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Dec 10 09:48

New calls emerge for “anti-vaxxers” to be thrown in re-education camps while their children are kidnapped and their homes seized

If you disagree with the medical establishment’s lies about vaccines, you have no right to exist in society at all, say pro-vaccine authoritarian tyrants. In case you were wondering what the real plans are for people who oppose the quack science dogma of the vaccine industry and its child murdering vaccine advocates, look no further than today’s rant from anti-Trump neocon Rick Wilson.

“Anti-vaxxers are a scourge and a strong argument for re-education camps, the immediate seizure of their property, and putting their children into protective custody,” tweeted Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson), a neo-con Republican strategist and so-called “never Trumper.”

Dec 10 07:46

Just how bad was the FBI’s Russia FISA? 51 violations and 9 false statements

To understand just how shoddy the FBI’s work was in securing a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant targeting the Trump campaign, you only need to read an obscure attachment to Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s report.

Appendix 1 identifies the total violations by the FBI of the so-called Woods Procedures, the process by which the bureau verifies information and assures the FISA court its evidence is true.

The Appendix identifies a total of 51 Woods procedure violations from the FISA application the FBI submitted to the court authorizing surveillance of former Trump campaign aide Carter Page starting in October 2016.

A whopping nine of those violations fell into the category called: “Supporting document shows that the factual assertion is
inaccurate.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Absoflippinglutely unbelievable, but true!!

Dec 10 07:43

NEWSWEEK REPORTER RESIGNS AFTER ACCUSING OUTLET OF SUPPRESSING OPCW LEAK STORY

SOURCE: ZEROHEDGE
Authored by Caitlin Johnstone via Medium.com,

A Newsweek journalist has resigned after the publication reportedly suppressed his story about the ever-growing OPCW scandal, the revelation of immensely significant plot holes in the establishment Syria narrative that you can update yourself on by watching this short seven-minute video or this more detailed video here.

“Yesterday I resigned from Newsweek after my attempts to publish newsworthy revelations about the leaked OPCW letter were refused for no valid reason,” journalist Tareq Haddad reported today via Twitter.

“I have collected evidence of how they suppressed the story in addition to evidence from another case where info inconvenient to US government was removed, though it was factually correct,” Haddad said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mr. Haddad, you are always welcome as a guest on the WRH radio show, hosted by Michael Rivero; and you, sir, having displayed the courage of your convictions, that your information was right, and true, have just become one of my heroes.

Dec 10 07:38

CALIFORNIA WOMAN SUES TSA FOR DETAINING HER, FORCING HER TO SUBMIT TO “GROIN SEARCH”

The blue-shirted TSA employees of which all travelers are familiar hold the job title, “Transportation Security Officer.” But despite the “officer” title emblazoned upon the plastic badge on their chest, TSA screeners are not law enforcement officers, do not have the authority to make arrests or hold travelers for any length of time, and if you break the law at a checkpoint, their only option is to call the real police to deal with the situation.

Unfortunately, that plastic badge appears to occasionally cause TSA screeners to “forget” the boundaries of their authority.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These screenings have utterly nothing to do with security, and everything to do with getting people to cower in front of anyone wearing a badge, which identifies them as a would-be Federal Agent.

Dec 10 07:33

US CITY TO PAY REPARATIONS TO AFRICAN-AMERICAN COMMUNITY WITH TAX ON MARIJUANA SALES 

SOURCE: TELEGRAPH.CO.UK
A city in Illinois has announced it will create a reparations fund for its African American community through a new tax on marijuana sales.

Recreational use of the drug will become legal in the state from January and officials in Evanston, which is 12 miles north of Chicago, have voted to approve a 3 per cent tax on the sales to fund a local reparations programme.

The tax is expected to generate between $500,000 and $750,000 annually for the reparations fund, which will be capped at $10 million over the next ten years.

The city's lawmakers will meet next week to determine exactly how the fund will be distributed, but one idea being proposed is for the money to go towards things like skills training or financial assistance for down payments on a home in the area.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This will be a bell-weather program, and if it appears to succeed, will see other states adopt other ways of doing this.

But I have to ask; what about people whose families were indentured servants, trading labor for their freedom?!? What about Chinese immigrants who were literally gang-pressed into service for building our nation's critical rail infrastructure?!? There is a lot of victimhood to be found folks, if one wants to really look for it.

I am thinking out loud here, but what if the funding actually went to raising the standards, and educational excellence of schools which are primarily minority attended?!? There are some incredible lessons to be learned from the Kumon Schools, (www.kumon.com); the Waldorf Schools; www.waldorfeducation.org) and the Montessori Schools; Schoolshttps://amshq.org/Educators/Montessori-Careers?)

And BTW, have you ever heard of a school shooter attempting to attack one of the children from the above private schools?!? The short answer is, never.

And these are the kinds of schools kids want to come back to in the morning, because they have have had fun, and learned, simultaneously.

But it cannot just be the kid involved here; it has to be the parents (or parent), or closest family member involved with these children, as well; when families fail, children fail. when families succeed, so do their children.
So whatever it takes to get the families involved in their kids' education, even if they are just starting in preschool, has to be factored in as well.

Dec 10 06:46

Photos Show Greek Fighter Jet 'Locked On' To Turkish Warships Near Cyprus

Via Al-Masdar News,

A Greek fighter jet allegedly obtained 'missile lock' on a Turkish frigate that was traveling off the coast of Cyprus on December 8, 2019, the Aviationist reported.

