Web Research Links for the Week of 8/12/19

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Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. Publishes Censored Response to Kennedy Family’s Criticisms on Vaccine Safety Which Exposes Industry Corruptionhttps://healthimpactnews.com/2019/robert-f-kennedy-jr-publishes-censored-response-to-kennedy-familys-criticisms-on-vaccine-safety-which-exposes-industry-corruption/(a SMALL selection of information from this detailed article): “I love my family and sympathize with their anxieties when I call out government officials for corruption. The Kennedys have a long, close, and continuing relationship with public health agencies so it is understandably difficult for us to believe that powerful regulators would lie about vaccines. “All issues are simple,” the saw goes, “until you study them.”.. I’ve arrived at my skepticism after 15 years spent researching and litigating this issue. I have watched financial conflicts and institutional self-interest transform key sectors of our public health bureaucracies into appendages of the very pharmaceutical companies that Congress charged them to regulate… Multiple investigations by Congress and the HHS Inspector General have consistently found that an overwhelming majority of the FDA officials directly charged with licensing vaccines, and the CDC officials who effectively mandate them for children, have personal financial entanglements with vaccine manufacturers… HHS partners with vaccine makers to develop, approve, recommend, and pass mandates for new products and then shares profits from vaccine sales… HHS employees can personally collect up to $150,000 annually in royalties for products they work on. For example, key HHS officials collect money on every sale of Merck’s controversial HPV vaccine Gardasil, which also yields tens of millions annually for the agency in patent royalties… HHS has also ignored its statutory obligations to study vaccine injuries and improve vaccine safety… In 1986, Congress—recognizing that drug companies no longer had any incentive to make vaccines safe—ordered HHS to study vaccine injuries, work to improve vaccine safety, and report to Congress on its progress every two years… A year ago, I brought a lawsuit that forced HHS to admit that in 36 years it had never performed any of those critical studies… The four companies that make virtually all of the recommended vaccines are all convicted felons.  Collectively they have paid over $35 billion since 2009 for defrauding regulators, lying to and bribing government officials and physicians, falsifying science, and leaving a trail of injuries and deaths from products they knew to be dangerous and sold under pretense of safety and efficacy… Mainstream and social media outlets which collectively received $9.6 billion in revenues from pharmaceutical companies in 2016 have convinced themselves they are protecting public health by aggressively censoring criticism of these coercively mandated, zero liability, and untested pharmaceutical products… But, the absence of press scrutiny leaves industry no incentive to improve vaccine safety.  Muzzling discussions of government corruption and deficient safety science and abolishing vaccine injuries by fiat is not a strategy that will solve the growing chronic disease epidemic… The children who comprise this badly injured generation are now aging out of schools that needed to build quiet rooms and autism wings, install wobble chairs, hire security guards and hike special ed spending to 25% to accommodate them.”

Michael Pento – Confidence in Central Banks Obliterated (30 min) – Interview by Greg Hunter – Highly recommended if you’re into economic subjects.

From the You-Can’t-Make-This-Stuff-Up Desk: University Researchers: We Have to Accept People Who ‘Identify as Real Vampires’ – by Katherine Timpf – https://www.nationalreview.com/2015/07/vampires-identify-study-discrimination/ – “The study, titled “Do We Always Practice What We Preach? Real Vampires’ Fears of Coming out of the Coffin to Social Workers and Helping Professionals” was conducted by researchers from Idaho State University and College of the Canyons and the Center for Positive Sexuality in Los Angeles… Some of these “real vampires” prefer to feed on “psychic or pranic energy” while others, called “sanguinarians,” prefer to feed on “small amounts” of human or animal blood… (Of the eleven “real vampires” interviewed for the study, three said they preferred psychic energy, three said they preferred blood, and five said they got energy from multiple sources.).. Williams explained that no one should be bothered by a person wanting to drink another person’s blood because ‘it is generally expected within the community that vampires should act ethically and responsibly in feeding practices,’ and it’s not their blood-drinking that’s the real problem here — it’s the fact that they have to worry that other people will judge them for their blood-drinking.(emphasis added)

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. Publishes Censored Response to Kennedy Family’s Criticisms on Vaccine Safety Which Exposes Industry Corruptionhttps://healthimpactnews.com/2019/robert-f-kennedy-jr-publishes-censored-response-to-kennedy-familys-criticisms-on-vaccine-safety-which-exposes-industry-corruption/(a SMALL selection of information from this detailed article): “I love my family and sympathize with their anxieties when I call out government officials for corruption. The Kennedys have a long, close, and continuing relationship with public health agencies so it is understandably difficult for us to believe that powerful regulators would lie about vaccines. “All issues are simple,” the saw goes, “until you study them.”.. I’ve arrived at my skepticism after 15 years spent researching and litigating this issue. I have watched financial conflicts and institutional self-interest transform key sectors of our public health bureaucracies into appendages of the very pharmaceutical companies that Congress charged them to regulate… Multiple investigations by Congress and the HHS Inspector General have consistently found that an overwhelming majority of the FDA officials directly charged with licensing vaccines, and the CDC officials who effectively mandate them for children, have personal financial entanglements with vaccine manufacturers… HHS partners with vaccine makers to develop, approve, recommend, and pass mandates for new products and then shares profits from vaccine sales… HHS employees can personally collect up to $150,000 annually in royalties for products they work on. For example, key HHS officials collect money on every sale of Merck’s controversial HPV vaccine Gardasil, which also yields tens of millions annually for the agency in patent royalties… HHS has also ignored its statutory obligations to study vaccine injuries and improve vaccine safety… In 1986, Congress—recognizing that drug companies no longer had any incentive to make vaccines safe—ordered HHS to study vaccine injuries, work to improve vaccine safety, and report to Congress on its progress every two years… A year ago, I brought a lawsuit that forced HHS to admit that in 36 years it had never performed any of those critical studies… The four companies that make virtually all of the recommended vaccines are all convicted felons.  Collectively they have paid over $35 billion since 2009 for defrauding regulators, lying to and bribing government officials and physicians, falsifying science, and leaving a trail of injuries and deaths from products they knew to be dangerous and sold under pretense of safety and efficacy… Mainstream and social media outlets which collectively received $9.6 billion in revenues from pharmaceutical companies in 2016 have convinced themselves they are protecting public health by aggressively censoring criticism of these coercively mandated, zero liability, and untested pharmaceutical products… But, the absence of press scrutiny leaves industry no incentive to improve vaccine safety.  Muzzling discussions of government corruption and deficient safety science and abolishing vaccine injuries by fiat is not a strategy that will solve the growing chronic disease epidemic… The children who comprise this badly injured generation are now aging out of schools that needed to build quiet rooms and autism wings, install wobble chairs, hire security guards and hike special ed spending to 25% to accommodate them.”

U.S. issues warrant to seize Iranian oil tanker Grace 1 – From Tehran Times, Aug. 17 –  https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/439338/U-S-issues-warrant-to-seize-Iranian-oil-tanker-Grace-1 – “(According to a report from Al Jazeera in Washington): ‘The big question is will the British government help the U.S. by seizing this ship, will Interpol be involved or will the U.S. government try to seize that ship.’… According to radio transmission exchanges overheard by Al Jazeera, the ship is expected to set sail on Sunday evening… The Gibraltar Chronicle newspaper also reported that the vessel was unlikely to sail before Sunday, citing an unnamed source who added that it was waiting for six new crew members including a captain to arrive that day… A lawyer for the Grace 1’s current captain, an Indian national, said that his client had asked to be replaced… ‘He doesn’t want to stay in command of the ship, he wants to go home, because he wasn’t happy to go back and pick up the broken pieces,’ his lawyer Richard Wilkinson told The Associated Press news agency. ‘But he’s a professional skipper and needs to wait for a new crew to do a proper handover.’.. Al Jazeera’s Andrew Simmons, reporting from Gibraltar, said the Grace 1 signage had been removed as well as the Panamanian flag…’The navigation systems, all of them, indicate that it’s still Grace 1, but in terms of maritime law, this vessel really has no visible identity,’ he said.”

US Issues Warrant to Seize Iranian Grace 1 Oil Tanker – Justice Department – https://sputniknews.com/us/201908171076569463-us-announces-warrant-to-seize-iranian-grace-1-oil-tanker—report/ – “The US Justice Department (DoJ) issued a warrant on Friday for the seizure of the Iranian supertanker Grace 1. According to the document, the vessel, all the oil aboard and $995,000 are subject to forfeiture based on violations of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA), bank fraud, money laundering, and terrorism forfeiture statutes… In addition, the document stresses that ‘a seizure warrant and a forfeiture complaint are merely allegations. The burden to prove forfeitability in a civil forfeiture proceeding is upon the government’, according to the Justice Department… …a spokesman for the Iranian Foreign Ministry, Abbas Mousavi, said on Friday that Tehran had not provided guarantees that its oil tanker Grace 1 would not go to Syria upon its release. Mousavi confirmed an earlier Foreign Ministry statement that the oil tanker was not heading to Syria when it was detained off Gibraltar’s coast by UK marines on 4 July. Meanwhile, he noted that Iran was providing to Syria support in such spheres as energy and oil… The US Department of State on Thursday threatened any individuals linked to the Iranian Grace 1 oil tanker with “serious consequences,” including visa restrictions due to alleged links to the IRGC.”

Trump inches toward Afghan peace plan to end longest US war – by Jennifer Jacobs, Nick Wadhams – https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-08-16/trump-to-discuss-afghanistan-peace-plan-with-senior-advisers – “President Donald Trump met his top national security advisers on Friday as his team prepares to unveil an Afghanistan peace agreement with the Taliban that would help bring an end to America’s longest war, according to a person familiar with the matter… Among those discussing the matter with Trump at his resort in Bedminster, New Jersey, were Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and National Security Advisor John Bolton, the person said. The U.S. special envoy for the talks, Zalmay Khalilzad, will then present the plan to Taliban leaders in a new round of discussions in Qatar in the coming days, according to another person with knowledge of the discussions… Khalilzad briefed analysts in Washington on the plan Friday. He has led the talks for months with the initial goal of cutting U.S. troop levels in exchange for guarantees from the Taliban not to allow terror groups such as Islamic State to infiltrate the country… Pompeo later said there was “no deadline” for a troop withdrawal. The U.S. currently has about 14,000 troops in Afghanistan, and defense officials suggested late last year the administration was planning to withdraw about half of them as an initial step.”

Ukie Nationalism vs Otto von Bismarck – by The Saker – http://www.unz.com/tsaker/ukie-nationalism-vs-otto-von-bismarck/ – “The other significant force in the Ukraine is the West Ukrainian (Galician) Nazi death-squads and mobs. Their power is not a democracy either, but an ochlocracy. These guys are a minority, a pretty small one even, but they have enough muscle and even firepower to threaten any nominal Ukrainian leader. Furthermore, these folks have profoundly infiltrated all the police and security forces which, in theory, would have been able to control or disarm them (the SBU, especially, is chock full of Urkonazi thugs)… Now let’s begin by looking at the oligarchs: their number 1 priority is to continue to plunder the Ukraine. For that, you need the opposite of “law and order”: you need lawlessness, chaos, violence…”

Gibraltar defies US, releasing Iranian oil tanker – The move came after a last-minute request from Washington that the UK territory surrender the vessel – by Alison Tahmizian Meuse – https://www.asiatimes.com/2019/08/article/gibraltar-defies-us-releasing-iranian-oil-tanker/ – ” ‘Authorities in Gibraltar have released the Iranian supertanker Grace 1, which was seized on July 4 on suspicion it was shipping 2.1m barrels of crude oil to Syria in breach of EU sanctions,’ the Gibraltar Chronicle tweeted… The paper earlier reported that the territory’s Supreme Court had received a request from the US Department of Justice for ‘mutual legal assistance in a bid to seize the ship.’.. The US request came after National Security Adviser John Bolton was visiting the United Kingdom, which claims Gibraltar as a territory… But after the court reconvened at 4pm local time, Chief Justice Anthony Dudley revealed his court had not been passed along any official applications from the American authorities, and so had declined to respond… ‘She is no longer a specified ship…and no longer subject to detention,’ the Gibraltar Chronicle quoted him as saying… The Iranian government, the paper said, had offered written assurances to Gibraltar authorities that the supertanker would not continue on to Syria after being allowed to set sail.”

Armed Jewish Settlers Storm Palestinian Town, Conduct Military Traininghttps://www.palestinechronicle.com/armed-jewish-settlers-storm-palestinian-town-conduct-military-training/ – “Jewish settlers stormed a town between the occupied West Bank areas of Nablus and Jenin… Palestinian Authority official Ghassan Daghlas said dozens of Jewish settlers stormed the occupied town of al-Masoudiya on Monday evening and conducted military training under the protection of the Israeli army… The majority of the settlers who occupied the area were armed young men and women.”

How the Government and Pharmaceutical Companies are Trying to Steal Cannabis – from Modern Alternative Mama –  https://modernalternativemama.com/2019/08/15/how-the-government-and-pharmaceutical-companies-are-trying-to-steal-cannabis/ – Cannabis has been in the news for years.  California was the first state to pass a medical marijuana law in 1996; followed by Colorado in 2000, which expanded to recreational in 2010. (source) 34 states now have medical marijuana laws on the books, and in 13 states, cannabis is fully legal, including recreational use.(source).. But while we’re making strides now, there is a long, dark history surrounding cannabis in the US.  The medical industry used criminalizing it to their advantage…and they’re poised to use legalizing it to their advantage, too.  We can’t allow them to do this to us after all they’ve already done to hurt the population.”

US move halts release of Iranian tanker held in Gibraltar – by Aritz Parra and Jon Gambrell, AP – https://www.msn.com/en-xl/middleeast/middleeast-top-stories/us-move-halts-release-of-iranian-tanker-held-in-gibraltar/ar-AAFQgrS – “The Gibraltar government confirmed earlier media reports that the U.S. Department of Justice had sought to extend the detention of the oil tanker Grace 1, prompting the Supreme Court in the territory to adjourn a scheduled decision on whether to release the ship until later in the day… ‘The U.S. Department of Justice has applied to seize the Grace 1 on a number of allegations, which are now being considered,’ the Gibraltar government said in a statement, adding that the matter would be reviewed by the court at 4 p.m. local time… The Justice Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment.”

Israel Plans To Carry Out Strikes On ‘Iranian-backed Militias’ In Iraq: Reportshttps://southfront.org/israel-plans-to-carry-out-strikes-on-iranian-backed-militias-in-iraq-reports/ – “Israel allegedly plans to strike Iraqi Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) ammo stores, according to Iraqi security expert Fadhil Abu Ragheef, cited by RT Arabic: ‘Available information suggests that Israel is preparing to bomb the weapons caches of Hashd al-Sha’abi [the Arabic name of the PMU] forces, and not the command centers or fortifications of the fighters. This is quite likely to happen,’ Fadhil Abu Ragheef said…      He added that ‘what happened yesterday in the weapons depots south of Baghdad may be part of the plan that Israel is preparing.’.. The incident in question is a fire in an ammunition depot, resulting from an explosion in southern Baghdad. The camp, in which the depot was located belonged to the PMU.

Turkish-Backed Militants Target Syrian Army Vehicles, Gatherings With Guided Missiles (Videos) – https://southfront.org/turkish-backed-militants-target-syrian-army-vehicles-gatherings-with-guided-missiles-videos/ – “The Turkish-backed National Front for Liberation (NFL) targeted on August 13 and 14 several vehicles and a gathering of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) east of the town of Khan Shaykhun in Idlib’s southern countryside with anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs)… The strikes destroyed two truck-mounted 57mm cannons, a battle tank and a vehicle near the towns of Sukayk and Tell Maraq. A gathering of Syrian soldiers in the outskirt of Tell Tar’I was also hit… While these strikes halted the SAA advance east of Khan Shaykhun, the army was able to reach the town’s western entrance after securing the villages of Kafr Ayn, Tall Aas, Khirbat Murshid and Mantar… This intense use of ATGMs indicates that Turkey is still supporting the NFL, which is now defending positions of Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and other al-Qaeda-affiliated groups in Greater Idlib.”

Syrian Army Reached Khan Shaykhun’s Western Entrance After Resuming Its Advance In Southern Idlibhttps://southfront.org/syrian-army-reached-khan-shaykhuns-western-entrance-after-resuming-its-advance-in-southern-idlib/ – “Khan Shaykhun is located on the highway linking the Syrian capital, Damascus, with the city of Aleppo, the country’s industrial center. The town is also considered the gateway to the southern Idlib countryside… SAA troops are now reportedly situated only 2km away from Khan Shaykun’s western district. The assault on the town could begin in any given minute.”
How Real Power Kills or Rescues: Epstein Death Evidence so Far – by Makia Freeman – https://thefreedomarticles.com/epstein-death-evidence-so-far/Makia covers all of the important factoids in a concise report

Idaho Mother of Medically Kidnapped 16-Year-Old Indicted by Grand Jury and Re-arrested on Felony Injury to Child Chargeshttps://healthimpactnews.com/2019/idaho-mom-arrested-second-time-as-attempts-to-silence-her-fail-meanwhile-16-year-old-son-suffers-in-foster-care/ – “However, the night before the hearing, Kristine received a phone call from her attorney who informed her that the hearing had once again been canceled. She was told that Shari Dodge had gone to a grand jury instead, without the knowledge of her attorney, and received an indictment against Kristine… In other words, Prosecutor Shari Dodge took her “expert” witnesses, Dr. King and Dr. Barton, behind closed doors in order to secretly obtain the indictment through their hearsay allegations, which prevented Kristine from presenting her own witnesses and evidence as she would have been able to do at a preliminary hearing and also nullified Kristine’s right to have the preliminary hearing in front of a judge… Kristine points out that this is obviously a tactic done by the prosecutor to avoid public scrutiny of the hearing or to allow her to present the evidence that challenges the allegation of Injury to Child. Kristine says that Shari Dodge was afraid of the crowd at CPS hearing on July 16th, so: ‘she went behind my attorney’s back to get this indictment, obviously in part to avoid having to face me in court. She probably also didn’t want to have to walk past all those people again.’.. The grand jury indictment also means that Kristine was no longer able to have a hearing on the No Contact Order that was put into place in June, which currently prevents her from having off-site visits with her son and forces all visitation with Brandon to be in the CPS office, including his 16th birthday and homeschool graduation party.”

