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Jul 11 13:42

Britain Raises Ship Security Level to ‘Critical’ as Tanker Row With Iran Escalates - Report

Over the past two days, British oil tankers in the Strait of Hormuz and Persian Gulf have reportedly been spotted under escort by Royal Navy vessels. Although the reason for this has not been officially explained, the situation comes amid threats by Tehran to seize British ships in response to the arrest of its tanker in Gibraltar.

The UK Department for Transport has issued a recommendation to British commercial ships near the Strait of Hormuz to exercise caution and put their security in a heightened state in case they are approached by "aggressive" Iranian patrol boats, Sky News reported, citing anonymous sources.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Let's throw in a little logic, shall we; why would Iran be so desperately attempting to "create an incident", when they understood that such an act would be the US/Israeli/Saudi Arabia "justification" for a shooting war against Iran?!?

The short answer is, they wouldn't.

Iranian leadership is many things; but stupid, it is not.

Jul 11 13:35

Illegal immigrant population to surge 10% this year, flood schools

The continued surge of Latin American illegal immigrants at the U.S.-Mexico border will lead to hundreds of thousands being released into the country, increasing the already massive population of migrants by some 10%, according to a new analysis.

“We anticipate more than 700,000 migrants will successfully enter the country, increasing the unauthorized Hispanic population by nearly 10%,” said the influential Princeton Policy Advisors.

What’s more, wrote the group’s president Steve Kopits in a memo provided to Secrets, “By year end, nearly 300,000 migrant children are expected to enter the U.S. Over time, these will show up in the U.S. public school system.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In light of the reality that the US does an horrific job of truly educating the kids who are here legally, the addition of illegal alien children will completely overwhelm public schools, both in terms of educators, and money.

Jul 11 13:25

Cholera Rips Through War-Torn Yemen: Nears 500,000 Cases In 2019

As the UAE announced this week it would withdraw its forces from Yemen as a longtime lead country in the Saudi coalition which has fought Houthi rebels since 2015, the United Nations issued a damning report on what it previously dubbed the "world's worst humanitarian crisis" and what many analysts have described as the "forgotten war," due to the little coverage it receives in the mainstream media.

War-ravaged Yemen has seen more than than 460,000 suspected cholera cases so far this year, which is significantly higher that the total number for all of 2018, at 380,000 — the UN stated early this week.

This as the over four-year long war is has reached casualty numbers on par with the opening half of the Syrian war, expected to reach an estimated 233,000 deaths by the end of 2019, according to a previous UN report issued in May.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I want to ask you to look, very very hard, at the image accompanying this story.

I want to imagine that it was you, attempting to wash clothing in the filthy water you see behind this lady; she has no clean water with which she can do this, and is just praying that no one who is left in her family, gets sick from the horrific state of the water.

Imagine she understands that, the USA, with UAE and Saudi Arabia, have completely destroyed all the water infrastructure in Yemen, and that there also may have been weaponized cholera introduced into the country's water (it happened in World War II, during the war against Japan.)

So I have to ask: how proud are you to be a citizen of a country which routinely commits war crimes in places like Yemen; Iraq; Afghanistan; and Libya, believing that there will never be any consequences to come back and smack smack it in the face?!?

I do love my country, but I weep for the damage it has caused, and continues to cause, both nationally, and internationally.

This is why Mike so consistently reminds people to tell their friends and colleagues, where you think there is some resonance with what we are doing.

So let me ask another question; when was the last time you saw, or heard, a story on Yemen from the Presstitutes and corporate warmongers?!?

My best guess here, would be never.

Jul 11 13:01

Deutsche Bank Facing DOJ Probe Over 1MDB After Goldman Throws It Under The Bus

When it rains inside the halls of Deutsche Bank, the flood is biblical.

Just when it seemed that the biggest (if not for long) German bank, already reeling from the biggest mass layoffs since Lehman, couldn't possibly bear any more bad news, along comes the US government with yet another potentially criminal investigation, this time over Deutsche Bank's involvement with the sprawling, multibillion-dollar Malaysian development fraud scandal that toppled a prime minister, crippled Goldman Sachs stock and stretched from Hollywood to Wall Street.

According to the WSJ, the DOJ is investigating whether the German bank violated foreign corruption or anti-money-laundering laws in its work for the 1Malaysia Development Bhd. fund, or 1MDB, which included helping the fund raise $1.2 billion in 2014 as concerns about the fund’s management and financials had begun to circulate.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is about to get very ugly very quickly, depending on who decides to "sing" first, to get the best deal for their own financial crimes.

Jul 11 12:47

Chuck Schumer Took Tens Of Thousands Of Dollars In Donations From Jeffrey Epstein

Senator Chuck Schumer accepted thousands of dollars in donations from Jeffrey Epstein in the 1990s, according to the NY Post. Schumer has recently been vocal in demanding that President Trump "answer" for his relationship with Epstein, while also urging Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta to resign.

FEC records showed that Schumer took in seven $1,000 donations between 1992 and 1997 from Epstein. The donations were accepted first as a US congressman, then later while running for the state's senator.

We reported Sunday night that Epstein had has been arrested for allegedly sex trafficking dozens of minors in New York and Florida between 2002 and 2005. The new charges claim that "Epstein sexually exploited dozens of underage girls in a now-familiar scheme: paying them cash for 'massages' and then molesting or sexually abusing them in his Upper East Side mansion or his residence in Palm Beach."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How I LOVE the smell of irony in the morning!!!

Jul 11 12:44

Trade War Spurs Biggest De-Globalization Shift Since The Cold War

From an office in Tijuana, Mexico, Roberto Durazo has been capitalizing on one of the biggest shifts in global trade since the end of the cold war.

