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Jun 06 07:55

COUNTY THAT THROWS PEOPLE IN PRISON FOR CBD LET JOE BIDEN'S SON GO FOR HAVING COCAINE

It is no secret that Robert Hunter Biden, son of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, has or had a pretty harsh addiction to cocaine. In 2014, he was kicked out of the Navy Reserve — where he was employed as a public affairs officer — after he tested positive for cocaine.

So, when Robert Biden was in Prescott, AZ on October 27, 2016, in a rental car by himself —where police found a pipe containing cocaine—it is safe to assume that this pipe belonged to the son of the former Vice President.

As the Phoenix New Times reports:

PRESCOTT POLICE OFFICERS SEARCHED THE CAR, TOOK PHOTOS, AND IMPOUNDED THE ITEMS. DETECTIVES CONTACTED THE FBI, AND TWO FBI AGENTS SOON SHOWED UP, THE REPORT STATES. BIDEN WAS “LOCATED BY SECRET SERVICE” AND DEEMED TO BE DOING “WELL.”

Connected privilege flexed. Case closed.

Jun 06 07:42

BALTIMORE CITY CRYPTOCURRENCY RANSOMWARE ATTACK WILL COST AT LEAST $18 MILLION 

SOURCE: ZEROHEDGE
Baltimore has been struggling with an aggressive cyber-attack over the last five weeks, previously profiled here, it has now been revealed the attack will cost the city $18.2 million, reported WBAL-TV 11.

The cost estimates were disclosed at a recent City Council budget hearing: city officials have already paid $4.6 million for recovery efforts since the ransomware was discovered May 7 and could spend an additional $5.4 million in 2H19. The remaining $8.2 million is from the loss or delayed revenue and loss of interest and penalty income.

Henry Raymond, #Baltimore Financial Dir., says the #ransomware attack will not affect the city’s tax bills, which will will go out on time in July - says it’s costing $18 million @wbalradio pic.twitter.com/NYlYBHTkCg

— Phil Yacuboski (@WBALPhil) June 4, 2019
As of Tuesday, 35% of city employees had their email accounts restored, with the possibility of a full system restore by the end of the week.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Keith Alexander and the NSA, a word here; yes, we know that you informed the City of Baltimore a couple of years ago, that if they didn't protect their computers, something like this was going to happen.

And yes, Baltimore did NOT put it's "cyber house in order" after that warning, which lead to the current crisis.

But that being said, do you understand how bad the optics look for the NSA here?!? And guys, just in case you don't quite get it, the optics on this are officially horrible.

Just as a gesture of good will, can you not dedicate some resources to this, which can possibly result in the happiest of endings, under horrific circumstances?!?

Just think how this might happen, making the NSA look like bunch of superheroes,where the headlines around the world, would read: "NSA SAVES BALTIMORE!!"

And of course, a parade in your collective honor. :-)

I'm just saying; this could be made to become a pr miracle for this group, if you were willing to just give Baltimore some help on this.

Jun 06 07:30

WHY YOUR “SMART HOME” IS AN INCREDIBLY STUPID IDEA

When Google croaked over the weekend, a cascading tidal wave of web services came crashing down, including the Google cloud, Gmail, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and even portions of Amazon. Google owns the “Nest” brand which promises “smart home” functionality to control your home through a Google app on your mobile device. But during the outage, people were locked out of their smart homes… and many were unable to control home appliances such as air conditioners or lights.

It turns out that a “smart home” is an incredibly stupid idea. If you can’t even open your front door without getting permission from a remotely processed Google login procedure that requires the smooth functioning of routers, servers and the power grid, you’ve put yourself in a stupid situation. Do you really want Google — now the most evil corporation in the world — to control your access to your own home? Do you even want Google knowing when you’re entering and leaving your home?

Jun 06 06:53

CITIZENS DISOBEY NEW ZEALAND GUN BAN, ONLY 530 OF 300,000 PEOPLE TURNED GUNS IN

SOURCE: MATT AGORIST @ THE FREE THOUGHT PROJECT

(Support Free Thought) - In March, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced the “first tranche” in a number of moves to restrict the rights of New Zealand citizens to protect themselves with firearms. This move was in direct response to the horrific murders that unfolded on March 15. Coincidentally, this is the exact move the terrorist who carried out these attacks had hoped for and predicted. The good news is, however, that most citizens are refusing to turn in their guns.

The terrorist who murdered 50 people earlier this year was engaging in a classic propaganda of the deed in which he predicted—accurately—that his murder would spark the restriction of gun rights. Lawmakers took his bait.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Thanks, Prime Minister Ardern; you did precisely what this assassin wanted you to do, well done!!

Your country will not be made safer; in fact, anyone thinking about doing such an horrific crime in New Zealand, understands that they have a population which is becoming disarmed, so they think that they can do another massacre like this, with impunity.

I would like to politely suggest, that someone with a Concealed Carry Permit, could have put this person down, with extreme prejudice, before this horrific event happened.

Oh, and BTW: was this kid either just starting, or trying to get off of, antidepressants?

Governments, globally, do not want to give people this information, because it may "scare them off" from taking such medications.

And we know what a marvelous contributors pharmaceutical companies are to political campaigns, right?!?

Jun 06 06:44

FRENCH WEAPONS SALES TO SAUDI JUMPED 50% LAST YEAR

SOURCE: MIDDLE EAST MONITOR
France’s weapons sales to Saudi Arabia rose 50 per cent in 2018 despite the government calling for an end to the “dirty war” in Yemen, figures released on Tuesday showed, Reuters reports.
An annual government report showed that total arms sales rose 30 per cent to 9.1 billion euros in 2018, driven by a sharp increase in sales to European allies.

France sold about 1 billion euros worth of arms to Saudi Arabia, with the main item being patrol boats. A partial naval blockade of ports controlled by the Houthi movement is one of the tactics used by a Saudi-led coalition in Yemen that has been criticised by campaigners for worsening a humanitarian crisis.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

French arms manufacturers understand, completely, as to how their weaponry is going to to be used, in Saudi Arabia's genocide in Yemen.

And just in case, those weapons manufacturers are suffering from an intense case of SMD (selective memory disorder) I will take a moment, to insure that they know just what their patrol boats are used against a starving population, because Yemeni ports are blockaded, so no food, or aid, can get in to the country: (warning: this is a set of "lose your lunch" images, as to what malnutrition has cost the families, and children, because food cannot get in, courtesy of US and Saudi blockades:

Images: Yemeni children starving to death, through malnutrition

I cannot believe that the architects of the French Revolution, believed for one minute, that this was going to be the outcome of a movement which preached "Libertie... Egalite... Fraternite" (Liberty/Equality/Brother and Sisterhood."

And somewhere in France, that huge thumpa-thumpa-thumpa noise you are hearing, at warp speed, is the Marquis de Lafayette, the French guy who aided the American revolution, turning over in his grave, protesting the evil the country of his birth, has become, in the 21st century.

Jun 06 06:27

NEW ‘CALL OF DUTY’ ENCOURAGES SUPPORT FOR THE WHITE HELMETS

The official trailer for the latest Call of Duty was released a few days ago, and it features the Syria narrative management operation known as the White Helmets depicted in heroic roles. Characters wearing the organization’s signature headgear are seen clearing rubble in part of the trailer for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.

To give you an idea how popular the CoD franchise is, as of this writing the official Youtube version of the trailer has 27 million views.

To be clear, the characters in the game are most certainly intended to resemble the White Helmets of Syria, and their presence there is most certainly intended to increase support for and interest in that group. How do I know? Its game writer has explicitly said so.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Kids who score well on computer games, and their families, can expect a call from the US military, praising their gifts, wanting to set up meetings with military recruiters, and encouraging them to enlist.

The propaganda, swirling around this group, is riddled with inaccuracies and outright lies. The Ron Paul Institute, has this to say about them>:

More lies about the White Helmets

Let us also look at what Global Research has to say about them:

What is really happening in Syria; who started the war, and who can you trust to tell the truth?!? The article goes on to state: "Mainstream media coverage of Syria has lately focused on what the U.S. calls “war crimes” in the battle for Aleppo, Syria’s largest city. But most Western media never get any closer to Aleppo than Beirut, which is not even in Syria. For their information, these media often rely on the U.S. government or groups like the White Helmets, who get funding from the U.S. and others attempting to overthrow the Syrian government. As veteran journalist Patrick Cockburn points out:

Unsurprisingly, foreign journalists covering developments in east Aleppo and rebel-held areas of Syria overwhelmingly do so from Lebanon or Turkey. A number of intrepid correspondents who tried to do eyewitness reporting from rebel-held areas swiftly found themselves tipped into the boots of cars or otherwise incarcerated."

The "White Helmets are a CIA Construct

Experience shows that foreign reporters are quite right not to trust their lives even to the most moderate of the armed opposition inside Syria. But, strangely enough, the same media organisations continue to put their trust in the veracity of information coming out of areas under the control of these same potential kidnappers and hostage takers. They would probably defend themselves by saying they rely on non-partisan activists, but all the evidence is that these can only operate in east Aleppo under license from the al- Qaeda-type groups."

And here are some other reports:

The White Helmets, to control the war crime scenes throughout the Syrian Theatre of War

Busted: Syria's White Helmets, are the CIA's "Secret Weapon to Aid Isis.

Any questions about why this group could be so misrepresented in computer games young adults love to play, should be very much understood: the US military wants younger people who play computer games well, to join it.

Just as the Chinese government is attempting to wipe the memory of Tianamen Square from the minds its citizens, the US government, and military are working very hard, to insure that the real horrors of war, are never quite presented in computer games for what they are.

I would label both attempts as RFWF (Replace facts with fantasy)

Jun 06 06:18

Fire Susan Wojcicki as YouTube CEO

Since February 2014, Susan Wojcicki became Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of YouTube, which is part of Google. Under her leadership things started to went downhill and caused the reputation of YouTube and Google from the copyright controversy to the 2016 controversial YouTube PR Nightmare known as The Ad-Friendly Monetization Policy which was severely criticized by various YouTubers that the new rules censors and silenced YouTubers' freedom of speech and their platforms by demonetizing YouTube videos that deals with controversial subjects (like tragedies, natural disasters, politics, health, and etc.) and YouTubers loved Freedom Of Speech, but the new Ad-Friendly Monetization rules are still a dire form of Censorship by TPTB at Google and YouTube.