As US pressure increases on Iran-backed militias, they turn to Iran – by Ali Mamouri – https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2019/08/iraq-iran-us-pmu.html – “Iran-backed Shiite militias have been under increasing pressure recently in Iraq not only from the United States — which monitors their activities closely — but also from the public and the Iraqi government… During an interview Aug. 9 with a small group of Iraqi and foreign media representatives, Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi said he has already begun implementing a decree he issued last month regarding the regulation of the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU). Abdul Mahdi said although some of the PMU have concerns about the decree and have questioned it, ‘We are continuing the implementation of the decree as the majority of the PMU are supporting it.’ (comment: this is simply an obvious, blatant lie)… Kata’ib Hezbollah slammed the decree soon after it was issued in early July. A PMU website attributed the decree to US and Saudi pressure on Abdul Mahdi. Meanwhile, most of the PMU — including factions close to Ayatollah Ali Sistani such as al-Abbas Combat Division — have been silent about the decree, following all the prime minister’s orders as the commander-in-chief of the armed forces without resistance.”

Israel Has “the Most Moral Army in the World”? – The creepy French “intellectual” Bernard-Henri Levy gets it wrong – by Philip Giraldi – https://www.globalresearch.ca/israel-has-most-moral-army-world/5685063 – “Twelve Palestinians and four British observers were injured badly enough to be hospitalized. The British reported that they were ‘stamped on, dragged by the hair, strangled with a scarf and pepper sprayed by Israeli border police.’ One who was hospitalized described how Israeli soldiers dragged him by his feet, lifting him up, and kicking him in the stomach, while one soldier stamped on his head four times “at full force” before standing on his head and pulling his hair. Another suffered a fractured rib after ‘[the policeman] then stamped on my throat and others started punching my torso. It was a sadistic display of violence…’.. Yet another foreign observer was dragged out of the house, ‘…her hands were crushed so badly that she suffered a fractured knuckle on her left hand, and her right hand suffered severe tissue damage ‘which will be permanently misshapen unless she gets cosmetic surgery.’.’.. Edmond Sichrovsky, an Austrian activist of Jewish origin, who was in one of the houses, described how Israeli forces broke the door down, first dragging out the Palestinians, “knocking the grandfather to the floor in front of his crying and screaming grandchildren.” Cell phones were forcibly removed to eliminate any picture taking or filming before soldiers began attacking him and four other activists… I was repeatedly kicked and kneed, which left a bloody nose and multiple cuts, as well breaking my glasses from a knee in the face. Once outside, they slammed me against a car while shouting verbal insults at me and women activists, calling them whores.’ ”

US team begins establishing op center in Turkey for ‘safe zone’ in Syria – Planned US-Turkey operation center meant to keep Syria off balance: Analyst –  https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2019/08/13/603400/US – “A US delegation arrived in Turkey on Wednesday to set up the operation center in the country for the stated purpose of creating a “safe zone” in Syria… James Jatras, former US Senate foreign policy analyst, who also attended the show, described as “significant” the recent victories of Syrian government forces against the foreign-sponsored militants, saying “Washington wants to keep things as chaotic as possible… The political commentator further said ‘Syria has won this war but the United States does continue to have interests and objectives in the theater in the region and therefore keeping Syria off balance… The United States is trying to disrupt the consolidation of the Syrian government over its country so that it keeps it distracted by that particular task,’ and prevent it from working with  its allies, namely Iran and Russia, in the battle against terrorism, Michael Lane, founder of American Institute for Foreign Policy, told Press TV… ‘The United States’ purpose or vision is to keep Syria from becoming part of a triangle of Iran, Russia and Syria,’ he said.”

Texas Judge Chastises CPS but 4-Year-Old Boy Still Not Returned to Family – by Texas Home School Coalition Association – https://healthimpactnews.com/2019/texas-judge-chastises-cps-but-4-year-old-boy-still-not-returned-to-family/ – “Judge Tracy Gray chastised CPS for the ridiculous list of requests included in their report to the court. Judge Gray threw out every item challenged by the family’s attorneys, ordered CPS to “expedite” their efforts to place Drake with family or friends, and to start allowing the family to bring a third party witness to visits with Drake, something CPS has prohibited thus far… While the hearing was a great success for the family, there is still a long way to go. Judge Gray clearly appeared frustrated by CPS’ brazenly unconstitutional requests (like a court-ordered admission of guilt). This offers a ray of hope that CPS may not be able to continue getting away with their illegal actions.”

Ukrainian Army Will Reach Russia’s Rostov In Event Of Hostilities Resumption In Donbass: Ex-Military Spokespersonhttps://southfront.org/ukrainian-army-will-reach-russias-rostov-in-event-of-hostilities-resumption-in-donbass-ex-military-spokesperson/ – “The former speaker of the General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces (UAF) claimed that if the case of an attack by forces of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics (DPR and LPR), the UAF may mount a counteroffensive that could potentially reach Rostov… Speaking about the mythical DPR/LPR offensive along the Krivoy Rog-Kremenchug-Poltava-Kiev line, Vladislav Voloshin said: ‘It is almost impossible to do something like this, because today the Ukrainian army is one of the most combat-ready in Europe. Because we are waging a real war. And our front is multi-layered,’ he promised… ‘And here is the short answer of what will ensue over there, our army will probably reach Rostov.’ (Note: Rostov is 35km beyond the Russian border [!] )

Iran Warns that Israeli Presence In Persian Gulf Would Lead To Warhttps://southfront.org/iran-warns-that-israeli-presence-in-persian-gulf-would-lead-to-war/ – “Israel’s presence in the Persian Gulf may lead to a war in the region, Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Navy Commander Rear Admiral Alireza Tangsiri told Lebanese TV channel Al Mayadeen… ‘The United States and the United Kingdom must assume responsibility for the Zionist regime’s illegal presence in the Persian Gulf waters.’.. ‘Any presence of the Zionist regime in the Persian Gulf waters is illegal, as it may result in war and confrontation in the region,’ Tangsiri warned… Tangsiri alleged that the US and UK are responsible for the situation in the Persian Gulf, mostly by fabricating the various scenarios that they use as justification for their deployments.”

Israel-born Treasury official is at the center of U.S. policies on Iran – by Alison Weir –  https://israelpalestinenews.org/israel-born-treasury-official-is-at-the-center-of-u-s-policies-on-iran/ – According to a just published report in the Atlantic and a previous article by a former CIA officer, an Israeli-born individual is at the center of U.S. policies targeting Iran… The Atlantic reports that financial sanctions are the “key tool” the United States has been using against Iran during  ‘the past three presidential administrations. ”And Treasury official Sigal Mandelker” is the one with her hand on the lever.’.. According to the article, ‘Because Trump is anxious to avoid war with Iran but also eager to push the Iranians, she is one of the most powerful officials designing the strategy Trump’s administration hopes will force Iranian capitulation—or, failing that, perhaps even the government’s collapse.’.. Mandelker has been working on governmental policies since 2006 – the year in which U.S. officials ‘focused on finding ways to cut off Iran from the global financial system.’.. In the years just before her 2017 Under Secretary appointment, Mandelker was a partner at Proskauer Rose LLP, a powerful, politically connected international law firm with ties to Israel. The pro-Israel website Algemeiner,* reports: ‘Historically, Proskauer Rose was known as a ‘Jewish’ law firm.’  Partner Joseph M. Proskauer was ‘a Democratic Party stalwart, friend of politicians, state judge, civic and philanthropic personality, and major fund raiser for the state of Israel.’.. It appears that Mandelker is or was an Israeli citizen who was born in Israel. While this is periodically referred to in Israeli and Jewish media, the Treasury Department has refused to answer whether Mandelker is still an Israeli citizen, despite numerous email and phone inquiries requesting this information about a high U.S. official… The information is particularly relevant since U.S. attacks on Israel’s neighbors are often pushed by Israel partisans concerned with maintaining Israeli hegemony in the region.”

This Will Not Make You a Superhero (or a god) (49 min) – by Truthstream Media – The accelerating push to coerce humanity into accepting such “modifications” of our biology as “brain-computer interfaces” is a very long term project, fronted by salesmen like Elon Musk.

“Opposition” or Terrorists? Who Is Syria and Russia Targeting in Idlib? – by Tony Cartalucci – https://www.globalresearch.ca/opposition-terrorists-who-syria-russia-bombing-idlib/5686183 – “Were the situation reversed and the West was faced with an entire province or state occupied by Al Qaeda and its myriad of affiliates – total war would commence and would not end until the targeted region was purged entirely of militants. Civilian causalities would either go uncounted and under-reported, or spun as a necessity in confronting an otherwise intolerable bastion of armed terrorism… Terrorist forces have been concentrated in Idlib as Syrian forces pushed them out of virtually every other populated region of the country. Even the liberation of the City of Aleppo took years to achieve. Idlib is an entire governorate bordering Turkey which is still arming and protecting terrorist organizations both within Turkish territory itself and in Syrian territory occupied by Turkish forces… If there is one point of hope amid this still dangerous and deadly conflict – it’s that the Western media and inveterate war propagandists like Scott Lucas are no longer able to conceal the true nature of terrorists they have aided and abetted since 2011… They will continue trying nonetheless – but as Lucas just managed to do – will succeed only in exposing more of the network the US and its allies used in their proxy war against Damascus – thus further undermining regime change efforts in Syria and complicating similar attempts to target and overthrow other nations in the future.”

Criminal Embargoes: Venezuela and Iran in the Crosshairs of Murderers Inc – Who Is Next? – by Peter Koenig – https://www.globalresearch.ca/criminal-embargoes-venezuela-iran-crosshairs-murderers-inc-who-next/5686080 – “The latest is an open declaration of economic warfare by Washington, a total embargo on Venezuela; the embargo is now being turned into a naval blockade. Similar steps are to be taken for Iran. That literally means that no merchandise – no matter how vital for survival, like food and medication, is allowed into Venezuela. Three days ago, the US seized, totally illegally, a cargo ship attempting to deliver food and medication to Venezuela – in the Panama Canal, territory which the US does not own or control anymore… The ship was carrying soy cakes, from which Venezuela was to produce food. Never mind, that the cargoes are fully paid for by Venezuela. And this seems to be just the beginning. Vessels leaving Venezuela with petrol deliveries to client countries are also targeted for blockage, thus confiscating, or rather stealing, Venezuela’s main source of income on which she intends to survive and feed and provide health care for her people. This, in addition to the more than 130 billion dollars total Venezuelan assets confiscated – stolen – by the US worldwide… And nobody says beep. Almost.”

The FBI’s Alleged Conspiracy Theorist-Terrorist Connection Is Anti-American – by Andrew Korybko – https://www.globalresearch.ca/fbi-alleged-conspiracy-theorist-terrorist-connection-anti-american/5685908 – “The de-facto criminalization of free speech is an ongoing trend in American society that’s already pressured a lot of people to self-censor their beliefs in public in order to avoid official scrutiny from the authorities or harassment by their political opponents, but an intelligence bulletin released by the FBI’s Phoenix office back in May and only reported on by the Mainstream Media earlier this month might spread the dragnet even further by de-facto criminalizing the online pursuit of additional information that contradicts the official narrative about various events… The “secret police” (as they’d be described by the Mainstream Media if any other country’s version of the FBI was being reported on) believe that a connection exists between so-called “conspiracy theories” and domestic terrorism, and while there have veritably been some people who hold such controversially defined beliefs and ended up killing others, it’s anti-American to suspect that anyone engaged in seeking out all sides of every story (no matter how possibly implausible) automatically qualifies as a potential terrorist.”

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Web Research Links for the Week of 8/5/19

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From the You-Can’t-Make-This-Stuff-Up Desk: Colorado bear caught stealing entire dumpster from pot shop (video) – https://www.fox32chicago.com/amp/news/colorado-bear-caught-stealing-entire-dumpster-from-pot-shop

The Coming War On China – Documentary History by John Pilger (2018 – 1hr 50min) – If you haven’t experienced the documentaries of Pilger, this is a great place to start. It’s possibly his best yet.

Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy describes attack by Banditos clique – by Miriam Hernandez and Lisa Bartley – https://abc7.com/lasd-deputy-describes-attack-by-banditos-clique/5370629/ – “Sheriff Alex Villanueva unveiled a new policy Friday meant to root out the problem… The measure follows a violent deputy confrontation at a department sponsored party at Kennedy Hall in East L.A… A deputy who was beaten up at that party is speaking out anonymously as he and six other deputies file a legal claim alleging harassment and discrimination… ‘There’s people getting, you know, stomped on… being choked out… it was just crazy, crazy to believe they’re all cops,’ the deputy tells Eyewitness News… The deputies allege that it was a one-sided fight with younger deputies attacked by veteran “shot callers” of the East L.A. sheriff’s station, a group bearing tattoos of a skeleton in a sombrero with a shotgun… It is the Los Banditos logo.”

Did Epstein Commit Suicide, Get Suicided, Or Get Whisked Away To Israel? All Claims Are Being Made (47 min) – by Ryan Cristian – A detailed analysis of available info on developments in the Epstein Narrative at an early stage of investigation. Good job, Ryan!

BATTLE FOR THE SOUL OF AMERICA by Michael McKibben, Leader Technologies (21 min)

Did Bill Barr Call His Shot? Unanswered Questions about FBI’s Foreknowledge of the El Paso Shooting – William Barr’s warning that a “major incident” could occur “at any time” and “galvanize public opinion” around the unpopular encryption back-door policy he has been seeking seems to have come true in the weeks since the attorney general made those statements – by Whitney Webb – https://www.mintpressnews.com/william-barr-unanswered-questions-fbi-foreknowledge-el-paso-shooting/261221/ – “Yet, not long before the recent spate of mass shootings began, U.S. Attorney General William Barr gave a speech on July 23 in which he spoke of the need for all consumer electronic devices and encrypted software to have a backdoor for the government to bypass encryption, essentially calling for many of the same measures that Trump has proposed following the recent shootings… Notably, Barr concluded his speech by stating that he anticipated ‘a major incident may well occur at any time that will galvanize public opinion on these issues.’ In other words, just a few days prior to the recent spate of mass shootings, William Barr stated that he anticipated a public safety crisis that ‘may well occur at any time’ and would reduce public resistance to the further erosion of civil liberties that he was advocating for in his speech.” – Comment: Barr has been a facilitator of mass State Surveillance throughout his career, as outlined in this article.

GLOBAL DEBT BOMB THREATENS WORLD ECONOMYhttp://www.newsilkstrategies.com/economics-and-finance/global-debt-bomb-threatens-world-economy – “MOSCOW, August 2 – RIA Novosti, Natalia Dembinskaya. World debt has reached $246 trillion. This is an absolute record, more than three times global GDP – the cost of all products and services on the planet. Economists have warned that when a multi-trillion bomb, planted under the global economy, explodes, the crisis will break out worse than in 2008. RIA Novosti reports why the situation under which the fuses have already been lit is close to critical and whether it will be possible to avoid a general collapse…  Where does so much debt come from?..  As follows from a report published by the Institute of International Finance (IIF), in the first quarter, global debt increased by three trillion dollars compared to the same period last year and set another record: 246 trillion. This is almost 320% of global GDP.”

Jeffrey Epstein Reportedly Taken Off Suicide Watch Before Death – by Jim Mustian, Michael R. Sisak and Michael Balsamo – https://www.truthdig.com/articles/jeffrey-epstein-found-dead-of-apparent-suicide/ – “A person familiar with the matter told The Associated Press that Epstein had been taken off suicide watch. The person wasn’t authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke to AP on condition of anonymity. It wasn’t immediately clear when he was taken off suicide watch… Cameron Lindsay, a former warden who ran three federal lockups, said the death represents ‘an unfortunate and shocking failure, if proven to be a suicide.’.. ‘Unequivocally, he should have been on active suicide watch and therefore under direct and constant supervision,’ Lindsay said.”

Jeffrey Epstein found dead in his jail cell of apparent suicide: reporthttps://www.rawstory.com/2019/08/jeffrey-epstein-found-dead-in-his-jail-cell-of-apparent-suicide-report/ – “The New York Post is reporting that financier Jeffrey Epstein has been found dead in his jail after apparently committing suicide… The reports states, ‘Convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein died overnight in an apparent suicide, law enforcement sources told the Post Saturday.’.. ‘A gurney carrying a man who looked like Epstein was wheeled out of the Manhattan Correctional Center around 7:30 a.m. and headed to New York Downtown Hospital. A call for a reported cardiac arrest came in at 6:38 a.m., Fire Department sources said.’ ”

Epic Series by Whitney Webb of MintPressNews.com – The Jeffrey Epstein and the Roy Cohn, Donald Trump Deep State Milieu:

Part 1Hidden in Plain Sight: The Shocking Origins of the Jeffrey Epstein Case – Epstein is only the latest incarnation of a much older, more extensive and sophisticated operation that offers a frightening window into how deeply tied the U.S. government is to the modern-day equivalents of organized crime – by Whitney Webb – https://www.mintpressnews.com/shocking-origins-jeffrey-epstein-blackmail-roy-cohn/260621/

Part 2: Government by Blackmail: Jeffrey Epstein, Trump’s Mentor and the Dark Secrets of the Reagan Era – Appalling for both the villainous abuse of children itself and the chilling implications of government by blackmail, this tangled web of unsavory alliances casts a lurid light on the political history of the U.S. from the Prohibition Era right up through the Age of Trump – https://www.mintpressnews.com/blackmail-jeffrey-epstein-trump-mentor-reagan-era/260760/

Part 3: Mega Group, Maxwells and Mossad: The Spy Story at the Heart of the Jeffrey Epstein Scandal – The picture painted by the evidence is not a direct Epstein tie to a single intelligence agency but a web linking key members of the Mega Group, politicians, and officials in both the U.S. and Israel, and an organized-crime network with deep business and intelligence ties in both nations – https://www.mintpressnews.com/mega-group-maxwells-mossad-spy-story-jeffrey-epstein-scandal/261172/Comment: I’ve seen pieces of the info that Webb includes in these articles in various places, but she puts it ALL together in a very well organized and accessible way. Highly Recommended!

Amazon Continues Helping Police By Teaching Them How To Bypass A Warrant – by Aaron Kesel – https://www.activistpost.com/2019/08/amazon-continues-helping-police-by-teaching-them-how-to-bypass-a-warrant.html – “If that’s not enough, GovTech has reported that police can go around customers and request Ring camera footage directly from Amazon when they are denied access to homeowners’ cameras. Therefore, bypassing permission of the owners of the cameras and going directly to the source, Amazon’s Ring, to “subpoena” video footage… Amazon Ring now has a reported 225 partnerships with law enforcement according to Gizmodo. However, a report by Motherboard revealed that the number was actually 231 law enforcement agencies around the country who have partnered with Ring. It’s important to note that these partnerships take both a financial and digital form, because for every resident who downloads Ring’s Neighbors app, local police departments get credits toward buying the cameras they can then use distribute to residents. This arrangement makes salespeople out of what should be impartial and trusted protectors of our civic society, the EFF argues. : ‘This is not the first time the government has attempted to use an economic incentive to expand the reach of surveillance technology and to subsidize the vendors. In 2017, EFF spoke out against legislation that would provide tax credits for California residents who purchased home security systems.'”

