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Nov 22 10:01

TOP GERMAN JUDGES SLAM EU PLANS TO CREATE GLOBAL COURT TO ENFORCE CORPORATE SOVEREIGNTY

A few weeks ago, we wrote how many -- even the US Trade Representative, Robert Lighthizer -- seem to think it's time for corporate sovereignty, also called "investor-state dispute settlement" (ISDS), to go. For some reason the European Commission disagrees. As Techdirt readers may recall, after receiving a bloody nose in a public consultation about corporate sovereignty, the Commission announced to great fanfare that it was "replacing" ISDS with something called the Investment Court System (ICS). In fact, this amounted to little more than putting lipstick on the ISDS pig, since ICS suffered from the same fundamental flaw: it gave companies unique rights to sue countries in a supra-national court. The EU is still plugging away at the ICS idea, and it now wants to go further by creating a truly global corporate sovereignty system enforced by a new Multilateral Investment Court (pdf), an initiative formally launched a couple of months ago:

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Corporations need less power, not more, in the scheme of things; and particularly in the realm of computer/telecom product issues, when the products don't work, they do not need governmental protection, as this industry is no longer in its infancy.

Nov 22 09:56

SHERIFF'S OFFICE TO PAY $3 MILLION FOR INVASIVE SEARCHES OF 850 HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

It's been barely a month since news came to us of the Worth County (GA) Sheriff's Department's search of an entire school's worth of high school students. Over 800 students were searched without a warrant, subjected to invasive pat downs that included breasts and genitals by Sheriff Jeff Hobby and his deputies.
Sheriff Hobby thought there might be drugs in the school, but despite the search of hundreds of students and the use of drug dogs, no drugs were found. A class action lawsuit [PDF] alleging multiple rights violations brought by some of the students was filed in June. In October, Sheriff Hobby and two of his deputies were indicted for sexual battery and false imprisonment.

In a surprisingly quick turnaround, there's already talk of a settlement, as Susan Hogan reports for the Washington Post.

On Tuesday, a legal advocacy group, the Southern Center for Human Rights, said a proposed $3 million settlement had been reached in the lawsuit, pending a judge’s approval.

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Were I a parent of a kid who had suffered through one of these invasive procedures, with absolutely no warrant, I would pull my kid out of that school so fast that it would make the principal's head spin, and either put them into a private school or home school them.

Ever notice that when elements of the government declare "war" on something, it makes the problem worse?!?

Our country's alleged "war on drugs" is, essentially, a war on those drugs the government is not, itself, "pushing".

Look at the massive growth of the heroin trade, courtesy of a burgeoning opium poppy crop coming out of Afghanistan, with US soldiers actually protecting the poppy fields.


Images: US soldiers protecting opium poppy fields in Afghanistan

The little country of Portugal called it right in decriminalizing small amounts of drugs for personal use, and advocating counseling to those using; the numbers speak for themselves:

14 Years after Portugal Decriminalised All Drugs: Here's what's happening

Of course in this country, pigs will discover they are aerodynamic before something as civilized, intellitgent, and humane happens; there is far too much money to be made by the cartels; corrupt politicians; corrupt private prison corporations, who love the laws just as they are; and the banks which still routinely launder the drug money.

Nov 22 09:52

BREAKING | USA Gymnastics Doctor Larry Nassar Pleads GUILTY To Sexual Assault - Faces Life In Prison

This was a surprise before the trial even got underway. Just happened a few minutes ago. Here's raw video of Nassar pleading guilty before the court.

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Nov 22 09:42

TYSON FOODS RESPONSIBLE FOR CHEMICAL RELEASE THAT LED TO MASS FISH DEATH

Tyson Foods – the largest U.S. chicken producer – has pleaded guilty in a chemical incident that led to the deaths of over 100,000 fish.

The Arkansas-based poultry giant has claimed “full responsibility” for accidentally releasing an acidic chemical used in chicken feed that wound up in Monett, Missouri’s wastewater treatment system.

In late September, the company landed in federal court in Springfield, Missouri, and pleaded guilty for two criminal charges of violating the Clean Water Act. The charges are from the 2014 incident at its slaughter and processing facility in Monett, Missouri, the DOJ stated.

EcoWatch reports [emphasis added N.B.]:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And yet, absolutely no one from this powerful company which most probably owns a number of stateb and federal politicans, goes to jail; where is the justice here, please?!?

Nov 22 09:40

JFK assassination +54 years = overwhelming, irrefutable comprehensive proof killers were .01% US illegal rogue state empire demanding arrests in 2017 of ongoing murder accomplices after the fact

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Kerry Cassidy’s outstanding 2-hour interview of JFK assassination experts Professor James Fetzer, Ole Dammegard, and Paladin:

My 2016 interview with President John F. Kennedy: who assassinated me and why, American public’s opportunity today to cause peace:

Nov 22 09:31

ECB WANTS TO END DEPOSIT PROTECTION & OFFER SAVERS 'APPROPRIATE AMOUNT' OF THEIR OWN MONEY

Covered deposits no longer need to be protected, according to the European Central Bank (ECB), which has proposed this month to stop withdrawals when a bank is on the verge of failing.

“Covered deposits and claims under investor compensation schemes should be replaced by limited discretionary exemptions to be granted by the competent authority in order to retain a degree of flexibility,” said the bank’s proposal.

It has suggested the current €100,000 (£85,000) deposit level currently protected in the event of a bail-in would no longer be available.

