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Dec 10 18:06

Nikon Will No Longer Authorize Anyone to Repair its Cameras

Nikon is making it harder to repair its cameras, 'the canary in the coal mine' for the right-to-repair movement.

Dec 10 18:04

As a Facebook moderator I saw the worst of humanity. We need to be valued

Murder, torture, child abuse: each day we see things that keep us awake at night. Yet Mark Zuckerberg calls us ‘overdramatic’

Dec 10 16:54

Central banks worldwide buying up massive amounts of gold in a shift away from US dollar – Goldman Sachs

December 10, 2019

Gold prices will climb to $1,600 per ounce over the next year, Wall Street bank Goldman Sachs projects. It says that central banks are consuming a fifth of the global supply of the yellow metal.

“De-dollarization in central banks – demand from central banks for gold is biggest since the Nixon era, eating up 20 percent of global supply,” the head of global commodities research at Goldman, Jeff Currie, told Bloomberg. “I am going to like gold better than bonds because the bonds won’t reflect that de-dollarization.”

Citing “fear-driven demand” for the precious metal, Goldman analysts said last week that investors should diversify their long-term bond holdings with gold.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Folks, we may want to take a good hard look at this development; we have a lot of economic manure, hitting the ventilation system in the next couple of weeks, internationally, so please; if you can, do think about this as a way of protecting, please look at the possibility, even if you had not considered it before.

Dec 10 16:39

News   /   Syria: Russia warplanes intercept Israeli jets over southern Syria: Report

News / Syria
Russia warplanes intercept Israeli jets over southern Syria: Report
Monday, 09 December 2019 9:29 AM [ Last Update: Monday, 09 December 2019 10:19 AM ]
US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
A picture taken on October 3, 2015 shows a Russian Sukhoi Su-24 bomber taking off from the Hmeimim airbase in the Syrian province of Latakia. (Photo by AFP)
Russian fighter jets have intercepted Israeli warplanes that were flying over southern Syria, media reports say.

According to Russian publication Avia.Pro, Russia’s warplanes intercepted the Israeli warplanes that had been seeking to attack the T-4 Airbase in Syria's western province of Homs last week.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have wondered just how long Putin will put up with this nonsense, before he does something substantial; at the moment, he seems to be content with deflecting Israeli bombs, which were intended for targeting Syria.

But I cannot believe that he will not take a harder stance, at some point in the near future, against Israeli government impudence in this area.

Dec 10 16:34

Yemen/Saudi-led war on Yemen killed over 3,600 Yemeni children, paralyzed 800

After 1,700 days of a Saudi-led war on impoverished Yemen, more than 3,600 children have been killed, 800 paralyzed and 400,000 others hit with malnutrition.

According to a report released on Sunday by the Yemeni-based Organization for Women and Children’s Rights, 7,500 children have fallen victim to the ongoing Saudi-led war, since its start in March 2015.

Of these ill-fated children, 3,672 were killed and 800 others were paralyzed, it said, adding that the rest were either maimed or received other kinds of life altering injuries.

The war of aggression also hit 400,000 other Yemeni children with malnutrition, Yemen's Arabic-language al-Masirah television network further cited the report as saying.

Separately on Sunday, Yemen’s health ministry also confirmed that 800 children are suffering from permanent disabilities due to wounds they received in Saudi-led airstrikes during the past five years.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US military has been aiding and abetting these Saudi war crimes in Yemen, and yet there does not seem to be any remorse, any consideration of the horrific genocide done to these children, on the part of US civilian or military officials.

To understand that the government of the country of which you are a citizen, is routinely involved in war crimes around the world, is adding insult to injury. Mr. President, please; pull US forces out of both Saudi Arabia and Yemen now!!

You never should have allowed one of your BFFs in the Middle East, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, to talk you into any further commitment by the US military, to further engage in what can only, ultimately, be solved diplomatically.