His company, Ivemsa, has been helping dozens of companies move their factories out of China and other parts of Asia and into Mexico to make goods to be sold domestically and in the United States. Operating in what is known as the “shelter industry”, firms like Ivemsa help international companies operate in Mexico without having to maintain a legal entity.

This example illustrates a wider movement that predates the trade war between China and the US, but one which experts now say is irreversible. After decades in which globalization seemed to be an unstoppable force, the trade war is accelerating a complete transformation of global trade towards a more fragmented model, and Durazo is operating at ground zero.

Jul 11 12:39

Epstein's Elite Wall Street Ties Revealed In Filing

Jeffrey Epstein's wealth has long been a topic of discussion since becoming known as a 'billionaire pedophile' and other similar monikers. Described by prosecutors this week as a "man of nearly infinite means," a 2011 SEC filing has provided a window into the registered sex offender's elite Wall Street links, according to the Financial Times.

Epstein, who caught a lucky break tutoring the son of Bear Stearns chairman Alan Greenberg before joining the firm, left the investment bank in 1981 to set up his own financial firm. While he reportedly managed money for billionaires for decades, most of Epstein's dealings have been done in the shadows.

A 2011 SEC filing reveals that Epstein's privately held firm, the Financial Trust Company, took a 6.1% stake in Pennsylvania-based catalytic converter maker Environmental Solutions Worldwide (ESW) backed by Leon Black, the billionaire founder of Apollo Global Management.

Jul 11 12:05

Isikoff, Who First Peddled The Fake Steele Dossier, Invents New 'Russian Influence' Story

Michael Isikoff was the first reporter who peddled the fake Steele dossier about alleged Russian influence over Donald Trump. He later admitted that the claims therein were 'likely false'. Today Isikoff came up with a new fake story about 'Russian influence'.

Isikoff claims that the conspiracy theory, that Seth Rich, a DNC staffer, was killed because he stole the DNC emails which Wikileaks later published, was planted by Russia's foreign intelligence service.

Jul 11 10:49

Scott Adams: Talking to Bill Pulte #TwitterPhilanthropy Give Away, Tech Summit

Comments at: https://twitter.com/ScottAdamsSays/status/1149317556534042630

Bill Pulte talks about his $100,000 giveaway to help people in need
Social Media Summit at the White House to discuss tech bias
Penetrating the fortress of control wielded by social media
Social media companies have the power of governments
Ben Garrison disinvited from the Social Media Summit
Megan Rapinoe offends half the audience she was hired to entertain
Loserthink and “bubble reality”, how to escape your bubble

Bill Pulte: @pulte #TwitterPhilanthropy #BlightAuthority

Jul 11 08:49

Trump’s Labor Secretary Cut Epstein a Sweetheart Deal — Now He’s Gutting Sex Trafficking Prevention

By Elias Marat

As U.S. Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta receives flak for his past work ensuring immunity for Jeffrey Epstein in an infamous 2008 sweetheart deal that allowed the convicted sexual predator to be free of federal prosecution after he was investigated for running a child sex trafficking ring, his current actions in the Trump cabinet are also drawing renewed scrutiny...

Jul 11 08:23

U.S. NAVY AND LOCKHEED MARTIN OFFICIALLY INTRODUCE DIRECTED ENERGY WEAPONS INTO WARFARE

By Nicholas West

Nearly 4 years ago, I wrote an article entitled, “Lasers and Electronic Warfare To Be Used in New World of Drones and Anti-Drones,” wherein I detailed the trend toward using directed energy weapons in warfare. Unfortunately, it appears that much of the speculation at that time about whether or not this was merely the military-industrial complex looking to fund more boondoggle projects that would never see the light of day actually has become reality.

Fox News reports:

If swarms of enemy small attack boats armed with guns and explosives approached a Navy ship, alongside missile-armed drones and helicopters closing into strike range, ship commanders would instantly begin weighing defensive options – to include interceptor missiles, electronic warfare, deck-mounted guns or area weapons such as Close-in-Weapons System.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sounds all well and good, doesn't it?!? Well, it would be, except for the following grim realities:

2019: China deploying directed energy weapons

Images, 2019: Russia is deploying directed energy weapons

So folks, for all the money given to the US military industrial complex, to develop various types of weaponry, why is our weapons community consistently behind Russia and China on these developments by at least one year?!?

As those of you know who read this blog consistently, I loathe war as the answer for the US's geopolitical issues; but when war happens, I would want our military to have weapons much better than those of Russia or China; why is this so damned impossible for our weapons manufacturers to do?!?

And don't tell me, they will need more money to make this possible; China and Russia spend far less on their weaponry than the US government does, and gets far better outcomes.

Jul 11 08:23

Kids in cages: House Dems scrub tweet with photo of Obama-era detention center used to attack Trump

House Democrats have erased a tweet promoting a hearing on the effects of President Trump’s border policies on children after finding out they used a photo depicting a migrant detention center under President Obama’s watch.

The tweet was posted in anticipation of a hearing scheduled for Wednesday afternoon, dubbed ‘Kids in Cages: Inhumane Treatment at the Border’, and included a dramatic photo backdrop displaying the dismal conditions at US migrant detention facilities – but it was soon deleted after conservative critics pointed out the origins of the image.

Jul 11 08:11

Lies About Iran Killing US Troops in Iraq Are a Ploy to Justify War

One of the many myths that have been used to justify the push for war with Iran led by National Security Adviser John Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is that Tehran is responsible for the killing of more than 600 U.S. troops during the Iraq War.

Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook, whose job is to round up international support for the Trump administration’s campaign of “maximum pressure” on Iran, presented the charge at a State Department press briefing on April 2. “I can announce today, based on declassified US military reports,” Hook said, “that Iran is responsible for the deaths of 608 American service members. This accounts for 17 percent of all deaths of US personnel in Iraq from 2003 to 2011.”