“...during a transitional period, depositors should have access to an appropriate amount of their covered deposits to cover the cost of living within five working days of a request.” That means depositors will have to wait five days for a ‘competent authority’ to decide what is an ‘appropriate amount’ of their own money for them to have access to buy food, pay bills and so on.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: the ECB is exppecting a massive financial institutional failure of its banks.

To those Europeans and beyond who have their money in such institutions, now is the time to take everything you can, save for what you need to pay your bills, out of those banks and under your own personal and private control; if you do not, these financial institutions will consider you "unsecured creditors", and rip off whatever money you have left with them.

You can absolutely bet on that reality coming!!

Nov 22 09:25

Lawsuit: 3M contamination led to more cancer, infertility

Minnesota's attorney general alleges that chemicals dumped by 3M Co. in the Twin Cities metro led to an increase in cancer, infertility and babies with low birth weights.

The contamination caused $5 billion in health and environmental damage for which 3M should be liable, Attorney General Lori Swanson said Friday in a court filing.

The filing alleges that 3M knew the groundwater was contaminated years before it stopped making perflourinated chemicals, known as PFCs, and that it withheld critical information from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
"3M, in pursuit of profit, deliberately disregarded the substantial risk of injury to the people and environment of Minnesota from its continued manufacture of PFCs and its improper disposal," the state said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I hope this lawsuit goes forward successfully; no corporation on this planet has the right to knowingly allow these kinds of problems to move forward, and cause the pain and suffering for families that this kind of contamination can create.

Nov 22 09:21

MAJOR PLAYER IN HILLARY’S INNER CIRCLE ‘SUDDENLY’ ‘COMMITS SUICIDE,’ LOOK WHAT HE KNEW

Yes another person with extremely close ties to Hillary Clinton has died a mysterious death, and after seeing what he was involved with it’s hard not to question if foul play was involved.

Houston, Texas trial lawyer and Democrat mega donor Steve Mostyn died on Thursday in what authorities are saying was a “suicide,” according to the Houston Chronicle. Mr. Mostyn was only 46, he left behind a wife and several children, and earlier this year had announced that he was going to be stepping away from politics to spend more time with his family.

Details about how Mr. Mostyn allegedly committed suicide are slim. However, his family said that it happened after he “suddenly” became afflicted with some sort of mental illness then took his own life, although they weren’t clear as to what type of mental illness he suffered from.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Wow, it looks as though there is a whole lot of "wet work" going on!!

Frankly, if I were anywhere NEAR the Clinons right now, with the revelations which most likely will be coming down soon, I would be jetting off ASAP to a country which has no extradition treaty with the US.

The Clinton Dead Body List

Nov 22 09:20

45 Pennsylvania Teachers Quit Due to Violent Students: 'I've Been Kicked, Punched, Hit & Scratched'

At least 45 teachers have quit their jobs in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania due to constant attacks by violent students, including first graders.

Nov 22 09:18

'MY LIFE'S OVER. KILL ME NOW' Cops shoot dead mentally ill teen after telling him to drop hunting knife 40 times

A MENTALLY ill teen was gunned down by police officers in the street after he was ordered to drop his hunting knife 40 times.

Nov 22 08:53

THE OFFICIAL WHAT REALLY HAPPENED THANKSGIVING TURKEY STUFFING RECIPE

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Nov 22 08:39

"They said, I’m sorry, because you weren’t physically injured, you can’t go to the private events."

Lisa Hamp was in the same building as the gunman on the day of the Virginia Tech shooting. She and her classmates pushed against the door of the room to keep him from entering. After the shooting, she tried to return to her normal life and push away thoughts of that day.

Nov 22 08:38

White Ex-Cop Sentenced To 15 Years For Shooting Death Of Daughter's Black Boyfriend

A white former police officer in Tulsa, Oklahoma, has been sentenced to 15 years behind bars for fatally shooting his daughter’s 19-year-old black boyfriend in 2014.

Nov 22 08:29

Bill Clinton is facing NEW accusations of sexual assault by four women while the former president was working with a billionaire playboy and flying on his private jet nicknamed Air F**k One

Bill Clinton is facing explosive new charges of sexual assault from four women, according to highly placed Democratic Party sources and an official who served in both the Clinton and Obama administrations.

Nov 22 08:17

The Most Terrifying American Serial Killers of All Time

The most frightening serial killers hid in plain sight, masquerading as regular people while straight-up murdering people in their spare time. And the scariest part of all? A few of these psychopaths never got caught. Maybe they got bored of killing. Maybe they died. Or maybe they’re just waiting around for the next perfect opportunity to kill again.

Nov 22 08:11

Turkish President Slams US Policy in Syria

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan used an address to party officials Friday in Ankara as an opportunity to launch a blistering attack on the U.S. policy in Syria. Erdogan openly asked why the U.S. is involving itself in a country 12,000 kilometers away. He then accused Washington of breaking commitments and promises, claiming the country was trying to trick him ... In a sign of the level of mistrust generated over the dispute, Erdogan accused the U.S. of sending large amounts of cash to Islamic State ... Ankara's relations with both Tehran and Moscow have markedly improved in the last year, much to the concern of Turkey's NATO allies.