US Congressman Warns of Political Conspiracy to Overturn the 2nd Amendment In Its Entirety – by Matt Agorist – https://www.activistpost.com/2019/08/us-congressman-warns-of-political-conspiracy-to-overturn-the-2nd-amendment-in-its-entirety.html – “Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., told reporters this week that there is a political movement brewing in the US to overturn the Second Amendment in its entirety. Americans would no longer have a right to keep and bear arms…. Despite seeing the writing on the wall, Kinzinger is on board with much of the Republican base in the support of red flag laws… Citizens who are targeted by these laws will be deemed guilty first and only after their guns are taken, will they have a chance to defend themselves in court. This is the de facto removal of due process; and if history is any indicator, they will one day be used to disarm those who disagree with the State.”

Federal Judges Are Waging War on the Fourth Amendment – by Chris Calton – https://www.activistpost.com/2019/08/federal-judges-are-waging-war-on-the-fourth-amendment.html – “The result is that the police now enjoy unlimited reign in harassing, searching, and arresting drivers. Motivated by civil forfeiture laws that empower them to confiscate civilian property without charging the victim with a crime, the police have institutionalized the practice of conducting mass road stops as means of searching civilians for property to confiscate (a practice recently curtailed by a SCOTUS ruling, but not eliminated). Highway robbery has been legally sanctioned and encouraged by all branches of the federal government, so that state and local police forces can only accurately be understood is roadway pirates.”

6th-Grader Dragged Out Of Class For Saying Gender-Confused Boy “Is A Boy” – by Tyler Durden – https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-08-09/6th-grader-dragged-out-class-saying-gender-confused-boy-boy – “In a redacted letter to the school district, Liberty Counsel said Boy A had started publicly identifying as a female this spring. It became “heavily discussed at the school, particularly by a group of girls” in John’s classes who quickly started treating Boy A as a girl and frequently discussing his “transition” with him in art class… John is also in that class, and considers Boy A a friend. He was “subjected to conversations about these issues constantly, on at least a weekly or semi-weekly basis,” because the girls and Boy A sat directly behind him… On May 13 the girls claimed that “taking girl hormones” and eventually getting his “male private parts removed” would turn Boy A into a girl. John “disagreed as a factual matter” and said he was “not a girl.” Another boy agreed that sex is “what you’re born with,” and cannot be changed by hormones and surgery, and a third boy “may have said something to a similar effect,” according to Liberty Counsel… Their art teacher overheard the conversation and reported John and the boys to the assistant principal, falsely claiming they were “bullying” Boy A and that the third boy called him a “homosexual.” ”

Stocks, Yuan Plunge As Trump Warns “Could Cancel September Meeting” With China – by Tyler Durden – https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-08-09/stocks-tumble-trump-says-not-ready-deal-china – “President Trump tells reporters ‘it’s going very well with China,’ but the U.S. is not ready to make a deal… ‘In the case of China, the tariffs have been amazing,’… Trump also said that he has ‘no choice but to what he’s doing on China,’ and said trade talks with China scheduled to be held in Washington in September might not happen… ‘We have an open dialogue — we’ll see whether or not we keep our meeting in September.’.. ‘If we do, that’s fine, if we don’t, that’s fine’ ”

Bailout #3: Chinese Bank With $200 Billion In Assets Is Nationalized – by Tyler Durden – https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-08-09/bailout-3-chinese-bank-200-billion-assets-nationalized – “And so, fast forward to this week when overnight, the SCMP reported that China’s sovereign wealth fund has taken over Heng Feng Bank – the bank at the very top of the list shown above, one with roughly $200 billion in assets –  a troubled lender linked to fugitive financier Xiao Jianhua, in the third case in as many months of the state exerting its grip over wayward financial institutions… According to the report, Central Huijin Investment, a subsidiary of the China Investment Corporation that acts as the Chinese government’s shareholder in the country’s four biggest banks, emerged as a strategic investor in Heng Feng, according to a brief report overnight by Shanghai Securities News, published by state news agency Xinhua… In short, a 3rd Chinese bank in as many months received an implicit (or explicit) state bailout, and with the dominoes now falling, it’s just a matter of time before most if not all of the banks shown in the list above collapse.”

The Fed Is Trapped In A Rate-Cutting Box: It’s The Debt, Stupid! – by Tyler Durden – https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-08-09/fed-trapped-rate-cutting-box-its-debt-stupid – “The Fed desperately needs to keep credit expanding or the economy will collapse. However, it’s an unsustainable scheme… Key Debt Points: ● In 1984 it took $1 of additional debt to create an additional $1 of Real GDP. ● As of the fourth quarter of 2018, it took $3.8 dollars to create $1 of real GDP. ● As of 2013, it took more than a dollar of public debt to create a dollar of GDP. ● If interest rates were 3.0%, interest on total credit market debt would be a whopping $2.16 trillion per year. That approximately 11.5% of real GDP year in and year out.” (emphasis added)

This Is The Same Pattern The Fed Followed Before The Great Depression – by Brandon Smith – https://www.activistpost.com/2019/08/this-is-the-same-pattern-the-fed-followed-before-the-great-depression.html – “Keep in mind that the latest Fed decision does two things: First, it is an indirect admission that the U.S. is entering recession territory. Second, it is also an admission that the Fed doesn’t plan to do anything about it, at least, not until it’s too late. In other words, all those people who thought the central bank was about to kick the can on the current crash in economic fundamentals were mistaken. As I have been predicting for many months, the Fed has no intention of trying to delay the effects of negative conditions any longer. The crash is now a reality that the mainstream will have to accept… In order to understand why the Fed is withholding liquidity at this time instead of opening the floodgates, it is important to understand central banker motives. First and foremost, the assumption that the Fed is always concerned with keeping the financial system afloat is incorrect. The Fed has allowed the U.S. system to crash multiple times in its 106 year history. In truth, the Fed has created bubble after massive bubble through stimulus and low interest rates, and then crashed these bubbles using liquidity tightening policies… Essentially what the Fed has done is create an economic time bomb, a sensitive explosive that could be set off by the slightest tremor. Any new geopolitical shock event could trigger this bomb. A No Deal Brexit, a shooting war in Iran, etc. The public will look to these events as the “cause” of the economic crisis, when it was actually the central bank that made it all possible.”

Ukrainian Armed Forces Preparing For Agressive Actions In Donbass: DPR Intelligencehttps://southfront.org/ukrainian-armed-forces-preparing-for-agressive-actions-in-donbass-dpr-intelligence/ – “Our intelligence obtained information on preparation and deployment to the front positions of units and subunits of the reserve of the UAF towards Mariupol… According to data obtained from the headquarters of the invaders [Ukraine], as well as from local residents of the settlements occupied by the UAF in the south of Donetsk region, we received information regarding the firing positions of the 152-mm and 122-mm artillery installations of the 406th artillery brigade of the Navy… We regard such actions of the Ukrainian side as direct preparation for active hostilities against our Republic… We do not exclude the possibility that in the near future the Ukrainian invaders will carry out terrorist acts near the front line in order to create an occasion to launch an offensive, the victims of which will be UAF fighters or civilians.”

Damascus Rejects Turkish-U.S. “Peace Corridor” Agreement On Northeastern Syriahttps://southfront.org/damascus-rejects-turkish-u-s-peace-corridor-agreement-on-northeastern-syria/ – “A source in the Syrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates told the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on August 8 that Damascus sees the agreement as a blatant aggression against the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the country and a flagrant violation of the principles of the international law and the UN Charter… ‘This agreement has very clearly exposed the US-Turkish partnership in the aggression against Syria which serves the interest of the Israeli occupation entity and the Turkish expansionist ambitions and it unequivocally exposed the misleading and evasiveness which govern the policies of the Turkish regime,’ the source added… Turkey and the U.S. announced the initial agreement, a day earlier. While the agreement doesn’t specify the steps that both sides will take to establish the “peace corridor,” Turkish sources claim that Kurdish forces will be moved out of the zone.”

Liberalism Is Over – Russia, America, and Iran– by Israel Shamir – http://www.unz.com/ishamir/russia-america-and-iran/ – “This hard-earned prosperity and political longevity allows President Putin to hold his own in the international affairs. He is one of a few experienced leaders on the planet with twenty years at the top job. He has met with three Popes of Rome, four US Presidents, and many other rulers. This is important: 93-years old Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad who ruled his Malaysia for 40 years and has been elected again said the first ten years of a ruler are usually wasted in learning the ropes, and only after first twenty does he becomes proficient in the art of government. The first enemy a ruler must fight is his own establishment: media, army, intelligence and judges. While Trump is still losing in this conflict, Putin is doing fine – by his Judoka evasive action.”

Israel To Participate In US-led Mission In Persian Gulf By Providing Intelligence And “Other” Activitieshttps://southfront.org/israel-to-participate-in-us-led-mission-in-persian-gulf-by-providing-intelligence-and-other-activities/ – “On August 6th, Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz said that the country would support the US-led operation to provide a sort of maritime security in the Persian Gulf… Speaking at a closed session of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, Katz said Israel was assisting the mission with intelligence and other unspecified fields… Katz told a ministers’ meeting that the two reached “substantial agreements,” adding that he was working toward “transparent normalization and signed agreements” with Gulf states. He added: ‘We do not have a conflict with them.’.. Katz further said that it is an Israeli interest to stop Iranian entrenchment in the region and strengthen Israel’s relationship with Gulf countries.”

When You Get An Email Like This From The Fed, It May Be Time To Panic – by Tyler Durden – https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-08-07/when-you-get-email-fed-it-may-be-time-panic – “As we explained in detail, the main reason why the Fed should be concerned, is that according to a research report from BofA’s Marc Cabana which we used extensively in the report, the Fed may be forced to launch Quantitative Easing as soon as Q4 to provide the market with the much needed liquidity, or else suffer the consequences of a major liquidity shortage. To wit, in describing the various steps the Fed can engage in, this is what the BofA strategist said: ‘Outright QE: after OMO dealer capacity is exhausted the Fed may need to start permanently expanding its balance sheet. The Fed would likely describe this as offsetting “bank reserve demand and growth in other non-reserve liabilities”. Regardless, it would represent the Fed permanently buying USTs outright to maintain control of funding markets well above the ZLB.’.. Well, it appears that the Fed paid attention, because moments ago we received an email from a Federal Reserve researcher which should make everyone very, very nervous. Specifically, the “rather urgent request” from a Fed staffer (no, not Edward Quince) seeks the full Cabana report whose gist, as noted above, is that the Fed will have to launch QE4 in very short notice to offset the upcoming liquidity drain.”

Protests In Hong Kong Continue From Morning, With Violence Escalatinghttps://southfront.org/protests-in-hong-kong-continue-from-morning-with-violence-escalating/ – “More than 100 flights were cancelled at the Hong Kong airport earlier in the day, but the backlog is being worked through and normal work is being restored… In total, demonstrations took place in seven districts. In these five police fire tear gas at protesters: ● Tin Shui Wai; ● Wong Tai Sin; ● Admiralty/ Central; ● Tsim Sha Tsui; ● Tai Po… The other two locations with protester activity were the Hong Kong airport and the HK Disneyland… The Associated Press reported that a Hong Kong official had said that the People’s Liberation Army would not be deployed…  ‘An official says Hong Kong’s police are fully supported by the government and there is no need to deploy China’s military to cope with increasingly violent anti-government protests.’ ” (underlined emphasis added)

Americans Should Be Very Skeptical Of Calls For New “Terrorism” Laws – by Caitlin Johnstone – https://www.activistpost.com/2019/08/americans-should-be-very-skeptical-of-calls-for-new-terrorism-laws.html – “I have no easy answers for America’s mass shooting epidemic, and as an Australian I see the gun control debate as outside my sovereign territory. I will simply suggest, as I so often do, that if Americans really want to address the problem then the best place to start is to do the first ever honest and in-depth study on the effects of domestic propaganda on the American mind, particularly war propaganda. There are only so many times a certain type of mind can be told violence-glorifying lies before it snaps; if anyone researches mass shootings in the light of the constant psychological abuse that Americans suffer at the hands of their mass media, I guarantee they’ll find a connection. Americans are the most propagandized people on earth because of their proximity to the most strategically crucial part of the empire; it’s not a coincidence that they’re also by far the most prone to mass shootings… One thing I can tell you won’t fix your problems, America, and that’s listening to the propagandists who want you to hand over even more control to a government that has already begun floating high-altitude surveillance balloons over your country without your permission.,, Don’t let them bully you with fear.

Currency War Begins: Chinese Yuan Crashes Past 7 To New Record Low; Global Markets Tumble After Beijing Suspends US Agri Imports – by Tyler Durden – https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-08-04/currency-war-begins-chinese-yuan-crashes-past-7usd-record-lowUpdate 1 – China is firing all the big guns tonight, because just an hour after Beijing effectively devalued the yuan, when it launched the latest currency war with the US, Bloomberg reported that the Chinese government has asked its state-owned enterprises ‘to suspend imports of U.S. agricultural products after President Donald Trump ratcheted up trade tensions with the Asian nation last week.’.. Update 2: – China’s central bank has confirmed that it is, indeed, on, saying that it is able to keep the yuan exchange rate at a reasonable and balanced level – whatever that means – while acknowledging that the Yuan plunging beyond 7 per dollar is due to market supply and demand, trade protectionism and expectations on additional tariffs on Chinese goods... Meanwhile, resorting to its old, tired and worn out tricks, Dow Jones reports that the PBOC will crack down on short-term Yuan speculation, and anchor market expectations... Which is great… if only the PBOC didn’t say exactly the same back in May, when it warned currency traders that  those ‘shorting the yuan will inevitably suffer from a huge loss.‘.. Three months later, it’s currency traders 1 – Beijing 0... China’s state-run agricultural firms have now stopped buying American farm goods, and are waiting to see how trade talks progress... Translation: trade talks, even the fake kind, is now over, dead and buried, and the only question is how Trump will react... Update 3: The carnage from yuan volatility is starting to spread… Chinese bond yields are tumbling…” – Comment: Bonds, Chinese Bonds, Offshore Yuan, U.S. Dollar plummet. Dow is down over 800 points (3%)

Walmart, El Paso, TX Shooting – 3 to 4 Shooters Say Eyewitnesses & More… (13 min )

Lee Stanahan interview from Patrick Henningsen’s Twitter feed (20 min) – https://twitter.com/21WIRE/status/1158409873538846728Great interview and analysis by Lee Stanahan on Faultlines Radio – The Alt Right nexus and the Epstein Furor

“Antivaxxers Are Killers” Programmed Into Microsoft’s BING Autosuggest – Is this Hate Speech? – by Sayer Ji – https://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/antivaxxers-are-killers-programmed-microsofts-bing-autosuggest-hate-speech – “Recently, Google was caught red-handed manipulating its search results to serve a not-so-hidden agenda, both by scrubbing its results clean of natural health and vaccine skeptical information, and by rigging its autocomplete keyword phrases to disparage complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) and promote an exclusively pro-vaccine agenda… Now, a new investigation reveals that Bing (Microsoft’s search engine launched in 2009 which has 9% of the global markeshare) is targeting the so-called “vaccine hesitant” with preprogrammed search suggestions that bully, disparage, and ultimately characterize this increasingly marginalized group as dangerous and violent against others… Moreover, Bing falsely claims that its “autosuggest” function is based on the volume of real searches made by others, and not arbitrary human biases and/or political agendas originating within Microsoft itself.”

Web Research Links for the Week of 7/29/19

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More Signs the Next Big Financial Crisis May Begin in Germany – by Lubomir Tassev – https://www.activistpost.com/2019/08/more-signs-the-next-big-financial-crisis-may-begin-in-germany.html – “Berlin has gotten itself, and the rest of Europe, into an almost hopeless situation. The Eurozone is tuned in a way that benefits its largest economy. That, however, leads to the concentration of money in Germany whose banks have been lending it back to the weaker partners in the Eurozone and the EU to sustain them and their markets. Sooner or later, the poor borrowers won’t be able to take any more debt. It’s already happened with Greece, for example… Germany has become a lender, supplier and consumer that’s too big to fail. A German crisis would surely drag the rest of the Eurozone and hurt the global economy. So now Europe is basically financing Germany through low and subzero interest rates. Things are nearing a point where normal economic logic isn’t part of the equation anymore. Investors are literary paying more and more to lend money to Germany, as Welt business editor Holger Zschaepitz remarked in a tweet this week. Berlin recently sold €2.345 billion of 10-year debt at a record low yield of -0.41%.”

Al-Qaeda Stronger Than Ever? State Department’s War On Terror Redux – by Tyler Durden – https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-08-02/al-qaeda-stronger-ever-war-terror-redux – “Now approaching two decades after 9/11 and the start of the so-called “war on terror” we’ve now come full circle. With the ISIS caliphate dead, and with Pentagon officials increasingly unable to justify the US expanding Middle East footprint based on that inflated threat, we’re now being told al-Qaeda is back and stronger than ever.”

NSA Whistleblower Edward Snowden Says Facebook, Instagram Spying On Customers — Wants To Help Combat Surveillance – by Aaron Kesel – https://www.activistpost.com/2019/08/nsa-whistleblower-edward-snowden-says-facebook-instagram-spying-on-customers-wants-to-help-combat-surveillance.html – “In a tweet rant posted on Twitter, Snowden expressed that both social media giants owned by Mark Zuckerberg were involved in spying on their users, as well as YouTube. Snowden also announced that he has created new accounts on the platforms and that he will explain how the sites spy on users. He added, that he would “explain methods to limit how much they know about you,” if you choose to use them… It’s worth noting that this author recently wrote an article on Palantir, the company that was accused of providing the technology that enables NSA’s mass surveillance PRISM. In that article, we went into extensive detail about Palantir’s history as a company and the development of software used at Fusion Centers across the U.S…. Palantir’s software in many ways is similar to the  Prosecutor’s Management Information System (PROMIS) stolen software Main Core and may be the next evolution in that code, which allegedly predated PRISM. In 2008, Salon.com published details about a top-secret government database that might have been at the heart of the Bush administration’s domestic spying operations. The database known as “Main Core” reportedly collected and stored vast amounts of personal and financial data about millions of Americans in event of an emergency like Martial Law.”

Trump Considering Blockade of Venezuelahttps://www.rt.com/news/465610-venezuela-us-blockade-trump/ – “Trump made the off-hand remark, which may mean tons of additional hardship for the people of crisis-hit Venezuela, after he was asked by a reporter at the White House lawn if he has been considering a blockade or a quarantine of the Latin American country, ‘given the amount of foreign involvement from Russia, China, and Iran.’.. ‘Yes, I am,’ the US president responded, without elaborating. The curt response prompted the journalist to ask again, only for Trump to triple down: ‘Yes, I am. Yes. Yes, I am.’ ”

US planning to roll out peace plan at meeting with Arab leaders – report – Israeli paper says invitations to be extended by Kushner during Middle East trip this week, Netanyahu helped plan conference but unlikely to attend – https://www.timesofisrael.com/us-planning-to-roll-out-peace-plan-at-meeting-with-arab-leaders-report/ – “The United States is reportedly planning a conference with Arab leaders at Camp David, during which US President Donald Trump will roll out his plan for Israeli-Palestinian peace… Invitations to the conference will be extended by Jared Kushner, Trump’s senior adviser and son-in-law, as he visits Israel and the Middle East this week to drum up support for the plan, the Yedioth Ahronoth daily reported Wednesday… US officials have previously stated the plan would not be released until after the Israeli elections… According to the report, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu helped plan the meeting, which could be a boon to his reelection hopes.”

