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Jun 03 23:54

Swedish court rules not to extradite Assange for rape probe

COPENHAGEN, Denmark — WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange should not be extradited to Sweden for a revived rape investigation, but should still be questioned in the case while he is imprisoned in Britain, a Swedish court ruled Monday.

The ruling by the Uppsala District Court doesn't mean the preliminary investigation must be abandoned, only that Assange won't be returned to Sweden any time soon.

Eva-Marie Persson, Sweden's deputy director of public prosecutions, said she has not decided whether to appeal.

"I will also issue a European Investigation Order in order to interview Julian Assange," Persson said, adding that she hasn't picked a possible date for the questioning in England.

Jun 03 23:51

Molecular ‘cage’ can trap salt to clean drinking water

A powerful new molecule that extracts salt from liquid has the potential to help increase the amount of drinkable water on Earth, report researchers.

As reported in Science, researchers designed the molecule to capture chloride, which forms when the element chlorine pairs with another element to gain an electron. The most familiar chloride salt is sodium chloride, or common table salt. Other chloride salts are potassium chloride, calcium chloride, and ammonium chloride.

The seepage of salt into freshwater systems reduces access to drinkable water across the globe. In the US alone, about 272 metric tons of dissolved solids, including salts, enter freshwater streams per year, according to US Geological Survey estimates.

Jun 03 19:30

Trump's economy is now on full recession alert

America's manufacturing industry suffered the sharpest slowdown last month since the depths of the global financial crisis, prompting calls for emergency rate cuts to avert a spiral into recession.

IHS Markit's momentum gauge fell to the lowest since September 2009 as America's fortress economy succumbed to fading fiscal stimulus and mounting damage from trade wars with China, Europe, and Mexico.

Chris Williamson, the group's chief economist, said US profit margins are being squeezed. Manufacturers are cutting output and laying off staff. "Surging order book growth just a few months ago has now turned into contraction - the first such decline seen in the series' 10-year history," he said.

"There is still time for the US Federal Reserve to right the ship, but time is running out," said Michael Darda from MKM Partners.

*I hope you are ready & prepared. It's comin'!*

Jun 03 19:24

YouTube Bans Minors From Streaming Unless Accompanied by Adult

In an effort to protect children on its platform, YouTube has updated its security policies and guidelines to forbid “younger minors” from streaming unless they have an adult with them. The safety of children and families on the video platform has long been a concern that’s become more talked about recently, and YouTube says the restriction on the service’s live features is one of several ways that it’s taking precautions for younger audiences and content creators. YouTube covered this latest measure and others in a blog post which discussed what has and is being done to discuss YouTube’s younger demographic.

Jun 03 19:23

The Museum of London Wants to Make 'Trump Baby' Blimp Part of Its Permanent Collection

20-foot inflatable "Trump Baby" blimp set to fly over London during President Donald Trump's state visit to Britain could soon earn a spot in the Museum of London's "permanent" collection to mark a "controversial moment" in history, museum officials say.

Jun 03 18:13

Landscape after EU elections

Jun 03 18:12

Caught in the Net: The Impact of “Extremist” Speech Regulations on Human Rights Content

Social media companies have long struggled with what to do about extremist content that advocates for or celebrates terrorism and violence. But the dominant current approach, which features overbroad and vague policies and practices for removing content, is already decimating human rights content online, according to a new report from Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), Syrian Archive, and WITNESS. The report confirms that the reality of faulty content moderation must be addressed in ongoing efforts to address extremist content.

The pressure on platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube to moderate extremist content only increased after the mosque shootings in Christchurch, New Zealand earlier this year. In the wake of the Christchurch Call to Action Summit held last month, EFF teamed up with Syrian Archive and WITNESS to show how faulty moderation inadvertently captures and censors vital content, including activism, counter-speech, satire, and even evidence of war crimes...

Jun 03 18:09

Video: DAWSON-We Are Change Is Useless

Jun 03 17:18

Scooter riders beware – Hackers can remotely accelerate or brake popular electric models

A popular electric scooter model manufactured in China can be remotely hacked and locked down. According to a “proof of concept” test by security research firm Zimperium, these electric scooters can be remotely accessed and controlled. Hackers can remotely accelerate the scooter or cause it to hit the brakes, putting the rider at risk of sudden injury or death. The electric scooter is called the Xiaomi M365 and it’s currently being used with dockless, ride sharing services in cities throughout the U.S.

Jun 03 17:12

Even Scientific American has abandoned science by embracing the pseudoscience of transgenderism

In a recent issue of Scientific American, these powers that be made sure to include an article pushing their vision of a “gender-free” future. In it, the author suggests that it’s no longer acceptable to use words like “him” or “her” to describe men and women, instead urging widespread use of the generic term “them” to describe everyone.

It no longer matters, in other words, what a person’s chromosomes say about his or her unique biological sex – because that’s so old-fashioned, in case you didn’t know. No, it’s now about calling everyone the exact same thing so that we’re all exactly the same, and all “equal” – meaning no more men or women, but rather one universally identical existence as “people-kind,” or something.

