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Jun 05 08:29

US Lawmakers Call For Ban on Facial Recognition as Massive 640 Million Photos FBI Database Revealed

The revelation of a massive US citizen photo database fanned the flames of debate about the highly controversial high-tech solution to crimes, which can possibly become the culprit in mass wrongful arrests and privacy violations.

US lawmakers are calling for a nation-wide moratorium on facial recognition technology after a massive database of 640 million photos gathered by the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) was revealed during a hearing on Tuesday.

Speaking before a House Oversight and Reform Committee, Government Accountability Office (GAO) representative Gretta Goodwin revealed that the FBI has access to some 640 million photos of US citizens, including 36 million mugshot photos and 21 state driver’s license directories. The revelation sparked bewilderment amongst the lawmakers.

Jun 05 08:26

The American Cult of Bombing and Endless War

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

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

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

Jun 05 08:12

Chaos as Trump Administration Bans Cruises From Visiting Cuba

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

How do you create regime change in Cuba?!?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jun 05 08:01

The Deep State And The Deep Media

To fully understand the Deep State one need focus on matters both inside and outside of government. The Deep State corrupts everything it touches. Today that includes much of the country.

The Deep State corrupted the media.

The first task of any State is to control the information (propaganda) fed to its citizens. Totalitarian states eliminate any free exchange of opinions. The Soviet Union had a state-run newspaper known as Pravda. It was a monopoly in that no other sources legally provided news. The new Russia pretends it has press freedom, but it controls the media. So does China. Severe penalties, including murder, are used to obtain conformity.

In the US, we say we have freedom and a “free press.” But do we?

Jun 05 07:51

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

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

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

It has happened before, as you well know;

FDR provoked the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor

Jun 05 07:24

How US "good guys" wiped out an Afghan family

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

Jun 05 07:18

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

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

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

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

Jun 05 07:07

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jun 05 06:50

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

Jun 05 06:47

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Jun 05 06:45

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Jun 05 06:38

THE NUMBER OF AMERICANS WORKING IN THEIR 70S IS SKYROCKETING

SOURCE: QUARTZ

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

Jun 05 06:34

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

SOURCE: THEGRAYZONE.COM

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jun 05 06:06

SURVIVING TIANANMEN: THE PRICE OF DISSENT IN CHINA

SOURCE: ROWENA HE VIA THE NATION

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

How Chine is Wiping Memories of Tianamen Square

Jun 04 12:37

Spy Museum Uses Torture to Entice

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

Cameroon: Cameroon Routine torture, and held incommunicado detention

Iraq: Iraq tortures children from suspected Islamic State Ties

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jun 04 11:55

SAUDIS USE ISRAELI SPYWARE TO TARGET DISSIDENTS

SOURCE: DEEP STATE BLOG

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Jun 04 11:12

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Jun 04 11:06

BREASTFEEDING FOR 'SMELLING WEED'—THEY FOUND NONE

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Jun 04 11:05

BREASTFEEDING FOR 'SMELLING WEED'—THEY FOUND NONE

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Jun 04 10:58

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

SOURCE: THE INTERCEPT

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Jun 04 10:45

The Murdering of Julia Assange

Julian Assange’s case goes even farther than breaking all the rules of “democratic” free speech. The way he is treated is a serious infraction on Human Rights. The US and British governments intend to silence and punish a champion of free speech, torturing him for the world to see, and especially as a deterrent for would-be whistleblowers and other free-speech advocates.

Jun 04 10:29

China's Internet Lockdown Intensifies Ahead Of Tiananmen Anniversary

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

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

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

Jun 04 10:21

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

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Jun 04 10:20

What diplomacy? Here are 36 countries the US has bullied this week

It’s been a busy few days for American diplomacy, with three dozen nations ending up at the receiving end of threats, ultimatums and sanctions this week alone.

Jun 04 10:18

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

by Carlos Miller

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

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

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

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

She then shot and killed him.

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

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

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

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

Jun 04 10:11

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Jun 04 10:00

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

SOURCE: ZERO HEDGE

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

REALLY, Mr. Little?!?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Curcumin: A Review of Its’ Effects on Human Health

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

What are probiotics?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jun 04 08:54

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

SOURCE: GEEK.COM

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

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

Jun 04 08:45

HOW TO BOYCOTT GOOGLE

How to boycott Google

It’s easy at 1-2-3.

Why boycott Google?

They spy on you, they lie about it and now they’re censoring the Internet.

You don’t have to put up with it.

There are three ways to ways to boycott:

Jun 04 08:42

THE NUMBER OF AMERICANS WORKING IN THEIR 70S IS SKYROCKETING

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

Jun 04 07:41

BARS & NIGHTCLUBS USE A SECRET BIOMETRIC BLACKLIST TO BAN CUSTOMERS

Have you ever had too much to drink at a bar or nightclub and been asked to leave? Have you or your friends ever mouthed off to the staff or been hit on by a bartender? Have you ever Yelped or Tweeted about bad food or service? If you answered yes, to any of those questions, then you will be mortified to learn that Big Brother knows exactly who you are.

Jun 04 01:32

Australian Federal police raid News Corp journalist's home over a secret government spy plan story

Federal police officers are raiding an Australian journalist's home over a story about a secret government plan to spy on Australians.

News Corp Australia's political editor Annika Smethurst, who works with The Sunday Telegraph among others, was preparing to leave her home for work when Australian Federal Police officers arrived with a warrant from an ACT magistrate.

The warrant gave them authority to search her home, computer and mobile phone.

Smethurst complied with the warrant and stayed until the raid was completed.

Jun 03 10:22

Laws against Holocaust denial

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

Jun 03 09:37

AMAZON INSTALLING ALEXA IN APARTMENTS AND HOTEL ROOMS. THEY SAY 24/7 DATA COLLECTION WILL HELP PROPERTY MANAGERS BETTER MANAGE AND SERVE TENANTS.

By B.N. Frank

More creepy “Surveillance Capitalism” courtesy of Amazon who isn’t hiding that it is putting millions of smart speakers in homes and hotels by “offering discounted hardware, customized software and new ways for property managers to harvest and use data.”

Are there actually people willing to pay for this type of arrangement?

From the Wall Street Journal, “Amazon’s Plan to Move In to Your Next Apartment Before You Do.”

For Amazon, the appeal is obvious: Adding millions of new users to its services and gaining access to data like their voice-based wish lists and Alexa-powered shopping habits will put it further ahead of the competition which, at the moment, doesn’t have a significant presence in rental properties and new-home construction.

‘We can predict if residents are happy based on their digital interactions.’

Here’s what they have to say about privacy:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What if one wants to opt-out?!?

Are there any provisions for this?!?

Can guests at hotels or residents of apartments, capable of not having every single word they speak, recorded?!?

If there is no provision for this, I would want to stay elsewhere, and let the management understand precisely we were doing this.

Jun 03 09:29

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

SOURCE: ZEROHEDGE

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Color me completely unsurprised by this.

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

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

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

One does have to wonder.....

Jun 03 09:21

IS PROCESSED FOOD KILLING YOU?

SOURCE: SUBMITTED BY NATURE HUB

— AMERICAN’S DANGEROUS ADDICTION TO FACTORY FOOD.
Over the years ultra-processed factory food has become more and more common. Living in the USA it’s almost impossible to avoid them. As children most of us grew up eating them- and in many cases those cute frozen TV dinners were delivered right to our door. Eating out of the package isn’t ideal- for sure- but just how big of a price are we paying with our health?

Many would be surprised to find out just which foods make the list of ultra-processed foods. It’s not just fast food, sweets, fried foods, and chips, but also bread, sausages, fruit-yogurts, packaged soups and noodles, sweetened drinks, jarred sauces, processed meats, and almost any frozen meal- things that are common staples of the American diet, served in schools, restaurants, and homes across the country.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Have a talk with the manager of whatever "Big Box" or neighborhood grocery store you frequent, and let them know that if they will allow you a choice for organic products, you will continue to support them by shopping there; but if they cannot, or will not, you need to move to a store which will let you have that choice.

Jun 03 09:12

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

SOURCE: RT

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

Jun 03 09:05

RUSSIA’S ROSTEC PULLS PLUG ON MADURO

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

Jun 03 09:00

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

SOURCE: MATT AGORIST @ THE FREE THOUGHT PROJECT

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

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

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

Jun 02 10:47

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

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

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

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

Jun 02 10:39

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Jun 02 10:24

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Snowden nailed it here.

Jun 02 10:22

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

Jun 02 10:19

"EXTREME VETTING" ESCALATES: U.S. VISA APPLICANTS MUST NOW TURN OVER THEIR SOCIAL MEDIA HISTORY

SOURCE: ZEROHEDGE
The Trump administration has implemented a new policy, effective on Friday, that now asks most applicants for U.S. visas to provide information on their use of social media, according to The Hill.

Even temporary visitors will be required to list their social media identifiers in a drop-down menu, along with other personal information, when applying. Applicants for visas will be given the option to say that they don’t use social media, but if they are found to be lying, they could face "serious immigration consequences", according to a U.S. Department of State official.