Jun 05 15:00

32 Tips For Navigating A Society That Is Full Of Propaganda And Manipulation

For as long as there has been human language, humans have been using it to manipulate one another. The fact that it is possible to skillfully weave a collection of symbolic mouth noises together in such a way as to extract favors, concessions, votes and consent from other humans has made manipulation so common that it now pervades our society from top to bottom, from personal relationships between two people to international relationships between government agencies and the public.

This has made it very difficult to figure out what’s going on, both in our lives and in the world. Here are thirty-two suggestions for navigating this complex manipulation-laden landscape, whether it be for navigating the manipulations you may encounter in your small-scale personal interactions, or the large-scale manipulations which impact the entire world:

Jun 05 13:32

BEX? Rashida Tlaib Breaks Down in Tears Reading Death Threat During House Hearing

Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib broke down in tears as she read aloud a death threat at a House hearing on white supremacy Tuesday.

Tlaib (D-MI) referenced an email she received following the deadly mosque shootings in New Zealand that killed 51 people and injured another 50 this past March.

The author directed the disgusting email to Tlaib, along with her colleagues’ Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), referring to the former two with an offensive slur for Muslims.

”Attention Congresswomen Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and ragheads Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar,” Tlaib read before a panel of FBI and DHS officials.

Jun 05 12:19

No, Russia Specialists Aren't Leaving Venezuela - Just More Fake News and Total BS

The Kremlin says Russian specialists are operating in Venezuela as usual, after US President Donald Trump claimed in a tweet that Moscow has pulled its people out of the crisis-hit nation.

Jun 05 11:24

A Nuclear War Has No Victor! U.S. Military Preparation is Underway

On the international level, the U.S. government plays an even more dreadful role. According to the current U.S. foreign policy; China, Russia, North Korea, Venezuela, Iran and the major European countries are considered as adversary regimes that needs to be dealt with in one way or another. Both Democrats and Republicans believe that a major war gives them a chance to rally their national and international forces. Both parties see a major military conflict as a catalyzing factor to tilt the power for a fundamental change in their benefit. President Trump plays a unique role in flaming the trade and military wars. Since 2016, Mr. Trump’s contradictory positions on many issues have discredited his Administration and the role of the U.S. in the world.

Jun 05 11:12

US-Iran: Inverted Reality, Real War. America’s Al Qaeda Mercenaries. Iran is Fighting the Largest State Sponsor of Terror

For one, the Middle East already has a regional hegemon – the United States. Even the wildest accusations against Iran regarding state sponsored terrorism pale in comparison to Al Qaeda and the self-proclaimed Islamic State (ISIS) whose terrorism spans the globe, including standing armies operating in Libya, Syria, Yemen, and Afghanistan – several of which Iran itself is specifically fighting.

The US also supports terrorist organizations within Iran including the Mojahedin-e Khalq (MEK). MEK enjoys the support of National Security Adviser John Bolton – who lobbied for them for years while they were listed as a foreign terrorist organization by the US State Department itself.

Thus, Iran finds itself involved in Yemen, Syria, and Lebanon precisely to stave off openly declared intentions by the US to include Iran next under its already expansive hegemony over the Middle East.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unfortunately, just because something is the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly idiotic thing the US government might do, is no guarantee that it will not do it.

The war against Iran, being advocated by by Israel, and their "Foreign Minister" in the US, John Bolton, (yes, you read that correctly) whose sympathies and interest, lie much closer with those of the Israel government, than they with those of the American people.

Should the US embark on such a war, which will most probably include proxy military presence by Saudi Arabia, and intel from Israel, what would be stopping China and Russia from stepping in on Iran's side, and exploding this conflict from a festooning regional war to a world war?!?

The short answer is, Russia and China would have much to gain, by showing the world that their weaponry, troop strength, and tactics, could possibly knock out the US military in such a conflict.

But the question is, once US civilian and military leadership are convinced that we cannot overpower Russia and China, when will such a war go nuclear?!?

I hope that someone in the Bowels of Power in DC, is losing sleep, over this scenario; because the potential for it happening, has never been more real.

Jun 05 10:59

Hey Trump: Remember Wikileaks?

Assange’s critics mocked him for entering the embassy, saying his fear that the US government would indict him was paranoia. Then the US-controlled International Monetary Fund dangled a four billion dollar loan in front of Ecuadorian president Lenin Moreno (elected in 2017, replacing the president who granted him asylum), and Moreno eagerly handed Assange over to British authorities who the same day hauled him before the court to answer for skipping bail. No medical examination after what was seven years of house arrest. Straight to court. He was sentenced to 50 weeks – the maximum sentence.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I understand from recent reports, that Assange has been moved into the prison hospital wing of "Belmarsh", and can barely old a lucid conversation at this point; there are many others, nationally and internationally, who want him dead.

One wonders just what the physicians at Belmarsh, are doing to "honor that request", perhaps from some higher-up muckety-muck perhaps, with lots of quiet cash to fling around, with some kind of poison which leaves no trace, once it had administered,and won't show up on an autopsy?

And remember this; Assange was NEVER PROVEN WRONG, IN ANYTHING HE EVER HAD EVER PUBLISHED THROUGH WIKILEAKS.

Jun 05 10:52

AUSTRALIA: POLICE RAID ABC OVER LEAKED INFORMATION THAT DETAILED SPECIAL FORCES KILLINGS OF CIVILIANS IN AFGHANISTAN

Australian Federal Police officers have left the ABC’s Sydney headquarters more than eight hours after a raid began over a series of 2017 stories known as the Afghan Files.

Jun 05 10:48

Saudi-led Air Strikes Destroyed Nearly 400 Hospitals in Yemen

Nearly 400 hospitals and medical facilities in Yemen were destroyed during the four-year war period as a result of the Saudi-led coalition air strikes, Health Ministry spokesman Youssef Hadiri said in an interview with Sputnik News, on Thursday.

“More than 375 hospitals and medical facilities were destroyed because they were hit directly or indirectly by bombs and missiles launched by the coalition,” Hadiri said.

The spokesman added that the Yemeni medical sector is in critical condition due to the war that is exacerbated by Saudi-led aggression.

Hadiri also said that more than 5,000 people in Yemen need to undergo dialysis or kidney transplants and that in the war period at least 1,200 people died from not receiving the treatment or medication needed for kidney disease. In addition, the spokesman said that the humanitarian crisis in Yemen has led to the death of more than 700,000 people.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Hey, I bet you that the Butcher of Yemen, Prince Mohammed bin Salman, is jumping with joy, at the huge number of non-combatants murdered outright, and the number of hospitals destroyed.

I can visualize him right now, prancing around the palace, in absolute self-absorbed delight, yelling, "We're Number One!! We're Number One!!"

And will any one of his palace staffers, or his family, have the "male attributes" necessary to take him aside, and whisper, "Sorry, your royal highness; this makes you one of the worst war criminals of the 21st century."?!?

I sure wouldn't bet on it; but I will also bet that, in the staff or his family of his BFF in Foggy Bottomsville, (President Trump), no one will have the nerve to mention this to President Trump, either.

Americans are living at the keening edge of a moral, and physical, catastrophe of Biblical proportions. And it is largely of our own making, by not holding Congress and the White House accountable for domestic and foreign policies, which may be good for the monied, and for certain foreign nations with an absolute "strangle hold" on US foreign policy, Israel being the chief offender, but generally lousy for We the People.

We have witnessed massive flooding of farm lands, meaning that crops cannot get planted, and food will have to be massively imported, and costs will go through the roof. Trade war, flooded fields leave Midwestern farmers thinking about skipping a year: 'What the heck am I doing farming?'

We are witnessing an absolute flood of illegal immigrants, which seems, at the moment, to be unstoppable; Congress must act to stop mass migration of illegal aliens;

We are seeing a massive increase of diseases which the US hasn't seen in decades, infecting people all over the place.Infections Making the Border Crisis Worse

By shunning those countries which, apparently, the Foggy Bottomites hate with an unimaginable zeal, we are turning those countries toward each other, in the arenas of economy and defense. This is just the polar opposite of what this administration should have done.

We have Russia; Iran; China: India; and North Korea very very ticked off at the US at this moment. A number of these countries are looking to drop the dollar completely from their economic dealings. China, Russia urged to Continue to Defang the US dollar.

India's trade status with the US has just been downgraded.Trump removes India from special trade status

And North Korea will not unilaterally denuclearize, until some US government "good faith" gestures are made to reciprocate those of North Korea: North Korea: the US Shouldn't Try their patience on diplomacy

And in looking at this, please remember Karl Marx said, and this has been proven true: "All wars are economic in their origin."

One can feel the tectonic vibrations of geopolitical decisions, starting to rattle and vibrate, moving this planet ever more close to another world war.

The US government believes that it has every right, to expropriate resources around the world, to which it has utterly no moral right; there's regime change, occupation, and the sure and certain knowledge, that these resources will be only sold for US dollars.

Change, rinse; repeat. We are seeing the push to maintain American hegemony, and that of the US dollar, with the current, endless US enabled wars, and sanctions, to make this so.

But every nation has a life-cycle; a beginning, a middle, and an end; and what we are observing, on a global stage, that the US is an empire in clear decline, and what we are seeing, are the death spasms of a government to keep its crumbling self together for just a little while longer.

But most probably, it will not manage to stay for a very long time; these images, of the utter squalor which has become downtown LA, tell the story quite accurately: Inside the Squalor on Sid Row, as typhoid scare grips Los Angeles

So let me ask you; are these images of a country, and culture, doing magnificently well, at this time in its history?!?

The honest, short answer here, is HELL, NO!!

Jun 05 10:27

How Did Russiagate Begin?

It cannot be emphasized too often: Russiagate—allegations that the American president has been compromised by the Kremlin, which may even have helped to put him in the White House—is the worst and (considering the lack of actual evidence) most fraudulent political scandal in American history. We have yet to calculate the damage Russsiagate has inflicted on America’s democratic institutions, including the presidency and the electoral process, and on domestic and foreign perceptions of American democracy, or on US-Russian relations at a critical moment when both sides, having “modernized” their nuclear weapons, are embarking on a new, more dangerous, and largely unreported arms race.