Dec 10 16:32

Google blocks access to YouTube accounts of Iran’s Press TV, Hispan TV

Google has targeted Iranian broadcasters Press TV and Hispan TV once again, blocking access to their official YouTube accounts without any prior notice.

Over the past years, the US tech giant has recurrently been opting for such measures against Iranian media outlets. It has taken on Press TV more than any other Iranian outlet given the expanse of its viewership and readership.

The most recent move came on Tuesday. Users shortly flooded both the networks with messages asking why the international networks' YouTube channels had been put out of service.

The two networks were last targeted in April, when Google similarly shut their YouTube and Gmail accounts.

The previous attack also denied the networks any advance notification, sufficing to cite a nebulous “violation of policies.”

Dec 10 16:28

Who Told Giuliani the WTC was Going to Collapse on 9/11?

“I went down to the scene and we set up headquarters at 75 Barkley Street, which was right there with the Police Commissioner, the Fire Commissioner, the Head of Emergency Management, and we were operating out of there when we were told that the World Trade Center was going to collapse. And it did collapse before we could actually get out of the building, so we were trapped in the building for 10, 15 minutes, and finally found an exit and got out, walked north, and took a lot of people with us.”

Dec 10 16:28

The OEM Issued a WTC Collapse Warning

How did the OEM know something that firefighters in WTC 2's impact area didn't?

Dec 10 16:26

Security Alerts, Disabled Fire Alarms, and Unused Elevators: Suspicious Events at the World Trade Center Before 9/11

At least three notable anomalous events occurred at the World Trade Center in the weeks and months leading up to September 11, 2001, which may have related to the imminent terrorist attacks but could not have been caused by al-Qaeda, the group supposedly responsible for 9/11.

There was an increase in security at the Trade Center in the two weeks before 9/11, for reasons that are unclear, which only ended the day before the attacks. Also, the fire alarm system in World Trade Center Building 7 was placed on "test condition" every morning in the seven days before the attacks and on the day of 9/11. While it was in this mode, any alarms would be ignored. WTC 7 was a massive skyscraper located just north of the Twin Towers, which mysteriously collapsed late in the afternoon of September 11. And some of the elevators in the Twin Towers were out of service in the months before the attacks, supposedly due to maintenance work or modernization.

Dec 10 16:23

Larry Silverstein, WTC 7, and the 9/11 Demolition

Sometimes ... a building is surrounded by structures that must be preserved. In this case, the blasters proceed with a true implosion, demolishing the building so that it collapses straight down into its own footprint (the total area at the base of the building). This feat requires such skill that only a handful of demolition companies in the world will attempt it. [HowStuffWorks]

Dec 10 14:48

After Rockets Hit Baghdad Airport Base, US Says Iran Targeting Americans

On Monday four rockets of unknown origin struck an Iraqi military base near the Baghdad International Airport, also site to many US and coalition forces. This follows at least nine "increasingly sophisticated" rocket attacks on joint US-Iraq military facilities over just the past five weeks.

The Pentagon believes Iran is behind these and other attacks, CNN reports, according to several US defense official sources, who say further Iran's Shia proxies are involved in planning "new provocations against US troops and interests in the region."

Monday's major assault near the sprawling Baghdad airport appeared to target a main training center where US troops advise members of the Iraqi Counter Terrorism Service. No Americans were reported hurt; however, six Iraq security force members were injured according to official statements, with two in critical condition.

Dec 10 13:46

Report: Group Of Democrats Considering Censure Instead Of Impeachment

A group of House Democrats are reportedly considering censuring President Donald Trump instead of impeaching him.

A group of about 10 Democratic members of Congress, including New Jersey Rep. Josh Gottheimer, Oregon Rep. Kurt Schrader, New York Rep. Anthony Brindisi, and Utah Rep. Ben McAdams, are all reportedly open to a censure resolution of Trump instead of moving forward with impeachment, according to Politico.

