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Dec 05 14:08

SOUTH BEND MAYOR PETE BUTTIGIEG ORDERS HOMELESS AREA TO BE DISMANTLED

Mayor Pete Buttigieg ordered this homeless area to be destroyed. This happened today a few weeks before Christmas. How heartless can you be Mayor?

Dec 05 12:14

Inside the Organized Crime Syndicate known as the CIA: an Interview with Douglas Valentine

[Douglas Valentine is an investigator and author with a rare and tenacious approach toward research. His writing results in uniquely incisive and revealing books on the dark side of U.S. intelligence activities and the National Security State. His latest book, The CIA as Organized Crime: How Illegal Operations Corrupt America and the World, draws parallels between CIA operations in Vietnam—as exposed in his well-known 1990 book, The Phoenix Program: America’s Use of Terror in Vietnam—and recent/current operations in Afghanistan, El Salvador, Iraq, Syria, Yemen and elsewhere. In the following interview, Valentine reflects on a variety of issues including the Phoenix Program, plausible deniability, paramilitary wars, drug trafficking, sabotage, blackmail, propaganda, Operation GLADIO, class interests of the CIA establishment, Trump, the Mueller Report and the Bidens. —Editors]

Dec 05 09:18

Congo: Millions Die While the “UN Keeps the Peace”

With 18,000 troops, the UN Peacekeeping Mission in Congo is the largest in the world, and it has been in Congo for 20 years without protecting the people or the peace. A young protester in Beni told Aljazeera, “The UN is supposed to keep us safe, to keep peace in North Kivu, but we’ve never seen the peace. So we are so angry we don’t want them to stay here in North Kivu.”

Congolese Swiss historian Bénédicte Kumbi Njoko also spoke to Aljazeera:

“If we think about the UN and its presence, we need to go back to almost 59 years that the UN has been working in the Congo because there were problems in the country. And I think that if we take that into perspective, we can of course question the utility of this organization, because what we have seen the last 20 years now is that people are still dying and this war that is happening in the Congo has caused already more than 8 million deaths, so maybe the response that the UN is giving to that situation is not an appropriate one.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It's about the resources, folks, and who controls them. A little more than a year ago, we find the following story in zerohedge.com:

Hot economic warfare: scrambling for rare earth minerals

The article goes on to state: "In countries like the Democratic Republic of Congo, columbite-tantalite, a mineral used in the manufacture of semi-conductor chips, is such a hot commodity that rival warlords, some acting on behalf of outside players, including Rwanda, Uganda, Israel, Japan, China, and the United States battle one another for control of the mineral’s extraction and export.

The Rwanda Mines, Petroleum, and Gas Board signed a deal in 2017 with a major Japanese rare earth extraction firm for the exploration and mining of rare earths, as well as tungsten, in Rwanda. However, Rwandan President Paul Kagame is known to have backed fellow Tutsi rebels in the DRC, who exploit rare earth mines in South and North Kivu provinces and send the stolen minerals to Rwanda. There have been attempts to curtail the trade in “conflict minerals” in the Great Lakes region of Africa, but they have all come to no avail."

And so, UN soldiers do what they do best; they simply allow the violence to continue, not wanting to get in the middle of these wars for 21st century riches.

Dec 05 08:10

Cartel Violence Explodes - Has Mexico Finally Lost All Control?

Authored by Sarah Cowgill via LibertyNation.com,

On the heels of President Donald Trump’s attempts to designate Mexican drug cartels as foreign terrorist organizations (FTOs), an attack uncomfortably close to U.S. soil has the Mexican government scrambling and the president fuming. At least 22 died over the weekend as rival cartels struggling for Northern Mexico turf dominance clashed with local law enforcement in Villa Union, Coahuila, an hour’s drive from Eagle’s Pass, TX. The brazen attack seemingly was directed at the Mexican government to send a warning as to who is in charge.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I think that the real question which should be asked is, was Mexico's government ever, really, in control of cartel violence in the first place, and the short answer is, "HELL no!".

My late maternal grandmother, Thelma, lived in Eagle's Pass Texas as a kid, and when I was a teenager, she took me there to meet an old family friend; the place looked like a broken stepchild of two countries which had no real compunction to fix anything which, to my eyes, meant everything.
The grinding, unrelenting urban poverty I remember seeing, broke my heart, and I wondered how this town was supposed to survive, in such a condition.

Fast-forward to 2019, and it is very obvious to me, that the drug cartels have taken over on both sides of the US/Mexico border.

But if President Trump wants to put an end to this alleged "war on drugs", which is utterly doomed to failure, in its current configuration, all he has to do, is to declassify, and decriminalize small amounts of drugs for personal use, then have those using referred to counseling, rather than jail.

And guess what European country has already made this work, at least to some degree: Portugal's radical drugs policy is working, so why hasn't the world copied it?

Now I will be the first to admit that this policy had areas where it didn't work; however, that being said, it is one hell of a lot more practical, and more compassionate, than nearly anything being done in the US.

Dec 05 07:54

No Setup? Horowitz To Claim Mifsud Wasn't US Asset, Yet Papadopoulos Says He's Italy's Spook

The Washington Post reports that Attorney General William Barr's hand-picked prosecutor could not confirm that Russiagate figure Joseph Mifsud is a US intelligence asset - thus, according to the Post, the Russiagate counterintelligence investigation against the Trump campaign could not have been a setup.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF this is, in fact true, why is there no current "proof of life" for this guy?!? In the following link from a wikipedia article: Missing report

The article goes on to state: "According to a filing in a U.S. federal court in the case Democratic National Committee v. Russian Federation in September 2018, Mifsud was "missing and may be deceased". Mifsud's whereabouts were unknown and he could not be served with the complaint.[42] He spoke to his girlfriend on 31 October 2017. The next day an Italian newspaper revealed that the "professor" referred to in news reports about Papadopoulos was Mifsud, and she has not heard from him since then.[43] According to CNN, he has "gone to ground" and was last seen on 6 November 2017 at Link University, a private university in Rome where he was teaching at the time.[25] In September 2018, an Italian court described his location as "residence unknown".[2]

According to media reports, Mifsud was in Rome as of April 2019.[3] On October 1, 2019, the Italian newspaper il Foglio published a photo of Mifsud in Switzerland with a copy of the Swiss newspaper Zürichsee-Zeitung dated May 21, 2018, as proof that he was still alive.[41]

IF he is still alive, why did he feel that he had to "escape" to Switzerland, to avoid having to give any testimony during the impeachment process?!?

Something is more than fishy here; "Misfud, the Missing" is probably still missing, because the alleged "dirt" on Hillary Clinton would have been utterly explosive during the 2016 campaign, or... he was a Democratic operative all along, trying to lay a chain of false evidence against her.

He is (or was), potentially, a "live liability" to the Clinton campaign; and we all understand just how much the DNC LOVES live liabilities.

Dec 05 07:32

Stockholm: Elderly Residents Kicked Out Of Apartments To Make Way For Migrants

Authored by Paul Joseph Watson via Summit News,

Dozens of elderly residents were forced to leave their apartments in an area of Stockholm after the block was closed, only to be re-opened again for migrants to replace them.

Residents at Dianagården were told they would have to leave because the toilets in the facility were 5cm too small to comply with regulations.

However, soon after the 48 apartments were emptied, they were filled with newly arrived migrants.

“It was later revealed that politicians planned that immigrants would instead move into the premises,” reports Fria Tider.

In 2015, Sweden accepted more refugees per capita than any other country, and despite worsening problems with sexual assaults, grenade attacks and violent crime, the inflow shows no sign of being seriously restricted.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And where, please, are these displaced elderly people supposed to go?!? Was their utterly no compassion for them, that they got thrown into the streets on their own, unless they were lucky enough to have family able to take them in?!?

Does the Swedish government consider these people "irrelevant/useless", and are they hoping that they will do the "right thing" by dying as immediately as humanly possible?!?

Remember, Sweden does have a "euthanasia program"; Eugenics was a movement within the “social hygiene” concept of the early part of the twentieth century. It was widely promoted to reduce births among mentally ill and handicapped people in some states in the USA and was upheld in decisions of the Supreme Court. It was also practiced in Canada and Sweden

In fact, I am astounded, that there appear to have been no "euthanasia vans" outside this residence, insuring that these elderly retired people could take advantage of their presence, in order to die right there and then.

But I am going to make a fearless prediction about the next general election in Sweden. One thing very common for the elderly, is that they vote; look for the government of Sweden take a massive "lurch" to the right, after this latest insult to injury.

And to the Swedish government; when this happens, you will have no one else to blame but yourselves.

Dec 05 07:08

"Floodgates Are Open" - German Banks Start Charging Retail Savers

It has been over 7 years since the European Central Bank's key deposit facility rate was positive, and just a few weeks ago it was lowered to a record low of -50bps.

Source: Bloomberg

And during that time, European bank stocks have suffered greatly...

Source: Bloomberg

As Cornelius Riese, co-CEO of Frankfurt-based DZ Bank A.G. (Germany’s second-largest by assets), observed, negative rates indeed “have a huge impact on banks.” Riese ventured to offer some gentle criticism of Draghi & Co.’s grand policy experiment:

“Maybe at the end of the story, in three to five years, we will notice it was a historical mistake.”

Well, it appears we are about to reach the vinegar strokes of that 'historical mistake', as Bloomberg reports, German banks are breaking the last taboo: Charging retail clients for their savings starting with very first euro in the their accounts.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is going to cause intelligent savers to move as quickly as humanly possible into other assets, such as gold, silver, or whatever they think a "stable" version of a bitcoin is going to be.

Savings... should be about earning money, not having money taken away from you for absolutely no damned good reason.

Dec 05 07:03

NATO Names China As New Enemy, Alongside Russia

Authored by Jason Ditz via AntiWar.com,

The 1949 NATO Treaty never attempted to single out a specific enemy for the alliance to fight against, and while it was clear at the time the Soviet Union was the focus, the lack of specificity has meant numerous attempts in recent history to add enemies, or make up new things for the alliance to do.

During this week’s NATO meeting, they are going to officially add a new nation to the list of “challenges,” in the form of China, with NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg saying NATO has to “tackle the issue” of China’s growing capabilities.

China is a major military and economic power, though not hostile to any NATO member nations. That China is a Pacific nation makes them a strange enemy for an alliance supposedly focused on the north Atlantic to single out.

NATO, however, is at a crossroads trying to figure out its identity and purpose, and China’s sheer size makes it an attractive target to justify NATO’s continued existence.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

(Sigh). President Trump, a word, please.

This is what a geopolitical body does when its member nations understand that they are incapable of competing with a growing economic, military, and political power, as Russia and China have become.

So what does that entity try to do?!?

First, that entity will play the geopolitical equivalent of "Wreck-it Ralph" using the same old, warn scenario; attempt to destabilize the government, and usher in a (western backed and funded) "color revolution"; get the offending governmental officials out of office, and insert a more western centric leadership in its place.

But what if such a move is unlikely to take place?!? Then, there comes the deranged move to start thinking the unthinkable; to use nuclear weapons to create a decap strike against the "offensive country or countries", shattering them into smithereens.

Paul Craig Roberts, a brother blogger with an incredible professional history, whose work I respect greatly, has shared the following with the public; this comes from a post from 2017; just two years ago.

Washington Plans to Nuke Russia and China The article goes on to state:

"Not everyone likes to hear about the threat of nuclear war. Some find refuge in denial and say that nuclear war is impossible because it makes no sense. Unfortunately, humankind has a long record of doing things that make no sense.

It is extremely dangerous to all of mankind for Washington to convince two nuclear powers that Washington is preparing a preemptive nuclear strike against them. It is impossible to imagine a more reckless and irresponsible act. Yet this is precisely what Washington has done."

I would like to hope that this is not the direction into which the US government is trying to push NATO.

An article in Google tells us the following about NATO and its access to nuclear arms:

"Of the three nuclear powers in NATO (France, the United Kingdom and the United States), only the United States is known to have provided weapons for nuclear sharing. As of November 2009, Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Turkey are hosting U.S. nuclear weapons as part of NATO's nuclear sharing policy."

And I would dearly hope (and pray) that the leadership of these NATO member nations understand, that attempting to create a nuclear Armageddon against China, and/or Russia, will most probably have the consequence of the destruction of life on this planet as we know it, including the complete obliteration of those countries with which the US is willing to "share" nuclear weapons.

Dec 05 06:02

'This Is Exactly What Hillary Tried To Do' - Critics Slam New Biden Ad For Claiming 'World Is Laughing' At Trump

Vice President Joe Biden and his team have seized on Tuesday evening's now-infamous 'hot mic' moment featuring Justin Trudeau, Boris Johnson, Emmanuel Macron and Dutch PM Mark Rutte and transformed it into a campaign advertisement claiming that the rest of the world is laughing at President Trump.

The world is laughing at President Trump. They see him for what he really is: dangerously incompetent and incapable of world leadership.

We cannot give him four more years as commander in chief.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

OK, the former "Vice-Gaffe" in the US government is now taking advantage of a "hot mike gaffe" with President Trump, as though it had never ever happened to him, whatsoever.

I would like to politely point out, that the gaffe-prone former Vice President, has several compendiums of his noticeably, painfully cringe-worthy public gaffes, available courtesy of the following sites:

Joe Biden's Public Gaffes Make History

JOE BIDEN'S BIGGEST GAFFES: QUOTES, BLUNDERS THAT COULD HURT A 2020 PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN

Biden's 10 Most Cringe-Worthy Gaffes [VIDEOS]

Top 10 Joe Biden Gaffes

Why Joe Biden’s Gaffes Matter

a compendium of Joe Biden's most cringeworthy gaffes

So, to those Trumpista "ad sausage makers" (sausage being one thing you don't actually want people to see before they eat it), I've done your bloody work for you this morning; please get moving!