A spokesperson for the Department of State said:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have to wonder, if I were out of the country, and looking to head back toward our home, if DHS would consider me "suspect", as a Christian pacifist activist?!?

Folks, this is getting... just a little scary out there!

Jun 02 10:04

STACEY ABRAMS JOINS GLOBALIST ELITE, ANOINTED BY CFR, BILDERBERG GROUP

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

The Fake News organs that regularly shower Stacey Abrams with adulatory coverage are now mum about her entry into the secretive, shadowy corridors of power.

Stacey Abrams has really arrived. The former Minority Leader of the Georgia House of Representatives and the Democrat Party candidate in the 2018, hotly-contested Georgia gubernatorial election, Abrams scored a double anointing by major globalist groups during the month of May. First, on May 10, she was chosen to deliver the keynote address at the Council on Foreign Relations’ Seventh Annual Conference on Diversity in International Affairs. She received the royal rock star treatment during that conference, as the great and the good packed into “A Conversation With Stacey Abrams,” a Q&A session emceed by New York Times reporter and editorial board member Eduardo Porter.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder for what Bilderberg is "grooming her"; a presidential run, perhaps, in 2024?!?

Only time will tell; but if my hunch is correct here, Bilderberg will be preparing her... to become a major force in American politics, and further cementing their "place at the table", in American politics.

Jun 02 09:56

TALIBAN LEADER PLEDGES TO KEEP FIGHTING IN EID MESSAGE

SOURCE: ALJAZEERA.COM
The Afghan Taliban is unlikely to call a ceasefire any time soon, the group's leader has indicated, even though the "doors of dialogue" with the United States to end the 18-year-long war in the country remain open.

In his annual message on Saturday, ahead of next week's Eid al-Fitr holiday marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan, Mullah Haibatullah Akhunzada pledged to continue fighting until the group's objectives were reached.

"No one should expect us to pour cold water on the heated battlefronts of Jihad or forget our 40-year sacrifices before reaching our objectives," he said in the message, adding that the Taliban aimed for "an end to the occupation and establishment of an Islamic system".

His statement comes days after a Taliban official said that "decent progress" had been made during talks with a group of senior Afghan politicians in Moscow.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There are some grave, and heady reasons, that Afghanistan is called "The graveyard of Empires"; Alexander the Great was the last ruler who was able to hold the place together, by a system of alliances and dynastic marriages, but was only able to get this to stay in place for just three years.

The UK ultimately realized this; the Russians ultimately realized this; and at some point, in this unGodly, immoral occupation, the US government, has to realize this.

Please understand; no American teenager of the age of 18, has ever seen the Unhinged, Surveilled State of Amerika, in a state of peace, and creating responsible, decent, and moral, trade relationships with countries around the world.

And it doesn't matter which party is allegedly running the country, the agenda of wars, and US economic dollar hegemony, wil never quit, until, ultimately, it has to.

This reality... hurts my heart. But there is nothing to be done immediately, before this country collapses in a Soviet-Union style collapse, or creates a war so devastating that it may well destroy most life on this planet, as we know it.

The only thing we can do, right now, is to know who our friends and intentional family are, who will really come through in a pinch, and collaborate with them in order to survive, at every level.

Jun 02 09:47

FB Jail for truth tellers

Apparently reporting on a war crime committed by Israel and providing a first hand account of the destruction and the anguish inflicted on Palestinian refugees is considered ‘hate speech’ according to the authoritarian social network.

Jun 02 09:36

UK FOREIGN SECRETARY DEFENDS TORTURING JOURNALISTS, THEN SAYS WE MUST PROTECT JOURNALISTS

SOURCE: MEDIUM.COM

British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt has just given a speech extolling the virtues of a free media, praising the journalists who’ve been brave enough to expose the truth about wicked governments in the face of tyrannical oppression. While he was preparing to give this speech, without any indication of any self-reflection at all, he defended the torture of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

After news broke that UN Special Rapporteur on torture Nils Melzer had found that Julian Assange has been the victim of psychological torture for years, Hunt, who is gunning to become the UK’s next Prime Minister, accused him of interfering in British affairs and making “inflammatory statements”.

“This is wrong,” Hunt tweeted. “Assange chose to hide in the embassy and was always free to leave and face justice. The UN Special Rapporteur should allow British courts to make their judgements without his interference or inflammatory accusations.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mr. Hunt, a word, please; Julian Assange was never proven wrong in his information; Assange did a great service to this country, and the world, by reporting what he did.

That, sir, is why he will most probably die in Belmarsh Prison, Briton's Gitmo; there are very powerful people in this country, and beyond, who do not want to have Assange testifying lucidly at any kind of a trial.

I hope to hell that I am wrong, but his physical presence on this planet, may well have been ordered to be truncated by those in the highest degree of power and authority, in the US and other places as well.

Jun 02 09:27

PRIVACY? WHAT’S THAT? FACEBOOK LAWYER ARGUES USERS HAVE NONE

SOURCE: RT

Facebook’s lawyer has denied the social media platform invaded American users’ privacy when it allowed their personal data to be slurped up by Cambridge Analytica, claiming they had no privacy to begin with. No crime, no victims?
“There is no invasion of privacy at all, because there is no privacy,” attorney Orin Snyder argued in a motion to have a class-action lawsuit against Facebook dismissed in California’s Northern District Court this week. The suit alleges Facebook’s failure to protect user data from predatory third parties like Cambridge Analytica constitutes invasion of privacy, breach of contract, and negligence and violates other privacy statutes.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As a published composer, I know I should be using facebook more than I do, which at this point, is rarely; but I know how its data is collected, and if Facebook has a gripe against me, it will be used, unceremoniously, to deplatform me.

It is far better that we all go to other sites, where the possibility of getting deplatformed, is far less than it is with Facebook.

Jun 02 09:18

U.S.-LED COALITION ADMISSION OF 1,300 CIVILIAN DEATHS IN IRAQ AND SYRIA

SOURCE: AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL USA
Responding to today’s announcement by the U.S.-led Coalition that at least 1,302 civilians have been unintentionally killed by Coalition strikes in Syria and Iraq between August 2014 and the end of April 2019, Amnesty International’s Senior Crisis Response Adviser Donatella Rovera said:

“While all admissions of responsibility by the U.S.-led Coalition for civilian casualties are welcome, the Coalition remains deeply in denial about the devastating scale of the civilian casualties caused by their operations in both Iraq and Syria.

“A comprehensive investigation by Amnesty International in partnership with Airwars, launched last month, revealed that more than 1,600 civilians were killed in the Raqqa offensive alone in 2017 – meaning the acknowledged deaths are just a fraction of the total numbers killed.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Every time I see an image of a dead, or dying child, courtesy of US-enabled, or US-generated air strikes, I just want to grab that kid, just reach through the computer screen, and pull him or her out of that horrific situation, and into my arms, to at least provide some tiny bit of human compassion before they pass.

And I am about to do what some of you hate me for doing, posting some images of human beings killed, or crippled for life, courtesy of this government, which has chosen not to represent me, or many other people in this country who have an intellectual grasp of what is coming next.

Everything has a life-cycle, which I fully appreciate, having turned 70 this last year, including governments. I will not, ever, condone violence, because as a Christian Pacifist Activist, my conscience, and my heart, will not allow this.

But here are some current images of what has been done, in your name, by the Unhinged, Surveilled, State of America: warning, very graphic, and you may lose your lunch, upon seeing these.

You have been warned.

Images: Syrian kids being killed or maimed for life, courtesy of US-supported air strikes

Jun 02 09:17

What diplomacy? Here are 36 countries the US has bullied this week

American influence, built up over decades, is undeniable: even its adversaries depend on the US dollar and are arguably at the mercy of its myriad military bases all over the globe. Trump and his hawkish inner circle have been more than willing to spend that credit by shouting at everyone to get in line.

In the worst-case scenario, he is dragging the world into devastating wars. In the best case, he is throwing that influence away, showing allies and rivals alike that an ugly divorce could be the only way out of this abusive relationship.

Jun 02 08:53

WATCH: 'YOU AIN'T SEEN EXCESSIVE FORCE YET!': COPS RESTRAIN MAN AND THEN TORTURE HIM

SOURCE: MATT AGORIST @ THE FREE THOUGHT PROJECT
(Support Free Thought) - St. Paul, MN — When 24-year-old Terrell Wilson was arrested on April 13, 2016, he never thought an accusation of swiping someone’s cellphone at a night club would end up with him being held down by a half dozen officers—and savagely tortured—while in handcuffs. But that is exactly what happened. Now, after three years, the disturbing video has been released and the taxpayers, not the cop who did most of the torturing, are being held liable.

On Thursday, Wilson received more than $500,000 as part of a settlement reached with the county.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF anyone is thinking about moving to St. Paul; holding a convention; or visiting the city, this is one very good reason not to do so.

And people in St. Paul who have the unfortunate situation of having to live there, please vote with you feet, and leave the city, if that is possible.

And please, let Mayor Melvin Carter, know why.

No one should tolerate this kind of behaviour; NO ONE!!

