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Jun 12 10:52

Vallejo officers shot at Willie McCoy 55 times in 3.5 seconds, report clearing them says

An independent use-of-force expert revealed that six Vallejo officers shot at Willie McCoy 55 times in 3.5 seconds earlier this year, and found that this was, “in line with contemporary training and police practices associated with use of deadly force.”

Jun 12 10:51

US TREASURY DEPT IMPOSES NEW IRAN-RELATED SANCTIONS ON 2 INDIVIDUALS AND A COMPANY IN IRAQ

SOURCE: RT

The US Treasury Department announced sanctions on Wednesday against two Iraq-based persons and one company, for their alleged links to Iran’s Revolutionary Guard.
Makki Kazim and Mohammed Hussein, along with the South Wealth Resources Company have all been hit with secondary sanctions, according to the Treasury Department website.

Secondary sanctions form a major part of US international statecraft, cutting off businesses and individuals from the US financial system and tarnishing their reputations with international businesses and banks. A number of measures can be enforced against targeted individuals, ranging from limiting their ability to do business in the US to prohibiting all US parties from conducting business with them.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sanctions, with which the Trump administration is replacing, and substituting for any kind of rational negotiations, will not bring about the desired result with Iran.

The only thing which will make that happen, is for the US to return to the P5+1 agreement; but President Trump; Pompeo; and Bolton adamantly allow any reasonable discussions here regarding this happening.

Meanwhile in Tel Aviv, Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu, is sweating bullets, because his failure to put together a coalition, so there will be another election this September.
Israeli Snap Elections to be held in September, 2019

If he is unable to prod Trump, and the US government, into a seething war footing, and do something to get a war going against Iran, it may well cost him the next election.

So if we see any kind of a false flag happening between now and September, to be blamed on Iran, this will most likely be an Israeli intervention, just as was the attack on the USS Liberty all those years ago, which Israel tried to blame on Egypt.

Jun 12 10:39

BERNIE SANDERS CALLS FOR BRAZIL’S JUDICIARY TO RELEASE LULA IN WAKE OF CORRUPTION EXPOSURE

SOURCE: THE INTERCEPT

FORMER BRAZILIAN PRESIDENT Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva should be released from prison and his conviction should be annulled, said Sen. Bernie Sanders, an independent from Vermont, on Tuesday. Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Calif., meanwhile, is calling on the Trump administration to investigate the case that imprisoned the former president on corruption charges, following The Intercept’s exposé that showed Judge Sérgio Moro plotted with prosecutors to convict Lula and prevent the Workers’ Party from returning to power.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I sincerely doubt that this will happen, and it is a rather Quixotic quest, to ask the Brazilian government to overturn its previous conviction.

Jun 12 10:35

NSA WARNS MICROSOFT USERS OF POSSIBLE FAR-REACHING DAMAGE

SOURCE: THE DEEP STATE BLOG

Americans who use outdated versions of Microsoft Windows on their personal and work computers may be in danger of a “wormable” defect that could cause “devastating” and “wide-ranging impacts” according to a cybersecurity advisory from the National Security Agency.

This comes on the heels of a ransomware attack on the city of Baltimore which disrupted some municipal services. The attack was believed to have originated with spyware stolen from the NSA.

Following many warnings by Microsoft leaders, the NSA is warning users who have unpatched versions of Windows on their devices to make sure any cyber holes are able to keep out malicious actors from penetrating individuals’ devices and wreak havoc on their systems.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Or, perchance, is this notice coming now, because people don't like Microsoft's pricing structure, or the service, on new Microsoft products, so they are keeping their software a little longer before they upgrade?!?

Jun 12 10:31

SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS INCREASE TRANSPARENCY ABOUT CONTENT REMOVAL REQUESTS, BUT MANY KEEP USERS IN THE DARK WHEN THEIR SPEECH IS CENSORED, EFF REPORT SHOWS

SOURCE: ELECTRONIC FRONTIER FOUNDATION
San Francisco and Tunis, Tunisia—While social media platforms are increasingly giving users the opportunity to appeal decisions to censor their posts, very few platforms comprehensively commit to notifying users that their content has been removed in the first place, raising questions about their accountability and transparency, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) said today in a new report.

How users are supposed to challenge content removals that they’ve never been told about is among the key issues illuminated by EFF in the second installment of its Who Has Your Back: Censorship Edition report. The paper comes amid a wave of new government regulations and actions around the world meant to rid platforms of extremist content. But in response to calls to remove objectionable content, social media companies and platforms have all too often censored valuable speech.

Jun 12 10:30

THE TYRANNY OF DRUG LAWS

SOURCE: THE FUTURE OF FREEDOM FOUNDATION
by Jacob G. Hornberger

The recent drug bust of Russian journalist Ivan Golunov reminds us of another aspect of drug laws — the ability of tyrannical regimes to use such laws to target innocent people. In fact, consider any tyrannical regime in the world — North Korea, China, Vietnam, Cuba, Egypt, Myanmar (Burma), Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, and others. I will guarantee you that every one of them has viciously enforced drug laws. That’s not a coincidence. Tyranny and drug laws go together like bread and butter.

Golunov specializes in investigating and uncovering official corruption. According to the Washington Post, his investigations have uncovered corruption in the office of the Moscow mayor, the funeral business, and elsewhere.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The drug war is fought because it means money for the cartels; for politicians dirty enough to accept portions of the drug money for their election campaigns; it means money for public and private prisons; it means banks make a huge profit on laundering this money.

It does utterly nothing to assist those people who have wound up addicted, and desperately need to get off the drugs.

What would be an intelligent approach to the problem, is what Portugal did many years ago; they decriminalized the use of drugs for personal use, but got the people on those drugs, to seek counseling. The numbers of users fell dramatically here, and the stats tell the story of a successful government program.

Of course, that will happen in this country... when pigs discover they are aerodynamic.

Jun 12 10:20

ANTITRUST HEARING STARTS WITH BIG MEDIA CITING JUNK STUDY TO DEMAND BIG TECH HAND THEM TONS OF MONEY

From Forbes:

A congressional panel will today kick off its antitrust investigation into Google, Amazon, Apple and Facebook with an examination of the way they affect the news media landscape.

The investigation coincides with the publication of a new report from the News Media Alliance which concludes that Google received an estimated $4.7 billion in revenue last year from crawling and scraping news publishers’ content.
That's not a coincidence. The News Media Alliance is an media industry lobbyist group.

Today's hearing by the House Judiciary antitrust subcommittee, led by Rhode Island Democrat David Cicilline, will examine whether current antitrust laws are effective in preventing anti-competitive behaviour.

"I think we’re going to hear about what the impact has been on the news industry as a result of this huge market dominance," Cicilline says.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The problems with Google and Facebook, and with the corporate waresspondents and presstitutes, is the degree to which they are not only both refusing to tell the stories Americans truly need to hear, but also, with Facebook and Google, they are deplatforming, and demonetizing, any resource which actually does this.

And here is one issue which, unless you consistently read the independent media, you most probably have not heard about: the US is enabling Saudi war crimes in Yemen.

Try this on DuckDuckGo; put the above-referenced phrase in, and prepare to be both enlightened, and terrified; this is what President Trump is allowing to happen, in your name, and with your tax dollars.

And if you look for images of the carnage the US is assisting Saudi Arabia to create in Yemen, you have to go to other than Google, because Google has been given its marching orders, not to have these images appear at all.

Please remember; the "canaries in the coal mine" are those independent voices, like Republic Broadcasting, and WRH; so if you can, please donate.

Jun 12 10:06

JUST WHEN YOU THOUGHT SURVEILLANCE TECH COULDN’T GET ANY MORE ORWELLIAN…

SOURCE: THEORGANICPREPPER.COM
BY GRAYWOLF

One of my favorite TV shows was Person of Interest. In that show, a genius programmer was hired by the government to develop an artificial intelligence (AI) computer to tap into and analyze communication feeds and predict activities that may pose a threat. Unfortunately, as you can imagine, things spun out of control; the system that was designed to benefit society was not always beneficial to citizens.

As amusing as it is to watch escapist fiction such as this, it’s not so enjoyable when you realize it’s no longer fiction. China has already developed the infrastructure to envelop their citizens in this protective surveillance net and has begun that slippery slope of using AI to not only catch activities deemed undesired by the government – it’s starting to take action against those observed.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

You might be laughing at the above scenario; but rest assured, there are systems like this coming to the US government, which can, and will, be just as abusive as is the Chinese system right now.

Jun 12 10:00

‘EXTRAORDINARY & PERSISTENT ILLEGALITY’: UK'S MI5 ACCUSED OF MISHANDLING BULK SURVEILLANCE DATA

SOURCE: RT
UK domestic counter-intelligence service MI5 has been accused in High Court of violating data collection and storage privileges by storing private citizens’ information in bulk without proper protections.
MI5 has no control of its storage of vast volumes of people’s calls, messages, web browsing history, as well as other personal data that the agency has managed to obtain on the basis of surveillance warrants, which were often issued under false pretext, the High Court heard on Tuesday in a legal challenge brought by the human rights organization Liberty.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Color me completely unsurprised at this revelation.

Jun 12 09:58

JULIAN ASSANGE: US SUBMITS FORMAL EXTRADITION REQUEST FOR WIKILEAKS FOUNDER

SOURCE: INDEPENDENT UK
The US Justice Department has delivered to officials in the United Kingdom a formal extradition request for Julian Assange, making further US charges against the WikiLeaks founder unlikely.

A US official who spoke on background to discuss a sensitive matter said the request was sent on Thursday.

The United States’ treaty with Britain required that the request be sent within 60 days of Assange’s 11 April arrest at Ecuador’s Embassy in London.

The same treaty bars the United States from prosecuting Assange for any alleged crimes beyond those outlined in the extradition request, unless those acts occur after his extradition.

In an 18-count indictment filed last month, prosecutors charged Assange with violating the Espionage Act and conspiring to hack into a government computer.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Espionage Act carries the possibility of a death sentence against Assange

I would like to hope that the DOJ will not be so draconian as to suggest it; but it is still something the US government could potentially use, depending on how deeply the Deep State is offended by what Wikileaks brought into the open sunlight, and into the arena of public discussion.

Please remember: nothing Wikileaks revealed, has never, ever been proven wrong.

Jun 12 09:47

THE HOUSE JUST VOTED TO HOLD ATTORNEY GENERAL WILLIAM BARR AND FORMER WHITE HOUSE COUNSEL DON MCGAHN IN CIVIL CONTEMPT

SOURCE: BUSINESS INSIDER
The House of Representatives voted on Tuesday to allow a congressional committee to enforce subpoenas by taking uncooperative executive-branch officials to court using a civil-contempt resolution.

A civil-contempt resolution is different from criminal contempt of Congress, which can result in lofty fines and even jail time.

The move comes after the House Judiciary Committee advanced contempt of Congress resolutions for both Attorney General William Barr and former White House counsel Don McGahn, marking the most severe congressional action against President Donald Trump's administration since Democrats reclaimed the chamber's majority.

The 229-191 vote fell straight along party lines. The resolution required only a simple majority and needed to be passed in only one chamber of Congress. It came after the House Judiciary Committee hammered out the details of the contempt resolution in a marathon hearing.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would very politely like to point out, that the more time the Democrats spend on this absolute "playing to the galleries" nonsense, the less time they have doing the work their alleged constituents hired them to do.

Put perhaps, doing the actual, and critically necessary work for their constituents, was never really in the cards for this current crop of House and Senate Democrats.

I have never, in 70 years of existence on this planet, seen a political environment so rancidly toxic, and it makes us look, to the world of stable democracies, like elementary school children, fighting over a dodge ball infraction.

Not pretty at all.

Jun 11 15:17

Facebook quietly kills off advanced search tool that helped investigators track down war criminals and child predators as critics warn decision could be a 'disaster' for human rights

Facebook has raised the ire of human rights advocates and investigators after it killed off advanced features of a search tool used to surface information on posts, users and other elements of the social media site.

The tool, called Graph, is open to any of the site's users and allows people to search all of Facebook's public data using a set of highly granular filters.

Graph's abilities include finding posts by a user that fall within a certain date range, identifying users who like a specific page and live in a specific city, or surfacing places users have visited as recorded by their check-ins and tags.

But key aspects of Graph, like being able to search videos to find a specific user, were suddenly taken down late last week, Vice reported, citing sources close to the situation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Color me completely unsurprised by this development; it is completely consistent with Facebook's deplatforming/dedollarization of conservative, or alternative, thought which does not conform to the current governmental narrative.

Jun 11 15:04

'An embarrassment to the country': Tearful Jon Stewart's excoriating attack on DC lawmakers after only FIVE turn up to hear 9/11 victims plead for their fund to be renewed earned the comedian a standing ovation

Comedian Jon Stewart lashed out at Congress on Tuesday for failing to ensure that a victims' compensation fund set up after the 9/11 attacks never runs out of money - as just five members out of 14 turned up to hear the victim's appeal for more support.

Stewart, a longtime advocate for 9/11 responders, called out lawmakers for failing to attend a hearing on a bill to ensure the fund can pay benefits for the next 70 years.

The Zadroga Act pledged in 2015 to extend medical coverage until 2090 but now thanks to a rapidly dwindling kitty will fall short, which prompted Stewart and a host of victims' families to appeal for greater funding.

Pointing to rows of empty seats at a house subcommittee hearing room, an angry Stewart, 56, said that 'sick and dying' first responders and their families came to Washington for the hearing, only to face a nearly deserted dais.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Jon, both this little family of 2, and WRH, absolutely stand with you on this issue.