And ... you are welcome!! :-)

Dec 04 15:29

Western France Runs Out Of Gas As "Massive Strikes" Set To Paralyze Entire Nation

France is bracing for major transportation disruptions throughout the country starting Thursday, as trade unions launch a strike in response to changes President Emmanuel Macron wants to make to the country’s retirement system, while port blockades have resulted in widespread fuel shortages across the country. Much of the Paris Metro will be shut down, as will many national and international train lines, including certain Eurostar services. Flights will also be canceled, as air traffic controllers say they will join the protests through Saturday.

Hundreds of filling stations around western France have run out of gasoline and diesel as blockades of oil refineries enter their second week according to industry group UFIP. According to The Local, construction workers have been blockading refineries in Brittany since last week and a blockade at La Rochelle has resumed.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would like to politely suggest to Premier Macron, that he needs to get his own economic "house in order" before he continues having "open mike hissy fits" again with President Trump; it appears that this strike will put maximum pressure on his government, and a lot of economic pain on the citizens of France.

Dec 04 15:17

Hillary Clinton: Joe Biden ‘Can Win the Electoral College’

Failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton told SiriusXM talk radio host Howard Stern on Wednesday that former Vice President Joe Biden could defeat President Donald Trump in 2020.

Whoever can win, that’s all I care about,” she replied. “So that’s tricky.”

When asked if she believed that Biden could actually win the Democrat nomination, Clinton said it was too soon to tell.

“I think it’s too soon to tell because nobody has voted or caucused because right now, according to the polls, Biden is going to get the nomination,” she said. “But that’s a long way off, and then, he can win the Electoral College because, remember, it’s not the popular vote, as I learned.”

When Stern asked Clinton if Democrats needed a “middle-of-the-road” candidate to beat Trump, instead of a more leftist candidate like Sen. Bernie Sanders, she said it was important for Democrats in the general election to appeal to more voters.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

She's annoyed at the 24/7 news cycle, which started trotting out her messes, before the 2016 elections, and now has both Father and Son do the Hypocrisy Two Step, with dad having to defend himself from the Ukraine debacle; his son, having to defend himself against both that, and the reality that he has had a child out of wedlock, as the baby's DNA confirmed.

Dec 04 15:11

Hunter Biden will now have to hand over FIVE YEARS of financial records - including his time at Ukrainian oil company - and his baby mama has to disclose her stripper tips at DC club where the two met

Hunter Biden will have to turn over five years of financial records in his paternity battle against his baby mama Lunden Roberts, DailyMail.com can disclose.

The son of former VP Joe Biden will have to tell an Arkansas judge exactly how much he made by controversially sitting on the board of a Ukrainian oil company.

Roberts will also have to disclose her financial records, including how much she made in tips as a stripper at the Mpire Club in D.C. where the two met
Originally Judge Don McSpadden presiding over the court in Batesville, Arkansas, had only asked for three years' records.

On Tuesday, McSpadden sent out a blunt letter to attorneys in the case — including the one that Biden fired minutes before a hearing on Monday
He gave both Biden, 49, and Roberts, 28, just 10 days to come up with their financial details.

Roberts is demanding Biden pay child support for their 16-month-old child and at least $11k in her attorney fees.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The fertilizer is must about to hit the air conditioning system for both Bidens, and in a very relatively short amount of time.

Dec 04 15:08

GOP member urges Graham to subpoena Schiff, Biden phone records

A House Republican is pressing Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) to subpoena the call records of top Democrats and a whistleblower lawyer, signaling a new GOP line of defense amid the impeachment inquiry examining President Trump’s ties to Ukraine.

Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.), one of Trump’s House allies, asked Graham in a letter Wednesday to subpoena AT&T for the call records of House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden, as well as the attorney for Ukraine whistleblower, Mark Zaid.

“Chairman, I urge you to utilize your subpoena power as Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and obtain call records for the following individuals: Rep. Adam Schiff, The whistleblower’s lawyer Mark Zaid, Former Vice President Joe Biden, and Hunter Biden,” Banks wrote to Graham.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This... may just get interesting!! :-)

Dec 04 15:06

Trump administration considers 14,000 more troops for Middle East – WSJ

Providing additional information on the fresh tussle between the United States (US) and Iran, after the US navy spotted missile parts linked to Iran, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) came out with the story that says the Trump administration is looking to deploy around 14,000 more troops in the Middle East. The news relies on anonymous US officials.

Key quotes
The Trump administration is considering a significant expansion of the U.S. military footprint in the Middle East, including dozens of more ships, other military hardware and as many as 14,000 additional troops to counter Iran.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Where is President Trump actually going to place these troops?!?

Israel? Saudi Arabia? Bahrain? Iraq? Syria?!?

And would someone please tell me just what the hell Iran has done recently, other than develop a financial system which can allow European countries to do do business with them, other than SWIFT?!?

Or.... Is Bibi Netanyahu just having an officially horrible week, and he has "ordered" one of his BFFs (President Trump) to start something militarily, to "take the pressure off of him", during these corruption trials?!?

This is all speculation, until we can see what the timing of the deployment will be, and how many US military will be dispatched to where President Trump and the Pentagon think they should be, and I would imagine we will probably know later this month.

And we have an ominous, darkly threatening headline from zerohedge, with the following title: US Officials Tout Fresh Intelligence; there is an imminent Attack Threat Against US Troops

The article goes on to state: "As is typical when vague claims of a new 'Iran threat' is on the horizon there's absolutely nothing in terms of specifics or evidence, just anonymous officials and fear inducing headlines (also via the same intel bureaucrats which gave us the Iraq war)".

Dec 04 14:57

OVER 200 ARRESTED IN 13 COUNTRIES IN EUROPOL CRACKDOWN ON MONEY LAUNDERING

More than 200 people have been arrested in 13 countries as part of a global crackdown on money laundering, the European police authority Europol said on Wednesday.

The swoop by law enforcement authorities in European countries, as well as Australia and the United States took place between September and November, AFP reports. The operations resulted “in the identification of 3,833 money mules alongside 386 money mule recruiters, of which 228 were arrested,” Europol said.

More than 650 banks, 17 bank associations and other financial institutions helped to report 7,520 fraudulent money mule transactions, preventing a total loss of €12.9 million ($14.3 million), according to the statement.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One certainly has to wander; how much laundered money did these banks not report, and why?!?

I have a sense those who were arrested, was really the lower-rung people, and those elite among them were not included in the loop and subsequent arrest, because Europol wanted this to look like they were actually "doing something" to stop these practices, when this is only a tip of the hidden money iceberg in international transactions.

Dec 04 14:01

George Zimmerman sues family of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed teen he shot and killed

George Zimmerman, the neighbourhood watch volunteer acquitted of homicide charges in the 2012 fatal shooting of unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Central Florida, is suing Martin’s family, prosecutors and others involved in the case he claims rested on false evidence, according to a copy of the suit sent to the media Wednesday.

Zimmerman is represented by Larry Klayman, a high-profile legal crusader tied to conservative causes and the founder of Judicial Watch before splitting with the activist group.

Dec 04 11:16

The American Empire and its Media

Largely unbeknownst to the general public, executives and top journalists of almost all major US news outlets have long been members of the influential Council on Foreign Relations (CFR).

Established in 1921 as a private, bipartisan organization to “awaken America to its worldwide responsibilities”, the CFR and its close to 5000 elite members for decades have shaped US foreign policy and public discourse about it. As a well-known Council member famously explained, they transformed the American republic into a global empire, albeit a “bene­volent” one.

Dec 04 08:26

KONE TO PUT FACIAL RECOGNITION AND ALEXA LISTENING DEVICES IN ELEVATORS

The good old days of elevator music being a minor distraction is about change.

VentureBeat reports that "elevators of the future will have virtual windows, voice-activated controls, music-streaming, and more."

KONE's DX Class, elevators will give security and the buildings owners, unparalleled access to view what is happening inside their elevators.

"Yesterday’s announcement concerned new elevators designed from the get-go with connectivity built in, allowing building owners to remotely control, activate, and deactivate specific services from a central dashboard. The setup includes a dynamic display, acoustics, and lighting that can be used to tailor the ambiance and interior."
KONE's "Monitoring Solutions" page also reveals that security and law enforcement can identify elevator riders in real-time.They even went so far as to trademark their real-time elevator spying program. It's called KONE E-Link:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The next time I walk into a building in which I know these devices have been installed, I believe I will take the stairs, thank you very much.

Dec 04 05:56

PRINCE ANDREW'S BOMBSHELL EMAIL TO GHISLAINE MAXWELL UNCOVERED

Buried emails from Prince Andrew have revealed the under-fire duke was asking close friend Ghislaine Maxwell for information on his accuser.

Emails between Prince Andrew and close friend Ghislaine Maxwell uncovered in a BBC documentary have thrown doubt on his claims that he did not recall meeting his accuser Virginia Giuffre in 2001.

The BBC's Panorama aired a bombshell interview with the former "sex slave" who alleges she was trafficked by convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein and made to have sex with Prince Andrew three times in 2001 and 2002 when she was 17 years old.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am not going to spend much time on this sordid tale of power, privilege, and a reason for my cousins in the UK to let the British monarchy take care of itself financially, with no public monies used to support their life styles, ever, ever again.

I am just going to politely suggest to Prince Charles, that his "raison d'etre", to be participating in any way in British governmental affairs, should be remanded to the dustbins of history, and British, and monarchies of other countries, live on their own means; after all, your citizens have to do it, why not them?!?

And hey, if Google is right on this, or even approximately right, Prince Charles' mom is worth the following:

"Her Majesty, who has worn the crown since 1953, lives the life of the ultrarich but is nowhere close to being one of the wealthiest in the world—or even her United Kingdom. The Queen's nine-figure net worth—estimated at $500 million—lands her way below the 2,153 billionaires on Forbes' list this year"

$ 500 million a year?!? Somehow, with just a little frugality, one could actually imagine that the British royals could actually manage to live reasonably comfortably on that, when they inherit.

Dec 04 05:47

NEW JERSEY BILL WOULD ALLOW CUSTOMERS TO OPT OUT OF SMART METER TECHNOLOGY, UNDERMINE FEDERAL PROGRAM

SOURCE: TENTH AMENDMENT CENTER

TRENTON, N.J. (Dec. 3, 2019) – A bill filed in the New Jersey Assembly would allow utility customers in the sate to opt-out of installing “smart meter” technology on homes and businesses. Passage of this bill would enable New Jersey residents to protect their own privacy, and it would take a step toward blocking a federal program in effect.

A bipartisan coalition of three assemblymembers introduced Assembly Bill 5884 (A5884) on Nov. 14. The legislation would create an option for New Jersey utility customers to opt-out of any utility company smart meter program with no penalty.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Fortunately, Mike and I live in a portion of Indiana, where the retrofit of housing into housing with "smart meters" would offer one heck of a headache to our power countries, in terms of them having to gouge customers for the uptick in costs.

Many of these utilities are, additionally, publicly owned, so there is going to be a great fuss, if one of the suits running one of these companies, is looking to force-march consumers to do this.

There are advantages to "living in the place where time forgot...but in a good way>!" :-)

Dec 04 05:43

ASSET FORFEITURE AND THE DESTRUCTION OF AMERICAN LIBERTY

What is “due process of law”? It is a phrase whose origin stretches all the way to Magna Carta in the year 1215. It means “notice and hearing.” In a criminal case, that means the federal government is prohibited from depriving a person of life, liberty, and property without a formally issued grand-jury indictment and a formal trial, where the government must prove a person’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. In a civil case, it means that the government must provide advance notice and a formal hearing or trial before it can deprive a person of his property.

Dec 04 05:40

ASSET FORFEITURE AND THE DESTRUCTION OF AMERICAN LIBERTY

Realizing that all of their previous efforts to “win” the war on drugs had failed, the feds came up with what they considered was a brilliant idea, but one that actually has turned out to be one great big crooked and corrupt racket that forcibly takes money out of the pockets of law-abiding citizens and puts it in the coffers of state cops and the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, in direct contravention of the due process clause of the Fifth Amendment.

Here is how the system works.

Dec 04 05:38

AS THE OPCW IS ACCUSED OF FALSE REPORTING U.S. PROPAGANDA JUMPS TO ITS HELP

An international organization published two false reports and got caught in the act. But as the false reports are in the U.S. interests a U.S. sponsored propaganda organization is send out to muddle the issue. As that effort comes under fire the New York Times jumps in to give the cover-up effort some extra help.

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) manufactured a pretext for war by suppressing its own scientists’ research:

OPCW emails and documents were leaked and whistleblowers came forward to speak with journalists and international lawyers. Veteran journalist Jonathan Steele, who has spoken with the whistleblowers, wrote an excellent piece on the issues. In the Mail on Sunday columnist Peter Hitchens picked up the issue and moved it forward.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

(Sigh) This is precisely how the Deep State in this country, works; by selective editing, coupled with outright lying, and misappropriations of data, which were supposed to make it appear that the Syrian government had gassed its own people, in order to raise sympathy for a more direct US role in Syria against it, Bellingcat hoisted with its own petard, and lost.

Dec 04 05:32

KEEPING UP WITH CHINA: US NAVY ORDERS $22 BILLION WORTH OF SUBMARINES

SOURCE: CNN.COM
The US Navy on Monday awarded its most expensive shipbuilding contract ever, more than $22.2 billion worth of the world's most advanced submarines.

The massive contract for nine nuclear-powered, Virginia class attack submarines comes just months after the head of the US Navy in the Pacific warned of a massive Chinese naval buildup and his trouble in getting enough submarines to counter it.

The deal "marks the US Navy's latest response to China's growing military power and aggressive actions in the Western Pacific," said Carl Schuster, a former director of operations at the US Pacific Command's Joint Intelligence Center.

"The PLAN (Chinese Navy) is getting better and larger so the US Navy has to respond," he said. "It doesn't make China an enemy, but China's actions do bear watching."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The problem here is, the US military seems to have to struggle to at least "keep up" with advances in Chinese weaponry; and the question I have to ask is, why is it that we are not light-years ahead on this issue?!?