Nov 22 08:09

Palestinians vow to suspend talks if US closes PLO mission

The Palestinians threatened on Saturday to suspend all communication with the United States if the Trump administration follows through with plans to close their diplomatic office in Washington ... Senior Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said the U.S. decision was "very unfortunate and unacceptable," and accused Washington of bowing to pressure from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government "at a time when we are trying to cooperate to achieve the ultimate deal." ... The administration announced late Friday that the Palestinians had run afoul of a legal provision that says the Palestine Liberation Organization cannot operate a Washington office if the Palestinians try to get the International Criminal Court to prosecute Israelis for crimes against Palestinians.

Nov 22 08:06

UN rapporteur urges sanctions on Israel for driving Palestinians ‘back to the dark ages’

Last week [Oct. 26] there was a significant development in the international response to the Israeli occupation when the UN rapporteur for human rights in the occupied territories came out with a harsh report saying the world was too passive about the occupation. The "duration of this occupation is without precedent or parallel in today's world," the report said ... There is a "darkening stain" on the world's legal framework because other countries have treated the occupation as normal, and done nothing to resist Israel's "colonial ambition par excellence," ... At a press conference about his report, S. Michael Lynk, a Canadian professor of law and human rights expert, said it is time the international community reach into its "toolbox" of enforcement mechanisms ...

Nov 22 08:05

Dr. Ashrawi: US Disqualifying Itself as Regional Peace Broker

Instead of holding Israel liable for its persistent violations of international law and conventions, the U.S. administration and Congress are threatening to punish the Palestinian people because of statements made by President Mahmoud Abbas at the United Nations and other leaders pertaining to ICC [International Criminal Court] accountability for Israel and for its war crimes in Palestine. It is ironic that the U.S. is taking steps to punish the victim (the occupied) and not the perpetrator of the crime (the occupier) ... The Palestinian leadership has been negotiating with Israel for decades and has consistently abided by international law and signed agreements while Israel persisted in violating them without accountability or constraints.

Nov 22 08:03

Austria accepted its Holocaust guilt. So why is its far right on the rise?

When it comes to the Holocaust, Austria has made a lot of progress assuming responsibility ... Teaching about the Holocaust has become mandatory, with visits to former death camps and teacher training in Israel. The government has paid nearly $1 billion since 2005 in compensation to Holocaust victims, and since 2012, Holocaust memorial projects have popped up at an unprecedented rate ... Yet in spite of this increased sensitivity, nationalism still has a firm grip on Austrian society ... The Jewish Community in Vienna considers the Freedom Party a racist entity, according to Oskar Deutsch, the community leader, who has called on Chancellor-elect Sebastian Kurz to prevent the Freedom Party from reaching power.
Note: The holocau$t is the biggest fraud, lie, and racket in the history of mankind.

Nov 22 07:39

Remains Of U.S. Soldier Found In Niger After Widow Questioned What Was In Coffin At Funeral

Additional remains of a U.S. soldier killed in a mysterious Niger ambush were reportedly found in the African nation earlier this month — even though his funeral had already been held, with his widow questioning whether he was even in the casket.

Nov 22 07:36

Harvard Business School: "Integrity" missing element of economics today

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Harvard's Michael Jensen and innovative thinker Werner Erhard team for this paper: Putting integrity into finance: a purely positive approach

Abstract:

Nov 22 07:31

Teen Vogue Writer: I'm 'Not At All Concerned' About 'Innocent Men' Losing Jobs Over False Rape Claims

Teen Vogue columnist Emily Lindin, the founder of the "UnSlut Project," said Tuesday that she's "not at all concerned" about explicitly "innocent men" losing their jobs over false sexual assault so long as it helps in "undoing the patriarchy."

"Here's an unpopular opinion: I'm actually not at all concerned about innocent men losing their jobs over false sexual assault/harassment allegations," Lindin said on Twitter.

"Sorry. If some innocent men's reputations have to take a hit in the process of undoing the patriarchy, that is a price I am absolutely willing to pay," Lindin said in a follow-up tweet.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That is like saying that it is okay to call all women prostitutes if it means putting the few real prostitutes out of business. Not that I personally have a problem with prostitutes. I would rather be friends with them than with politicians! With prostitutes, you know exactly how you will be screwed and what it will cost before you get screwed.

Nov 22 07:14

Mary Morrissey: a shameless embezzler’s “success coaching” scam, rip-off, fraud, con game “platinum” program is certainly a steal at only $42,000

Mary Morrissey, a self-styled “success coach,” is actually a shameless embezzler under court orders to repay $10.7 million she embezzled from people who believed in her and trusted her.

Nov 22 06:12

Dude Who Tripled Price of Insulin Nominated to Regulate Price of Insulin

The President confirmed in a tweet on Monday (because of course) that he was nominating Alex Azar to run the Department of Health and Human Services. Azar would replace Tom Price, whose “public jets for private travel” scandal will probably look quaint when compared to what Azar will do if he’s allowed to lead HHS.

Nov 22 06:12

No, you’re not being paranoid. Sites really are watching your every move

If you have the uncomfortable sense someone is looking over your shoulder as you surf the Web, you're not being paranoid. A new study finds hundreds of sites—including microsoft.com, adobe.com, and godaddy.com—employ scripts that record visitors' keystrokes, mouse movements, and scrolling behavior in real time, even before the input is submitted or is later deleted.