Jun 02 08:44

MAJOR ISRAELI AIRSTRIKES KILL UP TO 10 PRO-ASSAD FORCES IN PRE-DAWN RAID

SOURCE: ZEROHEDGE

Israel has admitted responsibility in a significant overnight attack on Syria which reportedly killed up to ten pro-Assad forces, including possibly seven of what the Israeli media is claiming were Iranian and Hezbollah "foreign fighters".

The predawn raid took place south of Damascus in Quneitra province and unlike prior Israeli attacks appeared to included a multi-pronged sustained offensive of warplanes and helicopters on artillery and intelligence facilities. Syrian state media confirmed the attack, saying its anti-air defenses were active and successful over Quneitra and over the capital of Damascus, but put its early casualties as three killed and seven among the wounded.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There is a point past which Russia cannot continue to tolerate these strikes in Syria; there will have to be a point where either they, or the Syrian military, will have to be much more aggressive to keep Israel from bombing more of Syria; and this country cannot tolerate much more of this bombing happening.

I would like to hope that Putin will phone Netanyahu, at some ungodly hour in the Middle East, and demand that this bombing stop.

Jun 01 11:08

Tech giants now pushing ANTI-knowledge to keep humanity dumbed down and trapped in mental prisons

The evil tech giants are now systematically de-platforming all channels and sources of real human knowledge, awakening and truth. For the topics that really matter, the only information that’s allowed to be found on Google, Wikipedia, iPhone apps, YouTube or Twitter is anti-knowledge, or “false facts” that defy reality and indoctrinate the masses to believe in delusions rather than see what’s really happening in the world around them.

Jun 01 10:52

Nearly 25% Of Americans Are Using Debt To Pay For Necessities Like Food

Even though we are told the economy is doing great, all the evidence shows that main street Americans are struggling more and more every day. A recent report claimed that the costs of goods have risen to the point that 25% must use debt to pay for necessities, such as food.

Jun 01 10:11

OPINION: The old ways are not enough to counter the new ways of slavery

There is something unhealthy and despairing about trying to change real human culture in virtual media. All of us who oppose the attempt of process and power-money to crush individual creativity need to move on and utilise more subtle means of resistance. The Slog is no exception.

Jun 01 09:38

Just Think What Goebbels Could Have Done With Facebook

If the Nazis were in power today, during the digital revolution, they would rule the world, says Dr. Yaniv Levyatan, an expert in psychological warfare

May 31 13:16

Top US General Claims Intel Showed Iran Mounting a Campaign Against US

Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joe Dunford has revealed that it was he who was driving recent US military deployments into the Middle East, saying he recommended them based on intelligence with respect to Iran.

Dunford claimed that “malign activity and threats to our forces by the Iranians were not new,” but that what he saw was a synchronized series of efforts that looked more like a formal campaign against the US.

Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan confirmed that Dunford told him of an “anomaly” in Iranian behavior. At the same time, Shanahan says that President Trump has made clear he does not seek a war over the matter.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

General Dunford, a respectful word sir, here; if you have utterly no evidence through which you can prove your allegations to a war-weary and war-skeptical country, how do you think that you, and your compatriots, like Bolton and Pompeo, are going to convince the people of this country that yes, another war is necessary, when the American people understand that they were lied into wars against Afghanistan and Iraq?!?

Forgive me, General; but the optics on such a move, are nearly impossible, if you continue to make allegations for which you have utterly no proof. OF course, the Israelis are pushing you in this direction; but perhaps, it should be the IDF fighting these battles, as they are always complaining and criticizing Iran as an "existential threat."

May 31 13:04

Israeli military says it attacked Syrian anti-aircraft position after its warplane came under fire

The Israeli military said it attacked a Syrian anti-aircraft position after an Israeli warplane came under fire. Syrian TV earlier stated that Israel had carried out a missile strike in Syria’s Quneitra province.
According to SANA, one officer was killed and two others were injured in the attack on a military site east of Khan Arnabeh in the Quneitra countryside. It added that the Syrian Air Defense attacked an unmanned aerial vehicle that entered Syrian airspace near the southern suburb.

Israeli Defense Forces claimed that it was their jet making a routine flight in northern Israel that came under fire. The Syrian anti-aircraft missile missed the warplane and it was able to complete its mission successfully.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unfortunately, the situation between Israel and Syria appears to be escalating.

And please remember; the US military still has "boots on the ground" in Syria.

May 31 12:58

‘Grave concerns’: Assange can barely talk, moved to prison hospital, says WikiLeaks

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been moved to the hospital wing of the Belmarsh prison in the UK, prompting Concerns about his health pending the hearing on his extradition to the US.

Assange’s health had already “significantly deteriorated” during the nearly seven years he spent inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London, and has continued to get worse over the seven weeks he has spent in Belmarsh, WikiLeaks said in a statement on Wednesday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There have been some unconfirmed resorts, that Belmarsh personnel are heavily dosing Assange with the anti-malarial drug mefloquine hydrochloride, which is known to create delusional states for those forced to take it. FDA increases warnings for the anti-malaria drug, mefloquine hydrochloride

When it comes to geopolitics, there are few "real coincidences"; it would appear that on the marching orders from their "Deep State American Cousins", the Brits are insuring that Assange never has the chance to speak, lucidly, about how he got the information he did, to pass on to the American public.

IF you are so inclined, please pray for the guy. I sense, right now, that he may never get out of Belmarsh alive.

May 31 12:30

U.S. Government Wastes Billions on “Fragmented, Overlapping or Duplicative” Programs

The federal government wastes tens of billions of dollars on all sorts of “fragmented, overlapping or duplicative” programs in areas ranging from healthcare to defense, the production of U.S. currency and disaster response. It is a perpetual government-wide epidemic that has long fleeced American taxpayers, according to a report issued this month by the nonpartisan investigative arm of Congress, the Government Accountability Office (GAO). The watchdog has published similar documents in the past eight years listing more than 300 areas of waste yet the hemorrhaging continues because Congress or executive branch agencies have failed to act.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

You see, if this US government actually cared about "We the People", these problems would cease to exist; but at this point in the 21st century, the US government is comprised of people with a complete, and utter, distain for the American taxpayer, and are only concerned about lining their own pockets, as the main perk of having gotten elected or appointed.

21st American governance... is an absolute and complete failure, just waiting for the moment, when it collapses under its own weight.

May 31 12:24

Pentagon to ban US companies from using Russian space launches & satellites

The Pentagon has introduced restrictions that will prevent American companies from using Russian space rocket launches and satellite services, set to take effect in 2023.

The rule will levy “additional prohibitions with regard to acquisition of certain foreign commercial satellite services, such as… satellites and launch vehicles,” according to a Pentagon notice published on the US Federal Register website on Thursday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Would the Pentagon please like to explain to the American people, that they have no recoverable space vehicles with which to get up to space, and back down, as we did with the Shuttle craft, unless Russia gets us there, as Russia does have this capability?!?

I am having a palm-to-forehead moment, at velocity, upon reading this!!

May 31 12:11

BILDERBERG MEETING 2019: NOTHING TO SEE HERE; MOVE ALONG

From a distance the gathering of some 130 wealthy and influential people in Montreux, Switzerland, starting tomorrow looks benign enough. The website of the Bilderberg Group says it’s just “an annual forum for informal discussions, designed to foster dialogue between Europe and North America.… It’s a forum for informal discussions about major issues.… There is no detailed agenda, no resolutions are proposed, no votes are taken, and no policy statements are issued.

The group even posts its agenda items, which include “informal discussions” about Brexit, climate “change,” and the future of capitalism. All designed to put any seeker of the truth to sleep.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This handful of people, are who decides who lives or who dies; where the next wars will be fought, and against whom; and project this huge, ugly diaphanous cloud over the existence of all humankind.

If they were really concerned about betting the lives of their citizens, why in heaven's name, would the Chatham House rules be invoked?!?

The short answer is, they would not be invoked, if these leaders cared a rat's anus about the welfare of the people over which they rule.

This is about money; profit; and how to keep the skids greased just a little while longer, until the US collapses under its own weight of debt.

May 31 11:49

NSA TO BALTIMORE: DON'T BLAME US

SOURCE: DEEPSTATEBLOG.ORG

It’s your fault, a National Security Agency official says to the city of Baltimore about the ransomware attack that has disrupted city services.

The unknown hackers, who have demanded $100,000 in bitcoin, are using software stolen from NSA. The agency’s response: we warned Baltimore two years ago and they didn’t patch their network.

“NSA shares the concerns of all the law-abiding citizens around the world about the threat posed by that criminal, malicious cyber activity, but the characterization that there’s an indefensible nation-state tool propagating ransomware is simply untrue,” Joyce said at a cybersecurity conference hosted by CrowdStrike.

What’s true is that there is a nation-state tool, created by NSA, that is propagating ransomware. What is untrue is that it is indefensible. American cities have to defend themselves from NSA’s stolen weapon, and if they don’t do it quickly enough, the NSA feels that it is absolved of responsibility

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Hey, NSA; sorry, but right now, the optics of this position.... are really awful.

Why is it impossible for your top techs to be working with Baltimore, in terms of identifying the problem, and helping them fix it?!?

Isn't that part of your service to city and state agencies, who get caught up in this kind of situation?!?

