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December 12, 2019

Dec 12 12:14

Leadership Strips Approved Antiwar Measures From NDAA

The House version of the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) set aside an irresponsibly large amount of money for military spending, but it also added some antiwar amendments and other very basic limitations. The House and Senate versions have now been reconciled into a final bill, and materially all of the limitations that the House voted on and approved have been stripped away, in favor of a $738 billion bill that continues spending, but makes no attempt to rein in the military in any serious way.

Dec 12 12:13

Donald Trump and Israel: When Does a ‘Passionate Attachment’ Threaten National Security?

In his Farewell Address, of 1796 America’s first president George Washington famously warned his fellow citizens that “…a passionate attachment of one nation for another produces a variety of evils. Sympathy for the favorite nation, facilitating the illusion of an imaginary common interest in cases where no real common interest exists, and infusing into one the enmities of the other, betrays the former into a participation in the quarrels and wars of the latter without adequate inducement or justification.”

In today’s United States, there is no more “passionate attachment” than that which exists with Israel. The tie that binds is assiduously cultivated by the media and the politically ambitious, so much so that the Jewish state is frequently referred to hyperbolically as America’s best friend and closest ally. But Israel, with its own regional interests driving its policies, is in reality neither a friend nor an ally.

Dec 12 12:01

HSBC Swiss unit to pay $192 million in latest U.S. tax evasion deal

The Swiss private banking unit of HSBC Holdings Plc will pay $192.4 million to resolve a U.S. probe of its role in helping wealthy Americans evade taxes by using undeclared Swiss bank accounts, the U.S. Department of Justice said on Tuesday.

The DoJ's deal with HSBC Private Bank (Suisse) SA is the latest in which numerous Swiss-based banks, including UBS and Credit Suisse Group, have paid billions of dollars in settlements and penalties for conspiring to help rich Americans dodge taxes.

Dec 12 10:35

Silicon Valley Is Listening to Your Most Intimate Moments

The recordings she and her co-workers were listening to were often intense, awkward, or intensely awkward. Lonely sounding people confessing intimate secrets and fears: a boy expressing a desire to rape; men hitting on Alexa like a crude version of Joaquin Phoenix in Her. And as the transcription program grew along with Alexa’s popularity, so did the private information revealed in the recordings. Other contractors recall hearing kids share their home address and phone number, a man trying to order sex toys, a dinner party guest wondering aloud whether Amazon was snooping on them at that very instant. “There’s no frickin’ way they knew they were being listened to,” Slatis says. “These people didn’t agree to this.” She quit in 2016.

Dec 12 10:28

Raving Drunk Carjacker Goes Flying Out of Car When Man Catches Him Attacking Wife

A California man got far more than he bargained for while allegedly attempting to carjack a family of five over the weekend.

Dec 12 10:27

Labour activists call for BBC's Laura Kuenssberg to be reported to POLICE for 'breaking election rules' by saying postal votes looked 'grim' for party on air

The BBC's political editor has allegedly been reported to the police amid claims she breached election law in a live broadcast.

Laura Kuenssberg said last night, in a live two-way on the BBC's Politics Live, that she understood postal votes already counted were painting a 'grim' picture for Labour.

The statement drew outraged accusations that Ms Kuenssberg had broken the law, and now Twitter users including left-wing publication Evolve Politics have claimed to have reported the journalist to the police.

Dec 12 10:26

After a quarter million votes for the Hong Kong Protesters to be Time’s “Person of the Year”, Time selects... Greta Thunberg!


Dec 12 10:24

Time Magazine Makes Racist, Transphobic Pick For Person Of The Year

The white supremacist publication Time announced today that white person Greta Thunberg has been named Person of the Year. While I suppose the magazine hopes that the pick will be celebrated based on Thunberg’s climate activism, I personally will not be throwing any confetti.

Dec 12 10:24

WATCH: Hammer On ‘Tipping Point With Liz Wheeler’: House Democrats’ Impeachment Articles Are A Sham

On Tuesday, Daily Wire Editor-at-Large Josh Hammer, who is a constitutional attorney by training, joined “Tipping Point With Liz Wheeler” on One America News Network to discuss House Democrats’ formal unveiling of their two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump: One for “abuse of power” and one for “obstruction of Congress.” As The Daily Wire reported yesterday:

Dec 12 10:24

Principal Who Allegedly Banned Black History Month Accuses Black Teachers of Reverse Racism. Teachers Accuse Her of Original Recipe Racism

A principal who was demoted amid accusations that she prohibited students from celebrating Black History Month has filed a lawsuit against a group of teachers at a Bronx school for discriminating against her because she is white. Meanwhile, the teachers filed their own legal claim against the school district, claiming the principal implied black instructors were lazy and unqualified.


Dec 12 10:21

Hallucinogenic chemical in magic mushrooms moves one step closer to being used to treat depression after scientists find psilocybin is safe

King's College London scientists found doses of the compound were safe when taken by healthy volunteers.

Some patients experienced a 'high' similar to one endured by those who take the party drug, having hallucinations and euphoria during a six-hour 'trip'.

But no negative effects were reported, even though psilocybin can trigger psychotic episodes and feelings of nausea and dizziness.

Researchers are now planning a phase two trial of psilocybin, involving patients who have stubborn depression. The psilocybin they used was not extracted from 'magic mushrooms' - it was made in a laboratory.