Dec 10 11:26

Exxon Ruled Not Guilty in Fraud Suit Over Climate Change

Dec 10 11:19

Impeachment Backlash

Dec 10 11:08

Former radioactive site collapses into Detroit River, raising drinking water safety concerns

A site on the Detroit River that was used to produce radioactive materials during World War II collapsed last week, raising concerns about whether the adjacent water supply is safe to drink.

While officials in the United States say the water is free of radioactivity, the city of Windsor on the Canadian side is raising concerns.

Canadian member of Parliament Brian Masse released a statement Thursday from his office, which alleged that, "on November 27, 2019, the Revere Copper Site on the American side of the Detroit River collapsed most likely due to the weight of the aggregate stored by Detroit Bulk Storage on site."

Masse later provided a letter to Canada's House of Commons further expressing his concerns and calling for both the US and Canadian governments to work together to assess any possible threat.

Dec 10 10:42

Adam Schiff ‘Is NOT a RELEVANT Witness’: Nadler on Impeachment Hearings

Dec 10 10:41

New poll shows Hillary Clinton in first place among Democratic candidates days after former secretary of state refused to rule out last-minute entry into presidential race

Hillary Clinton would be leading the race for the Democratic nomination for president if she declared her candidacy, according to a new poll.

The online survey by Harris Poll which was released by Harvard University’s Center for American Political Studies shows the former secretary of state in first place with 21 per cent of the vote.

Joe Biden, the current frontrunner, would receive 20 per cent while Senator Bernie Sanders is at 12 per cent.

Dec 10 10:39

FISA Report Reveals Clinton Meddled In 2016 Election

Contained within Monday's FISA report by the DOJ Inspector General is the revelation that Fusion GPS, the firm paid by the Clinton campaign to produce the Steele dossier, "was paying Steele to discuss his reporting with the media." (P. 369 and elsewhere)

Dec 10 10:18

FIREWORKS At Sham Impeachment Hearing: Lawless Democrats Led By Jerry Nadler REFUSE GOP Lawmakers’ Right To Hold Minority Hearing Day (VIDEO)

The House Judiciary Committee led by Chairman Jerry Nadler met on Monday morning to continue their sham impeachment hearing.
Before the two lawyers and “witnesses” were able to deliver their testimony several Republican committee members interrupted the proceedings to question Chairman Nadler about the minority day to call witnesses.

Dec 10 10:16

Democrats play havoc with history, cite King Louis XVI in effort to impeach Trump

Imagine my confusion when I sat down with a hard copy of the ‘Constitutional Grounds for Presidential Impeachment’ - the Democrats' legal case for impeachment against Trump - and randomly flipped open to page 32, which began with not only a blast from the past, but from an altogether different country: “Many officials were impeached for non-criminal wrongs against the British system of government,” the line began, before naming “the Duke of Buckingham (1626), the Earl of Strafford (1640), the Lord Mayor of London (1642), the Earl of Orford and… Governor General Warren Hastings (1787).”

In case the reader missed the true essence of that quote, allow me to repeat it: “Many officials were impeached for non-criminal wrongs…” In other words, it appears that the Democrats are attempting to build an impeachment case against Donald Trump on the premise that it’s perfectly legitimate to oust a sitting President who has committed no real crime.

Dec 10 10:14


On December 9, Russian forces entered the city of Raqqa for the first time since the start of their anti-terrorism operation in 2015. A unit of the Russian Military Police set up a temporary humanitarian point and provided locals with aid. According to the Russian side, such humanitarian actions will be a regular practice.

A series of firefights erupted between the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces and Turkish-led forces to the southeast of Ras al-Ayn. Nonetheless, no side carried out offensive actions. Local sources links the recent clashes with individual initiative of some field commanders.

Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units have deployed large reinforcements near the Syrian-Iraqi border, west of Mosul.

Dec 10 10:13

French mayor BANS citizens from dying on weekends and holidays due to lack of doctors

The mayor of a rural French community has taken the rather extreme and outlandish decision to ban residents from “dying in their homes on Saturdays, Sundays and on public holidays” due to a lack of doctors in the area.

