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Jul 16 07:34

City Halls Use Facial Recognition To Blacklist And Ban Residents

By MassPrivateI

I hate to say I told you so, but I told you so. Local governments and private corporations are using facial recognition to secretly blacklist people, despite having no valid reason to do so.

A recent article in the Idaho Statesman proves that local governments are using facial recognition to ban residents from accessing city-owned buildings...

Jul 16 07:20

New CNN Assange Smear Piece Is Amazingly Dishonest, Even For CNN

By Caitlin Johnstone

CNN has published an unbelievably brazen and dishonest smear piece on Julian Assange, easily the most egregious article of its kind since the notoriously bogus Assange-Manafort report by The Guardian last year. It contains none of the “exclusive” documents which it claims substantiate its smears, relying solely on vague unsubstantiated assertions and easily debunked lies to paint the WikiLeaks founder in a negative light.

And let’s be clear right off the bat, it is most certainly a smear piece...

Jul 16 07:10

Finance Costs Are Killing The Shale Industry

Jul 16 06:45

Erdogan hails Russian S-400 delivery, wants to ‘go much further’ and make weapons with Russia

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has celebrated the arrival in Turkey of the Russian S-400 air defense system, despite the threat of US sanctions, and stated that he wishes to co-produce weapons with Russia in the future.

Jul 16 06:37

US judge slashes Monsanto cancer victim’s payout by $55 million

A US federal judge has reduced the $80 million punitive damages award a jury ordered Monsanto to pay to California cancer victim to $25 million.

Judge Vince Chhabria said he was required to diminish the punitive damages because it went beyond constitutional limits set by the US Supreme Court. According to him, the higher award was “constitutionally impermissible” because it was nearly 15 times the compensatory damages award.

However, he added that Monsanto “deserves to be punished.” He wrote in the ruling that the “evidence presented at trial about Monsanto’s behavior betrayed a lack of concern about the risk that its product might be carcinogenic.”

Jul 16 06:36

Congress investigating possible secret ‘bioweaponization’ of insects by the Pentagon

The US Congress has backed an amendment to the 2020 US Defense budget which could force an investigation into allegations that the pentagon had weaponized insects, including ticks, in a secret program.

Rep. Christopher Smith (R-New Jersey), co-chair of the House Lyme Disease Caucus, asked a series of hard-hitting questions about the alleged ‘bioweaponization’ program and its potential side-effects, including the possible spread of a bacterial infection.

“Americans have a right to know whether any of this is true,” Smith said in a news release. “And have these experiments caused Lyme disease and other tick-borne disease to mutate and to spread? Who ordered it? Were any ticks released by design?”

Jul 16 00:31

Teenager Cited Anti-Gay Bullying for Stabbing Death. He Was Found Guilty.

On a September morning two years ago, Abel Cedeno put on a pink Kylie Minogue shirt, and then tossed his books and inhaler into his backpack.

Just before leaving for school that day, he took a switchblade knife he had bought online from the top of his dresser and placed it in his pocket.

Within a few hours, the then 18-year-old senior had fatally stabbed Matthew McCree, 15, and permanently maimed Ariane LaBoy, 16, in a history class at the Urban Assembly School for Wildlife Conservation in the Bronx.

On Monday, a state judge found Mr. Cedeno guilty of manslaughter, assault and criminal possession of an illegal knife, rejecting Mr. Cedeno’s claim he had acted in self-defense after Mr. McCree had punched him. Mr. Cedeno faces up to 50 years in prison.

*He took a knife to school & then lied. He only came out as gay AFTER he had been charged. His lawyer even tried to smear the victim.*

Jul 15 18:53

New Multi-year Gold Rally Has Emerged

Jul 15 18:43

Hawaiian Punch: Football Field Sized Drone Will Beam 5G Down at Hawaiian Islands — Urgent Action Needed

Thanks to Debra Greene, PhD for sending this alert out to her email list:

It sounds like something out of a sci-fi horror movie.

5G transmitting from a football field sized drone flying around the Hawaiian islands beaming toxic 5G wireless radiation into the ocean, into marine life, into valleys, into homes, into our bodies, into off-grid hard to reach areas of our varied terrain...

Jul 15 17:03

Crowd of UFO fans seeking to ‘raid Area 51’ hits 1 MILLION despite US Air Force warning

If even a small fraction of those UFO lovers show up to try and break ‘them aliens’ free from the secret desert facility, the ‘Area 51 raid’ joke risks spilling into one of the largest civil disobedience events ever in the US.