Nov 22 05:11

Country mansion that had to change its name during WWII so the American Air Force wouldn't get LOST goes on sale for £10million - thanks to stunning location on the banks of the Thames

Coombe Park in Oxfordshire was built for James Gardiner in 1865 on his return from the East Indies
The £10 million property - which has its own boat house - is in Whitchurch-on-Thames, Oxfordshire
According to the selling agents the property is in need of a complete refurbishment and even rebuilding
The propery is on 125 acres and used to have a successful stud farm breeding an Ascot Gold Cup winner.

Nov 21 21:38

Conjoined twins attached at the FOREHEAD are set to be separated -despite a risk of one or both dying during the operation

Joy and Joyce Magsino, 10, were born with angular frontal partial craniopagus
New images show twins in hospital in the Philippines in preparation for surgery
Doctors said a separation is possible but involves a costly, risky operation
The procedure costs £75,000, but the girls' father only earns £6 a day as a porter
His wife emigrated in order to work, leaving the girls in the care of their relatives
It is not clear how the family have managed to pay for the cost of the separation
The girls are hard to control as they wish to be separated but are still 'playful'

Nov 21 19:39

AIR F**K ONE: Bill Flies United

Nov 21 18:50

Founder of Autism Non-Profit Found Dead in Canal

We regret to report to you that a well-known advocate for autism people – Jeana Beck – died mysteriously November 17th near...

Nov 21 15:30

US military recruiter: ‘I totally agree with you the wars are illegal and started with lies. For now, my mouth stays closed. But my eyes and ears are open.’

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I recently attended a public event with US military recruiters present. I walked by their display table wondering if any of them knew they recruit for lie-started and illegal Wars of Aggression. I made eye contact with one, who instantly responded with a friendly greeting. This is roughly the conversation after I answered that I’m a high school teacher.

Recruiter: Hey, could I come to your classroom sometime to discuss military careers with your students?

Carl: Ok, let’s talk. This is what I see and would include if you’d like to come to my class: the US wars are the opposite of legal, and from disclosed top-level documentation of our own government were started with “reasons” that were lies known to be lies as they were told.

Nov 21 15:04

36 Female SNL Staffers Sign Letter In Support Of ‘Family Man’ Al Franken - Liberal Twitter MURDERS Them In Response…

This didn't turn out quite as well as they hoped.

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Nov 21 14:41

Maria Sharapova Under Investigation For Fraud, Conspiracy

Just hit the wires.

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Nov 21 14:17

Bank of America at it Again

Nov 21 14:15

VIDEO | THE LATEST ON URANIUM ONE

John Solomon, Sara Carter and Victoria Toensing (lawyer for the FBI informant) were on Hannity last night to discuss Solomon's latest reporting. This is excellent television.

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Nov 21 13:40

DERSHOWITZ ON ROBERT MUELLER

Alan Dershowitz is sounding the alarm about some of Mueller's recent actions.

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Nov 21 13:28

THIS WOMAN STANDS WITH JUDGE ROY MOORE by Sylvia Thompson on 11 November, 2017

THIS WOMAN STANDS WITH JUDGE ROY MOORE by Sylvia Thompson on 11 November, 2017

As has become the pattern with the Left when they are being eviscerated politically, they trot out the vilest of accusations against whomever fits their latest challenge. Judge Roy Moore, who recently won the Alabama state primary against a more establishment Republican candidate, is their new challenge, and like clockwork they have found a “victim” to throw at the judge’s feet.

Judge Moore, like President Trump, is one to be feared. He is a fierce fighter for conservative and Christian causes, and that alone renders him a severe threat to the Republican establishment and the ungodly Left. I sincerely hope he is ready to take on this latest attempt to keep him out of the Senate.

Nov 21 13:15

Conjoined twins attached at the FOREHEAD are set to be separated -despite a risk of one or both dying during the operation

Joy and Joyce Magsino, 10, were born with angular frontal partial craniopagus
New images show twins in hospital in the Philippines in preparation for surgery
Doctors said a separation is possible but involves a costly, risky operation
The procedure costs £75,000, but the girls' father only earns £6 a day as a porter
His wife emigrated in order to work, leaving the girls in the care of their relatives
It is not clear how the family have managed to pay for the cost of the separation
The girls are hard to control as they wish to be separated but are still 'playful'

Nov 21 13:13

Journalist Alexei Wood Faces Decades In Prison For Covering DisruptJ20 Protests

By Aaron Kesel

Independent journalist Alexei Wood faces decades in prison for covering rioters (J20) as they protested President Donald Trump’s inauguration in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 20th, Tech Dirt reported. This is a chilling attack on First Amendment freedoms.

According to Wood, a 37-year-old freelance photojournalist based in the American Southwest, he was live streaming the protest which quickly turned violent – videotaping events and uploading videos to the Internet as they happened...

Nov 21 13:03

Reverse Aging: Scientists Make Old Human Cells Young

A groundbreaking discovery in cellular biology could help humans age without as much deterioration in their bodies. A research team experimenting on a class of genes called "splicing factors" was able to take older human cells and physically rejuvenate them, turning back the clock to make them appear and behave young again.

Nov 21 13:01

GAYLE KING AND NORAH O’DONNELL SPEAK OUT ON ‘SHAMED’ CHARLIE ROSE

Here's video from Charlie Rose's co-anchors this morning BEFORE he was fired.

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Nov 21 12:58

Snowflakes Highly Butthurt As Justice Dept Formally Files Lawsuit To Stop Time Warner Merger...

Lawsuit was officially filed last night by DOJ, and reaction from snowflakes.