Dec 10 10:13

Hilarious moment Santa's flying sleigh CRASHES into a building during a Christmas show in Mexico

A ride through the skies of a central Mexican town ended in disaster for Santa Claus last Friday when his sleigh crashed into the side of a building.

Luckily, Saint Nick did not suffer any injuries on the opening night of a series of holiday events in the town of Apizaco when his vehicle, hoisted on wires, hit the wall.

A bystander recording the 'Flight of Santa' captured the red-suited man waving at the residents as his sleigh passed by a church.

Dec 10 10:10

Netflix Slides After Needham Downgrades, Warns Of Subscriber Exodus In 2020

Netflix could lose upwards of 4 million US subscribers in 2020 thanks to intensifying competition in the streaming space.

Dec 10 10:09

U.S. Efforts to Force Iran Out of European Energy Markets Have Failed

Despite the European Union attempts to save the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, which saw Iran reduce its low-enriched uranium by 98% and eliminate its stockpile of medium-enriched uranium in return for economic relief, JCPOA is hanging by a thread because of Washington’s withdrawal from the deal in October 2017.

The European Statistical Office revealed that from January to September trade between the EU and Iran was at €3.86 billion, a massive 74.92% drop compared to the same period in 2018. The report revealed that Germany (€1.23 billion), Italy (€734.78 million) and the Netherlands (€376.73 million) were Iran’s top three trading partners in EU while trade with Greece (€32.08 million), Luxembourg (€506,316), Spain (€207.36 million), France (€296.5 million) and Austria (€102.11 million) had plunged by 97.13%, 91.38%, 91.17%, 86.79% and 82.38% respectively.

Dec 10 10:09

Former CIA director Brennan lied to Congress about Steele Dossier, IG report reveals

A dossier of salacious anti-Trump gossip was used to pad out the intelligence community report on supposed Russian election interference, and CIA Director John Brennan may have misled Congress about it, a new report reveals.

According to the Justice Department Inspector General’s report into the FBI’s surveillance of the Trump campaign, the information contained in the now-infamous ‘Steele Dossier’ was used to inform the Obama administration’s Intelligence Community Assessment (ICA) on Russia’s “Activities and Intentions in Recent US Elections,” published several weeks before President Donald Trump assumed office.

A summary of the dossier was included in the assessment, former FBI director James Comey told the Inspector General’s office, because Brennan and a cohort of intelligence personnel felt it “important enough and consistent enough” to warrant entry.

Dec 10 10:08

Donald Trump attacks ANOTHER FBI director as he blasts Chris Wray for denying there's an agency 'deep state' targeting him and saying there's no evidence Ukraine meddled in the 2016 election

Donald Trump blasted his FBI director on Tuesday, claiming they must have read different inspector general reports

FBI Director Christopher Wray claimed in an interview Monday that Ukraine did not meddle in the 2016 elections

He also said calling the bureau and its employees part of the 'deep state' is a 'disservice to the men and women who work at the FBI'

'With that kind of attitude, he will never be able to fix the FBI,' Trump claimed of Wray's comments

Dec 10 10:07

Majority of Germans Support Ditching Christmas Lights, Because Climate Change

A poll has found that a majority of people in Germany would scale back or scrap their festive Christmas lights altogether to combat climate change.

A majority of Germans said that because of environmental concerns, they would consider taking down their Christmas lights. Some 57 per cent said that they would decrease their use of Christmas lights or even abandon them entirely in the future.

Dec 10 10:07

Schiff Confirms Impeachment of Trump is All About 2020

“The argument ‘Why don’t you just wait?’ amounts to this. Why don’t you just let him cheat in one more election? Why not let him cheat just one more time? Why not let him have foreign help just one more time? That is what that argument amounts to. The President’s misconduct goes to the heart of whether we can conduct a free and fair election in 2020. It is bad enough for a candidate to invite foreign interference in our political process, but it is far more corrosive for a president to do so and to abuse his power to make it so. Despite everything we have uncovered, the President’s misconduct continues to this day, unapologetically and right now. As we saw, when he stood on the White House lawn and he was asked, ‘What did you want in that July 25th call?’ and he said the answer was ‘a simple one.’ And not just a simple one on July 25th, but a simple one today, and that is he still wants Ukraine to interfere in our election to help his campaign.