Jun 05 10:25

Action Alert:  Oppose ADL for “anti-bias” training on California campuses

Following lobbying by the Anti Defamation League (ADL) and the Jewish Public Affairs Committee last year, the University of California and the California State University received a $1.2 million legislative grant for anti-bias training on campus.

ADL is a powerful zionist organization that has lobbied for years to shut down criticism of Israel; it has a history of spying on and smearing progressive organizations and minority communities; and has repeatedly pressured universities to punish students and faculty who advocate for Palestinian rights.

The bidding process for the training is set up so that almost certainly only ADL will qualify for the grant. The award is scheduled to be announced on June 7th.

Jun 05 09:50

Trump’s Bellicosity Sells Weapons but Also Boosts Iran and the Palestinian Cause

Trump’s gifts to the Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu of the Syrian Golan occupied by Israel and of the whole of Israeli-occupied Jerusalem gave an enormous boost of adrenaline to all non-state actors and resistance movements in the Middle East. These groups, who enjoy financial and military support from Iran, are united not only against US hegemony but have also effectively linked themselves and their struggle to form a united front against the US and Israel. This new unity is evident from Yemen, Iraq, Iran, Syria, and Lebanon to Palestine.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

While I abhor all violence, what we saw against the Saudi oil ships, done by houthi rebels, may well be what the West may start to experience, intensely, courtesy of its general duplicity on the issue of Palestinian statehood, and its "manufactured" arguments with Iran, where its only "crime" has been refusing to sell its oil only in US dollars.

And I think that President Kennedy said it first, and said it best: "Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable."

Something upon which the Foggy Bottomites; Tel Aviv; and Saudi Arabia, really need to be reflecting right now.

Jun 05 09:49

Mainstream Media Ratings Plummet Amidst Major Credibility Crisis

Last month, CNN saw a 16% collapse in their primetime ratings. This comes after the network offered voluntary buyouts to 100 employees in that same month.

CNN’s primetime viewers reached only 761,000 viewers and their total day viewers crashed 9% compared to the same month last year, averaging only 559,000 viewers.

CNN’s supposed flagship morning show, New Day, only averages an underwhelming 485,000 viewers.

Breitbart details splendidly why CNN‘s viewership has tanked, with six years of faulty reporting on the network’s part regarding several national stories. Taking a stroll down memory lane, we recall…

Jun 05 09:16

Brazil's Bolsonaro formally recognizes Venezuelan opposition envoy

Brazil's right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro received the diplomatic credentials of Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido's envoy to Brazil, formally recognizing her as the ambassador of the neighboring country.

Ambassador Maria Teresa Belandria had said on Friday that the Brazilian government withdrew its invitation to present her credentials at the presidential palace. But her spokeswoman told Reuters on Tuesday the government had changed its mind.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder as to what changed President Bolsonaro's mind on this; say, maybe a phone call from President Trump, with whom he met earlier this year?!?

President Trump meets Brazil's President, Jair Bolsonaro, at the White House

One has to wonder; what did President Trump say that turned his opinion on doing President Bolsonaro's opinion on this in the absolute opposite of his original stance?!?

Jun 05 09:08

Ukraine's new president seeks pro-Western course, peace with Russia

New Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said on Tuesday he was ready to negotiate with Russia to end the war in eastern Ukraine while sticking to Ukraine’s goal of one day joining the European Union and the NATO alliance.

Speaking at NATO headquarters, Zelenskiy, a former comic actor with no prior political experience who took over as president on May 20, said he would keep Ukraine “on the path of European and Euro Atlantic integration”.

“The strategic course of Ukraine to achieve fully-fledged membership in the EU and NATO ... remains unchanged,” Zelenskiy told reporters alongside NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg. “This is the priority of our foreign policy.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I wish the guy well, in these endeavors; but unfortunately, it will ultimately come down to the choice of accepting Russia, or accepting NATO and the west; DC will make that very clear to him, very soon, because to the minds of "Foggy Bottomites", these two positions are mutually exclusive.

Jun 05 09:05

Islamic State claims deadly attack in east Congo's Ebola zone

Islamic State claimed responsibility on Tuesday for a deadly overnight attack in an area of eastern Congo hit by an Ebola epidemic, although its account of the violence differed from local reports.

The deputy mayor of Beni in the eastern Democratic of Congo said 13 civilians were killed late on Monday in an attack by the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) - a group thought to be linked to Islamic State.

“The victims were killed by bullets and others by bladed weapons,” Mayor Modeste Bakwanamaha told Reuters.

In a statement on the messaging website Telegram, Islamic State said it was behind the attack. It said it had targeted the Congolese army in Beni, killing or wounding 25 people.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder; home grown jihadis, or the "American funded and trained" brand?!?

And why would the US government want a military presence in the Congo?!?

One brief look at the following, and then you will understand:

Google tells us that: "The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is a country with huge natural wealth. Almost every valuable natural resource can be found there, from a multitude of minerals – including diamonds, gold, copper, cobalt, cassiterite (tin ore) and coltan – to timber and oil.Dec 17, 2009"

Now tell me: how could the US government ever let the people of Congo control their own destiny, and their vast natural wealth?!?

The short answer is, it wouldn't.

The following article is very enlightening in this area: How Washington got on board with Congo's rigged election.

Jun 05 08:54

Cancer-causing foam could be banned in military training next year, off military bases entirely by 2029

House lawmakers would force military bases to stop using toxic firefighting foam in almost all training activities and ban them altogether over the next decade under legislation unveiled this week.

The measure, part of the House Armed Services Committee’s initial draft of the annual defense authorization bill, would also make available millions of dollars in environmental clean-up funding to National Guard bases, to address chemical contamination that can seep into groundwater and cause serious health concerns.

At issue are the use of cancer-causing perfluoroalky and polyfluoroalkyl substances ? more commonly known as PFAS ? that are found in the firefighting foam and over the years have found their way into water systems on military bases and surrounding

Webmaster's Commentary: 

My question is, why will it take the US military 10 years to ban the use of a chemical which it knows is a carcinogen?!?

How are the member of the House of Representatives, going to comfort grieving families and friends of the military who will certainly get cancer, in this ten year period?!?

The only logical answer, is that people who get cancers from this foam, during this decade-long period before the ban, are expendable, because the US government is going to reinstitute the draft very soon; so if someone has a reasonable explanation, other than this, I would be very keen to hear it!!

Jun 05 08:45

Iran's Khamenei: Tehran will not abandon its missile programme

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Tuesday that Tehran would not be “deceived” by U.S. President Donald Trump’s offer of negotiations and would not give up its missile programme.

Iran and the United States have been drawn into starker confrontation in the past month, a year after Washington pulled out of a deal between Iran and global powers to curb Tehran’s nuclear programme in return for lifting international sanctions.

Trump has condemned the nuclear deal, signed by his predecessor Barack Obama, as flawed for not being permanent and for not covering Iran’s ballistic missile programme and its role in conflicts around the Middle East. He has called on Iran to come to negotiating table to reach a new deal.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mr. President, a word please; by withdrawing the US from the P5+1 deal (the terms of which, according to the IAEA, Iran is in compliance), you have demonstrated one thing, both to Iran and to the world; The US government is pathologically incapable of keeping its promises.

There were many criticism I had for President Obama's regime; but the P5+1 deal, was absolutely not one of those criticisms.

And I will predict that the Iranians, with a proud and lengthy history, as a people, will not come back to re-negotiate what you pulled of in the first place.

The power of the presidency... should not be wielded in a "Sword of Damocles" manner; and too many times, since you have taken office, your attitude appears to have been one of "My way... or the highway!!" This has burnt a lot of bridges, geopolitically.

And if you catch my drift, bridges, upon which can be can be traveled, to reach and suggest room for negotiation, are generally bad things to burn, because there is no going back.

I am thinking, sir, of our current adversarial relationship with China; North Korea; Russia; Iran; and the Philippines.

So, Mr. President, just what is the US government's "plan" for Iran?!?

Are you going for a decap strike against Iran, which, fearful for its own survival, just may just invite China and Russia, militarily, "to the dance"?!?

We have seen Russia's weaponry on display in Syria, where it has made short work of American trained/funded jihadis.

Mr. President, I would strongly caution you to pick the US government's fights, which will involve our troops, and their very lives, extremely carefully.

The future existence of this country, depends upon it.

Jun 05 08:31

Pompeo, Who Once Said The CIA "Lies, Cheats And Steals" Defends US Intel On Huawei Spying

Secretary of State (and former CIA head) Mike Pompeo, famous for once saying that the CIA “lies, cheats and steals,” is has reversed course about U.S. intelligence agencies, and in an interview with Euronews, Pompeo said US intelligence agencies "occasionally make mistakes" but that they should still be trusted and taken at their word.

In the interview, Pompeo claims that U.S. intelligence agencies are correct in considering Huawei a national security threat, a claim that has stood at odds with some of Washington's European allies. Pompeo said: "There’s no doubt the intelligence community gets things wrong from time to time but their overall body of work is excellent and to be relied upon and trusted." He continued: "Western countries, liberal democracies share a common value set. The Chinese don’t share that value set."

Jun 05 08:26

The American Cult of Bombing and Endless War

In a bizarre fashion, you might even say that, in the twenty-first century, the bomb and missile count replaced the Vietnam-era body count as a metric of (false) progress. Using data supplied by the U.S. military, the Council on Foreign Relations estimated that the U.S. dropped at least 26,172 bombs in seven countries in 2016, the bulk of them in Iraq and Syria. Against Raqqa alone, ISIS’s “capital,” the U.S. and its allies dropped more than 20,000 bombs in 2017, reducing that provincial Syrian city to literal rubble. Combined with artillery fire, the bombing of Raqqa killed more than 1,600 civilians, according to Amnesty International.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is very difficult, being a person with a conscience, and as a Christian, to understand, fully, that the country of which she is a citizen, holds the record, big-time, for being a nation steeped in blood, from its war crimes.

The US government, for a long time, has been the agent of death, despair, and anger, because of its policy of expropriating resources, to which it has no moral right, through regime change and war, and ultimately making sure that those resources are only sold in the US dollar.

And unfortunately, fast forwarding to the ultimate conclusion of these activities, thee are only two outcomes which are possible; the economic collapse of the US, or a world war.