Jul 15 17:00

Netanyahu compares EU approach to Iran with ‘appeasement’ of Nazi Germany before WWII

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu has compared Europe’s attitude to Iran with the 1930s appeasement of Nazi Germany, after the EU foreign policy chief said Tehran’s enrichment breach wouldn’t trigger the Iran deal’s dispute mechanism.

The EU’s high representative Federica Mogherini said on Monday that the bloc did not regard Tehran’s recent breaches of the 2015 nuclear deal as being “significant” enough to set an official dispute in motion.

Mogherini said that none of the remaining parties to the accord had signaled any intention to invoke the JCPOA’s dispute article, which means that, so far, “none of them” think that Iran’s non-compliance “is considered to be significant non-compliance.”

Netanyahu lashed out at Europe’s response, saying in a video statement that it was even comparable to appeasement and failed diplomacy with Nazi Germany before the outbreak of World War II.

Jul 15 16:58

Kaepernick anthem-kneeling controversy was the work of ‘Russian Bots’ – Kamala Harris

What can’t those dastardly Russian bots do? Presidential hopeful Kamala Harris has blamed the media commotion surrounding former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s kneeling during the national anthem on the Kremlin’s minions.

Jul 15 16:57

India & Russia will use their national currencies for defense deals to bypass US sanctions – report

Russia and one of the biggest importers of its weapons, India, have decided to use their national currencies to transfer payments for massive defense deals in order to skirt possible US sanctions, according to Bloomberg.

Jul 15 16:23

SpaceX finally reveals cause of April spacecraft explosion

SpaceX says it has figured out what caused one of its spacecraft to explode during a ground test in April. A valve accidentally leaked some of the vehicle’s propellant, starting a chain reaction that caused the spacecraft to burst apart. Now that the cause has been identified, SpaceX says it is replacing these parts in all future versions of the vehicle to make sure this explosive leak doesn’t happen again.

Jul 15 16:17

The U.S. (and Global) Economy Is In Trouble

Jul 15 16:16

California Committee Approves Measure to Create Banking Alternative for Cannabis Industry, Bypass Federal Reserve

By Michael Maharrey

Last week, a second California Assembly committee unanimously passed a bill that would establish limited state-chartered banks to serve the cannabis industry. Final passage of this legislation would remove a major federal roadblock in front of the developing industry in the state and further nullify federal prohibition in practice.

Sen. Bob Hertzberg, (D-Van Nuys), along with a bipartisan coalition of eight cosponsors, filed Senate Bill 51 (SB51) on Dec. 4. The legislation would create a self-contained banking system for the cannabis industry in California...

Jul 15 15:55

Petting Dogs or Cats For 10 Minutes Significantly Reduces Stress, New Study Finds

College is stressful. Students have classes, papers, and exams. But they also often have work, bills to pay, and so many other pressures common in modern life. Many universities have instituted “Pet Your Stress Away” programs, where students can come in and interact with cats and/or dogs to help alleviate some of the strain.

Scientists at Washington State University have recently demonstrated that, in addition to improving students’ moods, these programs can actually get “under the skin” and have stress-relieving physiological benefits...

Jul 15 15:53

“Technical Incident” Puts Europe’s GPS System Fully Offline For Days

By RT

A major technical error has caused Europe’s satellite navigation system to be fully offline since Friday, with most satellites powering the Galileo system broken, the EU’s space agency has said.

Europe’s Galileo system was built to replace the US’ GPS system but, since the outage, users are automatically being switched back to the US positioning system. The Global Navigation Satellite Systems Agency (GNSS) said in a statement on Sunday that “a technical incident related to its ground infrastructure” had caused the problem...

Jul 15 15:43

Sound Body, Sound Mind: Healthy Lifestyle May Counteract Genetic Risk Of Dementia

By John Anderer

Dementia is a blanket medical term generally used to describe any condition that causes a decline in mental cognition and memory loss. Unfortunately, dementia is often passed on genetically, meaning many people are predisposed to developing symptoms later on in life. Now, a new study out of the University of Exeter finds that living a healthy lifestyle may be able to offset the genetic risk of developing dementia by up to 32%...

Jul 15 15:25

One Heck Of A Recession Party!!

Jul 15 15:22

Army Corps Admits to Dumping Toxic Water Into Florida Estuaries Without Telling Public

By John Vibes

Last week, during a meeting of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, an Army Corps of Engineers official admitted that the agency has been dumping toxic water from Lake Okeechobee into local estuaries without any warning to the public.

For years, this has been an open secret...