Dec 12 10:16

Virginia Roberts claims the FBI have warned her there is 'a credible death threat made against her' following Prince Andrew interview and Jeffrey Epstein's 'suicide'

The 36-year-old, who alleges she was trafficked to the UK to have sex with Prince Andrew, said: 'In response to the overwhelming amount of support I have received, I want to say a huge thank you to everyone who is standing up beside me fighting for our children to have a safer future.

'I have been informed from the FBI there has been a credible death threat against me.'

It follows an alarming message she posted yesterday warning people that she was not suicidal and that 'evil people want to see me quieted.'

Dec 12 10:16

Parlez-vous anti-Semitism? Or is it all gibberish?

"It’s polling day in the UK. Right up to the last gasp so-called anti-Semitism has been used as a lethal weapon in this general election campaign. Ignorant and gullible people, supported by a mischievous mainstream media, have deployed it indiscriminately to trash Jeremy Corbyn and his Labour Party and remove a number of candidates from the lists. I have watched pushy TV reporters demanding to know if their quarry “has a problem with Jews”.

"So how would you deal with an onslaught of media and even party slurs, assuming you aren’t guilty as charged?">>


Dec 12 10:14

NHS psychologists are over-diagnosing gender dysphoria in children as young as THREE 'because staff are scared of being branded transphobic'

NHS psychologists are 'over-diagnosing' children with gender dysphoria over fears staff will be branded transphobic if they don't, it has emerged.

Ex-clinicians fear scores of youngsters could unnecessarily be being put on puberty-blocking drugs that warp their hormones every year.

The concerns were raised by six psychologists who have resigned from London's children's gender-identity service in the past three years.

They all claimed they were under such immense pressure they could not properly assess patients, in what they fear may be a 'medical scandal'.

Dec 12 10:06

Saker message: a thank you, a “state of the blog” report and a “perfect storm” warning

Some housekeeping by the Saker and at the bottom of the page some interesting stuff.
Next, my dire warning:
A look into 2021 – brace for impact as a perfect storm is forming on the 2020 horizon

My friends, I am sorry to say that I think the next year will probably be a perfect storm! I have explained in many articles why I think that, so I will just summarize it all here:

In the USA the next Presidential election will most likely be a disaster. The Dems are dead set to use any and all lies and tricks to try to remove Trump, while the GOP hopes that by selling out to Israel it will remain in power.
The US is tanking on so many levels that I will only mention a few crucial ones: politically, socially, economically and militarily. The Trump-disaster has shown beyond doubt that this is not about personalities or who gets to sit in the White House. It is about a system which is profoundly 1) corrupt 2) dysfunctional and 3) unreformable.

Dec 12 10:05

Doctors Arrested After Protesting the Right to Administer Flu Vaccinations to Detained Migrant Children

Tensions at the U.S. border have escalated due to immigration authorities blocking doctors from administering flu vaccines to detained migrant children. In response, a group of doctors and protesters were detained by federal authorities on Tuesday after blocking an entrance to the United States Border Patrol’s San Diego Sector Headquarters in protest.

Dec 12 10:05

Former FBI Lawyer Is Suing FBI, the Justice Department, and Trump Still Can’t Keep Her Name Out of His Mouth

Former FBI lawyer, Lisa Page, whose “fuck the fat orange guy running for president” text messages with another FBI employee were leaked to the media, is suing the Justice Department and the FBI for being messy AF.


Dec 12 10:05

Ben Sasse causes liberal implosion on social media after he admits FISA abuse accusations were true

An online meltdown ensued after Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) didn't go along with the liberal narrative on the Department of Justice Inspector General's report on FISA abuses.

Dec 12 10:02

Greta Thunberg causes Twitter meltdown for winning Person of the Year - ‘Is this a joke?'

“She offers no practical solutions for the governments on how to save the Earth. Why is she the person of the year?”

Make Dice asked on Twitter: "Is this a joke?"

Lisa posted: “When is this gonna end with Greta? I wanna talk about other things.”

Carole J commented: “There are many more, other, deserving people and groups.”

Jason Self shared on Twitter: “They keep giving that crap to people who haven’t earned a thing.

“That brat is on a vacation and that is all. She has someone writing her little tantrums for her.”

Dwight Paulson added: “I’ve forgotten more about climate change than this teen knows. I’ve got socks older than her.”

Another social media user posted: “What exactly did she do again that earned her person of the year?”

Dec 12 10:00

France strikes: Paris chaos as Macron pension fury erupts - shocking protest pictures

Protestors in Paris have taken to the streets in huge numbers, with police gathering. Photographs from the scene show huge numbers of protestors, some carrying smoke flares. Tempers boiled over throught=out France, with police firing tear gas at protesters in the western city of Nantes.

Protesters also set vehicles alight in the Mediterranean port city of Marseille.

Today the CGT union said there would be no break in transport strikes over the Christmas period unless the government backed down on pension reform.

Dec 12 09:58

Election voters fury as 'polling stations turn them away' without being able to vote

ANGRY voters have claimed they have been turned away from polling stations without being allowed to vote.


Dec 12 09:54

Germany rejects any extraterritorial sanctions against Russia's Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline – Foreign Ministry

Berlin has reaffirmed its support for the Russia-led gas pipeline despite the threat of new US sanctions against European firms involved in the project. Nord Stream 2 will be completed, the Foreign Ministry said on Thursday.

"European energy policy is decided in Europe, not the United States. We reject any outside interventions and extraterritorial sanctions," said German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas.

The statement comes amid looming US sanctions against the project, that were recently added to US 2020 National Defence Authorisation Act, which is up for approval before Christmas.

If approved by the US Congress, the act would allow the Trump administration to sanction companies involved in Russian gas pipeline projects.