The answers to this question are complex, and deserve to be addressed, both by any corporate head of the military/industrial complex, and by the Pentagon itself.

It is a known fact that all military industrial complex companies contribute intensely to both parties, as the Presidential campaign kicks into gear.

But unfortunately, as the old saying goes, familiarity...breeds contempt.

And because the leadership of these war-centric corporations frequently play golf with the President, and are on a first-name basis with him, they feel that it ultimately doesn't matter if the equipment they produce is shoddy; antiquated upon delivery; and have the cost overruns from hell, that the President, and our military, should constantly accept "less than", when it comes to great weaponry design, because, after all, they put our President intol a financial position which made it possible for him to win the election.

That has got to change, and what we need is legislation to prevent any of the military industrial complex to donate one dime to either candidate in the national elections.

Then, there should be a clause written into any contract for any weaponry the military should like to buy, that if the product doesn't deliver, on time, and as advertised upon delivery, then the heads of those corporations need to be charged with a military-application specific intellectual and industrial treason, tried by a jury of their peers, convicted, and serve their sentences in a non-club Fed.

Draconian?!? Hell, yes. But as those of you who occasionally read my posts understand, I abhor war as a way with which to resolve geopolitical differences. That being said, when our military goes to war, it should not be with less than utterly stellar equipment, which the military industrial complex has generally not been able to provide.

But I will almost bet you; the first corporate executive charged and convicted under this category of crime, will be a great "inspiration" for those who will follow them into positions of leadership in this industry.

Dec 03 15:17

Ring reportedly outed camera owners to police with a heat map

Amazon-owned home surveillance company Ring gave law enforcement a heat map that let police see all devices installed in an area, allowing them to view users down to the street level, according to a new report from CNET.

While the feature was removed in July, law enforcement could reportedly use the function to search for the concentration of cameras in a neighborhood, and even see circles drawn around individual user locations. The documents that revealed the feature were obtained by a privacy researcher and shared with the publication.

Dec 03 13:36

CIA Covert Operative William Barr Nominated by Trump for Attorney General. His Role in the Iran Contra Affair

Barr was identified by a whistle-blower as the man who called Panamanian strong-man Manuel Noriega, Barry Seal, and then Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton to inform them that a person or persons had skimmed at least 100 million dollars from the Mena, Arkansas drug running operation. That if it continued there would be trouble.

Drugging America, a Trojan Horse https://www.amazon.com/Drugging-America-Trojan-Horse-2nd/dp/B00588BHLU/

Dec 03 13:30

IG Horowitz Ready to Exonerate RussiaGate Plotters After Over 1 Year Of Stalling, Reports Suggest

Horowitz has stalled for around 15 months and now it looks like he's going to release some chicken feed to the public by giving the Russia-gate conspirators a stern talking down to while exonerating them of all criminal wrongdoing.

Could have told you the Deep State would never turn on its own. AG William Barr, 'fixer' for Poppy Bush, co-conspirator in the Iran-contra and the Mena, Arkansas drug running operation could never prosecute Deep State criminals without potentially exposing himself to his own misconduct.

The Fix is in. Now, the question is: has Trump been in on the scam from the beginning. If the answer is 'yes'; millions of innocent patriotic American lives are at stake. Our country is on the precipice.

Dec 03 09:39

Amazon’s “Ring” doorbell now being used to create watchlists of “suspicious” neighbors to be reported to police

According to reports, the Jeff Bezos empire has formed a partnership with law enforcement that involves Amazon handing over facial recognition data from people’s Ring doorbell systems, which are equipped with tiny cameras and wi-fi systems that relay everything they “see” back to Amazon, which then sends it to local police departments.

Dec 03 09:36

Say cheese! DHS proposes MANDATORY facial recognition checks for US citizens at airports

The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is pushing to impose mandatory facial recognition scans on all Americans entering or leaving the United States, moving to close a loophole that allows citizens to opt out.

Dec 03 04:13

"Grab Some Red Bull & Code": Israel's Bizarre Appeal For A 'Worldwide Hackathon' To Free Iran

"This is going to sound insane," Israeli Defense Minister Naftali Bennett introduces during a social media message on Iran published Saturday. He explains that Iran blocked internet access after mass anti-government and economic grievance-driven protests spread to some 100 cities over the past weeks.

"Most social media sites in Iran are still banned as we speak," he notes, while also describing a typical young Iranian's frustration at being prevented from logging in. He then calls for a all programmers and techies to unite for a “worldwide hackathon” to free the Iranians from their regime-imposed internet ban.

“So, here is a crazy idea. How about every techie in the world — Israelis, Arabs, Iranians, Americans, Europeans and everyone else unite for one purpose: to help the long-suffering Iranian people gain open access to all social media. A worldwide hackathon for freedom,” Bennet says.

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To Israeli Defense Minister Naftali Bennett, a word, please; this not only sounds insane; it is insane.

What if critical hacks interrupt the work of medical devices in hospitals, and people die from this?!? Because if something like this happens negatively, as a result of these hacks, you have already stated that Israel will be the miscreant Middle-Eastern meddler who brought this about.

How much misery do you intend to cause the people of Iran, just because you don't like it's leadership?!?!?

Sir, you have just telegraphed what certain IT people in Israel and beyond may be prepared to do to bring Tehran down; I would like to politely suggest that Iran has some very excellent coders as well, and that such a hack will be ultimately repulsed by some very smart Iranians.

Dec 03 03:37

Heavy Gunfire Erupts as DR Congo's Anti-UN Protests Continue

TEHRAN (FNA)- Gunfire rang out in the DR Congo town of Beni on Monday as protesters demanding the United Nations' withdrawal from the city again marched towards the UN headquarters.
Security forces blocked hundreds of demonstrators attempting to get close to the UN compound housed inside the airport near Beni, one of two UN bases in the area, Al-Jazeera reported.

"We still have heavy gunfire here and local sources are confirming the deaths of two people, including a young boy and a woman," said Al-Jazeera's Alain Uaykani, reporting from Beni, quoting officials from the hospital where the bodies were taken.

"They are saying they don't feel safe and the UN has to leave. They say they will not stop protesting until the UN leaves this area," Uaykani added.

Anger erupted last week over the perceived failure of UN peacekeepers to protect civilians from deadly rebel attacks with several mass demonstrations targeting UN facilities in Northeastern f(DRC).

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IF the UN peacekeepers are unable to keep the peace, why are they there?!?

IF we take a look at DNC's natural resources, we will get information on why it is such a prize, and worth much blood and money, to those who could control it:

Democratic Republic of the Congo: Natural Resources

The article goes on to state: "Natural resources: cobalt, copper, niobium, tantalum, petroleum, industrial and gem diamonds, gold, silver, zinc, manganese, tin, uranium, coal, hydropower, timber

Definition: This entry lists a country's mineral, petroleum, hydropower, and other resources of commercial importance, such as rare earth elements (REEs). In general, products appear only if they make a significant contribution to the economy, or are likely to do so in the future."

Dec 03 03:25

Tehran Wants to Sue US $130bln for Civil Unrest in Iran - Court Authorities

Protests erupted in several of Iran's provinces in November, following the government’s decision to increase the price of gasoline, with some of the rallies turning violent.

Tehran wants to sue the US for $130bln for civil unrest in the country, according to Iranian judicial spokesman Golyamkhosein Esmaily.

Golyamkhosein Esmaily said that the lawsuits and complaints were filed by Iranian citizens who directly suffered damage from "US actions."

"To date, more than 360 cases and claims of citizens against the US government have been considered," Esmaily said, noting that one court had demanded $130 billion from the United States.

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Frankly, I would not hold my breath, were I an Iranian solicitor, about collecting on such claims.

Dec 03 03:21

Legal reckoning: New abuse suits could cost church over $4B

At the end of another long day trying to sign up new clients accusing the Roman Catholic Church of sexual abuse, lawyer Adam Slater gazes out the window of his high-rise Manhattan office at one of the great symbols of the church, St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

“I wonder how much that’s worth?” he muses.

Full Coverage: The Reckoning

Across the country, attorneys like Slater are scrambling to file a new wave of lawsuits alleging sexual abuse by clergy, thanks to rules enacted in 15 states that extend or suspend the statute of limitations to allow claims stretching back decades. Associated Press reporting found the deluge of suits could surpass anything the nation’s clergy sexual abuse crisis has seen before, with potentially more than 5,000 new cases and payouts topping $4 billion.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

(Sigh) Pope Francis, a word, please: there is an institutional, and cultural illness in the church, and if you don't work to fix it on your watch, the Catholic church may wind up entirely bankrupt.

The potential cure for this problem?!?

Hire happily married men and women into service as priests. There is no better advert for a church, than seeing it produce happy families, and kids who are well-adjusted, and go on to do great things for society as a whole.

You are welcome, Your Holiness!! :-)

Dec 03 03:04

North Korea warns US will choose its 'Christmas gift' if Trump fails to meet looming nuclear deadline

The North Korean foreign ministry said on Tuesday that Washington would decide what “Christmas gift” it would receive if the United States fails to change its “hostile policies” on denuclearization before the end of the year, according to the state-run Korean Central News Agency.

North Korea has been ramping up missile tests and other military demonstrations in recent months in an apparent pressure tactic over the talks. Negotiations have faltered since a February summit between Kim Jong-un and Trump in Vietnam which broke down after the U.S. rejected North Korean demands for broad sanctions relief in exchange for a partial surrender of its nuclear capabilities.

Kim later issued his end-of-year deadline and has also said the North would seek a “new path” if the U.S. persists with sanctions and pressure. Working-level talks last month in Sweden broke down over what the North Koreans described as the Americans’ “old stance and attitude.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The problem here is, zero "quid pro quo", which translates as "Let me give a little, then you give a little, toward creating a win/win situation."

But none of that has been displayed by those in the bowels of power in DC, and the never-ending, clanging leitmotif of "Give us everything we want now, and perhaps, MAYBE, down the road, we will do something you would like us to do!!", is what the US government characterizes as "good faith negotiations."

That complete absence of "quid pro quo" in the US's dealings with North Korea, unfortunately, has brought us to this very nasty, and potentially militarily, volatile chapter in US/North Korean relations.

Dec 03 02:50

The War against Syria: In the Name of the Father the Son, the Holy Spirit … and the Truth.

So,why is the Truth not known and accepted by broad-based Western populations?

Renowned author Michel Collon demonstrates the characteristics of war propaganda that deny us the right to know.

First, the real interests that push for war must be hidden. Privileged access to and control of resources, including oil pipelines, must not be mentioned.

Second, history must be erased. People musn’t be aware of the longstanding imperial efforts to divide, weaken, and colonize Syria. They must not know that the war on Syria was planned well in advance by imperial powers.

Third, the leader of the country must be demonized. People must never know that elected President Assad has always been popular, even according to a NATO poll,(2) and that the invading terrorists were never accepted nor welcomed by the vast majority of Syrians.

Dec 03 02:47

Betraying the US Constitution: Who Will Protect Us from an Unpatriotic Patriot Act?

while Americans have been fixated on the carefully orchestrated impeachment drama that continues to monopolize headlines, Congress passed and President Trump signed into law legislation extending three key provisions of the USA Patriot Act, which had been set to expire on December 15, 2019.

Once again, to no one’s surprise, the bureaucrats on both sides of the aisle—Democrats and Republicans alike—prioritized political grandstanding over principle and their oath of office to protect and defend the Constitution.

Spending bill or not, it didn’t have to shake down this way, even with the threat of yet another government shutdown looming.

Congress could have voted to separate the Patriot Act extension from the funding bill, as suggested by Rep. Justin Amash, but that didn’t fly. Instead as journalist Norman Solomon writes for Salon, “The cave-in was another bow to normalizing the U.S. government’s mass surveillance powers.”

Dec 03 02:42

Gorbachev warns of 'hot war' between US, Russia

Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev warned in a new interview that tensions between the U.S. and Russia could lead to a “hot war” between the two nations.

Asked whether the tensions threatened to lead to a new era akin to the Cold War, Gorbachev told CNN, “I think this should be avoided.”

"It's good that already all over the world there is a conversation and people are talking, people are reacting, and this is the most important thing,” Gorbachev said.

"Speakers and politicians, people understand that this, the New Cold War, must not be allowed. This might turn out to be a hot war that could mean the destruction of our entire civilization," he added.

"This must not be allowed.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The man is entirely correct in his assessment; a shooting war with Russia would be one of the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid thing this government could do.

And unfortunately, the above is utterly no guarantee that it will not do just that.

Dec 03 01:27

Pompeo Faults Iran as ‘Common Villain’ in All Mideast Protests

But while it’s fair to say Iran is involved in the Iran protests, if not the way Pompeo presents it, and tangentially involved in Iraq, opposing the protesters, Pompeo’s attempt to tie Iran to the Lebanon protests is plainly untrue.

Lebanon’s protest of the past month has seen protesters faulting the government for its inability to handle economic struggles, and chiefly the government’s inability to reliably provide electricity across the country.

Pompeo said Lebanese protesters “want Hezbollah and Iran out of their country,” which is simply not true. Indeed, the only politician that suffered from the protest movement was Prime Minister Hariri, a long-time political rival of Hezbollah.

In all three countries, the protests have been non-sectarian in nature, and despite Pompeo’s claims to the contrary, none of them have presented their protests are at all about removing the Ayatollahs from power.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Pompeo... is truly an interesting critter in the Bowels of Power in DC.

His original nomination to the CIA, then to Secretary of State, demonstrates the degree to which President Trump wants to continue to woo the Religious Right in this country.

Here's some interesting background about the man, which I believe, informs his foreign policy assessments with dread, unending wars, and the eschatology of the Rapture.

Mike Pompeo’s Religion: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

And please be aware that at a rally in 2015, to a community of Wichita’s Summit Church, he made the following statement, concluding his address: "“We will continue to fight these battles,” Pompeo vowed, adding, “it is a never-ending struggle until that moment pastor Fox spoke about, until the Rapture. Be part of it. Be in the fight.”