Jun 11 12:05

BREAKING: Facebook banned Natural News for “off-platform” article that Natural News never posted to Facebook

Just days after being banned and deleted by Facebook, Natural News has now learned that Facebook banned Natural News because of an opinion article that Natural News never posted to Facebook. The article in question — "LGBT progressivism horrors" — warned against children being physically and chemically disfigured by parents pushing an LGBT indoctrination agenda onto their own children.

Facebook now says the existence of this article is the reason Natural News was de-platformed from Facebook. This means Facebook is banning channels for "off-platform" content.

It’s also an admission that Natural News did nothing to violate any community guidelines or terms of service with Facebook. Quite the opposite, in fact: The Natural News social media team followed a strict procedure of self-censorship all through 2019, meaning no articles about LGBT topics were posted to the Natural News channel on Facebook.

Jun 11 11:53

The FBI Tragedy: Elites above the Law

One of the media and beltway orthodoxies we constantly hear is that just a few bad apples under James Comey at the FBI explain why so many FBI elites have been fired, resigned, reassigned, demoted, or retired — or just left for unexplained reasons. The list is long and includes director James Comey himself, deputy director Andrew McCabe, counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok, attorney Lisa Page, chief of staff James Rybicki, general counsel James Baker, assistant director for public affairs Mike Kortan, Comey’s special assistant Josh Campbell, executive assistant director James Turgal, assistant director for office of congressional affairs Greg Bower, executive assistant director Michael Steinbach, and executive assistant director John Giacalone. In short, in about every growing scandal of the past two years — FISA, illegal leaking, spying on a presidential candidate, lying under oath, obstructing justice — someone in the FBI is involved.

Jun 11 11:24

SAUDI TEEN FACES EXECUTION, CRUCIFIXION FOR TAKING PART IN PROTEST AT AGE 10

A teenager who has been imprisoned by the Saudi Arabian government for nearly 5 years is facing execution for taking part in a protest that happened 8 years ago when he was just 10 years old. Murtaja Qureiris was initially arrested when he was 13 years old, 3 years after an Arab Spring related protest that he took part in.

He has spent at least 15 months of his 5 years in prison isolated in solitary confinement.

The Saudi government has charged him with engaging in anti-government protests, possession of a firearm and they also allege that he was affiliated with a terrorist organization. A boy that was only ten years old at the time is accused of being a gun-wielding terrorist, and now they want to torture and kill him, then mutilate his body.

The prosecutor in the case has recommended that after the now 18-year-old young man is killed, his body should be dismembered, or crucified.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

President Trump, a word, please: if one of your BFFs in the Middle East, the Butcher of Yemen, Mohammed bin Salman, is about to sign off on an execution of this boy, for crimes (most likely coerced under torture) this kid did at the age of 10, will you not, please, try to intervene here?!? After all, you do have the Prince's ear right now, as the US is thoroughly, and completely complicit in his genocide in Yemen.

Or, sir, is the part of his "luster" for you, that he can have people mercilessly tortured and killed, with absolutely no repercussions, for "crimes" they may well not have actually committed, but confessed to, in order to get the torture to stop?

I have come to the very dark conclusion, Mr. President, that this may well be true. The power to kill with impunity, coupled with this Prince's great wealth, are what draws you to him, like a moth to a flame.

But sir, I would very strongly, peacefully, and logically caution you, that this flame can be most dangerous.

You have just signed off on Saudi Arabia getting advanced weapons technology
Trump Allows High-Tech U.S. Bomb Parts to Be Built in Saudi Arabia

I am hoping (and, yes, praying) that this does not become an industrial strength, tactical disaster, in your support of both the Prince, and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Jun 11 10:59

FACEBOOK BANS NATURAL NEWS

SOURCE: NATURALNEWS.COM
In response to a coordinated, heavily-funded smear campaign against Natural News and myself, the Health Ranger, Facebook has now permanently banned Natural News from posting content. The channel name that has been banned is Facebook.com/healthranger, which was our primary channel reaching over 2.5 million people.

This is on top of the permanent bans of Natural News content from Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest, Google News, Apple and other techno-fascists that now represent the greatest threat to human freedom the world has ever seen.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mike, as both my Husband and want, also, to tell the truth about what is really happening, you are always welcome here, at WRH.

Jun 11 10:55

Hundreds of Illegal Immigrants from Congo and Angola Dropped Off in San Antonio

For those of you following along on the Congolese migrant influx in San Antonio, this is what made air on Thursday. A lengthier write-up including the struggles Catholic Charities is facing can be found here: https://www.kens5.com/article/news/local/parle-francais-city-searches-... …@KENS5 #kens5eyewitness

Roughly 350 migrants from the Congo are expected to arrive in San Antonio in the coming days leaving the city scrambling for French-speaking volunteers.

“We didn’t get a heads up,” Interim Assistant City Manager Dr. Collen Bridger told KEN 5 on Thursday.

Bridger said the Congolese migrants began to arrive in town on Tuesday. They told Migrant Resource Center workers, they traveled with a group of about 350 migrants through Ecuador to the southern border.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Let's see... what is going on in the Congo at the moment. According to the following report, by the World Health Organization, it is this:

Ebola has broken out in the Republic of Congo

So I have to wonder; did any of these refugees get tested for ebola before they crossed the US border into Austin?!?

And if not, what the hell is the rationale for just dumping them in Austin?!?
This makes absolutely zero sense to me; does it to you?!?

Jun 11 10:43

NORTH KOREAN LEADER'S ASSASSINATED HALF-BROTHER WAS A CIA INFORMANT: WSJ

SOURCE: ZEROHEDGE

The half brother of North Korea's Kim Jong Un - who was assassinated in Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Malaysia in February 2017, when two women smeared his face with the nerve agent VX - was an informant for the Central Intelligence Agency and met with agency operatives on several occasions, Wall Street Journal reports, citing a person who knew about the matter.

Kim Jong Nam was once considered to be the heir to late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il but he fell out of favor with his father in 2001 after he was caught trying to enter Japan on a false passport, and was arrested at Tokyo airport, apparently en route to Disneyland. Kim Jong Nam had been critical of Kim Jong Un, reportedly saying in 2012 that he “won’t last long” because of his youth and inexperience. The two brothers have different mothers, Bloomberg reports.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF this story is true, the question arises; which government's people wanted him silenced?!?

Those of the North Korean government, who found out the guy was an informant for the US, or those of the US, because had, somehow, become a "live liability"?

Jun 11 10:38

LOCAL BAKERY WINS $11 MILLION AFTER OBERLIN COLLEGE STUDENTS LABELED IT 'RACIST'

But in the heady modern political climate, Oberlin is known less for helping ferry runaway slaves to freedom in Canada, and more for an activist community that has condemned cafeteria food offerings as racist (because they're not authentic), questioned the value of teaching the western canon and pushed the necessity of safe spaces. One black female professor provoked a controversy in 2016 after she was fired for making incendiary statements like blaming Israel for 9/11. Soon, the school's black student union was condemning the school as an "unethical institution" and demanding that the professor be given tenure.

But while these incidents may have tarnished the school's reputation, reinforcing its reputation as a bastion of over-privileged trust-funders, the college will now face a very real cost after losing a legal battle with a local bakery that has been a pillar of the downtown business community since it opened more than 100 years ago, according to the Washington Post.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Good.

Jun 11 10:19

PROSECUTORS CRACK DOWN ON CLERGY ABUSE AS BISHOPS GATHER

SOURCE: APNEWS.COM
DETROIT (AP) — Hundreds of boxes. Millions of records. From Michigan to New Mexico this month, attorneys general are sifting through files on clergy sex abuse, seized through search warrants and subpoenas at dozens of archdioceses.

They’re looking to prosecute, and not just priests. If the boxes lining the hallways of Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel’s offices contain enough evidence, she said, she is considering using state racketeering laws usually reserved for organized crime. Prosecutors in Michigan are even volunteering on weekends to get through all the documents as quickly as possible.

For decades, leaders of the Roman Catholic Church were largely left to police their own. But now, as American bishops gather for a conference to confront the reignited sex-abuse crisis this week, they’re facing the most scrutiny ever from secular law enforcement.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

THIS time, the Catholic Church needs to acknowledge that they have an institutional illness, called child abuse.

When you deny clerics their very sexuality, which was, BTW, NOT a tenant , or article of faith by the early church, but came after a series of scandals involving mistresses, etc., and put them into a position of power, particularly over impressionable kids, this crud... will, and does happen.

And to Pope Francis; your institution is just on the keening edge, of being sued out of existence.

So how do you solve it?!? Retract the oath of celibacy, and look for young men, with wives and kids, who will contribute to the whole of the church's future.

Because, sir, if you do NOT do this, and now, you are setting up the church for a fall from grace, and away from public good will, beyond what you can possibly imagine.

You are welcome, Your Holiness!!!

Jun 11 09:54

'CORRUPTION IN PLAIN SIGHT': JARED KUSHNER FIRM TOOK IN $90 MILLION FROM UNNAMED FOREIGN ENTITIES SINCE 2017

SOURCE: COMMON DREAMS
The latest scandal from the President Donald Trump administration involves secretive foreign investments in a company in which the president's son-in-law and advisor Jared Kushner has a stake.

As The Guardian reported Monday, real estate speculation corporation Cadre, which was co-founded by Kushner, has received at least $90 million in overseas capital since 2017.

"Corruption in plain sight!" tweeted journalist Rula Jebreal.

Corruption in plain sight!
A company part-owned by Jared Kushner has received $90m in foreign funding from unknown offshore investor.
The ???? came through a vehicle run by Goldman Sachs in the Cayman Islands, a tax haven that guarantees corporate secretary. https://t.co/dVp9Zn1fok

— Rula Jebreal (@rulajebreal) June 10, 2019:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF, in fact, these charges are true, they are simply a reflection of just how ugly things get at the top of the cesspool, where laws are only applied to the fiscally "little people", but not to the monied.

Holy crud, was the last "clean" family to inhabit the White House, that of Jimmy Carter?!? I am beginning to thing that the short answer to this question is, "HELL, YES!!"

The financial chicanery, and elaborate, devious withholding of financial facts from public scrutiny, an attitude apparently adopted by the Ubermench of both parties, almost makes Italy's the Borgias appear financially transparent!!

Jun 11 09:43

FACEBOOK HAS BANNED THE WORD "HONK" FOR VIOLATING THEIR COMMUNITY STANDARDS

SOURCE: ZEROHEDGE
Bad news today for those who love to chat on Facebook about cars, especially when you need to your horn.

Even worse news for those country music fans who can't get enough Blank-y tonk music. And if you're an old school WWF fan, you may no longer be able to reference your favorite wrestler, the Blank-y Tonk Man.

Yes, that's right: just when you thought the censorship from social media outlets like Facebook, YouTube and Twitter had hit a fever pitch, its now being reported that Facebook is removing the word "honk" from its platform.

Yes, really. pic.twitter.com/bO7l1yl4PV

— Garbage Human ???? (@GarbHum) June 8, 2019

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Absoflippinglutely unbelievable!!

Jun 11 09:40

WOMAN FILMING SAVES UNARMED MAN'S LIFE AS COPS NEARLY KILL HIM FOR 'FITTING THE DESCRIPTION'

SOURCE: MATT AGORIST @ THE FREE THOUGHT PROJECT
(Support Free Thought) - Hawthorne, CA — Fitting the description, in the land of the free, is an all too common phrase used by public servants to justify the horrific abuse of innocent people. All too often, the abuse turns deadly, and these innocent people are killed or permanently injured. As the video below illustrates, filming these interactions and telling police they are on video can be the difference between life and death.

In Hawthorne, California on Friday, a woman who was filling her car up with gas decided to pull out her phone and film when she saw several officers holding an unarmed man at gunpoint.

The man, who says his name is William, was on his knees with his hands on his head as more officers continue to show up.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unfortunately, in this part of the 21st century, it is a very bad time to be a minority, in the Unhinged, Surveilled, State of Amerika; a couple may have one of them walking to a small convenience store, to pick up cookies, or a soda, and wind up accused of something they absolutely did not do and a situation escalates from there, with police itching to "shoot to kill", no matter if that person is innocent.

This woman, Skye, is my heroine for the day; but the rest of all of us, have to step up to the plate when we see a situation like this unfolding; and that, these days, takes nerves of steel, because you never know if, or when, the police are going to treat you, also, as "the enemy" for filming, even though this has been found to be "perfectly legal" by the courts.

Jun 11 09:16

THE OMNIPRESENT SURVEILLANCE STATE: ORWELL’S 1984 IS NO LONGER FICTION

SOURCE: ACTIVIST POST

1984 portrays a global society of total control in which people are not allowed to have thoughts that in any way disagree with the corporate state. There is no personal freedom, and advanced technology has become the driving force behind a surveillance-driven society. Snitches and cameras are everywhere. People are subject to the Thought Police, who deal with anyone guilty of thought crimes. The government, or “Party,” is headed by Big Brother who appears on posters everywhere with the words: “Big Brother is watching you.”

We have arrived, way ahead of schedule, into the dystopian future dreamed up by not only Orwell but also such fiction writers as Aldous Huxley, Margaret Atwood and Philip K. Dick.

“If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.”?George Orwell

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is why those of us, who see what is going on, and speak against the madness we see, must pick our fights very carefully; the "other side" is far better funded; far better equipped; and far better organised than we are.

