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Oct 08 20:04

Apple fixes 'chargegate' bug that left iPhone XS users unable to charge when their screen was off

Apple has issued an update to its iOS software to fix a bug that left some users unable to charge their phones.

iPhone users were reporting a bug that means their devices do not charge when plugged in, with the new XS and XS Max handsets among those said to be affected.

Today the firm released a new update, iOS 12.01, to address the issue.

Oct 08 18:19

Antidepressants Cause Severe Withdrawal Symptoms like Hallucination, Mania & Anxiety, New Study Reveals

New research reveals severe withdrawal symptoms in over half of those who discontinue antidepressant drugs, including lasting and even permanent damage.

Oct 08 18:14

EXPOSED: MAN HANDING OUT CASH TO KAVANAUGH PROTESTERS IDENTIFIED [VIDEO]

There has been a man with a bag of cash paying protesters of Brett Kavanaugh on Capitol Hill. He has now been identified, and you will believe who he works for. His name is Vinay Krishnan, he is a social justice lawyer, who works at the Center for Popular Democracy. You’ll never guess who funds that group. It’s George Soros! Surprised? I know I’m not. Krishnan is a professional protester, who obviously hires professional protesters. He was at the Kavanaugh hearings at least on Tuesday and Wednesday, handing out cold hard cash for those who were willing to disrupt the hearings.

Oct 08 16:14

How Climate Change Helped ISIS

As the Obama administration undertakes a highly public, multilateral campaign to degrade and destroy the militant jihadists known as ISIS, ISIL and the Islamic State, many in the West remain unaware that climate played a significant role in the rise of Syria’s extremists. A historic drought afflicted the country from 2006 through 2010, setting off a dire humanitarian crisis for millions of Syrians. Yet the four-year drought evoked little response from Bashar al-Assad’s government. Rage at the regime’s callousness boiled over in 2011, helping to fuel the popular uprising. In the ensuing chaos, ISIS stole onto the scene, proclaimed a caliphate in late June and accelerated its rampage of atrocities including the recent beheadings of three Western civilians.

Oct 08 16:12

Schools Pushing For Police-Grade Surveillance Technology To "Protect" Students

By Aaron Kesel

After the most recent school shooting in Parkland, Florida, schools across the U.S. are installing police-grade surveillance “gunshot-detection systems,” metal detectors and even biometric locks requiring facial recognition or a person’s iris, The Atlantic reported.

Hermosa Elementary in Artesia, New Mexico, has installed a network of wireless microphones that can analyze the audio signature of gunfire...

Oct 08 15:53

Christine Ford Has No Plans to Further Pursue Allegations Against Brett Kavanaugh, Attny Says

On the same day the Senate voted to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, Christine Blasey Ford's Democrat activist lawyer said she "has no further plans" to pursue her allegations against him, ABC 7 reports.

Oct 08 15:53

John Oliver: It's A 'Baseless Conspiracy Theory' That Soros Paid Kavanaugh Protesters

Even though a consultant/organizer of the Soros-funded Center for Popular Democracy was photographed handing out cash to anti-Kavanaugh protesters and The Daily Caller listened in on a conference call where such payments were discussed, the notion Soros paid protesters is a "baseless conspiracy theory" according to HBO's John Oliver.

Oct 08 15:31

Why the Alt-Right is Wrong About Women

After being exposed on this blog, and throughout conservative media as woman-hating incels, Andrew Anglin and “Weev” Auernheimer of the “Daily Stormer” have decided that they are no longer going to focus on attacking Jewish people, blacks and Mexicans, but will, from now on, only attack women.

Andrew Anglin is now encouraging his followers to rape, murder and carry out terrorist attacks against women, while trying to conflate this type of behavior with conservatives and President Trump.

While there are some on the Alt-Right who still sheepishly carry water for Anglin, and write the articles off as “satire”, it is important to note that unstable individuals have taken this sick ideology to heart and have acted upon it.

Oct 08 15:30

AMERICAN TROOPS HAVE BEEN FIGHTING AND DYING IN AFGHANISTAN FOR 17 YEARS — POLL SHOWS US VETS THINK ENOUGH IS ENOUGH

After 17 years of war in Afghanistan, a comfortable majority of American veterans say they would support a decision by President Donald Trump to pull all U.S. troops out of the country, according to a survey released Monday by a Washington think tank.

The joint poll from RealClearPolitics and the Charles Koch Institute, a libertarian-oriented research organization, found that more than half of Americans are skeptical of continued U.S. military involvement in Afghanistan, an assessment that is even more common among veterans.

According to the survey, 53 percent of Americans do not believe Washington has a clear strategic objective in the Afghanistan War. About 60 percent of veterans feel the same way.

Oct 08 13:53

Anti-Vaccine Japan Has World’s Lowest Child Death Rate & Highest Life Expectancy

Fact: Japan has the lowest infant mortality rate following ban on mandatory vaccinations, they urge other countries to follow this firm stance

The citizens of Japan are statistically proven to be the healthiest and longest-living people in the world. The country also has the lowest infant mortality rate on the planet. It may come as no surprise to many that the Japanese Government banned a number of vaccines that are currently mandatory in the United States and has strict regulations in place for other Big Pharma drugs and vaccines in general. Japan’s anti-vax policies have long been criticised by vaccine pushers in the US who claim that vaccinating the public “promotes health.”

Oct 08 13:53

Netanyahu says army prepping for possible military campaign against Gaza 

The Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has reportedly informed his cabinet that the army is preparing for a possible military campaign against the blockaded Gaza Strip in case the situation was not improved, according to Israeli media.

“If the reality of civil distress in Gaza is diminished, that is desirable, but that is not certain to happen, and so we are preparing militarily — that is not an empty statement,” Netanyahu said.

For the past six months, Palestinians have been protesting on the border of Gaza as part of the “Great Return March” in which 190 Palestinians have been killed, 64 of whom were killed on the day the US moved its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Oct 08 13:42

BOMBSHELL: Audit of Global Warming Data Finds it Riddled With Errors

Just ahead of a new report from the IPCC, dubbed SR#15 about to be released today, we have this bombshell- a detailed audit shows the surface temperature data is unfit for purpose. The first ever audit of the world’s most important temperature data set (HadCRUT4) has found it to be so riddled with errors and “freakishly improbable data” that it is effectively useless.

From the IPCC:

Global Warming of 1.5 °C, an IPCC special report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas emission pathways, in the context of strengthening the global response to the threat of climate change, sustainable development, and efforts to eradicate poverty.

This is what consensus science brings you – groupthink with no quality control.

Oct 08 13:41

Don’t install Microsoft’s Windows 10 October update Here’s why

Washington [United States], October 8 : Microsoft has put on hold the roll out of the latest update to its Windows 10 OS after some reported about missing files on their systems after the update.

Oct 08 13:40

Trump to announce pro-ethanol measure on Tuesday ahead of Iowa trip -sources

President Donald Trump is expected to announce the lifting of a federal ban on summer sales of higher-ethanol blends of gasoline on Tuesday in Washington DC ahead of a trip to Iowa the same day, according to two sources familiar with the planning of the event.

The move, expected sometime around 3 p.m. on Tuesday, is aimed at helping Republicans in competitive elections in the nation's farm belt. Iowa is the largest U.S. producer of ethanol.