Jul 11 08:04

PREDATORY "GREEN CAPITALISM" IS MONETIZING THE AIR, AND IT'S GOING TO COST YOU

SOURCE: CHARLES HUGH SMITH VIA OFTWOMINDS BLOG,
You want to reduce CO2? Then trigger a global depression that reduces global consumption of everything by 50% and destroys 95% of the phantom wealth owned by the global elites trying to monetize the air.

I recently asked What’s Left to Monetize?, and longtime correspondent Mark G. provided the answer: the air we breathe, via carbon taxes and markets for trading carbon credits, i.e. financializing / monetizing Nature to benefit the few at the expense pf the many.

Here’s Mark’s commentary:

You asked, "What’s left to monetize? It appears the answer is 'very little.'"

Jul 11 08:02

VOTING MACHINE MAKERS CLAIM THE NAMES OF THE ENTITIES THAT OWN THEM ARE TRADE SECRETS

SOURCE: TECH DIRT
Recently, the North Carolina State Board of Elections asked suppliers of electronic voting machines a simple question: who owns you? (h/t Annemarie Bridy)
On June 14, 2019, the State Board of Elections requested that your companies disclose any owners or shareholders with a 5% or greater interest or share in each of the vendor’s company, any subsidiary company, of the vendor, and the vendor’s parent company.

This seems like very basic information -- information the Board should know and should be able to pass on to the general public. After all, these are the makers of devices used by the public while electing their representatives. They should know who’s running these companies and who their majority stakeholders are. If something goes wrong (and something always does), they should know who’s ultimately responsible for the latest debacle.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unless and until the names of companies providing voting machines to the states are made public, there should be no purchasing of them by the states which utilize electronic tabulations to determine their outcome, period, end of discussion.

Jul 11 07:44

HOW AMERICAN CORPORATIONS ARE POLICING ONLINE SPEECH WORLDWIDE

SOURCE: GIZMODO
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The architects of Silicon Valley’s big social media platforms never imagined they’d someday be the global speech police. And yet, as their market share and global user bases have increased over the years, that’s exactly what they’ve become. Today, the number of people who tweet is nearly the population of the United States. About a quarter of the internet’s total users watch YouTube videos, and nearly one-third of the entire world uses Facebook. Regardless of the intent of their founders, none of these platforms were ever merely a means of connecting people; from their early days, they fulfilled greater needs. They are the newspaper, the marketplace, the television. They are the billboard, the community newsletter, and the town square.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Please remember; everything you say in any conversation, or anything you type into your computer, is now public knowledge, and you will wind up getting "hit" with ads for products at which you have looked on line.

I know a couple of days ago, I was looking at a really lovely (and inexpensive) clothing line for a couple of things; suddenly, I was getting ads all over the place on my computer, for this, and other brands of clothing.
It would actually have been funny, if its implications about freedom and privacy, were not so completely grim.

Privacy, as used to be afforded through through a Governmental adherence to the Constitution and Bill of Rights, is completely gone for Americans, at this point in the 21st century.

Please remember this, as you are posting and reading.

The only way to communicate privately in this country any more, is under a very opaque blanket, with a flashlight, and your speaking in sign language to the other person there.

Welcome to the unhinged, surveilled State of Amerika; we're there, folks.

Jul 11 07:35

ACOSTA SCRAPPED 53-PAGE EPSTEIN INDICTMENT IN 2008 "AFTER SECRET NEGOTIATIONS": FMR STATE'S ATTORNEY

SOURCE: ZERO HEDGE

Former Palm Beach County state's attorney, Barry Krischer, says that Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta's account of a 2008 plea arrangement his office cut with pedophile financier Jeffrey Epstein is "completely wrong," and that Acosta "should not be allowed to rewrite history," according to a Wednesday statement by Krischer.

Earlier in the day Acosta held a press conference in which he vehemently defended the deal to serve just 13 months in county jail - saying that Krischer would have let Epstein walk otherwise.

"Simply put, the Palm Beach State Attorney's Office was willing to let Epstein walk free. No jail time. Nothing," said Acosta. "Prosecutors in my former office found this to be completely unacceptable, and we became involved."

Not true says Krischer - who said that Acosta abandoned a 53-page federal indictment "after secret negotiations between Mr. Epstein's lawyers and Mr. Acosta," according to The Hill.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Acosta most likely had a price for what he did, and Epstein most probably met it; that is the way the world is run, for the monied, by the monied, and of the monied.

The incredible "sleaze factor", and the moral horror of those kids getting violated, is never a factor, when the incredibly powerful believe that can get anything they want, and think that they can get away with it.

Of course, they never consider that cameras are running, and silently documenting this behaviour, and that the images (and sounds) may well be used later, for extortion, or blackmail.

Jul 11 07:14

DOJ Attorney Says Russian Government Had Nothing To Do With Troll Farms.

A newly released transcript reveals details of a humiliating hearing that took place the day before Robert Mueller’s puzzling

Jul 10 15:21

Dissenter addon banned from Firefox addons and Chrome store: Big Tech Shit the bed

Banned for alleged "Hate Speech", Dissenter addon is known as the comment section of the internet. This allows commenting on literally any article, video, and website on the web, even websites that don't allow comments or that strictly moderate. It has reshaped the internet as we know it for the better.

Protect free speech online, make a stink, lobby FireFox & Chrome developers, make sure you tell them to put the addon back up.

I envision a future where dissenter addon ads a comment section perfectly and conveniently to the bottom of every article. For now you click the buttons and addon itself, though there are third party addons that apply the comment section below.