Dec 12 09:53

A Recipe For Civil War

A Recipe For Civil War
There is a war between red states and blue states, between gun-right rubes and confiscating-jews.

In blue state California, (once the go-to state for free spirit creatures), people are leaving and fleeing in droves en route to red state Texas.

And New York ‘values’ aren’t keeping its people in, with more leaving the state than any other.

For when sovereignty is pressurized into slavery, and freedom of speech is maligned as a medium of ‘hate,’ then a recipe for civil war is a sure and settled fate.

Breaking up is hard to do.

But with repressive laws out of DC, and a coerced culture too, it’s time we bid this tyranny adieu.

Just say “Nullify.”

Dec 12 09:52

‘Chill Greta, Chill!’ Trump blasts Thunberg on Twitter after she’s named TIME Person of the Year

US President Donald Trump suggested that famed 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg has anger issues and advised her to chill out after TIME magazine named her Person of the Year.

“So ridiculous,” Trump tweeted on Thursday while commenting on a tweet by actress and producer Roma Downey, in which she congratulated Thunberg on topping the TIME list of most influential people for 2019.

“Greta must work on her Anger Management problem, then go to a good old fashioned movie with a friend! Chill Greta, Chill!”

Dec 12 09:48

Man killed by Lexus car being remotely started

A New York man has died after being crushed by an empty car accidentally started by remote control.

Michael Kosanovich, 21, had been standing between two parked 2002 Lexus IS300s, on 6 December, when one of them had been started remotely by its owner, police said.

The car rolled forward and he was pinned between the two vehicles.

Bystanders tried to push them apart but as they did so, the car rolled forward and crushed him again.

Mr Kosanovich was taken to hospital with severe trauma to his torso and legs, according to the New York Police Department (NYPD). He died of his injuries on 7 December.



Lockerdome
Dec 12 09:47

Santa hacker speaks to girl via smart camera

Video showing a hacker talking to a young girl in her bedroom via her family's Ring camera has been shared on social media amid warnings people need to secure the devices better.

The hacker tells the young girl: "It's Santa. It's your best friend."

Technology website Motherboard reported online forums used by hackers were offering software making it easier to break into such devices.

Ring owner Amazon said the incident was not related to a security breach.

Dec 12 09:30

Video: Students sing the praises of Medicare for All. They change their tune fast when they hear what it really is.

Campus Reform's Cabot Phillips recently visited the campus of George Washington University in Washington, D.C., to gauge students' temperatures on Democratic presidential candidates Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.)'s push for Medicare for All.

Dec 12 09:29

Home intruder winds up running for his life when homeowner turns out to be armed off-duty police sergeant

An intruder reportedly broke into the home of an off-duty Kansas City Police Department sergeant on Monday, according to KSHB-TV — but the officer definitely got the best of the suspect.

Dec 12 09:29

Judge in Richard Collins Murder Trial Asked Potential Jurors If They Thought Making Racist Jokes Means You’re Racist

Potential jurors in the hate crime trial for Sean Urbanski, the Maryland man accused of murdering 23-year-old Bowie State University student Richard Collins III, answered questions about race and alcohol during the selection process, reports WJZ-TV.


Dec 12 09:29

Democrat Congresswoman: We’ll Impeach Trump Again If He Wins, Bank Records Could Show He’s ‘Owned 100% By The Russians’

Democrat Rep. Karen Bass (CA) said during an interview this week that if President Donald Trump wins re-election in 2020 that the Democrats will move to impeach him again and warned that Trump’s bank records could show that he’s “owned 100% by the Russians.”

Dec 12 09:28

Britt McHenry sues Fox News and former co-host, alleging sexual harassment and retaliation

Fox Nation host Britt McHenry has filed a lawsuit against her employer, Fox News, and a handful of her colleagues at the network, claiming she was repeatedly sexually harassed by her former co-host and was retaliated against for coming forward.

Dec 12 09:28

GOP Sen. John Kennedy on reading FISA abuse report: 'I thought I had dropped acid'

Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) described his reactions to reading the Justice Department Inspector General's report on FISA abuses used against the 2016 Trump campaign on Wednesday, saying that the findings were so unbelievable "I thought I had dropped acid."

Dec 12 09:08

Biden Can’t Even Figure Out How Many Terms He’d Serve If He Wins White House

“Biden signals to aides that he would serve only a single term,” blared the headline in Politico, an inside-the-Beltway liberal news site.

Dec 12 08:56

Microsoft details the most clever phishing techniques it saw in 2019

Earlier this month, Microsoft released a report on this year's malware and cyber-security trends. Among the few trends highlighted in the report was that phishing was one of the few attack vectors that saw a rise in activity over the past two years.

Microsoft said that phishing attempts grew from under 0.2% in January 2018 to around 0.6% in October 2019, where 0.6% represented the percentage of phishing emails detected out of the total volume of emails the company analyzed.

While phishing attacks increased, the number of ransomware, crypto-mining, and other malware infections went down, the company said at the time.

Dec 12 08:35

Clinton-Appointed Judge Blocks Billions in Military Funding for Border Wall

A Clinton-appointed judge in El Paso has permanently blocked billions of dollars in military funding from being spent on building the southern border wall.

On Tuesday, David Briones, a judge on the Western Texas Federal District Court ruled in favour of El Paso County and Border Network for Human Rights, a pro-migration organisation. Briones argued that the President over-stepped the mark with his declaration, and put a permanent injunction on the use of the money, stopping around $3.6 billion in funding from going to the wall.