‘Pentagon doesn’t want advice of American people’: US stops tracking who controls Afghan territories (3 min) – Comment: Wars to be kept secret from the American people paying the bills, whom Trump identifies with “the enemy.”

5800 Fake Families Found at Border – Children Brought Across Border to Feed Sex Trafficking Networks – by Brian Shilhavy –  http://healthimpactnews.com/2019/5800-fake-families-found-at-border-children-brought-across-border-to-feed-sex-trafficking-networks/ – Rogers says that because the demand is so great in the U.S., traffickers are filling that demand with an increased supply of forced sex workers… ‘So the demand here in the United States is a global one,’ he said. ‘We do have men traveling the globe to go to places like Thailand and other places in East Asia to purchase sex with kids. But, in fact, the demand is so great that the supply has needed to be filled here in the United States.’.. ‘Because of the demand, then these traffickers are filling that demand with supply. And the demand is so great here in the United States that they’re filling the supply with our very own kids,’ Rogers continued. (Source.).. The problem of child sex trafficking should be a non-partisan issue, and the corporate “mainstream” media needs to stop portraying the problems with children at the borders as a problem with separating children from their parents.”

Refusing to be Silent, Parents Come Forward to Describe How their Children Suffered Painful Deaths After Being Vaccinatedhttp://healthimpactnews.com/2019/refusing-to-be-silent-parents-come-forward-to-describe-how-their-children-suffered-painful-deaths-after-being-vaccinated/  – “California Medical Doctor Sues Medical Board Over Intimidating Doctors Who Write Vaccine Medical Exemptions – He recently asked for parents who had children that died as a result of vaccines to email him their stories, and then another California doctor, Dr. Robert Rowen, who has a large following on Facebook, published their stories today… Dr. Rowen commented that these stories brought him to tears, and warns his readers that they may also have the same effect on them… We reproduce these stories here for greater public awareness, and to make sure their voices are not silenced by the Social Media tech giants… There are common themes in many of these tragic stories where once healthy and normal children deteriorated in health after receiving vaccines, and then died… From child protective services (CPS) threats against parents who question vaccines and risk losing their children if they do not comply, to doctors who refuse to admit vaccines cause harm and therefore will not treat vaccine injuries, these testimonies show that we are facing a real crisis and tragedy in the U.S. today when it comes to vaccine policy… These are among the few and brave parents who will not be silenced, risking their reputations and careers to tell their stories publicly in a country now ruled by medical tyranny.”

U.S. Preparing Militant Sabotage Groups To Attack Syrian Oil Infrastructure: Russiahttps://southfront.org/u-s-preparing-militant-sabotage-groups-to-attack-syrian-oil-infrastructure-russia/ – “The US is preparing militant sabotage groups that would be tasked with attacks on Syrian oil infrastructure, the Russian Defense Ministry warned on July 29. According to reports, such groups have been spotted in the areas of al-Suwayda, al-Bukamal and Palmyra… Head of the Russian General Staff’s Main Operational Department Col. Gen. Sergei Rudskoi said that the US is training around 2,700 miltiants of Jaysh Maghawir al-Thawra and other militant groups. US-trained sabotage groups are being deployed in the government-held areas to destabilize the situation there… The Russian side added that the situation is also tense in the Idlib de-escalation zone. According to Col. Gen. Rudskoi, at least 500 members of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham were deployed from the northern part of the zone to southern Idlib.”

Orwellian Own-Goal: Finland’s ‘Fake News’ Training Children to Believe Only Mainstream Propaganda – by Patrick Henningsen – https://21stcenturywire.com/2019/07/29/orwellian-own-goal-finlands-fake-news-training-children-to-believe-only-mainstream-propaganda/ – “Toivanen then said something that’s been becoming and more apparent – the targets of propaganda need to taught from very young age to only believe the Western propaganda, any other kind is inherently wrong and evil, but the US-fabricated one can’t possibly be fake news… ‘It’s not just a government problem, the whole society has been targeted. We are doing our part, but it’s everyone’s task to protect the Finnish democracy,’ Toivanen said, before adding: ‘The first line of defense is the kindergarten teacher.’.. At the French-Finnish School of Helsinki, a bilingual state-run K-12 institution, training children to spot any alleged attempt by Russia to influence their fragile minds is taken quite seriously.”

Designer Protein Acts as a Switch for Cellular Circuitry – Unlike biotech tools adapted from nature, the invention was entirely conceived by humans and represents one of the few proteins made from scratch in the lab – by Nicoletta Lanese – https://www.the-scientist.com/news-opinion/designer-protein-acts-as-a-switch-for-cellular-circuitry-66200 – “In their demonstrative studies, the researchers used LOCKR to trigger cell death, degrade specific proteins, and direct the movement of materials through living cells. Individual LOCKR proteins can also be connected to form circuits, systems able make changes within the cell in response to internal and external stimuli. The researchers first tested their tool in yeast, then successfully designed a modified version that works in lab-grown human cells… ‘It signals the dawn of de novo designer proteins,’ says Ahmad Khalil, a biomedical engineer at Boston University who was not involved in the research, in an interview with The Washington Post. De novo proteins, designed start to finish by humans, may carry advantages over repurposed natural proteins. While naturally occurring proteins may serve multiple functions and work via different mechanisms, synthetic proteins can be built to do just one thing. LOCKR, which counts among the first de novo proteins ever invented, can only function as a molecular switch.”

The Alternative Media Can Defeat the Mainstream Media – Here’s the Game Plan – by Ron Unz – https://russia-insider.com/en/media-criticism/alternative-media-can-defeat-mainstream-media-heres-game-plan/ri23703Another wonderful article from the inimitable Ron Unz

5 of the Most Important Use Cases for Cryptocurrency – by Kai Sedgwick – https://www.activistpost.com/2019/07/5-of-the-most-important-use-cases-for-cryptocurrency.html – “Crypto assets have come a long way since Bitcoin. What started out as a P2P payment system has spawned an array of use cases that extend far beyond the original designation of cryptocurrency. While the primary function of crypto assets such as ETH and BTC is a matter of some debate, what’s indisputable is that digital currencies can now be used for more than merely paying for goods and services. Here are five use cases for crypto assets that demonstrate the extent of the fintech revolution taking place. –  ● Use Case 1: Digital Cash; ● Use Case 2: Programmable Money; ● Use Case 3; Collateral; ● Use Case 4: Governance; ● Use Case 5: Collectibles.”

Mom seeks Supreme ruling on minor son’s sex change against her willhttps://www.wnd.com/2019/07/mom-seeks-supreme-ruling-on-minor-sons-sex-change-against-her-will/ – “A mother whose juvenile son was assisted in sex-change procedures by authorities in Minnesota against her wishes is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review her case… The Thomas More Society on Wednesday asked the high court to review the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals’ ruling affirming the decision by county officials to shepherd the boy through a sex change… The petition to review Anmarie Calgaro v. St. Louis County contends Calgaro’s due process rights were trampled when the county and its referred health providers ended her parental control over her minor son without her permission or a court order… Erick Kaardal, special counsel for the Thomas More Society, said Calgaro’s right to supervise her child’s welfare, educational and medical care decisions were ripped away by St. Louis County authorities without even parental notice.”

THE OBAMA SHOE-BANGING MOMENT ON THE UKRAINE FRONT – DUTCH AND AUSTRALIAN TROOPS WERE PLANNING TO START WAR WITH RUSSIA AFTER MH17 WAS SHOT DOWN – by John Helmer – http://johnhelmer.net/the-obama-shoe-banging-moment-on-the-ukraine-front-dutch-and-australian-troops-were-planning-to-start-war-with-russia-after-mh17-was-shot-down/ – “According to Dutch sources, the military plan of attack was aborted when Germany refused to participate directly, or allow its bases and airspace to be used. Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte announced the Dutch were pulling their troops out of the plan on July 27. He said at the time: “Getting the military upper hand for an international mission in this area is, according to our conclusion, not realistic.” That was ten days after the MH17 crash. But Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and his cabinet continued, Brown and his sources reveal, to plan the operation with the US for another 10 days… The cover story, according to the Telegraaf, was “to ensure the 23 Dutch crash investigators and 40 unarmed military police officers can do their job.” The real objective, according to one of Telegraaf’s sources, was: “if our commandos are there, they should certainly try to arrest those responsible. [Russian] Colonel Igor the Terrible Girkin [Strelkov] and his associates.” For background on Girkin’s role in Russian plans and operations in eastern Ukraine, read this… The Dutch newspaper didn’t reveal the Dutch troops would be deployed alongside the 3,000-man Australian force, and that the German command of Division Schnelle Kräfte would also be involved. Telegraaf claimed the operation was “not expected at the NATO headquarters in Brussels”, although it had been presented to ‘the authorities in Kiev before the green light [was given] and cooperation promised.’.. The Dutch newspaper didn’t reveal the Dutch troops would be deployed alongside the 3,000-man Australian force, and that the German command of Division Schnelle Kräfte would also be involved.”

MH17 Evidence Tampering Revealed by Malaysia – The Dutch Covered-Up Forged Telephone Tapes, Ukraine Hid Radar Records – The FBI attempted to seize black boxes, and witness testimony was misreported – by John Helmer – https://russia-insider.com/en/mh17-evidence-tampering-revealed-malaysia-dutch-covered-forged-telephone-tapes-ukraine-hid-radar – “A new documentary from Max van der Werff, the leading independent investigator of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 disaster, has revealed breakthrough evidence of tampering and forging of prosecution materials; suppression of Ukrainian Air Force radar tapes; and lying by the Dutch, Ukrainian, US and Australian governments. An attempt by agents of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to take possession of the black boxes of the downed aircraft is also revealed by a Malaysian National Security Council official for the first time.”

Child trafficking CPS agencies now using “predictive analytics” to decide which children to kidnap – by Ethan Huff – https://www.naturalnews.com/2019-07-28-cps-agencies-now-use-predictive-analytics-to-kidnap-children.html – “Because of this, parents need to be extra careful when reaching out to state officials for anything involving their children, as one wrong move could land them on the “pre-criminal” list, making them ripe targets for illicit child abduction by CPS agents… ‘So listen-up ‘at-risk’ new mothers: In the world of predictive analytics, the fact that you reached out for help when you needed it and accepted assistance on how to be better parents isn’t a sign of strength – it’s a reason to consider you suspect, and make it more likely that your children will be taken away,’ LaPoint warns… ‘The campaign for predictive analytics is led largely, though not exclusively, by the field’s worst extremists – those who have been most fanatical about advocating a massive increase in the number of children torn from everyone they know and love and consigned to the chaos of foster care – and also by those most deeply ‘in denial’ when it comes to the problem of racial bias in child welfare,’ she adds.”

Please Get This Out – by Anna Von Reitz – http://www.paulstramer.net/2019/07/please-get-this-out.html – “Their present assumption — that we are all either Fourteenth Amendment “citizens of the United States” amounts to a claim that our country and government no longer exists and that we are all Negro Plantation slaves and public property– or “Enemy Combatants” in commercial mercenary wars that are over a century old –cannot be allowed to stand… We rebut the Enemy Combatant claim by taking our exemption under Title 50 Section 7 (c) and (e)… And we rebut the enslaved Negro Fourteenth Amendment “Citizen” claim as we see fit.  The so-called “Amendment” is in fact a corporate By Law adopted by a Scottish Commercial Corporation merely doing business as “The United States of America, Inc” (1868 charter) and that corporation has been defunct since 1907 — so the most appropriate response is to to say, ‘What are you idiots even talking about? What “Fourteenth Amendment? Whose “Fourteenth Amendment”? That corporation was a foreign fraud and has been defunct since 1907.’ ” – Comment: I’d like to see links to substantiating evidence posted with Anna’s articles…

Report: Vast Majority Of Yemen Civilian Deaths Due To US Coalition Bombings (13 min) – by Ryan Cristian, The Last American Vagabond – https://youtu.be/Noz9JB9MEZgVideo is “Age Restricted” (!?)

No One Is Safe: How Saudi Arabia Makes Dissidents Disappear – The assassination of Jamal Khashoggi was no aberration. A Vanity Fair investigation reveals how Saudi Arabia attempts to abduct, repatriate—and sometimes murder—citizens it regards as enemies of the state – by Ayman M. Mohyeldin –  https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2019/07/how-saudi-arabia-makes-dissidents-disappear – “Recently, bin Farhan, who rarely grants interviews to Western reporters, had incensed the kingdom’s leaders with his calls for human rights reforms—an unusual grievance for a Saudi prince. What’s more, he spoke openly of his desire to establish a political movement that might eventually install an opposition leader, upending the kingdom’s dynastic rule… As we sat over coffee, he relayed a story that at first sounded innocuous. One day in June 2018, his mother, who lives in Egypt, called him with what she thought was good news. The Saudi Embassy in Cairo had contacted her, she said, and had a proposal: The kingdom wanted to mend relations with the prince and was willing to offer him $5.5 million as a goodwill gesture. Since bin Farhan was struggling financially (reportedly due, in part, to a dispute with the ruling family), his mother welcomed this chance for a reconciliation. But as tempting as the overture was, he claimed he never considered it seriously. And when he followed up with Saudi officials, he realized the deal had a dangerous catch. They had told him he could collect his payment only if he personally came to a Saudi embassy or consulate. That immediately set off alarm bells. He declined the offer.”

Web Research Links for the Week of 7/22/19

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NYT: The Tables Have Turned — Time To Investigate The FBI, Steele And The Rest Of The ‘Witch Hunters’ – by Tyler Durden – https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-04-21/nyt-tables-have-turned-time-investigate-fbi-steele-and-rest-witch-huntersAmazing, detailed article from Zero Hedge

IF HE IS ALLOWED TO TESTIFY, BIG NAMES ARE GOING TO PRISON FOR LIFEGREAT edition of the SGT Report re: Fallout from the Mueller investigation and the potential role Julian Assange can have as things develop.

The Real Reason The Propagandists Have Been Promoting Russia Hysteria – by Caitlin Johnstone – https://caitlinjohnstone.com/2019/07/27/the-real-reason-the-propagandists-have-been-promoting-russia-hysteria/Possibly the most tightly focused and effective article Caitlin has written to-date. And that’s saying something.

“The Media Is Reluctant to Report Israel Boasts of Killing Iranians” – by Philip M. Giraldi – https://ahtribune.com/world/north-africa-south-west-asia/3343-tzachi-hanegbi-boasts-killing-iranians.html – “It is rare that a high official in a government will admit that his country has been killing foreigners without any declaration of war or being subjected to an imminent threat, but that is exactly whatIsraeli Regional Cooperation Minister Tzachi Hanegbi has done recently, boasting on a Sunday morning talk radio show that ‘Israel is the only country in the world that has been killing Iranians for two years now.’.. What is astonishing is that Minister Hangebi does not perceive the implications of the Israeli government’s apparent willingness to kill Syrians on the ground by intent and also as collateral damage even though it is not at war with Damascus. It does so with the stated objective of killing Iranians even though it is also not at war with Iran. It is, to state it succinctly, several war crimes tied up in one package and it would make the Jewish state uniquely a rogue among nations but for the fact that the United States has done the same sort of thing with cruise missile strikes in Syria, though not in as sustained a fashion as have the Israelis.”

10,000 American Cryptocurrency Owners Will Receive Warning Letters From the IRS – by Jamie Redman –  https://www.activistpost.com/2019/07/10000-american-cryptocurrency-owners-will-receive-warning-letters-from-the-irs.html – “On July 26, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced that the tax agency has started sending letters to American cryptocurrency owners advising them to pay their taxes. According to the organization, three types of letters will be sent to more than 10,000 taxpayers by the end of August. The news follows the recent IRS taskforce slide that shows alarming recommendations on how tax agents should investigate digital currency users… Through Compliance Efforts the Internal Revenue Service Has Collected 10,000 Names: The IRS media room has published a press release explaining that the government tax agency plans to send letters to Americans who own digital currencies. The organization’s announcement, published on Friday, says that the letters will be sent to taxpayers who have participated in virtual currency transactions or otherwise did not report past transactions properly. The IRS calls the letters of recommendation “educational” and started sending the notices last week. Through IRS “compliance efforts,” the tax agency has obtained the names of more than 10,000 Americans who will receive this correspondence.”

Why the Canadian Government Is Confronting Venezuela – by Arnold August – https://www.telesurenglish.net/opinion/Why-the-Canadian-Government-Is-Confronting-Venezuela-20190718-0006.html – “A few days after Chavez’s 2013 death the Globe and Mail’s ‘Report on Business’ published a front-page story about Scotiabank’s interests in Venezuela, which were acquired just before his rise to power. It noted: ‘Bank of Nova Scotia [Scotiabank] is often lauded for its bold expansion into Latin America, having completed major acquisitions in Colombia and Peru. But when it comes to Venezuela, the bank has done little for the past 15 years – primarily because the government of President Hugo Chavez has been hostile to large-scale foreign investment.’.. These considerations no doubt explain why the Trudeau government has been involved in Donald Trump’s attempted coups against Venezuela. Canada is also spearheading the economic sanctions imposed on the country, which recent studies have termed genocidal. Indeed, US-Lima Group policy represents a declaration of war, even though there has yet to be any military intervention as such… Is this the only way Canada can defend the interests of its companies in Venezuela? Surely not. There must be much more “Canadian” approaches that it can draw upon.”

USDA Opens the Door to New Untested, Unlabeled GMOs – by Pat Thomas – https://www.organicconsumers.org/blog/usda-opens-door-untested-unlabeled-gmos – “On June 6, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) proposed to overhaul longstanding regulations governing genetically modified organisms (GMO). The   proposed new rule would revise the agency’s current method for regulating genetically modified plants, and would exclude newer so-called “gene-edited” GMOs… In a statement, the USDA said the new rule came ‘in response to advances in genetic engineering.’.. A week later, in the political equivalent of a one-two-punch, President Trump bolstered the USDA’s proposal by signing an executive order directing the USDA, as well as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA, to “streamline” GMO regulations in the U.S. for agricultural biotechnology, including for genetically modified livestock and seeds… The full import of these two moves, and specifically the threat that they represent to consumer freedom, is only just starting to sink in—and the need for consumer action has become urgent. Contact the USDA here.