With a national debt of $22 trillion that we know about, and punch-drunk with its military power, the US government is going to continue these wars... until it is absolutely bankrupt, because it can figure no other way out.

So the only advice I can offer at this time, is prep; keep your ears to the ground as to what is really going on; and know how to protect yourself, and the people you care about, when the excrement hits the ventilation system.

Jun 05 08:12

Chaos as Trump Administration Bans Cruises From Visiting Cuba

The Trump Administration has made clear that their anger toward Venezuela’s government also extends to Cuba, and this was shown again today with the administration imposing new restrictions to prevent Americans ever setting foot on Cuban soil.

The new restrictions target educational trips as well as cruise ships, forbidden all cruises from stopping in Cuba for recreational purposes. There was no grace period for ships already en route.

This created immediate chaos among cruise operators, and a number of scheduled cruises that were to stop in Cuba as part of their voyages have uncertain futures, with Carnival Corp saying they won’t be going to Cuba, but they will be going someplace in the future.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mr. President, a word, please; I am having difficulty beginning to summon the language with which to express how this move, was utterly the polar-opposite of what you should have done here.

How do you create regime change in Cuba?!?

1. First, have Americans tourists see the real condition in the country; why are you so seemingly afraid of this?!? Wouldn't you want such a vacation to be a "Buddha on the Road" moment for Americans?!? (Just to bring you up to speed on this, this was the moment Buddha's life, when he escaped from the palace with a friend, and saw the true nature of poverty and death).

2. Encourage Cubans to come to the US to receive an education, and exchange ideas with American kids,and encourage American kids to study in Cuba.

President Trump, trade, cultural exchanges, and education, are the ways to create regime change here.

You've already stomped on one of these ways with this ban on cruise travel to Cuba; please, figure out how to not to do so with the other suggestions I have made.

And BTW, if you have never seen this, please have someone get this documentary for you to watch; Tuning with the Enemy

Please have your family gathered round when you do this. This is about the work of an American piano tuner, who yearly, tries to get more pianos to Cuba, because most of the Cuban pianos have been ravaged by termites, and people playing them are not really hearing the music, as it was intended to be heard.

As a Christian pacifist activist, this guy... is one of my heroes, because he is trying to fill an artistic need, and there is utterly no money for him in what he is doing. He's no hard-core Commie; just a guy who wants to see newer, and better, pianos to exist in the country.

Then, listen, carefully, to the beautiful music these kids are trying to make, on termite-infested pianos; sir, if this doesn't cause a tear or two to when you see this, and listen ... I am very, profoundly sorry for you.

Jun 05 07:51

North Korea Says US Shouldn’t Try Their Patience on Diplomacy

Officials say US must come up with a new approach 'before it is too late'

With no progress being made in talks between the US in North Korea since the failed Hanoi Summit, North Korea is warning that deals reached at last year’s summit could also be at risk if the US doesn’t start coming up with a new effort to resume talks.

The statement cautions that the US must abandon its demands for unilateral North Korean disarmament “before it is too late,” and that if the US continues to test North Korean patience, the joint Singapore declaration would end up a “mere blank sheet of paper.”

North Korea has been calling for a new US approach for months, but so far the signs are that there will be no change.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has insisted that the US will hold North Korea to commitments to unilaterally disarm.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And the reason for Pompeo saying this is.... illogical in the extreme.

Kim Jung Un understands how power politics is played, and becoming a nuclear nation, is one of the ways to enhance the power of the country which has them.

This means you cannot get "stepped on" by people who want the resources which exist in your country; without a nuclear arsenal, North Korea could get militarily "rolled" in a heartbeat.

And if Kim Jung Un understands this, then Mike Pompeo should understand this also.

Unilateral denuclearization was never, ever going to work; or perhaps, is this "not working", part of the US plan to overpower North Korea militarily?!?

And has President Trump discussed his plans for moving forward against North Korea, and gotten an approval for it from China's President, Xi Jinping?!?

The short answer here, most likely, is HELL, NO!!!

Mr. President, a word, please; I would like to politely remind you, that China is a nuclear-armed nation.

And living on a first-strike target, color me very nervous about how you appear to be setting up the US for a military conflict with both China and North Korea.

Mr. President, I understand that just because a concept is completely ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid for the US government to do, unfortunately, is no guarantee, that it will not do it.

Please, rethink this; or have you already decided Hawaii is going to be the "sacrificial lamb target for justifying this next war?!?

It has happened before, as you well know;

FDR provoked the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor

Jun 05 07:24

How US "good guys" wiped out an Afghan family

It was 4am when Masih Ur-Rahman Mubarez’s wife Amina called, an unusually early time for their daily chat. When he picked up the phone, he could hear the panic in her voice.

The call ended with Masih saying he would call again when things had calmed. But at 9am, when he dialed his wife’s number, her phone was off. He tried again at 9.30am. Still off. Through the whole of that day and the next, he repeatedly called. But Amina’s phone remained off.

It took another day for him to the learn the truth. Relatives avoided his calls or gave vague replies to his questions, until finally his brother broke the news. “He tried to avoid telling me the whole story, but I insisted that he tell me the truth,” Masih recalled in a wavering voice. “He told me to have patience in God - no one is left.”

An airstrike on Masih’s house had killed his wife and all his seven children, alongside four young cousins. His youngest child was just four years old.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This absolutely sickens me, understanding that the US has risen to the dubious distinction of being the top war crimes nation on this planet.

and here is a companion piece you should see also: warning - graphic images:

One Bomb. 11 Children Killed. And the Evidence That Implicates the US

Jun 05 07:18

US approved transfer of nuclear expertise to Riyadh after Khashoggi murder - Approvals allow US companies to discuss and work on nuclear-related projects in the Gulf kingdom

The Donald Trump administration issued two authorisations for the transfer of technical "nuclear expertise" to Saudi Arabia after the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi late last year, US Senator Tim Kaine has revealed.

Kaine, a Democrat from Virginia, where Khashoggi resided, called the decision "shocking" - as it came amid global outrage over the Saudi journalist's gruesome murder on 2 October.

The two approvals were issued on 18 October - only 16 days after Khashoggi was killed - and on 18 February, respectively.

Known as "Part 810 authorisations", they allow US companies to discuss and work on nuclear-related projects in the Gulf kingdom.

"I have serious questions about whether any decisions on nuclear transfers were made based on the Trump family's financial ties rather than the interests of the American people," Kaine said in a statement on Tuesday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder; since this permission came down just two weeks after the Kashoggi assassination, did President Trump know this was going down before it happened?!?

I am sorry to suggest, but have to state, that this... is the "opening of Pandora's Box", by the US government; and I suspect that it will rue the day when it happened, and Saudi Arabia has an impressive nuclear arsenal.

Against what country in the region Saudi Arabia will first attempt to use these weapons?!? Color Iran as the most likely recipient of the brutal damage from a nuclear bombing.

So what will Iran ultimately do, faced with this predicament?!? Develop nuclear bombs of their own, and I would likely suggest, this could happen very quickly, if they approached Pakistan for their nuclear technology.

Jun 05 07:07

US strategic bomber & aircraft carrier drill ‘strike operations’ on Iran’s doorstep (PHOTOS)

Multiple US Air Force aircraft, including a B-52 strategic bomber, have joined the USS Abraham Lincoln in the Arabian Sea for a ‘simulated strike operations’ exercise to prepare to take on Iran “when called upon.”
The drills witnessed F/A-18 Super Hornets, MH-60 Sea Hawk helicopters, and E-2D Growlers from the USS Abraham Lincoln mastering joint maneuvers to improve their “operational tactics in several warfare areas,” US Naval Forces Central Command said on Sunday. Among other “joint training evolutions,” the US Air Force participated in “strike coordination and reconnaissance exercises.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder just what forces in the White House, or Pentagon, have ordered this "picador" maneuver, to get the Iranian military to engage?!?

One has to wonder if those planning such actions are DC's "Gruesome
Two-some", Bolton and Pompeo, who have never seen a military conflict, potentially causing thousands of Americans to die, or be maimed for life, that they didn't love.

Since President Trump's outsourcing his Middle Eastern foreign policy to Israel, things in the region have gone from bad to worse.

And we have a companion piece, which bears both notice, and scrutiny:

Trump says there is ‘always a chance’ of war with Iran

Mr. President, this intellectual whiplash is not playing out well, in the heartland.

And if you don't believe that the policy makers in Iran have this behaviour well and truly pegged, you are getting truly lousy advice from those around you.

So, Mr. President, a word, please: you cannot revoke your responsibility here as Commander in Chief; because if you let Pompeo, Bolton, and Netanyahu drive American foreign policy in this region, I would almost predict that the US will be embroiled in either a regional war, or a world war by the end of this year.

Jun 05 06:50

Due To Cataclysmic Flooding, Millions Of Acres Of US Farmland Will Not Be Planted With Crops This Year

Authored by Michael Snyder via The End of The American Dream blog,

It looks like 2019 could be the worst year for U.S. agriculture in modern American history by a very wide margin. As you will see below, millions upon millions of acres of U.S. farmland will go unused this year due to cataclysmic flooding. And many of the farmers that did manage to plant crops are reporting extremely disappointing results.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These coming food shortages, coupled with inflation, mean that if you can, buy an inexpensive freezer, and start storing food right now.

I don't want to sound like 2019's "Mrs. Chicken Little", but the more food you can store, and save now, will mean far less pain at the checkout of your local supermarket, or big box store in the months to come.

Jun 05 06:47

Wiretaps Of Flynn And Kislyak Could Be A Game Changer. Why Prosecutors Refuse To Release It.

The highly classified transcript between former National Security Advisor Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn and former Russian Ambassador to the United States Sergey Kislyak would answer once and for all exactly what was said between the then senior government officials. Kislyak’s phone was being monitored by U.S. intelligence but that didn’t stop senior U.S. officials from leaking the conversation to the media. In fact, it was that essence of Flynn’s conversation with Kislyak that eventually led to Flynn being fired from his role as President Donald Trump’s national security advisor.