Jun 03 16:49

Google Nest Users Couldn’t Unlock Doors, Use A/C, or Operate Baby Monitors During Platform Outage

By B.N. Frank

Is a “Smart” home really a happy home? Besides the increasing reports of privacy and cybersecurity risks and violations, when platform outages happen, everything connected to it stops working...

Jun 03 15:58

Researchers Turn Plastic Water Bottles Into Diesel and Jet Fuel

A research group led by Washington State University scientists has found a way to turn daily plastic waste products into jet fuel.

In a new paper published in the journal Applied Energy, WSU’s Hanwu Lei and colleagues melted plastic waste at high temperature with activated carbon, a processed carbon with increased surface area, to produce jet fuel.

“Waste plastic is a huge problem worldwide,” said Lei, an associate professor in WSU’s Department of Biological System Engineering. “This is a very good, and relatively simple, way to recycle these plastics.”...

Jun 03 15:52

US Media Continues Spreading Lies About Russia And Venezuela

Data from the newspaper The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) on the presence of employees of the state corporation Rostec (Russian Technologies) are exaggerated, Sputnik told a source of the press service of the Russian company.

On June 1, the American newspaper The Wall Street Journal reported, quoting an anonymous source close to the Russian Ministry of Defense, that Rostec decreased its staff in Venezuela from 1,000 to a few dozen.

According to the media, the retreat of Rostec employees, responsible for training Venezuelan troops, has intensified in recent months.

“The figures published in the Wall Street Journal article regarding the presence of Rostec employees in Venezuela are exaggerated dozens of times,” a source said in response to the Journal’s claims.

Jun 03 15:29

UBlock Origin gets delisted from the Microsoft Add-Ons Store

Popular AdBlocker UBlock Origin has been unlisted from the Microsoft Ad-Ons Store. The extension was earlier available for both Microsoft Edge and the new Chromium-based Edge but has gone missing from the store.

The good news that the extension is just unlisted from the list of extensions available on the Ad-Ons website and is still available on the Store. If you’re using the new Chromium-based Edge then the easy way to install back the extension is to get it from the Chrome Web Store. Another way to get the extension is to visit the extension page directly and click on Get to install the extension. The extension developer Nick Rolls has acknowledged the issue and has reached out to Microsoft in order to get the issue fixed.

Jun 03 15:27

That major Google outage meant some Nest users couldn’t unlock doors or use the AC

Last night, Google reported several issues with its Cloud Platform, which made several Google sites slow or inoperable. Because of this, many of Google’s sites and services–including Gmail, G Suite, and YouTube–were slow or completely down for users in the U.S. and Europe.

However, the Google Cloud outage also affected third-party apps and services that use Google Cloud space for hosting. Affected third-party apps and services include Discord, Snapchat, and even Apple’s iCloud services.

But an especially annoying side effect of Google Cloud’s downtime was that Nest-branded smart home products for some users just failed to work. According to reports from Twitter, many people were unable to use their Nest thermostats, Nest smart locks, and Nest cameras during the downtime. This essentially meant that because of a cloud storage outage, people were prevented from getting inside their homes, using their AC, and monitoring their babies.

Jun 03 15:17

Public Health Warning Issued for Fluoride Toothpaste

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 40 percent of children between the ages of 3 and 6 use potentially dangerous amounts of toothpaste

The CDC and American Dental Association (ADA) recommend using no more than a pea-sized amount for children in this age group, and those younger than 3 should use no more than the size of a rice grain on their toothbrush

Fluoride-containing toothpastes have a warning on their label stating that “If you accidentally swallow more than used for brushing, seek professional help or contact a poison control center immediately”

Jun 03 15:14

GM fungus rapidly kills 99% of malaria mosquitoes, study suggests

A fungus - genetically enhanced to produce spider toxin - can rapidly kill huge numbers of the mosquitoes that spread malaria, a study suggests.

Trials, which took place in Burkina Faso, showed mosquito populations collapsed by 99% within 45 days.

The researchers say their aim is not to make the insects extinct but to help stop the spread of malaria.

What could possibly go wrong...

Jun 03 15:13

He Jiankui: Baby gene experiment 'foolish and dangerous'

The first people to be gene-edited - a pair of baby twin girls - may have been mutated in a way that shortens life expectancy, research suggests.

Prof He Jiankui shocked the world when he genetically altered the twins to try to give them protection against HIV.

But a study in Nature Medicine shows people who naturally have the mutation he was trying to recreate were significantly more likely to die young.

Experts said Prof He's actions were "very dangerous" and "foolish".

Jun 03 13:58

Lauren Southern Retires

Jun 03 12:57

Mall Meltdown Continues; Retail hell…

Jun 03 12:55

Elizabeth Warren campaign’s in so, so much trouble

Elizabeth Warren, the fake Indian, has an annoying yet revealing verbal tic –whenever she’s about to tell a lie, she prefaces her whopper with the word “So.”

I think it’s safe to say Lieawatha had at best a so-so performance Friday morning on The Breakfast Club, a syndicated black radio show out of New York.

The Breakfast Club is one of those media outlets where Democrat candidates go to grovel. In 2016, Hillary Clinton used the popular program to spin her own preposterously tall tale about carrying a bottle of “hot sauce” in her purse.