Under Brazil’s Far Right Leader, Amazon Protections Slashed and Forests Fall – by Letícia Casado and Ernesto Londoño – https://www.msn.com/en-ie/news/indepth/under-brazils-far-right-leader-amazon-protections-slashed-and-forests-fall/ar-AAEYI9M – “BRASÍLIA — The destruction of the Amazon rain forest in Brazil has increased rapidly since the nation’s new far-right president took over and his government scaled back efforts to fight illegal logging, ranching and mining… Protecting the Amazon was at the heart of Brazil’s environmental policy for much of the past two decades. At one point, Brazil’s success in slowing the deforestation rate made it an international example of conservation and the effort to fight climate change… But with the election of President Jair Bolsonaro, a populist who has been fined personally for violating environmental regulations, Brazil has changed course substantially, retreating from the efforts it once made to slow global warming by preserving the world’s largest rain forest.”

Israel attacks protesters in newly demolished Jerusalem areahttps://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20190727-israel-attacks-protesters-in-newly-demolished-jerusalem-area/ – “Israeli occupation forces yesterday attacked Palestinian protesters in the Wadi Al-Hummus neighbourhood of the occupied Jerusalem town of Sur Baher, Ma’an reported… The protesters gathered on both sides of the illegal Israeli Separation Wall and held Friday prayers in the area to show solidarity with its residents who saw 100 residential units razed this week in what rights groups have described as Israel’s “biggest crime of ethnic cleansing since 1967”… Head of the Committee of Wadi Al-Hummus, Hamada Hamada, said occupation forces attacked Palestinian protesters with gas canisters and rubber bullets, protesters had problems breathing as a result… Mohamed Abu-Teir, member of the committee, said that the Israeli occupation attacked the Palestinian homes adjacent to the Separation Wall, causing many casualties among women and children.”

Technocrats and Neocons Respond to the Polar Silk Road – by Matthew Ehret – https://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2019/07/03/technocrats-and-neocons-respond-to-the-polar-silk-road/ – “These three bills combined threaten to devastate the Canadian economy which heavily relies on resource development (especially since its manufacturing sector has been so viciously hollowed out over the course of 25 years of NAFTA outsourcing). Already, Alberta which is a hub of the Canadian Yellow vest movement, is on fire with thousands protesting the shutdown of employment and economic potential under the ideologically driven craze to “stop global warming” (which has a lot more to do with stopping Russia and China than many would care to admit). The beleaguered Trudeau/Freeland government which faces collapse in the upcoming October elections has now found itself in a paradoxical situation of 1) needing to resist the growth policy driven by the Russia-China alliance on the one side while 2) needing to appease the flames of mass revolt within the country on the other side… For this reason, Trudeau also approved the Trans Mountain pipeline project which has been on the rocks for several years. The project will increase oil and natural gas output from Alberta to 890 000 barrels/day by connecting a pipeline from Edmonton Alberta to Burnaby, BC… The Trudeau/Freeland green regime have justified this paradoxical decision by claiming that all profits from the pipeline will now be used to fund Canada’s transition to a zero-growth green energy infrastructure grid which will ironically prohibit all such major projects from ever being built again. If it sounds absurd, that is because all empires committed to a policy of Malthusian depopulation must somehow balance an agenda of killing human cattle on the one side while keeping those cattle happy enough to vote into power those political operatives assigned to cull the herd.” (emphasis added)

How Government Agencies Make Criminals of Crypto Traders – by Graham Smith – https://www.activistpost.com/2019/07/how-government-agencies-make-criminals-of-crypto-traders.html – “A New Jersey man has been indicted this week for converting over $2 million to bitcoin and operating a private exchange business not registered with the U.S. Secretary of the Treasury. According to a July 24 press release by the U.S. Attorney’s office, 46-year-old William Green could face up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine if convicted. Green isn’t alone. With tighter and tighter crypto regulations being imposed worldwide, entrepreneurs, small startups, and even unsuspecting hobbyists are being indicted and threatened by the “crypto cop” dragnet.”

US Blocks UN Vote Condemning Israeli Demolition of Palestinian Homes – by Patrick Hennigsen – https://21stcenturywire.com/2019/07/27/us-blocks-un-vote-condemning-israeli-demolition-of-palestinian-homes/ – “The United States blocked an attempt to get the United Nations Security Council to condemn Israel’s demolition of Palestinian homes on the outskirts of Jerusalem, diplomats said… Citing 17 Palestinians who would be displaced by the destruction, UN officials had called on Israel to halt the plans. But Israel continued, saying the 10 apartment buildings it demolished on Monday had been built illegally, and posed a threat to Israeli armed forces along the occupied West Bank. Most of the homes were still under construction.” – Comment: Imagine if the Israelis ruled the world.

Time Runs Out on Operation Ukraine – by Tom Luongo – https://theduran.com/time-runs-out-on-operation-ukraine/ – “For the first few months of his presidency Zelensky has sent mixed signals as to what he intends to do on the world stage. He’s offered to meet with Putin, who then asked saliently, ‘to what end?’.. He’s tried to pull back on the conflict only to see the shelling continue and, at times, intensify… Zelensky is dealing with the same kind of bureaucratic revolt against change that Donald Trump has dealt with. In fact, it’s the same people running the both shows… If there was one thing that has become glaringly obvious over the past three years it is that the coup attempt by the bureaucracy against Trump it is that much of it was cooked up in Ukraine under the dutiful eye of former President Poroshenko.”

Vanity Fair: ‘Prominent Republicans’ Think Jeffrey Epstein ‘Was A Mossad Agent’ – by Chris Menahan – http://www.informationliberation.com/?id=60510 – “Epstein remained a fixture in elite circles even after he was a registered sex offender. A few years ago, for example, he was a guest at a dinner in Palo Alto hosted by LinkedIn cofounder Reid Hoffman for the MIT neuroscientist Ed Boyden. At the dinner, Elon Musk introduced Epstein to Mark Zuckerberg… One source who’s done business with Epstein told me that Epstein’s 21,000-square-foot townhouse on East 71st Street welcomed a steady stream of the Davos crowd in the past decade. The source said Bill Gates, Larry Summers, and Steve Bannon visited the house, which has been called one of the largest private residences in Manhattan. “Jeffrey collected people. That’s what he did,” the source said. Gates and Summers did not respond to requests for comment.”

Top University Artificial Intelligence Experts Warn of “Technical Flaws” In Pre-Crime Police Systems – by Nicholas West  – https://www.activistpost.com/2019/07/top-university-artificial-intelligence-experts-warn-of-technical-flaws-in-pre-crime-police-systems.html – ” A new paper released by MIT entitled “Technical Flaws of Pretrial Risk Assessments Raise Grave Concerns” has been signed by some of the highest level university experts in the field of A.I. and law… Despite this very esteemed panel of mainstream contributors, their concerns about the current state of artificial intelligence in law enforcement and the justice system align with those which readers of alternative media already would be quite familiar… The document is naturally filled with a bit of technical jargon and euphemistic language, but it’s still fairly concise at around 4 pages.  Their main concerns appear in the Summary. My emphasis added.. ”

“Earnings Recession” Is Here – Big Companies All Over America Are Reporting Disastrous Financial Results – by Michael Snyder – https://www.activistpost.com/2019/07/earnings-recession-is-here-big-companies-all-over-america-are-reporting-disastrous-financial-results.html – “If the U.S. economy really was “booming”, then corporate earnings would be rising.  But that isn’t happening.  In fact, we haven’t seen corporate earnings fall like this since the last recession.  They fell during the first quarter of this year, and based on the results we have so far, it appears that corporate earnings will be down substantially once again in the second quarter.  When corporate earnings drop for two quarters in a row, that is officially considered to be an “earnings recession”, and that normally occurs just before the overall economy plunges into recession territory.  As things get tighter for our corporate giants, we should expect a lot more layoffs in the months ahead, and the unemployment rate should rise quite briskly.  In other words, it looks like our economic problems are about to accelerate substantially.”

What does affordable housing have to do with climate change? – by Brianna Bilter – https://www.streetsensemedia.org/article/greenhouse-gases-gentrification-economic-segregation/#.XTteA0d7m02 – “There is broad consensus among the international scientific community that the need to address climate change is dire. The United Nations has set an urgent deadline of 2030 to implement global emission policies, warning that a perilous rise in global temperature will occur if they are not met… The advocacy group Greater Greater Washington and the D.C. Democratic Socialists of America organized a panel of academic and policy experts to identify how the District could meet these goals while also addressing its struggles with an affordable housing crisis and increasing inequality… ‘Environmentalists know transportation is the elephant in the room,’ Alex Baca, the housing program organizer for Greater Greater Washington, wrote in an article for Slate. ‘At first blush, the easiest way to attack that problem is to electrify everything, and that’s largely what the Green New Deal calls for.’ ” – Comment: “ The ‘broad consensus among the international scientific community’ exists only in the mind of Green New Dealers. Alternative energy drives prices UP, not down and housing prices go up! This is the polar opposite of what they claim.” –Patrick Wood, Technocracy.news

Chinese Bank With $100 Billion In Assets Is About To Collapse – by Tyler Durden – https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-07-25/chinese-bank-100-billion-assets-about-collapse – “We were right, because not even two months later, the second biggest bank on the list, Bank of Jinzhou has crawled in Baoshang’s foosteps and is about to be seized by the government…According to Reuters and Bloomberg, Bank of Jinzhou recently met financial institutions in its home Liaoning province to discuss measures to deal with liquidity problems, and in a parallel bailout to that of Baoshang, the bank was in talks to “introduce strategic investors” after a report that China’s financial regulators are seeking to resolve its liquidity problems sent its dollar-denominated debt plunging… Officials including those from the People’s Bank of China and China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission recently held a meeting with financial institutions in Bank of Jinzhou’s home province of Liaoning to discuss measures to resolve the lender’s liquidity issues, Reuters reported Wednesday… In response to market fears the bank issued a statement on Thursday that “currently, Bank of Jinzhou’s business operations are normal overall,” which however did not refer to its liquidity situation. ‘Recently, the bank’s board of directors and some major shareholders have been in talks with several institutions that wish to and have the ability to to become strategic investors’ adding that talks have been ‘going smoothly.’ ”

U.S. Is Building New Large Base With Airstrip In Northwestern Syriahttps://southfront.org/u-s-is-building-new-large-base-with-airstrip-in-northwestern-syria/ – “The US-led coalition is building a new large base with an airstrip near the northern Syrian town of al-Darbasiyah next to the Turkish border… A delegation of the US-led coalition, accompanied by SDF commanders, inspected the Tabqa airbase in Raqqa, last month. Back then, opposition sources said that the coalition is planning to deploy troops and helicopters there… Earlier this year, President Donald Trump backed down from his decision to withdraw all U.S. troops from Syria. These new reports suggest that the U.S. is now working to step up its military presence in the war-torn country.”

Ukraine’s SBU Detained Russian Tanker Allegedly Involved In Kerch Strait Incidenthttps://southfront.org/ukraines-sbu-detained-russian-tanker-allegedly-involved-in-kerch-strait-incident/ – “The Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) announced on July 25 that it had detained Russia’s Nika Spirit (Neyma) tanker at the port of Izmail. The SBU claimed that the tanker was used to block the movement of Ukrainian Navy ships during the Kerch Strait incident… The developments with the tanker demonstrate that the government of newly-elected Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is not going to provide a course really different from those of Petro Poroshenko.”

New MH17 Documentary Proves Beyond a Doubt that a Cover-Up Took Placehttps://southfront.org/new-mh17-documentary-proves-beyond-a-doubt-that-a-cover-up-took-place/– “The “official” narrative blames Russia for this tragedy, but it’s since been revealed through the new evidence and testimonies that active efforts involving a broad array of countries were undertaken from the get-go to paint Moscow as the culprit despite there being no facts whatsoever to back up that provocative claim… “MH17 – Call For Justice” sheds light on the dark truth of what happened immediately after the plane’s downing, with  journalist John Helmer’s summary of the 28-minute-long documentary pointing out the key takeaways for those who don’t have the time to watch it in full.”

Russian Foreign Ministry Slams Facts Distortion By MSM In Response To UK Decision To Fine RThttps://southfront.org/russian-foreign-ministry-slams-facts-distortion-by-msm-in-response-to-uk-decision-to-fine-rt/ – “British media regulator Ofcom announced today its decision to impose a £200,000 fine on RT for what it referred to as serious failures to comply with broadcasting rules. Ofcom’s investigation found that RT “failed to preserve due impartiality” in seven news and current affairs programmes between March 17 and April 26, 2018. In its statement, the regulator voiced concern over the frequency of rule-breaking over a relatively short period of time… It is worth noting that the fine was not imposed by court order, although the legitimacy of the regulator’s claims against the television network should be ascertained under judicial review. The amount of the fine is also questionable, since it substantially exceeds fines imposed on other media outlets for hate speech and incitement to violence, while RT faces the subjective charge of insufficient impartiality.”

Pentagon Wants 16-Year-Old Kids to Fight the Empire’s Wars – by Kurt Nimmo – https://www.activistpost.com/2019/07/pentagon-wants-16-year-old-kids-to-fight-the-empires-wars.html – “The Pentagon is desperate. Far too many millennials are criminals, so luring them in to become the latest crop of bullet stoppers for the state is a nonstarter… Solution? Recruit 16 year olds. Most have yet graduated to petty and violent crime, although a lot of them are in video game training for a future of violence and self-destructive stupidity… It’s not being widely reported in the media. Recruiters are ready to go after tenth-graders. They are itching to snag kids before they engage in a life of crime, or before they have fully mature brains (well, some of them) and decide to kill and be killed isn’t much of a career choice.”

Iran – Seizure of a British Tanker – more than Tit for Tat – by Peter Koenig – http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/51982.htm – “Backtracking to 4 July, when the British Royal Marines seized the Iranian tanker Grace 1 in Spanish waters, off the coast of Gibraltar, under the pretext that the super tanker was carrying oil destined for Syria which was under the EU’s sanction program. Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, denied that the oil was destined for Syria; did however not elaborate further… Spanish Foreign Minister, Mr. Josep Borrell, said that Washington informed Spain about the impending capture by the UK of the Iranian tanker in Spanish territorial waters. Spain could have said ‘no’ – but didn’t. Why not? Afraid of sanctions?.. The UK did the bidding of Washington against her own interests, because the UK was one of three EU countries – Germany, France and UK – who at least made appear as if they wanted to preserve their part of the Iran Nuclear Deal. Mind you, this is not for love of Iran, but pure business interest. Iran should be aware of that – meaning, Iran could be shot in the back at any time by the EU, by the very countries that try – or make appear they try – to circumvent the US sanctions… What happened on 4 July was an act of sheer piracy, nothing less. A crime on high seas which the west just tolerated. The vessel is still under British control, while the arrested crew has since been liberated. Aside from the fact that Iran’s capture of the British oil tanker may look like tit for tat – Iran acted fully legitimate, as it’s Revolutionary Guard is policing the Strait of Hormus for security of other ships sailing through the narrow passage.”

What Tulsi Gabbard’s caving in to the Israel Lobby really shows – by The Saker – http://thesaker.is/what-tulsi-gabbards-caving-in-to-the-israel-lobby-really-shows/ – “A very wise friend of mine wrote this about why Gabbard had to cave in: ‘I told you she is a single issue politician. It’s about wars without end. Everything else is Realpolitik and nothing is more real than Zionists controlling the politics and legislation in Washington.  She would have no hope of surviving the next round of laws. They are going to make anything “anti-Israel” equal “anti-Semitic” and that will be a crime like it is in France. She has high ideals on only a single issue. It’s a great issue. But you cannot count on a politician to be a noble warrior. Forget anyone doing the right thing all the time.  She shines bright on one issue. If she was really wise or clever, she would have abstained. So, she is neither.’.. Again, I can only agree with him.”

Did UK, Zionist, and Soviet Spies Assassinate Several Top US Politicians after WW2? – by Ron Unz – https://russia-insider.com/en/did-uk-zionist-and-soviet-spies-assassinate-several-top-us-politicians-after-ww2/ri27488 – “Excluding the much larger number of less notable fatalities, here is a short list of six prominent Americans whose untimely passing during 1944-1949 surely evoked considerable relief within various organizations known for their ruthless tactics: ● Wendell Wilkie, lifelong Democrat nominated for President by the Republicans in 1940, Died October 8, 1944, Age 52, Heart attack. ● Gen. George Patton, highest-ranking American military officer in Europe, Died December 21, 1945, Age 60, Car accident. ● Harry Hopkins, FDR’s “Deputy President,” Died January 29, 1946, Age 55, Various possible causes. ● Harry Dexter White, Soviet agent who ran the Treasury under FDR, Died August 16, 1948, Age 55, Heart attack. ● Laurence Duggan, Soviet agent, Prospective Secretary of State under Henry Wallace, Died December 20, 1948, Age 43, Fall from 16th story window.  ● James Forrestal, former Secretary of Defense, Died May 22, 1949, Age 57, Fall from 18th story window…. I do not think that any similar sort of list of comparable individuals during that same time period could be produced for Britain, France, the USSR, or China.”

Mayors call for new ‘Marshall Plan,’ federal resiliency office to fight climate change – A committee of 10 Democrats promised to continue studying climate change, holding more hearings and fostering partnerships with governments at all other levels as well as the private sector – by Chris Teale – https://www.smartcitiesdive.com/news/mayors-call-for-new-marshall-plan-federal-resiliency-office-to-fight-cli/558988/ – “Peduto said the plan would help every city and town left behind by the changing economy to create programs and jobs in renewable energy, build a cleaner economy and address the intersection of climate change and inequity… ‘What needs to happen is there need to be federal programs created that aren’t just looking at how much our carbon reduction is, but what the economic benefit will be, what the opportunities for employment will be, how this will help areas that have been left behind,’ Peduto said.”

“Electromagnetic Attack” Sparks Massive Blackouts Across Venezuela – by Tyler Durden – https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-07-22/electromagnetic-attack-sparks-massive-blackouts-across-venezuela-breaking-report – “Widespread power blackouts were first reported on Monday evening across 15 Venezuelan states and Caracas… Venezuelan information minister Jorge Rodrigues said an “electromagnetic attack caused the nationwide blackout” and power companies along with government officials, are in the process of restoring the nation’s power grid… Widespread power outages and no internet connectivity have occurred just before Juan Guaidó, the self-proclaimed interim president of Venezuela, is expected to launch nationwide anti-Maduro protests on Tuesday.”

