to be homeschooling my son*

May 16 21:57

Measles: Experts call for compulsory vaccination

Compulsory measles vaccinations for all children starting primary school may be needed to prevent a resurgence of the disease, experts say.

Italian researchers believe the current voluntary programmes in countries like the UK will not be enough to curb outbreaks in the coming decades.

May 16 21:55

NHS 'should not prescribe acne drug'

The parents of young people who have killed themselves and patients unable to have sex are calling for the NHS to stop prescribing acne drug Roaccutane.

Ed Henthorn said it had caused him erectile dysfunction, psychosis and suicidal thoughts.

And one man who believes his son killed himself after taking the drug said the risks "are just too high".

May 16 17:11

Ammo Stockpiling: Why it makes Sense

May 16 16:59

Another one: Fred’s closing 104 stores…

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