And here comes a story from Quartz.com, from May of last year:

Trump’s foreign policy looks a lot like Rapture Christians’ plan to welcome the apocalypse

The story goes on to state: "A new ideology in the White House
Belief in the Rapture, also known as millenarianism or eschatology, has multiple variations, but the core view is that there will an apocalyptic war, Jesus will return, and true Christians will be “raptured” or ascend to heaven, with the rest of the earth’s inhabitants punished. Rapture believers are split about the order of events, but they are united in the belief that only Christians will be saved."

President Donald Trump nominated Pompeo as secretary of state in March 2018, with Pompeo succeeding Rex Tillerson after his dismissal. Pompeo was confirmed by the Senate on April 26, 2018, in a 57–42 vote and was sworn in the same day.

So we have now have a guy as Secretary of State who believes that bringing about a massive world war, to hasten the Apocalypse and the Rapture, is a really good thing?!?

So President Trump, a word, please: when religious eschatology drives US foreign policy, which is precisely where US foreign policy appears to be headed right now, and very definitely with regard to the Middle East, it potentially puts this country, and ALL of its citizens, in a world of hurt.

Is this the reason Pompeo is desperately trying to demonize Iran?!? And make no mistake; theocracies make me terribly nervous. But is the answer to blow them to kingdom come, when Russia's diplomat assured Iranian diplomats earlier this year, that Iran will not be alone, if US Attacks, says Russian Official

I would like to politely suggest, that such a war will obliterate nearly all signs of life on earth, with no spiritual "reward" whatsoever, and the next kind-of intelligent "life form", other than humankind" may well have its day, on what is left of this planet.

Do we really want to go there, Mr. President?!?

Dec 03 00:57

Parties Hold Talks on a New PM as Protests; Continue Talks began in the lead-up to Abdul-Mahdi's resignation

Last week’s resignation of Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi didn’t take anyone by surprise in Iraq, least of all parliament. Officials say that talks on his replacement had already begun days before he resigned, and are now actively going on in earnest.

Which isn’t to say that finding a new premier is going to be easy. Agreeing on Abdul-Mahdi as a compromise candidate took awhile, and there are even more obstacles in the way of anyone being a long-term success now.

Large protests continue to rage, demanding wholesale reforms. The Shi’ite coalition that controls Iraq’s parliament will need to satisfy them with an appointment, but also satisfy the US and Iran, two nations that traditionally hold massive sway on Iraqi politics.

With the protesters demanding an end to foreign influence, it’s tough to imagine anyone that passes the requirements set by the US and Iran would still be palatable to the protest movement, and if he’s not, he’s probably going to have a very short tenure.

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It is obvious that "business as usual" will not proceed in Iraq until the reasonable demands of its people are satisfied; and that may take a very long time to get sorted, courtesy of the US invasion and occupation.

Dec 03 00:31

The Superpowers Battling Over Iraq's Giant Oil Field

For Russia, the Middle East offers a key military pivot from which it can project influence West and East and that it can use to capture and control massive oil and gas flows in both directions as well.

For China, the Middle East – and, absolutely vitally, Iran and Iraq – are irreplaceable stepping stones towards Europe for its era-defining ‘One Belt, One Road’ project.

Earlier this week an announcement was made by Iraq’s Oil Ministry that highlights each of these factors at play, through a relatively innocuous-sounding contract award to a relatively unknown Chinese firm.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, it appears that the real "winners" of the US's invasion and occupation of Iraq, will be either China or Russia, or China and Russia, possibly working together in some deal with which to benefit both countries, when this project is completed?!?

Dec 03 00:26

Welcome To The Potemkin Village Of Washington Power

That ominous challenge to constitutionalism was on full display with the recent op-ed piece in the New York Times by retired Admiral William McRaven, in which he brashly warned that unless Trump jumped aboard the Forever War bandwagon, he must be removed, and “the sooner the better.” The U.S. must have a policy, McRaven said, that protects “the Kurds, the Iraqis, the Afghans, the Syrians, the Rohingyas, the South Sudanese and the millions of people under the boot of tyranny.”

Dec 03 00:24

Krieger: "This Entire Century Has Been An Unmitigated March In The Direction Of Stupidity"

Two Paths Forward with China – The Good and The Bad

Since a few things became clear to me last year, I’ve consistently forecasted a significant worsening in U.S.-China relations and remained adamant that all the happy talk of trade deals and breakthroughs is just a lot of hot air.

Since a few things became clear to me last year, I’ve consistently forecasted a significant worsening in U.S.-China relations and remained adamant that all the happy talk of trade deals and breakthroughs is just a lot of hot air.

What first appeared to be a unique quirk of Donald Trump has morphed into bipartisan consensus in Congress, and clear signs have emerged that the general public has likewise become alarmed at China’s growing global clout.

Three major crisis events have rocked the U.S. this century, and much of the public has embraced, or at least accepted, the worst possible response in all cases.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US tensions with China, rather than seeming to being any closer to getting resolved, have absolutely gotten worse, during President Trump's reign, between the signing of the Hong Kong Act; US Navy continued patrolling of the South China Seas and the monumental trade imbalance, which has yet to be resolved.

Trade wars happen to have a nasty habit of morphing into shooting wars; I hope this is not going to happen, but I cannot discount the possibility, that certain individuals in the Bowels of Power in DC, see the destruction of the current regime in Beijing as "the only answer", to the "China Question", as the US cannot manage to compete economically.

President Xi's "Belt and Road" project, using trade to bind Europe and Asia into a formidable manufacturing/distribution hub in Eurasia, will be unstoppable, and there is very little the US can do to stop it, except prevent its evolution from continuing, and that prevention may very well be a war, for which the US government doesn't have the troops; the manufacturing; the money; or the weaponry.

Dec 03 00:04

Barr Disputes Major Horowitz Finding Based On Durham, CIA Evidence

Attorney General William Barr will dispute a fundamental finding in the upcoming Inspector General report - namely that the FBI was justified in launching an operation Crossfire Hurricane, the agency's official covert counterintelligence investigation into links between the Trump campaign and Russian officials, according to the Washington Post.

While IG Michael Horowitz is said to have concluded that the agency had enough information to launch the probe on July 31, 2016 after Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos repeated a rumor that Russia had dirt on Hillary Clinton, Barr has reportedly told associates that Horowitz does not know about - or did not include - potentially exculpatory evidence held by other US agencies such as the CIA, which could alter his report's conclusion.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This development is absolutely major, in this case, coupled with the following "bit" of information:

Who is Josef Mifsud?!?

Joseph Mifsud
Description: Joseph Mifsud is a Maltese academic. In 2016, he became involved with George Papadopoulos, an advisor to the Donald Trump presidential campaign, and was later accused of being a link between that campaign and Russia. In 2018, he was described as missing, and an Italian court listed his location as "residence unknown". Wikipedia
Born: 1960 (age 59 years), Malta.

Nationality: Maltese
Disappeared: 6 November 2017 (aged 56–57); Rome, Italy
Education: Queen's University Belfast (1995), University of Padua, University of Malta

One has to wonder; it this "missing" guy still with us on planet earth?!? Or was he made "unavailable", because "he knew too much", whether or not he spoke with Papadopolous, which Papadopolous has rigorously denied?!?

Because having been pronounced "disappeared" by Italian authorities, we will never know.

Dec 01 12:32

Red Flag Laws, a State of Nature and the Right to Shoot Back

White-bread Americans are in for a rude awakening as they find themselves at the end of a barrel and being told to disarm under the guise of “Red Flag” gun confiscation laws.

The enforcement of Red Flag gun confiscation laws that are currently in place in 14 states now, will statistically impact everyone. In upcoming years as confrontations with law enforcement grows, everyone reading this article will know people impacted by gun confiscation and gun confrontations.

Dr. Chuck Baldwin accurately described these laws recently in a column entitled An Open Letter To Our Legislators, Judges And Lawmen, an article I beg everyone to pass along, especially to their law enforcement friends. He writes,

Dec 01 11:07

UN Study Finds World's Highest Rate Of Child Detention... Under Obama

Authored by Mike Shedlock via MishTalk,

A UN study shows the “U.S. has world’s highest rate of children in detention".

That was under the Obama administration.

Unacceptable Headline
Of course, such a headline is politically unacceptable.

Thus, the UN Withdrew the Study.

A Nov. 18 story headlined “U.S. has world’s highest rate of children in detention -U.N. study” is withdrawn.

The United Nations issued a statement on Nov. 19 saying the number was not current but was for the year 2015. No replacement story will be issued.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

SO THE UN PULLED THE ARTICLE, EVEN THOUGH IT WAS TRUE?!?

Absoflippinglutely unbelievable!!

Dec 01 10:53

Get to know the CIA’s “gentle-hearted torturer” who made the SF Peninsula his LSD testing ground Charles Russo

Met Kesey at a Merry Prankster reunion Acid Test. He was passing out window pane LSD at the door from a little paper bag. Jerry Garcia's wife Carolyn Adams was the quality control tester at Stanford for the various drugs the CIA was handing out. Tim Leary was also part of MK-ULTRA.

Gottlieb was also the driving force behind the CIA’s obsession with the hallucinogenic substance LSD. Here on the SF Peninsula, you may have caught snippets of that history as it ties back to the experiences of One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest author Ken Kesey or Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter (who passed away earlier this week). Both young men were unwitting (though that’s not to say unenthusiastic) volunteers for CIA-led LSD experiments at places like the Menlo Park VA and Stanford University.

Dec 01 09:20

Palestinians in Gaza bury another young victim of Israel’s brutality

Palestinians in the Gaza Strip held a funeral for 16-year-old Fahd al-Astal, who was shot dead by Israeli snipers on Friday.

During the procession? mourners roamed the streets shouting slogans against the Israeli regime. A mixture of grief and anger was the mood among Gazans over Israel’s killing of a young protester.

Fahd al-Astal was taking part in a peaceful demonstration marking International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People in the east of the southern Gaza Strip town of Khan Younes. Fahd‘s distraught family says the teenager was an active supporter of the Palestinian cause.

Palestinians organized the Great March of Return to call for the legitimate right of Palestinian refugees to return to the historic land of Palestine, as enshrined in United Nations Resolution 194, and the lifting of the illegal blockade. Their peaceful action was met with excessive and lethal of force by the Israeli regime.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unfortunately, the maiming and killing of Palestinian kids is an absolute constant for the IDF, under orders from Israel's government.

Dec 01 09:13

Iran in Crosshairs: Why Some EU States Opt to Distance Themselves From US Op in Strait of Hormuz

The main reasons why US allies are declining the invitation to join the US-led naval coalition and are choosing to distance themselves from the super-power are because they do not want to be dragged into a military confrontation between Washington and Tehran, some such as Germany prefer diplomacy, while others such as Japan want to preserve economic and political relations with Iran. In France’s case they still hold out hope for saving the JCPOA [Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action]," says Sarah Abed, and independent journalist and analyst.
In addition, the Trump administration unilaterally withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal a year ago leaving Europe's major states, the signatories to the accords, struggling with the consequences of Washington's move.

"A concern that European nations have is that Washington will exploit the IMSC to carry out their sanctions campaign by interfering with legitimate Iranian commercial shipping vessel missions," he says.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Some of Europe's concern over this is definitely based on the trajectory of current US foreign policy against Iran, and they are correct in their assessment.

Any attempts at interdiction of Iranian or Iranian-flagged vessels will be tantamount to a declaration of war, by the US government against Iran.

Therefore, I would most politely remind the US government what was said at a conference involving both Iranian and Russian officials" :

Iran ‘Won’t Be Alone’ If U.S. Attacks, Russian Official Says

Dec 01 09:05

Pentagon ‘Pretending’ to Fight Daesh in New Op to Justify US’ Continued Syria Occupation

With this renewed effort to combat Daesh forces in Syria, it’s understandable that some observers are scratching their heads, considering the fact that the commander-in-chief has declared ad nauseum that those same Daesh forces have been eliminated over the past year.

Despite US President Donald Trump’s repeated declarations of victory over Daesh, the US has - once again - announced a resumption in operations against the group. While the tug-of-war between the commander-in-chief and the Pentagon is apparent, one expert points out that there is one thing both parties can agree on: oil.

In a Saturday press conference, US Air Force Maj. Gen. Eric Hill announced that, following operations on November 22, a US-led coalition was able to not only capture a “significant amount” of small arms, ammunition and explosives, but also detained over a dozen Daesh soldiers.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As a creation of the US government, which funded/trained/armed Daesh (read: Isis), Daesh/ISIS is being used wherever the US government believes it needs a "distraction"; the current looting of Syrian oil creates a marvelous need for some consistent "misdirection".

Dec 01 08:58

'Surprise for the Enemy': Iran Launches Mass Production of Jask Cruise Missiles

Along with missile manufacturing, the country's Navy has also disclosed five other military projects it is currently involved in, including the sea-launched Pelikan drone, the Sadaf-2 naval mine, the Soren positioning system, the Balaban guided bomb, and the Loqman training vessel.

The Iranian Navy has initiated the mass production of submarine-launched Jask cruise missiles, the chief of the naval warfare service Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi said on Saturday.

According to Khanzadi the domestically-developed missile will be fitted onto all of Iran's submarines, adding that the current range of the projectile will be significantly improved further on, allowing it to hit targets across long distances.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Looking at the hostility bubbling over from Israel and the US government against it, can one actually blame Iran for stepping up their weaponry program?!?

The short answer is, HELL, NO.

Dec 01 08:45

US Primes NATO To Confront Russia, China

Authored by M.K.Bhadrakumar via The Indian Punchline blog,

The December 3-4 summit of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) in London resembles a family reunion after the acrimony over the issue of military spending by America’s European allies.

The trend is up for defence spending across European Allies and Canada. Over $100 billion is expected to be added to the member states’ defence budgets by end-2020.

More importantly, the trend at the NATO foreign ministers’ meeting at Brussels on November 19-20, in the run-up to the London summit, showed that despite growing differences within the alliance, member states closed ranks around three priority items in the US global agenda — escalation of the aggressive policy toward Russia, militarisation of space and countering China’s rise.