The lifting of the summer ban on so-called E15 gasoline is expected to be coupled with restrictions on trading biofuel credits that underpin the program, the sources said, but it's unclear whether the restrictions will be detailed or left up to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to decide.

Oct 08 13:39

In June 2019, SpaceX Will Fly NASA Astronauts To The Space Station For The Very First Time

Private space company SpaceX is about to get its first big break in a long time. They’ve reportedly confirmed their first ever manned mission with NASA, where the company’s rockets will fly American astronauts to the International Space Station.

Oct 08 13:24

Death toll of Indonesia quakes, tsunami climbs to 1,944 as search to end

The death toll from powerful quakes and tsunami, which struck Indonesia’s Central Sulawesi province on Sept. 28, has jumped to 1,944, according to the latest news briefing.

Oct 08 13:11

Orlando airport cash seizure: Feds seek to keep $129K they say is tainted by drug trafficking

According to the lawsuit, Simon, 32, who would tell authorities he had a jewelry business in Orlando, was making his way through the airport for an American Airlines 5:25 a.m. flight to Los Angeles.

“The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) discovered a large amount of bundled currency in Simon’s carry-on bag as he went through the screening process at the security checkpoint,” the lawsuit states. “The information was passed on to law enforcement.”

Oct 08 13:11

The Government Is Blacklisting People Based on Predictions of Future Crimes

By Hina Shamsi, Director, ACLU National Security Project

Imagine: You’ve never been charged with any crime, yet the government blacklists you as a terrorism threat and bans you from flying indefinitely. You’re separated from family members, can’t get to weddings or funerals or religious obligations, and lose jobs because you can’t travel or your employer finds out you’re blacklisted.

You know what the government has done violates your constitutionally protected ability to travel and to be free from false stigma. You have rights — the Constitution guarantees due process. So you ask the government for its reasons and evidence, as well as a live hearing to establish your credibility and innocence. In response, the government says it put you on the No Fly List because it predicts that you might commit a violent terrorism act in the future, but it won’t tell you all the reasons why or give you any evidence or the hearing you seek.

This is the Kafkaesque nightmare...

Oct 08 12:42

GOP’s Brian Kemp Purged 1 in 10 Georgia Voters: I’ve Got the Names

My lawyer had to threaten Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp with a federal lawsuit to force him to turn over the names of over half a million voters whose citizenship rights he quietly extinguished.

This past week, I released the name of every one of these Georgia voters Kemp flushed from voter rolls in 2017. If you’re a Georgia resident, check the list. If your name is on it, re-register right now. You only have through tomorrow (October 9).

It’s no coincidence that Georgia’s Purge’n General is also running for Governor: The Republican candidate is fighting a dead-even race against Stacey Abrams, Democratic House Minority Leader. Abrams, if she wins, would become the first Black woman governor in US history.

Oct 08 12:21

Pope blames devil for Church divisions, scandals, seeks angel's help

The devil is alive and well and working overtime to undermine the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis says.

In fact, the pope is so convinced that Satan is to blame for the sexual abuse crisis and deep divisions racking the Church that he has asked Catholics around the world to recite a special prayer every day in October to try to beat him back.

Oct 08 12:16

OUTBREAK In LA: Flea-Borne Typhus Has Reached ‘Epidemic Levels’ - Mac Slavo

An outbreak of typhus has struck downtown Los Angeles. The outbreak has been blamed on the skyrocketing number of homeless people in the area.

According to the Los Angeles County Health Department, 20 cases of the rare, flea-borne infectious disease, which is also associated with poor sanitary conditions and overcrowding, have been recorded in Pasadena alone over the past two months. Health officials now say that the outbreak has reached “epidemic levels,” according to the New York Post.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It seems that the plagues and earth devastations falling upon this country right now, are of nearly Biblical proportions.

The question is, how is California going to fix this?!? Governor Brown needs to consult with his finest medical/scientific minds to get this sorted, and think very carefully here.

Oct 08 12:09

Bikini Girls And Cyberwars

The Times claims to have identified the Kremlin’s latest secret weapon in Cyberwars – “Bikini Girl” @Organicerica. Except there is no evidence @Organicerica has any Russian links or promotes any Russian interests.

It does appear likely that @Organicerica is a bot. The Times claims this is proven by the timing and regularity of the postings (interesting as they claim the same kind of activity pattern proves nothing in the case of Philip Cross). I am prepared to accept, for the sake of argument, that @Organicerica is a bot, or at best a young woman running an automated posting programme.

But what is the output?

Promotion of organic restaurants in Seattle.

Environmental campaigning particularly against pesticides and genetically modified food.

Nothing whatsoever on wider politics, foreign policy, Clinton.

And nothing whatsoever related to Russia.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am having a Picard double face palm, at warp speed, upon reading this; it is pure codswallop, and reeks of desperation on the cusp of madness!!

Oct 08 12:05

Angry Democrats Vow "Day Of Reckoning Coming For Republicans"

The bitter battle over Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court has exacerbated the nation’s political divide and left many Americans emotionally raw. It’s also given new definition to the high stakes of November’s election.

After a nailbiter of a Supreme Court nomination until the very last minute, angry Democrats have come out in force, vowing to extract revenge on Republicans with the nation’s top Democrat urging supporters to make Republicans "pay a price" for putting Brett Kavanaugh on to the Supreme Court.

As the Washington Examiner reported, in a fundraising email that follows threats from other public officials over President Trump’s second court victory, DNC Chairman Tom Perez wrote, "Make Republicans pay a price for Brett Kavanaugh."

From DNC's Perez:

Here is one thing we've learned from the Brett Kavanaugh fight: We can never, ever, trust congressional Republicans to stand up to Donald Trump.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is with great sadness that I read what Tom Perez has written.

The one candidate they could, actually, get elected in 2020, they are ignoring like the very plague; her name is Tulsi Gabbard, a Representative from Hawaii, who is very bright, a pro-peace Veteran, and with a blended heritage (she is Samoan American), and a lot to say about the US involvement with Syria.

I fully expect a very intensive series of hot military encounters around the world, potentially leading to a US-generated world war before the end of President Trump's first term; so, Tom Perez, this is why I can assure you that by 2020, the American people are going to be absolutely ready for a pro-Peace candidate.

Oct 08 11:57

Are wireless voting machines vulnerable? Florida, other states say they’re safe enough

Barely a month before midterm elections, voting integrity advocates and electronic voting experts want the federal government to issue an official warning to states that use voting machines with integrated cellular modems that the machines are vulnerable to hacks, potentially interfering with the ballot counting.

Once seen as a useful tool to provide quick election results, voting machines with cellular modems are now subject to fierce debate over how easy it would be to break into them and change the results.

Such machines are certified for use in Florida, Illinois, Michigan and Wisconsin.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If you have not seen the documentary "Hacking Democracy", now, right before our midterms, would be a great time to see what is has to say on fraudulent election results.

Oct 08 11:51

Sino-US Tensions: Pentagon Accuses China of Threatening America’s National Security

Sino/US tensions risk boiling over into something much more serious than already.

Washington considers China’s significant political, economic, trade, and military strength as a threat to US national security.

Accusations by US officials against China, Russia, and other countries are all about wanting no nations compromising Washington’s hegemonic agenda – its aim for unchallenged control.