Dec 10 09:55

Maryland officer charged with raping two women, sexually assaulting a third

A Maryland police officer was charged with raping two women and sexually assaulting a third, according to the statement of charges filed in Maryland District Court in Baltimore.

Dec 10 09:53

Watch Democrat Counsel’s Mouth Drop Open as GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz SAVAGES Him During Judiciary Hearing (VIDEO)

The House Judiciary Committee led by Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) met on Monday morning to continue their sham impeachment hearing.
GOP hero Rep. Matt Gaetz (FL) absolutely savaged Democrat Counsel Daniel Goldman during the hearing on Monday.

Dec 10 09:53

IG Report Confirms Comey Briefed Barack Obama on Trump-Russia Investigation in August 2016 at White House Meeting

The DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz on Monday released his 476-page report on FISA abuses committed by Obama’s corrupt FBI and DOJ before, during and after the 2016 election.

Dec 10 09:49

Vermont taxpayers will now be forced to pay for the transgender mutilation of children… State-sponsored medical mutilations are now a reality thanks to LGBT delusions

If you’re under the age of 21, suffer from gender dysphoria, and live in Vermont, you’ll now be able to get the “gender affirmation” surgeries and hormones you crave for free, thanks to new rules that force taxpayers to foot the bill for all LGBTQ “transition” procedures.

According to reports, Vermont’s Medicaid insurance has been changed to cover all surgeries associated with gender dysphoria in minors who have received permission from their parents to go under the knife. And minors between the ages of 16 and 18 who have been legally emancipated from their parents are now allowed to slice off or alter their genitals for free without parental consent.

Dec 10 09:41

BBC crisis: Broadcaster ‘on brink’ among young viewers - shock leak

The latest BBC viewing figures reveal young people are turning away from the broadcaster, as 16-34 year-olds are turn away from watching its three main channels: BBC1, BBC2 and BBC4. The reach of these channels among young viewers has fallen from 51.9 percent to 46.6 percent in a year, according to the document obtained by the trade magazine Broadcast. The report warned the BBC was “dangerously close to the brink” if it fails to halt the decline.

The leaked document has shown that despite BBC iPlayer seeing a rise in younger audiences, the growth is not enough to offset the sharper decline in broadcast TV.

This is not something unique to the BBC, with other broadcasters, such as ITV and Channel 4, suffering from a long-term decline in conventional viewing as audiences switch to streaming channels Netflix, Amazon Prime and Apple TV.

Dec 10 09:34

Putin, Zelensky, in first sitdown, agree to exchange all prisoners, revive peace process

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Ukrainian counterpart, Volodymyr Zelensky, agreed Monday to revive peace talks in order to de-escalate tensions between the two nations amid the five-year separatist conflict in eastern Ukraine that has reshaped geopolitics in the region.

Both leaders agreed to exchange all prisoners and implement a cease-fire by the end of the year in the first face-to-face meeting between the pair since Zelensky, a comedian-turned-politician, was elected in April, The Wall Street Journal reported.

“We unblocked dialogue with Russia, a positive step... Unfortunately, we couldn’t settle all issues today,” Zelensky said at a joint news conference in Paris with French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who mediated the talks.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

My fingers are crossed here; hoping that this dialogue can extend in a way that is both peaceful and substantive.

Unfortunately, there are too many people, with too much invested in a Ukraine/Russia war scenario, for this to be achieved without a lot of intelligent, rational problem solving, and more than a bit of arm twisting, to get peace.