Dec 12 08:32

Pence Urged Merkel to Send German Navy Into Russian Territorial Waters

This is insane. The west is led by simpletons without any idea of the gravity of the actions they’re proposing. Bloomberg reports that US Vice President urged the Germans to sail their warships through the Kerch Strait:

The U.S. leaned on German Chancellor Angela Merkel last month to conduct a naval maneuver in Russia’s backyard aimed at provoking President Vladimir Putin, according to three people familiar with the talks.

At a Feb. 16 meeting at the Munich Security Conference, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence urged Merkel to send German warships through a narrow channel between the Crimean peninsula and mainland Russia to show Putin that Western powers won’t surrender their access to those waters, according to the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Dec 12 08:10

When Jews stopped being American

Zionists may imagine that this is to their advantage. For anti-Zionists, it is an example of what was foreseen and then experienced by Jews around the world as the political Zionist movement took root.

From Edwin Montagu to Rabbi Elmer Berger to American Jewish Committee presidents Joseph Proskauer and Jacob Blaustein, the conflation of the ethnic and faith identity of Judaism (already a difficult combination) to a nationality was seen as a long-acting poison.

Montagu wrote to his fellow UK Cabinet members in 1917 — when considering issuing the Balfour Declaration — that “Zionism has always seemed to me to be a mischievous political creed…”

Dec 12 08:09

Tom Friedman condemns Iran for shooting protesters, but finds it ‘easy’ to defend Israel for doing same

demonstrators since it began cracking down November 15.

The numbers are not much better from Israel’s violent response to the Gaza protests over the last 20 months. Human rights agencies have characterized Israel’s live-fire policy as a violation of humanitarian law. The United Nations found last March that Israel killed 183 civilians who posed no threat to Israel and wounded another 6000 people. Amnesty International said Israel was pursuing a deliberate policy of maiming civilians, causing untold physical and psychological damage, and called for a world-wide arms embargo on Israel. The casualties have included journalists and paramedics.

Those protests are aimed at breaking Israel’s 12 year siege of Gaza, which has rendered the strip unlivable, and granting Palestinians equal rights to Israeli Jews.

Dec 12 08:09

IG Michael Horowitz undermines media 'no bias' claims on Russia probe, can't say errors weren't caused by political bias

Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday that he could not rule out political bias as the cause of the numerous errors in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant application to authorize surveillance of former Trump campaign aide Carter Page.


Dec 12 08:09

New York bill would require taxpayer-funded medical abortions be available to all students at public colleges

A bill working its way through the New York state Legislature would require all public colleges and universities in the state to make abortion medication available to students — paid for with taxpayer funds, according to LifeSiteNews.

Dec 12 08:08

Backing two-state solution, Democrats deplore equal rights, deny the Nakba, and say Jews must never be a minority in Israel

n recent days Trump and the Republican Party have done their utmost to cast the Democrats as anti-Israel. In his speech to an Israel lobby group on Saturday night, Trump said Democrats were harboring the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign (BDS). And last week when the Democratic majority in the House passed a resolution affirming the two-state solution and expressing mild criticism of the settlement project, Republicans lambasted Democrats as anti-Israel.

The Democrats are clearly worried about the charge. The party’s base is beginning to fracture on the Israel question. Polls show younger Democrats are highly supportive of the idea of conditioning aid to Israel; and three Democratic presidential candidates have said they are open to doing so. The House resolution specifically ruled out conditioning aid, saying the $3.8 billion we send Israel is “ironclad” at a “critical” moment in history, in Rep. Ted Deutch’s words.

Dec 12 08:07

Palestine artwork stolen and hidden at the ICC

A Palestinian art exhibition was stolen last week during the 18th session of the Assembly of the States Parties of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague.

Hosted by the State of Palestine and Palestinian Human Rights Organisation Al-Haq, the exhibition featured MEMO’s Palestinian cartoonist Mohammad Sabaaneh’s artwork as part of an initiative on the impact of the criminal policies and practices of the Israeli occupation on the victims in Palestine.

According to the International Middle East Media Centre, Sabaaneh’s graphic political masterpieces were removed without authorisation from the hallways of the World Forum, sparking widespread condemnation.

The State of Palestine has been a member of the ICC since 2015 and has brought several key cases before the court.

Al-Haq and its partners have also submitted a file on crimes committed in the West Bank, including Jerusalem.

Dec 12 08:05

‘King’ Trump lashes US Jews for not loving Israel enough

Rabid Zionist Donald Trump has proved once again that you can stand up in a room full of Jewish supporters and spew out anti-Semitic tropes with complete immunity as long as you give unconditional support to Israel. The US President, who earlier this year embraced the title “King of Israel”, has now accused American Jews of not “loving Israel enough.”

Addressing the Israeli American Council national conference in Florida, Trump first launched a blistering attack on the Democrat Congresswoman Ilhan Omar for what he called her “despicable rhetoric” about Israel, before unleashing a series of turbo-charged anti-Semitic tropes at his largely Jewish audience.


Dec 12 08:04

Trump's antisemitism decree tramples on free speech rights, advocates say

US President Donald Trump signed an executive order adopting a controversial definition of antisemitism that free speech advocates say will stifle Palestinian rights activism on college campuses.

The executive order, signed by the president on Wednesday afternoon, extends current anti-discrimination civil rights laws at the Department of Education to cover Judaism.

It also orders the department to adopt the working definition of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) of antisemitism when considering claims of antisemitic abuse.

Palestinian rights advocates have long rejected IHRA's definition, saying that it could be employed to censor speech critical of Israel's political policies.