How FDR Forced Japan to Attack Pearl Harbor While Lying About Trying to Avoid War – by J. Alfred Powell – https://russia-insider.com/en/how-fdr-forced-japan-attack-pearl-harbor-while-lying-about-trying-avoid-war/ri27491 – “A Second World War Navy radioman turned journalist, Robert Stinnett was in the National Archives in Belmont, California, researching a campaign-year picture book on George Bush’s South Pacific wartime navy career in aerial reconnaissance — George Bush: His World War II Years (Washington, D.C., Brassey’s, 1992) — and encountered unindexed duplicate copies of Pearl Harbor radio intercept records of Japanese Navy code transmissions — documentary evidence of what actually happened at Pearl Harbor and how it came about… After eight years of further research and a prolonged case at law under the Freedom of Information Act to obtain partial release of these materials, Stinnett published Day of Deceit (2000). A Japanese translation appeared within a year, understandably… Stinnett demonstrates, on the basis of extensive incontrovertible factual evidence and self-evidently accurate analysis that President Roosevelt oversaw the contrivance and deployment of a closely-guarded secret plan to goad the Japanese into attacking Pearl Harbor and monitor them while they did it.”

MH17 Turnabout: Ukraine’s Guilt Now Provenhttp://www.newsilkstrategies.com/news–analysis/mh17-turnabout-ukraines-guilt-now-proven – ” ‘In the film, Malaysian Prime Minister Mohamad Makhathia and the head of the Malaysian Government’s investigative team and Colonel Mohamad Sakri, director of the National Security Council, say that a 9,000-strong NATO contingent was ready to enter the Donbass.’..  Is this planned NATO incursion into eastern Ukraine perhaps the motive for the shoot-down of the plane by the Ukrainian government? It has been pointed out that the Russian speakers of Donbass had absolutely no motive for murdering all those innocent people. But when you consider the over 100,000 mostly innocent civilians killed by the US air armed forces in Iraq, and the hundreds of thousands of innocents killed by the Wahhabist killers imported by the US and its Saudi allies into Syria under the pretext of saving Syrians from the government they mostly trust and approve of, you can see that the US government has absolutely no concern for the life and limb of innocents and will manufacture evidence even if it means murdering people. Further, the fake Iraqi WMDs used as a casus belli and the unproven stories of Assad “poisoning his own people” as a pretext to fire on his installations show how underhanded and sneaky the US government and its allies are in their fabrication of “evidence” to indict those it deems adversaries.”

Greece’s New Government: Undoing the Damage of Years of Socialist Rule – by Maria Polizoidou – https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/14569/greece-undoing-damage – “The new government took office with an apparent sense of genuine purpose… The new government has transferred the handling of illegal immigration from the auspices of the Ministry for Migration Policy to that of the Ministry of Citizen Protection, treating the issue as a national-security threat… The Mitsotakis-led government is also reversing its predecessor’s course where foreign policy is concerned, stressing a desire to enhance Greek-American relations. One step in illustrating a closer alliance with the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump is the recognition of Juan Guaidó as Venezuela’s transitional president in his battle against Nicolás Maduro. Another step is strengthening ties with Israel.” (emphasis added)

PA School Board Would Rather Put Kids In FOSTER CARE Than Take a Donation for Overdue Lunch Bills – by Daisy Luther –  https://www.theorganicprepper.com/pennsylvania-school-overdue-lunch-bills/ – “Dozens of families opened the most shocking letter of their lives last week when the Wyoming Valley West School District, one of the poorest districts in the state, attempted to collect overdue lunch money tabs by threatening to have their children removed from the home if they didn’t pony up immediately… The letter was only sent to the “worst” offenders – meaning those whose children had a meal debt of $10 or more… ‘Your child has been sent to school every day without money and without a breakfast and/or lunch,’ the 200-word letter read. ‘This is a failure to provide your child with proper nutrition and you can be sent to Dependency Court for neglecting your child’s right to food. If you are taken to Dependency court, the result may be your child being removed from your home and placed in foster care.’.. ‘The foster care system should never be viewed as a punitive agency or weaponized to terrorize children and families,’ said Luzerne County Manager David Pedri, who noted that county officials have asked the school district to stop using the language contained in the letter. (source)…Carmichael said Tuesday in a phone interview that his offer stands: ‘I’m just going to hold on and I’m going to continue to be optimistic and see if we can’t do something,’ Carmichael said. ‘Even if you’re a difficult person, we’re in. What can we do?’ (source)”

Attorney Arrested in Tennessee Refuses to be Gagged – How One Woman Dares to Take a Stand Against Child Kidnappings by CPS  (w/video 55min) – by Brian Shilhavy – http://healthimpactnews.com/2019/attorney-arrested-in-tennessee-refuses-to-be-gagged-how-one-woman-dares-to-take-a-stand-against-child-kidnappings-by-cps/ – “Attorney Connie Reguli has done the nation a huge favor by exposing the rationale behind her criminal charges, and presenting her case publicly. She is doing all the “wrong” things for all the right reasons… Any attorney would advise their client not to “tip their hand” by laying out their legal argument ahead of time, giving their opponent an opportunity to prepare their case against their legal strategy, especially in a public forum… If you watch her video below, you will get a great overview of Constitutional law and how the current child welfare system operates almost entirely outside the boundaries of the U.S. Constitution… Attorney Reguli is putting her own personal freedom and safety aside to use this opportunity to educate the American public on the nationwide failures of a system ripping families apart and destroying the lives of America’s children… I am sure she is not unaware of the case just to the south of her, where Arkansas Senator Linda Collins-Smith was found murdered in her home recently, cutting short her efforts to investigate abuses in the Child Welfare system… Reguli wants the nation to know why, for perhaps the first time in the U.S., a family law attorney was arrested and charged with criminal charges while representing her client in a family law matter.”

More Than 50 E-Scooters Pulled From Portland River –  by Conor Cawley – https://tech.co/news/e-scooters-pulled-portland-river-2019-07 – “Vandalizing e-scooters, particularly throwing them into large bodies of water, is hardly new at this point. From Austin and Denver to Chicago and Nashville, citizens have thrown them into trash cans, traffic, and yes, rivers and lakes. The practice has become so commonplace, in fact, that you can find dozens of accounts on Twitter and Instagram dedicated to their destruction… However you feel about e-scooters, it’s safe to say that petty vandalism is hardly the best way to go about expressing those feelings. In fact, considering one of the primary complaints against e-scooters is that they clutter up the city, throwing them, breaking them, and submerging them in water only serves to clearly exasperate that problem. So what’s the motive?” – Comment: Is it possible that Progressive Techno-Warriors just don’t get it when their futurist dreams cross over the line into other peoples’ lives? Here in Santa Cruz, we have Jump Bikes, only available to people with “smart phones” with Apps installed. Totally detestable, IMO.

Web Research Links for the Week of 7/15/19

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House of Representatives orders Pentagon to investigate whether ticks were once used as biological weapons – by Christina Maxouris – https://www.cnn.com/2019/07/17/politics/lyme-disease-amendment-investigation/index.html – “In an amendment passed last week, the House calls for the Defense Department’s Inspector General to look at whether any such experiments were done between the years 1950 and 1975… The amendment was introduced by New Jersey Rep. Chris Smith who said he was inspired to write it by ‘a number of books and articles suggesting that significant research had been done at US government facilities including Fort Detrick, Maryland, and Plum Island, New York, to turn ticks and other insects into bioweapons.’.. ‘If true, what were the parameters of the program? Who ordered it?’ Smith said during a debate for the amendment. ‘Was there any accidental release anywhere or at any time of any of the diseased ticks?’ ”

Trump Says US Shot Down Iranian Drone; Tehran Rejects Claim – by JT Crowe – https://moneyandmarkets.com/us-shoots-down-iran-drone/ – ” ‘Contrary to the false claim rooted in Trump’s illusions, all Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) of the Islamic Republic of Iran in the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz … have returned safely to their bases after completing their scheduled reconnaissance and patrol missions,’ Brigadier General Abolfazl Shekarchi said in a statement Friday.”

Spying on Julian Assange: UC Global, CNN and Russian Couriers –  by Dr. Binoy Kampmark – https://southfront.org/spying-on-julian-assange-uc-global-cnn-and-russian-couriers/ – “Between December 2017 and March 2018, dozens of meetings between Assange, his legal representatives, and visitors, were recorded in daily confidential reports written by an assigned security team and submitted to David Morales, formerly of special ops of the marine corps of the Spanish Navy.  The very idea of legal professional privilege, a fetish in the Anglo-American legal system, was not so much deemed non-existent as ignored altogether… The security firm tasked with this smeared-in-the-gutter mission was Spanish outfit UC Global SL, whose task became all the more urgent once Ecuador’s Lenín Moreno came to power in May 2017.  The mood had changed from the days when Rafael Correa had been accommodating, one at the crest of what was termed the Latin American Pink Tide.  Under Moreno, Assange was no longer the wunderkind poking the eye of the US imperium with cheery backing.  He had become, instead, a tenant of immense irritation and inconvenience, a threat to the shift in politics taking place in Ecuador.  According to El País, “The security employees at the embassy had a daily job to do: to monitor Assange’s every move, record his conversations, and take note of his moods.”

Cruelty Prompts Trump’s Deal of the Century in the Middle East – by Prof. Stuart Rees – https://www.globalresearch.ca/cruelty-prompts-trumps-deal-century-middle-east/5683734 – “Hidden in the offer to the Lebanese was the long-held Israeli view that by making Palestinians citizens of other countries – Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt – they could be made to disappear, and Lebanon could also be bullied. Home to 450,000 Palestinian and 1.5 million Syrian refugees, the Lebanese might welcome money, but they know that without politically just solutions to conflict, no economic initiatives could succeed… Like fraudulent advertising to increase prospective home owners’ interest, the Kushner deal was presented as the carrot to attract all prospective buyers, even though Palestine was not for sale. Bill Law in the Journal Middle East Eye says that as with other Trump frauds, the deal of the century was not meant to work. The purpose was to pretend peace until more land had been stolen, more checkpoints erected, more night raids made on Palestinians’ homes and more weapons tested over Gaza. Ghassan Khatib from the Jerusalem Media and Communication Centre says, ‘Its purpose was to buy time, kick dust, shift blame and thereby guarantee permanent Israeli control of the West Bank.’ ”

Do People Realize They Are Creating Their Own A.I. Overlords? (44 min) – by Truthstream Media – This is part 2 of Aaron & Melissa Dykes’ “Intimacy with AI” series – Part 1: The Infallible AI “Oracle” and the Future of “One Shot” Answers – https://youtu.be/X78nm4haw-E

Moscow Becomes Next Target Of Coordinated Anti-Government Campaign Across Russia –  https://southfront.org/moscow-becomes-next-target-of-coordinated-anti-government-campaign-across-russia/ – Anti-government rallies and campaigns that recently targeted several Russian cities do not seem to be very popular if one estimates the number of people that participate in them. They mostly involve a small anti-government part of the Russian society that do not link their future life with Russia as the state. However, they are well-coordinated and do have an active backging from pro-Western Russian-language media outlets. English-language mainstream media outlets also cover them time to time to promote the narrative that ‘the Russian population is against the Putin regime’… The interesting fact is that the very same group of media outlets is currently involved in providing support to the Russian ‘non-system opposition’ and other group of ‘activists’ mostly focused on blaming and shaming the Russian government under various pretexts. Most of these media outlets are directly or indirectly funded by the US government or entities and organizations linked with the Washington establishment. At the same time, to justify their anti-government stance, at least a part of them (like Meduza or The Bell) claims that they are the only ‘independent media’ in Russia. It remains unclear how it’s possible to be ‘independent’ when you are funded by some state agency.”

Palantir’s User Guide: Mass Surveillance Made Simple –  https://southfront.org/palantirs-user-guide-mass-surveillance-made-simple/Palantir has a top-secret user manual for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) as well as law enforcement to secretly track families, Vice reported... The document can be found on Document Cloud, completely public, as per Vice. ‘Prior to going into details, it should be reminded that Palantir is famous as “the company that knows everything about you,” found by PayPala’s Peter Thiel with known connections to the CIA.’.. The company acts as an information management service for Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, corporations like JP Morgan and Airbus, and dozens of other local, state, and federal agencies. It’s been described by scholars as a “secondary surveillance network,” since it extensively catalogs and maps interpersonal relationships between individuals… Any individuals, not those suspected to have committed a crime… What exactly Palantir does, how it does it and why comes down largely to speculation, but it is clear that since 2014 it has had contracts in the range between $41 to $51 million per year from ICE. The Immigration and Customs Enforcement was allowed access to Palantir’s tracking database and management software… VICE got access to the user manual through a Freedom of Information Act request.”

Guess Which Government Creates the Most Refugees in the World? – by Makia Freeman – https://freedom-articles.toolsforfreedom.com/which-gov-creates-most-refugees-in-world/ – The UN Report Global Trends Forced Displacement in 2018 is full of stats, but it doesn’t really tell you the reason for those stats. You can learn about the what but not the why. In the image above, taken from the report, we learn the top 5 nations from which people are fleeing. But why? The UN says it is due to conflict; to put it more bluntly, from war. So who’s initiating these wars?.. US Wars and Regime Change Operations Causing Most Refugees Ever: Out of these top 5 nations, the US has invaded and/or occupied 4 of them: Syria, Afghanistan, South Sudan and Somalia. Afghanistan has become infamous for US military waste (it was reported in 2013 that the US Army was to leave $7 billion in equipment behind there), not to mention brutality and ineffectiveness.”

Web Research Links for the Week of 7/8/19

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Boots on the Ground – Australian Delegation to Damascus debunks Fake Media – We came back to Sydney feeling truly humbled that we were so well received, and have seen the true spirit of the people of Syria – by Lou Louis MD – https://www.veteranstoday.com/2019/07/13/australian-delegation-to-damascus-debunked-fake-media/

Palantir’s Software For Fusion Centers Exposed In California FOIA – by Aaron Kesel –  https://www.activistpost.com/2019/07/palantirs-software-for-fusion-centers-exposed-in-california-foia.html – According to DHS, “Fusion centers operate as state and major urban area focal points for the receipt, analysis, gathering, and sharing of threat-related information between federal; state, local, tribal, territorial (SLTT); and private sector partners” like Palantir. Further, Fusion Centers are locally owned and operated, arms of the “intelligence community,” i.e. the 17 intelligence agencies coordinated by the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC). However, sometimes the buildings are staffed by trained NSA personnel like what happened in Mexico City, according to a 2010 Defense Department (DOD) memorandum… Founded with early investment from the CIA and heavily used by the military, Palantir is a subcontracting company in its own right. The company has even been featured in the Senate’s grilling of Facebook, when Washington State Senator Maria Cantwell asked CEO Mark Zuckerberg, “Do you know who Palantir is?” due to Peter Thiel sitting on Facebook’s board… Motherboard shows how Fusion Center police can now utilize similar technology to track citizens beyond social media and online web accounts with people record searches, vehicle record searches, a Histogram tool, a Map tool, and an Object Explorer tool. (For more information on each and the applicable uses see the Vice News article here.).. Police can then click on an individual in the chart within Gotham and see every personal detail about a target and those around them, from email addresses to bank account information, license information, social media profiles, etc., according to the documents.”

Maduro Pens Powerful Response to UN High Commissionerhttps://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Maduro-Pens-Powerful-Response-to-UN-High-Commissioner–20190712-0004.html – ” ‘By injuring the truth of what happens in Venezuela, your Office has placed itself on the side of those who harm our people.’.. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro penned on July 11th a powerful response to U.N. High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet, who accused the government of the Bolivarian Republic of killing nearly 7,000 people… President Maduro slammed these allegations from Bachelet, pointing out that these unfounded accusations were harmful to Venezuela and its people. ‘The report presented by your Office to the Human Rights Council on 5 July has come to my notice. Its content is deeply harmful to the dignity of the Venezuelan people and the truth of the human rights situation in Venezuela. Unfortunately, it is quite clear that you DID NOT LISTEN TO VENEZUELA.’ ”

Proof That the Clintons Are Tied to Epstein, Cartels but the Fix Is In -No Justice for the Victims – by Dave Hodges – https://thecommonsenseshow.com/conspiracy-economics-tragedy/proof-clintons-are-tied-epstein-cartels-fix-no-justice-victims – “The Clinton ties become obvious as one delves into the details. As we know that CEMEX paid the Clintons $100 million, we can consider this to be a middle man fee paid to the Clinton Initiative, aka the right to do business, which is a common cartel practice in their version of pay to play. On the other side of CEMEX-Clinton association is Epstein. NXIVM tied into this central hub of sex trafficking as a result. Some of my sources have indicated that this is the largest business on the planet. It is bigger than nuclear arms production, drug sales and gun running. HSBC banks launders the money for these groups as revealed on the CSS by John Cruz, former HSBC Vice President… The names associated with this unholy operation are beginning to leak out as evidenced by excerpts from the following article…”

Maduro Pens Powerful Response to UN High Commissionerhttps://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Maduro-Pens-Powerful-Response-to-UN-High-Commissioner–20190712-0004.html – ” ‘By injuring the truth of what happens in Venezuela, your Office has placed itself on the side of those who harm our people.’.. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro penned on July 11th a powerful response to U.N. High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet, who accused the government of the Bolivarian Republic of killing nearly 7,000 people… President Maduro slammed these allegations from Bachelet, pointing out that these unfounded accusations were harmful to Venezuela and its people. ‘The report presented by your Office to the Human Rights Council on 5 July has come to my notice. Its content is deeply harmful to the dignity of the Venezuelan people and the truth of the human rights situation in Venezuela. Unfortunately, it is quite clear that you DID NOT LISTEN TO VENEZUELA.’ ”

strong>Trump’s Huawei Reprieve Is a National Security Debacle – by Gordon G. Chang – https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/14534/trump-huawei-exemptions – “The concern is that the Chinese government and military will be able to use Huawei equipment to remotely manipulate devices networked on the Internet of Things (IoT), no matter where those devices are located. So, China may be able to drive your car into oncoming traffic, unlock your front door, or turn off or speed up your pacemaker… On Tuesday, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross echoed earlier administration comments when he promised his department would only issue exemptions “where there is no threat to U.S. national security.” That sounds reassuring, but it is not possible to divide Huawei into threatening and non-threatening components. Huawei management can take profits from innocuous-looking parts of the business to support the obviously dangerous parts.”

Trump Continues Obama’s War On Whistleblowers, Arrests Another Alleged Intercept Source – by Caitlin Johnstone – https://medium.com/@caityjohnstone/trump-continues-obamas-war-on-whistleblowers-arrests-another-alleged-intercept-source-36c60a13f124 – ” ‘The Trump admin is on pace to shatter the record for the most prosecutions of journalistic sources,’ reads a statement by the Freedom of the Press Foundation. ‘Hale is at least the sixth alleged journalistic source charged by the Trump administration in just over two years in office. The Justice Department has previously indicated dozens more leak investigations are ongoing.’ ”

Bombshell Claim: Scientists Find “Man-made Climate Change Doesn’t Exist In Practice” – by Tyler Durden –  https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-07-11/scientists-finland-japan-man-made-climate-change-doesnt-exist-practice – ” ‘The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has discussed the impact of cloud cover on climate in their evaluations, but this phenomenon has never been considered in climate predictions due to the insufficient physical understanding of it,’ comments Professor Hyodo in Science Daily. ‘This study provides an opportunity to rethink the impact of clouds on climate. When galactic cosmic rays increase, so do low clouds, and when cosmic rays decrease clouds do as well, so climate warming may be caused by an opposite-umbrella effect.’.. In their related paper, aptly titled, “No experimental evidence for the significant anthropogenic [man-made] climate change”, the Finnish scientists find that low cloud cover “practically” controls global temperatures but that “only a small part” of the increased carbon dioxide concentration is anthropogenic, or caused by human activity.”