Citing photos from the Twitter profile of journalist Yannis Nikitas, the Aviationist reported that a Greek Mirage 2000 jet targeted the Turkish frigate with Exocet anti-ship missiles during a show of force over the weekend.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The old enmity between Greece and Turkey remains, in terms of the Greek loss of half of Cypress,Cyprus: Why One of the World’s Most Intractable Conflicts Continues and is ready to start boiling up again at any moment; I hope that some of the Real Adults in the Room, Geopolitically, are moving as quickly and intelligent as they can, to calm the situation down.

Here is some further clarification, from Wikipedia: The Cyprus dispute

The article goes on to state: "It entered its current phase in the aftermath of the 1974 Turkish military invasion and occupation of the northern third of Cyprus. Only Turkey recognizes the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, while there is broad recognition that the ongoing military presence constitutes occupation of territories that belong to the Republic of Cyprus. According to the European Court of Human Rights, the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus should be considered a puppet state under effective Turkish control.[3][4]"

Dec 10 06:36

FBI Didn't Tell Surveillance Court That Carter Page Was "Operational Contact" For CIA With "Positive Assessment"

Authored by Chuck Ross via National Interest,

The FBI failed to inform surveillance court judges that Carter Page was an “operational contact” for the CIA for years, and that an employee at the spy agency gave the former Trump aide a “positive assessment,” according to a Justice Department report released Monday.

The finding is included in a list of seven of the FBI’s “significant inaccuracies and omissions” in applications for Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrants against Page, a longtime energy consultant who joined the Trump campaign in March 2016.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

You have to just love the irony; criminal members of the FBI, not disclosing that Page was an "Operational Contact" for the CIA for years; way to go, guys!!!

Dec 09 20:15

New calls emerge for “anti-vaxxers” to be thrown in re-education camps while their children are kidnapped and their homes seized

“Anti-vaxxers are a scourge and a strong argument for re-education camps, the immediate seizure of their property, and putting their children into protective custody,” tweeted Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson), a neo-con Republican strategist and so-called “never Trumper.”

Dec 09 15:29

Vodafone NZ first with 5G mobile - and cops jump on board with 5G drone

Vodafone NZ has switched on its 5G service at 100 sites in parts of Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Queenstown - making it the first of the three big phone companies to offer the faster new technology to its mobile users.

READ MORE:
• PM's chief science reassures on 5G

The carrier also has 20 5G "cows" (cell sites on wheels) that will be deployed to holiday hotspots and events over the summer.

All Vodafone plans are now 5G-enabled for free - although a $10 premium will be charged for the service from June.

https://youtu.be/5W5Li-CUUYs Watch the NZ Police Propaganda video on how we will be made 'safer' with their spy drones.

Dec 09 01:28

Suppressing Dissent Guarantees Disorder and Collapse

The frantic efforts of am exploitive elite to eliminate dissent only accelerates the regime's path to collapse.

Regimes that are losing public support always make the same mistake: rather than fix the source of the loss of public trust--the few enriching themselves at the expense of the many-- the regime reckons the problem is dissent: if we suppress all dissent, then everyone will accept their diminishing lot in life and the elites can continue on their merry way.

Dec 08 11:53

VaxXed Stories: The McDowell Triplets in Michigan (pneumococcal)

Brenda and David McDowell visit the VaxXed bus while in Detroit Michigan to the story of all three of their triplets vaccine injury stories following the pneumococcal vaccine.

Dec 08 11:49

Pilot Comparative Study on the Health of Vaccinated and Unvaccinated 6-12 Year Old US Children

By Mark Blaxill

In a development that autism parents have long anticipated, the first-ever, peer-reviewed study comparing total health outcomes in vaccinated and unvaccinated children was released on line yesterday. According to sources close to the project, the study had been reviewed and accepted by two different journals, both of which pulled back on their approval once the political implications of the findings became clear. That’s largely because, as parents have long expected, the rate of autism is significantly higher in the vaccinated group, a finding that could shake vaccine safety claims just as the first president who has ever stated a belief in a link between vaccines and autism has taken office.

Dec 08 11:44

Outrage After Police Use Bystanders As "Human Shields" In Florida UPS Truck Shootout

Miami police and other officers appear to have used surrounding bystanders as "human shields" when they responded to the the hijacked UPS truck following an armed heist of a jewelry store Thursday. After suspects led police on a two-county rush-hour chase through Miami which ended in a hail of gunfire in the middle of crowded traffic on Miramar Parkway and Flamingo Road, hundreds of police bullets from 19 officers firing on the truck brought it to an end.

Dec 08 11:35

Trump Wants To Terminate NAFTA And Replace It With USMCA – Which Is UN Agenda 2030 in Disguise

Last week, President Donald Trump, outgoing Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met in Argentina and signed the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA. This treaty is intended to further the political merger of these countries). USMCA, like NAFTA, stifles free trade, overrides national sovereignty, and increases the power of the UN and the World Trade Organization. The document obligates the US to follow UN Agenda 2030 and rule by unelected bureaucrats. -GEG

Dec 08 08:02

NETANYAHU’S PERSONAL LAWYER TO BE CHARGED WITH MONEY LAUNDERING

SOURCE: INDEPENDENT UK
Israel’s state prosecutor has plans to indict prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s cousin and personal lawyer, alongside six other people, on charges related to a possible conflict of interest over a $2bn purchase of German submarines.