Jun 11 06:43

Health Ranger blasts Facebook’s ban of Natural News, says American Left creating Soviet-style society where NO ONE can question “official” narratives

In a video response, Adams notes that in an instant, Facebook arbitrarily cut off Natural News’ channel and, thus, its direct pipeline to some 2.5 million followers who were not only avid consumers of the site’s information, but supporters of its alternative views on healthcare, nutrition, agriculture, and science.

“This is on top of the permanent bans of Natural News content from Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest, Google News, Apple and other techno-fascists that now represent the greatest threat to human freedom the world has ever seen,” Adams wrote in an accompanying column criticizing the decision.

He notes further:

The techno-fascists, including Wikipedia, have decided that no speech that questions any official narrative will be allowed on any platform. Anyone who questions the safety of toxic vaccines, 5G cell towers, geoengineering, chemotherapy or glyphosate weed killer chemicals is now maliciously attacked, smeared and de-platformed.

Jun 10 12:42

Walmart Employees Bristling At Fleet Of Robot Co-Workers 

In particular, the company's new Auto-C self-driving floor scrubber is proving more of a headache than a helper, according to workers of Walmart Supercenter No. 937 in Marietta, GA, who have named it "Freddy" after the janitor it replaced.

Freddy’s career at the store has gotten off to a rocky start. Workers there said it has suffered nervous breakdowns, needed regular retraining sessions and taken weird detours from its programmed rounds.

Shoppers are not quite sure how to interact with Freddy, either. Evan Tanner, who works there, recalled the night he says a man fell asleep on top of the machine as it whirred obediently down a toy aisle. -Washington Post

While Walmart executives are skeptical that someone passed out on an operating Auto-C, Tanner insists that it happened. "Someone had to pull [the sleeping man] off," he said, adding that Freddy "was going to swing toward groceries, just cleaning away."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Many years ago, when I was playing with my Sabre tooth Tiger, I had the opportunity to see first-hand when robotic or computer actions get in the way of real-life people, who depended on their jobs for some degree of economic certainty.

A Temp agency was awarded the roll-out of a major US bank's first ATM services, and I became one of the supervisors for the temp service, to see how the roll-out was working. There were many sites I visited, where things were going swimmingly; but in others, where tellers and other workers, were very grim in their outlook, and expected that these devices would "upstage and replace them" in time.

That generated a lot of electronic sabotage.

And particularly when one is dealing with a low-salaried job, and there is a threat to that person's job, due to new technology, you will, ultimately, see some nasty confrontations.

Jun 10 12:33

Glacier National Park Quietly Removes Its "Gone By 2020" Signs

Via Alt-Market.com,

This article was written by Roger I. Roots and originally published at RogerRoots.com

May 30, 2019. St. Mary, Montana.

Officials at Glacier National Park (GNP) have begun quietly removing and altering signs and government literature which told visitors that the Park’s glaciers were all expected to disappear by either 2020 or 2030.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Hysterical!!

Jun 10 12:30

Via SaraCarter.com:The number of homeless Californians in the Los Angeles county has reached 58,936, New York Times reported this weekend.

But Californians don’t seem to be the priority of democratic governor Gavin Newsom.

Under an agreement between Gov. Newsom and Democrats in the state legislature, low-income adults between the ages of 19 and 25 living in California illegally would be eligible for California’s Medicaid program, known as Medi-Cal.

State officials estimate that will be about 90,000 people at a cost of $98 m a year.

This decision will make California the first state in the US to pay for illegal immigrants to have full health benefits.

Democrats in the state legislature reached the agreement as part of a larger plan to spend $213 bn of state and federal tax money over the next year.

Not everyone in that age group would get the health benefits, only those whose incomes are low enough to qualify for the program.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Uh, has anyone in the state of California, had a look, at what the real costs will be, particularly if their "bright idea", is to tax people who don't have insurance, which seems to be how they expect to pay for this?!?

This is just insane.

Jun 10 12:24

US Treasury Department Tightens Sanctions on Venezuela Oil SectorWashington is targeting diluent imports, hurting Venezuela’s ability to export oil and produce fuel.

The US Treasury Department has announced a hardening of measures against Venezuela’s oil industry.

In an amendment to the Venezuela sanctions published on Thursday, Washington stated that the existing licenses, which allow certain companies to continue dealing with Venezuela state oil company PDVSA for a given period, “do not authorize transactions or dealings related to the exportation or reexportation of diluents, directly or indirectly, to Venezuela.”

Venezuela relies on imports of diluents to blend its heavy crude into exportable grades, as well as produce gasoline and diesel for internal consumption.

Venezuela’s declining oil production was significantly worsened by the impact of US economic sanctions, with crude output dropping by 30 percent, from an average of 1.911 million barrels per day (bpd) in 2017 to 1.354 million in 2018, following the August 2017 financial sanctions imposed by the Treasury Department.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The motivation here is very simple; bring Venezuela, economically, to its knees, to the point where it becomes ripe, for "regime change".

But the question I have to ask is, how much longer will Russia and China, put up with this monkey business, before they intervene in some way or another, either economically, or militarily?!?

Jun 10 12:18

US Sanctions against Cuba. US Cruise Lines Begin to Withdraw. Sea Crossings to Cuba from the US are Declared “Illegal”

As international condemnation of the unilateral sanctions imposed by the United States on Cuba June 5 continues to grow, the measures have already had an impact. Three of the four U.S. cruise lines operating on the island, began to withdraw and apologize to their guests for changes in itineraries. The largest cruise ship operator in the world, Carnival, well known for its customary stops in Cuban ports, informed clients that it was forced to cancel visits to Havana and apologized for “the unexpected change.”

Thus customers who were on board the Carnival Sensation, which departed two days before the ban and was set to travel to Havana, was obliged to continue on to Cozumel, Mexico. The company said it regretted the change and recognized Havana as a “unique destination,” offering “a full refund” to those who decided to cancel the trip.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Color this move geopolitically one of the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid thing the US government could have possibly ordered done; we should be engaging with Cuba through cultural exchanges, exchange student programs; and effectively gently, moving the country into a more democratic political state.

This action will pull Cuba closer to China's and Russia's geopolitical orbits; and would you not imagine that this would be the absolute, polar opposite of what the US foreign policy would be wanting to do, at this point in time?!?

Jun 10 12:12

Mike Pompeo Threatens to Intervene in British Democracy to Stop Corbyn Becoming Prime Minister

US Secretary for State Mike Pompeo has come under fire after a recording emerged of him saying he’d intervene to stop Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn becoming Prime Minister. In the recording first reported by the Washington Post, Pompeo suggests he won’t wait for Corbyn to be elected, rather he’ll attempt to stop it from being possible.

The off the record meeting was from when The Secretary for State met Jewish leaders to discuss Donald Trump’s proposed Peace Deal between Palestine and Israel.

Apart from appearing un-optimistic about the Peace Deal, he found time to comment on UK politics. When asked by an attendee;

if Corbyn “is elected, would you be willing to work with us to take on actions if life becomes very difficult for Jews in the U.K.?”

Pompeo gives a very clear response. Considering the allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 Presidential elections, the irony here is inescapable. The top US diplomat told those in attendance;

Webmaster's Commentary: 

OK, forgive me, but I am having more than a little bit of intellectual whiplash in reading this; why is it awful, as the Democrats say, when they alleged Russian interference in the 2016 elections, when Pompeo has come out, stating publicly, that it is perfectly OK for the US to meddle in the UK's election?!?

Jun 10 12:04

Iran at High Level of Readiness as US General Continues to Claim Imminent Threat

US Admiral says all interactions with Iranians remain 'safe and professional'

Growing US military buildups throughout April and May in the Middle East were a reaction, according to officials, to Iran’s military being at a high level of readiness. Now, with all those extra US forces in the area, Iran remains at a high level of readiness.

This is something of a challenge for the US to parse, now, as it makes sense for Iran to be at a high level of readiness after months of escalation and US threats, and officials are trying to figure out if this is just the new normal.

Gen. Frank McKenzie, the top US commander in the region, is continuing to hype up Iran as an “imminent threat.” Gen. McKenzie played up this threat on Thursday, and used virtually identical comments on Saturday, claiming Iran’s threat has “evolved in certain ways.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

OK, US military, , you cannot have it both ways; in one breath, an admiral observes that activites with the Iranian military have been "safe and professional", but Gen. Frank McKenzie, still insists that there is an "imminent threat."

Jun 10 11:59

THE INTERNET BECAME LESS FREE IN 2018. CAN WE FIGHT BACK?

As democracies around the world struggle to hold back the rising tide of authoritarianism, a similar crisis is unfolding online. Three factors converged this year to make 2018 the eighth straight year that global internet freedom declined, according to an annual report from the nonprofit Freedom House: increasing censorship in response to disinformation, the widespread collection of personal data, and a growing group of countries emulating China’s model of digital authoritarianism.

Jun 10 11:54

Jailed Citgo executives ordered to stand trial in Venezuela

The decision was a painful blow to the families of the men who were initially heartened by news their loved ones would have the chance to profess their innocence in court after judge Gil had canceled 15 previous hearings giving little reason.

"After more than one and a half years of delayed due process, today's preliminary hearing was a sad spectacle and a travesty of justice," the family of Tomeu Vadell, Citgo's vice president of refining, said in a statement.

"Venezuela is depriving an innocent man, a deeply loved husband and father of his freedom," they added. "We will continue to demand his immediate and unconditional release."

The families of the "Citgo 6" — five of them, like Vadell, American citizens and all with deep roots in Texas and Louisiana — complain the men are being held in inhumane conditions, sharing overcrowded basement cells in a military counterintelligence prison and suffering severe weight loss in a country plagued by food shortages.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There will be hell to pay, from Venezuela's side, when these cases go to court.

Jun 10 11:51

US gives Turkey ultimatum on Russian missiles

Turkey has been given a deadline of the end of July to choose between buying US fighter jets and Russian anti-aircraft missile systems.

Acting US Defence Secretary Patrick Shanahan set out the ultimatum in a letter to his Turkish counterpart, Hulusi Akar.

Turkey, he said, could not have both America's F-35 advanced fighter jets and Russia's S-400 systems.

The two Nato allies have been locked in a row over the S-400 for months.

America argues that the Russian systems are both incompatible with Nato defence systems and pose a security threat, and wants Turkey to buy its Patriot anti-aircraft systems instead.

Turkey, which has been pursuing an increasingly independent defence policy, has signed up to buying 100 F-35s, and has invested heavily in the F-35 programme, with Turkish companies producing 937 of the plane's parts.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If Shanahan's intent was to push Turkey to buy the Russia products, he has done a great job so far!

Jun 10 09:53

YouTube’s anti-extremism crackdown targets journalist who documents extremism

YouTube on Wednesday announced an expanded crackdown on hate speech, but the company said it would make sure not to ban or demonetize videos that "aim to condemn or expose hate, or provide analysis of current events."

However, YouTube's crackdown has already targeted a journalist who documents extremism, presumably by mistake.

"Within minutes of @YouTube's announcement of a new purge it appears they caught my outlet, which documents activism and extremism, in the crossfire," journalist Ford Fischer wrote on Twitter yesterday. "I was just notified my entire channel has been demonetized. I am a journalist whose work there is used in dozens of documentaries."

Fischer is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of News2Share. PBS's "Documenting Hate" series is one of the documentaries that relied on his footage. His IMDB page lists numerous documentaries that he contributed to.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

YouTube does whatever its governmental masters order it to do, and has become part and parcel of the 4th Governmental Arm, that of State Surveillance.

Find another place to go, if you are doing this kind of work, and vote... by changing venues.

Jun 10 09:50

Drama on the tarmac: US judge foils secret deportation to Israel

“Extreme injustice”
To give some perspective to the ordeal endured by Ashqar, in 2007, Lewis Libby, chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney, was convicted of lying to a federal grand jury about the disclosure of the identity of a CIA agent.

Libby was sentenced to two and a half years, but didn’t spend a day in prison because President George W. Bush commuted his sentence.

Last year, President Donald Trump pardoned Libby altogether.

Ashqar, who wasn’t accused of perjury but of simply refusing to testify, spent more than a decade in prison.

Michael Deutsch, Muhammad Salah’s lawyer during the trial of Ashqar and Salah, wrote for The Electronic Intifada in 2008 about the “extreme injustice perpetrated on Abdelhaleem Ashqar by the US government and the federal court in Chicago culminating in a draconian sentence of 135 months for nonviolent acts of civil disobedience.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Your government, ever abasing itself, answering the "siren call" of the alleged Israeli "justice System"; had the Israelis ever gotten hold of this man, he'd be dead by now.

Jun 10 09:40

UAE-Backed Militants Raid Yemen Mosque, Kill and Abduct Worshipers

The United Arab Emirates-backed paramilitary forces in Yemen have long been criticized for their abusive behavior toward civilians, particularly civilians in contested regions. This weekend, that recurring problem centered on Dhale Province.

On Friday, a mosque in Dhale same under attack by the UAE-backed forces, who forced their way in, killed six worshipers, and kidnapped another four. The identities of the captured people have not been confirmed.

The UAE forces, however, issued a statement saying that everyone that they killed were “Houthi rebels who refused to surrender.” None of them have been identified conclusively.

In Yemen’s southwest, Dhale had been under the control of Saudi and UAE-backed forces throughout much of the war, but in recent months, the Houthis have returned to the area and carved out an area which has resisted a number of offensives.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Hey, assassinations of innocent civilians... is OUR thing!!" Official Saudi Souse.