Lies About Iran Killing US Troops in Iraq Are a Ploy to Justify War – by Gareth Porter – http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/51893.htm – “Around the time Lieberman was introducing that resolution (in partnership with four Republican senators), Cheney proposed in a meeting with other senior officials if the United States obtained hard evidence of Iranian support for Shiite militias killing U.S. forces in Iraq, such as fighters or weapons crossing into Iraq from an IRGC base in Iran linked to that assistance, it should carry out a retaliatory attack on an IRGC base in Iran… Defense Department officials quashed the proposal, however, by demanding that Cheney’s staff explain how this military escalation would unfold, and how it would end, according to J. Scott Carpenter former deputy assistant secretary of state, in a 2008 interview with this writer. Cheney’s staff couldn’t provide satisfactory answers… When officials of the Trump administration claim that Iran is responsible for U.S. deaths in Iraq, they are following Dick Cheney’s playbook. As the Bolton-Pompeo team tries to steer the U.S. toward attacking Iran, it is important to draw that parallel to Cheney’s strategy, and understand the history behind this push for war.”

UN Report on Human Rights in Venezuela Faulty by Design – by Nino Pagliccia – https://www.globalresearch.ca/un-report-human-rights-venezuela-faulty-design/5682848 – “The headline of the New York Times said, “Venezuela Forces Killed Thousands, Then Covered It Up, U.N. Says.” Reuters said, ‘UN details Venezuela torture, killings to neutralize opposition.’ The Washington Post said, ‘UN: 5, 287 killings in Venezuela security operations in 2018.’.. The reaction of a typically unsympathetic media towards Venezuela is all too predictable, which makes all wonder if there was a second motive for the release of the report on this date and with this content… To be clear, the UNHCHR is an independent entity and its report [1] is not short on details of violations committed by the government of Venezuela. However, we must question the UNHCHR undiplomatic disclosure with uncorroborated facts. Not to imply that the UNHCHR should have hidden the facts it believed to be true, albeit alleged, but also balance those with many other facts that the government of Venezuela claims to have provided but were omitted in the report.”

NYT: US Middle Class Families Must Surrender Their Suburbs for ‘Poor Immigrants’ – New York Times calls for American middle class areas to be used for low income housingby Jay Greenberg – https://neonnettle.com/news/8082-nyt-us-middle-class-families-must-surrender-their-suburbs-for-poor-immigrants- – “The federal government should force suburban voters to sacrifice their houses’ value, give up their quiet schools, and their green neighborhoods so investors can build more homes for immigrants with cheaper rent, the NYT argues. The federal government is an irresistible force when it chooses to prioritize an issue,’ declares the July 7 editorial, titled ‘A New Approach on Housing Affordability.’.. ‘It is past time to prioritize the availability of affordable housing’ for immigrants, the article adds. After starting with a complaint about housing prices, the editorial fails to note the connection between mass-immigration and the soaring costs of living in the US.”

Alphabet’s plans to track people in its ‘smart city’ ring alarm bellshttps://www.cnn.com/2019/07/09/tech/toronto-sidewalk-labs-google-data-trust/index.html – “Last month, Sidewalk Labs, the urban innovation arm of Google’s parent company Alphabet, released a 1,524-page report detailing plans for developing a portion of Toronto’s waterfront… The report, weighing more than 14 pounds, exhaustively detailed the perks of Alphabet’s vision, including streets without traffic congestion and air pollution, as well as inventive ways of dealing with harsh weather… But when it came to discussing the handling of people’s data, Alphabet offered only a handful of pages with few new details. Sidewalk Labs describes the creation of an independent agency to manage data collection agreements with companies and make sure the collection is beneficial for the community… Pedestrians walking in the neighborhood shortly after it launches will likely be tracked as they walk down streets, enter certain stores and spend time in parks… But it’s not just about the data that will be collected about any given visitor on day one. It’s the risks we don’t even know about yet, the ones that may accrue over time as data collection broadens and gets more powerful.”

“The Mood Is Pretty Hopeless”: Scene Outside Deutsche Bank Offices Evokes Lehman Collapse – by Tyler Durden – https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-07-09/scene-outside-deutsche-bank-offices-evokes-lehman-collapse – “At the end of the day, all of the frenzied whispers in the press about Deutsche Bank CEO Christian Sewing’s sweeping restructuring hardly did it justice. Instead of moving slowly, the bank started herding hundreds of employees into meetings with HR, first in its offices in Asia (Hong Kong, Sydney), then London (which got hit particularly hard) then New York City… By some accounts, it was the largest mass banker firing since the collapse of Lehman, which left nearly 30,000 employees in New York City jobless. Although the American economy is doing comparatively well relative to Europe, across the world, DB employees might struggle to find work again in their same field.” – Comment: On the brighter side, maybe those guys are holding Dinar, Dong or Zimbabwe Dollars and are “Ready” for the Reset!  

European association said to nix Jerusalem conference, fearing BDS pressure – Members resign in protest of cancellation by European Network for Mental Health Service Evaluation; Israeli association calls move ‘startling, dishonorable’ – https://www.timesofisrael.com/european-association-said-to-nix-jerusalem-conference-fearing-bds-pressure/ – “In a letter sent to board members, Mike Slade said his decision came after several members complained about the location, and that he was trying to preempt the resulting outcry from boycott supporters, the report said, citing sources who had read the letter… Had he gone forward with the plans to hold the next conference in Israel, Slade contended, ENMESH’s work over the next two years would have been dominated by dealing with the controversy and the pressure from anti-Israel activists.”

Watch as Cops Taser, Pepper Spray Dad in Front of His Kids, for Filming – by Matt Agorist – https://www.activistpost.com/2019/07/watch-as-cops-taser-pepper-spray-dad-in-front-of-his-kids-for-filming.html – “Once he began recording, an officer approaches Ramirez and tells him to “back away.”.. ‘You’re interfering with our crime scene. Back away,’ the officer says. But as the video appears to show, Ramirez is several feet away from the officers. Nevertheless, the officers approach him and physically attempt to push him back… ‘Don’t touch me,’ he says several times before the cops deploy tasers… ‘You’re making my kid cry,’ Morentin says as she and her children watch their father/husband get abused and kidnapped… “Daddy!” one of Ramirez’s children screams as they watch in horror… ‘Why are you doing that to him?’ a passenger asks… ‘Are you recording the whole thing?’.. ‘I’m recording everything,’ Morentin says… ‘What was he doing? He was recording. He wasn’t doing anything but recording,’ the passenger tells abusive cops as Ramirez lies on the ground in handcuffs.”

25 Senators in Secret Meeting With Jewish Leaders to Plot Strategy Against Growing Anger Over Influence of Jewish Elites – Who is representing the American people in this secret conclave with pro-Israel groups? – by Philip Giraldi – https://russia-insider.com/en/25-senators-secret-meeting-jewish-leaders-plot-strategy-against-growing-anger-over-influence-jewish – “The meeting was by design not a public event, and, to a certain extent, it was a secret. Its time, place, and participants were not announced, and it was only reported at all in the Israeli and Jewish media. According to after-the-fact  coverage of the event by Alison Weir of the “If Americans Knew” website, even staffers in the congressional offices were not aware that the meeting was taking place… No statement was issued afterwards, but it is believed that the principal topic under discussion was how to contain and reverse pro- Palestinian sentiment among progressive Democratic voters, who, to the horror of the participants, actually have been embracing the possibility that Palestinians are human beings with plausibly the same rights as Israelis. A particular focus would have been the nonviolent Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS), which has become a growing force on college campuses and in progressive circles.”

Upcoming Election Pits East Ukraine Which Wants Peace, With West, Which Wants War – by John Helmer – https://russia-insider.com/en/politics/upcoming-election-pits-east-ukraine-which-wants-peace-west-which-wants-war/ri27416 – “The author is the longest serving foreign correspondent covering Russia. He published his fascinating memoirs in December of 2018. They are full of insights into what has really been going on in Moscow over the past 30 years. RI wrote about it here. He is the author of 12 books, 3 of them about Russia.” – Very good article if you want more understanding about what’s going on in Ukranian society before the upcoming election.

UK Marks Media Freedom Conference By Banning RT, Sputnik From Ithttps://southfront.org/uk-marks-media-freedom-conference-by-banning-rt-sputnik-from-it/The British government just banned Russian news agencies RT and Sputnik from from attending a media freedom conference in London this week… ‘We have not accredited RT or Sputnik because of their active role in spreading disinformation,’ the Foreign Office said in a statement… Around 1,000 reporters, journalists, and members of civil society as well as 60 government ministers are set to be at the two-day Global Conference for Media Freedom. Nonetheless, RT and Sputnik did not receive accreditation becase of their alleged role in “spreading disinformation.”.. ‘It takes a particular brand of hypocrisy to advocate for freedom of press while banning inconvenient voices and slandering alternative media; sadly, the world has learned to expect just that from the UK Foreign Office,’ RT said in a statement on the situation… The Russian Embassy in London described the move as a ‘direct politically motivated discrimination.’ It added that it had complained to the foreign office accusing it of conducting a ‘months-long smear campaign’ against RT…’What better illustration of the real situation with media freedom in the UK does one need? Yet the organizers of the Conference, as far as we understand, wish to discuss the situation with media freedom anywhere in the world, but not in this country,’ the Russian embassy said.”

Lendman: ‘Israel Redefines Chutzpah’ – by Stephen Lendman – https://21stcenturywire.com/2019/07/10/lendman-israel-redefines-chutzpah/ – “In 2004, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled the West Bank occupied. The same holds for Gaza and East Jerusalem… According to the ICJ, ‘Israeli settlements in the Occupied Territory, including East Jerusalem, are illegal and an obstacle to peace and to economic and social development (and) have been established in breach of international law.’.. The ICJ also ruled against Israel’s Separation Wall, calling it illegal, ordering completed sections dismantled, and “all legislative and regulatory acts relating thereto” repealed or rendered “ineffective forthwith.”.. In its ruling, the ICJ mandated reparations for the ‘requisition and destruction of homes, businesses, and agricultural holdings (and) to return the land, orchards, olive groves, and other immovable property seized,’ obligating member states to reject the illegal construction and demand Israel comply with international law… Israel spurned the ruling, the way it treats all international law. Clearly it’ll dismiss other international court rulings against its actions, but they matter longterm — establishing a judicial record of Israeli lawlessness.”

Report: Alex Acosta Said He Was Told Jeffrey Epstein ‘Belonged to Intelligence’ And ‘To Leave It Alone’ – by Chris Menahan – http://www.informationliberation.com/?id=60461 – “After the one meeting with then-U.S. Attorney Acosta, where presumably “intelligence” was mentioned, the indictment was shelved and, instead, Epstein signed a non-prosecution agreement with federal prosecutors… Epstein’s pals include heads of state, entrepreneurs, academics and research scientists, celebrities, and numerous beautiful women, notably Ghislaine Maxwell, daughter of media mogul Robert Maxwell (né Ján Ludvík Hyman Binyamin Hoch). Robert Maxwell, head of the Mirror Group Newspapers, was alleged to be a Mossad agent by Seymour Hersh in his 1991 book on Israel’s nuclear program, The Samson Option. Maxwell denied the charge and sued Hersh for libel, but he died in November 1991, and the suit died with him. Hersh countersued and eventually received an apology and a settlement… This has led to the speculation that Ghislaine Maxwell has Mossad connections as well.”

Netanyahu Compares Iranian Uranium Enrichment to Nazi Invasion of the Rhineland – by Kurt Nimmo – https://www.globalresearch.ca/netanyahu-compares-iranian-uranium-enrichment-nazi-invasion-rhineland/5682957 – “Thus, we have come to expect over-the-top exaggeration by Netanyahu on Iran and its purported nuclear weapons program that has yet to be confirmed. His remark about the Iranians and Nazi Germany is intended to move the Europeans to impose strict sanctions. it was specifically crafted to exploit their history… Bibi and the Zionists have little concern for the energy needs of the Europeans. In 2017, EU nations imported 66.5 million barrels of crude oil, or (about 182,000) barrels per day, from Iran, according to Eurostat, the official news portal of the European Commission. Netanyahu, Donald Trump, and his gang of neocons would have Europe suffer for the sake of Israel.”

Jewish Elites Want to Make ‘Holocaust’ Brainwashing Mandatory in US Schoolshttps://russia-insider.com/en/jewish-elites-want-make-holocaust-brainwashing-mandatory-us-schools/ri27422 – “It refers to statistics found in the 2018 Holocaust Knowledge and Awareness Study which surveyed 1,350 Americans aged 18 and over and found 49 percent of millennials and 45 percent of adults couldn’t name a concentration camp or ghetto in Europe during the Holocaust. It also revealed that 41 percent of millennials think the number of Jews killed in the Holocaust was two million or less, rather than six million… ‘The Never Again Education Act’ would create a grant program run by the Department of Education to provide teachers with training and tools to teach students about the Holocaust ‘and the repercussions that hate and intolerance can have on our society.’ ”

The Expanding Global Footprint of U.S. Special Operations (w/video 21min) – Written and Produced by SF Team – https://southfront.org/the-expanding-global-footprint-of-u-s-special-operations-3/ – “Not only has SOCOM fostered closer ties with the Department of State, but with the monolithic U.S. security apparatus as a whole. In an attempt to “be everywhere and know everything”, SOCOM has moved further away from its subordinate position in the Department of Defense, and pursued a more independent and unaccountable path, similar to that of the CIA or NSA, two organizations that it has increasingly worked closely with. SOCOM has even forged close ties with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, whose prevue is supposed to be limited to U.S. domestic crime investigations and the enforcement of federal laws… There should be some apprehension at both the Pentagon and in the halls of Congress, of the growing power of this new military within the military. In a constitutional republic that clearly delineates, compartmentalizes, and limits government power, the growth of a largely unaccountable, secretive and influential new military organization should be viewed as a threat to the very foundations of political and social order. A number of former special operations members have run for political office in recent years and won…. A strengthened SOCOM, deployed across the planet, establishing relationships with the foreign militaries of most of the world’s nations, and stationed in an ever growing number of U.S. embassies is a dream come true for the Deep State. There is little chance that SOCOM will reverse its course of expansion and accumulation of power at the expense of U.S. national security anytime in the immediate future. Just as the FBI, NSA and CIA have grown in power, influence and unaccountability since their creation, SOCOM seems poised to follow the same model to the detriment of the Republic that it was created to serve.” (emphasis added)

US Call for German Troops in Syria Angers Berlin – by The New Arab – https://www.globalresearch.ca/us-call-german-troops-syria-angers-berlin/5682990 – “The US appeal comes after Trump has repeatedly urged Berlin to increase its defence spending, last month calling Germany “delinquent” over its contributions to NATO’s budget… But such criticisms have more often hardened resistance to forking out more on the military rather than loosening the country’s purse strings… Former Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder told business newspaper Handelsblatt on Saturday that Trump wanted “vassals” rather than allies.”

Hong Kong artist criticizes China at the UN – Chinese delegates twice interrupt the singer’s speech at Human Rights Council in Geneva – by Kamaran Malik – https://www.asiatimes.com/2019/07/article/hong-kong-artist-criticizes-china-at-the-un/ – “About 30 seconds into her speech, Chinese delegate Dai Demao interrupted her, pointing out to the council that her words violate the one-China principle in the UN Charter when she mentioned the city alongside China… When she continued her speech she said that the city’s people have been frustrated as China has been backtracking on its  promise of “One country, two systems”, citing six lawmakers being disqualified, booksellers going missing and activists being jailed… Dai interrupted her again, saying that Ho was attacking the two systems principle and asked the council to stop her “insulting” speech… She concluded her speech by urging the Human Rights Council to arrange an emergency meeting for the protection of Hong Kong and to remove China from the council if it continued to disrespect and disregard human rights.”

Insects Are Dying Off in Europe in Apocalyptic Wildlife Omen, New Study Suggests –  https://sputniknews.com/science/201907011076115268-insects-dying-off-europe-apocalyptic-omen/ – Amateur German researchers have been collecting bugs in the industrial area along the Rhine for decades. Their findings, which have been independently verified by other scientists, suggest that the world may witness its worst die-off since the dinosaurs were wiped out. Scholars have confirmed that over 40 percent of insect species could vanish… The Amateur Entomology Society of Krefeld, located in northern Germany near the Dutch border, has conducted research in the Rhine countryside which suggested that the total biomass dropped by drastic 76 per cent over the recent 30 years. The enthusiasts, who gathered over 80 million bugs and various insects, caught them with single traps over certain periods, putting every catch in a certain box… “Since 1982, the traps we manufacture ourselves have been standardised and controlled, all of the same size and the same material, and they are collected at the same rate at 63 locations that are still identical,” the society’s president Martin Sorg told the website Phys.org.”

Rescuing ‘Skripal Case’ Narrative: Bellingcat Comes With ‘Revelations’ On Another ‘GRU Officer’https://southfront.org/rescuing-skripal-case-narrative-bellingcat-comes-with-revelations-on-another-gru-officer/ – “A new speculation, released on June 28, claimed that there was evidence suggesting that a senior Russian military intelligence officer worked from a hotel in central London to coordinate the March 2018 ‘nerve agent attack’ against former Russian spy Sergei Skripal… The latest Bellingcat claims that the organization ‘identified a third GRU officer who travelled to London during the Salisbury poisoning operation under the cover identity of Sergey Fedotov.’.. ‘We established that his real name is Denis Sergeev, and that his rank was at no lower than colonel, and possibly Lt. General or Major General.’.. Do they really believe that a Russian intelligence operative would really particiapte in a secret cover mission to poison a former spy carrying own phone? (especially if his wife uses this phone to call him over personal things)”

Ukrainian Authorities Are Alarmed By New Grave Threat To National Securityhttps://southfront.org/ukrainian-authorities-are-alarmed-by-new-grave-threat-to-national-security/ – “Ukrainian authorities and security services are terrified by a new grave threat to the Ukrainian national security: a Russia-Ukraine TV link-up announced by Ukraine’s NewsOne TV channel and Russia’s Russia-24 TV channel… And this is not a joke… Earlier this week. NewsOne TV announced that it’s planning to host a TV link-up [“Need to Talk”] between Ukrainians and Russians to discuss the current situation and ‘non-political questions’ by ordinary people. This idea caused an outrage among the current Ukrainian political establishment and government-linked media organizations and activists… Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) of Ukraine Oleksandr Danyliuk reacted to the move by calling it a provocation and stressed that the government is ready to react. He also adviced his counterparts to not panicking over this… President Zelensky came with an emergency statement on the matter. In the video adress, Zelensky called it “dangerous” PR trick ahead of the snap elections to the Parliament. He added that  TV link-ups between Ukrainian and Russian TV channels “during the war” are unacceptable. ”

Voices from Syria’s Rukban Refugee Camp Belie Corporate Media Reporting – Eva Bartlett visited refugees in Syria escaping the horrid conditions in the Rukban Refugee Camp, a desolate outpost in the US administered deconfliction zone. What she found was very different than the ‘reality’ depicted by the Western press – by Eva Bartlett – https://www.mintpressnews.com/voices-syria-rukban-refugee-camp-media-reporting/260197/ – “A common theme emerged from the testimonies of those civilians: starvation as a result of jihadist control over aid and food supplies, and the public execution of civilians.