The Trump regime slammed what it called Beijing’s “unfair trade” and other practices, along with accusing the country of intellectual property theft, cyberwar, interfering in America’s electoral process, militarizing the South China Sea, and controlling offshore islands it claims belong to other regional countries.

The US also claims the right to conduct freedom of navigation operations close to Chinese waters its officials consider provocative.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I think this paper was created in such a way as to anger the Chinese government, but also accomplish another agenda, which I will get to later in this post; that the US military is behind China, in nearly every sector of its weaponry, has to be laid squarely at the feet of the Pentagon, and those contractors with whom they are so cosy, and who give so much money to political campaigns as to prevent any reasonable, and long overdue criticisms of their products or services from harming their bottom line.

But what concerns me here, is the bristling, angry tone this takes, against both the Chinese government, and Chinese businesses, and there is a reason for that.

The Chinese are very practical, and bright, people. They understand that there are those in the bowels of power in DC who would love to see a regime change in both Russia and China. Paul Craig Roberts: Washington plans to nuke Russia and China Understanding this, can you possibly blame Chinese leadership for doing everything in its power to prevent this from happening?!?

But the belligerency here is the sort of J'accuse! rhetoric one expects to hear as the demonization prelude to a US war against China, and attempting to mold American opinion positively toward this agenda.

I frankly think that, even with the reinstitution of the draft, a war against China would be one of the most pigheadedly, ham-fistedly stupid things this government could do, and particularly at this time in our military's history. We don't have the weaponry, the manufacturing, the money, or the troop strength to insure a positive outcome to a conventional war with China.

And if the US goes to war against China, we had better count on Russia coming in on the Chinese side of the equation. Folks, I am saying this because I care about both my country, and our military; this potential war may well not end well for the US at all.

Oct 08 11:45

FLASHBACK - HOW TO HAVE HONEST ELECTIONS

"It is enough that the people know there was an election. The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything." -- Joseph Stalin

Following the Florida election debacle of 2000, Americans were promised a more honest, transparent, and verifiable system of elections. We didn't get it, because the election stealers won that election and decided that keeping the current system was their best guarantee of re-election.

The election of 2016 changed that. The candidate being cheated by the system, Donald Trump, still prevailed thanks to a landslide that overcame the vote rigging. He will see having an honest election system as his best chance for a second term. Hence, there is a real opportunity to throw out the current system, whch is designed to enable and conceal stealing elections, and replace it with a system that hinders cheating as much as possible.

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Oct 08 11:40

Denver hit with winter-like weather including possible snow on Columbus Day

Fog, snow, sleet, rain and frigid temperatures are forecast for Columbus Day on Monday, forecasters say.

It could start snowing as early as 7 a.m., according to the National Weather Service in Boulder. New snow accumulation of up to a half inch of snow is forecast.

Widespread fog, with some areas of dense fog will make it difficult to commute for those who have to work on Columbus Day, according to the forecast.

Oct 08 11:39

FBI informant in terror stings owned limo in deadly crash, state source confirms

The owner of the limousine that crashed in Schoharie, killing 18 people on board and two pedestrians is a former FBI informant who testified in two high-profile terrorism cases, a state official confirmed Monday.

Shahed Hussain owns Prestige Limousine in Wilton, the official said. The limousine company is being scrutinized as federal and state investigators try to determine what caused the crash.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday said the limo involved in Saturday's crash at the intersection of Route 30A and Route 30 in Schoharie failed a state Department of Transportation inspection last month and should not have been on the road.

The driver, Cuomo said, did not have a proper license to operate the vehicle.

Oct 08 11:30

Brig. Gen. Vereen: After missing recruiting goal, Army must adapt

On Friday, Vereen, now the deputy commanding general for operations at U.S. Army Recruiting Command, walked back into the Fayetteville Recruiting Center, which is still located in the Eutaw Village Shopping Center.

Other than the location, Vereen said Army recruiting has changed a lot over the course of his 30-year career.

And now, following a year in which the Army fell short of its recruiting goals for the first time since 2005, the general said the Army would need to continue to adapt.

The Army must increase incentives for recruiters and decrease the bureaucracy soldiers must wade through on a regular basis, he said.

And recruiters must fully embrace social media, Vereen added, as the Army takes more interest in eSports and online gaming.

“We have to go where the kids are,” he said. “And they don’t look at TV anymore. We’ve almost got to change our whole way of advertising.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would frankly suggest that General Vereen and his recruiting colleagues do not have the luxury of time to "tweak" their approach to young people, with all the potential wars in which the US is about to become embroiled.

Right after the mid-terms, I think we will see a very muscular effort from the government and its Deep State, to reintroduce the draft, because the military is stretched so thinly right now.

Take a look at the following articles, as a plausible possibility that this will come about, and perhaps as soon as the end of the year:

Iran regime change will need a draft of the American military

Draft executive order shows how Trump wants to grow the U.S. military significantly

Congress considering Drafting Young Women as well.

Bringing Back the Draft

Oct 08 11:19

Yellowstone volcano eruption: NASA to SAVE the world from supervolcano erupting

NASA scientists are creating an ambitious plan to prevent an explosion of a Yellowstone volcano that could even end human life by drilling a hole.

The space agency will drill into the sides of the volcano in order to pump water down under high pressure to lower the temperature of the volcano and “prevent a future super volcano eruption which would devastate humanity”.

Oct 08 11:18

Criticism Of Israeli Policy Is Not Anti-Semitic

I was provoked to write this discussion of what is and what isn’t anti-Semitism by an article in Ha’aretz on the “controversy” created by the awarding of the 2018 Nobel Prize in Chemistry to George P. Smith. According to the reporting, Smith is not only a brilliant scientist whose work has helped lead to the creation of new drugs that can treat cancer and a range of autoimmune diseases, he is also an outspoken supporter of Palestinian rights and a critic of Israeli policies.

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For giggles and grins, I have just visited the canarymission.org website.

Under section of the website, featuring the "individuals" who should now be "shunned, and disconnected from any possibility of life with dignity", I saw a lot of smiling faces of generally young people.

I saw optimism in these smiles, and not a desire for brutal retaliation for what Israel has done to the Palestinians, but a hopeful, peaceful vision of what life could be like, for both Israel and its Palestinians, if there is some rapprochement, intellectually, artistically, and ultimately, geopolitically, could happen.

One of my great heroes in 20th century music, is the great instrumentalist and conductor, Daniel Barenboim, a Jewish citizen of Argentina; Spain; Palestine; and Israel. He is now the director or the Berlin State Opera.

As noted also, in Wickileaks: "Barenboim is known for his work with the West–Eastern Divan Orchestra, a Seville-based orchestra of young Arab and Israeli musicians, and as a resolute critic of the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories."

In my world, all people trying to bridge horrific gaps in perceptions about "the other" in a peaceful, loving, and logical way, are all heroes; and this gentlemen is absolutely one of those.

Oct 08 11:14

COLD WEATHER WARNING: Freezing temperatures to be more common ‘extreme events’ coming

COLD weather spells such as the Beast from the East are set to become more common as experts warn the melting of icecaps is exacerbating weather patterns across the globe.

A study of US weather patterns has revealed that conditions are becoming more extreme due to rapid Arctic warming.

Not only does the spiralling problem of global warming in the North Pole generate more major cold snaps across the globe, but it can also lead to drought, heat waves and storms.