Because if not, your leadership, starting with Keith B. Alexander, needs to be sacked, immediately, and have someone put in charge who will be motivated by just a tiny big of good will, rather than huffing and running away.

This attitude will NOT help to remedy the problem... is it POSSIBLE to show some slight bit of kindness, and help Baltimore out?!?

May 31 11:42

MARK ZUCKERBERG'S PERSONAL SECURITY CHIEF ACCUSED OF SEXUAL MISCONDUCT, RACIST AND HOMOPHOBIC COMMENTS

SOURCE: CNBC.COM

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s personal security chief has been accused of sexual misconduct and making racist and homophobic remarks about Zuckerberg’s wife, Priscilla Chan, and members of his staff, NBC News has confirmed with a spokesperson for Zuckerberg.

The allegations against Liam Booth, a former Secret Service officer now serving as the Facebook founder’s personal security chief, were brought by former employees of Zuckerberg’s household staff via the law offices of The Bloom Firm. They were first reported by Business Insider.

Lawyers representing the employees — a former member of Zuckerberg’s household staff and a former executive assistant to Booth — sent letters regarding the allegations to the law firm that represents the companies that provide security for the Zuckerberg family, according to Business Insider.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mark, a word, please: don't you vet the people who work for you in this very important capacity?!?And this was the guy who you chose to protect your and your families' lives?!?

This is both irritating, and frustrating, to the millions of people who have entrusted you with their data on Facebook.

As an icon, and perhaps, idol among techies, please, you have got do better than this!!

May 31 11:33

ISRAELIS INVEST IN NEW ARTILLERY: ATMOS MOBILE HOWITZER

SOURCE: BREAKINGDEFENSE.COM

TEL AVIV: The Israeli government just awarded the initial, $125 million contract of a planned 12-year, $280 million program to replace its tank-like M109 howitzers with Elbit’s wheeled ATMOS. About half the work will be done by Elbit’s subsidiaries and partners in the United States, a sign of how Israeli defense spending has shifted since Washington restricted its ally’s ability to spend US aid on non-US products.

The investment also shows how good old-fashioned 155 mm shells still play a vital role in a Mideast roiled by Hezbollah rockets and Iranian missile tests. Even in an age of smart weapons, when you need to bombard a target, it turns out that quantity still has a quality of its own.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

But I have to wonder; against which nation-state in the Middle East is Israel thinking about using this weapon?!?

And to my Israeli brothers and sisters, I have a thought; like the US government, I think that Israel needs to add another position, ranked at cabinet level, and right the heck now.

That would be an Israeli Department of Peace, tasked with keeping things peaceful between Israel and her neighbors. And please, don't laugh here; the Israeli government has kept its people in a constant state of fear about attacks by your neighbors for decades; I get that.

But do you think, for example, that Iran wouldn't love to sign a peace treaty with Israel, if Netanyahu had the courage and horse-sense, to do just that?!?
The Jewish community is thriving in Iran, and doing incredibly well.

There are two things, which I think, should unite both younger Israelis and Iranians; they both love their kids, and want the best for them.

So please tell me, at what point does a reasonable, win/win peace treaty, arrived at by moral, hard won negotiations,trump war?!?

In my world, the answer is, always.

We have three wonderful grand nephews, one wonderful nephew, and one wonderful grand niece.

I want these kids to grow up in a time of unprecedented peace, the intelligent sharing of information, and protection against life's quirks, and problems; and I think, were I to ask young Israeli and Iranian moms and dads, they would want the same for their kids.

Peace, on this planet, is not impossible; but it has to be valued by all people on this planet; but unfortunately, war is almost always more profitable, which makes it "justifiable" by the people who build the weaons, and reap the profits.

May 31 11:14

Technotyranny: The Iron-Fisted Authoritarianism of the Surveillance State

Twenty years after the Wachowskis’ iconic 1999 film, The Matrix, introduced us to a futuristic world in which humans exist in a computer-simulated non-reality powered by authoritarian machines—a world where the choice between existing in a denial-ridden virtual dream-state or facing up to the harsh, difficult realities of life comes down to a red pill or a blue pill—we stand at the precipice of a technologically-dominated matrix of our own making.

We are living the prequel to The Matrix with each passing day, falling further under the spell of technologically-driven virtual communities, virtual realities and virtual conveniences managed by artificially intelligent machines that are on a fast track to replacing us and eventually dominating every aspect of our lives.

Science fiction has become fact.

May 31 10:39

NESTLE SAYS REQUIREMENT TO REPORT USE OF SLAVE LABOR WOULD COST CONSUMERS MORE MONEY

Published: May 31, 2019
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SOURCE: MATT AGORIST @ THE FREE THOUGHT PROJECT
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While the Free Thought Project often reports on the megacorp Nestle and their rampant abuse and exploitation of drinking water supplies across the nation, few are aware that the company has been found using slave labor. What’s more, as governments across the world attempt to crack down the use of slave labor by requiring companies to report on its use, Nestle is fighting it, saying that it will end up costing consumers at the register.

Late last month, Nestle issued a warning against proposed legislation that would require them to report on their efforts to weed out slavery within their company. The company says the cost of checking to see if they are forcing people to work against their will end up being passed on to the consumer.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

ARE YOU FLIPPING KIDDING ME?!?

For Nestle execs to make such a claim, telegraphs, in large, neon letters, that they are already using slave and/or convict labor in the production of their products.

And hey, if it costs me a little more to buy their product (which, at the moment, I am personally boycotting because of their sharp business tactics), that is OK.

Just please, Lord, do not tell me you are using either slave or convict labor, in the production of your products, because that.... is going to cause consumers to bolt, big-time, from buying whatever you offer.

May 31 10:32

PUTIN HAS REJECTED IRAN'S S-400 MISSILE REQUEST OVER SOARING GULF TENSIONS

Bloomberg reports that Russia's President Putin has rejected a controversial Iranian request to buy S-400 missile defense systems on the basis of current soaring tensions between Tehran and Washington following accusations of "sabotage" attacks on oil tankers and a pipeline in the gulf region.

The breaking report cites a senior Russian official and other unnamed sources with knowledge of the matter:

The request was rebuffed by President Vladimir Putin, the people said on condition of anonymity because they’re not authorized to discuss the matter. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif visited Moscow May 7.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Again, Putin has proven himself one of the few "adults in the room" in geopolitics.

This guy has the "horse sense" to know when to push (as he did with Syria's government, in terms of assisting it get rid of most of the US trained, funded, and armed jihadis), and when to back off (not giving Iran the requested S-400 missile defense system.)

I think world history, will treat this man very kindly, in years to come...

May 31 10:07

Tech giants now pushing ANTI-knowledge to keep humanity dumbed down and trapped in mental prisons

Far from helping people access knowledge and facts, search engines like Google now push anti-knowledge — the opposite of knowledge — in order to keep people dumbed down.

The evil tech giants are now systematically de-platforming all channels and sources of real human knowledge, awakening and truth. For the topics that really matter, the only information that’s allowed to be found on Google, Wikipedia, iPhone apps, YouTube or Twitter is anti-knowledge, or “false facts” that defy reality and indoctrinate the masses to believe in delusions rather than see what’s really happening in the world around them.

In other words, on every topic that matters — science, medicine, vaccines, climate, history, politics, biology, culture and more — Big Tech systematically suppresses useful knowledge that might empower humans and replaces it with anti-knowledge that keeps people dumbed-down and trapped in mental prisons.

May 31 09:55

US TO INVESTIGATE REPORTS N. KOREA EXECUTED SENIOR DIPLOMAT AFTER HANOI SUMMIT FAILURE – POMPEO

SOURCE: RT
Following a slew of reports that North Korea had executed a senior envoy who participated in the Hanoi peace summit with US President Donald Trump, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said he’s ‘checking it out.’
“We've seen the reporting to which you are referring,” Pompeo told a news conference in Berlin Friday, answering a question about reports in South Korean media that nuclear envoy Kim Hyok Choi had been executed by Kim Jong Un’s regime.

“We’re doing our best to check it out. I don't have anything else to add to that today.”

South Korea’s Chosun Ilbo daily reported Thursday on the execution of Choi and four other high-level officials, following the breakdown in negotiations at the Hanoi peace summit in February of this year.

For its part, North Korea has yet to comment on the allegations, though the secretive state has used executions to cover up public failures in the past.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This report is very troubling, and I hope that President Trump's administration can get to the bottom of it.

but the Trump Administration has to realize, that for true denuclearization to happen in North Korea, it, too, has to demonstrate some "faith in action", which , so far, just hasn't happened.

More and more, the Trump administration is proving that its continued mantra of "my way.. or the highway!" just isn't working.

May 31 09:37

VIGILANTES HELPED STEVE BANNON’S GROUP WITH PRIVATE BORDER WALL NEAR EL PASO

SOURCE: THE INTERCEPT
PEOPLE IN THE El Paso area were stunned to learn on Memorial Day that a new segment of border wall had just sprung up in their midst, seemingly out of nowhere. Though it is already hundreds of feet long and snakes up a high mountain, it was initiated secretly, in just a few days, on private property that for long has been so off-limits to the public that even reporters have feared going near.