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Nov 21 12:55

Reverse Aging: Scientists Make Old Human Cells Young

A groundbreaking discovery in cellular biology could help humans age without as much deterioration in their bodies. A research team experimenting on a class of genes called "splicing factors" was able to take older human cells and physically rejuvenate them, turning back the clock to make them appear and behave young again.

Nov 21 12:50

Woman, 21, 'fatally stabbed her 80-year-old grandfather 41 TIMES and left him lying naked on kitchen floor'

Patricia Diocson, of Philadelphia, turned herself in five days after Robert Girard was found fatally stabbed inside the house they shared
Diocson was the one who called 911 on November 15 to report the killing
Diocson reportedly told police her 80-year-old grandfather was abusive

Nov 21 12:03

JUDICIAL WATCH | What Was Podesta Group Doing Within The Clinton-Obama State Department?

Tom Fitton with details on the new lawsuit.

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Nov 21 11:55

RUSSIA IN SYRIA - MILITARY 'FAILURE' SETS OFF INTENSE DIPLOMACY

Western media predicted that the Russian military campaign in Syria would end in `failure`. That - presumably - has been achieved. Now follows a push of diplomatic efforts to settle the war.

Nov 21 11:42

VIDEO | Charlie Rose Comments On Sex Charges…

TMZ caught up with Charlie outside his apartment building this morning BEFORE he was fired.

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Nov 21 11:39

'I have been hit, kicked and restrained from behind - by FIRST-GRADERS': At least 45 Pennsylvania teachers resign in just three months due to student violence and those that remain are 'begging' for help from school board

Dozens of teachers have quit their jobs in Pennsylvania's capital city amid a wave of violence from students as early as the first grade, it has emerged.
The Harrisburg Education Association (HEA) said that at least 45 teachers resigned between July and October, and more have followed since. Those who remain are now demanding more help from administrators.
'I have been kicked, punched, hit, scratched. I've had a student physically restraining me in front of my other students,' first-grade teacher Amanda Shaeffer told board members, according to Penn Live.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF, in fact, these charges are true (and I would tend to believe they are), where the hell are the parents of these children, and why do they believe that their kids' behaviour is acceptable, for a second?!?

Why has this bullying of teachers (and most probably other kids) become the "new normal" in America's schools?!?

Nov 21 11:25

Outbreak Alert: Hepatitis A Outbreak In Salt Lake City Expected To Last MONTHS - Mac Slavo

Salt Lake City, Utah is only one of three major cities in the United States experiencing a Hepatitis A outbreak. And now health officials are warning residents to protect themselves against infection, as the outbreak is expected to last for “months.”

There seems to be no end in sight for the cities grabbling with Hepatitis A outbreaks. Spurred by over-regulation and taxation, homelessness is now the norm in many US cities, Salt Lake City being no different. And Health officials in Utah now believe they could continue to see new cases of Hepatitis A for the next several months.

The first outbreak of Hep A began in back in May in San Diego, but Salt Lake City started to notice serious issues in August. Since then, at least 75 cases have been reported statewide. With at least 3-4 new cases being discovered each week. The normal amount of Hepatitis A cases is around 2-4 per year.

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This has to be more than a little terrifying for health care workers, and the people who live in Salt Lake City.

Nov 21 11:20

The Great Retirement Con - Adam Taggart

So, it’s little surprise that the 1970s and ’80s saw the introduction of personal retirement savings plans. The Individual Retirement Arrangement (IRA) was formed by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) in 1974. And the first 401k plan was created in 1980.

These savings vehicles are defined contribution plans. The future payout of the plan is variable (i.e., unknown today), and will be largely a function of how much of their income the worker directs into the fund over their career, as well as the market return on the fund’s investments.

Touted as a revolutionary improvement for the worker, these plans promised to give the individual power over his/her own financial destiny. No longer would it be dictated by their employer.

Your company doesn’t offer a pension? No worries: open an IRA and create your own personal pension fund.

Afraid your employer might mismanage your pension fund? A 401k removes that risk. You decide how your retirement money is invested.

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This is little more than a shuffle/hustle which gives people the illusion that they actually have real money for retirement, when they absolutely do not.

Nov 21 11:20

BREAKING | CBS NEWS FIRES CHARLIE ROSE

Statement just hit the wires...

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Nov 21 11:14

Putin Holds Surprise Meeting With Assad, Will Call Trump By Phone Later Tuesday

One day before meeting with the leaders of Iran and Turkey in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russian President Vladimir Putin held a surprise meeting with his Syrian counterpart, Bashar al-Assad, kicking off a diplomatic drive this week to outline the terms of an end to the Middle Eastern country’s bloody civil war. The two leaders discussed the political process in Syria, with the Russian leader saying that the fight against terrorism in the crisis-stricken country is close to completion. Perhaps even more notably, Putin said he would speak by phone with President Donald Trump later Tuesday.

Assad’s visit, which wasn’t publicly announced until the following day, echoed a similar trip to Russia that he made in 2015 shortly after Putin launched his air and ground campaign in Syria. The campaign turned the tide in the war in favor of the embattled Syrian president, whom western nations have long sought to see removed.

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Would I love to be a fly on that wall in the room where President Trump takes that call from Putin!

I wonder what will happen to the following claim, made by Sec Def Mattis on the 17th of this month:

Despite the defeat of ISIS, Defense Secretary James Mattis told reporters this week that U.S. forces will remain in Syria

It will indeed be interesting to see where that is going!