More of this "Human caused global warming makes freezing weather" crap!

Oct 08 11:12

Selfie generation are so SO SELF-OBSESSED that it has been identified as an addiction

Scientists have discovered a new type of addiction – and that is being self-obsessed.

A study from the University of Derby has found that people come addicted to themselves to a point where their ego overrides rationality.

The academics have established the Ontological Addiction Theory which was a “missing” type of addiction.

Oct 08 11:08

Hubble in crisis as NASA space telescope taken out of service after its gyroscope failure

NASA announced that one of Hubble's gyroscopes failed last Friday.

As a result, Hubble is in so-called safe mode with non-essential systems turned off, putting all science observations on hold.

NASA says mission controllers are working to restore the 28-year-old telescope.

Oct 08 11:05

Tesla to end up like Lehman Brothers once Musk's 'deception' revealed – investor

The ‘deception’ around electric car maker Tesla will catch up to the company soon, according to hedge fund manager David Einhorn. He compared Elon Musk's behavior to Lehman Brothers executives shortly before the bank's demise.

In a letter to investors, Einhorn wrote that like the investment bank that famously collapsed a decade ago “the deception is about to catch up to TSLA. Elon's Musk erratic behavior suggests that he sees it the same way."

According to Einhorn, “Lehman threatened short sellers, refused to raise capital (it even bought back stock), and management publicly suggested it would go private. Months later, shareholders, creditors, employees and the global economy paid a big price when management’s reckless behavior led to bankruptcy.”

Oct 08 10:56

Erdogan Vows Revenge Against Kurds in Iraq, Says He’ll Kill At Least 800: Suggests Turkish forces will move against Sinjar and Qandil

Speaking at a conference of the ruling AK Party in Ankara, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed revenge against the Kurdish PKK after a Wednesday attack that killed eight Turkish soldiers in southeastern Turkey.

Erdogan vowed to avenge the troops by “finishing” Kurdish forces in northern Iraq, saying Turkish forces will “go into their dens” in Sinjar and Qandil, Kurdish areas of Iraq where PKK-aligned fighters are accused of being.

Erdogan has been threatening to go into Iraq after the PKK for awhile, and suggested this may be coming soon with today’s comments. Iraq has repeatedly warned Turkey against incursions into their territory.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF Turkey attacks PKK members inside Iraq, he is going to do it when the country, still reeling from the aftermaths of the US invasion and occupation, massive corruption in the Iraqi government, and a weakened Coalition which has thrust the Iranian cleric, Muktada Al Sad,r into the ascent in Iraqi politics.

He will also have to pick a time when American politicians are too occupied with their political campaigns for high office to really take note of what is happening internationally.

It is for these reasons I have shared above, that I think that such an attack might well happen some time before the mid-term election cycle here in the US (November 6th, 2018), as politicians will be too focused about what is going on with their respective campaigns to give a damn about the slaughter happening soon in Iraq.

Oct 08 10:41

17 Years to the Day the US Invaded, Over 100 Killed Across Afghanistan

17 years ago, the United States began its invasion and occupation of Afghanistan, officially launched to pursue al-Qaeda in general and Osama bin Laden in particular. Bin Laden is long since dead, but the US still has a massive war raging in Afghanistan, one which is going extremely poorly and shows no signs of ending.

On the war’s anniversary, fighting raged particularly hard, with 14 different provinces across Afghanistan reporting Taliban attacks, and many of them leading to substantial battles. All told, over 110 people were reported killed in 24 hours, roughly half of them Taliban, and the rest included 19 civilians and 35 Afghan soldiers.

Taliban attacks looked to secure territory gains in several districts, including strategically important districts along the Kabul-Kandahar highway.The main highway in Afghanistan, and one of the few major paved roads in the nation, officials say it is closed to traffic until fighting is resolved.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Although none of the presstitute corporate media had much to say about it, yesterday, 7 October marks the 17th year after the US invasion and occupation of Iraq.

Within that 17 years, the Taliban presence and territory have been greater, tearing off hunks more territory than they initially controlled. The puppet coalition "government" is impotent in the extreme to deliver anything of substance to the Afghani people, and corrupt beyond belief.

So, why in heaven's name is the US still there?!? Well, here is what I can tell you; they cannot leave Afghanistan, because the US military/industrial complex cannot admit that they have been defeated here, just as they cannot admit that they have ultimately been defeated in Iraq and Libya, where things continually devolve from bad to worse for the Iraqi and Libyan people.

Once you understand that all wars are economic, and these wars of aggression in which the US government loves to embroil itself, are simply about control of resources, period, end of discussion.

In Iraq and Libya, it was about the oil (and in Libya, preventing Qaddafi from initiating a gold dinar as its currency, which would definitely taken a bite out of the US dollar, anther economic reason for his assassination.)

In Afghanistan, the Bush administration believed it had the perfect lie with which to persuade the American people that Afghanistan should be attacked; after all, they were hiding Bin Laden, the "alleged" mastermind of 9/11, and with the US sentiment angry at those who allegedly did this, and wanted to "do something about it".

Bush molded our collective national distress to his narrative for the reason Afghanistan should be attacked, and little was said here in the US about it invading and occupying that country in the summer of 2001, while US diplomats
were quietly telling the heads of other countries that this was going to happen. US planned war in Afghanistan long before September 11

Bush's negotiations with the Taliban went south right before the bombing on 9/11: New Book Details Bush/Big Oil Negotiations With Taliban BEFORE WTC

This article goes on to state: 'In the beginning of August, the Bush administration and its Big Oil cohorts delivered what amounted to an ultimatum to the Taliban.

"The Taliban representatives were reportedly told by Bush/Big Oil: Accept our offer of "a carpet of gold or you'll get a carpet of bombs."

And what members of this government can NEVER tell the friends or families, grieving over a military personnel's death in Afghanistan, is the following brutal reality: "I'm sorry, but your kid didn't die for honor, glory, or preserving the 'American Way of Life'; he died so that the US government, and business cartels who own it, will have unlimited access to Afghanistan's pipelines; its rare earth minerals, and, of course, control of the opium poppy crop, and weaponise the potent, cheap heroin which is created from it, and make sure it flows like water in countries we don't particularly like (such as Russia)."

This, my friends, is the whole, sordid, ugly truth as to why we are in Afghanistan; and unless a miracle happens, our country's military will be staying there in perpetuam.

Oct 08 10:22

GOODBYE COLUMBUS!

Taíno slavery in Spain turned out to be unprofitable, but Columbus later wrote, “Let us in the name of the Holy Trinity go on sending all the slaves that can be sold.”

The eminent historian of Africa, Basil Davidson, also assigns responsibility to Columbus for initiating the African slave trade to the Americas. According to Davidson, the first license granted to send enslaved Africans to the Caribbean was issued by the king and queen in 1501, during Columbus’s rule in the Indies, leading Davidson to dub Columbus the “father of the slave trade.”

Oct 08 10:12

Graham to take Kavanaugh fight 'to the streets,' campaign against fellow senators for first time

Sen. Lindsey Graham, South Carolina Republican, said Sunday he was so disgusted at the Kavanaugh confirmation process that he plans to do something he has never done: campaign against a fellow senator.