Shai Nitzan said in a statement on Thursday the seven would be charged on various corruption offences, including money laundering, bribery and fraud – pending a hearing.

Among them is Mr Netanyahu’s attorney, David Shimron, who represented the German firm involved and was suspected of using his influence over the prime minister in return for a hefty cut of the deal.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Color an already geopolitically wounded and dangerous Prime Minister, even more so, with these accusations levelled against his attorney.

And please remember; just last Wednesday, Secretary of State Pompeo and Netanyahu met, to push forward with a new US/Israeli Defense pact, Netanyahu, Pompeo Push Forward With US-Israel Defense Pact; Netanyahu argues he should stay in power because of deal

The article goes on to state: "Netanyahu looks to be steering heavily into this US lifeline, arguing that the deal proves he needs to stay in power, and that in the event of a rotation government with Gantz, he’d have to be first because of his “unique” ties with the US.

Details of the pact aren’t clear, beyond it committing the US to war to defend Israel. Those familiar with it have said the pact would in no way restrict Israel’s ability to unilaterally attack targets across the region, meaning constant Israeli attacks on targets in Syria and Iraq could continue."

Congress' last day in session this year is (ironically enough) this coming Friday, 13 December; I am very concerned, because of the enormous geopolitical strain Netanyahu is experiencing, both with being unable to create a government at home, coupled with his legal woes, will push him to push every AIPAC member in Congress to support this bill, either as a fast-track bit of legislation, or as a rider to a "must pass" piece of legislation, which has to have Congress' approval by the 13th.

There is a legal precedent for this in the Patriot Act, which was the rider, inserted into the bill at the last minute, which held pharmaceutical companies and indemnified them against any harm their products could cause.

The following article sheds a bit of light as to the nature of this rider, and why it managed to get written into the Homeland Security Act: The Homeland Security Act and the Mystery of the Eli Lilly Rider

But if a rider with the potential capability to create harm nationally, by allowing the continuing use of Thimerosal in vaccines, was allowed to be placed into a National Piece of legislation, just imagine how horrific a rider "committing the US to war to defend Israel" could be to our country.
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I am going to be watching this like a hawk, this next week, hoping and praying that this neither gets through Congress, nor that President Trump empowers this pact through an executive order.

Dec 07 21:39

‘They murdered him’: Family slams police for killing UPS driver carjacked by armed robbers

Video of the final shootout. Really noisy.

A violent police response to a botched robbery in Florida has come under fire by one victim’s family. The high-speed chase ended in a shootout in which officers gunned down the robbers, but also a hostage and a bystander.

At least 19 officers from five different agencies fired over 200 rounds at the robbers in the intense gun battle on Thursday, after a failed jewelry store holdup led police on a chase spanning several counties in South Florida.

Dec 07 18:35

Pearl Harbor Revisited: Dispelling Surprise Attack Mythology

“I ask that the Congress declare that since the unprovoked and dastardly attack by Japan on Sunday, December 7, 1941, a state of war has existed between the United States and the Japanese Empire.”

Around one hour after Roosevelt’s December 8 address before a joint congressional session, the body declared war on Japan with one dissenting vote, signed into law by FDR the same day.

All wars are unjustifiably justified based on Big Lies and deception, WW II no exception. Roosevelt wanted involvement in Europe’s war. He wanted legislation requiring US neutrality reversed.

After the Japanese code was broken, intercepted cables confirmed an attack was coming. The US tracked its fleet from the Kurile Islands to its North Pacific refueling point en route to Pearl Harbor on or about December 7.

At a December 5 cabinet meeting, Navy Secretary Frank Knox said: “Well, you know Mr. President, we know where the Japanese fleet is?”

Dec 07 17:33

Japan – Ending a War and Saving Lives?

I hope Curtis is enjoying the heat in Hell!

Gen. Douglas MacArthur’s aide, Brigadier Gen. Bonner Fellers, called LeMay’s bombing of Tokyo “one of the most ruthless and barbaric killings of noncombatants in all history”, but LeMay was proud of his accomplishment in Japan, as he would later be in Korea, boasting that he successfully “scorched and boiled and baked to death well over half a million Japanese civilians, perhaps nearly a million”, in that one event in Tokyo alone. After the success of this first attack, LeMay was determined to continue, stating his intention to have Tokyo entirely “burned down – wiped right off the map”, and proceeded to carry out his homicidal determination with repeated fire-bombings covering an increasingly greater area of Japan.

Dec 07 12:33

Virginia Sheriff Promises to “Deputize Thousands” if Necessary to Defend 2nd Amendment

Speaking in front of a packed house at the Culpeper Board of Supervisors Tuesday morning meeting, the sheriff had this to say:

“The right to bear arms—some believe that the Second Amendment gives us that right, when in fact it’s a God-given right. If you don’t believe in God, it’s a law of nature that every creature can defend their lives from threats,” Jenkins said.

Dec 07 08:39

The iPhone 11’s U1 chip necessitates constant geolocation checks, Apple says

Earlier this week, security reporter Brian Krebs published a story explaining that Apple's latest iPhones (iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro) periodically check the user's location even if the user disables location services individually for each and every app and service in the iPhone's Settings app.