The NATO will follow Washington’s lead to establish a space command by officially regarding space as “a new operational domain”.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

My big question here, other than the obvious tweaking of resources and NATO's readiness for war against China and Russia, is this; Will NATO do any better in space than it has done on earth?!?

Unfortunately, the short answer here, is no.

Dec 01 08:40

US Enraged After 6 More EU Nations Join INSTEX To Bypass Iran Sanctions

On Friday six European countries issued a bombshell joint statement declaring their intent to join INSTEX, or the Instrument in Support of Trade Exchanges, a European special-purpose vehicle serving as a 'SWIFT alternative' to bypass US sanctions on Iran.

Finland, Belgium, Denmark, Netherlands, Norway, and Sweden released a joint statement asserting it's of "the utmost importance to the preservation and full implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPoA) on Iran’s nuclear program by all parties involved."

"In light of the continuous European support for the agreement and the ongoing efforts to implement the economic part of it and to facilitate legitimate trade between Europe and Iran, we are now in the process of becoming shareholders of the Instrument in Support of Trade Exchanges (Instex) subject to completion of national procedures," the statement reads.

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That none of President Trump's people saw this coming, or saw it, but didn't let President Trump know it could very probably be a European response to Iran not being able to use SWIFT, demonstrates a catastrophic failure of imagination.

And I am sorry, but the US pulling out of the P5+1 treaty, was one of the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid things the US government could have done, particularly because it was done at the behest of both Israeli Premier (at the moment) Bibi Netanyahu and Trump Bankroller, Sheldon Adelson.

I would like to hope for some modicum of adult response by the White House to this move by Finland, Belgium, Denmark, Netherlands, Norway, and Sweden; but if Richard Grenell is saying "Terrible timing - why fund the Iranian regime while its killing the Iranian people and shutting off the internet? You should be standing for human rights not funding the abusers.", I doubt that we will see any improvement in US/Iranian relations for a very long time, if ever.

That the US government doesn't see itself as the culprit here, demonstrates a terrible disconnect from global realities. I have to wonder what President Trump's people are going to conjure up to "punish" those European countries which are now going with INSTEX, rather than stay with "SWIFT"?!?

Dec 01 08:13

India Test Fires Nuke-Capable Missile Amid "Israeli Model" For Kashmir Controversy

Following a major row over controversial comments from a senior Indian diplomat who in a recent televised speech called for the adoption of the "Israeli model" in Indian-administered Kashmir, New Delhi has added fresh fuel to the fire by another successful test launch of an intermediate-range ballistic missile, the Agni-III, on Saturday. This comes after a series prior short-range nuke capable missile tests over the past two weeks.

It was the first night trial of the nuclear capable Agni-III surface-to-surface ballistic missile, fired from an island off India's east coast into the Bengal Sea. Indian defense sources have touted that the nuke-capable ballistic missile possesses a range of over 1,862 miles, and has successfully hit its targets in the latest tests.

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What the Indian diplomat stated, in a private gathering gone viral, was that Israeli-like apartheid should become the rule of law in Kashmir, where Muslim Kashmiris would only be granted what would be tantamount to an second, or third-class citizenship.

It is quite obvious that the person uttering those words, has never been to Gaza; East Jerusalem, or the West bank.

I would like to hope that some adults in the Bowels of Power in New Dehli; DC; Moscow; Beijing; will talk India and Pakistan about cooling down, and the creation of confidence-building measures between these two nuclear-armed countries. Otherwise, we may well be looking at World War III.

During this weekend, India and the US concluded two defense pacts;

And back in May, Pakistan signed a Memorandum of Agreements defense pact with Russia: Russia's looming arms sales to Palistan sets up a dangerous game

We need to understand that prior to World War I, alliances were formed to create a balance of power: The Major Alliances of World War I this article goes on to state: "By 1914, Europe's six major powers were split into two alliances that would form the warring sides in World War I. Britain, France, and Russia formed the Triple Entente, while Germany, Austria-Hungary, and Italy joined in the Triple Alliance. These alliances weren't the sole cause of World War I, as some historians have contended, but they did play an important role in hastening Europe's rush to conflict.

So if India and Pakistan "go at it", militarily, there will be the US government's, contractual obligation to assist India against Pakistan; and Pakistan will be looking to Russia for more military support.

How this might unfold, is anyone's guess; but it certainly has the potential of moving in a terrible direction, and very quickly.

Dec 01 07:43

Syrian Army Bombs Kurdish Tankers Smuggling Oil to Turkey, A Message to Trump

Oil tankers and oil makeshift refineries in northeast Syria were bombed by ‘mysterious’ planes yesterday morning, SANA later stated it was done by the Syrian Army regional command.

The statement conveyed Syrian Arab News Agency SANA was brief but very meaningful:

“SANA’s correspondent in al-Hasakah quoted a field source as saying: after verifying that some Kurdish organizations in the Syrian Jazira region smuggle Syrian oil through tanks through Jarablus and Erbil region in northern Iraq to the Turkish regime, which they claim to be their main enemy, Groups of these tanks and oil refining centers were destroyed this morning.

The source stressed that strict measures will be taken against any smuggling of stolen oil from Syrian territory outside Syria.”

Syrian Jazira region refers to the Syrian territories east and northeast of the Euphrates.

That’s it!

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The US government, has been at its most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid, in this totally illegal occupation of Syrian oil fields, and the looting of its products.

I would like to hope, that SOMEONE in Moscow, is talking to SOMEONE in Washington, about avoiding military conflict between the US and Russia in Syria, but right now, it appears that this is a question of "when", not "if".

I would like to politely remind President Trump that what he has done here, is totally and completely illegal, under international law. The question here is, when, and how, will Putin respond to this behaviour?

Mr. President, please; I would calmly and seriously suggest that the US getting out of Syria would be a very reasonable thing to do, if you don't want the US military enmeshed in a war with Russia in Syria.

And we have a companion piece, also at globalresearch.ca, by Phillip
Giraldi, The Path to War in the Middle East heats up, while viewers watch the impeachment hearings

Dec 01 07:33

Trump Claims that Nicaragua Is a “National Security Threat” to Legitimize U.S. Economic Aggression

U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday extended a national emergency declaration for Nicaragua for a year due to the “dismantling and undermining of democratic institutions” by the Government of the Central American country and the alleged repression of activists.

The notice extends for one year the emergency declared on November 27, 2018. The national emergency is intended to broaden the presidential powers to invoke a dozen relevant U.S. laws, however, it is not clear how the declaration would apply to Nicaragua. Trump used a similar emergency statement regarding the U.S.-Mexico border to invoke existing laws that, according to the administration, allow the diversion of money from government programs to build a border wall.

But why has Trump decided to do this?

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Nicaragua, a "national security threat"?!? Mr. President, are you flipping kidding us?!?

So let's talk reality here, by looking at the following article:

World's Largest lithium resources op for grabs, due to political upheaval in Bolivia

The article goes on to state: "One of the most prominent conspiracy theories surrounding the recent overthrow of Bolivian President Evo Morales is that the military’s intervention was a coup to ensure US control of lithium.

Considered a critical resource, lithium is a key component of new technologies including car batteries, phones, electronic devices and sophisticated weapons systems – and recent reports suggest Bolivia could host around 30% of the world’s total of the raw material.

In media interviews, Morales has claimed his ousting is the result of a US-backed movement to establish a right-wing leader who will expose the South American nation’s lithium reserves to exploitation by industry."

US companies want to get their hands on Nicaraguan lithium, so a coup was instituted by American interests, and Morales got overthrown: this is not a "conspiracy theory", but is premised on hard, logical fact.

Also, we have documentation from commondreams.org of the following:

After Morales Ousted in Coup, the Lithium Question Looms Large in Bolivia

The article goes on to state: "Tesla (United States) and Pure Energy Minerals (Canada) both showed great interest in having a direct stake in Bolivian lithium. But they could not make a deal that would take into consideration the parameters set by the Morales government. Morales himself was a direct impediment to the takeover of the lithium fields by the non-Chinese transnational firms. He had to go.

After the coup, Tesla’s stock rose astronomically."

Regime change coupled with a color revolution of dubious origins; this has become the US government's "recipe" for the expropriation of natural resources to which the US government, or corporations, have utterly no moral right; but the US government, had to beat out China's potential claim to the stuff, no matter the cost in Nicaraguan blood or money, right?!?

Dec 01 07:08

Reality on Thanksgiving Weekend

According to Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week:

“Hunger and homelessness don’t stop for the holidays.”

Tens of millions of Americans “liv(e) on the edge, forced to choose between basic necessities like purchasing food, paying rent, or going to the doctor” when ill.

Poverty is the nation’s leading growth industry. Most US households face a daily struggle to get by.

On average, 550,000 Americans are homeless each night.

I see it firsthand whenever outside in downtown Chicago. The city’s Magnificent Mile reveals a reality check.

Countless numbers of homeless, hungry, desperate people line both sides of the avenue, hoping passers-by will offer loose change to help them make it through another day.

Many are combat veterans, treated with disdain by the nation they served. Others have families with children. Some have part-time work when able to find it – paying poverty or sub-poverty wages and no benefits.

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I knew that the numbers here were bad, but I wasn't aware of just quite how bad they were, until looking at this article.

The numbers here are not only horrific, but terrifying, in their future implications for this country.

Dec 01 07:04

US Vows to ‘Reinforce’ Sanctions, Accuses Venezuela and Cuba of Stirring Regional ‘Strife’Elliott Abrams reiterated support for Guaido and denied that sanctions are damaging the Venezuelan economy.

Guaido proclaimed himself head of state in January and has gone on to lead several unsuccessful efforts to topple Maduro, including a failed military putsch in April.

Trump immediately backed Guaido’s “interim presidency,” handing the Venezuela file to Abrams, a veteran cold warrior infamous for his role in the Iran/Contra scandal, the Reagan administration’s Central America policy, and the Iraq War.

Asked about the efficacy of US sanctions, Abrams assured reporters that the measures are cutting off vital funds for the Venezuelan government. However, he acknowledged that he “would like to see, obviously, the sanctions work better,” adding that “there are plans to reinforce the effort.” He did not offer further details.

What’s the Deal with Sanctions in Venezuela, and Why’s It So Hard for Media to Understand?

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OK, our bovine excrement detector just re-kitted, on Abram's last statement here.

Dec 01 06:59

Ukraine: Land Privatization Demanded by IMF, Links to Biden Graft Scandal. Engineered Bankruptcy of National Economy

The point here is that the former Minister of Ecology of Ukraine Nikolay Zlochevsky, an owner of “Burisma” gas company, in 2014 introduced a number of Western politicians to the board of directors of his company, which helped him to avoid accusations of corruption. Hunter Biden, son of former US Vice President Joe Biden, received monthly large payments for his “consultancy services”. As a result Ukraine’s General prosecutor General Viktor Shokin, who was investigating the corruption schemes of the company, was forced – under pressure – to resign by Joe Biden, who even boasted about it in the US media.

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I would like to hope that someone in the DNC is connecting these dots to get Biden out of the running for President; Tom Perez, DNC Chair; people are reading this... and it will destroy Biden, and potentially the Democratic Party itself, if you allow his candidacy to move forward.

Dec 01 06:51

Trump Is First to Use PATRIOT Act to Detain a Man Forever

Never in 18 years has the government used Section 412 of the PATRIOT Act, which permits indefinite detention of resident aliens on national-security grounds. Until now.

or the 18-year lifespan of the war on terrorism, an obscure provision of the PATRIOT Act permitting the indefinite detention of non-citizens on U.S. soil has gone unused. But to keep a Palestinian man behind bars even after he finished serving his sentence, the Trump administration has fired this bureaucratic Chekhov’s gun.

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Looking at what went on shortly after 9/11 (and with Gina Haspel now the head of the CIA, God only knows the degree to which this continues),I have a sense that this isn't about what the guy did, or did not do. Also, there was never really a case against him, specifically, in which he was allowed to show any evidence that he was not any sort of terrorist.

Therefore, I have a very intense suspicion that the butt-ugly truth of the business is, that whatever happened to him in these various prisons, is far worse than water-boarding ever could have been. Consider the case of one Benyamin Mohammed, as the poster person for how this was done: Benyamin Mohammed was Tortured

The following is a "Lose your lunch" moment, and very graphic testimony by the formerly tortured man. The document from The Rendition Project, goes on to state, in Mohammed's own words:

"The beatings continued over the following days and weeks, interspersed with interrogations: ‘They’d say there’s this guy who says you’re the big man in al Qaeda. I’d say it’s a lie. They'd torture me. I’d say, okay it’s true. They'd say, okay, tell us more. I’d say, I don’t know more. They’d torture me again’. During this time, Mohamed also began to be tortured with a scalpel:

One of them took my penis in his hand and began to make cuts. He did it once and they stood for a minute, watching my reaction. I was in agony, crying, trying desperately to suppress myself, but I was screaming. I remember Marwan [the lead torturer] seemed to smoke half a cigarette, throw it down, and stat another. They must have done this 20 or 30 times, in maybe two hours. There was blood all over... They cut all over my private parts. One of them said it would be better just to cut it off, as I would only breed terrorists.

Once this form of torture started, Mohamed was subjected to it about once a month until he was transferred out of Morocco. He also says that there ‘were even worse things, too horrible to remember, let alone talk about’, and that these things happened about once a month as well."

During World War II, there was an incredible interrogator in Germany named Hanns Scharff. Hanns Scharff: Bio He never used torture to get information out of his prisoners, but frequently took them out on day passes, to cultural events nearby. Just by getting them out of the prison, and him telling them that he knew everything about their unit's mission, things were revealed, that were very important to the German government. His technique was so respected by the US military, that after the war, he was called upon to teach this to American interrogators.

When any nation tortures, particularly the US or the UK, (which, theoretically, both function under "the rule of Law"), it demonstrates that such nations respect human rights only in the breach of those rights, but not in the practice of allowing those human rights to be observed.