Nov 21 11:07

Lebanese Army On "Full Combat Readiness" At Southern Border To Counter "Israeli Enemy"

Two days after Israel provided the first ever official confirmation of covert ties with Saudi Arabia, a step many analysts see as a precursor to future conflict in the Middle East involving adversaries Iran and Lebanon, on Tuesday the head of the Lebanese Army told the military to be at “full combat readiness” to face “the Israeli enemy” at the country's southern border. The announcement comes as Arab nations, including Saudi Arabia, vow to tighten their grip on Lebanon’s Hezbollah militia.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It would not surprise me much if both Saudi Arabia and Israel went into Lebanon this weekend, with Americans collectively sedated from all the tryptophane in the turkey they consumed for Thanksgiving, and focused on football and Christmas shopping.

I hope that I am wrong, but I am intuiting a massive buildup in tensions in the Middle East, from the Saudi purge, and the its government's statements that both Lebanon and Iran had begun a war against it.

You cannot keep any army on highest alert for a long period of time without sacrificing energy and awareness of those troops; I suspect that some movement from Israel and/or Saudi Arabia against Lebanon may well be imminent.

Nov 21 10:58

US Airstrike In Somalia Kills More Than 100 al-Shabab Militants

More than 100 al-Shabaab militants were killed Tuesday in the latest US airstrike in Somalia the Pentagon announced, the latest in a series of strikes against the al Qaeda affiliated group and ISIS fighters in the war-torn country meant to support the local government. The strike occurred 125 miles northwest of the capital of Mogadishu, and was the 29th such strike since the start of 2017, and 7th since November 9.

The Pentagon released the following statement commemorating the latest airstrike:

U.S. Conducts Airstrike in Support of the Federal Government of Somalia

In coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia, U.S. forces conducted an airstrike in Somalia against an al-Shabaab camp on Tuesday, Nov. 21 at approximately 10:30 a.m. local Somalia time, killing more than 100 militants. The operation occurred 125 miles northwest of the capital, Mogadishu.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US government is in Somalia for the same reason it has garrisoned so much of the rest of the planet; to regime-change its government to a more Western/US centric government; expropriate its resources, to which the US govenment and those corporations which own it have utterly no moral right; and to insure that these goods are only sold to countries of which we approve, and only for US dollars.

Nov 21 10:50

John Conyers Was Paying Off SEXUAL ABUSE Victims With Taxpayer Cash While His Wife Was In Prison For Bribery…

The perfect Democratic power couple. He told one of his staffers 'touch my penis'...

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Nov 21 10:45

Top 10 Riddles And Rare Finds From Siberia

Top 10 Riddles And Rare Finds From Siberia

Nov 21 10:11

U.S. MILITARY SHOULD ‘CHOKE’ NORTH KOREA TO ‘SUBMISSION,’ RETIRED NAVY LIEUTENANT SAYS

President Donald Trump should deploy a naval blockade against North Korea in order to stop its nuclear weapons program, argues retired Navy Lieutenant Commander Gregory Keely.

Keely, who served in Iraq and Afghanistan and was also a senior advisor to the House Armed Services Committee and House Foreign Relations Committee, believes that a naval blockade is the best tactic to get Kim Jon Un to abandon his drive to obtain nuclear warheads that reach the U.S.

“Like sanctions, blockades are designed to slowly choke the recalcitrant nation to submission,” he writes in a recent op-ed for The Hill. “Unlike sanctions, a blockade provides the capabilities to monitor, intercept and enforce restrictions on what can go in and out of the target nation while providing a powerful psychological and diplomatic instrument.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am having a double Jon-Luc Picard facepalm, at warp speed, upon reading this.

Apparently, this retired Navy Lieutenant Commander Gregory Keely suffers from an acute intellectual deficiency shared others in civilian and military leadership, and this is the pathological inability to think a scenario through to its logical conclusion.

I would very much like to politely ask the gentleman, please, how this is NOT going to get China at war, on North Korea's side, should such a blockade be undertaken by the US military?!?

Nov 21 10:07

11 HELLS ANGELS INDICTED ON MURDER CHARGES

Full details on the sweeping arrests.

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Nov 21 10:00

A million children orphaned by the Syrian war

As many as a million children have been orphaned by the war in Syria which is in its sixth year.

The UN has warned against the dangers facing children without parents such as lack of education, trafficking and being indoctrinated by armed groups.

Many children are living in orphanages being run by local charities both inside Syria and abroad.

"I was five years old when Shabiha attacked and rounded everyone up," said Mariam al Shalan, an orphan from Homs.

"Then they opened fire and killed everyone. My mother came in fornt of us and took the bullets.

"My mother asked me for water. When I came back, she was dead. Me and my brother spent two days under the blood and the bodies."

In a centre for orphans in the opposition-controlled city of Idlib, almost every child that has been affected by the war suffers from trauma and psychological stress

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There is a huge degree of responsibility the US government should bear for creating so many orphans in Syria, by backing, funding, and training the alleged "moderate rebels" (of which there were none), and getting so many Syrian moms, dads, and family members assassinated, in their attempt to destabilize the Al Assad government.

Of course, it won't; in the minds of Pentagon, State Department, and White House Planners, "The Ends Justify the means", even when the means translates to the slaughter of innocents; the people killed are not even people anymore, just "collateral damage."