Jun 03 11:38

Assange won’t face charges over role in devastating CIA leak

The Justice Department has decided not to charge Julian Assange for his role in exposing some of the CIA’s most secret spying tools, according to a U.S. official and two other people familiar with the case.

It’s a move that has surprised national security experts and some former officials, given prosecutors’ recent decision to aggressively go after the WikiLeaks founder on more controversial Espionage Act charges that some legal experts said would not hold up in court. The decision also means that Assange will not face punishment for publishing one of the CIA’s most potent arsenals of digital code used to hack devices, dubbed Vault 7. The leak — one of the most devastating in CIA history — not only essentially rendered those tools useless for the CIA, it gave foreign spies and rogue hackers access to them.

Jun 03 11:29

Syrian town of Azaz hit by deadly car bombing

A suicide car bomb attack in a northwestern Syrian town held by Turkish-backed rebels has killed at least 14 people and wounded dozens, a war monitor said. It was not immediately clear who was behind the attack.

Jun 03 11:29

Not the gospel truth? (Picture)

Jun 03 11:28

Israeli forces strike Syria air base — report

Israel on Sunday fired missiles onto a Syrian military air base in the country's central Homs province, in the second such attack over the past 24 hours, Syria's state-run media said.

The strike on the T-4 air base "killed one soldier, wounded two others and damaged an arms warehouse," a military source told state news agency SANA. In addition to the Syrian army, Iranian fighters and Hezbollah paramilitary forces are also stationed at the air base, said the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR).

There was no immediate comment from Israel.

Jun 03 11:27

Gov. Cuomo plans ‘solidarity trip’ to Israel

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Sunday he plans to make a “solidarity trip” to Israel following the end of the legislative session, which sunsets June 19.

“As a sign of solidarity, at this time of crisis for the Jewish people, I’m going to be doing another trip to Israel as a trip in solidarity right after the legislative session, and I invite my Jewish colleagues to join us as a sign of solidarity. New York stands with Israel,” said Cuomo at the Manhattan-based Celebrate Israel Parade — a pro-State of Israel gathering held since 1965.

Jun 03 11:26

Catholic schoolgirls are being taught that God is GENDER-NEUTRAL and are banned from using the words 'Lord', 'Father' and 'Son' in prayers

Catholic schoolgirls are being taught that God is gender-neutral and banned from using the words 'Lord', 'Father' and 'Son' in prayers.

A number of elite Catholic schools in Brisbane are making moves to teach their students to use inclusive language when referring to God.

Top schools including All Hallows, Stuartholme, Loreto College and Stuartholme School are leading a push towards a feminist interpretation of the Christian Bible.

Students at Stuartholme School in Brisbane's inner-city, which charges upwards of $40,000 a year, are taught to use the word 'Godself' instead of 'himself'.

Jun 03 11:25

YouTube star who gave toothpaste-filled Oreo to homeless man gets 15-month jail sentence

A Spanish YouTube star who pranked a homeless man by filling an Oreo cookie with toothpaste was sentenced on Friday to 15 months in prison and now owes $22,300 to his victim, The New York Times reported Sunday.

A Barcelona judge also ordered that Kanguhua Ren's YouTube and other social media accounts be shut down for five years. The 20-year-old Ren, who goes by ReSet on the video-sharing website, was born in China but has lived in Barcelona for most of his life. He is unlikely to serve any jail time because Spanish law typically waives prison sentences for first-time offenders who commit non-violent crimes.

Jun 03 11:24

California snowpack 202% of average for this time of year

The amount of snow blanketing the Sierra Nevada is even larger than the 2017 snowpack that pulled the state out of a five-year drought, California water officials said.

As of Thursday, the snowpack measured 202% of average after a barrage of storms throughout winter and spring, according to the Department of Water Resources.

The wet weather has slowed but not stopped, with thunderstorms prompting flash flood warnings Sunday in the central and southern parts of the state.

At this time last year, the snowpack measured 6% of average — making this year 33 times bigger than 2018, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

In 2017, the snowpack measured 190% of average.

The snowpack supplies about 30 percent of state water needs.

Jun 03 10:59

Break The Matrix

The First Large Group Of 116 Migrants From AFRICA Are Caught On Video Wading Across The Rio Grande To Illegally Enter The U.S.

Shocking video has emerged showing the first large group of migrants from Africa wading across the Rio Grande River to illegally enter the United States.

The video shared by the Customs and Border Protection shows a group of 116 people from Angola, Cameroon and the Congo walking through the waist-deep water into Texas.

Jun 03 10:58

Arab-Israeli Normalisation: A desperate attempt at isolating Iran

Bahrain is gearing up to host the economic version of the so-called Deal of the Century. A two-day conference, co-hosted by the United States, is scheduled to be held in the capital, Manama June 25-26.

The Palestinian leadership has rightly refused to take part in the latest US-Arab charade, which aims at normalizing Arab-Israeli ties at the expense of Palestinian rights.

Despite the fact that some have tried to present the Bahrain ‘workshop’ as a purely ‘economic effort,’ White House officials have been clear that this is the first stage in their supposed peace plan.