Jul 15 14:59

Knowing the “Value” of Our Data Won’t Fix Our Privacy Problems

By Hayley Tsukayama

Some lawmakers, seeking to hold companies accountable for the way they collect and profit from our personal information, are pushing a new idea: requiring companies to report a dollar value for the data they collect from us. Some frame this reporting as a first step towards requiring companies to share with consumers the wealth our personal information generates for these companies. Yet knowing how much your personal information is worth to a company doesn’t actually protect your privacy—and the “pay for privacy” schemes that would probably follow from valuation reporting would actually harm it...

Jul 15 14:38

Congress Courageously Sticks US Taxpayers With a $6 Trillion Liability

By Simon Black

The names of these laws all sounded wonderful. But their effects were absolutely terrible.

The new SECURE Act will likely be no different.

If you haven’t heard of SECURE, it’s a new piece of legislation aimed at ‘fixing’ the US retirement system...

Jul 15 14:27

TUCKER CARLSON & FREE SPEECH UNDER ATTACK FROM U.S. CONGRESSCUMAN ILHAN OMAR. THIS WRITER HAS CONTACTED ALL ADVERTISERS TO CONTINUE TO SUPPORT HIM!

The Left is trying to bring down Tucker Carlson once again, and this is an egregious abuse of Congressional power that would have been absolutely unheard of as little as 5 years ago.

It wasn’t that long ago, when possessing an anti-American sentiment was looked down upon.

Nowadays, our society has gone so sour that immigrants come into this country and are right away taught to detest it.

Like Ilhan Omar.

Rather than arguing her political opponents with facts and logic, she prefers shout “racism” and attempt to destroy free speech by putting pressure on the advertisers.

Jul 15 14:01

Epstein’s Friendship With Bill Clinton Invoked, Former Model Who Reportedly Fled His Home Says

Former Italian model Elisabetta Tai said Jeffrey Epstein stripped naked and handed her a vibrator during a 2004 meeting at his Manhattan mansion.

Tai told The New York Post that she threw the vibrator at Epstein’s head and ran out of his home.

On her way out, Tai said a woman resembling Epstein’s alleged madam Ghislaine Maxwell told her she couldn’t leave: “She said that this man is important, that he is a friend of President Clinton.”

Jul 15 13:59

George Stephanopoulos Says It Was A Mistake To Dine With Epstein After His First Stint In Jail

ABC host George Stephanopoulos said he regrets dining with Jeffrey Epstein about a year after the accused sex trafficker finished his first stint in jail for pleading guilty to soliciting an underage prostitute.

“That dinner was the first and last time I’ve seen him,” Stephanopoulos said in an email to The New York Times. “I should have done more due diligence. It was a mistake to go.”

Jul 15 12:26

After Taiwan buys arms, China holds military drills on southeast coast

China’s military recently carried out air and naval drills along its southeast coast, the Defence Ministry said on Sunday, following the latest arms sales from the United States to self-ruled Taiwan, which China claims as a renegade province.

In a brief statement, and without giving an exact geographical location, the ministry said that the People’s Liberation Army had in “recent days” held the exercises.

“These drills were routine arrangements in accordance with annual plans for the military,” it said, without elaborating.

China’s southeast coast is one of the country’s most sensitive regions as it faces Taiwan across the narrow Taiwan Strait. China deems democratic Taiwan to be a wayward province, to be taken by force if needed.

Jul 15 12:26

Con Ed can’t explain what caused the Manhattan blackout

Con Edison has yet to figure out why a large swath of Manhattan’s West Side was plunged into darkness by the blackout that lasted more than five hours on Saturday night.

In a statement released late Sunday morning, the power company said it “will be conducting a diligent and vigorous investigation to determine the root cause of the incident.”

“Over the next several days and weeks, our engineers and planners will carefully examine the data and equipment performance relating to this event, and will share our findings with regulators and the public,” the company said.

Jul 15 12:25

Ukrainian TV station hit by rocket-propelled grenade ahead of broadcast of Putin documentary

An unidentified assailant has fired a rocket-propelled grenade at a Ukrainian television station in the capital of Kiev.

No one was hurt in the attack on Saturday, and Kiev police have initiated a search for suspects.

Authorities have classified the attack as an act of terrorism.

The target was the Ukraine 112 television station, a network considered by some to be pro-Russian.

On Thursday, Ukraine's prosecutor general threatened legal action if the network airs a new Oliver Stone documentary that features an interview with Russia's president Vladimir Putin.