Jul 10 14:22

“Full Measure with Sharyl Attkisson” — Solar Tech Being Forced on CA Residents. Even Advocates Say It’s NOT Eco-Friendly Or Cost-Effective

By B.N. Frank

I know I’m not the only one who would like to see solar power work so well that we could forever eliminate our need for fossil fuels.  However, it peeves me to no end when technology is promoted as “clean”, “eco-friendly”, and “beneficial to customers” even though it clearly isn’t...

Jul 10 12:31

Free Speech: Google's Vox Adpocalypse Crowder Dissenter News2Share

Dissenter addon / browser, the comment section of the internet, allows you to comment anywhere on the internet, including videos in limited state, has been banned by both Mozilla & Chrome addons/extensions, seen as an existential threat to #FakeNews, #War, and #Lies.

https://dissenter.com/

Jul 10 12:10

Scott Adams: Census Controversy, Conspiracy Theories, Social Media Summit at WH

Comments at: https://twitter.com/ScottAdamsSays/status/1148955489314541574

Bad things will happen if Census asks the citizenship question?
Debunking the “Fine People” HOAX with a paster yesterday
The tells which confirm you’ve won a debate
Why isn’t there a detention center watchdog type auditor function?
Partisan info from politicians is worthless
Michael Isikoff says Seth Rich conspiracy story had Russian origin
Is Michael Isikoff a credible news source?
Is Julian Assange credible in suggesting a DNC emails link?
Creators Social Media Summit at White House tomorrow
CNN prepping the world to not take attendees seriously
Isn’t CNN primarily fake news conspiracy theories?
Are the Democrats ruining “Brand USA”?
Losing our patriotism, what are the consequences?
Brainwashing children is necessary and good
Current Democrat unintended consequences

Jul 10 11:34

Will YouTube again censor our video about censorship?

In 2018 If Americans Knew made a 15 minute video exposing Israel’s projects to censor the Internet. YouTube removed our video. We tried again. This time YouTube restricted it. Now we’re trying yet again. See version #3 below of “How Israel Censors the Internet”.

We wonder if this time the video will escape censorship, or whether Israel partisans will succeed once again in their efforts to impede Americans’ access to facts that Israel doesn’t want Americans to know…

Jul 10 11:18

“Go Forth and Lie” Israel Rolls Out Mandatory Course for Students Travelling Abroad

Israel new course to prepare high school students traveling overseas to be good “ambassadors” includes training on how to combat BDS, claims of apartheid and more.

Jul 10 11:11

Facebook's New Rules Allow Calls For 'High-Severity Violence' Against 'Dangerous Individuals'

Facebook banned Paul Joseph Watson, Alex Jones, Laura Loomer, Milo Yiannopoulos, Louis Farrakhan and others earlier this year after defining them as "dangerous individuals" and now they've changed their rules to allow calls for violence against them.

Jul 10 11:04

Jeffrey Epstein's Wikipedia Page Stealth-Edited To Remove Ties To Democrats

In the wake of Jeffrey Epstein's weekend arrest, an observant Twitter user noticed that someone has edited the billionaire pedophile's Wikipedia page to remove all mention of Democrats who have flown on the "Lolita Express" - the nickname given to his private Boeing 727 jet which was reportedly outfitted with a bed.

Jul 10 10:16

Major Red Flags Are Causing Many To Doubt Whether Justice Will Be Done In The Epstein Sex Scandal

It won’t just be Jeffrey Epstein that will be on trial in the months ahead. As this scandal unfolds, the entire U.S. legal system will be on trial, and if justice does not prevail many Americans will lose faith in the system for good.

And of course the rest of the world will be watching too, and so what are they supposed to think about us if we are not able to put Epstein and all of his dirty friends in prison? As I detailed in part three of this series, the evidence against Jeffrey Epstein and his partners in crime is mounting. If Jeffrey Epstein is put behind bars that will be a step in the right direction, but it will not nearly be enough.

Jul 10 10:04

LEAK: Googlers Petition "to end Google's business with Breitbart," One Thousand Employees Co-Signed

Jul 10 09:16

Freedom of piracy: US seeks allies to outsource hunt for Iranian oil tankers

The latest out of Washington is that the US is looking to put together a “coalition” that would “ensure freedom of navigation both in the Straits of Hormuz and Bab al-Mandeb,” as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph Dunford said on Tuesday. These are the waterways connecting the Persian Gulf to the Gulf of Oman, and the Red Sea to the Gulf of Aden, respectively.

The US is in contact with “a number of countries” to see which ones “have the political will” to support the project, the Marine general added.

A legitimate policing project, however, would easily get UN approval and not require some kind of revamped “coalition of the willing” that the US used to illegally invade Iraq in 2003. Not to mention that Iran itself has welcomed a truly international security effort.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sounds great, but which countries will wind up paying for this?!?

Jul 10 09:11

AMAZON PLANS NATIONWIDE BROADBAND—WITH BOTH HOME AND MOBILE SERVICE

SOURCE: ARSTECHNICA.COM

Amazon is seeking government permission to launch 3,236 broadband satellites that would cover nearly all of the United States and much of the rest of the world.

Amazon subsidiary Kuiper Systems filed its application with the Federal Communications Commission on Thursday last week, saying it intends to cover all of the US except most of Alaska.

"The Kuiper System covers the area between 56°N and 56°S latitudes," the Amazon subsidiary told the FCC. "Accordingly, customers throughout [the] continental US, Hawaii, and all US territories will have access to Kuiper System services. So too will customers in many other countries within the coverage area. The Kuiper System will not provide FSS [fixed-satellite service] in the majority of Alaska, however, because the state's high latitude is outside of the coverage area."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF Amazon gets the green light on this, it will mean even more surveillance/harassment of American users by Amazon's systems and technology.