And the kills go on, and on, mercilessly, when the only answer to this horrific genocide against the Houthis, as mentioned by people familiar with the region, and its background, is through negotiations.

And the US government is complicit, up to its neck, in Saudi/UAE crimes in Yemen.

Jun 10 09:31

Senators Hope to Force Vote on Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia

President Trump’s hope to circumvent Senate oversight with an emergency declaration on arms sales to Saudi Arabia appears to have backfired. If anything, this effort seems to have drawn even more attention to the planned sales, and fueled even more Senate objections.

Now, in addition to 22 resolutions objecting to the sales, the Senate is introducing a new bill on Monday aimed to force a vote on all security aid to Saudi Arabia, including arms sales, and conditioning them on a Congressional review of Saudi human rights issues.

Trump aimed to bypass oversight on $8.1 billion in sales, knowing they would face objections, by claiming an “emergency” that meant it couldn’t wait for Congress to vote. Since the assassination of Jamal Khashoggi by the Saudi government, there has been discomfort with arms sales to the Saudis. Trump has objected to this additional resistance, arguing that the sales are worth a lot of money.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

President Trump is making it painfully clear, that in his mind, weapons sales trump Saudi and Yemeni rights, any day.

And if you like President Trump's position on this, you are also going to love the following article:

Trump Allows High Tech Bombs to be Built in Saudi Arabia

Doesn't that just warm your heart, to understand that weaponry assistance to a second, maniacally, self-declared theocracy (besides Israel) in the Middle East, will be getting American weapons technology?!?

Look for a massive weapons race to happen in the Middle East; and guess what?!? China, and Pakistan, would be just delighted to share their laser and nuclear technology with anyone who has the bucks to buy it!!

Jun 10 09:18

US Army Officer Urges "Swift, Responsible Disengagement" From Afghanistan

Authored by Danny Sjursen via The Future of Freedom Foundation,

The United States has been at war in Afghanistan for more than seventeen years. Despite many years of effort and billions spent, the U.S. military is still suffering casualties in that remote land. In 2017, fourteen American soldiers died in Afghanistan — some, in fact, shot from behind by their supposed local allies. Already, through January 2019, two more American troopers have been killed. They were the 2,418th and 2,419th U.S. military deaths in the war since 2001.

None of this sacrifice has defeated the Taliban or staved off enemy military advances throughout the country over the last several years. In fact, there have been a number of spectacular Taliban successes and attacks of late. On August 21, 2018, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s speech in the heavily fortified capital city of Kabul was interrupted by dozens of mortar rounds fired by the Taliban. It was no mere anecdotal anomaly.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Afghanistan is not called "the graveyard of empires" for no good reason.

The only guy who was able to invade and hang on, through a series of alliances and dynastic marriages, was Alexander the Great, and that... was for only three measly years!!

I don't believe that Trump will actually pull out of the region for a number of reasons; first, after the epic fail that was the Vietnam war, the US's military is allergic to withdrawals, no matter the cost in blood and money, because that meant that the US military had "failed".

The second reason is, that the US alphabet soup agencies have scored, big-time in terms of controlling the poppy trade, with which to secure the production of opium, which is used by these agencies to fund "off the book" operations.

Images: US troops guarding poppy fields in Afghanistan

And third, there has generally been no gathering point for peace activists on this issue, because the images they see, from the presstitutes, never include the real horrors of this war, as were covered the real horrors of the war in Vietnam; unless, and until that happens, expect for the US military, to continue to occupy Afghanistan.

Jun 10 09:07

Page Tells Bartiromo He Was A Source For CIA But Later Used To Spin False Narrative Against Trump

Edits and Omissions in Robert Mueller’s Special Counsel Report regarding President Donald Trump and Russia are being scrutinized as more information exposes that the report was skewed to make it appear that there may have been obstruction by the administration.

Carter Page appeared on Maria Bartiromo’s Fox News Sunday Morning Futures to discuss the topic and he told Bartiromo that there will be an avalanche of information in the upcoming weeks and “the more transparency the better…hopefully we start seeing it.”

“I HAD A LONGSTANDING RELATIONSHIP WITH THE CIA, GOING BACK DECADES, ESSENTIALLY,”

– CARTER PAGE

He repeated to Bartiromo that there is far more to the Mueller report than what was released. He also reiterated that the report was “completely spun” to advance the false narrative of obstruction being pushed by the Democrats and target the Trump administration.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I hope this guy, is wearing his Kevlar Undies to bed.

Jun 10 08:57

EYEWITNESS SAW A SECOND SHOOTER FIRING AN "AUTOMATIC HIGH-POWERED RIFLE" OUTSIDE ROUTE 91 VENUE ON 1 OCTOBER, FBI DOCUMENTS REVEAL

SOURCE: INTELLIHUB
Mention of second and third 1 October shooters appears in official FBI report obtained by Intellihub.

LAS VEGAS (INTELLIHUB) — A female who attended the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival on the night of October 1, 2017, where 58 people lost their lives to automatic gunfire told the investigators from the Federal Bureau of Investigation that she saw a second shooter firing a high-powered automatic rifle from a parking lot located to the east of the venue where country music singer Jason Aldean and his band were playing onstage at the time of the shooting.

The eyewitness told investigators with the bureau that she and about 20 other concertgoers managed to escape the venue grounds and head northeast toward the Tropicana during the third volley of gunfire.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF, in fact, this story is true, it absolutely hurls the defy, to the official story of the US government on this case.

Jun 10 08:55

TEXAS IS LATEST STATE TO PUMP THE BRAKES ON RED-LIGHT CAMERAS

SOURCE: NY TIMES
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With the signing of a bill last weekend, Gov. Greg Abbott made Texas the latest state to ban red-light traffic cameras.

It joins at least seven other states — Maine, Mississippi, Montana, New Hampshire, South Carolina, South Dakota and West Virginia — that already have statutes prohibiting the cameras, the National Conference of State Legislatures said. Around 20 more do not have automated traffic enforcement systems on public roads.

The Texas ban takes effect on Sept. 1, but it allows communities more time, if needed, to complete their contracts with the private companies that operate the cameras — and get a flat fee or share revenue from the tickets.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Good on Texas, for displaying some common sense.

Jun 10 08:50

THE TRUST PROJECT: BIG MEDIA AND SILICON VALLEY'S WEAPONIZED ALGORITHMS SILENCE DISSENT

SOURCE: WHITNEY WEBB VIA MINT PRESS NEWS

Given the Trust Project’s rich-get-richer impact on the online news landscape, it is not surprising to find that it is funded by a confluence of tech oligarchs and powerful forces with a clear stake in controlling the flow of news.

After the failure of Newsguard - the news rating system backed by a cadre of prominent neoconservative personalities - to gain traction among American tech and social media companies, another organization has quietly stepped in to direct the news algorithms of tech giants such as Google, Facebook, and Microsoft.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

After the lies faithfully regurgitated by the Presstitutes and the Warrespondents regarding the necessity of invading Afghanistan and Iraq, intelligent people can NEVER, NEVER, trust these outlets again.

Jun 10 08:44

THE MOST CRUCIAL PIPELINE OF THE MIDDLE EAST?

SOURCE: OIL PRICE

Contemporary Middle Eastern history is strongly influenced by energy politics. Besides providing revenue for the state’s coffers, oil is also a potent geopolitical tool in the hands of resource-rich countries. Recently, officials from Lebanon, Syria and Iraq have engaged in talks to restart the dysfunctional pipeline that once connected oilfields near Kirkuk in Iraq with the coastal city of Tripoli in Lebanon. Restarting the pipeline could have long-term political, economic, and strategic consequences for the involved states and the wider region.

THE ART OF THE DEAL

Jun 10 08:40

ELON MUSK’S COMPANY LAUNCHED 60 SATELLITES INTO SPACE TO BLAST 5G AT US. MORE PLANNED DESPITE TELECOMS ADMITTING THERE’S NO RESEARCH THAT PROVES 5G IS SAFE.

SOURCE: ACTIVIST POST

By B.N. Frank

Activist Post has reported about the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) allowing companies to blast harmful WiFi and 5G from the sky and from space. Despite warnings from many credible sources about the serious biological, environmental, and safety impact associated with this, it’s not just Elon’s company, SpaceX, doing it — Google, Amazon, Airbus and OneWeb are doing it too.

Thanks to scientist Arthur Firstenberg for updating us on this craziness as well as organizing the International Appeal to Stop 5G on Earth and in Space which has been signed by approximately

2,000 scientists
1,400 medical doctors
4,000 engineers
2,200 nurses
2,500 psychologists
1,200 organizations

or 100,000 total individuals and organizations from 187 countries

From Arthur:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would agree, that more research is needed; but this feels like nailing the technology first, as an (allegedly) American invention, preventing competition by companies like China's telecom giant, Huawei, then worry about the health and safety concerns regarding these 5G units later.

Jun 10 08:35

California Dems agree to full health benefits for many low-income illegal immigrants, in swipe at Trump

State officials have estimated the benefits would be available to about 90,000 low-income illegal immigrants at a cost of $98 million per year.

“While it’s not all we sought, it will provide a real tangible difference for people, especially for those around and below poverty and for middle income families who don’t get any help under the federal law,” Anthony Wright, executive director of advocacy group Health Access, said. Indeed, a family of four earning as much as six times the federal poverty level -- or more than $150,000 a year -- would be eligible to get about $100 a month from the government to help pay their monthly health insurance premiums.

To pay for part of it, the state agreed to start taxing people who don’t have health insurance. It’s a revival of the individual-mandate penalty that had been on the books nationwide under former President Barack Obama’s health-care law until Republicans in Congress eliminated it as part of the 2017 overhaul to the tax code.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What if those without health insurance, don't have any income to tax?!? What does the state of California do then?!?

What if people do not have the money to be taxed, without putting them out on the street?!?

I have come to understand, that one of the prerequisites of working for either for the State or Federal governments, is a pathological inability to see a scenario through to its logical conclusion.

Jun 10 08:29

RAND PAUL: DEEP STATE PROTECTED JOHN BRENNAN'S SECURITY CLEARANCE

SOURCE: WASHINGTON EX
Sen. Rand Paul suspects someone revoked President Trump's order to have former CIA Director John Brennan's security clearance revoked.

The president announced in August that Brennan's security clearance was being stripped due to "erratic behavior" that disqualified him from having access to sensitive information. But the White House never followed through with the complicated bureaucratic process of revocation, a source told the New York Times in a report published last month.

Asked to comment about it in an interview on CNN, Paul said the "deep state," in which federal or military officials defy a democratically elected government, was likely to blame.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I do not think that this is an implausible scenario, by any stretch of the imagination.

Jun 10 08:26

BEVERLY HILLS BECOMES FIRST U.S. CITY TO BAN SALE OF TOBACCO PRODUCTS

SOURCE: TRUTHTHEORY.COM

By Mandy Froelich / Truth Theory

Beverly Hills is officially the first U.S. city to ban the sale of tobacco products. By 2021, cigarettes, cigars, e-cigarettes, and other tobacco products will no longer be available at gas stations, convenience and grocery stores, and pharmacies. Special allowances will be made for high-end cigar lounges and hotels, however.

CNBC reports that in early June, the Beverly Hills City Council voted to make it the first U.S. city to ban tobacco. The ban is set to take hold in 2021.”Allowing tobacco products to be sold in the city increases access to these harmful and dangerous products and does not promote the city’s image as a healthy city,” the ordinance reads.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Now let's see; who owns the three exempt "Cigar Lounges?!?

The Buenavista Cigar Club, is owned by Rigoberto Fernandez; The Grand Havana Room is frequented by such actors as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jack Nicholson and Robert De Niro (And Arnold was frequently in front of the camera, and at City Council meetings, and the press, advocating this this members club not be closed).

Nazareth Cigars: it is unclear who owns it at this point, because the original owner, Nazareth Guluzian, has died.

But there is one pattern very clear in these exemptions; the monied get what they want, and the rest of us... can go hang.

I do not endorse smoking, having lost a parent at 18 due to the effects of smoking, and heart disease; but when the only joints where one can buy tobacco are so privileged, that only the most wealthy of the wealthy can afford to shop there, there is indeed, something wrong with this picture.

Jun 10 07:54

PRIME MINISTER OF POLAND SIGNS GLOBAL APPEAL TO STOP 5G TELECOMMUNICATIONS TRANSMISSION

SOURCE: GLOBALRESEARCH.CA
In what is surely an unprecedented and groundbreaking action, the Prime Minister of Poland, Mateusz Morawiecki, has personally backed an International Appeal to stop the controversial roll-out of 5G electromagnetic microwave telecommunication transmissions.

5G, a new millimetre band frequency range being introduced by the telecommunications industry worldwide, has been identified by over 2,000 scientists and 1,400 medical doctors from all over the world, as presenting a direct threat to human health, as well as to animal, insect and plant life.

There have been no safety tests carried out to ensure its safety, in spite of the fact that 5G operates at between 10 and 100 times higher frequencies than current 3 and 4G cell phone tower transmitters.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

My first question has to be, who paid for these studies?!?

And do they profit from allowing this technology to become commonplace, in the countries which may embrace it?!?

Jun 10 07:51

CHINESE EXPORTERS DODGE US TARIFFS WITH FAKE 'MADE IN VIETNAM' TAGS

SOURCE: ZEROHEDGE

Chinese exporters who are hoping to evade tariffs as high as 25% on some of their goods are hoping to capitalize on the explosion of exports from Vietnam to the US - and not by simply and legally routing their products through Vietnam as a legal transshipment point, but by masking their true origins, provoking fears that the US might seek to punish the Vietnamese for failing to crack down on this type of fraud.