Further Reading
iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max review: High quality for high prices
While this behavior ended when the user disabled location services system-wide, it was a bit of a head-scratcher. What was the iPhone doing and why? Was it sending this information to Apple? Why couldn't users find information on what was happening? Krebs had notified Apple of the issue as a potential security problem back in mid November, but the company responded this week stating:

Dec 07 08:34

Leading anti-vaxxer jailed as measles death toll rises to 63 in Samoa

When I was a kid I got Red Measles and German Measles. Everybody got Measles.Never ever heard of anyone dying from measles.

Samoa’s most prominent locally based anti-vaccine advocate will stay behind bars as officials go door to door vaccinating residents against a massive measles outbreak that has already killed 63—nearly all of whom are children under 4 years old.

Further Reading
Measles outbreak spurred by anti-vaxxers shuts down Samoan government
Officials arrested Edwin Tamasese Thursday, December 5, charging him with "incitement against the Government vaccination order[s]," according to the Samoa Observer. He faces two years in jail.

Dec 07 06:42

Six Saudis Arrested For Questioning After Pensacola Shooting - Three Were Filming Attack

Six Saudi nationals were taken into custody for questioning near the Florida naval base where an Air Force trainee - also from Saudi Arabia - opened fire Friday morning, killing three before a sheriff's deputy shot and killed him.

According to the New York Times, three of the Saudis were filming the attack. It is unknown whether they were students at the base, or whether they are connected to the gunman.

The shooting spanned two floors in a classroom, according to Sheriff David Morgan of Escambia Country. Two deputies were shot in the ensuing gun battle and are expected to recover.

The gunman, identified as Saudi Air Force second lieutenant Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani, used a locally bought Glock 45 9mm handgun with an extended magazine, and was carrying between four and six more magazines.

In his last message on Twitter confirmed by AFP, Alshamrani wrote that America is a nation of evil.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The thing that is most hard for me to fathom, from a pragmatic perspective is this; why were the people surveilling me and Mike on line, not surveilling this guy's Tweets, from the moment he got here?!?

And who were the guys filming this assassination?!? How did they know to be there, cameras in hand, when this entire set of murders went down?!?

Dec 07 06:22

Denied Entry to Gaza for Breast Cancer MissionA full training and treatment project was wrecked after Israel had denied permission for Philippa Whitford.

Israeli occupation has denied permission for British lawmaker, Philippa Whitford, who is a doctor, from entering Gaza to offer help for patients of breast cancer.

Over the past two and half years[1], I have been working with Medical Aid for Palestine (MAP) to improve the provision of services and treatment for breast cancer patients in Palestine.

Last year, I travelled out with the specific aim of setting up a project to enable experienced professionals in breast cancer care to provide teaching and training to local Palestinian clinicians working with breast cancer patients.

Since my last visit, I have managed to recruit a team of specialists from all over Scotland to join the project, which will help improve breast cancer care – prevention, diagnosis and treatment – for women in Gaza and the West Bank.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is unredeemably vile, on the part of Israel officials, who really want these women to die, rather than profit from advances in breast cancer care.

But you have to look at this from the larger perspective of the Israeli Government's "Final Solution to the Palestinian Question"; denying these women state of the art care, is all part of the plan.

Most of us know - or know of - someone who has been diagnosed with this kind of cancer, but have, luckily, been able to beat it, at least in a first remission period.

All women on this planet, deserve the best, most intelligent approaches to beating this disease which exist today.

Dec 07 06:01

US House Votes Against Israeli Annexation of West Bank

The resolution was intended both to contradict President Trump, whose recent positions have been pro-occupation and pro-annexation, as well as to potentially warn Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu against any hasty annexations, something he’s been advocating recently.

The bill was hardly perfect, which meant a lot of the voting on the margins defied conventional wisdom. Some traditional critics of Israel voted against the bill over language, and still others rejected the bill because it proscribed a US-imposed solution.

The “gang of four” stood as four Democrats opposing the resolution, and did so because the bill’s final version removed any mention of settlements, of Israel being an occupying power, and watered down language about the two-state solution at the behest of more centrist Democrats.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What is really worrying me about Israel right now, is a new draft proposal, conjured up by Netanyahu and Pompeo, which I am certain, Pompeo is going to present, hurriedly to Congress, and push it through to get it passed, before their last day of this session (and I find this ironically amusing), which is Friday the 13th.

This bill Proposed US/Israeli Defense Treaty Gaining Steam after Pompeo/Neetanyahu MeetThe article goes on to state:

"A proposed US-Israeli defense treaty is gaining steam after a meeting between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (currently representing an 'interim' government) and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Lisbon this week.

Speaking of the controversial defense pact, Netanyahu told reporters of the Wednesday discussion: “The meeting with Pompeo was critical for Israeli security,” and added, “We agreed to promote a defense pact.”

However, such a controversial pact wold have a long way to go in the domestic politics of both nations, considering it would commit the United States to war to defend Israel. This also at a time when Israel has frequently attacked what it deems 'Iranian targets' inside Syria and Iraq in what both countries have condemned as acts of brazen aggression."