Ukraine 112, a 24-hour news network, is owned Taras Kozak, who is running for parliament for the Opposition Bloc Party, organised by Viktor Medvedchuk.

Jul 15 12:24

UN to Avoid Faulting Saudis in Child Rights Violators List

The UN “list of shame” over nations that violate child rights is looking to sidestep its annual problem of the situation in Yemen by trying to avoid further mention of all the children killed in Saudi-led airstrikes there.

This has been a serious problem for the past several years with this list, as early drafts mention Saudi Arabia, the Saudis freak out, and the UN ultimately caves in and revises the report to omit them.

Last year, the compromise was to put Yemen in a whole separate section which included a bunch of praise for the Saudis trying to reduce the number of children they are killing and maiming. That section is to remain intact.

Jul 15 12:23

After Alleged UK Tanker Incident in Persian Gulf, EU Powers Threaten Iran

US and UK military sources claim that Iranian boats intercepted a British oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz Wednesday, before a British warship, the HMS Montrose, chased them off.

None of the reports about this incident can be taken at face value. Iran has flatly denied that it took place, and US officials making allegations have not posted videos they claim to have of it. It comes amid a US-led war drive targeting Iran, after Washington unilaterally suspended the 2015 Iranian nuclear accord, launched a major military buildup in the region, and demanded that US allies support it. Yet before anything firm is known about this incident, a press campaign has started in Europe, demanding that the European powers back Washington against Iran.

Jul 15 12:23

U.S. Eyes Sri Lanka as Its Military Logistics Hub

The Easter Sunday terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka on 21st April in which 259 people were killed and over 500 injured were initially attributed to the Islamic State (IS). But no hard evidence is available to substantiate such a reading and it remains an open question as to the perpetrators.

The Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena may have somewhat de-mystified the topic this week. On July 1, Sirisena charged at a public function that drug traffickers are behind the Easter Sunday bomb attacks. The following day he ordered the arrest of former Defense Secretary Hemasiri Fernando and the Inspector General of Police Pujith Jayasundara for their failure to prevent the Easter Sunday attacks despite prior knowledge of the attacks.

Jul 15 12:22

AI Pores Over Old Scientific Papers, Makes Discoveries Overlooked By Humans

Researchers from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory trained an AI called Word2Vec on scientific papers to see if there was any "latent knowledge" that humans weren't able to grock on first pass.

The study, published in Nature on July 3, reveals that the algorithm found predictions for potential thermoelectric materials which can convert heat into energy for various heating and cooling applications.

The algorithm didn’t know the definition of thermoelectric, though. It received no training in materials science. Using only word associations, the algorithm was able to provide candidates for future thermoelectric materials, some of which may be better than those we currently use. -Motherboard

"It can read any paper on material science, so can make connections that no scientists could," said researcher Anubhav Jain. "Sometimes it does what a researcher would do; other times it makes these cross-discipline associations."

Jul 15 12:22

Erdogan: S-400 Deal With Russia Among 'Most Important Agreements' in Modern Turkish History

The first batch of S-400 missile system components arrived in Turkey on Friday, with at least five plane-loads of equipment making its way into the country by Sunday morning, and two more expected later in the day.

The S-400 deal with Russia is one of the most significant contracts in modern Turkish history, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has announced.

"The most important agreement in our history right now is the S-400 agreement," Erdogan said, speaking to reporters at the presidential palace in Istanbul on Sunday, Turkish outlet Haberler has reported.

Jul 15 12:22

Treasury Secretary Confirms US Risks Defaulting On Its $22 Trillion Debt in as Little as Two Months

Last week, a Washington-based think tank warned of "potentially devastating economic consequences" for the US and global economies if Congress didn't pass a debt limit extension in the weeks to come.

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin has confirmed that the US could default on its obligations in as little as two months if emergency measures are not taken.

"Based on updated projections, there is a scenario in which we run out of cash in early September, before Congress reconvenes," Mnuchin warned, in a letter addressed to Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi obtained by CNBC.

Jul 15 12:21

Police Use Tear Gas to Disperse Protesters From Champs Elysees After Bastille Day Parade - Reports

Earlier in the day, a parade was held at the Champs Elysees to mark the national day, known as July 14 in France and Bastille Day abroad.

French police have used tear gas to disperse protesters who occupied the Champs Elysees hours after French President Emmanuel Macron together with European leaders took part in a military parade.

Prior to the police reaction, the protesters started destroying the barriers installed on the streets, trying to build barricades and chanting yellow vest movement slogans.

