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Aug 18 23:52

Sanctions, Sanctions, Sanctions – The Final Demise Of The Dollar Hegemony?

Sanctions left and sanctions right. Financial mostly, taxes, tariffs, visas, travel bans – confiscation of foreign assets, import and export prohibitions and limitations; and also punishing those who do not respect sanctions dished out by Trump, alias the US of A, against friends of their enemies. The absurdity seems endless and escalating – exponentially, as if there was a deadline to collapse the world. Looks like a last-ditch effort to bring down international trade in favor of — what? – Make America Great Again? – Prepare for US mid-term elections? – Rally the people behind an illusion? – Or what?

Aug 18 23:32

If You Want to Survive this Election with Your Mental Health Intact, Turn Off the “News” and Social Media Now

If you want to preserve your sanity and avoid unhappy derangement, turn off all corporate and social media from now to Thanksgiving. -- Since elections are extremely profitable for traditional media / social media corporations, your sanity will gleefully be sacrificed in the upcoming election–if you are gullible enough to watch the “news” and tune into social media. Elections are extremely profitable because candidates spend scads of cash on media adverts. -- The greater the discord and derangement, the higher the media profits. The more outraged you let yourself become, the more time you spend online, generating insane profits for the corporations that own whatever platforms you’re addicted to.

Aug 18 23:25

Pair Attempts Armed Robbery On Two Cable Repairmen, Not Knowing That One Of Their Targets Was Armed

If there’s one thing that we know about the State of Texas, its that many of the residents carry a firearm. We also know that Texas has it’s fair share of crime, and seeing stories of armed citizens fighting back never gets old. It’s unfortunate for things like this to happen in the first place, of course, but seeing the average citizen fend off an armed attacker with a firearm of their own is a good thing

Aug 18 21:42

Venezuela's Maduro announces new minimum wage, exchange rate tied to petro cryptocurrency

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has announced the plan to tie the national currency's exchange rate to the state-launched cryptocurrency petro. The country's new and increase minimum wage will also be anchored to the petro.

Maduro said the petro would be valued at $60 or 3,600 sovereign bolivars after the redenomination planned for August 20 slashes five zeroes off the national currency. The minimum wage will be set at half that, 1,800 sovereign bolivars.

"They've dollarized our prices. I am petrolizing salaries and petrolizing prices," Maduro said in a Friday televised address. "We are going to convert the petro into the reference that pegs the entire economy's movements."

Aug 18 21:38

Facebook 'censors' conservative education page, says it was a mistake, but few are convinced

Facebook says it had mistakenly deleted videos and limited the reach of US conservative educational organization PragerU. The content has now been restored, but PragerU supporters don't think it was an accident.

PragerU (short for Prager University, after its founder Dennis Prager) says nine of its posts reached none of its three million-odd followers, and at least two videos were deleted for "hate speech," in what many conservatives see as part of Facebook's ongoing censorship campaign. Facebook has now apologized and restored the content, but has offered no explanation beyond "we're looking into it."

Aug 18 17:05

Prenda Lawyer Pleads Guilty in Pirate Bay Honeypot Case

Paul Hansmeier, one of the lead attorneys behind the controversial law firm Prenda, has pleaded guilty to mail, wire fraud, and money laundering. The Pirate Bay provided important evidence in the case, where Hansmeier and his colleague were found creating and uploading porn movies to file-sharing sites to extract settlements from alleged pirates.

Aug 18 15:39

EU'S SCHENGEN CRISIS: Germany 'considering proposal to impose border controls' with FRANCE

GERMAN interior ministers are considering imposing border controls with France it has been claimed, in what would be an unprecedented move in the era of the EU between the two powers.

Aug 18 15:25

IRAN WARNING: Advanced weapons system launched by Tehran in show of strength against Trump

The weapon is dubbed the Iranian Phalanx, after a US-produced machine gun whose bullets shred incoming missiles.

According to the Tasnim news agency, the Iranian Navy Commander confirmed testing of the short-range defence Kamand system was concluded successfully, with more on the way.

Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi said: “This system was mounted ... on a warship and will be mounted on a second ship soon.”

The weapon system can destroy any target from a distance of two kilometres by firing between 4,000 and 7,000 rounds per minute, he claimed.

Aug 18 15:18

Putin sides with Merkel on controversial Nord Stream 2 project despite US pressure

VLADIMIR Putin has vowed to work alongside Angela Merkel to complete a contentious gas pipeline which President Donald Trump has insisted will keep Germany “captive to Russia”.

Speaking ahead of bilateral talks with his German counterpart, Mr Putin insisted the Nord Stream 2 project is “purely economic”.

The multi-billion pound Nord Stream 2 will run through the Baltic Sea and supply gas to Germany and the EU.

Its construction is being funded by Russian state-owned giant Gazprom and a group of major European energy firms who say the project will help reduce carbon dioxide emissions by providing cleaner fuel to Europe.

But Washington has criticised the project for making a mockery of Western sanctions imposed after Mr Putin’s annexation of Crimea.

Aug 18 15:15

Woman faces £1,000 bill for parking on her OWN driveway as council blame HEALTH AND SAFETY

A WOMAN has been left flabbergasted after she was told she faces the prospect of being taken to court – simply for parking on her own driveway, as she has done ever since she moved in 12 years ago.