For the Trump administration, the Manama meeting serves as the first step in a larger strategy that aims to undermine international law regarding Palestine and the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people.

Jun 03 10:57

Hamas blames Israel for repercussions of attacks on Al-Aqsa Mosque

The Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, has blamed Israel for all possible repercussions of the attack by its soldiers and settlers on Al-Aqsa Mosque and the worshippers within.

“The Israeli occupation must bear the responsibility for the repercussions of its violations at Al-Aqsa Mosque that led to a wave of protests in which the Palestinian people voiced their anger over Israeli measures at the Noble Sanctuary,” said Hamas. “The ongoing assault and raids on Al-Aqsa by Israeli occupation forces and settlers will only make the Palestinian people more determined to defend the mosque and preserve its sanctity.”

Jun 03 10:43

Why the US ‘workshop’ for Palestinians in Bahrain will fail

Twenty-five years ago, I moderated the panel discussion on the Palestinian economy at the international economic summit in Casablanca, Morocco. I was there in my capacity as co-chair of Builders for Peace (BfP), a project created by Vice-President Al Gore to help grow the Palestinian economy in support of the still-fledgling Oslo peace process.

I learned a great deal both at the Casablanca Summit and in my more than three years with BfP and it is from that vantage point that I want to comment on the Trump Administration’s proposal to sponsor an economic “workshop” in Bahrain.

Jun 03 10:40

Soldiers fire on Palestinians trying to enter Jerusalem for prayers, and kill a boy

Israeli soldiers killed, Friday, a Palestinian child near the West Bank city of Bethlehem, and injured a young man from Hebron, while [they were] trying to enter Jerusalem for Friday prayers in the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Media sources said the soldiers shot and killed Abdullah Luay Gheith, 16, from the southern West Bank city of Hebron, after opening fire at him and several other Palestinians who were trying to enter Jerusalem from Wad Abu al-Hummus area, near the villages of al-Khas and an-No‘man, east of Bethlehem.[by climbing the border fence, acc. to Reuters]. The slain Palestinian child was shot with a live Israeli army round in his heart, and died instantly after the soldiers shot him.

Jun 03 10:39

Washington’s Mighty Warriors: Draft Dodgers and Scoundrels

Remember Shakespeare’s line “he jests at scars that never felt a wound?” That epithet could have been written with National Security Advisor John Bolton in mind. Bolton was notoriously a draft dodger during the Vietnam War, like his current boss, not due to any scruples regarding what was occurring, but out of concern for his own sorry ass. He is now credibly believed to be the driving force behind the punishment being meted out to Venezuela and, far more dangerously, of the creeping escalation that is taking place in the Middle East that is seeking to draw Iran into a misstep that would lead to war. Bolton, who has received the “Defender of Israel” award, has long been an outspoken advocate for attacking Iran and now he has the power to do just that.

Jun 03 10:36

US Carrier, Strategic Bomber Do 'Simulated Strike' Near Iran's Maritime Borders

The drills took place amid simmering tensions between Washington and Tehran, with the US sending a carrier battle group into the Middle East last month and threatening to sail it into the Persian Gulf, claiming the deployment was a response to intelligence about an alleged Iranian threat to US interests in the region.

The USS Abraham Lincoln, multiple fighter jets and helicopters and a B-52 strategic bomber have carried out joint exercises in the Arabian Sea, the US Air Force has said in a statement.

According to the USAF, the drills, which took place Saturday, "simulated strike operations," and involved carrier-based F/A-18 Super Hornets, MH-60 Sea Hawk helicopters and E-2D Growlers, with the aircraft simulating missions with the B-52, which is a nuclear-capable long-range bomber.

Jun 03 10:36

Dave Bautista Slams Priest Calling for Pride Month Boycott: 'You Don't Speak for Most Catholics'

Dave Bautista had no time for a Catholic priest denouncing Pride Month.
On June 1, the first day of Pride Month celebrating the LGBTQ community, Rhode Island bishop Thomas Tobin sent out a tweet urging his Catholic followers not to participate in any Pride related activities.

Jun 03 10:36

The Central Park Five Were Falsely Convicted. Here’s How the Truth Came Out.

Netflix’s new miniseries, When They See Us, tells the story of Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana, and Korey Wise, the men known as the Central Park Five. They were falsely convicted of the brutal 1989 rape of Trisha Meili, and spent between six and 13 years in prison. The identity of the real perpetrator, Matias Reyes, wouldn’t be known until 2002. Here’s the story of his crime spree, and how, years later, the truth came to light.

Jun 03 10:36

BBC, Sky News Have Hidden Their Interviews With UN Expert On The Torture Of Assange

UN Special Rapporteur on torture Nils Melzer has said that on the 31st of May he gave video interviews with both Sky News and the BBC on his findings that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is the victim of psychological torture.

As of this writing, footage of those interviews is nowhere to be found.

Jun 03 10:35

Did The Government Just Test The Internet Kill Switch?

'I felt a great disturbance in the farce, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced."

At 3pmET Sunday, it appears that Google Cloud (affecting Gmail, YouTube, SnapChat, Instagram, and Facebook among others) mysteriously (and almost unprecedently) went offline.