It is a blessing that both Zelensky and Putin want to opt for peace here

Dec 10 09:32

Houston police chief slams Ted Cruz and Mitch McConnell for caring more about the NRA than cops and says he doesn't want to see their 'smug little faces' talking about law enforcement until they 'pick sides'

The top cop in Houston, Texas, blasted senators Ted Cruz, Mitch McConnell and others for their support of the National Rifle Association after he had to confront the reality of losing an officer to gun violence.
Houston Police Chief Art Acevado made his upset known on Monday after the loss of Sergeant Christopher Brewster, 32, who was fatally shot on Saturday.

Dec 10 09:31

Incredible moment rescuers charge INTO the White Island volcano: Chopper footage shows the horror aftermath of the eruption as brave first responders land to save survivors

It starts as a daunting white cloud hanging in the distance - and it doesn't take long for the enormity of the White Island volcano blast to become clear.
Footage shows what courageous helicopter rescuers went through as they battled their way through thick clouds of smoke, ash and acidic steam following the eruption on Monday.

Dec 10 09:31

Lyft driver 'attacked her 18-year-old passenger and ripped her HAIR out because she complained the music was too loud'

An 18-year-old in Pennsylvania has claimed she was attacked by her Lyft driver after she complained about the woman's distracted driving.
Helene Barrios shared images of apparent injuries and a clump of hair in her hand as she claimed she was hospitalized following the incident in Philadelphia on Sunday.

Dec 10 09:30

WhatsApp will stop working on MILLIONS of smartphones worldwide in 2020 as it removes support for older iPhones and Android phones and all Windows Mobile devices

WhatsApp will stop working on millions of phones in the next couple of months as the company withdraws support for some older mobile platforms.
From February 1, 2020, any iPhone running iOS 8 or older will no longer be supported, along with any Android device running version 2.3.7 or older.

Dec 10 09:30

Geraldo Blasts GOP NeverTrumper Over Russia Conspiracy Theory

Fox News correspondent Geraldo Rivera is an interesting character when it comes to his views on President Donald Trump.
On the one hand, he has shown no qualms about being highly critical of the president and calling out his perceived mistakes, but on other occasions, Rivera will go to bat for Trump against unjust accusations.

Dec 10 09:30

Steve Harvey Gives Sizable Eye Roll After Reading Climate Change Question at Miss Universe Pageant

The seemingly ubiquitous television host of “Family Feud” — among other things – was performing his emceeing duties Sunday night for the Miss Universe Pageant when he came across a question about climate change — a topic he pretty clearly didn’t think was suited to the occasion.

Dec 10 09:29

China announces it will complete its £7billion global satellite navigation system Beidou - which rivals US-made GPS - next year

China has officially announced that it will finish building its own global satellite navigation system next year, having started about two decades ago.

The £7billion ($9billion) project, called Beidou, has been designed to rival and eventually replace the US-developed Global Positioning System (GPS) in the country.

It's part of Beijing's move to lessen its dependence on American technologies.

Dec 10 09:29

AG Bill Barr’s Statement Is Damning – “the Inspector General’s Report Reflects a CLEAR ABUSE of the FISA process”

AG Bill Barr wrote a scathing memo on the IG’s report on FISA abuse stating that the there was horrible abuse of the FISA process by the Obama Administration. The memo is totally damning.

Dec 10 09:29

Rep. Ratcliffe Drops Bomb During Hearing – Says Schiff is Trying to Bury Evidence of Whistleblower’s Crimes in House SCIF (VIDEO)

The House Judiciary Committee led by Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) met on Monday morning to continue their sham impeachment hearing.
GOP Congressman John Ratcliffe (TX) dropped a bomb during Monday’s hearing.
Rep. Ratcliffe said House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff is burying evidence of the whistleblower’s crimes in the House SCIF.

Dec 10 09:27

Putin agrees to a ceasefire in Ukraine by the end of the year, with both sides withdrawing forces by the end of March 2020

President Vladimir Putin and his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky met yesterday at a summit in Paris, mediated by France and Germany.

Both presidents agreed to revive the peace process on the bloody separatist conflict that has dogged the region and exchange all prisoners.

After the summit it was announced both sides would withdraw their forces by the end of March 2020.