Jul 10 09:06

PENTAGON DOCUMENT SHOWS U.S. KNEW OF “CREDIBLE” REPORTS OF CIVILIAN CASUALTIES AFTER ITS ATTACKS IN SOMALIA

SOURCE: THE INTERCEPT
On April 1, 2018, the U.S. military carried out an airstrike near El Buur, a town in central Somalia. A press release issued by U.S. Africa Command a day later announced that the attack killed five “terrorists” and destroyed one vehicle.

In reality, these “terrorists” included a civilian woman and a child.

AFRICOM, however, told the world a different story. “We assess no civilians were killed in this airstrike,” the command claimed, a regular feature of press releases following U.S. attacks in Somalia. A year later, AFRICOM publicly admitted those two, but only those two, civilian deaths. “This is our first confirmed civilian casualty incident in Somalia,” AFRICOM’s chief spokesperson, John Manley, told The Intercept in the aftermath of the reversal.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"....credibility assessments??????

You have got to be flipping kidding me.

There can be no credibility, coming from a place in the US military, where cover-ups, denials, and plausible deniability, are always the name of the game.

The people involved with this, should be called SANITIZERS, as their job, is to present the most clean, fact-free statements, in a time-limited sound bite.

Jul 10 08:21

Predatory “Green Capitalism” Is Monetizing the Air, and It’s Going to Cost You

By Charles Hugh Smith

You want to reduce CO2? Then trigger a global depression that reduces global consumption of everything by 50% and destroys 95% of the phantom wealth owned by the global elites trying to monetize the air.

I recently asked What’s Left to Monetize?, and longtime correspondent Mark G. provided the answer: the air we breathe, via carbon taxes and markets for trading carbon credits, i.e. financializing / monetizing Nature to benefit the few at the expense of the many...

Jul 10 08:16

AT LEAST 2% OF US PUBLIC WATER SYSTEMS ARE LIKE FLINT'S – AMERICANS JUST DON'T HEAR ABOUT THEM

SOURCE: THECONVERSATION.COM

More than five years after Flint’s water crisis first hit the news, the city has successfully lowered the lead levels in its water.

The most recently available testing, from the second half of 2018, puts the lead in Flint’s water at 4 parts per billion. That’s well below the level, 15 ppb, that the federal government currently regards as dangerous for public health.

No amount of lead in water is safe, but the lower level in Flint represents a substantial improvement over the 27 ppb reported by the Virginia Tech Water Study at the peak of the crisis in April 2015.

However, even Flint’s highest levels were not atypical for water systems that have problems. Most reports of elevated lead levels cluster in the range between 15 and 20 ppb.

WHERE LEAD PROBLEMS OCCUR
The federal Lead and Copper Rule requires public water utilities to sample home tap water yearly in neighborhoods most likely to face contamination.

Jul 10 07:33

At Least 2% of US Public Water Systems are Like Flint’s – Americans Just Don’t Hear About Them

By Laura Pangallozzi, Binghamton University, State University of New York

More than five years after Flint’s water crisis first hit the news, the city has successfully lowered the lead levels in its water.

The most recently available testing, from the second half of 2018, puts the lead in Flint’s water at 4 parts per billion. That’s well below the level, 15 ppb, that the federal government currently regards as dangerous for public health...

Jul 10 07:25

The Taliban Have Won In Afghanistan

Authored by Brian Cloughley via The Strategic Culture Foundation,

On June 26 two US special forces soldiers were killed in Afghanistan, bringing the total of US military personnel who have died in that useless war to 2429, according to iCasualties, an independent casualty tracker.

No matter what one might think about the rights and wrongs of the war in Afghanistan, it is sad to record such fatalities, and the question that comes to mind is: What did they die for?

According to the US State Department the military are there because “we continue to invest US resources to help Afghanistan improve its security, governance, institutions and economy,” and the Pentagon says “the principle goal… is to conclude the war in Afghanistan on terms favourable to Afghanistan and the United States.”

How?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would politely suggest that this country needs to bring our military home from Afghanistan, as carefully as humanly possible, and also as quickly.

And I would also like to politely suggest, that President Trump not attempt to lie the American people in to a war against Iran, whose only "crimes" have been not selling all their oil in US dollars, and being an economic competitor to Israel.

Jul 10 07:14

EU Mulls Sanctions On Turkey After 2nd Drilling Ship Deployed In Cypriot Waters

Turkey and Europe are headed for a showdown in the eastern Mediterranean over Turkish plans for oil and gas exploration and drilling in Cypriot-recognized waters, with the European Union reportedly now mulling cutting financial assistance to Turkey over the illegal drilling. EU envoys are reportedly meeting Wednesday to discuss various punitive measures against Turkey, including suspending aviation talks and even sanctions.

The latest crisis was triggered after Turkish drilling vessel Yavuz sailed to an area off Cyprus’ east coast at the start of this week — the second to follow a first drilling vessel, Fatih, which had already been exploring in Cypriot waters. Notably, the vessels have been accompanied by the Turkish military, including drones, F-16 fighters, and warships.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder if the EU is considering a "Let's Make a Deal" with Cyprus, over these same oil and drilling rights?!?

Jul 10 07:04

SHIP SEIZED IN RECORD $1.3 BILLION COCAINE BUST BELONGS TO JPMORGAN

SOURCE: ZEROHEDGE
A few weeks ago we reported that around $1 billion worth of cocaine (15,500 kilos) was seized from a container ship at a Philadelphia port after having stopped in Colombia, Chile, Peru, Panama and the Bahamas (subsequently it turned out that it was a record $1.3 billion, or 18,000 kilos worth).

Today we learn that the vessel, the MSC Gayane, is owned by JP Morgan, and has been seized by US authorities according to the Wall Street Journal. The Gayane is the world's second-largest container ship - operated by Switzerland-based Mediterranean Shipping Co, MSC.