Jun 03 10:35

CHINESE TECH TITAN HUAWEI BUYS RUSSIAN FACIAL RECOGNITION TECHNOLOGY

SOURCE: RT

Chinese telecom giant Huawei has purchased the intellectual property rights to facial recognition systems designed by a Russian developer and manufacturer of high-tech security technology.
Some employees of Moscow-based Vokord will also be transferred to Huawei as part of the $50-million agreement, according to sources close to the deal, as quoted by Vedomosti.

Huawei’s Russian subsidiary, along with Hong Kong-based Huawei Digital Technologies, will reportedly become the owners of the intellectual property rights for Vokord’s patents on face ID technology and equipment. The newly formed firm will reportedly be called Igl Softlab. The Russian unit of the enterprise is expected to own 99.99999 percent of the newly formed company.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

President Trump, a word, please; have you noticed, or are some of your advisors aware, of how much more closely Russian and Chinese enterprise, are working so very much more closely together than they have ever done before, after the US sanctions and tariffs were imposed?!?

There seems to be an insane "failure of imagination", in your policies toward these two countries, which, potentially, may bring us to a state of war, with either or both.

In which case, there will have to be a return to the draft, as the US military, in its current configuration, does not conscript.

Look for riots in the streets of this country, when the reintroduction of the draft happens, and I fully understand that you have the capability to assassinate the rioters "with extreme prejudice"

But there is a word, sir, which needs to become part of your vocabulary, and your thought process, and it is a small, bite-sized word, with great impact; that word is, "optics", Mr. President.

How are the optics of such a war, understanding that neither China nor Russia has done the kind of "damage" to the US economy, as to justify such a war?

Mr. President, if you allow this to happen, history will not remember you kindly; just a thought, not anything "from the mountain"; please be aware that, to an impartial observer, we appear to be on the "keening edge" of war with either, or both, countries.

This cannot be allowed to happen, as right now, the US military doesn't have the weaponry; the troop strength; the manufacturing, or the money to ensure a positive outcome to such a conflict.

Jun 03 10:32

CONFIRMED: Cancer is entirely a man-made disease

It may be hard to believe, but a recent study shows that cancer is 100 percent a man-made disease, and that it is caused by modern-day phenomena like pollution and dietary intake.

Researchers at the University of Manchester's KNH Centre for Biomedical Egyptology in England, reached that conclusion in 2010, after reviewing remains and literature from ancient Egypt and Greece, as well as earlier periods, a study that also included the first historical diagnosis of cancer in an Egyptian mummy.

The study, published at the time in the journal Nature Reviews Cancer, noted that researchers found only one occurrence of cancer while investigating hundreds of Egyptian mummies. In addition, they found very few references to the disease in period literature, which indicates that cancer cases were extremely rare during the period.

Jun 03 10:31

Justice Department launches Google anti-monopoly probe

Just before midnight on Friday, at the close of what was a hectic month for markets, WSJ dropped a bombshell of a story: The paper reported that the DoJ has opened an anti-trust investigation of Alphabet Inc., which could “present a major new layer of regulatory scrutiny for the search giant, according to people familiar with the matter.” The report was sourced to “people familiar with the matter,” but was swiftly corroborated by the New York Times, Bloomberg and others.

For months now, the FTC has appeared to be gearing up for a showdown with big tech. The agency – which shares anti-trust authority with the DoJ – has created a new commission that could help undo big-tech tie-ups like Facebook’s acquisition of Instagram, and hired lawyers who have advanced new anti-monopoly theories that would help justify the breakup of companies like Amazon.

Jun 03 10:30

With End in Sight, Spitzer Space Telescope Releases Glorious Nebula Images

NASA has released a stunning pair of images taken by the Spitzer Space Telescope, an instrument the agency will be shutting down on Jan. 30, 2020.

The Spitzer Space Telescope, which has been at work since 2003, sees the universe in infrared light. For the past decade, the observatory has been hindered because it ran out of coolant, but the instrument still offers a valuable window into the early history of the universe.

Jun 03 10:27

Gillibrand Shuts Down Fox News Host Who Asked About Men's 'Seat At The Table'

When Fox News host Chris Wallace interrupted Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) during a Sunday night town hall, the presidential hopeful kept her cool with a sharp retort.

Jun 03 10:22

Laws against Holocaust denial

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

Jun 03 10:18

Key US lawmakers want to give Ukraine anti-ship and anti-aircraft missiles to counter Russia

The U.S. could send Ukraine anti-ship and anti-aircraft weapons to defend against Russia if a bill from the House Foreign Affairs Committee’s Democratic chairman and top Republican becomes law.

Chairman Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., joined Michael McCaul, R-Texas, to propose the bill Thursday. It would also ask the president to determine whether Ukraine should be a major non-NATO ally, condemn Russia’s detention of 24 Ukrainian sailors and urge Russia to implement the Minsk II peace agreement.

“By continuing to provide security assistance to Ukraine that furthers its implementation of defense reforms and achievement of NATO interoperability, we can better equip our ally with sophisticated lethal weapons to defend itself and deter Russian aggression,” McCaul said in a statement Friday. “As the world’s lead defender of freedom, the United States must employ all tools necessary to protect our shared values.”