Dec 12 08:04

Vatican Caught Using Charity Donations To Cover Budget Shortfalls

While Pope Francis has long preached about the ills of economic inequality and sins of capitalism, the Catholic church has been robbing Peter's Pence to the tune of over $50 million annually to plug holes in their out-of-control budget - after paying over $3 billion in pedophile priest settlements around the world over several decades.

According to the Wall Street Journal, most of the roughly $55 million the church takes in annually goes towards "plugging the hole in the Vatican’s own administrative budget, while as little as 10% is spent on charitable works."

The little-publicized breakdown of how the Holy See spends Peter’s Pence, known only among senior Vatican officials, is raising concern among some Catholic Church leaders that the faithful are being misled about the use of their donations, which could further hurt the credibility of the Vatican’s financial management under Pope Francis. -Wall Street Journal

Webmaster's Commentary: 

WOW!! I knew the numbers were awful, but this is horrific.

So Pope Francis, a thought; it doesn't come from the mountain, but it is something you might want to at least consider.

Rather than celibate men, to become priests, why not reach out to married men and women with healthy, flourishing families?!? The greatest advert ever, for being both a happy Christian, is having a morally responsible, loving Christian family, which is flourishing.

You are welcome, Your Holiness!! :-)

Dec 12 08:03

Israel’s Case Against Human Rights Watch Reveals How Its Normalizing West Bank Land Theft

In November 2019, following a long legal battle, Israel revoked the work visa and deported Human Rights Watch (HRW) director Omar Shakir. According to HRW, Israel argued that the state, “revoked the work visa of Shakir, a United States citizen, in May 2018 on the assertion that his advocacy violated a 2017 law that bars entry to people who advocate a boycott of Israel or its settlements in the occupied West Bank.”

HRW claims that this is not true and that the organization does not call for the boycott of Israel. On their website, they do claim, however, that, “Human Rights Watch urges businesses to stop operating in illegal settlements as part of their global duty to avoid complicity in human rights abuses.”

Dec 12 08:02

Congress can’t say “occupation”

Republicans voted overwhelmingly Friday for Israeli apartheid in the West Bank.

They did so by voting against House Resolution 326 which backs the two-state solution and rejects Israeli annexation of the West Bank.

While the so-called two-state solution may be defunct, Republicans’ silence on what would replace it suggests they’re fine with Israel entrenching the apartheid system it has been establishing in the West Bank over the last five decades.

They certainly aren’t bubbling with excitement about the prospect of one person, one vote.



Pixfuture
Dec 12 08:01

Trump appeases Israel lobby with executive order

Just days after US President Donald Trump spewed vicious anti-Semitic rhetoric, Israel lobby groups are celebrating his executive order taking aim at supporters of Palestinian rights.

Israel and its most extreme defenders are not bothered by the president’s anti-Jewish rhetoric as long as it comes wrapped in unquestioning support for Israel.

Trump’s order, which he signs today, is evidence of that support. It is also a dangerous escalation of the attack on basic free speech rights.

Dec 12 08:00

Is ICC about to slam the door on justice for Palestine?

In the decade since Palestinians first petitioned the International Criminal Court, around 3,500 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli occupation forces in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

Around 800 were children.

Israel has expanded its settlement colonies in the West Bank, encouraged by a Trump administration that has put Washington’s seal of approval on war crimes only tacitly endorsed by previous US governments.

That tacit support has been more than symbolic.

Dec 12 07:59

Rights groups slam Trump's plan to sign anti-Semitism order

Palestinian groups, free speech advocates and liberal Jewish organisations blasted, on Wednesday, US President Donald Trump's plan to reportedly sign an executive order that would threaten to withhold federal funding from educational institutions that fail to combat a broadened definition of anti-Semitism.

According to the New York Times, which first reported the plan, the Trump administration is expected to effectively redefine Judaism as a race or nationality. It will also direct the Department of Education to consider the State Department's definition of anti-Semitism when evaluating complaints of discrimination under Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which prohibits discrimination "on the ground of race, colour or national origin" but not religion.

Dec 12 07:58

Jeremy Corbyn faces Russiagate smear campaign before UK vote

Just before British elections, the UK’s military-intelligence apparatus is smearing Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn with evidence-free Russiagate allegations. NATO-funded “researchers” are claiming that leaked documents publicized by Corbyn that exposed secret US-UK talks over the British health service are in fact the result of a Russian disinformation campaign. The Russia-baiting against Corbyn comes as the Labour leader also faces an ongoing campaign to smear him with fake charges of anti-Semitism. The Grayzone’s Max Blumenthal discusses the British and US government-tied forces behind the anti-Corbyn effort, and how Bernie Sanders could be next.


Dec 12 07:57

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – DECEMBER 12, 2019: MILITANTS PUSH SYRIAN ARMY BACK IN SOUTHERN IDLIB

On December 11, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham’s Abu Bakr al-Siddiq Army and the special forces unit, known as the “Red Bands”, attacked and captured the area of al-Katibat al-Mahjura in southeastern Idlib. Units of the Syrian Army deployed there were caught off-guard and withdrew after a few hours of clashes.

Al-Katibat al-Mahjura [the abandoned base in Arabic] is a former base of the Syrian Air Defense Forces. It overlooks the village of Umm al-Tinah controlled by Hayat Tahrir al-Sham. When the army captured the base last week, pro-government sources speculated that it may use it to advance further into southern Idlib. However, another week of inactivity allowed militants to regroup and take this facility back.