Torture only gets the tortured person to say what his or her interrogators want them to say, to get "confessions", which, most generally do not include any actionable information.

Also, when the US and/or the UK "sign off" on torture, this makes any tin-pot dictator believe they have "carte blanche" to torture both American/UK military, and American/UK civilians.

Please, chew on that for a moment, if you have friends or family serving currently, or are about to serve.

Dec 01 06:03

Mexico Won’t Allow US Military Operations Against Cartels: Foreign Minister warns drone strikes would violate sovereignty

President Trump’s move to declare Mexican cartels as terrorist groups is potentially going to be complicated, and Mexican President Obrador sought to establish a red-line, that Mexico will not allow the US to conduct cross-border military operations into Mexico looking for the cartels.

Trump hasn’t said he will send troops, saying that didn’t “want to say what I’m going to do” after the designation of the cartels. He refused to rule out the use of drone strikes in a recent interview, however.

Mexico’s foreign ministry was quick to reject that idea, saying that drone strikes would be a “violation of national sovereignty,” and have contacted the US to seek clarification about what they actually intend to do.

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President Trump will treat Mexico's sovereignty... in just the same way as he has treated the sovereignty of Syria; the Mexican government is helpless to put a stop to it, unless another nation with heavy "fire-power" intervenes, as Russia did in Syria.

What President Trump should do, is to declare that personal amounts of all drugs become unscheduled, to pull the profit motive out from under the cartels' bottom line; of course, this will happen only when pigs discover they are aerodynamic, because there is so much money to be made from the illicit drug trade, by banks, corporations, and even, perhaps...political candidates.

And I am NOT throwing down the "j'accuse" against President Trump on this issue; I just wish he saw drug addiction more as an illness, rather than something against which to declare war.

Dec 01 05:55

Tulsi Gabbard: Wake Up And Smell Our $6.4 Trillion Wars; Meanwhile, her fellow Democrats appear abysmally unconcerned about the human and financial toll.

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard in August 2019. (Flickr/Creative Commons/Gage Skidmore)
NOVEMBER 29, 2019|12:01 AM
DOUG BANDOW
The Democratic establishment is increasingly irritated. Representative Tulsi Gabbard, long-shot candidate for president, is attacking her own party for promoting the “deeply destructive” policy of “regime change wars.” Gabbard has even called Hillary Clinton “the queen of warmongers, embodiment of corruption, and personification of the rot that has sickened the Democratic Party.”

Senator Chris Murphy complained: “It’s a little hard to figure out what itch she’s trying to scratch in the Democratic Party right now.” Some conservatives seem equally confused. The Washington Examiner’s Eddie Scarry asked: “where is Tulsi distinguishing herself when it really matters?”

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Gabbard has this issue by the "short and curlies", and I respect her for taking no prisoners, when it comes to these horrific wars.

Tom Perez, please; at the end of the day, you are going to need a Presidential and Vice-Presidential candidate who appeal to the American "middle", to the centrists, if you will.

IF you actually run Biden (with Ukrainegate already bursting out at the seams); Clinton, (who has more baggage than does Kim Kardashian on a photo shoot); Warren or Sanders (both socialists with no real "middle appeal"), you will, just as you did in 2016, The Democrats will lose this election to President Trump, and it will be your own damned fault.

We both know that Buttegeig and Gabbard may be considered "long shots"; but at the end of the day, we both know that Presidential candidates are created, and do not come out of the ether (Remember the propaganda for the first Clinton campaign, "A Town called Hope"?!?) But I think, if your PR team has any sense, they will do a decent pairing of these two, as reasonable, intelligent human beings, whose domestic and foreign policies will make sense to the American people.

That could work really well, and you just might not lose out on the Presidential election twice in a row.

With any other candidates you have to put forward, the Dems will lose again, to Trump; and I don't believe, for a moment, that you want to see that happen.

Dec 01 05:41

Time Is Running Out For Trump’s North Korea Diplomacy; Year's end an artificial deadline, but lack of progress is causing problems

orth Korea has said the US has until the end of the year to come up with a new proposal to revive stalled diplomatic engagement between the two nations. US officials have similarly warned North Korea that time is running out, albeit without specific deadlines.

As a practical matter, these deadlines are all artificial and arbitrary, and the nations could engage whenever they want to. At the same time, many months have gone by without any progress, and the process is plainly growing stale for it.

It isn’t even that there are a slew of disagreements holding things up. Rather, there is a very specific issue: North Korea wants something in return for denuclearization, and the US just keeps demanding they denuclearize unconditionally, with hints they might get something in return eventually.

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This is not any kind of negotiation, if one side demands XYZ from the other, and there is no Quid Pro Quo from the side doing the demanding; this is precisely what we have in the US position regarding North Korea.

Dec 01 05:37

Taliban: Talks Should Resume From Where They Left Off

President Trump’s announcement on Thursday that Afghanistan peace talks have resumed came as a surprise to many, because while there was an apparent process already going on, it wasn’t being made public by anyone.

Taliban officials confirmed that the talks are ongoing, with spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid saying that they are ready for talks, but that their position is the talks resume where they were previously suspended by President Trump.

Taliban negotiator Suhail Shaheen said much the same thing, saying that it is up to the US to get back to the table to resume the talks that were already nearly successful, and that their positions haven’t changed.

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I would like to believe that there is some reason for hope here, but I am not holding my breath, until I see something that actually approximates progress; the American people and the world have been assured that "peace was nearly at hand" once too many times, without any substantive process having actually been made.

Dec 01 05:31

RED ICE TV GETS BANNED FROM FACEBOOK

SOURCE: BIGLEAGUEPOLITICS.COM
Guardian writer Julia Carrie Wong has finally gotten her wish.

Through constant pressure and misinformation, Wang and her social media army were able to ban groups like Red Ice TV from Facebook.

Red Ice TV is one of the most well-known Dissident Right organizations on social media. Their content seeks to expose globalist plots and challenge sacred cows such as mass migration.

For being such staunch opponents of globalism, they were rewarded with a ban from YouTube last month.

Wong believes that Facebook “has for years failed to proactively police its site for hate groups and white supremacists, despite a longstanding ban on ‘hate’.” Because of Facebook’s reluctance to fight against hate speech, Wang took it upon herself to call out the so-called “injustice” and pressure Facebook to kick these groups off of their platform.

On November 26, 2019, Facebook listened to Wong’s demands and finally banned Red Ice TV.

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The best thing to do right now, if you have a blog, which may in any way be construed as "not cleaving to the mainstream narrative", is to move your blog to another venue.

Truth is the first casualty of war, and nowhere is that being proven more true, than in these "Deplatformimg Wars".

Dec 01 05:21

LA COUNTY INTODUCES E-VOTING SYSTEM: NOT HAND-MARKED, NOT PAPER, NOT HAND-COUNTED IN PUBLIC

Digital systems can never be shown not to have bugs. As Computer Science Elder God Edgers Dijkstra wrote: “Program testing can be used to show the presence of bugs, but never to show their absence!” Many bugs in many important programs persist for years before they are discovered. A list would include Flash in IE6 (persisted 12 years), OpenSSL (15 years), LZO data compression (18 years), and bash (25 years). None of these examples are outlier programs or trivial; they are all used by millions, essential to enterprises, networks, etc. Each of these bug is an insecurity waiting to happen. And that’s before we get to Trojan Horses, which are bugs introduced deliberately by a developer for purposes of their own.

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Doing away with electronic voting, and replacing it with hand-counted votes, makes the margin for error quite a bit less possible.

Remember the 2000 election, and the Florida recount??!? That happened, because of an horrendously flawed voting system.

Nov 30 17:46

GoFundMe bans fundraising for vaccine skeptics but allows tens of thousands of mentally ill girls to raise money to maim themselves by cutting off their breasts

There’s a new phenomenon taking place known as “top surgery” that involves biological females slicing off their breasts in order to become “guys.” And a quick GoFundMe search shows that more than 26,000 aspiring “transgenders” are right this moment begging their friends and family members for cash to get top surgery and finish off their “transitions,” even as GoFundMe continues to ban all vaccine skepticism fundraisers from its platform.

In other words, raising money to mutilate, remove, or otherwise irreversibly destroy your genitalia, even as an underage child, is perfectly fine with GoFundMe. But trying to collect funds to help warn others about the potential dangers of vaccination will get you banned from GoFundMe for violating its “terms of service.”

Nov 30 08:46

US urging a no vote on a Russian-led UN resolution calling for a global cybercrime treaty

The U.S. and its Western allies are urging opposition to a Russian-led resolution at the United Nations that they warn is a thinly veiled effort to create global norms that endorse state control of the internet.

The resolution, to be voted on Monday, would pave the way for a new global treaty on cybercrime. Though the resolution itself is worded innocuously, the U.S., its allies and human rights groups see it as an opportunity for countries such as Russia and China to create a U.N.-approved standard that would permit the blocking of websites deemed critical of government authorities and the use of digital technologies to monitor dissidents.

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How completely hysterically ironic this is, when Facebook and Google are already deplatforming websites the US government doesn't want either the American- or international - public to see!!

This is simply "No one controls the internet except the Unhinged, Surveilled State of Amerika, DAMMIT!!!", writ large.

Nov 30 08:40

Maduro Says US, Colombia Prepare Provocation, Mobilises Venezuelan Army

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said he had information that Colombia and the United States were planning a provocation on the Bolivarian Republic's western border and called on all staff of the country's armed forces to be prepared for battle.

"I have information that Colombia, together with the US Southern Command are planning to launch another provocation at the Venezuelan border with Colombia. All staff of Venezuela's armed forces must be combat ready", Maduro said on Friday during his meeting with the country's transportation employees broadcast via Twitter.

The president added that the provocations served to incite a military conflict on the Venezuela-Colombia border in order to draw attention away from the protests taking place in Colombia

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I hope like hell Maduro is wrong in his assessment here; that being said, however, given the probable attempted assassination attempt on his life last year Potential assassination attempt made on Venezuela's President Maduro, August 2018, I don't blame the guy for getting more than a little bit concerned here.

Nov 30 08:34

Turkey refusing to sign NATO defense plan for the Baltics, pressing alliance to label Syria’s Kurds as ‘terrorists’ – report

Ankara has reportedly been blackmailing NATO, refusing to sign the proposed defense plan for the Baltics and Poland unless the alliance officially recognizes Kurdish-led militia in northern Syria as a “terrorist group.”
Agreeing on a new NATO defense plan for the eastern European countries has escalated from a formality into a true diplomatic battle, Reuters reported Tuesday, citing four senior sources within the bloc.

“[The Turks) are taking eastern Europeans hostage, blocking approval of this military planning until they get concessions,” one of the sources said.

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This... is about to get awkward, in the extreme.

Because of its geography, NATO needs Turkey; however, Turkey is beginning to move more and more toward the orbit of the Russian Federation.

This argument may not end well for NATO.

Nov 30 08:29

WORLDThree people wounded in stabbing attack in The Hague, Dutch police sayThe bloody assault happened in a busy shopping district, filled with holiday shoppers.

Three people were wounded Friday night during a stabbing attack in a shopping district crowded with bargain hunters in The Hague, Dutch police said.

Police spokeswoman Marije Kuiper told The Associated Press in a telephone interview that it was still too early to say whether a terror motive was to blame for the attack.

All three victims are minors, officials said. They were treated and released from the hospital Friday night, police said.

First responders from the city's emergency services unit rushed to the scene in the Grote Markt district of the historic city, said police, who first reported the incident about 8:20 p.m.

The attacker appeared to be a man wearing a gray jogging suit, between the ages of 45 and 50, police said. The neighborhood was busy with Black Friday shoppers

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Unfortunately, events like this (in Europe and the UK) will continue to happen, until and unless the governments of both Europe and the UK put an immediate stop to the unfettered immigration which has been allowed to continue, in these governments' frenzied "homage" to George Soros, and his money.

I would, instead of encouraging immigrants to Europe and the UK, that these immigrants were given maps of every Soros' owned property, and were convinced that "Uncle George would let them stay at these sites, until they got on their own feet."

I am very concerned about similar incidents during Chanukah (Dec 22- 30th, this year), and very close to Christmas, which this year falls on Wednesday, 25 December.

I think that all the people on this planet who practice tolerance, desire peace, freedom, and a desire to practice their religion as they see fit (or are not religious), need to watch each others' backs right now big-time.

Nov 30 07:27

STUNNING! Globalist Angela Merkel to German Parliament: We Have to Take Away your Freedom of Speech or We Won’t Be Free

Chancellor Angela Merkel delivered an emotional speech to the German Budestag this week on the need for limiting freedom of speech.

Merkel is the current globalist leader on the international stage.

Merkel argued that the government must take away freedom of speech to save freedom of speech, or something.

Angela Merkel: For those who claim they can no longer express their opinion, I say this to them: If you express and pronounced opinion, you must live with the fact that you will be contradicted. Expressing an opinion does not come at zero cost. But freedom of expression has its limits. Those limits begin where hatred is spread. They begin where the dignity of other people is violated. This house will and must oppose extreme speech. Otherwise our society will no longer be the free society that it was.

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Truth is always the first casualty of wars, particularly in culture wars, which is precisely what is happening now in the UK and Europe.

And I must politely suggest to Chancellor Merkel, that she is presiding over a nation which, because of her and Germany's immigration system, that voters are going to lurch way far to the right in the next general election, and she, and her government, will only have themselves to blame when it happens.

Nov 30 07:03

OFFICER CHARGED WITH FELONY MURDER NOW FACING SEVEN MORE CHARGES OVER DEADLY NO-KNOCK RAID

OURCE: TECH DIRT
The botched drug raid in Houston that left two homeowners dead and one cop paralyzed from the waist down has resulted in additional criminal charges… against the cops.
Officer Gerald Goines -- already facing felony murder charges for the raid that left Rhogena Nicholas and Dennis Tuttle dead -- claimed an informant purchased heroin from Tuttle and saw guns in the house. One no-knock raid later, Nicholas and Tuttle were dead, killed by cops whose actions were set in motion by a warrant affidavit full of lies.