“All I can say is that this is going to the streets, at the ballot box,” said Mr. Graham on “Fox News Sunday.” “I’ve never campaigned against a colleague in my life. That’s about to change.”

Oct 08 10:11

Trump: "Angry Mob" of "Radical Democrats" Has Become "Too Extreme And Too Dangerous To Govern"

President Trump on Saturday touted a conservative victory after his Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, was confirmed as the 114th Justice after a contentious and dramatic assault from the left.

Speaking in Topeka, Kansas, Trump framed the Democratic resistance to Kavanaugh as an attempt by an "angry mob" to hijack the proceedings "in their quest for power."

"They threw away and threw aside every notion of fairness, of justice, of decency and of due process," Trump said of the anti-Kavanaugh efforts. "What he and his wonderful family endured at the hands of Democrats is unthinkable, unthinkable."

Oct 08 10:11

What’s Really Going On Behind the “Secret” Saudi-Russia Oil Deal

The revelation that Russia worked privately with the Saudis “on Trump’s order” to aid the U.S. effort to halt Iranian oil exports without causing a supply shock seems to contradict Russia’s public promise to defend Iran’s economy against aggressive U.S. sanctions.

Oct 08 10:05

Six cases of rare ‘polio-like’ illness diagnosed in children in Minnesota

Since, mid-September Six children in Minnesota have been diagnosed with a rare “polio-like” disease, State health officials said.

AFM (Acute Flaccid Myelitis) is rare but serious condition that affects the body’s nervous system specifically, the spinal cord causing muscles to weaken and can cause paralysis.

Oct 08 10:01

Six cases of rare 'polio-like' illness diagnosed in children in Minnesota

Six children in Minnesota have been diagnosed with a rare "polio-like" disease since mid-September, state health officials said.

Acute flaccid myelitis, known as AFM, affects the body's nervous system -- specifically, the spinal cord -- and can cause paralysis. Unlike polio, there is no vaccine for AFM.

Minnesota typically sees less than one case a year, the state Department of Health reported. The disease typically affects children; all the recent cases in Minnesota were in children younger than 10.
AFM can develop from a viral infection, although its exact cause is unknown.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

According to a Google Search: "Many of the germs that cause AFM are contagious, such as enteroviruses, which typically cause mild illnesses in children such as respiratory infections. ... Some of the germs known to cause AFM are contagious between people while others are not."

But this hasn't been the first time that we have seen American kids infected by this disease:

Confirmed cluster of polio-like 'mystery illness' in Washington State

Here is a list of the top 10 countries for immigration to the US in 2014:

Top Ten Countries of Origins: Legal Immigrants to the United states

Theoretically, every single person asking for the right to emigrate to the US, has to have a standard medical exam; but what about illegal immigrants, who will do not comply with such a rule?!?

I think that we need to look for clusters of these cases, and look for immigrant populations in those clusters who have not had the standard medical exam or care, and a vector may very well present itself.

Illegal immigration and the threat of disease

Illegal immigrants bring disease into the US.

Societal Impact: Illegal Immigration and Public Health

Oct 08 10:00

World Markets Continue To Tumble

Oct 08 09:59

The Tyranny Of The U.S. Dollar

There’s a paradox at the heart of global finance. The U.S. share of the world economy has drifted lower for decades, and now President Trump is retreating from the American chief executive’s traditional role as Leader of the Free World. Yet the U.S. dollar remains, as the saying goes, almighty. “American exceptionalism has never been this stark,” Ruchir Sharma, head of emerging markets and chief global strategist for Morgan Stanley Investment Management, said at a Council on Foreign Relations symposium on Sept. 24.

Oct 08 09:59

Creating National Biometric System for Patient Matching Will Threaten Privacy and Security

By Natural Blaze

ST. PAUL, Minn.—The Pew Research Center last week released a new public opinion report on “patient matching,” a term which is simply a less-offensive moniker for “national patient ID,” says Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom (CCHF).

Pew led off the study with this dubious claim about developing a national system of patient identification: “Enhanced Patient Matching Is Critical to Achieving Full Promise of Digital Health Records.” However, problems abound with both the idea of pushing a national patient ID strategy to link patient data and the proposed use of a national infrastructure to collect and store the biometrics of Americans, such as their DNA, fingerprints or iris scans...

Oct 08 09:58

The Damage Done By The Kavanaugh Hearings

While the outspread concern over a Supreme Court nominee is warranted , mainly due to the power justices have over our lives, the conversation was never about how Kavanaugh saw the PATRIOT Act as “measured, careful, responsible, and constitutional,” despite the law’s mockery of the Fourth and Fifth Amendments. Democrats also never bothered to mention Kavanaugh once ruled that “the Government’s metadata collection program is entirely consistent with the Fourth Amendment” while sitting in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Before the allegations of sexual assault, all they seemed to worry about was how Kavanaugh would rule on an abortion case, apparently frightened that states would have to pick up where they left off before Roe v. Wade. But ever since Ford entered the picture, offering a compelling story of assault but also one with gaps and no evidence , the focus is back on one thing and one thing only: We must believe all women, no matter what.

Oct 08 09:58

Erdogan Believes Saudi Arabia Ordered Brutal Killing Of Missing Dissident At Istanbul Consulate

As we suggested on Saturday, the suspected extrajudicial torture, murder and dismemberment of a Washington Post columnist inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul is already straining tensions between Riyadh and Ankara. To wit, on Saturday, Turkish prosecutors officially launched an investigation into the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi, according to Turkey's official Anadolou news agency, after a "Turkish security team" was allowed inside the consulate by Saudis (presumably under the assumption that they would produce a clean bill of health). Meanwhile, a handful of anonymous Turkish officials reportedly tipped off the Washington Post and Reuters about the murder.

Oct 08 09:56

Actress Emily Ratajkowski Told to ‘Put on a Bra’ During Kavanaugh Protest

Actress and model Emily Ratajkowski was told to “put on a bra” by her social media followers as she protested against President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Holding a sign declaring: “Respect female existence or expect our resistance,” the 27-year-old was one of the dozens of protesters to storm the atrium of a Senate office building on Friday before she was arrested alongside fellow actress Amy Schumer.

Oct 08 09:55

Solomon: DOJ "Smoking Gun" Redactions Due To National Embarrassment, Not "National Security" 

The Department of Justice (DOJ) and the FBI have repeatedly pointed to concerns over national security in their refusals to declassify evidence in the Russia investigation. It is now clear, however, that the agencies are simply covering up embarrassing facts, according to The Hill's John Solomon.

How do we know this?

A previously minor footnote on Page 57, Chapter 3 of the House Intelligence Committee report on Russian interference notes that FBI general counsel James Baker met with an unnamed person in September 2016 who provided information on the Russia case, including email hacking and a possible link to the Trump campaign.

And who was this person whose information, if released, would threaten national security?

A top attorney for Perkins Coie, the Democratic National Committee's private law firm.

Oct 08 09:54

‘Trump will only accelerate the creation of a new political movement in Palestine’: Nidal al-Azza on the impact of US policy towards Palestine

Nidal al-Azza, 50, is a Palestinian activist and the director of a local organization that works with Palestinian residency and refugee rights. Al-Azza is a Palestinian refugee himself, and was born and raised in a refugee camp in the occupied West Bank, where he still lives. He has a Master’s degree in Human Rights Law from Columbia University in New York.