$91 million: The amount of cocaine that was supposed to be on that boat in fictional movie “The Usual Suspects.”

$1.3 billion: The amount of cocaine in this boat. https://t.co/Z539qoDKlo

— Sam Ro ???? (@SamRo) July 9, 2019

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As usual, the monied believe that there will be no actions against what they have done to impact people, and the country, negatively.

And I would almost be willing to bet that right now, JP Morgan's President, Jamie Dimon, is getting ready to "speed dial" his "Crisis Aversion and Management Team", to find a way of blaming this on some unsuspecting underling, and leave the corporation without too much "moral garbage" to be carrying for this, and for only a short period of time.

Philly has an horrendous drug problem, as indicated by the following stories:

"Kensington Blues" gives a devastating picture of drug abuse in Philadelphia

Trapped by the Walmart of Heroin

Philadelphia’s overdose deaths dip overall in 2018 but are ‘still at crisis levels’

That someone at JP Morgan thought that this was a "too amazing a financial opportunity they couldn't afford to lose", has obviously had both their humanity, and conscience, thoroughly removed.

And when McSwain finds the person who signed off on this, I hope that no matter how far up the food chain they are, that they will be tried and convicted by their peers, and will be sentenced to a prison OTHER... than a Club Fed.

Jul 10 06:37

ISRAEL MANDATES PROPAGANDA COURSE FOR STUDENTS TRAVELLING ABROAD

SOURCE: MINT PRESS
JERUSALEM, PALESTINE — While Israel tries to portray a friendly face to the outside world, internally it is promoting racism and violence at levels that are more alarming than ever before. A course to prepare young high school students traveling overseas to be good “ambassadors” stands in contrast to racist policies and the advancement of a military that is encouraged to exercise unprecedented violence against civilians.

YOUNG AMBASSADORS

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This... is desperation on the cusp of madness, on the part of Tel Aviv.

The words, images, and pure lies offered here, have utterly no place in the reality emanating from Gaza; The West Bank, and East Jerusalem.

And I might just politely suggest that some of these students, in their travels, might meet people knowledgeable about the Palestinian plight, and perhaps may give some of these students their "Buddha on the Road" moment, to consider if the choices made by their government, relative to the Palestinians, have been moral; responsible; or, truly sane?!?

Jul 10 05:22

NETANYAHU THREATENS IRAN WITH ISRAELI PLANES THAT CAN ‘REACH EVERYWHERE’ IN THE MIDDLE EAST

SOURCE: RT

As tension mounts over Iran’s nuclear program, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has warned Tehran that Israeli warplanes can strike anywhere in the Middle East, “including Iran and Syria.”

“Iran has threatened recently to destroy Israel,” Netanyahu said in a video clip posted on Tuesday. “It is worthwhile for them to remember that these planes can reach everywhere in the Middle East, including Iran and Syria.”

Netanyahu delivered his stern lecture while standing in front of an F-35 fighter jet at Nevatim Airbase in central Israel. The Israeli Air Force has used its warplanes to strike supposed Iranian and Hezbollah targets in Syria numerous times, most recently pounding the cities of Damascus and Homs at the beginning of July – attacks that left multiple civilians dead. Last year, Israel became the world’s first military power to use the next-generation F-35 in a combat operation, reportedly against Iranian targets in Syria.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These threats, and counter-threats, are absolutely the last thing this region needs.

Netanyahu is pushing, and hyping, the Iranian threat, as though war was something Iran wants, or needs, militarily, which is absolutely not the case here.

Netanyahu understands this, but has been using the "fear card" against his own people for so long, that his behaviour has simply become pathological, at this point.

But faced with a snap election mid-September, his hope is that he can persuade/trick the US and possibly Saudi Arabia, to attack Iran, without personally, or nationally, having to pay either a political, or financial "price", and that he will appear to have "done something" to get him re-elected, no matter the costs to American and Saudi troops in blood and money spent.

We ran a story yesterday, from zerohedge.com, titled UAE's Yemen Exit is a Preparation for Confronting Iran Closer To Home

The fact that this repositioning is happening at all, telegraphs that the the Ziohawkonoids are attempting to move heaven and earth to start this war with Iran just as soon as possible.

There is, however, one 6,000 lb gorilla, napping, draped across the Bosendorfer Grand in this scenario, and that is the presence of Russia.

On 26 June, Foreign Ministry Diplomat, Zamir Kabulov, made the following statement: Iran won't be alone, if the US attacks

Were I any member of President Trump's Cabinet, or Advisory staff, I would definitely take this man at his word.

Jul 10 05:01

JEFFREY EPSTEIN'S WIKIPEDIA PAGE STEALTH-EDITED TO REMOVE TIES TO DEMOCRATS

SOURCE: ZEROHEDGE

In the wake of Jeffrey Epstein's weekend arrest, an observant Twitter user noticed that someone has edited the billionaire pedophile's Wikipedia page to remove all mention of Democrats who have flown on the "Lolita Express" - the nickname given to his private Boeing 727 jet which was reportedly outfitted with a bed.

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Color me completely unsurprised at this.

Jul 10 04:59

NIMMO: NO WAY WILL EPSTEIN BE ALLOWED TO EXPOSE POLITICAL CLASS PEDOS

SOURCE: KURT NIMMO

I will be sincerely surprised if the latest effort to put away child sex ring leader Jeffrey Epstein results in outing members of the political class.

And even if names are revealed—and quite a few already have—there is simply no way a criminal like Bill Clinton will be charged with raping minors and thrown in prison.

Clinton, of course, is guilty of much more serious crimes, for instance, bombing the former Yugoslavia and killing hundreds of innocent people, including children, and burning men, women, and children alive at Waco. These crimes are now at best footnotes.