Jul 15 12:21

UK ambassador vouched for 'legit' dossier author, said Trump killed Iran deal to spite Obama, leaks show

President Trump abandoned the Iran nuclear deal last year in an act of "diplomatic vandalism" to spite Barack Obama, according to a new leaked diplomatic cable purportedly written by British ambassador Kim Darroch in 2018.

Darroch also reportedly told a U.S. official that Christopher Steele, the author of the discredited anti-Trump dossier that the FBI used to justify secretly monitoring members of the Trump team, was "absolutely legit." Steele, in producing the dossier and several of its false or unsubstantiated claims, was funded by the Hillary Clinton campaign and Democratic National Committee.

The leaked diplomatic documents were published by the The Mail on Sunday, days after the paper published several anti-Trump messages Darroch sent to Downing Street from 2017 to present.

Jul 15 12:20

Shazia Ahad: India Keeping Forces Brutality in Kashmir Unreported

Shazia Ahad, Kashmiri scholar and activist, says India denies United Nations delegations to its various jails in Kashmir, and blocks foreign correspondents from reporting from Kashmir, impeding any reports on the use of excessive force and torture against Kashmiris.

Speaking with FNA in an exclusive interview, Shazia Ahad added the Indian forces use torture as a means of extracting information “… or even forced confessions from the victims… Young men have been subjected to re-victimization where they are caught into a continuous cycle of arbitrary or illegal detentions, torture and harassment for years”.

Shazia Ahad is a Kashmiri scholar and activist. She is a researcher at Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society (CCS), a Srinagar-based human rights organizations reporting and documenting Kashmiris rights status.

Jul 15 12:19

Trump asks Supreme Court to unfreeze Defense Department money for border wall

The Trump administration on Friday asked the Supreme Court to lift a freeze on Pentagon money it wants to use to build sections of a border wall with Mexico.

Two lower courts have ruled against the administration in a lawsuit over the funding. Last week, a divided three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco kept in place a lower court ruling preventing the government from tapping Defense Department counterdrug money to build high-priority sections of wall in Arizona, California and New Mexico.

Jul 15 12:19

Who Remembers the Sandy Hook School Shootings?

The official explanation given of the Sandy Hook school shootings struck many people at the time as fishy. Various aspects of the story did not seem to go together well or fit normal procedures for such a crime. Contradictory evidence was never explained, and doubts based on evidence were ignored rather than answered.

Now a Wisconsin state judge, Frank D. Remington, has renewed doubts about the Sandy Hook event. This was not Judge Remington’s intention. It was the result of his summary judgment in a civil defamation lawsuit in favor of Lenny Pozner against James Fetzer and Mike Palecek. Fetzer accused Pozner of using a fake death certificate as evidence that Noah Samuel Pozner, age 6, was shot and killed at Sandy Hook school.

Judge Remington has renewed suspicions about the school shooting, because he kept expert witness testimony favorable to the defendants from the jury and issued instead his own declaration of the defendants guilt in place of jury determination.

Jul 15 12:18

CNN's Cuomo: 'Please Don't Get Caught Up In The Intrigue Of Who Was Better Friends' With Epstein - 'Who Cares?'

CNN host Chris Cuomo begged his viewers to "please" not "get caught up in the intrigue of who was better friends" with Jeffrey Epstein and instead focus on how the case was "handled."

"When we're talking about Epstein, you got to stick to what is common sense on these things, all right?" Cuomo said on his show Wednesday night. "Don't get buried in legalese, don't follow the finger-pointing, and please don't get caught up in the intrigue of who was better friends with this guy. Who cares? Let's take a look at the facts of what we know about how it was handled.

Jul 15 12:01

Epstein's accusers urge U.S. judge to keep him jailed until sex trafficking trial

Two women who say they are victims of sexual misconduct by American financier Jeffrey Epstein on Monday urged a U.S. judge to keep him in jail while he awaits trial on charges of sex trafficking dozens of underage girls.

Jul 15 11:03

Ocasio-Cortez Accused Of ‘Inciting Terrorism,’ Spreading Lies About ICE

New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is continuing to push lies about the migrant detention centers even after a man was killed attempting to attack one.

“Lights are kept on all night, depriving people of humane sleep conditions.

The cruelty is the point,” she said on Sunday.

Jul 15 11:02

Shazia Ahad: India Keeping Forces Brutality in Kashmir Unreported

Shazia Ahad, Kashmiri scholar and activist, says India denies United Nations delegations to its various jails in Kashmir, and blocks foreign correspondents from reporting from Kashmir, impeding any reports on the use of excessive force and torture against Kashmiris.