The heroin supposedly sold to Goines’ informant? Pulled from the console of Goines’ cruiser. The controlled buy didn’t happen either. No one has been able to locate the informant Goines claimed saw heroin and guns in the Tuttle residence. As a result, more than 1,400 cases Goines had a hand in have been placed under review. Two dozen have already been dismissed. The DA’s office and the FBI have also opened their own investigations.

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There are a number of good cops in this country; I know, because a very dear family member who used serve in this manner, and is now retired.

But when the "lust for a bust" overcomes the logic, and the "evidence" in a case, that is where a raid like the above-described can go "mammary glands vertical" in a heartbeat.

Nov 30 06:56

GARDASIL : THE ANTICANCER VACCINATION THAT INCREASES THE RISK OF CERVICAL CANCER IN YOUNG WOMEN

SOURCE: AGORAVOX.FR
BY GÉRARD DELÉPINE, MD, ORTHOPAEDIC SURGEON/ONCOLOGIST/STATISTICIAN
English translation by Steve Hinks steve@hinksfamily.co.uk . In 2015 co-founded the UK Association of HPV Vaccine Injured Daughters (AHVID) share huge amounts of information obtained in particular by Freedom of Information Act requests and Parliamentary questions.

http://docteur.nicoledelepine.fr/

Open letter to parliamentarians, and to all citizens.

BE CAREFUL. While many doctors, foreign and French, citizens, patients sometimes victims, have been trying to inform for many years about the uselessness and the risks of the HPV vaccine, a new offensive of the pharmaceutical lobbies led again some MPs to try to introduce laws to make it a compulsory vaccination, already probably the most widespread in the world.

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Please have this article with you, when you next go to your kid's checkup, and make sure you hand them this article, if they are talking about an HPV vaccination, or email it to them as an attachment before the appointment.

Ask them where the numbers or logic is flawed.

And remember; although there are some drugs which do help people heal, the pharmaceutical model is not really about healing, but about the bottom line for their shareholders.

Nov 30 06:49

IRAQ PM ANNOUNCES RESIGNATION AFTER 40 PROTESTERS KILLED ON SINGLE DEADLIEST DAY

After two months of anti-corruption and anti-government protests have rocked Iraq, resulting in a death toll into the hundreds as the unrest turns increasingly sectarian and which has included the burning of two Iranian consulates, Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi says he will resign.

He announced in an official statement put out by his office that he will submit his resignation to parliament after the country’s top Shia cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, suddenly pulled support, telling the nation in a Friday sermon that parliament should “reconsider its options” after putting Mahdi in power in the first place.

The subsequent statement signed by Abdul Mahdi indicated the following:

In response to this call, and in order to facilitate it as quickly as possible, I will present to parliament a demand (to accept) my resignation from the leadership of the current government.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Perhaps with this development, Iraqis will feel that they have at least a modicum of control over their government, but it has come at a great cost, with a terrible loss of life.

One has to wonder who the next US-Centric "bag man" will be put in place by the US government, or to what degree this may be possible, after Mahdi's resignation.

Nov 29 11:57

Black Mob Attacks White Actress and Her Friends in New York City, Shout Anti-White Language During the Assault

The story of what happened to white actress Jennifer Agostini and her friend in New York City has received virtually no media. She and her friend were attacked by a group 10-15 blacks who shouted, “white motherf—ers,” “dirty white b—-es” and “f—k those white b—-es and their money.”

Nov 29 06:52

The Real Danger of the US Normalizing Israeli Settlements

t is hardly shocking that the United States government has finally decreed that illegal Jewish settlements which have been built in defiance of international law, are, somehow, "consistent" with international law.

US foreign policy has been edging closer towards this conclusion for some time. Since his advent to the White House in January 2017, President Donald Trump has unleashed a total and complete reversal of his country’s foreign policy regarding Palestine and Israel.

Let us not have any illusion regarding the American approach to the so-called ‘Israeli-Palestinian conflict’ prior to Trump’s Presidency. The US has never, not even once, stood up for Palestinians or Arabs since the establishment of the State of Israel over the ruins of historic Palestine in 1948. Moreover, Washington has bankrolled the Israeli occupation of Palestine in every possible way, including the subsidizing of the illegal Jewish settlements.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

International law, and US law relating to Israel, is a "pick and choose" affair, writ large, by the American government.

According to the Symington Amendment to the Constitution, any country which refuses to join the NPPT, and will not allow its nuclear sites to be inspected, should get utterly no US aid, either militarily, or financially; when it comes to Israel, however, that requirement is flagged, and all bets are off, making Israel the most intense recipient of US foreign aid, both military and financial.

And no matter HOW much aid is given, it is "never enough" to suit either Israel's politicians or military personnel.

Nov 29 06:45

'You can’t knock on their door': Israel strikes some Gaza targets without checking for civilians in real time

Two weeks since the air force attack in Deir el-Balah that killed nine members of the Sawarkah family, who were living in a structure that the army had defined as an Islamic Jihad “terror infrastructure,” the Israel Defense Forces are still investigating why the green light to bomb the building wasn’t based on updated information.

But an inquiry conducted by Haaretz shows that this conduct isn’t unusual. According to sources in the defense establishment, the IDF often bombs terror targets in Gaza that were included in its target bank long before the strike without checking in real time whether there are civilians at the site or whether the site has been converted into residences.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The reality is that members of the IDF have absolutely no qualms about killing innocent civilians; it is just when they get caught doing it, that there is just the slightest glimmer of embarrassment, that they couldn't murder more of them than they did in any particular incident.

Nov 29 06:32

Analysts Stunned After Lagarde Demands "Key Role" For The ECB In Climate Change

Having failed miserably to "trickle down" stock market wealth for a decade as was their intention, something Ben Bernanke made clear in his Nov 4, 2010 WaPo op-ed, central banks have moved on to more noble causes.

Over the weekend Minneapolis Fed chair Neil Kashkari suggested it was time to allow central banks to directly decide how to redistribute wealth, stating unironically that "monetary policy can play the kind of redistributing role once thought to be the preserve of elected officials", apparently failing to realize that the Fed is not made up of elected officials but unelected academics and establishment pawns who serve the bidding of the Fed's commercial bank owners (in hopes of getting a job at Citadel once they quit).

However, in lieu of deciding who should be poor and who should be rich, central bankers are happy to settle with merely fixing the climate.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Forgive me, but has Christine Lagarde gone completely, stark-raving, barking-dog mad, to make these demands, in light of the absence of hard science proving global warming, so she wants central bankers to approach climate issues as a religion instead?!?

Nov 29 05:56

Iran, China, & Russia Gear Up For Unprecedented War Games In "Message To The World"

Just as Americans were gearing up for Thanksgiving, on Wednesday Iranian officials announced they will send a "message to the world" by holding unprecedented war games with partner forces Russia in China in the Indian Ocean.

Semi-official Mehr news agency cited Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi on Wedneday to reveal the "mass war drills" will held at some point next month or the "near future" in a historic first, and as the three unlikely allies find themselves facing ramped up Washington sanctions and pressure.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

(Sigh) President Trump, a word, please.

Have you noticed that your foreign policies appear to driving other countries very far away from the American sphere of influence, and into the spheres of influence of both Russia and China?!?

I have a very hard time, believing that such was the design intent of your foreign policies.

And sir, if this doesn't disturb you, I must confess, that the hairs on the back of my neck are attempting to breakdance, a very unusual situation for my hair, in learning of these exercises.

Nov 29 05:50

Here Are More US Tech Giants Propping Up China's Vast Surveillance State

A bombshell follow-up report to a major document leak which confirmed and detailed China's vast Uyghur Muslim Xinjiang prison network and system for monitoring communications and whereabouts has named names. Names that is, of US tech giants that are actually aiding and abetting China’s multibillion-dollar surveillance industry being used to impose a total electronic police state on the communist country. And it's not just Google and IBM, but a growing list of recognizable names.

"U.S. companies, including Seagate Technology PLC, Western Digital Corp. and Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co., have nurtured, courted and profited from China’s surveillance industry," the scathing report begins. "Several have been involved since the industry’s infancy."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is disturbing, but in American business practices, and in its "morality" money trumps every other moral issue and consequence.

Nov 29 05:33

China Folds: For All Its Bluster, Beijing Does Nothing After Trump Signs HK Bill

Just a few hours after Trump called China's bluff on the Hong Kong bill, it appears the US president won the pot.

After launching a stern verbal protest overnight in which China's Foreign Ministry said that it would take strong countermeasures if the US continues to undermine Hong Kong's autonomy after Trump signed the Bill that supports HK protesters, adding that US attempts to interfere in HK are doomed to fail, Beijing has done nothing really, and instead left the door open for a trade deal with the U.S., confirming again that China needs the trade deal with the US just as much as Trump, if not more.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I think that the caveat, here, would be; China hasn't done anything YET; please remember, President Trump signed this into law last Wednesday; it is barely Friday morning, from where I sit, and Chinese leadership may have some concepts about timing what they are actually going to do, to get a better deal with US trade.

Nov 28 15:45

Seattle is Dying

KOMO's Eric Johnson explores the impact the drug and homelessness problem is having on our city and possible solutions in "Seattle is Dying."

Nov 28 13:19

California Plans to Hike Tax on Legal Marijuana, Threatening New Market With Rapid Extinction

Free Enterprise will always beat over-regulated,over taxed Capitalism. $3 out of every $4 spent on Cannabis in Cali go to the black market growers.

The Golden State’s marijuana tax schemes are already threatening the new market with rapid extinction, despite the promises that the revenues from the legalized pot would create a veritable Utopia.

California has long expected to be the world’s crown jewel of cannabis sales. Although estimates vary, most of Wall Street expects California to generate $10 billion to $11 billion in annual sales by 2030. Yet, in the state’s first full year of recreational marijuana sales, California’s total pot revenue declined. In 2017, when California only sold medical marijuana, sales hit roughly $3 billion. Then, in 2018, with both recreational and medical cannabis available, statewide sales plunged $500 million to $2.5 billion. A big reason for this drop is that California has been taxing the daylights out of its consumers.

Nov 28 08:20

Scathing Reports Document Worker Abuses At Amazon Warehouses Just In Time For Holiday Rush

Amazon has repeatedly insisted that reports about the allegedly terrible working conditions in its "fulfillment center" warehouses are overblown, and that it's workers are treated no differently than any other warehouse worker. To try and save face, Amazon announced last year that it would hike pay to at least $15 for thousands of workers in its warehouses and elsewhere.

But the abuses have apparently continued, and a series of reports released just days before the beginning of the holiday shopping season highlighted Amazon's abuses of both its workers and the public welfare system.

The report that drew the most attention was a joint project between the Reveal Center for Investigative Reporting and The Atlantic which found that Amazon warehouse workers are seriously injured on the job at twice the rate of other warehouse workers - likely a factor of Amazon's demanding conditions.

Nov 28 08:18

In "Message To Tehran" Iraqi Protesters Torch Another Iranian Consulate

The month of protest mayhem has continued in Iraq, on Wednesday once again escalating into attacks on Iranian and pro-Iranian bases and sites, especially in the restive southern provinces, where Tehran's proxies in Iraq are considered strongest.

Reuters reports, "Iraqi protesters stormed and set fire to the Iranian consulate in the southern city of Najaf on Wednesday, police and civil defense sources said."

Consular staff had reportedly evacuated as mobs of angry demonstrators gathered prior to the incident, which involved Iraqis storming the compound and breaching the gates. A mass blaze then erupted from within during the evening hours as social media videos quickly put online show.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder just how many US intelligence assets are on the ground in Iraq and Iran right now, attempting to create mischief.

Nov 28 08:15

China May Put US Lawmakers On "No-Entry List" In Retaliation For Hong Kong Bill

Global Times editor-in-chief and notorious twitter troll, Hu Xijin ,tweeted Thursday that China is considering adding those who drafted the Hong Kong Bill of Rights and Democracy Act into law on a no-entry list, banning them from traveling to China's mainland, Hong Kong, and Macau.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

WOW, if true, that didn't take long; of course, President Trump has considered all the facts and potential repercussions of this act before he signed this legislation, right?!?

Right?!?

Because from where I sit, in the dead middle of Indiana, in signing this, he, and his administration, have demonstrated a catastrophic failure of imagination.

Nov 28 08:02

Are We on the Path to War? – Middle East Heats Up While Viewers Watch the Impeachment

Discussions are underway with new NATO ally Bulgaria to create a Black Sea Coordination Center in Varna. The United States is considering a ten-year roadmap for defense cooperation with Bulgaria and is eager to provide Sofia broader access to its high-end military technologies. The advanced technologies would include surveillance capabilities specifically targeting Russia.
There is also a fundamental second level of stupidity in basing such an effort in Bulgaria as the Turks, also frequently at odds with Washington, control the door to the Black Sea through the Bosporus and Dardanelles. If relations really do go sour and if demands to kick Turkey out of NATO ever do bear fruit, Ankara can make it very difficult for NATO warships transiting into the Black Sea.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In fact, one has to wonder if these impeachment hearings have contained some industrial-strength, Deep State misdirection, while elements within it are working with their Israeli counterparts to insure that US citizens "have a reason" for signing on to a war against an alleged "enemy" which has neither declared war on this country, nor attacked it.

Folks, unfortunately, this is not a question of "if"; it is a question of "when."

But I would like to politely remind those in the bowels of power in DC, what a Russian Diplomat assured some Iranian diplomats this last summer: Iran ‘Won’t Be Alone’ If U.S. Attacks, Russian Official Says

Frankly, I think we can take this person at his word; Russian officials do not even FART without Putin's permission.

Nov 28 07:43

Gaza children forced to have medical treatment alone

Children being made to endure lengthy medical treatments alone is a particularly cruel feature of Israel’s permit regime imposed on Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip.