The massive, imposing barrier is planned to be about a half-mile long. It’s being erected by We Build the Wall Inc., a crowdfunded effort spearheaded by ultra-right military veteran Brian Kolfage. In December, Kolfage called for people to donate for a privately funded border wall to be built on private land. He said his plan would bypass problems created by Congress, the courts, and legal opponents such as the American Civil Liberties Union.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Folks, for any of you who actually know me, you will find me a lover of all people, from everywhere.

But We, as a People, have some very hard choices to make about immigration.

When I was a kid, growing up in Burbank, California, it was made very clear to me, by my parents, that I needed every possible skill to become a contributing member of society.

Language was critical; being able to do simple math... was critical. These were the life lessons my Mom and Dad worked tirelessly, to instill in me; and those values took hold, to the point where, at this point in my life, I am an entrepreneur and published composer, who has a very clear vision of who she is, and what her capabilities are.

Illegal... is not a race. It is the description of anyone who comes here illegally, and expects that the US government will pay for their kids' education; for their health care; and for their sustenance, having broken the laws of this country, to be here.

And the logical question, from someone who has lived here all her life, approaching their alleged "golden years", but still working pretty much full time, is ...why?!?

What the heck did I ever do to these people?!?

And the short answer is, nothing.

So why should I be expected to pay for healthcare, education, and sustenance of people who have broken American law, to be here?!?

The short answer is, I shouldn't have to.

This is not the America of Emma Lazarus, who gave us the beautiful poem "Give me your tired, your poor... your huddled masses earning to breathe free." This is the America where people who can do computer code are welcomed, because these days, computers run most businesses, and most manufacturing. People with skills, welcome; and sorry; this country cannot become the place where non-achievers can totally rely on the Federal government to help them out, when they have absolutely nothing to give back.

That... is simply the reality of 21st century life in the USA.

May 31 09:13

ASSANGE TOO SICK TO APPEAR AT HIS OWN EXTRADITION HEARING

SOURCE: ANTI MEDIA
(ANTIWAR.COM) — WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was unable to attend a court hearing in London on US attempts to extradite him, with his lawyer saying he is simply too ill to make an appearance and has been relocated to his prison’s medical ward.

A statement from WikiLeaks reported Assange’s health had “significantly deteriorated” from his seven years inside the Ecuadorian embassy, and in his seven weeks in British prison, he has gotten worse and is losing a lot of weight.

The court has adjourned the extradition hearing until June 12, and has indicated that it will be held inside Belmarsh prison at that time, which may allow Assange to attend, health permitting.

Assange is facing 50 weeks in prison in Britain for hiding in the embassy. The US wants him extradited, and charges already disclosed under the Espionage Act would have him facing 170 years in prison.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

My sense is that Assange is being gradually poisoned with something that will not show up at an autopsy, but is killing him, none the less.

May 31 09:05

LOS ANGELES COUNTY SUES BAYER'S MONSANTO OVER PCB CONTAMINATION

SOURCE: REUTERS
(Reuters) - Los Angeles County sued Monsanto Co on Thursday, seeking to force the unit of Germany’s Bayer AG to help pay for reducing PCB contamination in dozens of bodies of water.

The most populous U.S. county, which has about 10.1 million people, said the presence of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in products sold by Monsanto many decades ago has caused widespread environmental contamination, forcing it to spend money to retrofit its stormwater systems and prevent further damage.

Los Angeles County said Monsanto had long concealed its knowledge that PCBs were harmful, and created a public nuisance because their presence interferes with commerce, fishing, navigation, swimming and other water-based activities.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There is a point where Monsanto/Bayer will be sued out of existence; I cannot predict when, but right now, it seems...inevitable, for all the evils Monsanto has created, and desperately tried to cover up.

May 31 09:00

TAXPAYERS SHELL OUT RECORD $6.75M AFTER COPS DEPRIVED MAN OF WATER FOR 7 DAYS UNTIL HE DIEDPublished: May 31, 2019Share | Print This SOURCE: MATT AGORIST @ THE FREE THOUGHT PROJECT

TAXPAYERS SHELL OUT RECORD $6.75M AFTER COPS DEPRIVED MAN OF WATER FOR 7 DAYS UNTIL HE DIED
Published: May 31, 2019
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(Support Free Thought) - As TFTP reported in 2017, a jury found probable cause to bring criminal charges against seven jailhouse employees in the dehydration death of Terrill Thomas for cutting off the water to his cell until he died of dehydration. Since then, three of the officers were found guilty and handed down insultingly low sentences. And now, the taxpayers are taking the brunt of the responsibility as Thomas’ family receives a $6.75 million settlement.

“It reflects the callous disregard for Terrill Thomas’ life,” Ed Budge, a Seattle-based attorney who was part of the legal team representing Thomas’ estate told CNN on Wednesday. “We are satisfied that the settlement reflects the atrociousness of what happened, and it’s an appropriate result for this case.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What were these idiot jail employees thinking?!?

What was the psychological "win" here, and why did they feel it was "necessary" against this particular inmate?!>?

That the brutal "insanity factor" of what they were doing, did not ring alarm bells with senior employees, reflects very poorly on a system which, in its essence, encourages recidivism, and insures that a big, fat budget for a system which cannot, and will not, work for rehabilitation, continues.

As most of you who read this blog understand, I have a "hug and a punch" relationship with the film maker Michael Moore. (and Michael, just to relieve you from any possible anxiety, my "punch" is a gentle arm on your shoulder- i do not hurt people, period, end of discussion).

But his film "Who do we Invade Next?!?" was brilliant. And in one of the segments, he goes to a Swedish prison on an island. The architect who created the facility, made it seem more like a dorm, than a prison. The constant goal is rehabilitation, not punishment.

The deep, open intellectual and moral wound, in American prisons, is that we have made the choice to punish, but not to rehabilitate.

And the recidivism rate from US and Federal prisons, just... sucks, of course assuring that there are big, fat, budgets which do absolutely nothing toward rehabilitation, in the American prison system.

2018 Update on Prisoner Recidivism:
A 9-Year Follow-up Period (2005-2014)Five in 6 (83%) state prisoners released in 2005 FIGURE 1
across 30 states were arrested at least once during Annual arrest percentage of prisoners released in the 9 years following their release. Te remaining 30 states in 2005
17% were not arrested afer release during the 9-year Percent of released prisoners follow-up period. 50
About 4 in 9 (44%) prisoners released in 2005 were
arrested at least once during their first year after release 40
figure 1). About 1 in 3 (34%) were arrested during
their third year after release, and nearly 1 in 4 (24%) 30
were arrested during their ninth year.

These numbers should be a massive embarrassment to the Federal and State Governments, but apparently, are not.

May 31 08:39

Facebook’s shareholder meeting was a sad display of impotent groveling, and it’s the future in store for many other investors

As upset as many may have been, there was absolutely zero chance Facebook investors were going to oust Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday or even curtail his power in any way.

The outcome of the company's annual shareholder meeting was determined years before it even began.

That plain fact shouldn't just gall Facebook's shareholders. It should worry investors and policy makers as a whole. That's because the number of would-be Facebooks is growing, and their shareholders and the public will have similar trouble gaining control of them should they ever go off the rails like Zuckerberg's company has.

May 31 08:30

AUSTRALIA: CHINESE LASERS FORCED MILITARY PILOTS TO LAND

SOURCE: FUTURISM.COM
BLINDING LIGHT
Australian navy pilots claim that they were forced to land their helicopters after Chinese militia boats aimed lasers at them during a routine exercise over the South China Sea.

The laser-induced, precautionary grounding is just the latest of many similar accounts by pilots from the U.S. and elsewhere, according to The Guardian — but now the Chinese government is denying that the incident ever took place.

I’M RUBBER YOU’RE GLUE
A spokesman for the Chinese military told reporters on Thursday that the account is “not consistent with the facts,” according to The Associated Press.

The spokesman, Wu Qian, said that Australia ought to “reflect on itself” instead of blaming China.

EXTANT QUESTIONS

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I had the opportunity to visit Australia, many years ago, when Mike was working there.

The one thing that I both observed, and admired, was "Sidneysiders'" forthrightness, when saying that something actually happened.

From what I experienced there, I believe the pilots in this matter; it is not in the Australian moral code, to lie about what was seen, or observed.

May 30 17:45

Google Just Gave 2 Billion Chrome Users A Reason To Switch To Firefox

Google is planning to restrict modern ad blocking Chrome extensions to enterprise users only, according to 9to5Google. This is despite a backlash to an announcement by Google in January proposing changes that will stop current ad blockers from working efficiently.

And the software giant is not backing down: It says the only people that can use ad blockers following the change will be Google’s enterprise users.

The proposal – dubbed Manifest V3 – will see a major transformation to Chrome extensions that includes a revamp of the permissions system. It will mean modern ad blockers such as uBlock Origin – which uses Chrome’s webRequest API to block ads before they’re downloaded – won’t work. This is because Manifest V3 sees Google halt the webRequest API’s ability to block a particular request before it’s loaded.

May 30 11:42

Catalan independence leader 'BLOCKED' from EU Parliament despite winning MEP election

CATALAN independence leader Carles Puigdemont was blocked entering the European Parliament despite being elected as an MEP last weekend.