On Sunday, Vietnam released a statement pledging to increase penalties on trade-related fraud. It was one of the first times an Asian government has ever alleged such misbehavior, and comes after Vietnamese authorities found dozens of fake product origin certificates and illegal transfers presumably by Chinese companies trying to sidestep US tariffs on everything from agriculture to textiles, according to Bloomberg.

The crackdown comes as Vietnam has emerged as one of the fastest growing sources of American imports.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, how far is the US government, willing to go with this?!?

Will we start seeing interdiction of Vietnamese ships, with fake "Made in Vietnam" stickers, with products really made in China?!?

Jun 10 07:43

DUMP IT: TORONTO'S SMART CITY PROJECT IS 'SURVEILLANCE CAPITALISM'

SOURCE: TECHNOCRACY.NEWS
Google tricked Toronto into creating the model smart city, Quayside. Venture capitalist Roger McNamee states: “It is a dystopian vision that has no place in a democratic society.” And yet, Smart City tech is a tsunami to the U.S. ? TN Editor
A “smart city” project in Canada has hit yet another snag, as mounting delays and privacy concerns threaten the controversial development along the Toronto’s eastern waterfront.

The 12-acre Quayside project, a partnership between Google’s Sidewalk Labs and the city of Toronto, has come under increasing scrutiny amid concerns over privacy and data harvesting.

This week, the US venture capitalist Roger McNamee warned that technology companies such as Google cannot be trusted to safely manage the data they collect on residents.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mr. McNamee is absolutely correct; considering the foul-ups, bleeps, and blunders, in which Google has already been caught up, this is not a company which one can trust with any bit of data, whatsoever.

Jun 10 07:40

HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS MARCH IN HONG KONG TO PROTEST CHINA EXTRADITION BILL

SOURCE: REUTERS
Hong Kong was plunged into a fresh political crisis on Sunday night after more than half a million people took to the streets to thwart a proposed extradition law that would allow suspects to be sent to mainland China to face trial.

Organizers said the turnout outstripped a demonstration in 2003 when 500,000 hit the streets to challenge government plans for tighter national security laws.

Those laws were later shelved and a key government official forced to resign. Sunday’s outpouring was already raising the pressure on the administration of Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam and her official backers in Beijing.

“She has to withdraw the bill and resign,” veteran Democratic Party lawmaker James To told crowds outside the city’s parliament and government headquarters on Sunday night.

“The whole of Hong Kong is against her.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The people of Hong Kong, are very aware of their history, and do not want themselves at them mercy of a tyrannical Chinese government, in case there is the kind of dispute which may cause Hong Kong natives to be extradited; labeled as "dissidents", captured and tried in a kangaroo court, then tortured or killed by their captors.

And frankly, who can actually blame them on this issue?!?

Jun 10 07:35

HE FUTURE WILL BE RECORDED, ON YOUR SMART SPEAKER: ALWAYS-ON CORPORATE LISTENING DEVICES, “ARE CERTAINLY OUR FUTURE”

SOURCE: BLOOMBERG
Amazon’s patent application for an always-on feature for Alexa, its popular voice-activated personal assistant, has raised a lot of concern. “If you’re already freaked out by the privacy implications of smart speakers like Amazon’s Echo,” says Gizmodo, “we have some bad news.” A headline in Science Alert is even more direct: “Newly Released Amazon Patent Shows Just How Much Creepier Alexa Can Get.” You get the idea.

But the anxiety is much ado about nothing. An Alexa that’s always listening will likely prove more useful than an Alexa that isn’t; and, in any case, always-on devices are certainly our future.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

But what if you refuse to have this device in your home; what then?!?

Will it become mandatory?!?

And how is Congress going to rationalize this, in this mandatory device being always on, in our homes?!?

I am beginning to think, that this may have been the plan between Congress and Amazon, all along.

Food for thought, my friends.

Jun 09 13:17

WE ARE ALL ASSANGE: A PHOTOMOSAIC OF INTERNET PRESENCES

So I made a photo mosaic of faces of people on the Internet, the censored, the demonized, the curious: podcasters and YouTube niche celebs and profiles from everywhere, from Twitter and Instagram and Myspace and Reddit and Pinterest and Snapchat and Tumblr and LiveJournal and even Facebook; faces of activists from BDS and BLM and OWS; faces of journalists of all kinds, anonymous and pseudonymous and eponymous, citizens all; whistleblowers and more whistleblowers and more whistleblowers; magazine publishers and rock stars and politicians and webmasters and authors and artists and poets and revolutionaries.

All of you who think for ourselves. Thousands and thousands of faces.

I made a mosaic. You should see it. I made it for you.

It is seven and three quarter feet tall, but fully zoomable on your device’s screen. Check it out. I call it “We Are All Assange.”

Jun 09 08:27

TIM POOL: 'LEFT WING MEDIA ACTIVIST EMAIL LEAK SHOWS HOW THEY DEPLATFORM POLITICAL RIVALS'

SOURCE: CHRIS MENAHAN, INFORMATION LIBERATION

Independent journalist Tim Pool was leaked an email showing Slate journo April Glaser appearing to threaten Chase Bank with negative press if they don't deplatform the right-wing activist group The Proud Boys.

From Tim Pool:

Following the Vox controversy with Steven Crowder, or #VoxAdpocalypse, and mass censorship hitting youtube I found it pertinent to show how these activists in media operate and how they use framing devices to target people like conservatives and other political groups.

The reporter in question has advocated for government regulation to restrict speech and I believe this shows her to be an activist acting to target and cause harm to political rivals.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As a group designated as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, The Proud Boys are now labeled as an alt-right by the FBI: FBI now categorizes as an alt-right group by the FBI

And yes, it appears that they have been complicit in violence against Antifa protestors in both New York, and Portland. "The report, and the FBI’s warning to south-west Washington police agencies about the Proud Boys’ role in escalating violence at these events came in August, two months before the group was involved in an infamous weekend of street violence in New York City and Portland, and not long after they participated in street violence in downtown Portland on 30 June."

But the question I have to ask, as a Christian pacifist activist, is, will this deplatforming and demonitization simply push them further underground, perhaps into the "dark web", where their website vitriol becomes even more violence-centric, if these actions are carried out by Chase?!?''

Right now, I think that this possible scenario, is what should be keeping the FBI's case manager on this, up at night.

As a woman of European descent, and darned lucky to have been a part of a family which advocated for education and opportunity for women, I know that I cannot change history; but I do know that, working together in a reasonable and intelligent manner, we can, with people working together, make positive changes for the future.

And as a wife of almost 25 years, regarding my wonderful Husband, Mike; I walk beside this man, not in front, or behind him, and am very delighted to still be in the presence of his company.

Jun 09 07:53

AUSTRALIAN FEDERAL POLICE RAID EVEN MORE JOURNALISTS OVER LEAKED DOCUMENTS

SOURCE: TECH DIRT
Australia got scary in a hurry.

One day after raiding the home of News Corp Australia journalist Annika Smethurst over the publication of leaked documents detailing the government's domestic surveillance plans, the Australian Federal Police raided ABC News Australia over leaked documents detailing the killing of unarmed civilians by Australian special forces in Afghanistan.

Somewhat surprisingly, the AFP did not prevent John Lyons, the executive editor of ABC News, from live-tweeting the entire raid. This resulted in an astounding stream of tweets (with photos!) showing the AFP was seeking a wealth of information from ABC offices, including notes, correspondence, reports, briefing documents, photographs, and anything else it could use to (presumably) find the source of the leaks.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It appears that the people of Australia who find this kind of news suppression horrific, have only two choices here, as do their American brothers and sisters; either vote with your feet (and your bank accounts), and "Get out of Dodge" while this is still possible, or peacefully vote out those who committed this horrendous attack against press freedom.

Jun 09 07:45

SKY NEWS AND THE WESTERN PRESS HAVE ONCE AGAIN FAILED SYRIA

SOURCE: MINT PRESS

Recent storylines from the Western press on the “Idlib” narrative, particularly the extraordinary spate of “on-the-ground” reports from Sky News reporter Alex Crawford, have failed to paint an accurate picture of the reality faced by Syrian civilians.

Brett McGurk – the U.S. government’s Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL — described Idlib as “the largest Al Qaeda safe haven since 9/11,” adding that the presence of Al Qaeda in Idlib was a “huge problem” and had been so “for some time.” Mint Press journalist Whitney Webb covered McGurk’s statements and U.S. policy in Idlib in late 2018.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Normalizing" the presence of militant groups affiliated with Al Qaeda, is just the point of such coverage; so, ultimately, the Western Press and Sky News have been deliberately distorting the truth, to give their readers the impression that it is completely "customary" for radical jihadis be in control of the city, rather than those forces loyal to the Syrian government and its President, Bashir Al-Assad.

Jun 09 07:32

IRAN UNVEILS HOMEBUILT AIR DEFENSE MISSILE SYSTEM TO DESTROY ‘STEALTH TARGETS’ (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

SOURCE: RT
Tehran’s military displayed a brand-new indigenous air defense missile system, capable of tracking and shooting down six targets at the same time. The weapon was rolled out amid growing tensions around the Persian Gulf.
Iran unveiled its new domestically-designed air defense missile system Khordad 15 on Sunday. Equipped with long-range Sayyad 3 missiles, it can shoot down enemy jets and combat drones at a range of 120 kilometers, Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami said.

Full video of 15 khordad air defence system ( ?? ?????)pic.twitter.com/izgZKfBIBl

— ???s??? ????? (@persianintel) June 9, 2019
The complex can also track “stealth targets,” intercepting them 45 km away. Overall, the weapon can destroy six targets simultaneously, according to military officials.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Iranian civilian government and its military leadership, may be many things; that being said, foolish, and unprepared are not among those categories whatsoever.

They full well know, what may be in their future (a war with the US, Saudi Arabia, and Israel), and want to guard against this, by creating the best military equipment which can be created by their weaponry engineers.

So I would like to, politely and strongly caution the White House, Pentagon, and State Department, that should the US, Saudi Arabia, and Israel, mount some kind of attack against Iran, that Russia and China may well decide to join Iran in the fight.

And President Trump, no matter what verbal poison against Iran with which Bolton, Netanyahu, and Pompeo are filling your ears, there as to be another way, other than war, to achieve your geopolitical and financial goals here.

But your unilaterally pulling the US out of the P5+1, was an horrendous mistake, sir; and right now, to your utter embarrassment, the IAEA team, on the ground in Iran, are still saying, that the Iranians are complying with their side of the bargain.

Jun 09 07:17

HUGE HONG KONG PROTEST AGAINST EXTRADITION BILL

SOURCE: BBC.COM

(BBC) - Hundreds of thousands of people are marching in Hong Kong against a law critics fear could let China target political opponents in the territory.

The controversial extradition bill would allow suspected criminals to be sent to mainland China for trial.

The protests are thought to be the biggest since the 2014 Umbrella Movement, which saw hundreds of thousands take to the streets.

The government says the bill has built-in protections and will plug loopholes.

Hong Kong's leader Carrie Lam has pushed for the amendments to be passed before July. Supporters say safeguards are in place to prevent anyone facing religious or political persecution from being extradited to mainland China.

But the bill's critics say those in the former British colony would be exposed to China's deeply flawed justice system, and it would lead to further erosion of the city's judicial independence.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would suggest to supporters of this bill, that whatever safeguards they think they may have from illegal persecution from mainland China, will most probably not be present in the final form of the bill.

Jun 09 07:15

SUDAN POLICE FIRE TEAR GAS AS CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE CAMPAIGN STARTS

SOURCE: ALJAZEERA.COM
Protest campaign will continue until military transfers power to civilian government, organisers say.

Sudanese police have fired tear gas at protesters taking part in a "civil disobedience" campaign, called in the wake of a deadly crackdown on demonstrators, that began on Sunday.

Protesters gathered tyres, tree trunks and rocks to build new roadblocks in Khartoum's northern Bahari district, an unnamed witness told AFP news agency, but riot police swiftly moved in and fired tear gas to disperse the crowd.

"Almost all internal roads of Bahari have roadblocks. Protesters are even stopping residents from going to work," said the witness.

The latest bid by demonstrators to close off streets in the capital comes nearly a week after a deadly raid on a sit-in outside the army headquarters that killed dozens.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I do wish the peaceful protestors well: but I am not quite so certain that this will engender a division in the current government , in order to create the Transitional Government in the timeframe for which they are hoping.

I hope the organisers of these protests have told their supporters, that this may well be a long wait in such an event coming, and to not expect any real "victories" toward this goal, to come quickly.

Jun 08 11:24

Israel’s Attack on the USS Liberty: A Half Century Later, Still No Justice

Two F-4s left the carrier to come to the Liberty’s aid. Apparently, the jets were armed only with nuclear weapons. When word reached the Pentagon, Defense Secretary Robert McNamara became irate and ordered the jets to return. “Tell the Sixth Fleet to get those aircraft back immediately,” he barked. McNamara’s injunction was reiterated in saltier terms by Admiral David L. McDonald, the chief of Naval Operations: “You get those fucking airplanes back on deck, and you get them back down.” The planes turned around. And the attack on the Liberty continued.