Nov 21 09:51

US Airstrikes Target Taliban Opium Labs

In a move Pentagon officials say is directed at Taliban revenue streams, US F-22 stealth fighters and B-52 Stratofortress bombers attacked what they’re describing as “opium labs” in the northern part of the Helmand Province.

A pair of buildings were destroyed in the attack, which Gen. John Nicholson claimed caused “minimal collateral damage.” Nicholson noted there was a third building they didn’t attack, claiming it was to avoid civilian casualties.

Mich of Helmand Province is dedicated to opium farming, which is why the Taliban has long been interested in controlling the area. This talk of labs and factories is new, however, and it’s not clear what these buildings were actually for.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

TRANSLATION: IF, in fact, these were heroin production labs, the US military may well have just taken out its competition for these resources.

Images: US troops protecting poppy fields in Afghanistan

Nov 21 09:40

Why Are We Helping Saudi Arabia Destroy Yemen?

It’s remarkable that whenever you read an article about Yemen in the mainstream media, the central role of Saudi Arabia and the United States in the tragedy is glossed over or completely ignored. A recent Washington Post article purporting to tell us “how things got so bad” explains to us that, “it’s a complicated story” involving “warring regional superpowers, terrorism, oil, and an impending climate catastrophe.”

No, Washington Post, it’s simpler than that. The tragedy in Yemen is the result of foreign military intervention in the internal affairs of that country. It started with the “Arab Spring” which had all the fingerprints of State Department meddling, and it escalated with 2015’s unprovoked Saudi attack on the country to reinstall Riyadh’s preferred leader. Thousands of innocent civilians have been killed and millions more are at risk as starvation and cholera rage.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Dr. Paul, some of us, particularly contributors to WRH, HAVE been paying attention.

And what we are seeing, is a clear case of the US government colluding in Saudi war crimes; the assassinations and maiming of Yemeni children; starvation of Yemeni children to death, and the introduction of (perhaps weaponized) cholera to the country, which has slain, and will slay, countless more.

In fact, I am somewhat amazed that Prince Bin Salman hasn't ordered an all-out carpet bombing of the country, not allowing one one Yemeni individual to survive.

Perhaps that is the next step in the Butcher of Yemen's strategy.

The analogy of which I am most clearly reminded, is that if the response by the Papal Legate, who ordered a seige of the the Cathars, holding out at Montsegeur, France. When informed by his soldiers that women, children, and infants, were with the beseiged men, he gave the following order: "Kill them all; God will find his own."

But I can tell you that I am profoundly morally uncomfortable, being a citizen of a country for whose leadership, the commission of war crimes in Yemen "is no big deal"; but then again, I have always known, or at least intuited, that those on their way to seizing and consolidating political, financial, or military power in this country, have had their consciences surgically removed.

Nov 21 09:27

OFFICIALS CAUGHT FORCING STATE SCIENTIST TO ALTER FINDINGS TO COVER UP EARTHQUAKE FRACKING LINK

Hydraulic fracturing is a natural gas extraction method that has become extremely controversial for its environmental impacts. Fracking is the process of drilling down into the earth before a high-pressure water mixture is directed at the rock to release the gas inside. Water, sand, and chemicals are injected into the rock at high pressure, which allows the gas to flow out to the head of the well. Wastewater produced from this process is highly toxic and filled with a variety of chemicals.

In many cases, people who live near fracking sites have been able to set fire to the water and air that comes through their pipes. It has also been found to contaminate drinking water. Unfortunately, fracking is still somewhat popular publicly because people know very little about it and it is also popular politically because all of the politicians have a hand in it.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Forgive me, but is this not somewhat akin to forcing a radiologist to "touch up" an x-ray, to assure the patient that their cancer isn't really so bad?!?

Nov 21 09:20

‘US invaded Afghanistan to restore heroin industry’

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This narrative is very hard to hear, as someone who values peace and social justice, but this is the brutal reality of why we stayed so long in Vietnam, when the war the US was fighting was unwinnable, and why we have stayed so long in Afghanistan, when this war is also unwinnable.

This is a $1.5 trillion dollar industry, the profits from which are used to fund "off the shelf" operations for various US "alphabet soup" agencies use, over which Congress has utterly no oversight whatsoever.

It is sobering to think that the biggest drug pusher in the US ... is the US government itself.

It's about the drugs; it's about the money that is made by these drugs, and about the massive money made by laundering the money on these drugs, which large financial houses love to do.

Nov 21 09:09

MAGA Hat Thief Edith Macias Faces Up to One Year in Jail After DA Files Charge

Edith Macias, the UC Riverside student filmed bragging about stealing a fellow student's "Make America Great Again" hat back in September, is facing up to a year in prison for her crime, The College Fix reports.

Nov 21 08:34

Where Does It End?

Whenever a major country is in decline and approaching collapse, a contingent arises that does everything it can to speed up the process toward collapse.

This is always done in the same way:

Vilify the established rulers as being the culprits for the nation’s woes.

Establish simplistic arguments to support that view. (The arguments need not be entirely logical or supportable, but they must have emotional public appeal.)
Create simplistic rhetoric that supports the destruction of the establishment and its icons.
Make the arguments and rhetoric as ubiquitous as possible (particularly through the media).
Then, like any recipe, turn up the heat and bake until done.

Nov 21 08:32

International Criminal Court to investigate CIA black sites in Afghanistan

The chief investigator of the International Criminal Court, Fatou Bensouda, has asked for judicial permission to launch an investigation into war crimes and crimes against humanity in Afghanistan, the ICC said.