I have a deep concern that such an act may well get placed as a rider, or amendment, to a larger, "gotta pass this one" bill", and become law, before it has a chance to be seen for what it is, in the cold, cruel light of morning; a commitment to defend Israel, no matter what it has done, and no matter how wrong it was in doing so, and which may give Netanyahu another chance to "ride herd" on the Israeli government as Prime Minister, even with those corruption charges hanging over his head.

Dec 07 05:11

DHS WANTED TO ADD US CITIZENS TO THE LONG LIST OF PEOPLE SUBJECTED TO MANDATORY FACE SCANS AT AIRPORTS... BUT HAS BACKED DOWN FOR NOW

We knew the DHS would get to this point eventually. Since the beginning of its biometric scanning program rollout, the DHS has planned on adding US citizens to the list of people forced to trade their faces for air travel privileges. So far, the program has been limited to suspicious foreigners (which is all of them, including those here on visas), but a recent filing -- caught by Zack Whittaker at TechCrunch -- says flying in the United States would soon require adding yourself to the government's facial recognition databases.

Homeland Security wants to expand facial recognition checks for travelers arriving to and departing from the U.S. to also include citizens, which had previously been exempt from the mandatory checks.

In a filing, the department has proposed that all travelers, and not just foreign nationals or visitors, will have to complete a facial recognition check before they are allowed to enter the U.S., but also to leave the country.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am a little more than stunned at this; I am a Christian pacifist activist, constantly exhorting her government to behave in a moral, responsible manner, and never, ever advocate violence.

And my only tools here are logic, and responsible linking and posting.

So folks, why me?!?

Because logic....doesn't run either US domestic or foreign policy, money does.

And so how does that play out in this country?!?

Let me count the ways...

IF logic were the watchword of this government, every kid coming out of high school would be literate, nummerate, and very capable of critical thinking.

That this does not happen, is done deliberately, in order to create a permanent underclass, for the rest of us to "have to take care of"for the rest of their lives.

Because they are incapable of reason, and are dependent upon government services, they are more easily swayed toward a certain end by government propaganda, and that ... is just where the US government wants them to be.

If logic were the watchword of this government, our money would be backed by something of intrinsic value, which at the moment, it is not, and has not been since Nixon took the US off the gold standard in 1971. Nixon's Colossal Monetary Error; the verdict 40 years later.

If logic were the watchword of this government, there would be no "pay to play" corruption schemes, because the finances of ALL Federal government officials would be put into a blind trust for the duration of their service.

And finally, if logic were the watchword of this government, there would be no more hegemonic wars to attempt to keep the value of US paper money in tact; and there are countries around the world which are leaving the US dollar in droves, toward other "baskets" of currencies, particularly the BRICS nations; Russia and China are becoming "fiscally allergic" to doing any business transactions in the US dollar, and are working diligently to ensure that the divorce from the US dollar is ultimately final, and complete.

Russia's bid to ditch the US dollar is working slowly, but obstacles remain.

Diteching the US dollar emerges as popular 2019 Market Fix Call.

And to all those "alphabet soup agency" personnel tasked/cursed with reading this site, please remember; at best, I am, simply, just a very minor annoyance,and the polar antithesis of a "threat."

Unfortunately, the real "threat" to this country, comes from how those in the Bowels of Power in DC, who choose to use the power of its military to enmesh the world with endless wars, expropriating natural resources to which the US and its corporate money junkies have absolutely no moral right, and slaughtering those people who have the misfortune to live over, or around, those resources.

And I have to wonder; will those in the Federal Government, also have to have their faces scanned at the airport, before they can get on a plane?!?

I would almost be willing to bet, that the short answer to that question, would be, "HELL, no!!""

Dec 06 15:54

'He wired us that way': Mark Richardson blames God for Kiwis' porn habits

Following recent news that New Zealanders, on average, watch a concerning amount of porn, TV host Mark Richardson shared his thoughts on why Kiwis enjoy it so much.

Richardson pointed the finger at an unlikely target, when it comes to pornography: God.

"Can I blame the good Lord for our porn habit?" the TV show host and former cricketer said on The AM Show earlier today.

"Clearly he's wired us that way... our fascination with sex. Because we need to procreate don't we, to continue the species."

*What I am more worried about is that the Government is preparing law changes to regulate online pornography like the UK, which was dropped.*

Dec 06 12:15

50 Facts Illustrating Mainstream Media’s Relationship With The US Government

James F. Tracy is a PhD from the University of Iowa. A former professor of communications at Boca Raton, Florida Atlantic University. He is one of many critical thinkers within the world of academia, and as result of presenting the following information that might spark some cognitive dissonance, he has been singled out due to his activism efforts.

For example, he was fired from his tenured professorship at Florida Atlantic University for questioning official narratives of terror events. Now, his Blog has been taken down by WordPress with no clear explanation.

Dec 06 09:54

Israeli Officials Warn Annexation May Lead Jordan to Take Drastic Steps

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is keen to annex parts of the occupied West Bank, on the grounds that the US is going to let him do so. Israeli officials, particularly military officials, are warning against one of the primary targets, the Jordan Valley.

The Jordan Valley, which connects the West Bank to Jordan, is something the Israeli right has long wanted to annex, as it would mean the rest of the Palestinian West Bank would never have a border with any nation other than Israel.

Military officials are warning that the big problem would be with Jordan itself, and that this move would further damage Israel-Jordan ties, and might force the Jordanian government to take drastic steps.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This may well be the proverbial straw that breaks the camel's back; the Jordanian government must really be concerned right now, and I don't blame them one whit.