Knowing exactly what was said could be a game changer. Prosecutors don’t want that to happen. In fact, they argue that the transcripts aren’t essential to Flynn’s prosecution, in which he has already pleaded guilty. Isn’t that interesting, since it was senior government officials who broke the law and leaked the fact to the media that the two had spoken by phone.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

HELL, yes, those transcripts are key, and critical, for the American people to understand just what went on here.

Jun 05 06:45

Steele Cuts Deal; Will Discuss Trump Sex Dossier With DOJ Inspector General 

Former MI6 agent Christopher Steele has finally agreed to meet with US officials to discuss his relationship with the FBI, and the now-infamous dossier of unfounded claims against Donald Trump which he assembled on behalf of the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee.

The 54-year-old Steele has agreed to meet with investigators from the US Justice Department's Office of the Inspector General (OIG), according to The Times of London, after a former US official told Politico that the OIG report would "try to deeply undermine" Steele.

The news marks a 180-shift in Steele's past refusals to engage with US authorities. In April, Politico reported that Steele would not meet with the OIG to assist them with their investigation, while just last week, Reuters reported that he wouldn't meet with US attorney John Durham, who was handpicked by AG William Barr to review the origins of the Trump-Russia probe.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am certain that one of the conditions of Steele's "conversation" is, that he will not be looking at any jail time, whatsoever.

Jun 05 06:38

THE NUMBER OF AMERICANS WORKING IN THEIR 70S IS SKYROCKETING

SOURCE: QUARTZ

Over the past 20 years, the share of Americans working in their 70s has risen from less than 10% to nearly 15%, according to US Census bureau data.

In addition to people being healthier and living much longer, economists say that a combination of financial considerations such as years of stagnant real wages and a shift away from traditional pensions in the private sector are some of the reasons people are working longer. The decline of manufacturing and the increase in the number of people working in less labor-intensive occupations also has contributed to the trend says Abraham, who researches work and retirement decisions of older Americans.

“Which matters more [the choice to keep working or the necessity to do so] depends on what your history up until that point has been in the type of work you’re doing,” Abraham says.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In the deli of the market Mike and I frequent, I see a number of older ladies, handling orders, and making sandwiches.

I always smile at them, and let them know I appreciate what they have done, when we order, because I can guarantee, this was not how they envisioned their lives right now, when they were young, and just married.

Jun 05 06:34

FACEBOOK’S NEW PUBLIC POLICY MANAGER FOR UKRAINE IS A NATIONALIST HAWK WHO VOLUNTEERED WITH FASCIST PARTY DURING US-BACKED COUP

SOURCE: THEGRAYZONE.COM

FACEBOOK’S NEW PUBLIC POLICY MANAGER FOR UKRAINE KATERYNA KRUK IS A FORMER GOVERNMENT OFFICIAL, DIEHARD NATIONALIST, AND ANTI-RUSSIAN JINGOIST WHO VOLUNTEERED WITH THE EXTREME-RIGHT PARTY SVOBODA DURING THE 2014 US-BACKED COUP.
BY BEN NORTON

When Facebook hired a new public policy manager for Ukraine, the mega-corporation chose one of the most biased candidates possible: a hawkish jingoist who has worked extensively with the Ukrainian government and the European Union.

Kateryna Kruk, who has served as Facebook’s public policy manager for Ukraine since late May, was an active participant in Ukraine’s 2014 US-backed coup, in which far-right ultra-nationalists violently ousted a democratically elected pro-Russian government and replaced it with a pro-NATO one.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder, if President Obama and Victoria Nuland are having "buyer's remorse" at the way Ukrainian politics have devolved mightily, since their "golden boy" Poroshenko got absolutely clobbered in the last election.

And please remember; Obama said, publicly, in an interview on CNN, that the US was directly responsible for supporting a coup against the duly appointed President, Yanukovich:

President Obama admits that the US brokered a deal in support of regime change

The US government spent 5 billion dollars to create anti-government riots in Ukraine

Victoria Nuland admits that the US spent $ 5 billion dollars to create regime change in Ukraine

While there is one homeless Vet sleeping rough in our streets, this never, ever should have happened. Yet the people who generated this regime change get off, scott-free.

Hey, President Obama; I hear that you are making "beaucoup bucks" on on your Speaker Tours Barack Obama Is Now Among 10 Highest-Paid Public Speakers

and Victoria Nuland, congrats on your having landed in a great job (again) with ASG?!?
Victoria Nuland rejoins ASG (Albright Stonebridge Group

What is singularly depressing to me here, is that the sociopaths who create death and murder around the world, are exempt from paying any kind of price for their collective stupidity, because of their personal, and informational wealth, shielding them from due process.

Future historians will not be kind to either of these people, because of this.

Jun 05 06:06

SURVIVING TIANANMEN: THE PRICE OF DISSENT IN CHINA

SOURCE: ROWENA HE VIA THE NATION

Remembering the Tiananmen Movement is not just about repression... it’s about hope.

On May 23, 1989, Yu and his two friends threw eggshells filled with paint at Mao’s portrait in Tiananmen Square. Instead of applauding their audacity, the students turned them over to the authorities.

The students wanted to keep their protests separate from those of the workers. There was never an attempt to form a grand alliance to overthrow the regime, as Beijing would later assert. The students also feared that if they didn’t hand over the three young men, the government would have an excuse to crack down on them.

The image of thousands of people holding candles has become as iconic as the Tank Man, reminding us that Tiananmen is not just about repression—it’s about hope. Tiananmen symbolizes the struggle for freedom and human rights. Because this longing for basic rights is universal, history will witness the Tiananmen spirit again and again.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Here is a companion story, which demonstrates how the erasure of Tiananmen Square is being carried out:

How Chine is Wiping Memories of Tianamen Square

Jun 04 12:37

Spy Museum Uses Torture to Entice

Mark Fallon, former investigator at Guantanamo, noticed an advertisement for the International Spy Museum in Washington.

The fact the ?@IntlSpyMuseum? would seek to profit from human suffering, with sidewalk ads about water #torture is shameful and irresponsible. ?@hrw? ?@P4HR? ?@HRFNatlSecurity? ?@hrfalerts? ?@cvt_staff? ?@amnestyusa? #HumanRights matter

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On a recent trip to the museum I picked up on many subtle–and not so subtle–messages to valorize the deeply problematic deeds of secret intelligence agencies.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is unfortunate that with the Senate having backed Gina Haspel as director of the CIA, means that this agency will probably still torture, or outsource torture, as a way of allegedly "gathering intelligence".

The problem is, that torture does does not work; because the dynamic of this process is, that the tortured person will say ANYTHING, no matter how flatly wrong, to get the torture to stop.
Among countries which still continue this barbaric practice, are:
Israel;Israel police abuse detained Palestinian children

Cameroon: Cameroon Routine torture, and held incommunicado detention

Iraq: Iraq tortures children from suspected Islamic State Ties

It is too damned bad that the leadership of this country, doesn't remember the lessons of a brilliant German interrogator during World War 2, Hanns Sharff. Wikipedia:
Hanns Scharff

FBI gets an unexpected lesson from a former interrogator for the Nazis

Between the two wars, he learned English brilliantly, and was interrogating English, and American POWs, but not one bit of brutality was ever used. His technique has to get the prisoner to think that he already knew everything about the operations in which they were involved. He even, on occasion, took them out with a "day pass" for a cultural or artistic event. He knew how to get people he interrogated feel at ease, and somehow, something popped out of their mouths which gave him more insight into what they were really doing.

He was so respected, that after the war, the American military invited him to teach their people how to do what he had done; he later moved here, and became a pottery artist.

It is unfortunate that the American military has forgotten this very decent man and his techniques; this man had to have had a very high moral character, NOT to do what his fellow interrogators were doing, in terms of not beating, strangling, or tearing out fingernails.

There's a film/documentary somewhere in this man's life; actor/director John Noble, white courtesy telephone, please!!! :-)

Jun 04 11:55

SAUDIS USE ISRAELI SPYWARE TO TARGET DISSIDENTS

SOURCE: DEEP STATE BLOG

Eli Lake, the pro-Israel Bloomberg columnist, thinks selling Israeli-made Pegasus spyware to Saudi Arabia not a good idea. Lake recently met Palestinian blogger Ayad al-Baghdadi (no relation to the ISIS leader of the same name) who has reportedly been targeted by the Saudi regime.

Now living in exile in Norway, al Baghdadi still has to fear the long arm of Saudi intelligence as empowered by Israeli technology.

Pegasus and similar hacking programs are now able to break into a phone without requiring the user to even click a link. In some cases, a bogus WhatsApp call is enough to infect the phone and make it a powerful tracking device. That makes it particularly suited to monitor Arab dissidents like Al-Baghdadi, who rely on the encrypted messaging service to make contact with networks of activists across the Middle East.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Despots around the world are learning how to use computer capabilities; apps, and malware to identify where someone is; to whom they have communicated; or to where they are going; that makes assassinations all the more easy, if that is the government's wish to do so.

Jun 04 11:30

Reports: 'Executed' North Korean Special Envoy is Still Alive, 2nd Official 'Sent to Labor Camp' Pictured At Musical

North Korean special envoy to the US, Kim Hyok Chol, was not "executed" as the media widely claimed and North Korea's top nuclear negotiator, Kim Yong Chol, who the media widely reported was sent to a labor camp, was pictured attending a musical with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Jun 04 11:20

EMINENT AMERICAN SCIENTIST: SYRIAN CHEMICAL WEAPONS ATTACK WAS STAGED

Published: June 4, 2019

SOURCE: WASHINGTON'S BLOG
Theodore A. Postol is one of the nation’s top scientists. He is a professor emeritus of science, technology, and national security policy at MIT.

Postol’s main expertise is in ballistic missiles. He has a substantial background in air dispersal, including how toxic plumes move in the air, and has taught courses on weapons of mass destruction – including chemical and biological threats – at MIT.

Postol sent Washington’s Blog his brand new analysis of the Syrian chemical weapons attack in Douma. He sent the following “cover letter” email to me, summarizing his new findings:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Please, someone put this report underneath President Trump's nose, (gently) and don't take it away until he has read this.

IF a guy with credentials like this, has made this analysis, it is only right, fair, and moral of Trump's advisors to make sure he has digested this information.

I would be severely disappointed for Trump had known about this all along, yet not totally shocked.

I am severely disappointed with his "performance", both literally and metaphorically, as President right now.