According to an ICC statement, the investigation will look into crimes allegedly committed in Afghanistan since May 1, 2003, as well as any crimes linked the conflict that took place outside it since July 1, 2002. The parties under investigation will be the Taliban and another powerful Islamist group, the Haqqani Network, both of which also operate in Pakistan, as well as the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF), in particular, members of the National Directorate for Security (NDS) and the Afghan National Police (ANP).

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It will be interesting to see if there is anything which is allowed to be revealed here; the American people, a generally reasonably moral lot, have the right to know what has been done in their names, and with their tax dollars.

Nov 21 08:25

THE DRONE WAR UNDER TRUMP: KILLING MORE PEOPLE, HIDING MORE FACTS

President Donald Trump seems determined to undo just about everything Barack Obama has done. There is one area, however, in which he is following the lead of his predecessor: drone warfare. Not that the public would know anything about it — or the dangerously loose oversight involved. And that’s by design. The Trump administration is not only expanding the use of drones, it is also obscuring the facts about how many drones are being used, how many people are being killed by them, and where

Nov 21 08:15

Why did so many of the Las Vegas Massacre survivors mention seeing helicopters during the shooting?

A number of eyewitnesses who survived the Oct. 1 Route 91 Harvest Music Festival massacre reported seeing ‘helicopters’ during the shooting but their reports were completely ignored by the mainstream media for no apparent reason and never got the attention they deserved.

Nov 21 08:14

POLICE ARE USING DNA MUGSHOTS TO ARREST INNOCENT PEOPLE

A recent Washington Times article, boasts that Texas law enforcement used predictive DNA imaging or 'Phenotyping' to guess what a suspect’s physical characteristics might be.

This is not a joke, this is actually happening in police departments across the country.

Parabon Nanolabs, claims their new analysis service can accurately predict what a suspect or victim looks like based on a sample of their DNA.

"Snapshot is a revolutionary new forensic DNA analysis service that accurately predicts the physical appearance and ancestry of an unknown person from DNA. "

Parabon, boasts that Snapshot will produce a 'detailed report and composite profile that includes eye color, skin color, hair color, face morphology, and detailed biogeographic ancestry based on a single DNA sample'.

A 2015, NY Times article warns that Parabon has not published any information in peer-reviewed journals that could validate their claims.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Another version of "Minority Report", writ large, but with no hard science corrorporating the technique.

Nov 21 08:09

Mr Selfridge star Jeremy Piven passes a lie detector test over accusations by three women that he sexually assaulted them

Jeremy Piven has passed a lie detector test which questioned whether he had 'fondled' actress Ariane Bellamar and two other women.

The former Mr Selfridge star had previously denied sexual assault accusations by the actress as well as Amy Meador and Tiffany Bacon Sourb.

He took polygraph tests regarding the three claims and a blanket lie detector test to determine if he had ever assaulted a woman. He passed with 'no signs of deception'.

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Nov 21 08:02

Sex Allegations, Clintons, Pedos, Aborted Babies, & Toxic Water. Michael Rivero - November 20, 2017

Nov 21 06:01

Black Money Projects Killing Economy, Banking for the People with Ellen Brown - Sarah Westall


Published on Nov 20, 2017Economist and Author Ellen Brown joins the program to discuss the shape of our economy. She explains how black money projects are making it impossible for the United States to balance it's books and details how our economy could be healthy if that money was returned to the people. She also discusses public banking and how that would maximize the use of our community funds and direct it's uses and profits directly to the communities.

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You can learn more about Ellen Brown on her website at https://ellenbrown.com or at http://www.publicbankinginstitute.org/

Nov 21 00:50

Historical Mysteries Solved In Recent Years

Historical Mysteries Solved In Recent Years

Nov 20 20:02

She Complained That A Powerful Congressman Harassed Her. Here’s Why You Didn’t Hear Her Story.

Documents from the complaint obtained by BuzzFeed News include four signed affidavits, three of which are notarized, from former staff members who allege that Conyers, the ranking Democrat on the powerful House Judiciary Committee, repeatedly made sexual advances to female staff that included requests for sexual favors, contacting and transporting other women with whom they believed Conyers was having affairs, caressing their hands sexually, and rubbing their legs and backs in public. Four people involved with the case verified the documents are authentic.

Story broke by Mike @Cernovich. The "storm" has arrived.

Nov 20 16:19

Woman Shares Disturbing Story Of Sylvester Stallone Assaulting Her. When She Was 16

It’s been a minute since the Harvey Weinstein story blew up, but the media is still ass deep in assault accusations.

On the chopping block this week was Al Franken and Bush. Ready for a quiet weekend? Too bad. The flood gates have been thrust open. Pouring out is a never-ending stream of perverted deviancy. Here’s another accusation to feast your eyes on, this time exposing… Sylvester Stallone. Surprise!

Nov 20 16:17

BREAKING | Charlie Rose Accused Of Sexual Assault By 8 Women

Story just hit the wires. He walked around naked in front of female staff, groped them, preyed upon them. He has been suspended by PBS and CBS. Story is still developing.

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Nov 20 16:15

Convicted Mass Murderer Charles Manson Dies At 83

Convicted mass murderer and former Manson family cult leader Charles Manson has died at the age of 83, officials confirmed. Manson “died of natural causes.”

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