May 30 09:12

U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Arrest Over ‘Contempt of Cop’ Charge, Limits Right to Challenge Police Use of Retaliatory Arrests to Punish Speech

In a setback to First Amendment rights, the U.S. Supreme Court has issued a ruling protecting police from lawsuits by persons arrested on bogus “contempt of cop” charges (ranging from resisting arrest and interference to disorderly conduct, obstruction, and failure to obey a police order) that result from lawful First Amendment activities (filming police, asking a question of police, refusing to speak with police). In Nieves v. Bartlett, the Court ruled 6-3 to dismiss the case of Russell Bartlett, an Alaska resident who was arrested after he refused to be interrogated by police and intervened after police attempted to question other people. Although the Court recognized that people have a right to be free from a retaliatory arrest over lawful First Amendment activities, it ruled that if police have probable cause for the arrest, the person cannot sue for a free speech violation unless they can show that someone else was not arrested for the same actions.

May 29 12:00

European leaders will delay Brexit AGAIN and AGAIN to avoid getting the blame for a No Deal if Boris Johnson or Dominic Raab try to tear up the withdrawal agreement

Brussels will fight any attempts by Britain to leave with No Deal by trying to force multiple Brexit delays on the UK, it was claimed today.

The EU is said to be preparing to extend Article 50 more than once if the new Tory leader tears up Theresa May's deal with the bloc.

Candidates Boris Johnson, Dominic Raab, Andrea Leadsom and Esther McVey have all said that they would pull Britain out with No Deal unless the EU rips the Irish Backstop from Mrs May's Withdrawal Agreement.

But Eurocrats are ready to shove Britain 'back to the wall' - and delay Brexit after October 31 - if a hard Brexiteer takes over as Prime Minister.

A source told The Sun: 'The new Prime Minister doesn't have any ownership of the deal so the withdrawal agreement seems to be off the table. But similarly No Deal is off the table - the only solution is extensions until something changes in the UK'.

May 28 11:04

Turkey Invades Northern Iraq In Operation Against Kurdish Militants

Turkey has launched a cross-border operation into neighboring Iraq against Kurdish militants in a mountainous northern region of the country.

The Turkish defense ministry confirmed its military unleashed a barrage of artillery fire and air strikes on Monday afternoon before ground forces entered northern Iraq to “demolish the caves and shelters that are being used by terrorist groups and to eliminate terrorists” — a reference to the outlawed PKK.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

You are not going to see this on NBC; CBS; MSNBC; or FOX.

So what, please, does the US government do here, side with the Kurdish, who have been successfully exterminating ISIS jihadis in the US government's behalf, or side with their NATO ally, Turkey, in this attack?!?

Because either way the US government goes in on this conflict, it is nearly certain that it will need to completely destroy one, or the other, of these warring factions.

This is geopolitical insanity, and if the US decides to favor Turkey's excuses for this incursion here, it will be sending the painfully clear message, that it is pathologically incapable of being an honest broker for peace in the region, particularly where the Kurdish people are involved.

May 28 10:41

Israeli military says it attacked Syrian anti-aircraft position after its warplane came under fire

The Israeli military said it attacked a Syrian anti-aircraft position after an Israeli warplane came under fire. Syrian TV earlier stated that Israel had carried out a missile strike in Syria’s Quneitra province.
According to SANA, one officer was killed and two others were injured in the attack on a military site east of Khan Arnabeh in the Quneitra countryside. It added that the Syrian Air Defense attacked an unmanned aerial vehicle that entered Syrian airspace near the southern suburb.

Israeli Defense Forces claimed that it was their jet making a routine flight in northern Israel that came under fire. The Syrian anti-aircraft missile missed the warplane and it was able to complete its mission successfully.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Everything Israel ever does, to any of its regional neighbors, is always defended, as "normal and routine."

May 28 10:37

EU election results show people are ‘fed up with fake democracy’

Anti-establishment forces had major gains in the EU elections because voters are tired of parties refusing to challenge Brussels, analysts told RT, saying the results also show that migration is still a top issue.
Euroskeptic parties made considerable gains in the European Parliament elections, leaving the bloc’s establishment parties badly battered and searching for answers. Ultimately, analysts told RT, it illustrates how Europeans have run out of patience for politics as usual.

In the past, whenever the EU found itself in trouble, Brussels would always remedy the crisis by calling for more European integration, Dr. Werner Patzelt, a political science professor at the Technical University of Dresden, noted. And until now, Brussels always got its way.

“This time it was different,” Patzelt told RT.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is a turning point for the EU; I hope their leadership absorbs the true meaning of this vote.

May 28 10:20

Russia invites Taliban, Afghan officials to Moscow meet

Afghan politicians are set to attend a two-day meeting with the Taliban in Moscow this week, officials confirmed Monday, as fighting continues to rage in Afghanistan amid troubled peace talks between the US and the militants.

The meeting -- set to run the 28th and 29th of May -- will mark the 100th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Russia and Afghanistan.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said a 14-member delegation was heading to Moscow, led by Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the group's top political leader.

Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai, the Taliban's chief negotiator and former deputy minister of foreign affairs, will also attend, Mujahid said in a statement.

From the Afghan political establishment, former president Hamid Karzai is set to make an appearance, with his spokesman Yousof Saha suggesting the Afghan and Taliban delegations might meet on the sidelines for informal talks, but he noted nothing was guaranteed.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That Russia is even trying here, I think, bodes well for a possible resolution to this horrific conflict.

I do consider both Russia's President Putin, and his foreign ministry director, Sergei Lavrov, to be a could of "adults in the room" in geopolitics.

Fingers crossed, and prayers uttered, that this meeting may provide a positive place from which to move forward on peace talks with the US.

May 28 10:13

Trump Claims US Not Seeking 'Regime Change' in Iran

Donald Trump is currently visiting Japan, whose prime minister is said to be considering serving as a mediator in possible peace talks between Iran and the United States.

The United States is not looking to overthrow Iran's government, President Donald Trump said on Monday, as tensions between the two countries flared with Washington deploying troops to the region.

"I know so many people from Iran, these are great people. It [Iran] has a chance to be a great country, with the same leadership. We are not looking for regime change, I just wanna make that clear," Trump said at a press conference in Tokyo, adding that he thinks "we'll make a deal" with Tehran.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

President Trump, a word, please; and forgive me, but I am getting "Intellectual Whiplash", as your rhetoric seems to slam Iran's leadership one day, then holds it upright the next, as though it consisted of people with whom you can actually deal, geopolitcally.

Sir, I do not believe that I am alone in this feeling.

And President Trump, I feel morally obligated to share the following concern; Israel's Netanyahu, and Saudi Arabia's Prince bin Salman, want to see Iran obliterated, and carved up into little fiefdoms, so that it cannot threaten them economically.

I do sense that a "false flag", to be blamed upon Iran, may happen against either American or Saudi troops, or interests, or both, very soon; perhaps on, or around, 4 July, which is one of our national holidays when, normally, this event pulls people together and, lets them celebrate the opportunities available here, no matter their ideological differences.

Mr. President, should such a thing happen, your first reaction has to be one of extreme Presidential discretion, not an immediate striking back, because you will most likely will be given false information from those who wish to see Iran fall.

To avoid a potential war with Iran, I suggest that you start engaging with Tehran and their leadership, at high levels.

Like maybe, yesterday, please?!?!

You need to also put intense pressure on Netanyahu and Prince Bin Salman, (both your BFFs in the Middle East, right?!?) to start sending envoys to Tehran.

Netanyahu understands that he can achieve a peaceful relationship with Iran, but doesn't want to do it, because Tel Aviv always tries to keep its citizens scared excrementless, of neighboring countries, and is constantly reminding its citizens to "be afraid; be very afraid."

But ultimately, the only way for the Jewish State of Israel to continue to exist, will be to "cage the rage, ...and engage" with all of its regional neighbors.

Do you remember, as a Dad, looking at your kid's report card, and seeing that it's "works well with others" column was nicely checked off, positively?!?

President Trump, that is precisely what has to happen here, between all interested regional governments.

And lastly, Mr. President, in the Chinese language, the symbol for crisis... and opportunity are one in the same. Please, I urge you to remember this, when thinking about the US geopolitical approach to Tehran, and how to achieve a positive, constructive, and lasting outcome here.

May 27 15:27

Verhofstadt Hitler

May 27 13:27

THE BEST WAY TO HONOR FALLEN SOLDIERS IS TO STOP SENDING TROOPS TO WAR

SOURCE: ACTIVIST POST

By Carey Wedler

Every Memorial Day, Americans pay their respects to soldiers who have died while fighting for the US military. Though the good intentions and courage of those who enlist in the armed forces are admirable, the best way to honor those individuals on this holiday—and every day—is to stop sending them to war.

This pro-peace sentiment is often conflated with disrespect for the troops: If you don’t support the government’s wars, you must not support the soldiers fighting in them. However, considering the great cost to human life inflicted by military conflicts—the immense suffering soldiers, their families, and civilians in battleground countries endure—scaling back the size and scope of military programs is not only the best way to respect the troops but also a necessary measure to preserve liberty and freedom.