Like many other activists and community leaders in the West Bank, al-Azza has been dealing with the repercussions of the Trump administration’s foreign policy in the region, specifically the massive cuts to Palestinian aid and policy changes over the course of the past year.

Oct 08 09:53

Saudi-Led Coalition Sends Additional Forces to Hodeidah - Yemeni Military

The Yemeni military announced on Sunday the deployment of additional army troops, consisting of Sudanese servicemen and supporting the Saudi-led coalition, in the vicinity of the embattled Yemeni port city of Hodeidah, controlled by the Houthi militants, also known as Ansar Allah movement.

"The aim of the arrived Sudanese servicemen will be to reinforce troops already deployed there in order to fully liberate the territories which remain under the Houthis' control," the military said in a statement.

Oct 08 09:53

Georgia Rejects Russian Attempts to Make Peace, Moscow Says

Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister, Grigory Karasin, has blamed the country of Georgia for upsetting attempts to make peace and restore diplomatic ties in the wake of the 2008 conflict.

"Tbilisi has turned down all our offers to restore diplomatic ties and continues its hostile actions against us on the international scale, contributing to the NATO strategy of containing Russia," he told the Izvestia newspaper.

The countries fell out in August 2008 after Tbilisi sent troops to breakaway South Ossetia, where many have Russian passports. Russia sent in troops to protect its citizens and soon recognized the independence of two regions in Georgia's north, prompting the latter to break off ties.

Oct 08 09:52

The Gold Standard: Protector of Individual Liberty and Economic Prosperity

The idea of a constitution and/or written legislation to secure individual rights so beloved by conservatives and among many libertarians has proven to be a myth. The US Constitution and all those that have been written and ratified in its wake throughout the world have done little to protect individual liberties or keep a check on State largesse. Instead, in the American case, the Constitution created a powerful central government which eliminated much of the sovereignty and independence that the individual states possessed under the Articles of Confederation.

Oct 08 09:52

Florida braces for ANOTHER hurricane: Tropical Storm Michael is heading to the Gulf Coast amid fears it will strengthen to a 'life-threatening' Category 2 storm with winds up to 100mph

The Sunshine State is bracing for another hurricane as Tropical Storm Michael prepares to slam the Gulf Coast this week.

On Sunday, Florida Gov Rick Scott warned that the storm headed for the Florida Panhandle could become a Category 2 hurricane with winds up to 100mph by the time it makes landfall Tuesday night.

Scott issued an order for a state of emergency for 26 counties in the Florida Panhandle and the Big Bend area.

Oct 08 09:46

The Dollar shortage of 2018 and maybe 19

Oct 08 09:44

Christian Zionists Target US Aid to Palestinian Authority

A few days ago, We Hold These Truths posted a podcast entitled “Christian Zionism is a War Based Religion,” which includes a discussion on the so-called “just war” theological doctrine often used by Christian leaders to justify their support for US wars.

I am referring, of course, to Christian leaders such as John Hagee, of Christians United for Israel, or CUFI.

Back in 2003, Hagee supported the US war in Iraq, and even later, after it became glaringly apparent there never had been any weapons of mass destruction and that Bush had lied about the war, he continued to be a vocal supporter of the US aggression.

“Christian Zionism is a war based, political religion wrapped around the notion that the modern state of Israel is a fulfillment of Biblical prophecy,” reads the podcast description put up by We Hold These Truths. You can go here to listen to the podcast. It’s a fairly interesting discussion.

Oct 08 09:37

Science journals publish intentionally stupid liberal propaganda studies claiming men should anally self-penetrate to “increase feminist values”

A trio of researchers – Helen Pluckrose, a researcher and author; James Lindsay, an author with a doctorate in mathematics; and Peter Boghossian, a philosophy professor – set out to prove that academic bias has all but totally delegitimized the scientific process. And to say they succeeded would be an understatement.

According to reports, the three individuals were able to get seven fake studies accepted for publishing, and four of these have already been published online. Seven more are said to be under review, and six others were rejected.

So what was the subject matter of the accepted studies? One of them suggests that men should insert objects up their rear ends in order to “decrease transphobia” and improve men’s understanding of “feminist values.”

Oct 08 09:37

Jeff Bezos Is Planning to Ship ‘Several Metric Tons of Cargo’ to the Moon

Jeff Bezos’s pet aerospace exploration project is planning to send “several metric tons” of unspecified cargo to the Moon in the next five years.

Blue Origin, described by Bezos as “the most important work I'm doing,” signed a letter of intent with German aerospace companies OHB Space Systems and Security and MT Aerospace at the 69th annual International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Germany on Tuesday. The OHB SE dubbed the lunar project the “Blue Moon” mission in a press release.

Oct 08 09:36

Six cases of rare 'polio-like' illness diagnosed in children in Minnesota

Six children in Minnesota have been diagnosed with a rare "polio-like" disease since mid-September, state health officials said.

Acute flaccid myelitis, known as AFM, affects the body's nervous system -- specifically, the spinal cord -- and can cause paralysis. Unlike polio, there is no vaccine for AFM.

Oct 08 09:35

What If She Lied?

But, the only relative question we-the-people should have, will Blasey-Ford-McClean and their long list of co-conspirators ever be prosecuted for their crimes? Or does DiFi have enough dirt on everyone to be allowed to simply put the pin back in the grenade? Obviously, to be re-pulled on another day, if need be.

Oct 08 09:35

Typhus reaches 'epidemic levels' in parts of Los Angeles area

Health officials on Friday reported a typhus outbreak in Los Angeles County and say it has reached "epidemic levels" in the city of Pasadena.

Twenty cases have been reported in Pasadena, mostly in the last two months, health officials told NBC News, noting that a normal year would typically only see five infections. The city of Long Beach, California, has 12 cases so far in 2018 — double the normal annual number, said Emily Holman, the city's infectious disease response coordinator.

The number of cases in the rest of the county since July is nine, which counts as an "outbreak," Los Angeles County Department of Public Health officials said in a statement. Pasadena and Long Beach have their own health departments even though they exist within the county.

Oct 08 09:33

Senator Hirono Doesn't Understand 'Corroboration,' Won't Condemn Attacks On Republicans

Hirono's assertion that there was corroborating evidence that supported Ford's story is false, as prosecutor Rachel Mitchell specifically noted in her 5-page memo on Ford's testimony. All the witnesses Ford claims exist have "either refuted her allegations or failed to corroborate them."

Hirono later suggested that the presumption of innocence should not apply to Kavanaugh because "this is not a court of law" and said that the FBI's investigation was a "sham."

"I want to ask you about the atmosphere. The president and Republicans, what they are saying is that Democratic protesters are -- quote -- 'an angry mob,'" Bash said as Hirono laughed. And what I want to ask you about is, you know, it is one thing to protest at the Supreme Court, to do it at the Capitol. That's been done for generations and, frankly, since the founding of this country."

Oct 08 09:31

George Soros’s March on Washington

Some 200 protesters march across the lawn of the U.S. Capitol to the foot of the south wing. Inside, the U.S. Senate is wrapping up its debate, hours before the Saturday afternoon vote to confirm Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Members of the crowd rush up the steps, unfurl professionally printed banners, stand defiantly, and pump their fists in the air.