Jun 04 11:12

COURT DOCS: MONSANTO PAID CHEMICAL INDUSTRY FRONT GROUP TO CLAIM CANCER-CAUSING WEEDKILLER ‘SAFE’ AND ATTACK ITS CRITICS

Monsanto paid a shadowy chemical industry front group to help push back against the mounting scientific evidence that the company’s signature Roundup weedkiller causes cancer, court documents reveal.

“If a company like [Monsanto] won’t support us, then who will?” the head of the American Council on Science and Health wrote to a Monsanto scientist in 2015. A day later came the reply: “[T]he answer is yes…. [D]efinitely count us in!!”

Emails between Monsanto and the American Council on Science and Health, or ACSH, and related internal Monsanto emails were first made public during the trial last July of a lawsuit by a former California school groundskeeper who was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma after using Roundup. The jury awarded Dewayne “Lee” Johnson $289 million in punitive and compensatory damages, later reduced by the judge to $78 million.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I really hope that a series of class action lawsuits, will bring Monsanto/Bayer to its knees, economically, and that the Chairman of the Board of Bayer, at the moment, Werner Baumann, will be sacked, and someone who will really look out for the health of their clients, will replace him.

Jun 04 11:06

BREASTFEEDING FOR 'SMELLING WEED'—THEY FOUND NONE

SOURCE: MATT AGORIST @ THE FREE THOUGHT PROJECT
(Support Free Thought) - Dallas, NC — An infuriating video was shared with the Free Thought Project this week showing North Carolina cops violate the rights of multiple innocent people because one of them smelled marijuana. No marijuana was found, but that didn’t stop cops from holding a family and their guests hostage for over an hour to look for it.

The incident in Dallas, NC started after police claimed they received a “911 hang up call.” Dallas police officer Beer arrives on scene and finds that the 911 hang up call was a non-incident. However, he then claims to smell marijuana and begins knocking on an innocent family’s door.

The officer admits in the video that the call did not come from the family’s home, but he knocked on their door anyway. A woman inside the home answers the door, at which point a rights-violating frenzy unfolds.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There are good cops, and cops who are not so good; But what these officers did, was completely shameful and outrageous.

Jun 04 11:05

BREASTFEEDING FOR 'SMELLING WEED'—THEY FOUND NONE

SOURCE: MATT AGORIST @ THE FREE THOUGHT PROJECT
(Support Free Thought) - Dallas, NC — An infuriating video was shared with the Free Thought Project this week showing North Carolina cops violate the rights of multiple innocent people because one of them smelled marijuana. No marijuana was found, but that didn’t stop cops from holding a family and their guests hostage for over an hour to look for it.

The incident in Dallas, NC started after police claimed they received a “911 hang up call.” Dallas police officer Beer arrives on scene and finds that the 911 hang up call was a non-incident. However, he then claims to smell marijuana and begins knocking on an innocent family’s door.

The officer admits in the video that the call did not come from the family’s home, but he knocked on their door anyway. A woman inside the home answers the door, at which point a rights-violating frenzy unfolds.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There are good cops, and cops who are not so good; But what these officers did, was completely shameful and outrageous.

Jun 04 10:58

AMAZON OFFERED JOB TO PENTAGON OFFICIAL INVOLVED WITH $10 BILLION CONTRACT IT SOUGHT

SOURCE: THE INTERCEPT

IN A FEDERAL lawsuit, the tech giant Oracle has provided new details to support its accusation that Amazon secretly negotiated a job offer with a then-Department of Defense official who helped shape the procurement process for a massive federal contract for which Amazon was a key bidder.

Amazon Web Services and Microsoft are now the two finalists to win the highly contested $10 billion contract for what is known as the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure, or JEDI. The deal, one of the largest federal contracts in U.S. history, would pay one company to provide cloud computing services in support of Defense Department operations around the world.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This kind of stuff happens in computer-related businesses all the time, but this time, it appears that Amazon got caught with its "cyberslacks" down, in terms of allowing what they were doing, to get revealed.

Jun 04 10:32

New Strzok-Page Emails Reveal at Least FOUR FBI 302 Reports Related to Hillary Clinton’s Investigation Were Never Written

Conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch announced Monday it received 218 pages of Strzok-Page emails which show FBI counsel James Baker instructing FBI officials to expedite the release of FBI probe material to Hillary Clinton’s lawyer in August of 2016.

Hillary’s lawyer, David Kendall and FBI counsel James Baker discussed quickly obtaining the “302” report of the FBI/DOJ interview of Clinton.

FD-302 reports are notes FBI officials take to summarize interviews they conduct with an individual.

The Strzok-Page emails also show the FBI failed to document at least four interviews of witnesses in the Clinton email probe.

Jun 04 10:29

China's Internet Lockdown Intensifies Ahead Of Tiananmen Anniversary

Chinese social media sites have been placed on a lockdown ahead of the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre, according to Bloomberg.

While Beijing already employs highly restrictive controls over their internet, Chinese censors typically intensify their efforts ahead of the June 4 anniversary of the bloody student protests in 1989.

This year, Tencent Holdings Ltd.’s messaging app WeChat and micro-blogging site Weibo barred users from changing their profile photos and other personal information. Video-streaming service Bilibili said it suspended real-time comments and other features for “technical upgrades.” -Bloomberg

Jun 04 10:27

Bloomberg's Biggest Competitor Censors All Reuters Stories On Tiananmen Massacre

Facing pressure from Beijing, financial data provider Refinitiv has removed all Reuters news stories from its Eikon terminal concerning the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre, which took place on June 4, 1989.

Jun 04 10:21

FACEBOOK SHAREHOLDER REVOLT GETS BLOODY: POWERLESS INVESTORS VOTE OVERWHELMINGLY TO OUST MARK ZUCKERBERG AS CHAIRMAN

SOURCE: BUSINESSINSIDER.COM
The Facebook shareholder revolt just got bloody.

In a filing on Monday, Facebook revealed how investors voted on a raft of proposals at its annual shareholder meeting last week — and the results underline the unrest among outside investors.

According to an analysis of the results by Open Mic — an organization that works with activist shareholders to improve corporate governance at America's biggest companies — independent shareholders overwhelmingly backed two proposals to weaken Mark Zuckerberg's power.

Some 68% of ordinary investors, those who are not part of management or the board, want to oust Zuckerberg as chairman and bring in an independent figure to chair Facebook's board. This was a significant increase on the 51% who voted in favor of an almost identical proposal last year.

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I am sorry, but The Zuck brought this change in his shareholders' minds upon himself, and I have have utterly no sympathy for someone who hubristically believed that he was "over, and above" the law, because of his financial status.

Jun 04 10:18

COP-WANNABE WOMAN WHO CHASED MAN DOWN AND KILLED HIM IS CLAIMING VICTIMHOOD

by Carlos Miller

It was a minor fender bender but it led to a man's murder.
If only she had been a police officer, Hannah Payne would easily have avoided the murder charge by simply claiming she was in fear for her life.

Instead, the 21-year-old Georgia woman acted as if she were protected by Blue Privilege when she chased down a 62-year-old man whom she saw strike a tractor-trailer and continue driving on May 7.

"Get the fuck out the car! I'm going to shoot you!" she screamed at Kenneth Herring after pursuing him for a mile, then cutting him off and getting out of her car with the gun.

She then proceeded to punch and grab at him, trying to pull him out of the car.

She then shot and killed him.

"He just shot himself with my gun," she told a 911 dispatcher, according to the Clayton News-Journal.

The family of Kenneth Herring said he was likely having a diabetic episode when he crashed into the car and was probably driving himself to the hospital.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder; was the woman on anti-psychotic or SSRI medications, to make her believe that this was a reasonable thing to do, on her part?!?

And that she could possible think that fingerprint ID would not have established that it was she who fired, not Herring?!?

Jun 04 10:11

THIS CHINESE ARTIST CRITICIZED GOOGLE AND XI JINPING. NOW HE’S FACING GOVERNMENT HARASSMENT.

THE MESSAGES ARRIVED suddenly and then he went quiet. “My identity is leaked,” he said. “I am worried about my safety.”

The Chinese dissident artist Badiucao had been busy preparing an exhibition in Hong Kong to celebrate Free Expression Week, a series of events organized by rights groups. His show was partly inspired by Google’s plan to build a censored search engine in China, and was set to include work that the artist had created skewering the U.S. tech giant for cooperating with the Communist Party regime’s suppression of internet freedom.

But just days before the exhibition was set to launch last year, at a high-profile event featuring members of Russian punk-activist group Pussy Riot, it was canceled by organizers. Badiucao had received threats from the Chinese government and soon went into hiding.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is bad news for anyone who expresses their concern about anything any Centralized Government has done.

Jun 04 10:08

TESLA BLOCKS ACCESS TO ANONYMOUS WORKPLACE CHAT APP BLIND AMID CRACKDOWN ON EMPLOYEE LEAKS

SOURCE: VERDICT.CO.UK

Tesla has begun blocking its employees from accessing anonymous workplace chat app Blind, according to its developers, in an apparent attempt to protect against employee leaks.

Blind allows employees to discuss workplace matters anonymously with their colleagues and industry peers through public and private forums. Since launching in the United States in 2015, the app has attracted thousands of workers from Silicon Valley tech giants including Microsoft, Google, Facebook and Amazon.

More than 2,100 Tesla employees have signed up to Blind. However, the automotive company appears to have moved to stop that figure from increasing.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Elon Musk, is probably among the most brilliant inventors/ creators of the 21st century; that being said, however, he does, and desperately, and as of YESTERDAY, need a "business nanny" to take care of his companies in such a way that the negative things about Tesla, will cease of their own accord, because employees are being treated well, and sensitively, and work gets done intelligently and effectively.

Elon, personnel relations are not the kinds of relationships you have with what you create; this is something for someone who does not appear to be behaving in a such a way that utterly shuts people down, and the only way employees believe that they can vent, is through posting on such sources as Blind.

Jun 04 10:00

"WIDE-SCALE CONSUMER FRAUD:" WALMART SUED FOR SELLING FAKE MEDICINE

SOURCE: ZERO HEDGE

A new lawsuit by the Center for Inquiry (CFI) alleges Walmart is "committing wide-scale consumer fraud and endangering the health of its customers through its sale and marketing of homeopathic medicines."