Jun 03 10:16

Marine says he fired weapon on Mexican border after being attacked

A Marine fired his weapon while on duty along the U.S.-Mexico border in California and reported afterward that he had been attacked inside his vehicle by three people, officials said Friday

John Cornelio, a spokesman for U.S. Northern Command, which oversees the military's mission on the border, said the matter is under investigation. He confirmed that the Marine discharged his weapon but said he could not provide details until the investigation is completed.

Jun 03 10:15

Cyberthreat intelligence firms sells for $780M

Insight Partners, a leading global capital and private equity firm, has acquired Recorded Futures, an intelligence solution company that has made its name in the cybersecurity world in recent years by providing threat intelligence.

The cash deal is for $780 million. Recorded Future focuses on information related to public, private, and open source data associated with cyber intrusions. Insight had made a previous investment in the company.

Recorded Future claims to be the largest privately held threat intelligence software in the world. The company has ties to the defense and intelligence communities. Recorded Future was awarded a Defense Innovation Unit contract in September 2017. In-Q-Tel, the intelligence community’s investment arm, had made an initial investment in the company in 2010.

Jun 03 10:14

US Warplanes Destroy Three Oil Tankers in Syria, Killing Four

On Friday, US warplanes attacked and destroyed three oil tankers that were traveling through Syrian Kurdish territory. At least four people were killed in the course of the attacks.

Details are still scant, and the US hasn’t made a formal statement on what happened. The tankers are believed to have entered from Iraq, and were heading toward Assad territory. Since Syria lost all their oil-producing regions in the war, they have to import what minimal oil they can get to keep their economy and military going.

Jun 03 10:13

Israel relied heavily on NSA during 2006 Lebanon War, new Snowden documents show

US intelligence liaison report shows conflict with Hezbollah pushed Unit 8200 to its ‘technical and resource limits’; repeated Israeli requests led to new intel-sharing mechanism

Jun 03 10:13

Netanyahu Promises Permanent Occupation

In a speech commemorating the Israeli occupation of Jerusalem, the West Bank, Gaza and the Golan Heights, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel will never leave those areas. Since the 1967 Six-Day War, the Arab residents of these territories have lived under a military occupation, with no representation in the Israeli government.

Netanyahu praised President Trump twice during his speech, once for recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and again for recognizing the Golan Heights as Israeli territory. He said recognizing Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights was a “good and important start.”

Some see Trump recognizing the Golan Heights as a part of Israel as a precursor to him recognizing the rest of the territories occupied by Israel since the Six-Day War. Netanyahu does know how to play to Trump’s ego, recently promising to name a settlement in the Golan Heights after him.

Jun 03 10:12

Sheldon Adelson accosted in Tel Aviv, cursed and told ‘you live too long’

Self-described anti-corruption activist Barak Cohen films himself shouting at the US casino magnate, who is one of Netanyahu’s staunchest supporters

Jun 03 10:11

EU angered by Israeli theft, resell of aid for Palestinian schoolchildren

The European Union on Friday criticised Israel over plans to sell aid given to Bedouin villages in the occupied West Bank which was seized by Israeli authorities.

The tents and other humanitarian structures will be put up for auction within days by COGAT, the Israel defence ministry unit which oversees civilian activities in the Palestinian territories, according to the EU's spokesman in Jerusalem.

The supplies include "two school structures that had been consigned to Ibziq community; and two tents and three metal sheds to the al-Hadidiya community", Shadi Othman said in a statement.

Jun 03 10:10

This Is Why America Is Persecuting Julian Assange

I was in Kabul a decade ago when Wikileaks released a massive tranche of US government documents about the conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq and Yemen. On the day of the release, I was arranging by phone to meet an American official for an unattributable briefing. I told him in the course of our conversation what I had just learned from the news wires.

He was intensely interested and asked me what was known about the degree of classification of the files. When I told him, he said in a relieved tone: “no real secrets then.”

When we met later in my hotel I asked him why he was so dismissive of the revelations that were causing such uproar in the world?

He explained that the US government was not so naive that it did not realise that making these documents available to such a wide range of civilian and military officials meant that they were likely to leak. Any information really damaging to US security had been weeded out.

Jun 03 10:08

Racial Politics in Latin America

Darkness fell over the São Paulo skyline. Like most cities, dusk brings the evening commute, but this one is a little different. One by one, all across the business district, helicopters lifted off buildings and roared into the humid night sky.

São Paulo has one of the largest private helicopter fleets in the world. Usually they are ferrying wealthy businessmen home, but sometimes a trip can include discreet female companionship and a hop to a nearby club. It has been this way for years. When the city still allowed electronic billboards, people said it reminded them of the movie Blade Runner.

“My favorite time to fly is at night, because the sensation is equaled only in movies or in dreams,” said one local businessman. “The lights are everywhere, as if I were flying within a Christmas tree.”

Jun 03 10:06

Dem. presidential candidate Kirsten Gillibrand repeats lies about the NRA, dodges questions about gun control

Democratic presidential contender Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) repeatedly lied about the National Rifle Association during a Fox News town hall Sunday while arguing for stricter gun control regulations, yet failing to offer real solutions.