Speaking with FNA in an exclusive interview, Shazia Ahad added the Indian forces use torture as a means of extracting information “… or even forced confessions from the victims… Young men have been subjected to re-victimization where they are caught into a continuous cycle of arbitrary or illegal detentions, torture and harassment for years”.

Shazia Ahad is a Kashmiri scholar and activist. She is a researcher at Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society (CCS), a Srinagar-based human rights organizations reporting and documenting Kashmiris rights status.

Jul 15 11:01

'Edge of catastrophe': report warns firms and governments off Turkmenistan

Investors and governments should stop cosying up to gas-rich Turkmenistan, according to a new report that describes the central Asian hermit state as “a country teetering on the edge of catastrophe”.

Turkmenistan, second only to North Korea in the scale of its isolation and leadership cult, has long been courted by western governments eager to tap into its gas reserves and associated wealth. The country is thought to possess about 10% of the proven global reserves of natural gas, but is currently in the midst of an economic crisis.

“Hunger and hyperinflation are being managed by further increasing the scale of human rights abuse and the level of intrusion into people’s lives,” says the report by the British thinktank the Foreign Policy Centre, which will be launched in parliament on Monday evening.

Jul 15 11:00

Video: Syrian Army Repelled Large Attack in Northern Hama. UK Claims Iran Attempted to Capture Its Tanker

On July 10, Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda) and its allies launched a surprise attack on positions of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in northern Hama and captured the town of al-Hamameyat and the nearby hill.

According to the group’s news agency, Iba’a, militants destroyed a battle tank and a Shilka self-propelled gun belonging to the SAA. The loss of al-Hamameyat became the first serious SAA setback since April, when pro-government forces launched a limited operation in the area.

On July 11, the SAA and the National Defense Forces, backed up by Russian and Syrian warplanes, launched an attack to take back the town. According to pro-government sources, SAA and NDF units successfully broke the militants’ defense and recaptured al-Hamameyat.

Jul 15 11:00

India Doubles Down on Its Military Alliance with Israel

India’s $100 million purchase of 1,000 Barak-8 medium-range surface-to-air missiles and an as-yet unknown number of anti-tank Spike missiles proves that the South Asian state is doubling down on its military alliance with “Israel” and giving its old partner Russia a run for its money.

Jul 15 10:59

GOP struggles to find backup plan for avoiding debt default

Republicans are in the dark about their party's backup plan for raising the debt ceiling amid growing anxiety that they will need to do so in a matter of weeks.

Leadership wants to attach an increase in the nation’s borrowing limit to a budget deal, which would let them consolidate two tough political votes. But while Congress has until January to avoid deep budget cuts, it appears increasingly likely it will have to vote to raise the debt ceiling before leaving for the August recess.

Underscoring the urgency, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin sent letters to congressional leadership Friday requesting Congress vote before the recess, after first indicating to reporters that it was his “preference” lawmakers act this month.

Jul 15 10:59

Europe and the JCPOA: International Hypocrisy, Will the US Start a Disastrous War in the Middle East?

The special meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency, called by the hypocritical United States due to Iran’s announcement that it had ‘breached’ part of its commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), has come and gone. The U.S. hoped, naively, to gain widespread support for additional sanctions against Iran, but found itself the target of criticism for creating the entire issue by abrogating the agreement in May of 2018.

But hypocrisy isn’t limited to the United States, although that is one of the hallmarks of that violent, racist nation. On July 9, France, Germany, the UK and the High Representative issued a most astonishing statement. This writer was astounded by its blatant hypocrisy, which certainly rivals that of the U.S. That statement follows, in its entirety, with this writer’s comments after each sentence.

Jul 15 10:58

Why Did Jeffrey Epstein Fly Back To The US?

Alex Acosta is gone. That would appear to be good thing, because even if he claims he did the best he could in the 2008 Jeffrey Epstein plea deal, given the number of accusations and the seriousness of the alleged crimes, that deal seems to have had anything but the best interests of the victims in mind.

That he agreed as part of the deal to not notify the victims was not only illegal, it was a total affront. It ‘sealed’ the deal, so to speak.

Saying “I was told to back off because he was intelligence” doesn’t make all that alright, it merely makes Acosta, if it were true, a salesman choosing his own career over the wellbeing of underage girls. But that’s still a bit of a side issue, at least in today’s frame, because it happened 11-12 years ago, and a lot more accusations are on the table now.