This would be a complete game-changer for the Palestinians, and definitely not a good one, either.

Dec 06 09:50

Trump is Beholden to Chabad Doomsday Cult

The Illuminati are setting the stage for a nuclear war to fulfill Jewish prophecy. They are pitting the Zionists (US, UK, NATO? and Israel?) against the Communists (China, Russia, Iran.) Many people suspect that the Chabad cult is the head of the Illuminati snake.

https://www.henrymakow.com/2018/04/chabad-trump-family-cult.html
https://www.breakingisraelnews.com/141053/report-trump-and-netanyahu-f...

Dec 06 09:50

Netanyahu, Pompeo Push Forward With US-Israel Defense Pact: Netanyahu argues he should stay in power because of deal

On Wednesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met for an hour and 45 minutes on the specifics of a proposed US-Israel defense pact. The pact amounts to a more or less direct US intervention in Israeli politics, after two elections failed to end with a government formed.

The Trump Administration had made no bones about preferring Netanyahu over his primary political rival Benny Gantz, and the pact seems to be pandering to that fact, since Gantz is opposed to the deal.

Netanyahu looks to be steering heavily into this US lifeline, arguing that the deal proves he needs to stay in power, and that in the event of a rotation government with Gantz, he’d have to be first because of his “unique” ties with the US.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Are you flipping kidding me?!?

And does Congress have to approve this in-the-works pact, or is it simply signed by President Trump, as an Executive Order?

Because if it is "President To President" and there is no Congressional oversight and approval to even begin to study its implications for the US's defense of Israel, this means that Israel can demand that US fight its wars for it in perpetuam, perpetually, beginning with a war against Iran.

Dec 06 09:43

US America Needs No Fixing – It Is Already “Totally Fixed”

Then to understand that our entire political system is one big financial scheme preserving an oligarchy of plutocrats, how can we even call ourselves a republic. We have never been a democracy. We are addicted to materialism. It is our stubborn belief in our validity as a nation, certainly as compared to others, that I believe preempts our capacity for the kind of popular revolt we need to be a nation with integrity and a true commitment to justice.

Dec 06 09:42

West Ramp Up Anti-Iran Propaganda

US and Western European officials are continuing a strategy of making dubious allegations against Iran in an effort to try to justify continued military hostility, which is expected to involve a large US military buildup in the region.

In Europe, this is centering on claims about Iran’s conventional missile systems, arguing that they are in violation of a UN ban on nuclear-capable missiles even though Iran doesn’t have any nuclear warheads. Iran has pointed out this is a lie, saying they have a right to missile systems under international law.

This allegation, pushed by Britain, France, and Germany, is likely to be a red herring that will be used in upcoming talks with Iran about their civilian nuclear program to distract from relatively straightforward matters of sanctions relief and enrichment limits.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Demonization is generally the last act before an actual invasion; that being said, however, there are many more millions in this country, and beyond, who now understand, in hindsight, and without a shadow of a doubt, that this was the same kind of codswallop we were getting, courtesy of the corporate media, before the invasions and occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan.

Sorry, President Trump; no deal here at all.

Dec 06 09:33

Pentagon ‘Denies’ Plans to Send 14,000 More Troops to Area Around Iran

The denial isn’t necessarily particularly binding, since the consideration would’ve been at the White House level, not the Pentagon level. The Pentagon has often made policy proclamations that don’t pan out when the administration makes decisions.

In all likelihood, a series of options are being considered, with all reports pointing to the US again escalating its presence. Sending another 14,000 troops is likely on the extreme end of possibilities, but there appears to be no denying that another buildup is in the offing.

The Navy is already talking about the possibility of sending a second aircraft carrier to the region, if so ordered, with Admiral Mike Gilday saying the US could “absolutely” do this as part of the maximum pressure campaign on Iran.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would sincerely like to hope (and pray) that those in the Bowels of Power in DC; the Pentagon; the White House; and Congress, do remember that the following statement was made by a Russian official to an Iranian Official back in June of this last year. As reported by the Moscow Times, English Edition, on 26 June of 2019:

IRAN WON'T BE ALONE IF THE US ATTACKS- RUSSIAN OFFICIAL SAYS

We all know that "plausible deniability" is a religion for members of this country's leadership; but war with Russia, in order to decap Tehran?!?

I would like to hope that reasonably sane people would not consider this a great idea; in fact, this would be one of the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly things the US government and military could do; that being said, unfortunately, there is absolutely no guarantee that the US government and military won't haul off and do it.

Dec 06 08:45

BOOM! Rudy Giuliani Meets with Ukrainian Lawmaker Andrey Derkach Who Revealed Burisma Holdings Paid Joe Biden $900,000 for Lobbying

In October Ukrainian Parliamentarian Andrey (Andriy) Derkach revealed in a press conference that Joe Biden was paid $900,000 for lobbying efforts from Burisma Holdings in Ukraine.

This is the same organization that paid Hunter Biden over $50,000-83,000 a month to sit on their board in an obvious pay-for-play maneuver.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Tom Perez, PLEASE,. DAMMIT!!! you owe it to both your Party, and the nation, to get Biden to withdraw his candidacy, because these revelations will absolutely kill him when election time rolls around in 2020, if by some wild and unforeseen circumstance he actually wins the primary spot as your Presidential Candidate.