After the Israeli fighter jets had emptied their arsenal of rockets, three Israeli attack boats approached the Liberty. Two torpedoes were launched at the crippled ship, one tore a 40-foot wide hole in the hull, flooding the lower compartments, and killing more than a dozen American sailors.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

AND THIS, FOLKS, IS HOW ISRAEL TREATED ITS "FRIEND", THE UNITED STATES, WHEN IT WAS ENGAGING IN A FALSE FLAG TO GET THE US TO FIGHT EGYPT, ON WHICH IT WANTED TO BLAME THE ATTACK.

Jun 08 09:31

CHINA BANS THE INTERCEPT AND OTHER NEWS SITES IN “CENSORSHIP BLACK FRIDAY”

SOURCE: THE INTERCEPT
THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT appears to have launched a major new internet crackdown, blocking the country’s citizens from accessing The Intercept’s website and those of at least seven other Western news organizations.

On Friday, people in China began reporting that they could not access the websites of The Intercept, The Guardian, the Washington Post, HuffPost, NBC News, the Christian Science Monitor, the Toronto Star, and Breitbart News.

It is unclear exactly when the censorship came into effect or the reasons for it. But Tuesday marked the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre, and Chinese authorities have reportedly increased levels of online censorship to coincide with the event.

Charlie Smith, co-founder of GreatFire.org, an organization that monitors Chinese government internet censorship, said that the apparent crackdown on Western news sites represented a significant new development and described it as a “censorship Black Friday.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

OK, we get it, but what about the deplatforming/demonitization of so many (generally)conservative sites in the US by that evil triumverate, Facebook; Twitter; and Google?!?

This has been just as vicious and Orwellian, as has the Chinese blocking sites which do not conform to the party line!!!

Jun 08 09:26

TWO FORMER STATE SENATORS FOUND DEAD IN THEIR HOMES WITHIN TWO DAYS

SOURCE: CNN
Two former state senators were found dead in their homes in Arkansas and Oklahoma within a span of two days this week.

In Arkansas, the body of former Republican state Sen. Linda Collins-Smith was found Tuesday in her home in Randolph County. She'd been fatally shot and her death is being investigated as a homicide, CNN affiliate KARK reported.

Collins-Smith, who was a Democrat before switching to the Republican Party, was first elected to the state senate in 2014 and lost her party's primary last year, the affiliate said.

In Oklahoma, police found another Republican lawmaker fatally shot after receiving reports of gunfire.

Former state Sen. Jonathan Nichols' body was in his home in Norman -- about 20 miles from Oklahoma City. He served as state senator from 2000 to 2012, and later worked at the University of Oklahoma, CNN affiliate KFOR reported. Authorities confirmed his death Thursday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder; cui bono?!? Who benefits from their deaths, and what political advantage was gained from their deaths?!?

Jun 08 09:24

TRUMP OKS ADVANCED BOMB PARTS TO BE BUILT IN SAUDI: NYT

SOURCE: ALJAZEERA

When US President Donald Trump bypassed Congress last month to approve a multibillion-dollar arms deal to Saudi Arabia, he also allowed the kingdom to develop complex precision-bomb parts, according to the New York Times.

Trump's emergency declaration allows American arms firm Raytheon to share technology with Riyadh that could allow Saudi Arabia to develop its own laser-guided bombs, the newspaper reported on Friday.

Among the components which the Saudis are now allowed to work on with the firm are the control systems and vital electronics for Raytheon's Paveway series of smart bombs. That technology was previously closely guarded by Washington.

The technology sharing is just one part of a sweeping arms package Trump bypassed Congress to push through by declaring a national emergency, citing tensions with Iran.

Outrage on Capitol Hill

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mr. President, please tell me that this is a belated April Fool's joke; because if it isn't, you may just have created the elements which can potentially turn into World War III; the current detente between Saudi Arabia and Israel could turn nasty at any second, and any attack against Iran by Saudi Arabia, could well be met with China and Russia taking sides with Iran.

Giving dictatorial kingdoms, which are self-proclaimed theocracies, is probably not ever a great idea; and I am referring, sir, to both Israel and Saudi Arabia.

This move does not augur well for peace, either in the region, or in the world.

Jun 08 09:10

YOU'RE UNDER ARREST: HOW THE POLICE STATE MUZZLES OUR RIGHT TO SPEAK TRUTH TO POWER

Authored by John Whitehead via The Rutherford Institute,

“History shows that governments sometimes seek to regulate our lives finely, acutely, thoroughly, and exhaustively. In our own time and place, criminal laws have grown so exuberantly and come to cover so much previously innocent conduct that almost anyone can be arrested for something. If the state could use these laws not for their intended purposes but to silence those who voice unpopular ideas, little would be left of our First Amendment liberties, and little would separate us from the tyrannies of the past or the malignant fiefdoms of our own age. The freedom to speak without risking arrest is ‘one of the principal characteristics by which we distinguish a free nation.’”

- Justice Neil Gorsuch, dissenting, Nieves v. Bartlett (2019)

What the First Amendment protects - and a healthy constitutional republic requires - are citizens who routinely exercise their right to speak truth to power".

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We are definitely coming to the end of the age of empire in this country.

And the symptoms of that decline, in the Unhinged, Surveilled State of America,are completely unmistakable.

These include, but are not limited to: a massive wealth disparity between ordinary working people and the monied of that country; an absolute, , palpable diminution of freedom of expression; the absolute certainty that whoever is (allegedly) allowed to run this country, are people who have fully vetted by the Deep State, the wealthiest of corporations, and the military industrial complex, who assure them that ,whichever party, is in power, will give these elements of American industry, precisely what they want.

That is why, in the Kabuki-like process of Americans of selecting a President, utterly nothing changes, decade after decade: it is because nothing is never meant to change, other than to give to those described above, precisely what they demand from administration to administration.

The wars continue, and are expanded; the poverty remains; killer chemicals in our food, and in things like weed killer remain; our system of public education remains an utter train wreck, except for certain private/ charter schools; and there is an horrific indifference to the necessity of keeping infrastructure up, which means America's roads, hospitals, and bridges, continue to crumble.

Horrific storms batter the heartland of America, because water infrastructure to contain the runoff, has been ignored; soils have become too wet to plant, and that has happened, with this current batch of storms which have wreaked havoc to the planting schedule, in America's heartland; 60% of these fields cannot be planted, because of this, and food prices are about to go through the proverbial roof.

I turned 70 on my last birthday, and know that I work very hard, to be a quiet, gentle, logic-choosing dissident, and Christian peace activist. I cannot, nor will not, ever advocate violence.

But that being said, in looking at the current state of affairs in this country, the massive 24/7 surveillance we endure; the irrelevance with which we are treated by our alleged representatives; the massive, upayable debt with which the US government has chosen to saddle We the People; the militarization of American police, and the trajectory of US foreign policy, my sense is that there are one of two ultimate outcomes for such activities by this country; either a complete, Soviet-style collapse, or a world war, which may well decimate it, because Russian and Chinese weaponry has gotten far past what the US military providers are willing to create.

And the reason for the US military being so far behind the 8-ball, in this situation, is that corporations which provide us with our military hardware and software, contribute mightily to political campaigns, to make sure that their companies will get the next contracts; so they feel utterly no obligation to create better weaponry, because they can claim a certain kind of "ownership" of our government; and they would be, unfortunately, correct in this assessment.

Folks, now may be a great time for "hunkering down"; making sure that you and those you love, are protected, by having storable food; potable water, and prescriptions that you will need. Start to develop relations with your neighbors, and see who you feel might want to work with you, in terms of bartering goods and services. If you haven't started prepping, now would be a great time. IF you can afford a freezer, in which to store food in bulk, or share a freezer with neighbors, do so, and look at generators to keep critical things from stop running.

The bottom line is, you cannot expect any government structures to help you, when the excrement hits the ventilation system; you have got to be able to do this for yourself.

Jun 07 12:24

Key figure that Mueller report linked to Russia was a State Department intel source

In a key finding of the Mueller report, Ukrainian businessman Konstantin Kilimnik, who worked for Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, is tied to Russian intelligence.

But hundreds of pages of government documents — which special counsel Robert Mueller possessed since 2018 — describe Kilimnik as a “sensitive” intelligence source for the U.S. State Department who informed on Ukrainian and Russian matters.

Why Mueller’s team omitted that part of the Kilimnik narrative from its report and related court filings is not known. But the revelation of it comes as the accuracy of Mueller’s Russia conclusions face increased scrutiny.

The incomplete portrayal of Kilimnik is so important to Mueller’s overall narrative that it is raised in the opening of his report. “The FBI assesses” Kilimnik “to have ties to Russian intelligence,” Mueller’s team wrote on Page 6, putting a sinister light on every contact Kilimnik had with Manafort, the former Trump campaign chairman.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Absoflippinglutely unbelievable!!!

Jun 07 08:27

Give up your password or go to jail: Police push legal boundaries to get into cellphones

Five days later, after Montanez was bailed out of jail, a deputy from the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office tracked him down, handed him the warrants and demanded the phone passcodes. Again, Montanez refused. Prosecutors went to a judge, who ordered him locked up again for contempt of court.

“I felt like they were violating me. They can’t do that,” Montanez, 25, recalled recently. "F--- y’all. I ain’t done nothing wrong. They wanted to get in the phone for what?”

Jun 07 08:15

ATLANTA PD PULLS ALL OFFICERS FROM FEDERAL TASK FORCES OVER BODY CAMERAS

SOURCE: POLICE ONE

Atlanta police will no longer partner on task forces with the FBI, Drug Enforcement Administration or U.S. Marshals because the federal agencies won’t allow officers to wear body cameras, the department said.

“The city believes that the public trust we lose from not wearing body cameras is not worth whatever gains we achieve by continuing to serve on these missions without the accountability that body cameras can provide,” said APD spokesman Carlos Campos, who said ending task force participation will not hinder efforts to combat drugs or collar fugitives. “We don’t have to be on a task force to go after gangs.”

In January, an Atlanta officer working with the FBI shot and killed a suspect who was hiding in a closet. Investigator Sung Kim was not wearing a body cam.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Good on you, Atlanta!!

But the most disquieting thing here, is the following question: Why are DEA agents not allowed to use body cameras?!?

What horrific things has the DEA has done, which should be hidden from the public, because body cameras might catch something which is the polar opposite of "playing by the rules " here?!?

I think, upon this revelation from the Atlanta PD, that this question needs to be both asked... and answered, honestly, by the DEA.

Jun 07 07:59

Toggle navigationTHE FUTURE OF SCHOOL SAFETY INCLUDES ROUND-THE-CLOCK SURVEILLANCE OF STUDENTS

Documents obtained by Education Week via open-records requests show that over the past year, state agencies have discussed the possibility of sharing a breathtaking amount of data. That included more than 2.5 million records related to Floridians who received involuntary psychiatric examinations, records for over 9 million people placed in foster care, diagnosis and treatment records for substance abusers, unverified criminal reports of suspicious activity, reports on students who were bullied and harassed because of their race or sexual orientation, and more.

This database is currently on hold as education officials try to figure out how much of this incredibly sensitive info they can share with other agencies, much less collect in the first place. But once these details are ironed out, the rollout will continue, urged along by Governor Ron DeSantis, who has publicly expressed his frustration that schools aren't placing students under round-the-clock surveillance quickly enough.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Were we parents with a kid in a school so hell-bent on 24/7 student surveillance, Mike and I would yank that kid out of school so quickly , it would make it's principal's head spin (but gently).

In some states, home-schooling is looked on with suspicion and contempt:
The 8 strictest states for home schooling

Home schooled kids tend to do far better in college aptitude tests, than their publicly schooled contemporaries, and have better life outcomes.

Home schooled, versus Public Education

Jun 07 07:52

YouTube Bans 156 Of Brother Nathanael’s Videos

The Jewish censors of YouTube——ADL and SPLC——BANNED 156 of my Videos yesterday.

Their reason was that I was “Criticizing a Protected Group.”

Thus my Videos critical of AIPAC, Jewish Lobbies, Judaism, the Media, and Israel, were BANNED.

Sum and substance?—JEWS are “protected” AS A GROUP from being criticized.

AS A GROUP Jews can clamor for war, push abortion, promote homosexuality, murder innocent Palestinians and steal their land, and above all, wield insidious influence on Capitol Hill.

But if you call them out for doing so they’ll shove a gag down your mouth with their “hate speech” meme and continue on with their mischief and malfeasance.

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Jun 07 07:49

FRIGHTENING STUFF HIDDEN IN YOUR STREET LIGHT?

SOURCE: LIBERTYNATION.COM

Such a benign and banal part of the urban landscape that city-dwellers may not even notice them, street lights are useful for brightening up a road and not much else – or so you might think. People these days are used to the idea of CCTV cameras, even hidden ones, but street lights tend to blend in to the background. Perhaps that is why they are finding new functions in the modern world, with its zealotry for surveillance. These seemingly innocuous devices can host anything from microphones and cameras to facial recognition and de facto compulsory 5G wifi transmission.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Folks, through these practices, and what the CEOs of these companies are saying, we are being "groomed" for ever increasing surveillance, 24/7

This is absolutely morally wrong, and indicates governments, at the city, state, and Federal level, believe we are all murderers, gangsters, and thieves; it is a complete reversal of what American Law used to be, and brings us back to the days of "Code Napoleon Law", where suspected criminals were considered guilty, until proven innocent.