It’s interesting to note that militants’ advance took place amid another round of the Astana format talks, which are designed to find a political solution of the conflict. Nonetheless, as long as al-Qaeda-style groups operate in Idlib, this will not be possible.

Dec 12 07:57

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

While Congress subjects the nation to its impeachment-flavored brand of bread-and-circus politics, our civil liberties continue to die a slow, painful death by a thousand cuts.

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

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

Dec 12 07:57

The Warfare State Lied About Afghanistan, Iraq, & Syria. They Will Lie Again!

Authored by Tho Bishop via The Mises Institute,

This week saw the Washington Post published a bombshell report titled “The Afghanistan Papers,” highlighting the degree to which the American government lied to the public about the ongoing status of the war in Afghanistan. Within the thousands of pages, consisting of internal documents, interviews, and other never-before-released intel, is a vivid depiction of a Pentagon painfully aware of the need to keep from the public the true state of the conflict and the doubts, confusion, and desperation of decision-makers spanning almost 20 years of battle.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

At 70, I have a very clear memory of the Vietnam war; many of the young men drafted, who were my friends and sometimes brother and sister musicians, never made it back alive, or were mentally, or physically, or both, shattered beyond repair, for the rest of their lives.

I understood, that the premise under which this horrendous, genocidal war was being fought, had utterly no relationship to what we were told by the TV; Radio, and government-owned writers.

In short, what this US government does, is lie; obfuscate; and throw up smoke screens, so that the US citizens will not, clearly, be able to look at the long view, and see what is really going on.

It is generally the alternative media which does this, although kudos to WaPo, for having published this article, because it states, very clearly, what many Americans have suspected for quite some time now; politicians, in order to keep their buddies in the military industrial complex happy, is "arrange" for this country to be in almost perpetual war. Earnings boom for those companies, allowing them to give even more support to candidates who see the world as they do, financially, and this is their perspective, and philosophy:

1. Destabilize an existing, not-pro-US government with one which is.

2. Make sure that the resources of that country are expropriated by companies with which they are "embedded", for this kind of work, with the people living over or around those resources, getting precious little compensation for them, if any.

3. Insure that the funds in which these resources are sold, are only US dollars.

When Karl Marx made the observation that all wars are economic in their origins, the man was absolutely correct.

Dec 12 07:54

Barr Blasts Inspector General For Whitewashing FBI

Attorney General William Barr on Monday disparaged the long-awaited findings of the Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz into FBI conduct in the investigation of alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign. Barr, in effect, accused Horowitz of whitewashing a litany of proven misfeasance and malfeasance that created the “predicate,” or legal justification, for investigating candidate-and-then-president Donald Trump on suspicion of being in cahoots with the Russians.



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Dec 12 07:54

Operation Condor 2.0 – “Expanded”

According to US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, the US will help “legitimate governments” in Latin America, in order to prevent protests from “morphing into riots”.

From what we are seeing this “legitimization” may be expanded to rest of the world. Because Washington instigated destabilizing unrest goes on throughout the world. We may as well call it “Operation Condor 2.0 – Expanded”. It promises to become devastating, oppressive and murderous on all Continents. A transformation from whatever ‘freedom’ may have existed to neoliberal dictatorships bending towards neofascism.

Dec 12 07:53

Lone Witness Shredded Impeachment, Now Even His Dog Is Getting Death Threats

An expert witness who destroyed the Democrats’ impeachment attempt on live television last week says he is now facing a hatred so unhinged that even his wife and dog are getting death threats.

Dec 12 07:53

Ocasio-Cortez, Progressives Take On Moderate Dems Seeking Censure Over Impeachment: ‘One Of The Dumbest Ideas’

Moderate Democrats have been sounding the alarm for weeks, warning House Democrats that impeachment will cost Democrats politically, particularly in swing districts and in battleground states and progressive Democrats are finally firing back, calling names and demanding that the House pursue impeachment, no matter the fallout.

Dec 12 07:53

The FBI - Pushed By John Brennan - Lied To The Court Seven Times To Spy On The Trump Campaign

When Hillary Clinton was defeated in the U.S. presidential election the relevant powers launched a campaign to delegitimize the President elect Donald Trump.

The ultimate aim of the cabal is to kick him out of office and have a reliable replacement, like the Vice-President elect Pence, take over. Should that not be possible it is hoped that the delegitimization will make it impossible for Trump to change major policy trajectories especially in foreign policy. A main issue here is the reorientation of the U.S. military complex and its NATO proxies from the war of terror towards a direct confrontation with main powers like Russia and China.
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A major role in directing the plot has fallen to Obama's consigliere John Brennan, the current director of the CIA.

Dec 12 07:53

CNN Grilled For Refusing To Cover Opening Statements In Horowitz Testimony: ‘This Is Putin-Style Propaganda At Its Finest!’

Left-leaning CNN was slammed on Wednesday for refusing to air the opening statements of the Senate Judiciary Committee chairman and ranking member before Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s testimony on the FBI’s misconduct in surveilling the Trump campaign during the 2016 presidential election.

Dec 12 07:52

Lavrentiev: U.S. occupation troops must pull out of Syrian territories  

Nur-Sultan, SANA- Russian President’s special envoy for Syria Alexander Lavrentiev said that U.S. occupation forces must pull out of the Syrian territories, stressing that Washington’s looting of the Syrian oil is unacceptable.

In a press conference in Nur-Sultan city on Wednesday at the conclusion of the 14th round of Astana talks on Syria, Lavrentiev said “our talks focused on the U.S. illegitimate presence in Syria aimed at exploiting its natural resources,” affirming the necessity of withdrawal of US occupation forces from the Syrian lands.