Jul 15 10:57

REPORT: Trump Plotted Clinton-Epstein Takedown For Years, Knew About Clinton ISLAND PHOTOS

President Donald Trump plotted his takedown of accused child trafficker Jeffrey Epstein’s elite inner circle during the 2016 election, convening a meeting with then-National Enquirer owner David Pecker prior to Trump’s comment at CPAC 2015 about how Bill Clinton has a Jeffrey Epstein problem.

Jul 15 10:56

Graham Outlines the Abuse of Children Being ‘Rented’ to Help Migrants Claim Asylum: ‘This Is a Sick System’

Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) explained how migrant children are being “rented” to help other migrants claim asylum when attempting to cross into the U.S. over the southern border.

During an interview with Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures,” host Maria Bartiromo pressed Graham on the claim that migrants have been “renting” their children so that others can claim asylum in the U.S. and his claim that 30% of families apprehended while attempting to cross the U.S.-Mexico border are not really related.

Graham responded by saying that officials at the border have started a “pilot program” where they are testing the DNA of migrant family units at the border and that he was told of “about 60 children” who were being “recycled” at the border to allow more people to claim asylum.

Jul 15 10:55

Trump 'is set upon an act of diplomatic vandalism': Sir Kim Darroch's cables describe how Boris failed to save Iran deal, claim the President was against it for 'personality reasons' and suggest splits among White House advisors

Standing in front of Corinthian columns at the US Department of State, Boris Johnson vigorously pumped the hand of his American counterpart Mike Pompeo and gave a thumbs-up to reporters.

But as the Foreign Secretary turned on his heels after the photocall, he knew that his hastily arranged diplomatic mission to Washington was on the brink of failure.

It was May 7, 2018, and Mr Johnson had been hurriedly dispatched to make a last-ditch plea to President Donald Trump not to abandon a nuclear deal with Iran, regarded by many experts as critical to prevent the regime from building an atomic bomb.

During a frantic 26 hours of meetings, Mr Johnson met all the key 'Trump Whisperers' – those advisers with the ear of America's unpredictable leader. It became clear, however, that despite the 'special relationship' between Britain and the US, Mr Johnson was not going to change the President's mind.

Jul 15 10:54

UN investigator: Israel “moving rapidly” towards West Bank annexation

Israel is “moving rapidly” towards annexing parts of the Palestinian West Bank and tough rhetoric from Israeli politicians could presage a “dramatic” step in the coming months, United Nations investigator Michael Lynk told Mondoweiss.

Speaking by phone from Amman, the capital of Jordan, during a week-long fact-finding visit to the region, Lynk said that Israel’s settlement-building on Palestinian land was at its “highest level in recent years”.

“It’s moving much more rapidly and on the horizon is something much more dramatic,” said Lynk, the UN’s special rapporteur for the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territory.

Jul 15 10:54

ISM: 100 bullet fragments in brain of 10-year-old Palestinian child shot in West Bank

Israeli soldiers shot a Palestinian child in the head with live ammunition at close range at around 3pm today during a protest against settlement expansion in the town of Kafr Qaddum, northern West Bank. Abdul Rahman Yasser Shteiwi, 10, was rushed to Rafidia hospital in Nablus and was operated on immediately. The leader of the popular resistance committee in Kafr Qaddum, Murad Shtaiwi, told ISM that doctors found over 70 bullet fragments lodged in the child’s brain. An X-ray scan of Abdul’s skull (pictured below) appears to show dozens of metal pieces throughout his brain. The 10-year-old is in a critical condition,

Jul 15 10:52

When Ancient DNA Gets Politicized

The logic here for those who had read the study was confusing. The new research had nothing to say about the genetic history of Jews or Palestinians or the connection those modern populations have to the land. (Though the word "Palestinian" comes from "Philistine," Palestinians are not thought of as the descendants of Philistines; it appears that Netanyahu was using this unrelated point to launch into his argument.)

“To me it seemed like it just provided another opportunity—even if it's just tangential—to take a swipe at Palestinians,” says Michael Press, an independent scholar who studies the presentation of archaeology in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories. “It's hard to blame the authors much here since Netanyahu's use of the study really was a non-sequitur.” (The authors of the study did not wish to comment but are preparing a formal response.)

Jul 15 10:51

Biden planning to drop out of 2020 presidential race due to health concerns: Report

Former Vice President Joe Biden is planning to drop out of the 2020 presidential race due to health concerns, according to Infowars radio host Alex Jones, who says he’s got the info on good authority.