It is a shameful reality that COGAT, the Israeli military body that handles such permits, tries to obscure with liberal use of emojis on its social media pages.

I have previously written about how COGAT tries to present itself as a humanitarian body in its social media propaganda while it plays a central role in Israel’s complete and unjust system of control over Palestinian movement.

For example, COGAT describes its restrictions on the movement of millions of Palestinians, such as military checkpoints, as projects which “improve the quality of life of the region’s population.”

It even put out a video last week boasting of a “service revolution” following the launch of “an advanced call center” through which its Civil Administration “provides clear responses on all topics, to everyone”:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Bull-biscuits!!

Making sick Palestinian kids travel alone, to get treatment, is a very cruel, and nearly a mentally ill thing to do to them, and their families.

Nov 28 07:39

The New ArabProtests hit West Bank after cancer-stricken Palestinian dies in Israeli detention ‘due to medical negligence’

The head of the Palestinian Commission of Detainees' Affairs, Qadri Abu Bakr, confirmed to The New Arab’s Arabic-language service that Abu Diyak died at dawn on Tuesday, in the hospital of Israel’s Ramla prison.

Abu Diyak had been diagnosed with intestinal cancer in 2015. His condition subsequently deteriorated, which Palestinian media say is in part due to medical mistakes at the hospital in southern Israel where he had surgery to remove part of his large intestine.

"The death of Abu Diyak comes after months of warning [the Israeli authorities] about the seriousness of his condition, that he could die at any moment because of the medical negligence he was subjected to," said Abu Bakr.

Hanan Ashrawi, a senior member of the Palestinian Liberation Organisation, issued a searing condemnation of Abu Diyak's death, calling on Israel to take responsibility for its actions.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have to wonder if the original charges under which this man was convicted, were actually based on evidence, or merely trumped-up, because it justified him spending his life in an Israeli prison, simply because he was a Palestinian protester.

Hanan Ashrawi should be the first person on the planet, to realize that Israel will never take responsibility when a Palestinian dies of medical mistakes in an Israeli jail; one has to wonder of the described "medical mistakes" the guy suffered in the hospital in southern Israel, were deliberately staged, to make his cancer advance more quickly, and cause even more physical pain.

Mengele...would have been so proud of this outcome!!

Nov 28 07:31

Anger over India's diplomat calling for 'Israel model' in Kashmir

An hour-long video featuring Sandeep Chakravorty, India's consul general in New York, has gone viral on social media, in which he is addressing a group of Kashmiri Hindus - known as Pandits - at a private event in the US city last week.

"I believe the security situation will improve, it will allow the refugees to go back, and in your lifetime, you will be able to go back … and you will be able to find security, because we already have a model in the world," said Chakravorty, referring to the exodus of tens of thousands of Kashmiri Hindus in 1989 after an armed rebellion against the Indian rule started in the Himalayan region.

"I don't know why we don't follow it. It has happened in the Middle East. If the Israeli people can do it, we can also do it," he said, adding that the current Indian leadership is "determined" to do so.

'Chilling video'

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So let me get this straight; this guy wants to make Kashmiri Muslims second-class citizens, or worse, create a "Final Solution" response to their presence in Kashmir?!?

Forgive me, but I am having a palm to forehead moment, at warp speed, upon reading this!! WHAT THE HELL IS THE INDIAN GOVERNMENT THINKING, TO HAVE SOMEONE ADVOCATING FOR THIS MONSTROUS SUGGESTION IN PUBLIC, WITH THE SURE AND CERTAIN KNOWLEDGE THAT IT WOULD GO VIRAL?!?

This world has had some of its most brilliant thinkers and philosophers came from India; it's a pity that its current governmental regime cannot be described as belonging to either camp here.

Nov 28 07:27

It is illegal to record in this town: Tyrant alert

Nov 28 06:57

South Korea Fires Warning Shots at North Korean Merchant Ship: Ship believed to cross disputed border over bad weather

he South Korean military reported that they fired warning shots at a North Korean merchant ship on Wednesday when it crossed the disputed maritime border off the country’s west coast, forcing the ship to flee.

The ship in question, which was not identified, was believed to have crossed into disputed waters because of a combination of bad weather and engine problems. It did, however, manage to flee back to North Korea.

Still, firing warning shots at a ship in distress at all probably isn’t idea for South Korea to have done, even if no further incidents came of it. South Korea’s military wants to strictly control the maritime border, but this was a decidedly unfriendly act.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This will most certainly scotch any "reunification talks" in the immediate future; one has to wonder if, in fact, the South Korean military personnel who ordered the firing of the "warning shot" might have been an American agent; that might go a long way toward explaining why a North Korean ship in distress, would have been fired upon.

Nov 28 06:53

Iran Says Eight CIA Assets Arrested, Blames US for Protest Violence

Major protests in Iran about the increase in gas prices may be over, but Iranian officials are saying that they believe a US-orchestrated conspiracy was involved in violence seen during the rallies, which involved attacks on Iranian banks.

Hundreds of banks were attacked, and Iranian authorities say 7,000 protesters were arrested. Iranian intelligence officials say at least eight CIA assets were among those arrested in connection with the violence.

The eight people had been given CIA-funded training, nominally to become “citizen journalists.” Six were arrested at the rallies, while the other two were trying to send information abroad.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF, in fact, these reports prove true, this wouldn't surprise me; everything that the US government has tried to do so far, to regime change Tehran, hasn't worked, so the CIA thought that they would give this old canard another try, and it wound up biting them in an excruciatingly sensitive portion of the human anatomy.

Nov 28 06:49

US Moves Forward With Saudi Troop MissionUS negotiates cost-sharing for growing presence in Saudi Arabia

According to Pentagon officials, the US has begun negotiations with Saudi Arabia on the question of cost-sharing for the ever-growing US military presence in the Saudi kingdom. Talks began with the arrival of US radar and air defense systems.

Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Mark Milley met with the Saudi crown prince this week and brought up this matter. Milley was presenting the US presence as aimed squarely at Iran, and deterring Iran from attacking the Saudis.

Gen. Milley also intended to give the impression that this was not a short-term mission, either, saying the US wants to maintain this presence in the region as part of America’s overall regional footprint.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The burgeoning US military presence in Saudi Arabia, is about much more than protecting the country from alleged "Iranian covert elements" destroying oil processing facilities here; it is about establishing a beachhead for the coming war against Iran, and assisting in "turning" governments in the region into governments which are far more US-centric, than is their current leadership.

The government of Iran understands this, which is why their military did a massive defense drill last week; the question here, is not if, but when.

Nov 28 06:06

NARRATIVE MANAGERS FACEPLANT IN HILARIOUS OPCW SCANDAL SPIN JOB

Syria has been the target of what may be the most sophisticated propaganda campaign in history, and Bellingcat has been consistently rallying behind even the most transparently ridiculous tools of this campaign. This includes the notorious Bana Alabed psyop which at its height saw CNN staging a fake, scripted interview featuring a seven year-old girl assigning blame to Bashar al-Assad for an alleged sarin gas attack in Khan Shaykhun. Bellingcat’s stellar investigative work (which has been praised in fawning puff pieces by mainstream outlets like The Guardian and The New Yorker) concluded that this obvious propaganda construct was in fact nothing other than a little girl and her mother independently composing viral tweets, giving interviews and authoring books about how the Syrian government must be toppled via western interventionism.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Propaganda is pretty darned easy to spot, if you know what to look for; it is disinformation, beautifully packaged, in order to drive a Government-narrative to which they want their readers agreeing, and fervently in favor of having the government do, such as a massive strike on Syria, even knowing that such a move is apt to rankle Moscow to the point of starting a shooting war in that country.

So I would like to politely remind our readers that just because something is the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid thing the US government could do, is no guarantee that it will not either try to legitimize such a move, or really do it.

Nov 28 05:37

THE NEW YORK TIMES' LONG HISTORY OF ENDORSING US-BACKED COUPS

SOURCE: MINT PRESS
BY ALAN MACLEOD
Bolivian President Evo Morales was overthrown in a U.S.-backed military coup d’état earlier this month after Bolivian army generals appeared on television demanding his resignation. As Morales fled to Mexico, the army appointed right-wing Senator Jeanine Añez as his successor. Añez, a Christian conservative who has described Bolivia’s indigenous majority as “satanic”, arrived at the presidential palace holding an oversized Bible, declaring that Christianity was re-entering the government. She immediately announced she would “take all measures necessary” to “pacify” the indigenous resistance to her takeover.
This included pre-exonerating the country’s notorious security services of all future crimes in their “re-establishment of order,” leading to massacres of dozens of mostly indigenous people.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The NY Slimes, is no longer an independent media voice; it has become the eco-chamber of the US government, and vomits up the codswallop the US government wants it to vomit.

For intelligent, independent media, look at the blogs, and look at their track record.

We have a companion piece for this, also from blacklistednews.com,
with the following title: WITH THE RIGHT-WING COUP IN BOLIVIA NEARLY COMPLETE, THE JUNTA IS HUNTING DOWN THE LAST REMAINING DISSIDENTS

And please remember that so far, everything Julian Assange has presented, has never been proven wrong; this is why the US government hates him with such a passion, and hopes to insure that the British government has him "eliminated with extreme prejudice" at Belmarsh, before he ever stands trial here for his alleged "crimes in the US."

Nov 28 05:31

ISRAELI GOVERNMENT TO EXPAND GLOBAL ARMS EXPORTS IN 2020

SOURCE: MIDDLE EAST MONITOR
The Israeli government is aiming to increase the volume of Israel’s defence exports, reported Globes, which has revealed the main points of the plan for the first time.

The project, being overseen by the Defence Ministry’s International Defence Cooperation Directorate (SIBAT) led by Brigadier General (Res.) Yair Kulas, will begin to be rolled out in early 2020.

According to Globes, the plan is based on “focused seminars for senior commanders in foreign armies”, Israeli military “assistance for promoting sales of Israeli weapons”, and “subsidising small and medium-sized defence companies seeking to sell arms around the world”.

Speaking this week, Kulas said that SIBAT favours a major expansion of agreements between countries, resulting in significant deals for the large defence companies, especially Elbit Systems, Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and Rafael Advanced Defence Systems.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Color me unsurprised at this development; but one has to wonder how Israeli weaponry really stands up to that of China or Russia, at this point?!?

Nov 28 05:07

TSA IS TESTING NEW 3D ROTATING SCANNING TECHNOLOGY TO SEE THROUGH YOUR BAGGAGE

Researchers are testing new technology it is calling ‘Innovation Checkpoint’ to deal with complaints over electronics, liquids and taking off their shoes.

The process would use a sensor on a drone to detect homemade bombs, a gel that surrounds an explosive so it can safely be removed and scanners capable of investigating items in a suitcase, so nothing needs to be removed.

Jose Bonilla, the director of TSA’s Innovation Task Force told CBSNews: ‘This is a glimpse into the future of what aviation security is going to look like.’

‘What we’re trying to do is, how do we make that a more seamless process for the traveling public, but not giving upon security.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It would seem that Airlines believe that they should allow the TSA to do anything to passengers, and with absolute impunity; however, what happens when people abandon air travel completely, writing the current heads of airline companies as to the very simple reason; they refuse to be allowed to be treated as criminals, as the TSA is so often wont to do.

What happens when airlines go bankrupt, because enough people refuse to fly, or take trains, or buses, because they utterly loathe how they are being treated at these public transport venues?!?

Right after 9/11, this country morphed from the "innocent until proven guilty" law (which, I believe, is still technically the law of the land, even though no longer observed when one travels on public transport), to the Code Napoleon Criminal Law Stature, where one is considered guilty until proven innocent.

And frankly, as a peace activist, who never advocates violence of any kind, I resent this.

I know that there are times when people cannot avoid this, but if you can, please avoid public transport completely.

And also, I would like to hope that TSA will start groping all members of Congress, and Cabinet Heads when they travel; sauce for the goose... should be sauce for the gander!! :-)

Nov 28 04:57

TRUMP SIGNS HONG KONG HUMAN RIGHTS BILL, IGNORING CHINA’S WARNINGS

US President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed into law legislation that could bring diplomatic action and economic sanctions against Hong Kong, brushing off multiple warnings by China against such a move.

“The Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act reaffirms and amends the United States-Hong Kong Policy Act of 1992, specifies United States policy towards Hong Kong and directs assessment of the political developments in Hong Kong,” the White House said in a statement. “Certain provisions of the act would interfere with the exercise of the president's constitutional authority to state the foreign policy of the United States.”

The legislation has provoked a backlash from the Chinese government, which on Monday summoned US ambassador to China Terry Branstad to warn that Congress’ passage of the legislation last week constituted “meddling” in the country’s internal affairs and would result in “consequences”.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

(Sigh) Mr. President, a word, please.

While my head and heart are with the protestors, I am compelled to politely suggest, that of all the ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid things you could have done here, this signing of this bill, gets the prize, at least so far, in the history of your Administration.

And, predictably, the blowback from China has already started. I think this piece from antiwar.com, pretty much says it all:

US’ Hong Kong democracy act slanders China to a level close to madness, Foreign Minister Wang Yi saysJust great, Mr. President, congrats!!

Sarcasm aside, sir, apparently, it doesn't matter to you how this lack of a reasonable trade bill has so horrifically impacted the farmers of this country, with many losing their farms in foreclosure, or losing their lives to suicide; these people have long memories, and are going to very much remember this in the 2020 election.

So what's up next in your "to do list", Mr. President, a shooting war with China?!? Because between this, and the US military's constant maneuvering in the South China Sea, this is precisely what you may well get; congratulations, sir, are demonstrating that you and your Administration are pathologically incapable of thinking a scenario through to its logical conclusion.

And sir, just in case no one in your cabinet is capable of telling the truth, should we go to a shooting war with China, it looks like it needs to be me: we do not have the weaponry; the troop strength; the manufacturing; or the money to create a successful outcome to a conventional war with China.

And unless you are able to fix this with a wave of your hand, sir, (which I seriously doubt), such a war is going to put the people of this country into a world of hurt.

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