The lawsuit was filed in the District of Columbia last month. CFI is also involved in a similar suit against CVS, which has been ongoing since June 2018.

"Walmart sells homeopathics right alongside real medicines, in the same sections in its stores, under the same signs," said Nicholas Little, CFI's Vice President and General Counsel. "Searches on its website for cold and flu remedies or teething products for infants yield pages full of homeopathic junk products. It's an incredible betrayal of customers' trust and an abuse of Walmart's titanic retail power."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

REALLY, Mr. Little?!?

I have looked at the balance sheet of your organisation, here, and it is interesting that none of your major contributors are not mentioned by name:

Development fund: other employeesTherefore, one might conclude, that there is no apparent documented funding for your organisation.

Perhaps you want to keep people in the shadows about who funds you, and why.

There is not one name from one pharmaceutical company as your donor, but I would strongly suspect that there is a reason for this.

It is completely shameful, that you also have absolutely zero faith in the minds of 21st century consumers, so you have wanted to deny thinking people their "seat at the table" on the issue of supplementary health care, and whether this might be beneficial to themselves and their families.

And seem you are dealing with extreme SMD (extreme Selective Memory Disorder) on this issue, let me take a moment to correct that for you; and you, sir, are most welcome!!

Curcumin: A Review of Its’ Effects on Human Health

This supplement has been used in connection with the following health conditions:

What are probiotics?

Evaluation of the Effects of Dietary Organic Germanium, Ge-132, and Raffinose Supplementation on Caecal Flora in Rats
Why high-dose vitamin C kills cancer cells

To attempt to deny customers the right to supplementation, means that you may, in some cases, be creating a death sentence for some of those people: this is absolutely, completely immoral, and evil to boot.

I cannot begin to tell you, Mr. Little, of how many of my family and friends who have died with cancer, under conventional treatment, and frequently those cancers went into remission, only to re-occur in other parts of their bodies.

One has to wonder, Mr. Little, as to how many pharmaceutical stocks lurk in your financial portfolio,and who, or what "owns you" on this issue. Perhaps there needs to be a "forensic accounting" done on the CFI, to reveal your client list. (Walmart, are you listening?!?)

And if any lawyers/barristers for Walmart happen to read this post, although the allegations contained herein will take a lot more detective work to prove, I think the information I have assembled, may help your case.

While I am not a Walmart enthusiast for a vast number of reasons, I think that this case needs to be dismissed, as a "frivolous lawsuit". And Walmart attornies, if you are smart, you will bring together every study, positively indicating that supplements should have both benefit, and their place in complementary medicine.

Jun 04 09:32

Israel’s Mossad Behind Allegations Iran Sabotaged Oil Tankers

Claims of sabotage against a handful of oil tankers off the coast of the United Arab Emirates, and subsequent claims from US hawks that Iran was behind it, originated with the Israeli Mossad, and the US is planning to take Israeli allegations to the UN Security Council.

Mossad said that Israel had managed the attacks without injuring anyone on board any of the ships, calling it a “pretty impressive commando operation.” This does stand in contrast to some US officials claiming it was Iranian sea mines behind the attacks, claims for which no good evidence exists.

This isn’t the first Israeli involvement in the ever-escalating narrative that threatens to march the US into war with Iran. Indeed, the original claims Iran was going to attack US forces in the region, potentially in Iraq, were themselves originally created by Mossad.

Jun 04 09:31

Pentagon’s Phony Iran ‘Evidence’: New Rationale for US Intervention?

Last week a senior Pentagon official accused Iran of having sabotaged four oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman on May 12 and of firing a rocket into Baghdad’s Green Zone on May 19. Iran executed these events, he said, either directly or through regional “proxies.”

But instead of creating sensational headlines, the briefing by Vice Adm. Michael Gilday, the director of the Joint Staff, was a flop, because it was clear to reporters covering it that he could not cite a single fact to back it up.

The story got only the most cursory coverage in major news outlets, all of which buried Gilday’s accusation deep in stories about the announced deployment of 1,500 more U.S. troops to the Middle East. Relatively few readers would even have noticed Gilday’s inflammatory claims.

Jun 04 09:29

The Iran Hawks’ Creepy Smear Campaign

There has been a nasty ongoing smear campaign directed against Iranian and Iranian-American journalists, academics, and activists because they have criticized administration policy and because they don’t echo hawkish talking points on Iran. It recently came to light that part of this campaign was receiving U.S. government funding that was supposed to be used to combat propaganda from foreign governments. Thanks to public exposure and pressure on the State Department, that funding has been suspended:

Jun 04 09:12

The War On Truth

“The ability of the owners of the political/media class to discredit and neutralize anyone who poses a threat to their interests simply by rearranging the narratives about them is one of the most destructive psychological weapons in their arsenal. The main reason it’s so hard to convince the public that they have been taken in by propaganda and smear campaigns is because for some stupid reason, one of the most shameful things anyone can do in our society is be fooled. If we are to overcome the narrative dominance of the powerful, it is essential that we find a way to shift that shame from those who have been fooled onto those who have been fooling them.” — Caitlin Johnstone

Jun 04 09:09

Venezuela FURY: Putin hits out at claims of Russia abandoning Maduro

The Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday that Rostec – who train Venezuelan troops and offer advice on weapons contracts – cut their numbers to just a few dozen as crisis grips the nation. While there were up to 1000 staff in Caracas, the report goes on to say that a loss of trust in Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro was a key factor in the mass withdrawal. However, in response to the article, Russian ambassador to Venezuela Vladimir Zaemsky told Russian news outlet Sputnik: "This is another piece of 'news' which has absolutely nothing to do with reality.

Jun 04 08:54

U.S. VISA APPLICANTS NOW REQUIRED TO PROVIDE SOCIAL MEDIA DETAILS

SOURCE: GEEK.COM

The U.S. State Department now requires most visa applicants to submit their social media usernames, previous email addresses, and phone numbers.

As reported by the Associated Press, this change is a “vast” expansion of President Trump’s enhanced screening of potential immigrants and visitors.

It will affect some 15 million foreigners applying for entry to the US each year.

“National security is our top priority when adjudicating visa applications,” according to a government statement published by the AP.

“Every prospective traveler and immigrant to the United States undergoes extensive security screening,” the State Department continued. “We are constantly working to find mechanisms to improve our screening process to protect U.S. citizens, while supporting legitimate travel to the United States.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So I have to wonder; what, ultimately may happen when, PLM (People Like Me), who have been out of the country for awhile, but were peaceful, Christian antiwar activists; are they going to be allowed back in, or will their claim to American citizenship get rejected, simply because of their anti-war activism?!?

Such a move, on the part of the Unhinged, Surveilled Amerikan State, may not be that impossible, in future years; and I do, legitimately, have concerns that such things may well happen here.

Jun 04 08:44

HOW CHINA IS WIPING MEMORIES OF TIENANMEN SQUARE OFF THE INTERNET

SOURCE: MOTHERBOARD | VICE
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The Chinese military killed as many as 10,000 people during Beijing’s vicious crackdown on pro-democracy protesters 30 years ago. But today, those victims and the horrific events of June 4, 1989, in Tiananmen Square have been virtually wiped from China’s collective memory. Beijing has achieved this mass erasure through an unprecedented crackdown on all forms of public speech in the streets and online, relying on advanced technology to automate much of their efforts while detaining people like Deng for making the smallest reference.

This year, those tools have been working in overdrive, focusing primarily on the dissident movement’s last refuge: the internet.

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A word to both the Chinese and US governments: the book "1984" by George Orwell, was a cautionary tale; not a "how to book!!"

Jun 04 08:42

THE NUMBER OF AMERICANS WORKING IN THEIR 70S IS SKYROCKETING

SOURCE: QUARTZ
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Over the past 20 years, the share of Americans working in their 70s has risen from less than 10% to nearly 15%, according to US Census bureau data.

In addition to people being healthier and living much longer, economists say that a combination of financial considerations such as years of stagnant real wages and a shift away from traditional pensions in the private sector are some of the reasons people are working longer. The decline of manufacturing and the increase in the number of people working in less labor-intensive occupations also has contributed to the trend says Abraham, who researches work and retirement decisions of older Americans.

“Which matters more [the choice to keep working or the necessity to do so] depends on what your history up until that point has been in the type of work you’re doing,” Abraham says.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

At 70, I am still working, because I have found a way of being relevant, and consistently appreciated by my clients. THAT is one of the best possible places to be, if you are my age!! :-)

But I do see a lot of people, many at the local grocery store where we shop, where I am looking at the faces of many of their employees, understanding that few thought they would be at that point of doing the kind of work they do, in their late sixties and early seventies.

Jun 03 15:52

US Media Continues Spreading Lies About Russia And Venezuela

Data from the newspaper The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) on the presence of employees of the state corporation Rostec (Russian Technologies) are exaggerated, Sputnik told a source of the press service of the Russian company.

On June 1, the American newspaper The Wall Street Journal reported, quoting an anonymous source close to the Russian Ministry of Defense, that Rostec decreased its staff in Venezuela from 1,000 to a few dozen.

According to the media, the retreat of Rostec employees, responsible for training Venezuelan troops, has intensified in recent months.

“The figures published in the Wall Street Journal article regarding the presence of Rostec employees in Venezuela are exaggerated dozens of times,” a source said in response to the Journal’s claims.

Jun 03 10:36

BBC, Sky News Have Hidden Their Interviews With UN Expert On The Torture Of Assange

UN Special Rapporteur on torture Nils Melzer has said that on the 31st of May he gave video interviews with both Sky News and the BBC on his findings that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is the victim of psychological torture.

As of this writing, footage of those interviews is nowhere to be found.

Jun 03 10:22

Laws against Holocaust denial

Holocaust denial, the denial of the systematic genocidal killing of approximately six million Jews in Europe by Nazi Germany in the 1930s and 1940s, is illegal in 16 European countries and Israel. Many countries also have broader laws that criminalize genocide denial. Of the countries that ban Holocaust denial, some, such as Austria, Germany, Hungary, and Romania, were among the perpetrators of the Holocaust, and many of these also ban other elements associated with Nazism, such as the expression of Nazi symbols.