During a weekend broadcast, Jones played a number of recent clips of Biden on the campaign train in which he appears confused, dazed, and unable to properly enunciate his words. Also, in some of the clips, Biden is shown making reference to issues that either don’t exist or are out of context.

For instance, in one speech Biden pledges "there will be no more Charlottesvilles" — a reference to the deadly protest clash between Alt-Left Antifa factions and Alt-Right white supremacists in Charlottesville, Va., last year — but then goes on to say "there will be no more Helsinkis."

Jul 15 10:49

Strained US-Iraq Relations: Pompeo Considers Baghdad Embassy Pullout “Permanent”: Officials

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is not willing to send back the diplomats to the country’s embassy in Baghdad after they were evacuated earlier this year in May, according to several State Department officials.

The evacuation came after tensions between Iran and US escalated in the Gulf, at the result of which Washington said its forces, diplomats, and citizens were under threat of being targeted by Iran or Iranian-backed militias in Iraq.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That would be that $750,000,000 embassy, right?

Jul 15 10:47

Rutherford Institute calls on DHS to disclose government surveillance program that tracks, monitors and mines social media influencers & posts

Pushing back against the expansion of secret government surveillance programs and the chilling impact they have on lawful First Amendment activities, The Rutherford Institute is demanding the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) disclose the details of a government program proposed by DHS in April 2018 that aims to track, monitor, catalog and mine content posted by social media "influencers."

In filing a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, Rutherford Institute attorneys are asking for all records relating to a "Media Monitoring Services" surveillance program that would create a "media influencer database" for content created and posted by journalists, editors, social media influencers, and bloggers. The Institute is asking for records and information on the program because of the chilling effect it will have on the First Amendment activities of the citizens targeted by the program.

Jul 15 10:46

Three Months Since Arrest of WikiLeaks Publisher: UK Government Holds “Media Freedom” Conference While Imprisoning Assange

Thursday marked three months since WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange was dragged out of the Ecuadorian embassy and into London’s Belmarsh Prison, where he is being held pending extradition to the United States and a drumhead trial on Espionage Act charges that carry a prison sentence of 175 years.

Assange’s only “crime” is exposing war crimes, subversion and corruption by the US and British governments. Chelsea Manning, the courageous whistleblower who leaked the information to WikiLeaks, has been sent back to jail for refusing to give false testimony against Assange before a US grand jury.

Assange’s jailing by the government of Prime Minister Theresa May, at the behest of the United States, has been followed by a near-total media blackout, including the burying of a United Nations statement calling his treatment a form of torture.

Jul 15 10:46

Turkey's Erdogan Vows To "Significantly" Cut Rates As Trump Set To Roll Out Sanctions Over S-400 Purchase

Lately not a week passes without some dismal news involving Turkey hitting the tape, and yet the lira continues to levitate, blissfully ignorant of the storm clouds headed for Ankara, levitating on hopes the Fed will cut rates and sprinkle golden showers on emerging markets. However, in light of the two latest developments, the Mrs Watanabe sellers of USDTRY may finally pay attention.

On Sunday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan - who last weekend fired the head of the central bank for not cutting rates fast enough, and who has now become the de facto head of the CBRT - promised "significantly lower interest rates by the end of the year", Bloomberg reported.

Jul 15 10:45

"Sweden Is At War"

In 2018, Sweden experienced a record number of lethal shootings, 306 in all. Forty-five people were killed and 135 injured nationwide, most deaths occurring in Region South, where Malmö is located. In March, the Swedish National Forensic Centre estimated that since 2012, the number of shootings classified as murder or attempted murder has increased by almost 100 percent. The Centre also found that the most popular weapon used in the shootings is the Kalashnikov assault rifle. "It is one of the world's most manufactured weapons and used in many wars," said the Centre's team manager, Mikael Högfors. "When they are no longer needed... they are smuggled into Sweden".

Jul 15 10:44

Iran To UK: We'll Continue Oil Exports "Under Any Conditions" As Detained Tanker Crew Released

As the "tanker wars" continue Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif warned his British counterpart Jeremy Hunt in a telephone call on Saturday that Iran plans to continue its oil exports "under any conditions".

Zarif also repeated Iranian demands for the UK to release the Grace 1 oil tanker, seized over a week ago after it was boarded by Royal Marines off Gibraltar. It had been carrying 2 million barrels of Iranian oil and was alleged to have been bound for Syria, in violation of EU sanctions; however, Tehran has accused the UK of fundamentally doing the United States' bidding.

In a public statement posted to Twitter, Hunt informed Zarif that the UK would release the tanker if it received guarantees it would not go to Syria.

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