Jun 07 07:40

THE LONG ARM OF THE BILDERBERG GROUP. CREATED BY THE CIA AND MI6

The most important “personalities” participating this year, as usual, were those of the USA;

Clubs, Cartels and Bilderberg
Henry Kissinger, “historical figure” of the Group, closely linked to the late David Rockefeller (image right, died in 2017) who was founder of The Bilderberg and the Trilateral Commission:

Mike Pompeo, ex-head of the CIA and currently US Secretary of State[2];

General David Petraeus, ex-head of the CIA[3];

Jared Kushner, advisor (and son-in-law) of President Trump for the Middle East, and intimate friend of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Following on, Jens Stoltenberg, Secretary General of NATO, who received a second mandate for services rendered to the USA.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

You need to look very closely, at the statement from Henry Kissinger, one of the "dark, overlord princes" of this confab, who saw war as a way to fix anything which had gone wrong, or could possibly go wrong:

"Control oil, and you will control the world; control food, and you control people!!"

Then you look at the presidencies of Bush; Obama; and Trump, and you see how transparently this has translated into wars for resources, to which the US has absolutely no moral right.

So let me see if I have understood this correctly; regime change; occupation; and the selling of oil only in US petrodollars.

This policy... has become the despicable, unholy trinity, which moves American foreign policy forward.

And in terms of food, not being GMO?!? You can clearly see that this battle has been brewing for a long time, and at least, at this moment, it appears that the non-GMO proponents, have had some small victories; but not nearly enough to feed the US in the future, coupled with catastrophic floods, which means acreage which used to see the planting of crops right now, cannot be planted.

And folks, if you do not have a freezer right now, talk to your family, and neighbors; getting a freezer, and filling it with non-GMO food, might not be a bad idea. Mike and I went to the local grocery store last week, and the "sticker shock" was pretty amazing.

I swear, we weren't buying either caviar or champagne :-)

But seriously, you need to protect yourselves against the time when the excrement hits the ventilation system, in all possible ways. That means, potable water, storable food, and whatever medications are necessary, for you, your family, and for your pets.

The Mormon Church, does excellent work in this area, and urges their believers to be self-reliant on the issues of food. The following link may be helpful, if you have never considered doing it before:

Later Day Saints: Food Storage

Jun 07 07:02

STATES MUST EXPLAIN WHEN A CYBER ATTACK MIGHT DRAW A VIOLENT REPRISAL

Without clear explanations that affirm rules of the road, countries make it easier for conflicts to spiral out of control.

When conducting a kinetic military response to a cyberattack, it’s better to explain why and how you are doing so.

A month ago, the Israeli Defense Forces, or IDF, responded to a Hamas cyberattack with an online counter-attack against the hackers followed by an airstrike that destroyed their building in Gaza. It remains unclear whether any Hamas cyberspace operators died in the operation.

This was the first time that a military has conducted a kinetic operation directly in response to a cyberattack in real time. It occurred in the context of decades-long hostilities between Israel and Hamas, and amid the worst fighting between the parties since 2014.

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"The operation may have been warranted."?!?!?

Oh, really?!? It has just been made manifest... that thiskind of retaliation, has become Israel's policy for countering cyberspace operations.

Jun 07 06:55

JOURNALIST AND EDUCATOR AMONG THOSE CAUGHT UP IN YOUTUBE'S LATEST ATTEMPT TO PURGE ONLINE HATE SPEECH

SOURCE: COMMON DREAMS

Ford Fischer, a journalist whose channel was caught up in a heavy-handed YouTube dragnet targeting hateful content, talked to Common Dreams about his experience as a target of a tech giant. (Image: Ford Fischer, Twitter)

Free speech advocates who warned of the predictable consequences of allowing powerful tech companies to police online discourse seized on YouTube's attempt Wednesday to purge hate speech from their video platform after creators performing public service journalism and education were swept up in the effort.

"Apparently, creating and implementing vague, arbitrary censorship standards on the fly in response to mob demands and then purging people en masse end up suppressing and punishing many voices that censorship advocates like. Who could have guessed this would happen?"
—Glenn Greenwald

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If humanly possible, NEVER USE Youtube; Twitter, or Facebook again; don't give this ugly triumverate (Youtube; Facebook; or Twitter) any more data to suck up, or to destroy.

They have simply morphed into the "4th Arm" of the Unhinged, Surveilled, Amerikan State.

It used to be that you could break down US governance into 3 categories; Executive; Judicial; and Legislative.

They now represent the 4th category of the US government, surveillance.

Jun 07 06:46

ISRAEL CUTS GAZA FISHING ZONE AGAIN AFTER NEW FIRE BALLOONS

SOURCE: RT

Israel has cut the fishing zone it allows off Gaza in the third such response in a fortnight to Palestinian incendiary balloons.

As of Wednesday, the fishing limit for Gaza fishermen had been reduced from a maximum of 15 nautical miles to 10, AFP reported, citing an Israeli official.

Incendiary balloons from Gaza caused three blazes on Tuesday, according to a spokesperson for the Israeli fire service. They reportedly followed Israel’s move to restore the limit to 15 miles after a previous reduction in response to fire balloons last week.

The limit of up to 15 nautical miles set ahead of Israel’s April general election is the largest allowed in years. Human rights activists say it falls short of the 20 nautical miles agreed under the Oslo accords of the 1990s.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What is that old saying, "An Eye for an Eye, a Tooth for a tooth"!! (From the Code of Hammurabi. Hammurabi was King of Babylon, 1792-1750 BC), but there is a 20th century addition to that: "An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, and suddenly, all are blind and toothless!!"

There are only two ways to look at the situation in Gaza right now; either Israel will, soon, exterminate every Gazan still breathing (lousy optics, guys!) or they will have to come to the table, and together, actually hammer out a way of living with each other, without killing each other.
With all the horrendous violence meted out, I would hope (and pray) for a plan B.

Sergei Lavrov, white courtesy telephone, please!!! Because if anyone on this planet might be able to sow the seeds of negotiation and peace, sir, it is you.

Jun 07 06:36

RUSSIA SLAMS US NAVY FOR ‘UNACCEPTABLE’ BEHAVIOR AFTER WARSHIPS’ NEAR-MISS IN EAST CHINA SEA

SOURCE: RT

Russia has accused the US Navy of “unacceptable” and dangerous maneuvering, after a US warship almost caused a catastrophic collision with a Russian destroyer in the East China Sea.

The Russian Navy said that the USS Chancellorsville, a guided-missile cruiser, unexplainedly changed direction and came within just 50 meters of the Admiral Vinogradov on Friday at 6:35 Moscow time. It added that a collision was only prevented after the Russian crew implemented emergency maneuvers and changed course.

A statement from Russia’s Pacific Fleet added that a complaint had been lodged with the command of the American cruiser.

We made our protest to the command of the American ship on an international wavelength and pointed out that such actions are unacceptable.

The US Navy denied responsibility for the near-collision. Instead, it blamed the Admiral Vinogradov for accelerating at Chancellorsville while it was waiting for its helicopter to land onboard.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

(Sigh) One has to wonder if the crew on the Chancellorsville was "showboating" when it nearly hit the Admiral Vinogradov, or that there was a clear command for the US Navy to do some aggressive maneuvers; either way, this kind of behaviour, is not helping US/ Russian relations right now.

Jun 06 12:59

YouTube bans Holocaust denial videos in policy reversal

YouTube said on Wednesday it would remove videos that deny factual catastrophes such as the Holocaust ever happened and stop sharing ad revenue with channels that skirt too close to its rules, a major policy reversal as it fights criticism that it provides a platform for hate speech and harassment.

The streaming service, owned by Alphabet Inc's Google, said it was taking aim at videos claiming school shootings and other "well-documented violent events" are hoaxes. It also will remove videos that glorify Nazi ideology or promote groups that claim superiority to justify discrimination.

In addition, video creators that repeatedly brush up against YouTube's hate speech policies, even without violating them, will be removed from its advertising revenue-sharing programme, YouTube spokesman Farshad Shadloo said.

Jun 06 12:33

The Trade War Is About To Become An Economic World War III

The public enthusiasm for the trade war by elites within the Trump Administration cabinet, including Rothschild banking agent Wilber Ross, Council On Foreign Relations member Robert E. Lighthizer, Goldman Sachs member Steve Mnuchin, and Bilderberg attendee Mike Pompeo showcases a desire based on globalization to perpetuate an escalation in tensions.

Whether or not you agree with the rationalizations behind the trade war, the point is, the only people who will ultimately benefit from it are those striving for globalization.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is of grave concern to me, that this trade war could well devolve into a shooting war.

There's an archetypal dream, which Mike and I have, frequently; it's that one where you can see two trains, getting closer and closer together,ever more quickly, one on the wrong track, but you cannot communicate with either train's engineer to warn them, and there is a spectacular, horrific crash.

The US is headed for just such a confrontation, and very quickly; the possible "opponents" in this war, will most likely be China; Russia; Iran; North Korea, and Syria.

Look for rationing of food and materials at that point; and the possible suspension of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, followed by a declaration of Martial Law.

After that happens, look for a reinstitution of a draft, both for our young men, and our young women.

Some may laugh at my predictions; but in looking at the state of geopolitics around the world, I am seeing all the pieces starting to come into place, which is utterly terrifying, particularly if you are a pacifist, who knows that this country is absolutely going down the wrong path, with these horrific wars.

Jun 06 12:20

Vox's Scorched Earth Plan WORKED, Youtube Demonetized Steven Crowder And Others

Jun 06 12:13

Heavy Duty Truck Orders Collapse To Worst Numbers Since July 2016, Down 70% In May

Preliminary North America Class 8 net order data from ACT Research shows that the industry booked just 10,800 units in May, down 27% sequentially, but also lower by an astonishing 70% year-over-year. YTD orders are down 64% compared to the first five months of 2018.

This chart shows the stunning difference between 2018 orders (black bars) and 2019 orders (red bars).

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This, and other rather ominous economic signals, do note bode well for the economy for the rest of this year.

Jun 06 12:11

Cummings' Wife Funneled Money From Charity To For-Profit Company, Financials Reveal

The wife of House Oversight Chairman Elijah Cummings funneled hundreds of thousands of dollars from her charity into her for-profit organization, potentially deriving an "illegal private benefit" for the Washington power couple, reports the Daily Caller's Andrew Kerr.

The previously undisclosed cost-sharing arrangement between the two entities controlled by Maya Rockeymoore Cummings was detailed in audited statements obtained by Kerr.

Maya Rockeymoore Cummings’s charity, the Center for Global Policy Solutions (CGPS), paid her for-profit venture, Global Policy Solutions LLC, over $250,000 in “management fees” between 2013 and 2015, according to the charity’s audited financial statements covering those years. The management fees were paid in addition to a cost-sharing agreement where the charity pays for its share of equipment, personnel and other expenditures. -Daily Caller

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It will be interesting, if this comes to trial, to see how many of the allegations will actually"stick"; and, of course, the truly monied...rarely eat their own.

Jun 06 12:07

Taking the False Flag Apart Piece-By-PieceBezos Blowback? Will The AWS JEDI Scandal Upset Amazon's Omnipotence?

Lobby horse

The Department of Defense’s forthcoming $10 billion cloud computing award, known as JEDI, has been mired in controversy and allegations of misconduct involving Amazon.com, Inc.’s web services division (AWS). Does a potential scandal involving AWS and Uncle Sam present a risk to the continuation of Amazon’s unparalleled success?

On May 24, Amazon competitor Oracle Corp. which vied for the JEDI contract and was eliminated from contention (AWS and Microsoft Corp. are the remaining bidders), filed an updated complaint with the U.S. Court of Federal Claims alleging that the procurement process for JEDI has been rife with conflicts of interest.

Jun 06 12:04

Biden's Past Catches Up With Him As 2020 Campaign Mired In Crisis

Forget the constant groping, allegations that he abused his office for his son's financial gain in two countries, and the fact that he accomplished virtually nothing of import over five decades of public service - Joe Biden is now wrestling with two new scandals that his campaign must address while he enjoys a double-digit lead over his 2020 Democratic competitors.

The first is Biden's support of the 1976 Hyde amendment prohibiting federal funds from being used for abortion, which his Democratic rivals slammed him for on Wednesday after his campaign clarified that he still supports it. Biden appeared to have flip-flopped in May, telling an ACLU activist that he would repeal the amendment - only to announce weeks later that he "misheard her."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am puzzled about the inversion between American people's public perception of who this guy, relative to who he really is.

Jun 06 11:58

Border Crisis Deepens: More Than 132K Arrested Last Month

Arrests in May increased by nearly a third from April. At this rate, illegal immigration levels will reach highs we haven’t seen since 2006.
JUNE 5, 2019 By John Daniel Davidson.

U.S. Customs and Border Protections on Wednesday released its numbers for May, and they are shocking. Border Patrol apprehended or turned away more than 144,000 people last month on the southwest border, including more than 100,000 families and children.

That exceeds by 32 percent the total for April, which had represented the highest number of monthly apprehensions since 2007. Over the past eight months, CBP has detained more than 680,000 illegal immigrants—or, as acting CBP Commissioner John Sanders put it, “more than the population of Miami.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is insane, and Congress will not allow President Trump to do what would most probably work!!

Jun 06 11:54

Video: US-Sponsored Kurdish Militia Burn Wheat Fields in Northern Syria

The Kurdish separatist militia SDF and its affiliates from PYD and Asayish are burning wheat fields in the territories under their occupation northeast of Syria.

Some of the most fertile lands as well as territories rich with oil are under the occupation of the US-sponsored separatist SDF militia. The US and its illegal International Coalition of evil states are preventing the Syrian state from restoring the country from terrorists and separatists.

A video widely spread on social media shows a vehicle of the Kurdish Asayish thugs, the security arm of the PYD and SDF Kurdish militia, driving through a wheat field in the city of Qamishli northeast of the country with strong flames of fire coming from it to burn out the entire field.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, we now have a "scorched earth" policy toward Syria?!?