Or, are you just not making the effort, because you know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that Hillary will win a third-time try at the Presidential nomination in a brokered convention?!?

Dec 06 08:38

Dem Rep. Green: ‘No Limit’ to How Many Times We Can Try to Impeach Trump

Thursday on C-SPAN, Rep. Al Green (D-TX) discussed impeachment, saying “there is no limit” to how many times the House and Senate can try to impeach President Donald Trump.

Green said he suspects Trump will have additional offenses in the future, so he believes House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) will “move forward” with a vote to impeach Trump for his alleged quid pro quo demand with Ukraine and then try again “at a later time” if they find more during their investigations.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Representative Green may be correct on his assessment of there being no Statute of Limitations on impeachment; but at what cost to this country's political process, not to mention the nation's heart and soul?!?

Apparently, Representative Green is at his happiest when he can be a part of the impeachment process.

But I sincerely hope that his constituents, who elected him to actually represent them, understand that every moment he spends on the impeachment process against President Trump, that is a moment stolen from their real needs and concerns.

Dec 06 08:19

MASSIVE LEAK CONFIRMS TURKEY'S "GOLD-FOR-GAS" SCHEME TO EVADE US SANCTIONS ON IRAN

OURCE: ZEROHEDGE
We first started noticing major 'odd' exports of gold from Turkey to Iran in May 2012. Turkey’s trade balance fluctuated wildly as gold stocks flowed out of the country in bursts.

“Turkey’s going to continue it,” the Turkish economy minister said. “If those casting aspersions on the gold trade are searching for immorality, they should take a look in the mirror.”

Then, in 2014, we discussed Turkey's "200 tons of secret gold" trade with Iran detailing how a complex network that spanned Turkey, China, Dubai and Iran was used to skirt US sanctions on energy exports from Iran.

The operation featured an Iranian-born businessman who liked fast horses, faster cars and the fastest planes. His unique skill: Getting gold into sanctions-encircled Iran.

Enough gold that for a time he became the government’s key instrument in improving Turkey’s irksome economic imbalance.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder just what President Trump and NATO (which still also has stringent sanctions against Iran)are going to do about this.

I mean, Edrogan was just at the White House a couple of weeks ago, right?!?
President Trump meets with Turkish President Erdogan at the White House, 11/13/2019

If this was NEVER on the table, in terms of their discussions, one has to wonder to the degree President Trump feels betrayed about these very consistent shenanigans on Turkey's "trading with the (alleged) enemy" right now.

Dec 05 23:05

Auckland mum shocked after neighbours call police because of children's dinnertime tantrum

An Auckland mum was shocked to have two police cars on her driveway after an anonymous neighbour called police about the screams of her children.

Queeny Guo, from Glenfield, says she was working late and her husband was dealing with a dinnertime tantrum from the couple's three children, on what had already been a stressful day, when police knocked on their door on Wednesday evening.

She says her six-year-old was fighting with her sibling at dinnertime but nothing could make them expect police to show up.

"We were all in shock of what had happened. If you have children at home you will understand that sometimes kids just don't stop over their own tantrum. If you could not deal with kid's cry, feel free to come knock at the door and talk to us. Totally waste of police power," she posted on her local Facebook group.

*All courtesy of our Labour Socialist Govt wanting us to tell on each other. Welcome to Communisim*

Dec 05 23:01

We Are All George Zimmerman Now

By George Zimmerman

Most people know my name, George Zimmerman, largely due to negative stereotypes propagated by the media as a result of the 2012 incident in Sanford, Florida, in which Trayvon Martin died.

Unfortunately, most people don’t recall the fact that I was exonerated of any wrongdoing after a thorough investigation by the Sanford Police Department in March 2012. They had interviewed dozens of witnesses, analyzed 911 calls, and examined the physical evidence of my broken nose, the lacerations on the back of my head, as well as the bruised knuckles of my assailant......

Dec 05 20:40

FOLLOW THE MONEY: Public School

Dec 05 15:39

General Curtis LeMay: “If we’d lost the war, we’d all have been prosecuted as war criminals”

LeMay said, “If we’d lost the war, we’d all have been prosecuted as war criminals.” And I think he’s right. He, and I’d say I, were behaving as war criminals. LeMay recognized that what he was doing would be thought immoral if his side had lost. But what makes it immoral if you lose and not immoral if you win?

“There are no innocent civilians. It is their government and you are fighting a people, you are not trying to fight an armed force anymore. So it doesn’t bother me so much to be killing the so-called innocent bystanders.”

“Killing Japanese didn’t bother me very much at that time… I suppose if I had lost the war, I would have been tried as a war criminal…. Every soldier thinks something of the moral aspects of what he is doing. But all war is immoral and if you let that bother you, you’re not a good soldier. ”

Dec 05 15:02

The Tell: The Jewish players in impeachment

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The first public hearings in the Trump impeachment inquiry began this week with quite a splash.

A bunch of Jewish actors are at play in this drama, and we’ve covered some before:

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, who is caught in the middle of it all.
Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., the Californian Democrat who is running the hearings.
And Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, the associates of Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s lawyer, who are alleged to be instrumental in pressuring Zelensky to give in to Trump and provide damaging information on his political rivals.