And in order to carry on parking in front of her house, Helen Maloney is looking at forking out a whopping £1,000.

Mrs Maloney, who lives in Southport, was sent a letter from Sefton Council, warning her that her property was off limits to cars.

She explained: “The letter said I can't park on my own driveway because I don't have a dropped kerb.

"Apparently, by driving over the pavement in front of my house to get on to my drive, I am breaking the Highways Act."

Aug 18 13:36

What may unfold in Syria's Idlib ?

What may unfold in Syria's Idlib and why is a 'bloodbath' likely?
Idlib is the Syrian government's next target, experts say, but other scenarios may unfold with regional players at hand.

Just weeks after scoring a major military victory in the south, Syria's President Bashar al-Assad appears set to fully open a new, more complex, front in the country's war - now in its eighth year.

The key northwestern Idlib province is the Syrian opposition's last major bastion in the country. It is currently home to nearly three million people, half of whom are internally displaced, and encloses what was once a major commercial highway linking Syria to Turkey and Jordan.

Along with sharing a border with Turkey, Idlib is adjacent to Latakia province, a Syrian government stronghold that is home to the biggest military airbase of its major ally, Russia.

Idlib's strategic importance is what makes a government-led assault imminent, experts say, and its capture would put the vast majority of the country under Assad's control.

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Aug 18 13:25

Fate Of Key Gas Pipeline In The Balance As Putin, Merkel Begin Meeting

“Russian influence will flow through that pipeline right into Europe, and that is what we are going to prevent,” an unnamed U.S. official told the Wall Street Journal just as Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chancellor Angela Merkel meet outside of Berlin on Saturday centered on the two countries moving forward with the controversial Russian-German Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, but also involving issues from the Iran nuclear deal to ending the war in Syria.

Intense pressure from Washington is overshadowing the project, construction of which is already in advanced stages, as the WSJ cites current and former US officials who say sanctions are under discussion and could be mobilized in a mere matter of weeks.

These potential sanctions, ostensibly being discussed in response to US intelligence claims of Russian interference in the 2016 election, could target companies and financial firms involved in the massive pipeline's construction.

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Aug 18 13:05

South Korea’s Moon Steers Toward Inter-Korean Unity While Wind from Washington Blows in His Face

At the height of U.S. power following Japan’s defeat, Washington itself wrote the rules of the game for the Korean Peninsula — whether others are willing to continue playing along indefinitely remains another question entirely.

South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in marked the anniversary of Korea’s independence from Japanese colonialism with a robust call for the economic integration of North and South Korea as a means to achieve “survival and development” as well as “true liberation” for the long-divided nation.

The announcement – which focused on the creation of various joint projects including inter-Korean railway, energy, and economic links – sharply diverges from the United States’ insistence that all pursue a “maximum pressure” strategy to denuclearize the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK, as the North is officially known).

Yet Moon’s plan also hinges on the slim chance that the U.S. will offer sanctions relief>>>

(*funny how there's always a Catch , when it comes to Bringing Peace )

Aug 18 12:49

We’ve Become A Group Of COWARDS’: New Report Exposes CRISIS In IDF

A new report prepared by reserve Maj. Gen. Yitzhak Brik, the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) commissioner for the rights of IDF soldiers, has become the topic of sensational discussions in Israel.

The report to the country’s parliament, the Knesset, reveals a serious crisis in the IDF, reports the Hebrew edition of Haaretz.

Brik conducted an exceptionally blunt critique of the personnel policy of the Israel Defense Forces. In an official letter, the military based its criticism on a long list of talks with dozens of army officers.

The report describes a mediocre organization that suffers from overburden and exhaustion.

(*sounds like the
hounds caught whiff , and are baying for Trump to throw them a bone , from that piping hot new Defence Spending Bill he just signed , to me !)

Aug 18 12:32

Beijing Bashes 'Absurd' Pentagon Report on Alleged Chinese Military Threat

China’s Foreign Ministry on Saturday protested an annual report by the Pentagon that claimed its military was likely training to strike at the United States and its allies.

The aforementioned report does not rely on real facts and makes absurd comments on China’s military construction… China strongly protests it," Foreign Ministry Spokesman Lu Kang said, Sputnik reported.

He argued in a statement that China was following a peaceful path and described its military police as purely defensive in its nature.

The diplomat called on the United States to abandon its Cold War mindset and put an end to a "zero-sum" competition to promote a stable bilateral relationship.

The Chinese Defense Ministry reacted strongly to the US military’s annual report>>>

(*That must be the only Play in Our Book !?! )

Aug 18 12:22

Saudi Dissident Figure: Bin Salman under Israeli Training on How to Massacre Civilians

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman deliberately attacks civilian targets in Yemen to break the resistance of the Yemeni army and Ansarullah, a prominent Saudi dissident living in exile in London, said, adding that he has learned the lesson from Israel.

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(*now that's an interesting insight to how The MoneyGoRound spins .
Trump cuts foreign aid , except for what he famously dishes out to his friends in Israel , and another exception to his foreign aid prohibition , Saudi Arabia , here we see that a percentage of their share goes straight to Israel . )

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