What inhumane monster ordered this done, and was it insure some Syrians will starve because the wheat is no longer available?!?

And just to make it clear, mass, collective punishment of a people is a war crime.

Jun 06 11:47

A Third Brazilian Mine Tailings Dam Disaster Is About to Occur. The Dangers of Experimental Copper Mining in Minnesota

I plead with the readers of this column to click on the following links and read about the Vale Mining Corporation’s warning of an impending dissolution of yet another Brazilian mine tailings dam. Here is the link to the developing story.

The most important part of the report is the accompanying video which should be required viewing for every Minnesotan, every politician and every lover of drinkable water, the St Louis River, Lake Superior, the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) and Canada’s Quetico Provincial Park.

In the 3½ minute video, BBC journalist David Shukman does a powerful job of telling the story about the inherent dangers of tailings lagoon dams (whether old or new) and their often-unpredictable dissolutions and massive release of poisonous chemicals into the watershed and river communities downstream.

Watch the terrifying video of the actual collapse of the 2019 disaster below

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When top of the line inspection and safety protocols are ignored, people - and the earth itself - pay the price.

Jun 06 11:40

Tulsi Gabbard Pushes No War Agenda – and the Media Is Out to Kill Her Chances

The most interesting candidate is undoubtedly Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, who is a fourth term Congresswoman from Hawaii, where she was born and raised. She is also the real deal on national security, having been-there and done-it through service as an officer with the Hawaiian National Guard on a combat deployment in Iraq. Though in Congress full time, she still performs her Guard duty.

Tulsi’s own military experience notwithstanding, she gives every indication of being honestly anti-war. In the speech announcing her candidacy she pledged “focus on the issue of war and peace” to “end the regime-change wars that have taken far too many lives and undermined our security by strengthening terrorist groups like Al-Qaeda.” She referred to the danger posed by blundering into a possible nuclear war and indicated her dismay over what appears to be a re-emergence of the Cold War.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I think that I would be more willing to trust her with this country's futures than the other candidates who have announced their run, because, as a Vet, she has seen combat, and will do her level best to make sure geopolitical situations are handled respectfully, and morally; unfortunately, the US's military industrial complex will most probably have her gone, by the time the primaries are half over.

Jun 06 11:34

Iraq Daily Roundup: Turks Fire on Civilians in North; Eight Killed Across Iraq

At least eight were killed, and five were wounded in recent violence:

Relatives of a young man shot to death at his farm in Rabango, abutting the Turkish border, say that the shots were fired across the border by Turkish security forces. The man traveled with two friends to the farmland that the three of them own, when they came under fire. They may have been mistaken for smugglers or Kurdish guerrillas.

In Mergarash, three people were injured when Turkish jets bombed their farm. The victims are two brothers and their cousin. The trio also belong to the Peshmerga security forces, but that does not appear to be a factor in this attack.

Militants wounded two soldiers during an attack in Buhriz.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am looking at this, and shaking my head, at this insanity.

What the hell does Erdogan think he is going to get out of these battles against primarily innocent, non-combatant, more land to claim belonging to Turkey?!?

Someone needs to get to this guy, and in short order, explain the word "Optics"; and right now, the optics of this Turkish war against Iraq, are looking officially horrible.

Jun 06 11:27

Gaza factions warn of escalation over Israel's reluctance to implement terms of ceasefire

Meanwhile, Israel's military intel chief said Hamas 'has no interest in going to war at this time'

The Gaza Strip's militant factions on Wednesday warned that Israel's "foot-dragging" in following through with certain ceasefire arrangement could lead to an escalation beginning with border protests later this week.

"We insist on holding our Eid in the locations of Jihad, the bond to the land and the marches of return, to communicate to the people of the world that the people of Palestine, and the people of Gaza, will not break and their determination will not break," Senior Hamas official in Gaza Khalil Al-Hayya said Wednesday, on the first day of the three-day Muslim festival of Eid al-Fitr.

A top member of the committee organizing the weekly "Great March of Return" protests on Gaza's border with Israel told Haaretz daily that Palestinians are demanding more aid be transferred from Qatar, further loosening of import restrictions, and continuation of humanitarian initiatives.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Any attempt to make these Palestinians give up their hopes for true nationhood for money, or other economic opportunities, is doomed to do have a "mammary glands up" outcome.

And to make matters worse, the Israeli government is creating settlements which prohibit, by the way they are engineered, any contiguous areas for a country of Palestine

Jun 06 11:19

Israel made girl with cancer suffer alone

On 17 May, a 5-year-old child died from cancer in a hospital in Gaza.

She died with her family around her. But she didn’t know that.

In fact, she had spent most of the past month alone in hospitals in Jerusalem, separated from her parents and other relatives by the Israeli permit system that controls the movement of Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and Gaza.

Only when treatment failed and she was no longer conscious was she sent back to her family in Gaza.

Aisha Lulu of the Bureij Refugee Camp in Gaza had been diagnosed with brain cancer in April. She had been having headaches and vomiting attacks since March and doctors found a brain tumor on 7 April.

With no specialist doctors in Gaza and in view of her age, Aisha was granted a permit by the Israeli military authorities to allow her to attend al-Makassed, a Palestinian hospital in East Jerusalem in the occupied West Bank.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Wow, HOW BUTCH must that Israeli bureaucrat, who denied this kid the right to have a family member with her, must be feeling right now; they are probably, on top of the moon!!

Not letting kids have family around them, when they are ill or dying, or not getting Palestinian people care in time to get well, are all part and parcel, of Israel's "Final Solution" for the Palestinians.

Jun 06 11:12

Amassing War Powers, Bolton Rips a Page Out of Cheney’s Playbook

Shanahan is expected to be nominated for the top Pentagon slot, subject to Senate confirmation. And according to Stephen Wertheim, assistant professor of history at Columbia University, during the confirmation hearings, “when senators think Shanahan, they should think Bolton. Because a vacuum at the top of DoD means that the department becomes a rubber stamp for Bolton.”

Bolton is an unapologetic Bush-era war hawk with four decades of experience inside the Beltway. Throughout his long career, he’s advocated for regime change in Iraq, Syria, Libya, Yemen, Cuba, Venezuela, North Korea, and Iran. As national security adviser, he appears determined to consolidate his power in the Cabinet, usurping powers that traditionally reside with the military.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Looking at the trajectory of US Foreign policies,I am deeply concerned that John Bolton will attempt, when he has Trump's ear, getting wars going on in Syria; Venezuela; Cuba; and Iran.

One has to wonder; what kind of stock investments in the military/industrial complex industries, and related industries, does the guy actually hold?!? Is that what makes him so war-centric, for more personal wealth?!?

Because remember; people who do what he does, as Advisor to the President, do not have to sign over their personal revenues, and put them in a blind trust.

Or is it some kind of dark, demented blood lust, pushing him to create environments, where people are going to wind up dead?!?

Either way, that a person who can be simultaneously so consistently wrong, and yet so consistently have the ear of a sitting President so frequently, is utterly terrifying.

Jun 06 11:00

More Police Raids As War On Journalism Escalates Worldwide

The Australian Federal Police have conducted two raids on journalists and seized documents in purportedly unrelated incidents in the span of just two days.

Yesterday the AFP raided the home of News Corp Australia journalist Annika Smethurst, seeking information related to her investigative report last year which exposed the fact that the Australian government has been discussing the possibility of giving itself unprecedented powers to spy on its own citizens. Today they raided the Sydney headquarters of the Australian Broadcasting Corp, seizing information related to a 2017 investigative report on possible war crimes committed by Australian forces in Afghanistan.

In a third, also ostensibly unrelated incident, another Australian reporter disclosed yesterday that the Department of Home Affairs has initiated an investigation of his reporting on a story about asylum seeker boats which could lead to an AFP criminal case, saying he’s being pressured to disclose his source.

Jun 06 11:00

Following US Lead on Assange, Australia Goes on Assault Spree Against Free Press

Since the United States charged journalist Julian Assange with 17 counts of Espionage Act violations — charges that could see Assange facing the death penalty — Australia appears to be following America’s lead and cracking down on free press, particularly journalists and publications that publish government secrets.

Australia — Assange’s nation of origin and a Five Eyes member — has conducted two raids in as many days. The first was on Tuesday, when Australian Federal Police (AFP) raided journalist Annika Smethurst’s home with a warrant to search her phone and computer.

The raid was in response to an article Smethurst published last year that used leaked documents and correspondences from the country’s defense secretary and the head of the Home Affairs Department seeking to allow the Australian Signals Directorate, which is equivalent to the U.S. National Security Agency, to spy on its own citizens.

Jun 06 10:59

Sudan crackdown: At least 100 dead after attacks on protesters

Opposition group says hundreds are being treated for critical injuries amid reports of bodies dumped in the Nile.

At least 100 people have been killed in a two-day crackdown on Sudanese protesters carried out by troops and paramilitaries, a doctors' committee close to the demonstrators said on Wednesday.

It said it had received eyewitness reports of bodies still to be recovered from the site of the sit-in as well as reports of bodies being dumped in the Nile by security forces.

Talks rejected
A Sudanese alliance of protesters and opposition groups on Wednesday rejected the ruling military council's invitation to talks.

Burhan had said on Wednesday that the council was still open to talks with opposition groups without any conditions.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Lieutenant General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, the head of the Transitional Military Council (TMC), a word, please; you may not have 9 months in which to hold an election; you need to bump up the date to a sooner point in time.

Jun 06 10:53

Former IAEA Deputy Falsely Claims Iran Could Make Nukes in 6-8 Months: Accuses IAEA of letting Iran 'weaponize' uranium

Former IAEA deputy director Olli Heinonen, long a critic of his former employer, accused the IAEA in an interview of letting Iran “weaponize” uranium. He further claimed that Iran, with “maximum effort,” could produce a nuclear weapon in “six to eight months.”

Neither of these allegations were accurate by any stretch of the imagination. Heinonen was focusing on Iran improving its centrifuges. Despite this, Iran is still only enriching uranium to 3.6%, the level needed for its power plant, and far below the 90%+ needed for weapons-grade uranium.

Though the centrifuges conceivably could further enrich uranium beyond the levels presently being done, Iran has never attempted to enrich to anywhere near the 90% level, and has never suggested that they would even try.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Why would he lie like this, when he absolutely knows better?!?

One has to wonder; what kind of compensation, and from whom is he getting it to say something he knows, scientifically, not to be true?!?

Oh, I can think of a couple of countries here; perhaps the US, or Israeli?!?

Jun 06 10:35

Trump: Iran ‘Probably’ Remains a Terrorist Nation: Says there is still 'always a chance' of war with Iran

In an interview Wednesday on Britain’s ITV, President Trump reiterated that he does not want a war with Iran, and would much rather talk, saying that there is “always a chance” of a war.

He gave the impression that’s getting less likely, however, calling them “extremely hostile when I first came into office,” adding “they were a terrorist nation, number one in the world at that time and probably maybe are today.”

That is a highly unusual thing for any US politician to say, as the broad official position is that no matter what Iran is doing at any given time, they are always the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism. Trump suggested that there some question to that.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mister President, from whom did you get the designation "terrorist", when it comes to Iran?!?

Were I a betting person, I would bet that it must have come from one of your two BFFs in the Middle East: Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu, the Butcher of Gaza.

Remember that tiny little enclave called Gaza?!? Did you know what goes on their with their kids?!? They are routinely arrested and tortured by the IDF, and forced to sign "confessions" in Hebrew, a language they do not speak, and barely can comprehend?!?

History, Past to Present: Palestinian Children in Israeli jails.

Israel Military DetentionThis article goes on to state: "Israel is the only country in the world that automatically prosecutes children in military courts that lack basic and fundamental fair trial guarantees. Since 2000, at least 8,000 Palestinian children have been arrested and prosecuted in an Israeli military detention system notorious for the systematic ill-treatment and torture of Palestinian children."

Around 500-700 Palestinian children are arrested, detained and prosecuted in the Israeli military court system each year."

Israeli torture of Palestinian children 'institutional'

Israel jails hundreds of Palestinian boys every year.

Did you also know that Israel has "indefinite confinement in prison, no trial, no law; no nothing, where they can keep people in jail permanently?!?

Israeli jails: facts and resources

Israel is holding a Palestinian lawmaker as political prisoner...indefinitely

Israel order solitary confinement for jailed Palestinian Leader

So, Mr. President, before you use that "T" word again, to describe Iran as a "terrorist country", you need to look again, and ask some unbiased NGO members, who have heard these testimonies of Palestinians routinely locked up, and kids tortured; I sincerely believe that you... would have an ear for the truth, when you hear it.

And sir, finally, something you really need to see (preferably, with the whole family), and it is the documentary, done by a very charming Jewish videographer, and it's name is: "Don't tell Mother I'm In Iran." The link can be found here: Don't tell my Mother I'm in Iran

This is a very different image of the country from that which Netanyahu wants you to believe, and it focuses on Iran's young people, and the fact that in it's 1979 Constitution (and sir, why to the Iranians HAVE a constitution, but Israel does not?), religious minorities are protected, and these groups are Christians, Bahais, and Jews.

Not only are they a protected minority, but each faith has a Representative in their Parliament, and the videographer goes into one of the very lovely synagogues, and his visit there is nothing short of amazing.

Here is a list of Christian churches in Iran:

Christian churches in Tehran

You are welcome, Mr. President!!

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