But they failed to resolve crucial issues such as a timeline on local elections and control of the borders in the rebel-held region.

Dec 10 09:20

Android warning: Only Windows 10 is MORE dangerous to use for online banking and shopping

It’s been a devastating few weeks for Android users. There have been warnings over dozens of apps capable of generating money for criminals behind your back using adware, and an app that could reinstall itself whenever users tried to delete the harmful programme from their handset – Android users don't have to install anything to be vulnerable. And then there was StrandHogg – a flaw the allows hackers to create a fake login page pretending to be a legitimate banking app on your handset, siphoning off your bank login details.

Worse still, StrandHogg will still direct users to the legitimate app once they’ve inputted their details. So, from your perceptive, all you’ve done is log into your banking app – unaware that hackers have just been handed over all the details they need to do the same.

Dec 10 09:13

Space 'tow truck' will clean up Earth's orbit and remove defunct satellites from around the planet as part of a £100MILLION ESA project

A £100million space 'tow truck' designed to remove dead satellites from Earth's orbit has been commissioned by the European Space Agency (ESA).

The project, which has received £10 million in backing from the British Government, will begin the monumental task of getting rid of thousands of defunct satellites.

ESA selected a Swiss start-up called ClearSpace for the job of tidying up the planet's congested orbit, with the first mission expected to launch in 2025.

Dec 10 08:08

If You Hear Only 34 Votes Are Needed To Convict Trump, Here's What You Need To Know

While the House of Representatives may very well vote to impeach President Donald Trump, he will almost certainly not be convicted and removed from office.

Dec 10 08:01

'This is the s*** we have to take': Uber driver films passengers swearing at him as he refuses to let them connect to Bluetooth, calls one out for 'smoking a weed pen' and then boots them out

An Uber driver stands up to a group of foul-mouthed passengers as one messes with his radio in footage captured on his dashcam.
The customers, who apparently had a 4.56 rating on the app, get angry when they cannot connect their Bluetooth to the man's car in Eatontown, New Jersey.

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Absoflippinglutely unbelievable, but true!!

Dec 10 07:43


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


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


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 07:16

Federal Lawyer Durham Objects To DOJ IG Report Clearing FBI's Russia Investigation Of Bias

Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz released a report Monday concluding that the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s look into Russian interference in the 2016 election was fundamentally unbiased. However, U.S. Attorney John Durham was quick to say that he did not “agree” with these findings, begging the question: What did the federal lawyer find that Horowitz did not?

Durham was picked by U.S. Attorney General William Barr to conduct an investigation independent of the IG probe. Both focused on whether the FBI's actions to surveil Donald Trump and members of his 2016 campaign for their connections to Russia was tainted by bias or involved unlawful surveillance of Trump and his team. Last week, it was reported that insider sources aware of Durham’s investigation expected the federal lawyer to agree with Horowitz’ conclusions.

Dec 10 07:14

Virginia sheriff plans to deputize thousands of citizens to get around proposed gun control laws

A sheriff in Virginia said on Facebook last week that if the Democratic-controlled legislature in his state passes restrictive gun control laws, he may deputize thousands of citizens to allow them to be exempt from the laws.

Dec 10 07:13

Nikki Haley punches back at 'outrage media' for twisting Confederate flag comments

Former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) punched back against the "outrage media" on Sunday for contorting recent comments she made about the Confederate flag.

Dec 10 07:13

SCOTUS denies First Amendment challenge to Kentucky ultrasound abortion law

The Supreme Court has opted to leave in place a pro-life Kentucky law that requires women seeking an abortion to see an ultrasound of their unborn children before making the decision to abort.

Dec 10 07:13

Black conservative student leader reportedly slapped several times by white student described as 'deranged leftist and LGBT activist'

A conservative student was repeatedly slapped by a fellow student at California State University, Sacramento, on Friday — an incident that was captured on video and stemmed from a dispute over an anti-abortion social media post, the Sacramento Bee reported.