Jun 03 09:29

NEW SNOWDEN LEAKED MEMOS SHOW NSA AIDED ISRAEL'S "TARGETED ASSASSINATIONS"

SOURCE: ZEROHEDGE

A couple of new bombshell leaked NSA documents from the Snowden archive published days ago by The Intercept confirms the extremely close level of cooperation between American and Israeli intelligence services, especially as part of the so-called "global war on terror" since 9/11. The documents reveal the NSA even assisted in an aggressive targeted assassination campaign waged by Israel inside Lebanon, especially during the 2006 Lebanon War.

According to The Intercept's report — aptly titled "Israel Hated American Ban on Sharing Intel for Assassinations, so US Made New Rules" —the newly unearthed NSA memos reveal attempts to find a legal loophole of sorts on the part of the US intelligence officials which would allow unprecedented information sharing related to a deeply controversial targeted assassination campaign by Israel.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Color me completely unsurprised by this.

What Israel wants is what Israel gets, in terms of US intelligence; and the targeted killings continue; no judge, no jury, no rule of law whatsoever.

And would someone please like to enlighten me, as to why Israel has zero constitution, after 71 years of existence?!?

Is by chance, or by design, so it can continue killing innocent Palestinians particularly the children, with utterly no legal mechanism for stopping this?!?

One does have to wonder.....

Jun 03 09:16

RUSSIA REQUIRES TINDER TO PROVIDE DATA ON ITS USERS

SOURCE: APNEWS.COM

MOSCOW (AP) — Dating app Tinder is now required to provide user data to Russian intelligence agencies, the country’s communications regulator said Monday.

The app was included on a new list of online services operating in Russia that are required to provide user data on demand to Russian authorities, including the FSB security agency.

Russia adopted a flurry of legislation in recent years tightening control over online activity. Among other things, Internet companies are required to store six months’ worth of user data and be ready to hand them over to authorities.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In my case, they can just copy from the blog WRH, and see what comes up; with Mike as a pacifist activist, and me as a Christian pacifist activist, I frankly think that Putin would have no problem with us.

Jun 03 09:12

SUDANESE SECURITY FORCES LAUNCH DEADLY RAID ON CAMPING PROTESTERS, AT LEAST 13 KILLED – REPORTS

SOURCE: RT

Sudan’s military has used live ammunition to disperse protesters in the capital, Khartoum, according to reports. A medical association close to the protesters said that at least 13 people have been killed and dozens injured.
Sudan has been ruled by the Transitional Military Council since the ousting of authoritarian president Omar al-Bashir in April. The crackdown comes as participants in a long-running sit-in outside the army’s HQ have been demanding democratic reforms and for generals to hand over power.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

OK, how does the current Sudanese government know that the people they have assassinated, are truly criminals, without a basic Trial By Jury, one of the foundations of any real democracy?!?

the short answer is, they cannot prove this; it is just a feint, to make the existing Transitional Military Council appear to some any shred of credibility left for the Sudanese people, which they have not done.

Jun 03 09:08

German ‘blogger of the year’ invented her ‘Jewish’ family history, cheated media for years

German historian Marie Sophie Hingst, famous for her blog about family members who perished in the Holocaust, has been caught in a lie. The revelation also put the media, which published her other ‘personal stories’, in a bind.

Hingst, who lives in Dublin, rose to prominence because of her stories about her alleged Jewish ancestors, who tragically died in the times of the Holocaust. These were published on her blog ‘Read on my dear, read on’ (now offline), which she started back in 2013 in Dublin. The blog featured accounts of her grandfather in particular, who she said was killed in the Nazi death camp Auschwitz.

Jun 03 09:05

RUSSIA’S ROSTEC PULLS PLUG ON MADURO

SOURCE: THE NEW AMERICAN
Reprinted with permission from TheNewAmerican.com.

Venezuela’s Marxist dictator Nicolás Maduro hasn’t paid Rostec, Russia’s state-controlled military contractor, for months, so the company is pulling the plug, according to the Wall Street Journal. That contractor has been providing vast military armaments and other materiel to Maduro’s regime, including Kalashnikov rifles, helicopters, tanks, and aerial defense systems. It has also, until recently, had about 1,000 technicians in place to train Venezuelan military personnel how to maintain that high-tech equipment. Now, said the Journal, that number has been reduced to just a few dozen.

U.S. sanctions, particularly on Maduro’s Central Bank of Venezuela, have made it all but impossible for the bank to sell off what remains of the country’s gold reserves to raise the cash to pay Rostec’s bills.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I saw the headline yesterday; but on the part of Rostec, it makes perfect financial sense.

But the question is, how long will Venezuela's military stay loyal to Maduro, and are these troops getting paid and fed, regularly?!?

the breach of those conditions, would absolutely "turn the corner" on any kind of "invasion" plans the US may have to take control of Venezuela and its oil reserves, and the US may already have "mercs in place", should this moment come to be.

Jun 03 09:00

WATCH: WOMAN STRAPPED TO CHAIR, BEATEN & PEPPER SPRAYED OVER UNPAID TRAFFIC TICKET

SOURCE: MATT AGORIST @ THE FREE THOUGHT PROJECT

(Support Free Thought) - Cleveland, OH — A deeply disturbing video has been released from a surveillance camera inside Cuyahoga County jail of multiple officers strapping a woman to a restraint chair before hitting her and then covering her face in pepper spray foam. The nature of the video were so horrifying that the officers involved have all been charged with crimes.

The incident happened on July 16, 2018 when an innocent woman, Chantelle Glass was brought to jail. Despite being strapped down to a chair and savagely tortured, Glass was never charged with a crime but because she had an unpaid traffic ticket, they held her in jail.

Officer Idris-Farid Clark is one of five officers charged in multiple attacks on inmates. The video of Glass’ incident was just released this week as part of a claim cleveland.com filed against the county in the Ohio Court of Claims.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If THIS is how the Cleveland PD interprets the phrase "to protect and serve", the city has a huge problem on its hands.

To those who can, please vote with your feet and leave.

To those who, for economic reasons, cannot, let Mayor Frank G. Jackson, know that there is going to be a peaceful, general strike because of this, and take your kids out of school on the day when this happens.

And ANY organisation even thinking about holding some kind of symposium or conference here, please do NOT, again, letting Mayor Jackson understand why Cleveland will not be your Venue of Choice

One has to wonder if these officers were on, or getting off of SSRI prescription medication.

Jun 02 10:47

BORDER PATROL IS DROPPING HUNDREDS OF ILL AND HUNGRY MIGRANTS AT SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA GREYHOUND STATIONS

SOURCE: THE INTERCEPT
THE VANS STARTED coming on May 14, depositing their passengers into an alley by the Greyhound station in San Bernardino, California, and then taking off. The first night, the station’s small lobby quickly filled with migrants from Guatemala and elsewhere who had been abruptly dropped off there by the U.S. Border Patrol.

The manager of the station ended up getting many of them tickets to Los Angeles that night, said Luis Suarez, of the Inland Coalition for Immigrant Justice. “It’s open 24/7, and he wanted them to have a warm place at least. San Bernardino closes at 2 a.m.” On summer nights, temperatures can drop 30 degrees in the city, which is located in the foothills of a mountain range about 60 miles east of Los Angeles.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Whatever a decent, moral immigration system is, this is absolutely its polar opposite.

Jun 02 10:39

NSA TARGETING SYSTEM NOW DEPLOYED ALONG MEXICAN BORDER, LEAKED DOCS REVEAL

SOURCE: RT
A top-secret NSA targeting system which dramatically increased the civilian death toll in Afghanistan and Iraq has made its way back home, according to leaked documents boasting of its use on the US-Mexico border.
The RT-RG targeting system, which sucks up and processes hundreds of millions of phone and internet records per day in order to “find, fix and finish” enemy combatants, has been deployed on the US’ southern border since 2010, according to documents leaked by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.

When NSA agents gave a presentation at the El Paso Intelligence Center (EPIC) in 2008, the Drug Enforcement Administration, one of 21 law enforcement agencies with a presence at the center, dropped everything to get its hands on an RT-RG of its own.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

For any country on this planet which boasts of being "civilized", which the Unhinged, Surveilled, State of Amerika, frequently does, using this technology to kill or maim innocent people, is an absolute abomination.

Jun 02 10:24

EDWARD SNOWDEN: WITH TECHNOLOGY, INSTITUTIONS HAVE MADE 'MOST EFFECTIVE MEANS OF SOCIAL CONTROL IN THE HISTORY OF OUR SPECIES'

SOURCE: COMMON DREAMS
NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden said Thursday that people in systems of power have exploited the human desire to connect in order to create systems of mass surveillance.

Snowden appeared at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia via livestream from Moscow to give a keynote address for the Canadian university's Open Dialogue Series.

Right now, he said, humanity is in a sort of "atomic moment" in the field of computer science.

"We're in the midst of the greatest redistribution of power since the Industrial Revolution, and this is happening because technology has provided a new capability," Snowden said.

"It's related to influence that reaches everyone in every place," he said. "It has no regard for borders. Its reach is unlimited, if you will, but its safeguards are not."

Without such defenses, technology is able to affect human behavior.

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Snowden nailed it here.

Jun 02 10:22

SOROS, WALLACE HELP BANKROLL DARK MONEY FUND AIMED AT MIDWESTERN VOTERS

Liberal billionaires George Soros and Scott Wallace are helping bankroll a new fund hosted by an intricate dark money organization and focused on helping Democrats make inroads with midwestern voters for the 2020 elections.

The deep-pocketed donors moved the money from the Open Society Foundations, Soros's foundation, and the Wallace Global Fund, Wallace's foundation, to the newly launched Heartland Fund, a collaborative effort focused on building "power across the divides of the American heartland" as overall Democratic efforts have veered towards the region.

The Heartland Fund recently disbursed $500,000 in its first round of grants to nine left-wing groups and will begin its efforts with organizing and issue advocacy. The initiative is housed at the Windward Fund, which falls under the auspices of Arabella Advisors, a major dark money "fiscal sponsor" network founded by Eric Kessler, a former Bill Clinton appointee.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

At this point, I am morally disgusted with both parties.

And please remember; no matter who is (allegedly) "in power", the wars continue, and American jobs continue to get offshored/outsourced to places with the cheapest possible labor.

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