MILITARISM

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is why it is so critically important to have independent media around, particularly right now, because the corporate presstitutes only regurgitate what the Government tells them to, in order to provoke specific responses from their viewers on specific geopolitical issues.

When Karl Marx made the observation that "all wars are economic in nature", he was stating the absolute,ugly truth.

We're told that wars are "to protect the homeland, and American way of life, for glory, and valor, and honor of one's country."

But if you break wars down to their most simple components, you can see that this is not really true at all.

In Iraq, it was about who sold Iraq's oil, and in what national currency it would be sold; and today, Iraqi oil is only sold in US dollars.

In Afghanistan, it was all about the pipelines, who controlled them, and in what currency for which the oil was sold, which are US dollars at this point. There are the other issues, most critically, those of developing rare earth elements Mining in Afghanistan ; and access by the US's alphabet-soup agencies to opium poppies, from which heroin is made: Images: US military guarding Afghani poppy fields

And no, these were not photoshopped.

In Libya, it was about controlling its oil and the currency in which it would be traded, and also Moamar Gadhafi's threat to sell Libya's oil in gold backed dinars, rather than US dollars. Gadhafi's gold money plan would have devastated the US dollar

Unfortunately, its current civil war, which began immediately after Gadhafi was assassinated is not helping: The War Economy, and Haftar's battle for Libyan oil wealth

In Yemen, the war we don't hear about much, the US is aiding and abetting the Saudi Government in war crimes. And why?!? Take a look at the following, and it will be very easy to understand.

The major resources of Yemen...are oil and natural gas. And do they accept US dollars for their oil?!? Not at the momentStudy: Sanaa
Center for Economic Policy
, which makes them our "enemy", as well as Saudi Arabia's.

Folks, it is time to wake up here, and understand that the reasons/excuses/justifications for these endless wars always go back to money, and in what currencies natural resources are traded.

All the rest that you will hear, are pretty lies, wrapped up in a cheaply made US flag.

May 27 12:50

NORTH KOREA CALLS JOHN BOLTON "DEFECTIVE HUMAN PRODUCT" , "WARMONGER" 

SOURCE: ZEROHEDGE
North Korea on Monday called US National Security Adviser John Bolton a "war monger" and "defective human product" after he claimed that Pyongyang's recent short-range missile tests were a violation of UN Security Council resolutions, according to CBS News, citing an unnamed North Korean foreign ministry spokesman.

The comments come amid President Trump's visit with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, during which the North Korean nuclear discussions are likely to be high on the agenda.

North Korea tested short-range ballistic missiles on May 4 and 9, ending a pause in launches that began in late 2017. The tests have been seen as a way for North Korea to pressure Washington to soften its stance on easing sanctions against it without actually causing negotiations to collapse. -CBS News

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The North Korean government does have a point here; true negotiations are NOT "My way...or the Highway!", which has basically been Bolton's approach to North Korea all along.

In sum, Bolton is demanding that North Korea give up EVERYTHING, all at once, without the US doing anything to act as a countermeasure of trust.

This is not "negotiating"; this is bloody US State corporate state blackmail.

May 27 12:43

NEPAL ON HIGH ALERT FOR GENERAL STRIKE AFTER EXPLOSIONS

SOURCE: ALJAZEERA.COM
Security forces in Nepal have been on high alert amid a general strike on Monday called by an outlawed communist group suspected in a series of explosions that killed four people and wounded seven more in the capital.

Two vehicles were burned in Makawanpur district southeast of the Nepali capital, while schools and main markets remained closed in Kathmandu, according to local media.

Normal life has been affected across the country as the Maoist splinter group, which calls itself the Communist Party of Nepal, enforced the strike.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility but police said they suspected involvement of the splinter group, whose pamphlets were found in a house where one of the explosions took place on Sunday.

Police arrested 12 members of the banned outfit in connection with the blasts, according to Bishwa Raj Pokharel, a police spokesman.

The Maoist splinter group was banned in March and many of its members were arrested.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Hope (and prayers, if you are so inclined) for the people of Nepal, that they be able to get away from the violence, and come together in dialogue and negotiations.

May 27 12:28

PENCE TELLS SOLDIERS: SOME OF YOU WILL DIE FOR ISRAEL

SOURCE: KURTNIMMO.BLOG

This isn’t exactly what Mike Pence told the graduating class of West Point on Saturday. He said it’s “a virtual certainty that you will fight on a battlefield for America at some point in your life,” which means, of course, people will die, not simply soldiers but countless innocent others.

Pence tells West Point graduates it's "a virtual certainty" they will go to combat as Iran tensions escalate https://t.co/7V80F7KLZ9 pic.twitter.com/gWEtnuUcHS

— The Hill (@thehill) May 26, 2019

Pence’s “battlefield for America” is a brazen lie. America has but one reason to wage wars in the Middle East—and that reason is Israel.

The trillion dollar wars past, present, and future in the Middle East—in Syria, Libya, Iraq, Yemen, and Iran—do not in any way benefit the US, and instead have made America an international outlaw.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Kurt absolutely nails it here.

And President Trump, a word please; what this country needs, and desperately, as in, YESTERDAY, is a Department of Peace, with an ability to demonstrate to you how geopolitical tensions can be diffused through intelligent, hard-won, moral negotiations rather than wars.

Mike and I are volunteering to do this for you, and right now!!!

You are welcome, Mr. President!!!! :-)

May 27 12:18

NEW FLORIDA LAW BANS RELEASE OF MASS SHOOTING RECORDINGS

SOURCE: WGCU.ORG

Gov. Ron DeSantis has signed a bill that prohibits Florida's government agencies from releasing photos, video or audio that record the killing of a person in an act of mass violence.

The new law was signed Thursday and takes effect immediately.

The bill was written after last year's school shooting in Parkland that left 17 people dead. It says the exemption to the public record law is needed to protect victims' families from trauma and to prevent the images or recordings from inspiring others to kill.

The bill's sponsor, Sen. Tom Lee of Hillsborough County, has said he is aware that such recordings can help the media keep authorities accountable after a mass shooting but pointed out that news organizations can petition a judge to access the images.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have to wonder, just how Senator Tom Lee defines "news organisations"?!? Are they simply the outlets for Federal and State Governmental Codwallop, carefully crafted to create specific reactions in their audience?

Are they the usual corporate presstitutes and waresspondents on corporate channels like CNN; MSNBC; and FOX?!?

What about a small organisation, or an individual, looking to research some aspect of a mass shooting?!? Let's say, what about an organization like "Judicial Watch", which has a brilliant track record of uncovering Federal governmental malfeasance through their investigations?!? And Judicial Watch, you are definitely among my heroes of cyberspace.

Were I a betting woman, I would bet, that the answer from the Bench would be "HELL, NO!!", but of course, wrapped all around some kind of obscure legalese, as to why the information cannot be released.

And I have to ask; what are Florida officials so concerned about that a private investigator, or blogger, might discover, that they don't want the public to know about?!?

Is it, perhaps, that the shooter might have been on, or coming off of some SSRI medications, which have a proven track record of causing delusional, and violent behaviour?!?

I think this country deserves to know; big pharma, which makes these prescription drugs, doesn't want us to know, because this kind of medication is greatly profitable for them. But understanding this, my curiosity is peaked.

And if you have never seen, or heard of a website titled:
www.ssristories.org, I strongly suggest that you visit it, particularly if your teenage kid's school counselor, or physician, is recommending it for your child.

May 27 11:55

KURT NIMMO - BREITBART, INFOWARS: DEFENDERS OF MASS MURDER AND ETHNIC? CLEANSING

SOURCE: KURT NIMMO

Over at Reddit, somebody posted an Infowars video where a host sitting in for Alex Jones claims the corporate media in the US is making up “fake news” about Israel.

This is neocon and Likudnik propaganda. It is well-known by neutral observers that The New York Times, The Washington Post, and their ilk have consistently defended, glossed over, or ignored the manifest crimes of the Israeli state. The apartheid state of Israel excels in murdering women and children—and medics, journalists, and activists (Rachel Corrie comes to mind)—and because it is Israel, it gets a free pass.

The Infowars host, the kid talking to the camera, is a know-nothing. He is trapped in a vicious circle of hatred for Democrats and “leftists,” in response to their hatred of Republicans and “conservatives.”

Meanwhile, the crimes continue, more brazen than ever. Donald Trump has served as an over-the-top booster for Zionism.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Welcome to our world, Kurt!

We had hoped, when President Trump got elected,that at least some of what he said on the campaign trail would be honored; we were dead-wrong, and have had to, publicly admit that.

It has become very telling to both of us, that President Trump's BFFs in the Middle East are two mass murderers: The Butcher of Gaza, Benyamin Netanyahu, and the Butcher of Yemen, Crown Prince bin Salman.

Unfortunately, President Trump seems to be entranced by, and attracted to, people with both a ton of money, and the power to kill, at the utterance of a word, or with a signature from pen on paper, and suffer absolutely no consequences for it.

I am now certain, at some level, the President envies these guys, for what they can get away with.

And let's all remember; upon becoming Commander in Chief, this President also became the USA's Merchant of Death in Chief, hawking American arms to all those who would listen, and buy, like Saudi Arabia, and the UAE.