Jun 03 10:05

Veterans set record straight after Ocasio-Cortez spox denies they left politicized meeting

Two veterans who walked out on Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) last week for politicizing a community meeting, disparaging President Donald Trump in the process, are setting the record straight.

Jun 03 09:48

Israeli military analysts admits: “Israel Can’t Win the Next War.”

Ynet’s headline yesterday acknowledged what has been obvious to many Middle East commentators: Israel can’t win the next war. The most respected Israeli military correspondent Ron Ben Yishai’s headline reads as follows: “Why won’t we win the next war?” Though most of Ben Yishai’s Hebrew articles are reprinted in Ynet’s English edition, this article is yet to be translated and for obvious reasons. It is probably too upsetting for Diaspora Jews.

Ben Yishai’s rationale is clear and sound: Israel can’t deal with military casualties. Israeli security matters have been politicised. Field commanders are regularly subject to legal proceedings that lead to heavy penalties including suspensions. Consequently, many of them have lost their motivation. Israeli society is too sensitive to kidnappings and hijackings and finally, parents are too involved in IDF matters.

Jun 03 09:44

Palestine in Pictures: May 2019

Thirty Palestinians were killed in the context of Israel’s military occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip during the month of May.

Two of those killings took place in the West Bank on the last day of the month.

Yusif Wajih Suheil, 18, was shot and killed by Israeli police in the Old City of Jerusalem after stabbing two persons, critically injuring a 50-year-old man.

Security camera footage released by Israeli police appears to show Suheil lunging at a man on a bicycle who is wearing Orthodox Jewish dress, then chasing after another man.

The edited compilation of footage also shows police firing at Suheil and him falling to the ground as he poses no apparent immediate life-threatening danger to others, suggesting that no attempt was made to detain Suheil or use non-lethal means to subdue him.

Jun 03 09:43

Errol Flynn was NOT a Nazi spy

In 1980, Higham's "most sensational work", Errol Flynn: The Untold Story appeared. In this work he alleged that Errol Flynn was a bisexual fascist sympathiser who spied for the Nazis before and during World War II and had affairs with Tyrone Power, Howard Hughes, and Truman Capote.

Tony Thomas, in Errol Flynn: The Spy Who Never Was (Citadel, 1990) and Buster Wiles in My Days With Errol Flynn: The Autobiography of a Stuntman (Roundtable, 1988) attacked Higham's claims as fabrications, a claim substantiated by viewing the F.B.I. documents, which were altered - rather than quoted verbatim - by Higham.

Jun 03 09:37

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

By B.N. Frank

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

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

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

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

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

Here’s what they have to say about privacy:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What if one wants to opt-out?!?

Are there any provisions for this?!?

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

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

Jun 03 09:29

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

SOURCE: ZEROHEDGE

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Color me completely unsurprised by this.

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

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

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

One does have to wonder.....

Jun 03 09:21

IS PROCESSED FOOD KILLING YOU?

SOURCE: SUBMITTED BY NATURE HUB

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Jun 03 09:21

The Welfare State is Tearing Sweden Apart

Jun 03 09:20

Kushner: Palestinians deserve self-determination but uncertain they can govern themselves

White House senior adviser Jared Kushner said in an interview broadcast on Sunday that the Palestinians deserve "self-determination," but stopped short of backing Palestinian statehood and expressed uncertainty over their ability to govern themselves.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Palestinians were self-governing just fine before the Khazars showed up.

Jun 03 09:16

Top North Korean official reappears days after purge report

A senior North Korean official who had been reported as purged over the failed nuclear summit with Washington was shown in state media enjoying a concert alongside leader Kim Jong Un.

North Korean publications on Monday showed Kim Yong Chol sitting near a clapping Kim Jong Un and other top officials during a musical performance by the wives of Korean People's Army officers.

Kim Yong Chol had been North Korea's top nuclear negotiator and met with President Donald Trump at the White House while setting up Trump's two summits with Kim Jong Un.

South Korean newspaper Chosun Ilbo last week cited an unnamed source to report that Kim Yong Chol was sentenced to hard labor following the collapse of the second summit in February.

Jun 03 09:16

RUSSIA REQUIRES TINDER TO PROVIDE DATA ON ITS USERS

SOURCE: APNEWS.COM

MOSCOW (AP) — Dating app Tinder is now required to provide user data to Russian intelligence agencies, the country’s communications regulator said Monday.

The app was included on a new list of online services operating in Russia that are required to provide user data on demand to Russian authorities, including the FSB security agency.

Russia adopted a flurry of legislation in recent years tightening control over online activity. Among other things, Internet companies are required to store six months’ worth of user data and be ready to hand them over to authorities.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In my case, they can just copy from the blog WRH, and see what comes up; with Mike as a pacifist activist, and me as a Christian pacifist activist, I frankly think that Putin would have no problem with us.

Jun 03 09:12

Donald Trump welcomed to Buckingham Palace by Queen Elizabeth

Britain rolled out the royal red carpet for Donald Trump on Monday but the pomp, pageantry and banquet with Queen Elizabeth looked set to be overshadowed by the U.S. President’s views on Brexit, the UK’s next leader and a row over China’s Huawei.