Dec 12 07:52

Dem Backbencher Deutch Makes It Clear Democrats Want To Impeach Trump Because They Don’t Like Him (VIDEO)

Rep. Ted Deutch tells lawmakers his reason for supporting impeachment is because his kids in his family group text feel sad.

Dec 12 07:51

Internet users shocked by new Google ban on Press TV

Internet users, including Press TV’s followers on social media platforms, have reacted with shock and dismay to Google’s most recent attack against the Iranian news network.

On Tuesday, the US tech giant blocked access to Press TV’s YouTube account for a fifth time since the network signed up with the video-sharing platform in 2009.

Dec 12 07:50

Israel says defense officials caught in major bribery case

Israel’s Justice Ministry said on Tuesday it plans to prosecute suspects involved in a “serious corruption affair” in one of the country’s defense bodies.

Most details of the case, including the names of the suspects, were unavailable because of a gag order.

But a statement by the ministry said public servants working in the unnamed defense body allegedly received millions in bribes from companies with the aim of promoting sales deals with Israel’s defense establishment.

The suspects are to be charged with bribery, fraud, breach of trust and money laundering, among others offenses, pending a hearing.

The announcement comes after the ministry said last week it would serve indictments for corruption charges in a $2 billion German submarine deal that roped in close associates of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, as well as the country’s former navy chief.

The justice ministry claims those accused in the submarine case personally benefited from the purchase.

Dec 12 07:49

Spokane Prosecutes Pastor For Trying To Pray For Kids At Public Library Drag Queen Show

In Spokane, 649 rape kits are awaiting attention, an opioid crisis is raging, and a serial killer hasn’t been caught, yet the city is throwing the book at a pastor who objects to a sexual minstrel show performed for children.

Dec 12 07:48

Haitian slums descend into anarchy as crisis sparks worst violence in years

Venite Bernard’s feet are bloodied and torn because, she said, she had no time to grab her sandals when she fled her shack with her youngest children as gangsters roamed the Haitian capital’s most notorious slum, shooting people in their homes.

Dec 12 07:43

Add Your Name: Tell Donald Trump to Stop Using Jews to Shut Down Free Speech

After a week of antisemitic speech, Trump is now signing an executive order to withhold money from college campuses that tolerate “anti-Israel” movements. This is not about keeping Jews safe. It’s just more antisemitism.

The order defines Judaism as a “nationality,” promoting the classically bigoted idea that American Jews are not, well, American.

Donald Trump cannot be trusted to define antisemitism for Jews. He incites deadly white nationalist violence against our communities. He calls us disloyal. When speaking to American Jews, he refers to Israel as “your country” because he believes we do not really belong here. Conflating criticism of the Israeli government with antisemitism is actually antisemitic because it implies that all Jews agree with, and are responsible for, Israel’s actions.

Dec 12 07:43

Harvey Weinstein Reaches $47 Million Settlement, Wiping The Civil Slate Clean

Money talks and sexual predators walk.

That appears to be the anticlimatic end of the #MeToo story arc, which started with Harvey Weinstein, and is set to conclude with a multi-million cash settlement ending effectively all civil cases against the former Hollywood mogul.

According to the WSJ, Harvey Weinstein, his former associates, insurers and accusers have all reached a nearly $47 million tentative settlement of virtually all the civil cases pending against him, about $25 million of which will compensate women who have accused the Hollywood producer of sexual misconduct.

Under the terms of the agreement, Weinstein and his former associates won't admit wrongdoing; the deal still needs to be approved by a bankruptcy judge and a judge overseeing a proposed class-action lawsuit. Even better for the "not guilty" Weinstein, the bulk of the settlement money will be paid not by him but by his insurance policies, including those held by his former studio.

Dec 12 07:42

Trump Signs Executive Order to Punish Critics Of Israel With Jeffrey Epstein's Lawyer By His Side

President Trump on Wednesday signed an executive over to make Jews on college campuses a "protected class" and allow the federal government to pull funding from colleges who don't "love Israel" enough.

Dec 12 07:40

Pelosi-Approved USMCA Trade Deal Enshrines Big Tech's 'Right to Censor'

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said during a press conference Tuesday that she "lost" her fight to remove a provision granting big tech companies expanded immunity in the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) told Breitbart News that they still have significant reservations over the immunity's inclusion in the trade deal.

Breitbart News reported last week that Pelosi expressed concern over the USMCA inclusion of language that is even broader than Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. The provision, Article 19.17, would grant greater legal immunity for big tech companies to censor, or moderate, any content compared to Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act.

Dec 12 07:39

SoCal Church Displays Holy Family As "Caged Refugees" At The Border

A Nativity scene in the southern California city of Claremont depicting the Holy Family as a separated family held in cages at the U.S. border is sparking controversy and conversations over President Donald Trump’s immigration policies.

“If this isn’t your church’s politics, you’ve got the wrong faith,” tweeted music journalist Zel McCarthy.

Vanity Fair writer Anthony Breznican said that the Claremont United Methodist Church tableau, depicting Joseph and Mary in cages on either side of a caged baby Jesus Christ, was an accurate representation of the meaning of the Bible story.

“I love the Nativity story,” said Breznican.

“I love it not because it is warm and fuzzy, but because it is about perseverance against cruelty.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There are great problems, both theologically and geopolitically, with conflating the Nativity with Illegal Immigration.