Oct 08 09:30

Mueller Looking Into GOP Researcher Who Secretly Raised $100,000 to Find Clinton Emails

A Republican opposition researcher raised at least $100,000 in an effort to hunt down emails thought to be stolen from Hillary Clinton's private server, activities that are under intense scrutiny by special counsel Robert Mueller in his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, The Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday.

Mueller may be especially interested in the researcher, Peter Smith, because he implied to those whom he tried to recruit for the effort that he was connected to several Trump campaign officials — including Steve Bannon, Mike Flynn and Kellyanne Conway.

Smith died 10 days after revealing his efforts to the Journal in an apparent suicide.

Oct 08 09:28

Facebook is hit by a new viral hoax message that falsely tells users their account has been 'cloned' by cyber criminals and to forward on the message to ALL of their friends

The scam message reads: 'Hi....I actually got another friend request from you yesterday...which I ignored so you may want to check your account.

'Hold your finger on the message until the forward button appears...then hit forward and all the people you want to forward too....I had to do the people individually. Good Luck!'

Facebook said there is no virus attached to the message, and advised users to simply delete it if they receive it.

Oct 08 09:27

Facebook's UK tax bill triples to £15.8m despite making £1.2bn AND the social media giant will get an immediate cut thanks to a tax credit

Facebook has been handed its biggest ever UK tax bill - but the tech giant has already managed to slash it by millions by claiming tax relief, it was revealed today.

The social network's corporation tax demand from the Treasury tripled to £15.8million in 2017 but it only had to pay £7.4million, new accounts show.

The reduction came despite British revenues going up a third from £842million to an extraordinary £1.2billion last year and record profits of £62million in those 12 months – up from £58million.

The company, run by Mark Zuckerberg, managed to cut its tax bill by 46 per cent after it awarded shares to its employees.

Oct 08 09:23

Kim, Pompeo agree to 2nd US-North Korea summit 'at earliest date'

Kim Jong Un has agreed to hold a second summit with US President Donald Trump as soon as possible, Seoul said Sunday, after Washington's top diplomat held "productive" talks on denuclearisation with the North Korean leader in Pyongyang.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with Kim on Sunday morning for around two hours of talks followed by a lunch in the North's capital, before flying to Seoul on a whirlwind diplomatic visit to the region.

Pompeo said "he agreed with Chairman Kim to hold the second US-North Korea summit at the earliest date possible", South Korea's presidential office said in a statement, although no specific time or location has yet been agreed.

Oct 08 09:22

Justice Elena Kagan: Legitimacy Of The Supreme Court Is Now At Risk

Associate Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan said that the highest court in the land risks losing legitimacy without a centrist swing-vote, reports Bloomberg.

In Friday comments made just hours after the US Senate cleared the way for USSC nominee Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation, Kagan said that the court benefitted from having centrist Justices Sandra Day O'Connor and Anthony Kennedy over the past 30-plus years.

The presence of O’Connor and Kennedy "enabled the court to look as though it was not owned by one side or another and was indeed impartial and neutral and fair," Kagan said to an audience at Princeton University. "And it’s not so clear that, you know, I think going forward that sort of middle position -- you know, it’s not so clear whether we’ll have it."

She added: "All of us need to be aware of that, every single one of us and to realize how precious the court’s legitimacy is." -Bloomberg

Oct 08 09:22

Vatican takes off gloves, accuses papal critic of 'calumny, defamation'

A top Vatican official on Sunday issued a scathing open letter accusing an archbishop who launched an unprecedented attack on Pope Francis of mounting a “political frame job devoid of real foundation”.

Cardinal Marc Ouellet said in the detailed, three-page letter that calls by Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano for the pope to resign because he had allegedly covered up sexual misconduct by a senior American churchman were “calumny and defamation”.

Oct 08 09:21

“There’s no such thing as a Palestinian.” Sheldon Adelson

“Adelson’s activities in buying politicians reflect what he believes, he reportedly having said that “there’s no such thing as a Palestinian.” Nor does his world view include much concern for the country that has sheltered him and made him wealthy. He served in the US Army in World War 2 and has said that he regrets having done so, as he would rather have worn an Israeli army uniform. He also expressed his desire that his son might become an Israeli Army sniper.”

Oct 08 09:20

China’s central bank to pump US$110 billion into economy as US trade war intensifies

Move to free up more cash for lending aims to generate momentum after economy started to stall amid growing trade conflict with Washington

Oct 08 09:20

Bill Cosby says his conviction and prison sentence for drugging and sexually assaulting a woman should be overturned because the prosecutors ‘made a string of errors’

Bill Cosby, 81, will appeal his sex assault conviction and jail sentence over what his lawyers argue were a string of errors in his court case last month
The disgraced TV star was sentenced to three to ten years in state prison
In a defence motion, his Lawyers called the sentence more punitive than necessary, given the standard two to three-year guideline range for the crime
Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office said it will file a response
Cosby, who must serve minimum of three years before becoming eligible for parole, was also fined $25,000 and ordered to pay prosecution costs
He will appear on a sex-offender registry after Judge Steven O'Neill earlier declared he is a 'sexually violent predator'

Oct 08 09:19

Cory Booker says Kavanaugh impeachment shouldn't be off the table

New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker said on Sunday the possibility of impeaching Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh shouldn’t be off the table if Democrats take one of the houses of Congress in next month’s midterm elections. Kavanaugh was confirmed on Saturday by a narrow vote following a contentious process that included multiple sexual assault allegations.

Other Democrats have raised the possibility of impeaching Kavanaugh over allegations that he committed perjury in his hearing at the Senate Judiciary Committee, on which Booker sits. News accounts have quoted acquaintances who contradict Kavanaugh’s testimony about his behavior as a young man, and evidence has surfaced calling into question some of his assertions about his time in the George W. Bush administration, but Kavanaugh insists he told the truth. Impeachment would require the Democrats to win a House majority and control that chamber’s judiciary committee. The question would then go to trial in the Senate.

Oct 08 09:19

UK SENDING 800 TROOPS TO THE ARCTIC TO TARGET RUSSIA

The British Defense Secretary announced that 800 commandos are being deployed into Norway starting next year, and continuing every winter for at least a decade. The troops will join US and Dutch troops there, and are targeting Russia.

Speaking before travelling to Birmingham to make the speech, Mr Williamson said:

“We see Russian submarine activity very close to the level that it was at the Cold War, and it’s right that we start responding to that.

“If we could turn back the clock 10 years many people thought that the era of submarine activity in the High North, in the North Atlantic, and the threat that it posed did disappear with the fall of the Berlin Wall. This threat has really come back to the fore.”

The program is built around claims of Russian aggression, and the idea that global warming will lead Russia to stake out new claims in the far north, near where old Soviet-era bases exist, for natural resources.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The goal of this continuous deployment, is aggravating Russia until its leadership does something colossally stupid; and what the British military and civilian leadership have conveniently forgotten, is that, at least under Putin's watch, this probably won't happen.

Putin, on the international stage, and in real life, is a consummate chess player, and is at least 20 moves ahead of anything the US and UK can possibly do to deter him.

Oct 08 09:19

‘Late Show’ writer apologizes for ‘sarcasm’ in deleted tweet about Kavanaugh

A writer for CBS's "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" on Sunday apologized for her "sarcasm" in a deleted tweet about newly confirmed Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

Ariel Dumas on Saturday tweeted, "Whatever happens, I'm just glad we ruined Brett Kavanaugh's life." The post quickly went viral, as multiple conservative pundits retweeted it with critical commentary.