It has been known for a long time Bill Clinton is a sexual predator, and yet all the evidence of this, out there for the public to see, has yet to result in criminal charges against him. Both Bill and his wife are way above the law and more or less untouchable.

Ann Coulter Thinks Epstein Had A “State Sponsor” & Was Running A “Blackmailing” Operation https://t.co/8baUEI4jIc

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The "Big Test" will be at his next hearing, 15 July, and whether he is able to leave prison, on his own recognizance, until his trial; if that is allowed to happen, you can bet the farm, that this man will be on a fast track to a country which has no extradition treaties with the US.

Jul 09 15:40

How UAE's Yemen Exit Is Preparation To Confront Iran Closer To Home

Authored by James M. Dorsey via Lobe Log

A United Arab Emirates decision to withdraw the bulk of its forces from Yemen shines a spotlight on hard realities underlying Middle Eastern geopolitics.

The pullback suggests that the UAE is preparing for the possibility of a US military confrontation with Iran in which the UAE and Saudi Arabia could emerge as prime battlegrounds.

It also reflects long-standing subtle differences in the approaches of Saudi Arabia and the UAE towards Yemen. It further highlights the UAE’s long-standing concern for its international standing amid mounting criticism of the civilian toll of the war as well as a recognition that the Trump administration’s unquestioning support may not be enough to shield its allies from significant reputational damage.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I think that this is absolutely on, and The Butcher of Yemen,is getting ready to collaborate with the Us military for a huge strike against Iran.

As I mentioned before, the Ziohawkonoids need this to happen very quickly, as Netanyahu is facing a snap election mid-September, and has to appear to have "done something constructive" by that point in time.

And what would be much more lovely than to see the US, and Saudi troops, doing a decap strike against Iran?!?

Jul 09 14:57

Report: Alex Acosta Said He Was Told Jeffrey Epstein 'Belonged to Intelligence' And 'To Leave It Alone'

Best-selling author Vicky Ward reported Tuesday that Alexander Acosta told the Trump transition team when asked about his handling of Jeffrey Epstein's case that "I was told Epstein 'belonged to intelligence' and to leave it alone."

Jul 09 14:56

Bill Clinton Claims He Only Flew With Jeffrey Epstein 4 Times, Court Records Show At Least 26 Times

Bill Clinton claimed in a statement released by his spokesman on Monday evening that he "knows nothing" about Jeffrey Epstein's alleged crimes and only flew on his private jet four times, but court records of Epstein's flight logs show he traveled with him at least 26 times.

Jul 09 13:17

Bill Clinton Lying About Epstein Relationship: Report

Bill Clinton is lying about his involvement with arrested pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, according to investigative journalist Conchita Sarnoff - who first revealed the former president's extensive flights on Epstein's "lolita express" in a 2010 Daily Beast exposé.

Clinton claimed in a Monday statement that he only took "a total of four trips on Jeffrey Epstein's airplane" in 2002 and 2003, and that Secret Service accompanied him at all times.

According to Sarnoff's research as well as flight logs obtained by Fox News in 2016, that's a complete lie.

Sarnoff, who heads up the Alliance to Rescue Victims of Trafficking and the author of "Trafficking," told Fox News Monday evening: "I know from the pilot logs and these are pilot logs that you know were written by different pilots and at different times that Clinton went, he was a guest of Epstein's 27 times," adding "many of those times Clinton had his Secret Service with him and many times he did not."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Oh, this is going to get interesting, folks; grab your popcorn and enjoy, as the monied eat their own!!

Jul 09 13:17

Scott Adams: Let’s Talk About the UK Ambassador, Tom Steyer

Comments at: https://twitter.com/ScottAdamsSays/status/1148591890888941570

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Jul 09 11:54

FBI, ICE Using Facial Recognition to Scan Millions of Driver’s License Photos

By Jake Johnson

A trove of public records obtained by privacy experts at Georgetown Law revealed that ICE and the FBI have used facial recognition technology to mine state driver’s license databases for information on millions of Americans without consent, a practice critics condemned as a “disturbing” breach of civil liberties...

Jul 09 11:05

The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board Signals It Will investigate NSA Surveillance, Facial Recognition, and Terror Watchlists

By Matthew Guariglia

After a long dormant stretch, the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB) has signaled it’s ready to tackle another big review of government surveillance and overreach. The PCLOB, an independent agency in the executive branch, last published a 2014 report on warrantless surveillance of the Internet by the U.S. intelligence community. While EFF welcomes the PCLOB’s efforts to bring oversight and transparency to the most controversial surveillance programs, we’ve disagreed with some of the Board’s findings, particularly on surveillance under FISA Section 702. So while it’s a good sign that the board is turning its attention to other major issues, its mixed history means it may be a little too soon to get your hopes up...

Jul 09 10:59

How Stupid Do They Think We Are?

“I daresay you haven’t had much practice,” said the Queen. “When I was your age, I always did it for half-an-hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”

Consumers of the print or electronic output of the League of Copy Typists and their Instructors are expected to believe many impossible things and believe them, not just before breakfast, but all day too.

Jul 09 10:52

Wikipedia Users Editing Epstein’s Bio to Remove Democratic Party Connections Featured

It’s no secret that billionaire Jeffrey Epstein collected political connections like most children collect candy on Halloween.

He boasted literally hundreds of high profile Democratic and Republican party connections including former President Bill Clinton.

An astute Twitter user noticed that all of the sudden Wikpedia users are quietly editing Jeffrey Epstein’s bio on the site to remove his connections to the Democratic Party.

Jul 09 09:35

Voices from Syria’s Rukban Refugee Camp Belie Corporate Media Reporting

Eva Bartlett visited refugees in Syria escaping the horrid conditions in the Rukban Refugee Camp, a desolate outpost in the US administered deconfliction zone. What she found was very different than the ‘reality’ depicted by the Western press.