If my memory of the Nativity story is correct, Mary and Joseph were going back to Bethlehem, due to a tax census by the Roman Government; they were following the law of the land, when Mary went into labor, and delivered Jesus in Bethlehem.

Illegal immigrants are not a race, or a "shade" of humankind; they start out having broken the law, by crossing the US border illegally.

States are becoming economically swamped, by trying to fill unfunded mandates for housing and education; and even religious entities cannot keep up, due to their increasing numbers, and demands for services.

Unvetted immigration translates to squalor in our streets, a huge rise in homelessness.

Is there something this country could do to forestall this?!? The short answer is, yes, if they place all the money going to these endless wars without end, to immigration support, legal, or otherwise, education, and housing, this could happen.

But I frankly wouldn't hold my breath; this will only occur... when pigs discover that they are aerodynamic.

Dec 12 07:39

YouTube Bans 'Malicious Insults' Against Public Officials Who Are Members Of A 'Protected' Class

YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki's new "harassment policy" bans "malicious insults" against "public officials" who are members of a "protected" class.

Dec 12 07:35

Frmr Harvard Law Prof Blasts Dems: What They're Doing to Trump Is Like the KGB

Esteemed liberal attorney and Harvard law professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz joined conservative commentator Mark Levin for an interview that aired Sunday on Fox News.

Dec 12 07:35

Jewish Activists Shut Down Border Patrol HQ In San Diego, Demand Illegals Be Given Free Flu Vaccines

Is this a "protest" or a guerrilla lobbying campaign for Big Pharma?

On Tuesday, Jewish activists from the group "Never Again Action" shut down a Border Patrol facility to demand illegal aliens be given free flu vaccines.

Dec 12 07:32

WTH? IG Horowitz Refutes AG Bill Barr – Says There Was No Spying on Trump Campaign – No “Confidential Source” Placed inside Trump Campaign (VIDEO)

US Attorney General Bill Barr shocked the DC elites and liberal media today in his no holds BARRed interview with NBC news.
AG Bill Barr doubled down in an exclusive interview with NBC saying Trump’s campaign, “It was clearly spied upon!”

Dec 12 07:32

SNOOZEFEST… Democrats Try to Impeach President Trump and ONLY 994 People Tune in to Watch — Compared to 31,000 who Watched Trump Rally Online

The House Judiciary Committee debates articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump.
Nancy Pelosi, Adam Schiff, Maxine Waters, Adam Schiff and other liberal committee members announced their Articles of Impeachment on Tuesday morning at 9 AM ET.

Dec 12 07:32

Horowitz Relents, Admits FISA Abuses Against Trump Aide 'Pretty Bad'

The deep state cabal at the center of the FBI’s probe into President Donald Trump should be apparent to anyone who has read the Inspector general’s report.

Dec 12 07:29

Running Down The Clock? Barr Suggests Durham Report Not Coming For Another Six Months

During an interview with NBC News on Tuesday, US Attorney General William Barr suggested it would be another six or so months before US Attorney John Durham's criminal investigation into the origins of RussiaGate reaches a "watershed."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In other words, another stalling tactic.

Dec 12 07:28

No, Really, You *Must* Love Israel

President Trump wasn't just shooting from the hip last week when he told Sheldon Adelson's Israeli American Council that "we have to" get Americans to "love Israel."

Dec 12 07:28

French Rapper Brags About 'Great Replacement' in New Song

A French rapper from a migrant-background has released a song bragging about “the Great Replacement” theory of rapid demographic change in the Western world.

The song, entitled ‘The Great Replacement’, was released earlier this week by French rapper Younès, who states in the lyrics, “The great replacement? It’s your daughter who likes me, who will make me children.”

Dec 12 07:15

NATO Secretary General Targets "Rising China": Why Cold War Newspeak Never Went Away

Authored by Cynthia Chung via The Strategic Culture Foundation,

On December 3rd, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg announced that NATO must address the “security implications” of China’s rise as a “military power”, and in true Orwellian doublespeak, insisted that he did not want to make an adversary out of Beijing but rather was interested in analysing how best to respond to the challenges China poses in a balanced way…by announcing it a ‘security threat’.

But we know this is not the whole story.

Of course no bully likes it when their victim suddenly learns the art of self-defense, and who would be more paranoid of aggression than those who have been practising it for years on others only to increasingly find the tables turned.

This western paranoia of the communist boogeyman has its roots in Churchill’s Iron Curtain speech which ushered in the Cold War.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In the identification of China as a "security threat", NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has created this state between NATO and China, which was one of the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly profoundly stupid things he could have said.

And forgive me, but isn't the acronym for NATO, supposed to be NORTH ATLANTIC TREATY ORGANISATION?!?

I know that NATO has been keen to re-invent itself, post world-war II, but ...THIS?!?

There is one thing you can still observe about the Chinese people today; the love of trade, and competition is still in their DNA, and I say that as a very positive, complementary observation.

The Chinese do not want a world war; they want world trade, and there is no better testimony to that, than President Xi's "Belt and Road" concept, which streamlines getting goods back and forth from Asia to Europe, in record time, cutting costs, and cutting red tape.

I just wish that Stoltenberg would have not identified China as a threat, but as a great potential business and economic partner; I firmly believe that the road to peace, is economic empowerment; excellent education; and healthy competition.

So Jans (and BTW, we never talk any more!! :-(), in this characterization of China as a threat, you have thrown the country back into the orbits of Russia; the Middle East; and South America; PLEASE don't tell me that this was the "design intent" of your statement here?!?

Because, unfortunately, you 've just "stepped in it", big time, sir.

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