Trump and his wife, Melania, were greeted by the 93-year-old monarch at Buckingham Palace at the start of a three-day state visit which sees him feted with the full force of royal ceremony: a formal dinner with the queen, tea with heir Prince Charles, and a tour of Westminster Abbey, coronation church of English monarchs for 1,000 years.

“I look forward to being a great friend to the United Kingdom, and am looking very much forward to my visit,” Trump wrote on Twitter as he landed at London’s Stansted Airport.

Jun 03 09:12

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

SOURCE: RT

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

Jun 03 09:09

March of the mutilated: Injured Yellow Vests protest police brutality in Paris (VIDEO)

Several hundred people have shown up for the ‘march of the mutilated’ in Paris, protesting police brutality and demanding a ban on the weaponry law enforcement uses to control demonstrators.

People gathered in central Paris on Sunday, the day after ‘Act 29’ of the Yellow Vest protests. The demonstrators carried banners, showing injuries – such as lost eyes and limbs – various protesters have received over the past few months and demanding a ban of the ‘less-lethal’ weapons used by police.

Jun 03 09:09

Trump Compares Sadiq Khan to 'Dumb and Incompetent' NYC Mayor de Blasio

Trump's critique comes in response to Sadiq Khan comparing the president to 20th-century fascists. Khan ripped into Trump ahead of his scheduled visit to the UK, accusing the divisive POTUS of giving comfort to right-wing nationalists.

Donald Trump, who is in the UK on a full state visit, has lashed out at London Mayor Sadiq Khan, who earlier called the president's trip to the country a regrettable event.

"Sadiq Khan, who by all accounts has done a terrible job as Mayor of London, has been foolishly 'nasty' to the visiting President of the United States, by far the most important ally of the United Kingdom," Trump tweeted on Monday as he was arriving in the United Kingdom.

Jun 03 09:08

German ‘blogger of the year’ invented her ‘Jewish’ family history, cheated media for years

German historian Marie Sophie Hingst, famous for her blog about family members who perished in the Holocaust, has been caught in a lie. The revelation also put the media, which published her other ‘personal stories’, in a bind.

Hingst, who lives in Dublin, rose to prominence because of her stories about her alleged Jewish ancestors, who tragically died in the times of the Holocaust. These were published on her blog ‘Read on my dear, read on’ (now offline), which she started back in 2013 in Dublin. The blog featured accounts of her grandfather in particular, who she said was killed in the Nazi death camp Auschwitz.

Jun 03 09:05

RUSSIA’S ROSTEC PULLS PLUG ON MADURO

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

Jun 03 09:04

Tan is the new ‘blackface’? Instagram up in arms over beauty blogger’s skin tone

A British fashion and makeup blogger has been embroiled in an odd controversy after internet commenters suggested her use of tanning beds was a form of racism, RT.com reports.

Jun 03 09:04

Report: Over 600,000 migrants entered the UK in 2018

Official reports have revealed that in 2018, more than 600,000 migrants arrived in the United Kingdom in 2018 – twice as many as the number of people who migrated to France and nearly the entire population Northern Ireland’s capital city Belfast.

The data, which was released via the Office for National Statistics (ONS), stated that over a quarter of a million more people arrived with the intention of staying at least a year then left in 2018.

Jun 03 09:03

Muslim Parents Banned from Protesting LGBT Lessons Outside School

Birmingham City Council has won a High Court order to ban protests about LGBT relationship lessons in and around Anderton Park Primary School.
As children return to school after the half-term break, parents and other protesters face arrest if they appear on or in the proximity of the school grounds to protest about the teaching of LGBT relationships to their children.

In recent weeks the predominately Muslim parents have been seen carrying signs that read “Adam and Eve Not Adam and Steve” and “Say No to Sexualisation of children”.

The protestors argue the content is not age-appropriate for their children and teaching them about gay relationships would confuse them.

Jun 03 09:02

Biden Present at Russia Collusion Briefing Documented in ‘Odd’ Susan Rice Email

Vice President Joe Biden was documented as being present in the Oval Office for a conversation about the controversial Russia probe between President Obama, disgraced ex-FBI chief James Comey, Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates and other senior officials including Obama’s national security advisor Susan Rice.

In an action characterized as “odd” last year by then-Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, Rice memorialized the confab in an email to herself describing Obama as starting “the conversation by stressing his continued commitment to ensuring that every aspect of this issue is handled by the Intelligence and law enforcement communities ‘by the book.’”

Jun 03 09:01

Royals Brace for Trump Visit in Fear He'll Back Brexit at UK Banquet - Report

The UK government last night pleaded with the public to welcome the US president to London, arguing that “the special relationship is generational, not one person”, after calls for the Queen to scrap the royal banquet were sparked.

As the UK prepares for the US president’s state visit, ministers and courtiers at the Royal Palace fear Donald Trump could embarrass the Queen by openly speaking out in favour of Brexit at the official banquet on Monday, the Daily Mail reported citing sources in the palace.

Despite the Royal Family's painstaking attempts to remain above the political affray, those involved in the planning of the visit are anticipating Trump might use his address at Buckingham Palace to heap praise on the UK's decision to quit the EU.

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