Jul 09 09:32

Media Falsely Portrays Iran’s Nuclear Deal Breach As Dash To Bomb

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)—the UN nuclear watchdog tasked with vigorously monitoring Iran’s nuclear program under the 2015 accord—confirmed this week that Iran exceeded the limit on its supply of low-enriched uranium (LEU). Unfortunately, with a few notable exceptions, reporting from many in the media on this development wasn’t great. Reporters and commentators portrayed Iran, not Donald Trump, as the primary provocateur, with many going so far as to claim, without any evidence whatsoever, that Iran is now racing to build a nuclear weapon.

Jul 09 09:31

CrowdStrikeOut: Mueller’s Own Report Undercuts Its Core Russia-Meddling Claims

While the 448-page Mueller report found no conspiracy between Donald Trump's campaign and Russia, it offered voluminous details to support the sweeping conclusion that the Kremlin worked to secure Trump's victory. The report claims that the interference operation occurred "principally" on two fronts: Russian military intelligence officers hacked and leaked embarrassing Democratic Party documents, and a government-linked troll farm orchestrated a sophisticated and far-reaching social media campaign that denigrated Hillary Clinton and promoted Trump.

But a close examination of the report shows that none of those headline assertions are supported by the report’s evidence or other publicly available sources. They are further undercut by investigative shortcomings and the conflicts of interest of key players involved:

Jul 09 09:28

Fox host: "Thank God we live in the kind of country" where you can work multiple jobs

PETE HEGSETH (GUEST CO-HOST): What [Sen.] Kamala Harris [(D-CA)] says is so disingenuous. For most of my life I have worked two or three or four types of jobs of sources of income. Today you can do that more flexibly. How many people do you know who do something, and then maybe in their free time, they drive an Uber or they do something else to bring in extra cash? Thank God we live in the kind of country where we have the innovation and flexibility where you can bring in money from different places and do different things.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Talk about being out of touch!

Jul 09 09:18

BEX ALERT - Clinton Issues Statement On Epstein, Says He ‘Knew Nothing’ Of Sex Trafficking

Former President Bill Clinton said he “knew nothing” of billionaire Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged sex trafficking, according to a statement issued Monday.

Epstein was arrested Saturday and charged with sex trafficking minors between 2002 and 2005. He spent time behind bars in 2008 after pleading guilty to procuring a minor for prostitution. He is a registered sex offender in Florida.

“President Clinton knows nothing about the terrible crimes Jeffrey Epstein pleaded guilty to in Florida some years ago, or those with which he has been recently charged in New York,” the statement read.

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Jul 09 09:15

GOOGLE: “Organic is a Lie, Supplements are Dangerous, Chiropractic is Fake,” and Other Thoughts They Want You To Think

Recently, a shocking discovery was made: Google is autocompleting the search fields of billions of users with false information (topics ranging from natural health to candidates for election), based not on objective search volume data, but an extremely biased political and socio-economic agenda — one that is jeopordizing the health and human rights of everyone on the planet.

Jul 09 08:56

Seth Rich Equals Vince Foster?

To tell you the truth, following the story of Seth Rich, the young staffer for the Democratic National Committee who was murdered on July 10, 2016, on a Washington, DC, street while returning home from a bar, I had not thought to compare the incident to the violent July 20, 1993, death of Deputy White House Counsel Vincent W. Foster, Jr. After all, Foster was a much more prominent figure and the claim in his case was that he had committed suicide. The closest parallel that quickly came to my mind was that of Mary Caitrin “Caity” Mahoney, the young former Clinton White House intern shot to death in 1997 along with two other employees of a Starbucks in Georgetown. That incident was also called a “botched robbery” because no money or valuables were taken.

Jul 09 08:49

Gen Z Adults Encourage Each Other To Sign Up For Facial Recognition At Music Festivals

By MassPrivateI

USA Today’s reporter Dawn Gilberston, offers a disturbing glimpse into the mass media’s collusion with TSA-style checkpoints at public venues.

The story describes how happy a young woman is to join IdentoGo’s TSA PreCheck just so she can avoid check-in lines at music festivals...

Jul 08 17:28

Top Secret X-37B Space Plane Caught On Camera Orbiting Earth

Skywatcher Ralf Vandebergh of the Netherlands recently snapped an impressive photo of the US Air Force's most secretive space plane orbiting Earth.

Jul 08 12:42

Pedosadist Elites Panic: Congress Bill Wants To End Child Porn In Pentagon Networks; Epstein Arrested, Files To Be Unsealed On Powerful Clients

By Aaron Kesel

America is receiving a hell of a Christmas in July present – a bill in Congress is being pushed to end child porn sharing in Pentagon networks, and Jeffrey Epstein was arrested for child trafficking. Additionally, an appeal court ordered that all files pertaining to Epstein’s case of wealthy powerful clients will be released to the press and public...

Jul 08 12:04

WSJ EXPOSES CONFLICTS OF INTEREST INVOLVING AMAZON, PENTAGON OVER $10B JEDI CONTRACT

Amazon's surging profits over the past few years have had little to do with the company's core business of selling stuff - or allowing third parties to sell stuff - on its online marketplace. Instead, Jeff Bezos has built Amazon Web Services into a cloud computing behemoth, allowing tens of thousands of companies to outsource their back-end responsibilities. But after years of explosive growth, AWS' revenue growth has started to slow in recent quarters. Which has made securing a multi-billion-dollar DoD cloud-computing contract all the more important to Bezos & Co. Unfortunately for them, the process for awarding the contract to build the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure, or JEDI, has become embroiled in controversy, as rivals have sued alleging they were unfairly excluded from the bidding.

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