Dumas the next day said the tweet was a "tone-deaf attempt at sarcasm."

Oct 08 09:18

WAYNE ALLYN ROOT: The Party of Trump Wins Street Brawl

As I write this column, the GOP has won the most brutal political battle in history. Brett Kavanaugh has been confirmed to the Supreme Court. President Trump wins again.

Here are the lessons and winners of this epic, historic battle.

First, America always does the right thing…but only after exhausting every other option.

Second, the biggest winner is President Trump. Notch another victory on his belt. The score after about 21 months in office is Trump 100, Democrats 0. Against all odds, Trump just keeps winning.

Oct 08 09:18

What's wrong with this advert? Hotel is forced to pull down 'sexist' ad showing young couple enjoying breakfast in bed after heavy backlash online (6 Pics)

I think this story illustrates how hyper-sensitive we have all been conditioned to be.

Live and let lie is my approach.

Oct 08 09:17

Pakistani Poker: Playing Saudi Arabia Against China

Desperate for funding to fend off a financial crisis fuelled in part by mounting debt to China, Pakistan is playing a complicated game of poker that could hand Saudi Arabia a strategic victory in its bitter feud with Iran at the People’s Republic’s expense.

Oct 08 09:17

BETO O’ROURKE FLAGGED FOR CAMPAIGN FINANCE VIOLATIONS

Democratic Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke’s senate campaign was flagged by the Federal Election Commission (FEC) on Sunday for accepting “excessive” and “impermissible” donations.

The FEC notified O’Rourke that a preliminary review of his campaign’s July quarterly report showed contributions from one or more individuals with addresses outside of the United States. Donations were also made that “exceed the limit” determined by the federal government. O’Rourke has 45 days to respond.

Oct 08 09:16

ISHCHENKO: POROSHENKO’S ELECTORAL STRATEGY IS WAR AND DESTABILIZATION

(*The Trump/Poroshenko relation is a well kept secret , but why ?
No way The Right can deny him , or his adhering to the letter of their playbook)

Oct 08 09:16

The UK is practicing cyberattacks that could black out Moscow

British defense officials say they have practiced cyber war games that could shut off electricity in Russia’s capital, the Sunday Times (paywall) reports.

The measures are part of a wider range of strategies to hit back at an increasingly assertive Russia—accused of interfering with US elections, cyberattacks on Western targets, and poisoning a former spy on UK soil—without resorting to a full-blown nuclear attack.

“If they sank our aircraft carrier with a nuclear-tipped torpedo, what is our response? There’s nothing between sinking their submarine and dropping a nuclear weapon on northern Kamchatka,” one senior source told the Sunday Times. “This is why cyber is so important; you can go on the offensive and turn off the lights in Moscow to tell them that they are not doing the right things.”

Oct 08 09:16

Dershowitz: ACLU's Opposition To Kavanaugh Sounds Its Death Knell

So why did the American Civil Liberties Union oppose a Republican nominee to the Supreme Court and argue for a presumption of guilt regarding sexual allegations directed against that judicial nominee? The answer is as clear as it is simple. It is all about pleasing the donors. The ACLU used to be cash poor but principle-rich. Now, ironically, after Trump taking office, the ACLU has never become so cash-rich, yet principle-poor.

The problem is that most of the money is not coming from civil libertarians who care about free speech, due process, the rights of the accused and defending the unpopular. It is coming from radical leftists in Hollywood, Silicon Valley and other areas not known for a deep commitment to civil liberties.

Oct 08 09:15

CIA Democrats call for aggression against Russia, run pro-war campaigns in 2018 congressional races

The Democratic Party is widely favored to win control of the House of Representatives in the US midterm elections November 6, with projections that it will gain 30 to 50 seats, or even more, well above the net gain of 23 required for a majority.

The last time the Democratic Party won control of the House from the Republicans was in 2006, when it captured 30 Republican seats on the basis of a limited appeal to the massive antiwar sentiment among working people after three years of disastrous and bloody warfare in Iraq, and five years after the US invasion and occupation of Afghanistan.

In stark contrast, there is not a hint of an antiwar campaign by the Democratic challengers seeking Republican seats in the 2018 elections. On the contrary, the pronouncements of leading Democrats on foreign policy issues have been strongly pro-war, attacking the Trump administration from the right for its alleged softness on Russia and its hostility to traditional US-led alliances like NATO.

Oct 08 09:14

The Final Truth of Russia-gate

The conspiracy to overthrow a sitting US President extends far beyond our own “Deep State.” As I’ve been saying in this space for quite some time, it’s been an international team effort from the beginning. Setting aside the British origins of the obscene “dossier” compiled by “ex”-MI6 agent Christopher Steele, we now have further confirmation of foreign involvement in President Trump’s decision to delay (perhaps indefinitely) the declassification of key Russia-gate documents. While US intelligence officials were expected to oppose the move, “Trump was also swayed by foreign allies, including Britain, in deciding to reverse course, these people said. It wasn’t immediately clear what other governments may have raised concerns to the White House.”

Oct 08 09:13

Politico: 'After Failing to Stop Kavanaugh, Dems Wonder If It's Time to Be More Ruthless'

Hot on the heels of attacking Judge Brett Kavanaugh as a serial gang-rapist who should not be allowed around children, Democrats are wondering if it's "time to be more ruthless," Politico reports.

Oct 08 09:13

CREATING NATIONAL BIOMETRIC SYSTEM FOR PATIENT MATCHING WILL THREATEN PRIVACY AND SECURITY

Pew led off the study with this dubious claim about developing a national system of patient identification: “Enhanced Patient Matching Is Critical to Achieving Full Promise of Digital Health Records.” However, problems abound with both the idea of pushing a national patient ID strategy to link patient data and the proposed use of a national infrastructure to collect and store the biometrics of Americans, such as their DNA, fingerprints or iris scans.

At an event with the study’s authors, Pew claimed “many of the participants agreed that getting organizations to settle on one unified national strategy for records matching is more crucial than agreeing on one technology,” Politico’s “Morning eHealth” newsletter reported.

Oct 08 09:13

Criticism Of Israeli Policy Is Not Anti-Semitic

I was provoked to write this discussion of what is and what isn’t anti-Semitism by an article in Ha’aretz on the “controversy” created by the awarding of the 2018 Nobel Prize in Chemistry to George P. Smith. According to the reporting, Smith is not only a brilliant scientist whose work has helped lead to the creation of new drugs that can treat cancer and a range of autoimmune diseases, he is also an outspoken supporter of Palestinian rights and a critic of Israeli policies.

The Ha’aretz piece notes that Smith has long been “a target of pro-Israel groups” and is listed on “the controversial Canary Mission website”—used by supporters of Israel to harass and silence critics.

Oct 08 09:12

‘We bombed you to save you’ – NATO head Stoltenberg speaks about 1999 bombings on visit to Serbia

Although many people in Serbia hold “painful” memories of NATO’s 1999 bombing of their country, it was, in fact, done precisely to protect them from their own government, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said in Belgrade.

He was answering questions about the bombing and about the NATO campaign against the government of the former Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic, during a meeting with the students of Belgrade University.

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