The US government is aiding and abetting war crimes in both Gaza and Yemen, at a level of unprecedented bloodshed, plus that of all the wars, past or soon to be, the US government has incited, or will soon incite, in places like Afghanistan; Libya; Iraq; and Somalia, and perhaps soon, against Iran.

Kurt,I feel for you on this, I really do.

Our choices really stank in 2016; we had either a millionaire who although had his name attached to a book, "The Art of the Deal" (fully ghostwritten, I might add), but cannot appear to negotiate his way out of a paper bag, or a woman with more baggage than does Kim Kardashian on a photo shoot!!!

As you well know, Kurt, primaries do not decide who our presidential candidates will be, but the huge corporations and the military/industrial complex do.

This is why Tulsi Gabbard's presidential campaign will get stopped in its tracks, because she is the polar opposite of a war monger, and the military industrial complex does NOT want to grind their "swords into plowshares"right now.

Remember in the film "Iron Man", when the Tony Stark character "gets awakened" to all the evil his company has done with weapons previously, and calls for a complete overhaul, and what nearly happens to him after he makes the announcement that he is doing this?!? Hint: it's called, nearly getting assassinated?!?

No respectable weapons maker's CEO wants something like that to happen to them; that is why they have their conscience surgically removed, before any kind of "Come to Jesus" enlightenment can possibly happen to them.

May 27 11:20

JONATHAN POLLARD, US SPY FOR ISRAEL, COMPLAINS OF NEGLECT BY ISRAELI STATE

Jonathan Pollard, an American who spied on his country for Israel in the 1980s, and is now free after spending 30 years in prison, has spoken of his frustration with the Israeli government, which it claims has forgotten about him. Pollard, a former intelligence analyst for the United States Navy, was released from an American prison in 2015, after serving a lengthy sentence for selling US government secrets to Israel. Throughout Pollard’s time in prison, the government of Israel lobbied for his release, claiming that the convicted spy did not harm American interests, but was simply trying to help Israel. But the US Intelligence Community and successive American presidents consistently rejected Israel’s claims, arguing that Pollard’s activities were severely detrimental to US interests. Pollard was eventually released after serving the entirety of his sentence. Ever since his release, Pollard has been required to wear an ankle monitor at all times.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mr. Pollard, I think I can clear up the confusion here, just a little.

Every contact with every Israeli official would be well and truly monitored by US intelligence; Tel Aviv doesn't want to be reminded of what it didn't continue to get after you were arrested; and the American government doesn't want to be reminded of how naive they were when you were doing that US intel theft for Israel, right under their very noses. Neither the Israeli or Us government want their people to know how much your intel compromised American intelligence at many critical levels.

href="http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/fr/576453/posts">Why Johnathan Pollard should never be released The article goes on to state: "In the course of my own interviews for this account, the officials who knew the most about Jonathan Pollard made it clear that they were talking because they no longer had confidence that President Clinton would do what they believed was the right thing -- keep Pollard locked up. Pollard, these officials told me, had done far more damage to American national security than was ever made known to the public; for example, he betrayed elements of four major American intelligence systems. In their eyes, there is no distinction between betraying secrets to an enemy, such as the Soviet Union, and betraying secrets to an ally."

Hope that about clears it up for you, Mr. Pollard.

May 27 11:07

FACIAL RECOGNITION: BRITAIN FACES A DYSTOPIAN FUTURE

SOURCE: SPIKED-ONLINE
Automated facial recognition (AFR) is the state’s latest, and most invasive, surveillance technology.

Since 2015, three police forces – South Wales, Metropolitan and Leicestershire – have made use of AFR in controversial live trials. Now, South Wales Police have been taken to court by office worker Ed Bridges, who started a crowdfunding campaign when he felt his privacy had been violated by AFR.

Bridges’ legal challenge has been backed by civil-rights organisation Liberty, which argues that the indiscriminate deployment of AFR is equivalent to taking DNA samples or fingerprints without consent. According to Liberty, there are no legal grounds for scanning thousands of innocent people in this way. It also claims the technology discriminates against black people, whose faces are disproportionately flagged by mistake, meaning they are more likely to be stopped by police unfairly.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

To the British government, a word, please.

George Orwell's "1984" was a cautionary tale; NOT AN INSTRUCTION MANUAL!!

May 27 11:02

CHINA'S AUTOMATED CENSORS CRANK UP AS TIANANMEN SQUARE 30TH ANNIVERSARY NEARS

It's the most sensitive day of the year for China's internet, the anniversary of the bloody June 4 crackdown on pro-democracy protests at Tiananmen Square, and with under two weeks to go, China's robot censors are working overtime.

Censors at Chinese internet companies said tools to detect and block content related to the 1989 crackdown have reached unprecedented levels of accuracy, aided by machine learning and voice and image recognition.

"We sometimes say that the artificial intelligence is a scalpel, and a human is a machete," one content screening employee at Beijing Bytedance said, who asked not to be identified because they are not authorised to speak to media.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Don't think for a second that those in American government wouldn't just love to have this ability also, to steer clear, informationally, of those foul-ups, bleeps, and geopolitical blunders, which have caused so much pain around the world, and also at home.

The first part of this kind of censorship, in this country, has already begun, with Google's, Twitter's, and Facebook's deplatformings.

I suspect that that rest of it, will be swift, and painful to those who do not already have sites these three entities can't crash.

May 26 20:14

Flashback: We were lied to! Secret document FCO 30/1048 kept truth about EU from British for 30 years

Annabelle Sanderson, a Brexit expert and former advisor to Nigel Farage said: “Despite all the claims from politicians of many parties that the EU was not about becoming a central state this 1971 document shows that is exactly what the plan was.

“Arch Remoaners from Labour, Lib Dems and the Tories need to check this out and ask themselves why they are MPs if they don’t actually want Westminster to be in charge of this country.

“We voted for Brexit what needs to happen is a proper clean break from Brussels so we can once again become a sovereign nation with money being spent in this country on services we need and have Parliament and courts making and ruling on the laws.”

May 26 10:28

BIPARTISAN THIRST FOR MORE WAR: 75% OF CONGRESS CALLS ON TRUMP TO BOOST INTERVENTION IN SYRIA, TO ‘PRESSURE’ IRAN AND RUSSIA

SOURCE: BEN NORTON, GRAYZONE PROJECT

WHILE TRUMP THREATENS IRAN AND VENEZUELA WITH NEW WARS, 400 CONGRESS MEMBERS, INCLUDING LEADERS FROM BOTH PARTIES, WANT TO INTENSIFY THE EIGHT-YEAR WAR ON SYRIA, TO WEAKEN IRAN, RUSSIA, AND HEZBOLLAH.
While the Donald Trump administration is threatening two new wars on Iran and Venezuela, a substantial majority of the US Congress is clamoring for more immediate action.

Nearly 400 Congress members from both chambers — roughly 75 percent of all federal US lawmakers — have signed an open letter calling on President Trump to escalate the war in Syria, in the name of countering Iran, Russia, and Lebanese Hezbollah.

Top Democratic Party leaders have joined hawkish Republicans in a bipartisan demand that the far-right president “address threats in Syria” and “demonstrate American leadership in resolving the prolonged conflict.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to remember; unlike the President, (who has to put his money into a blind trust, before he takes the Oath of Office), Senators and Congressional Representatives, can put their money, in terms of investment, anywhere they wish.

One has to wonder, just how many of them are invested in either companies which provide weaponry, or other military-supportive companies, like those who create medicines, or food, for our troops.

When wars come, companies like these, make incredible profits, as well do their stockholders. So, when our "alleged" representatives feel that they can "justify" wars (in which, I might add, their kids will most probably not be fighting), they will do so, at the drop of a hat; hell, they have nothing to loose, right?!?

Wars represent a terrible failure of imagination, for most logical folks.

And of course, Israel and AIPAC, are encouraging these was against their enemies, so the costs will only be borne, in American blood, and American money.

May 26 09:01

CHINESE STATE REPORTERS CAUGHT "SNOOPING AROUND" NATO BASE, GERMANY INVESTIGATES

SOURCE: ZEROHEDGE

Journalists representing China's main state media outlet are in hot water after they were seen filming NATO military equipment and asking probing questions of German soldiers about their daily routines and military jobs.

The incident has threatened to alight fresh controversy related to European and US suspicious of aggressive global spying tactics by Beijing, not the least of which is Chinese firm Huawei's rollout of next-generation 5G products inside Germany, which Berlin has controversially been favorable to, resulting in the Trump administration notifying the German government in March that the US would limit the intelligence it shares with German security agencies should Berlin move forward in permitting Huawei to build the country's mobile-internet infrastructure.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The first question I would need to ask is, are why did the Chinese reporters do this so ham-fistedly, in order to draw attention to themselves?!?

The second question I would have to ask, is why did the NATO personnel at the site allow this to happen in the first place?!?

Folks, I need to suggest here, politely, that this may have been an exercise in entrapment on the part of NATO, and was engineered to focus, for Americans and Europeans, on the "China Bad Syndrome", which has been bandied about, in Europe, and the US, for quite some time.

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