In the hearings Wednesday, and in their aftermath, there were some new and familiar Jewish wrinkles. Here are a few:

Dec 05 14:42

House Hears Testimony From Renowned, Unbiased Legal Scholar Hillga Clintonheimer

WASHINGTON, D.C.—In an effort to prove that impeachment is constitutionally sound and definitely not a politically motivated circus performance, Rep. Jerrold Nadler called on his final witness of the day: renowned legal scholar Hillga Clintonheimmer.

Dec 05 14:30

Schiff to proceed with second impeachment over ‘improper destruction of mattress tags’

As impeachment attempt bombs, Rep. Adam Schiff is proceeding with a second impeachment of President Trump over collusion with Russia on improper destruction of mattress tags in 1998.

As recent polling indicates that the Democrats coup attempt (also known as “impeachment”) is failing and an increasing number of taxpaying voters polled believe it is a stupid waste of time and money, Representative Adam Schiff shared a new, bombshell revelation.

Dec 05 14:08

SOUTH BEND MAYOR PETE BUTTIGIEG ORDERS HOMELESS AREA TO BE DISMANTLED

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

Dec 05 12:14

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

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

Dec 05 09:18

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

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

Congolese Swiss historian Bénédicte Kumbi Njoko also spoke to Aljazeera:

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Hot economic warfare: scrambling for rare earth minerals

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

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

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

Dec 05 08:10

Cartel Violence Explodes - Has Mexico Finally Lost All Control?

Authored by Sarah Cowgill via LibertyNation.com,

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dec 05 07:54

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dec 05 07:32

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

Authored by Paul Joseph Watson via Summit News,

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

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dec 05 07:08

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

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

Source: Bloomberg

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

Source: Bloomberg

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

Dec 05 07:03

NATO Names China As New Enemy, Alongside Russia

Authored by Jason Ditz via AntiWar.com,

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

So what does that entity try to do?!?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dec 05 06:02

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

Joe Biden's Public Gaffes Make History

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

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

Top 10 Joe Biden Gaffes

Why Joe Biden’s Gaffes Matter

a compendium of Joe Biden's most cringeworthy gaffes

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

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

Dec 04 15:29

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Dec 04 15:17

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

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

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Dec 04 15:11

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

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

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Dec 04 15:08

GOP member urges Graham to subpoena Schiff, Biden phone records

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Dec 04 15:06

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dec 04 14:57

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dec 04 14:01

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

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

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

Dec 04 11:16

The American Empire and its Media

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

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

Dec 04 08:26

KONE TO PUT FACIAL RECOGNITION AND ALEXA LISTENING DEVICES IN ELEVATORS

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Dec 04 05:56

PRINCE ANDREW'S BOMBSHELL EMAIL TO GHISLAINE MAXWELL UNCOVERED

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

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

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

Dec 04 05:47

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

SOURCE: TENTH AMENDMENT CENTER

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

Dec 04 05:43

ASSET FORFEITURE AND THE DESTRUCTION OF AMERICAN LIBERTY

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

Dec 04 05:40

ASSET FORFEITURE AND THE DESTRUCTION OF AMERICAN LIBERTY

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

Here is how the system works.

Dec 04 05:38

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Dec 04 05:32

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

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dec 03 15:17

Ring reportedly outed camera owners to police with a heat map

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

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

Dec 03 13:36

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

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

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

Dec 03 13:30

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

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

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

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

Dec 03 09:39

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

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

Dec 03 09:36

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

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

Dec 03 04:13

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

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

Dec 03 03:37

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Democratic Republic of the Congo: Natural Resources

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

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

Dec 03 03:25

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dec 03 03:21

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

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

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

Full Coverage: The Reckoning

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

The potential cure for this problem?!?

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

You are welcome, Your Holiness!! :-)

Dec 03 03:04

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

Dec 03 02:50

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dec 03 02:47

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

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

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

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

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

Dec 03 02:42

Gorbachev warns of 'hot war' between US, Russia

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

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

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

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

"This must not be allowed.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

Dec 03 01:27

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

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dec 03 00:57

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

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Dec 03 00:31

The Superpowers Battling Over Iraq's Giant Oil Field

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Dec 03 00:26

Welcome To The Potemkin Village Of Washington Power

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

Dec 03 00:24

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

Two Paths Forward with China – The Good and The Bad

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

Dec 03 00:04

Barr Disputes Major Horowitz Finding Based On Durham, CIA Evidence

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Who is Josef Mifsud?!?

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

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

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

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

Dec 01 12:32

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

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

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

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

Dec 01 11:07

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

Authored by Mike Shedlock via MishTalk,

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

That was under the Obama administration.

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

Thus, the UN Withdrew the Study.

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

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

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

Absoflippinglutely unbelievable!!

Dec 01 10:53

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

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

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

Dec 01 09:20

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

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Dec 01 09:13

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

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

Dec 01 09:05

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Dec 01 08:58

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

The short answer is, HELL, NO.

Dec 01 08:45

US Primes NATO To Confront Russia, China

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

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Unfortunately, the short answer here, is no.

Dec 01 08:40

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

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

Dec 01 08:13

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dec 01 07:43

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

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

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

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

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

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

That’s it!

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

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

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

Dec 01 07:33

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

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

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

But why has Trump decided to do this?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dec 01 07:08

Reality on Thanksgiving Weekend

According to Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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