Their testimonies echoed those of civilians in other areas of Syria formerly occupied by armed anti-government groups, from Madaya and al-Waer to eastern Aleppo and elsewhere… Despite those testimonies and the reality on the ground, Western politicians and media alike have placed the blame for the starvation and suffering of Syrian civilians squarely on the shoulders of Russia and Syria, ignoring the culpability of terrorist groups… In reality, terrorist groups operating within areas of Syria that they occupy have had full control over food and aid, and ample documentation shows that they have hoarded food and medicines for themselves. Even under better circumstances, terrorist groups charged hungry civilians grotesquely inflated prices for basic foods, sometimes demanding up to 8,000 Syrian pounds (US $16) for a kilogram of salt, and 3,000 pounds (US $6) for a bag of bread.”

RenTech Pulls Cash From Deutsche Bank As Insider Warns Of “Lehman-Style” Scene – by Tyler Durden – https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-07-05/expect-lehman-style-scenes-outside-deutsche-bank-offices-monday-mass-firings-begin – “…DB has been rocked by some unexpected news that could revive the sense of fear and panic that sent investors running for the exits back in 2016, when many believed a massive DoJ fine might sink the bank… Echoing a mini-bank run from late 2016 when hedge funds that cleared derivatives trades with the bank started withdrawing excess cash and positions held with the lender, Renaissance Technologies, the giant hedge fund that has been one of DB’s largest prime brokerage clients, has reportedly been taking money out of its prime brokerage accounts with the German lender over the past few months, according to people familiar with the move… According to Bloomberg, while the secretive quant fund giant remains a major client of Deutsche Bank, it has been quietly moving business to Barclays, Bank of America, and others, according to several sources who weren’t identified. Reps for both DB and RenTech declined to comment when approached by BBG reporters… Though some believe the job cuts will take place slowly over the course of the next year, one former MD told efinancialcareers that mass firings could happen as soon as Monday, when “Lehman-like” crowds might form outside the bank’s offices in London, New York City and elsewhere… ‘You could see Lehman-style scenes outside Deutsche Bank on Monday…It’s very sad what’s happening.’ ”

Goodbye Dollar, It Was Nice Knowing You! – by Philip Giraldi – https://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2019/07/04/goodbye-dollar-it-was-nice-knowing-you/ – “Trump has already been “threatening penalties against the financial body created by Germany, the U.K. and France to shield trade with the Islamic Republic from US sanctions.” The Treasury’s undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence, Israeli Sigal Mandelker, warned in a May 7th letter that ‘I urge you to carefully consider the potential sanctions exposure of Instex. Engaging in activities that run afoul of US sanctions can result in severe consequences, including a loss of access to the US financial system.’.. It is perhaps not unreasonable to wish the Europeans success, as they are supporting free trade while also registering their opposition to the White House’s bullying tactics using the world financial system. And if the dollar ceases to be the world’s trade and reserve currency, what of it? It would mean that the Treasury might have to cease printing surplus dollars and the US ability to establish global hegemony on a credit card might well be impeded. Those would be good results and one might also hope that some day soon the United States might once again become a normal country that Americans would be proud to call home.” (emphasis added)

Navy arms destroyers with new high-powered laser, changes war tactics – by Kris Osborn – https://www.foxnews.com/tech/navy-arms-destroyers-with-new-high-powered-laser-changes-war-tactics – “Developers are now working on a handful of technical challenges known to make it difficult for mobile lasers to operate on certain platforms, without finding a way to accommodate large amounts of power. The Navy’s Program Manager for the Zumwalt-class destroyers, Capt. Kevin Smith, addressed this recently at Sea Air Space, explaining that a “power surge” is needed to operate lasers on ship… ‘For directed energy weapons you need a surge. There is technology we are looking at right now to assess how the ship can have the energy storage that would facilitate that surge capacity,’

“Pretty Please” – Trump Asked Iran To Allow Him To Bomb It – by Moon Of Alabama – http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/51886.htm – “Elijah Magnier reported that Trump had asked Iran to allow him to strike back, but was rebuffed: ‘According to well-informed sources, Iran rejected a proposal by US intelligence – made via a third party – that Trump be allowed to bomb one, two or three clear objectives, to be chosen by Iran, so that both countries could appear to come out as winners and Trump could save face. Iran categorically rejected the offer and sent its reply: even an attack against an empty sandy beach in Iran would trigger a missile launch against US objectives in the Gulf.’.. An Iranian general yesterday confirmed Magnier’s take (also here)… The Trump administration seems to have genuinely thought that Iran would not react to its ever tightening sanctions by exceeding the technical limits of the nuclear deal, which it now does. Back in November Secretary of State Pompeo opined that Iran would not do this: ‘Asked what the administration would do if the Iranians restart their nuclear program, Pompeo replied, ‘We’re confident that Iranians will not make that decision.’ ‘.. That was of course nonsensical. Why was Iran expected to stick to a deal it does not benefit from? Such wishful thinking has no base in reality.. ”

7 Things You’re Not Supposed to Know About the ‘Justice System’ – by Gary ‘Z’ McGee – https://www.wakingtimes.com/2019/07/08/7-things-youre-not-supposed-to-know-about-the-justice-system/

Web Research Links for the Week of 7/1/19

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IMO, a VERY important piece of work from James: The Secrets of Silicon Valley: What Big Tech Doesn’t Want You to Know (44 min) – by James Corbett – The 5G wars are wars for control of populations.

Crop Catastrophe In The Midwest – Latest USDA Crop Progress Report Indicates That A Nightmare Scenario Is Upon Us – by Michael Snyder – http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/crop-catastrophe-in-the-midwest-latest-usda-crop-progress-report-indicates-that-a-nightmare-scenario-is-upon-us – “The last 12 months have been the wettest in all of U.S. history, and this has created absolutely horrific conditions for U.S. farmers.  Thanks to endless rain and historic flooding that has stretched on for months, many farmers have not been able to plant crops at all, and a lot of the crops that have actually been planted are deeply struggling.  What this means is that U.S. agricultural production is going to be way, way down this year.  The numbers that I am about to share with you are deeply alarming, and they should serve as a wake up call for all of us.  The food that each one of us eats every day is produced by our farmers, and right now our farmers are truly facing a nightmare scenario… You can view the latest USDA crop progress report right here.  According to that report, corn and soybean production is way behind expectations.”

Saudi Arabia taking Iranian oil tanker ‘hostage‘ – https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2019/07/04/600099/Iran-saudi-oil-tanker-happiness-ransom-hostage – “Iranian officials have warned Saudi Arabia against holding an oil tanker “hostage,” describing it as an “illegal seizure” and a case of “ransom-seeking” aimed at gaining concessions from Iran… On May 2, Saudi Arabia announced its coast guard had rescued a distressed Iranian oil tanker, named Happiness I, with 26 on board off the Red Sea port of Jeddah, after it faced ‘engine failure and the loss of control.’.. Two months on, despite being fixed, Saudis are refusing to let the vessel leave, and at the same time charge Iran $200,000 a day for maintaining the vessel in Jeddah… ‘The Saudi government first showed good behavior: it provided the damaged vessel with technical assistance, and the crew members with food packages, but it has refused to give any help in the past few weeks,’ said Iranian lawmaker Jalal Mirzaei on Wednesday.”

Trump administration lays broad legal grounds for military strike on Iran – (orig. from WaPo) https://outline.com/pdtBZn – “As it has contemplated military action against Iran, the Trump administration has opened the door to virtually every legal authority it might use to justify an attack, from tying Iran to al-Qaeda, to President Trump’s assertion that it would not involve American ground troops and “wouldn’t last very long.”.. Democrats and some Republicans have tried repeatedly to pin the administration down, including last week’s unsuccessful attempt to muster 60 Senate votes for an amendment requiring Trump to ask Congress before launching any military engagement… When asked directly about legal justification, senior administration officials have offered undetailed assurances that any action would “consistent with our Constitution,” as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said last month, or they deferred to lawyers.”

3 million Yemeni disabled threatened with death, increasing problemshttp://en.abna24.com/news//3-million-yemeni-disabled-threatened-with-death-increasing-problems_957902.html – “The war on Yemen will result in great disabilities and problems in the future, said the head of the Executive Office of the Arab Region for Persons with Disabilities and the Director General of the Special Needs in the Municipality of the capital… Abdullah Bonyan conifrmed that the proportion of the disabled in Yemen, according to a study prepared by the Regional Office for People with Disabilities, represents 13.5% of the population, about 3 million disabled. Their suffering doubled during the last four years, because of the siege and aggression on Yemen… ‘The war led to the death of many disabled people and increased the suffering of thousands of them due to lack of medicines, the low level of health services and the deterioration of the living conditions of the disabled,’ YPA quoted Bonyan saying.”

Netanyahu: Israel preparing for wide-scale campaign in Gazahttps://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Netanyahu-Israel-preparing-for-wide-scale-campaign-in-Gaza-594528 – “Netanyahu’s comments came after he convened a security cabinet meeting at the IDF Gaza Division headquarters to discuss the situation in the Strip, followed by a meeting with local and regional council heads, some of whom left the meeting in protest… ‘Our policy is clear: we want to restore the calm, but at the same time we are preparing for a large-scale military operation, if such an action is required,” Netanyahu said. “Those are my instructions to the army.’.. A few local council heads most affected by the violence who were invited to the meeting did not attend, with Gadi Yarkoni and Ofir Liebstein, heads of the Eshkol and Sha’ar Hanegev regional councils, walking out when they saw that there were a number of other local and regional heads from the South in attendance.” (emphasis added)

The Pentagon has a laser that can identify people from a distance—by their heartbeat – The Jetson prototype can pick up on a unique cardiac signature from 200 meters away, even through clothes – by David Hambling – https://www.technologyreview.com/s/613891/the-pentagon-has-a-laser-that-can-identify-people-from-a-distanceby-their-heartbeat/
MiniAOC Deletes All Social Media Accounts After Death Threats and Harassment Of Family – by Joseph Curl – https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2019/07/miniaoc-deletes-all-social-media-accounts-after-harassment-of-family/ – “In her videos, Ava nailed AOC’s Valley Girl speech patterns. ‘Like, hello America, AOC here again,’ Ava said one video. ‘But this time from Washington, D.C., which is named after our first president — George Washington D.C.’.. ‘Like, I want to tell you about my plan to single-handededly save the planet. I call it the Green New Deal. I picked green because I’m still learning my colors. I came up with my plan after we were watching, like, the most important documentary on climate change. It’s called Ice Age 2: The Meltdown,’ she said, referring to the animated 2006 hit movie. ‘That’s not me saying it, that’s science.’.. ‘My Green New Deal will cost, like, 93 trillion dollars. Do you know how much that is? Me neither. Because it’s totally worth it. If sea levels keep rising, we won’t be able to drive to Hawaii any more,’ she said.” – Comment: If we’re facing the Zombie Apocalypse, we might as well die laughing…

Ann Widdecombe speech causes UK meltdown, comparing EU to slave owners or colonizers (13 min) – Analysis by Alex Christoforou and Alexander Mercouris of The Duran

Have You Heard Of The CIA’s Iran Mission Center? – by Vijay Prashad – https://russia-insider.com/en/have-you-heard-cias-iran-mission-center/ri27359 – “In 2017, the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)  created a special unit — the Iran Mission Center — to focus attention on the U.S. plans against Iran. The initiative for this unit came from CIA director John Brennan, who left his post as the Trump administration came into office. Brennan believed that the CIA needed to focus attention on what the United States sees as problem areas — North Korea and Iran, for instance. This predated the Trump administration… It bothered the hawks in Washington — as one official told me — that Persia House was filled with Iran specialists who had no special focus on regime change in Iran. Some of them, due to their long concentration on Iran, had developed sensitivity to the country… Trump’s people wanted a much more focused and belligerent group that would provide the kind of intelligence that tickled the fancy of his National Security Adviser John Bolton… To head the Iran Mission Center, the CIA appointed Michael D’Andrea. D’Andrea was central to the post-9/11 interrogation program, and he ran the CIA’s Counterterrorism Center. Assassinations and torture were central to his approach… It was D’Andrea who expanded the CIA’s drone strike program, in particular the signature strike. The signature strike is a particularly controversial instrument. The CIA was given the allowance to kill anyone who fit a certain profile — a man of a certain age, for instance, with a phone that had been used to call someone on a list.The dark arts of the CIA are precisely those of D’Andrea.

Royal Marines Seize Super Tanker Carrying Crude Oil To Syriahttps://southfront.org/royal-marines-seize-super-tanker-carrying-crude-oil-to-syria/ – “A detachment of Royal Marines and the authorities in Gibraltar have seized a supertanker suspected of carrying oil to Syria on the belief it was breaching EU sanctions. 30 Royal Marines from 42 Commando were involved… Gibraltar’s chief minister Fabian Picardo said: ‘We have reason to believe that the Grace 1 was carrying its shipment of crude oil to the Banyas Refinery in Syria.’.. ‘That refinery is the property of an entity that is subject to European Union sanctions against Syria.’.. According to reports, the tanker had sailed from Iran. If the oil on board is confirmed to be Iranian, the tanker would also be violating a US ban on Iranian oil exports. (emphasis added) – Comment: It looks like both the supertanker and its cargo will be impounded, i.e. stolen.

Iran Summons UK Envoy Over “Illegal Seizure” Of Supertanker Allegedly Heading To Syriahttps://southfront.org/iran-summons-uk-envoy-over-illegal-seizure-of-supertanker-allegedly-heading-to-syria/ – ” ‘Following the illegal seizure of an Iranian oil tanker in Gibraltar by British Royal Marines, the UK envoy to Tehran has been summoned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs,’ Seyyed Abbas Mousavi, a spokesman for the Iranian Foreign Ministry, wrote in a tweet… Later, acting Spanish Foreign Minister, Josep Borrell, revealed that Gibraltar’s authorities detained Grace 1 in Spanish waters upon a request by the U.S. to the UK… The seizure of the supertanker could lead to a political crisis between the EU and Iran. The EU had demonstrated that the bloc was committed to avoid oil sanctions on Tehran.”

Debunking the Rumors About Russia Caving in to Israel – The Saker – http://www.unz.com/tsaker/debunking-the-rumors-about-russia-caving-in-to-israel/ – “Will any of the above affect the “Putin is a traitor” or “Putin works for Bibi” crowd?.. Facts? No! Who needs facts?.. No, most probably not. What they will do is just ignore Patrushev’s very official statement just like they have ignored all the facts since they began predicting a “Grand Russian Betrayal” for no less than 5 years now, even if proved wrong every time: remember their whining about Syria “losing” its (utterly useless, dangerous and expensive to destroy) chemical weapons? What about their whining about Russia not doing enough for Novorussia? Or their whining about the Russians being “soft” on Israel after the Israelis caused the loss of a Russian recon aircraft? All these folks who present to us the “proof” that Putin, Bolton, and Netanyahu are “in cahoots”, and have predicted that Patrushev would “sell out” are now very busy looking somewhere else for evidence of Russia’s subservience to Israel.” – Comment: If you only have time to read one article on International Relations this week, this would be the one.

Overcoming the Robotic Mind – Why Humanity Must Come Through: Q&A with Author Julian Rosehttps://www.activistpost.com/2019/07/overcoming-the-robotic-mind-why-humanity-must-come-through-qa-with-author-julian-rose.html

German Intelligence Service Report Presents Sputnik and RT As Security Threats As Significant As ISIS And Al-Qaeda –  https://southfront.org/german-intelligence-service-report-presents-sputnik-and-rt-as-security-threats-as-significant-as-isis-and-al-qaeda/ – ” ‘Cyber spying by Russian intelligence services … continues to be a major threat to German security and constant challenge to counter-intelligence,’ it added… ‘The Russian government is expanding its media offerings in Germany in order to increase its influence. State enterprises are disguised as independent media to hide the fact that they belong to the Russian state and to exert subtle influence on the public. The most important of these are the Internet channel RT Deutsch and the Sputnik news agency,’ the report said… ‘Intelligence targets continue to be business and industry, research, technology and the military. The same applies to the popular movements which the Chinese authorities call the “Five Poisons”, fearing that they threaten national unity and the Communist Party’s monopoly on power.’.. In essence, the report lists some very clear points and claims, which most of the time are substantiated by numbers and evidence. In terms of intelligence activities, the claims regarding Russia and China are mostly a result of the necessity of the Washington-led establishment to propagate the narrative, rather than an actual security risk or threat.” Comment: This report is from the Bundesamt für Verfassungsschutz (BfV) [Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution], probably representing the interests of a particular German deep state

A Second FAKE Document: “The Black Cash Ledger” Went After Paul Manafort (w/video 26min) – by Catherine J. Frompovich – https://www.activistpost.com/2019/07/a-second-fake-document-the-black-cash-ledger-went-after-paul-manafort.html – “Black Conservative Patriot [1] (BCP) submits a video “forensic autopsy” about another fake document—one we know about, the STEELE Document—and the other now being revealed, “The Black Cash Ledger,” which ‘went after’ Paul Manafort!.. That ‘document’ was known to be a fraud, but Special Counsel Robert Mueller apparently USED it to go after, indict and convict Manafort!.. How was the former president of the country of Ukraine involved?.. What about the Podesta brothers, one of whom was Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign manager?.. Listen to what is said about submitting false documents in a federal court proceeding, how it violates FBI rules, which former FBI Director and lawyer, Bob Mueller, should have known, and can be a crime under certain circumstances. [2] Whoa!  How was Mueller trying to circumvent that rule?

Every major US carrier has launched 5G service – by Jason Plautz – https://www.smartcitiesdive.com/news/every-major-us-carrier-has-launched-5g-service/558032/ – “With this launch, every major U.S. carrier now has some sort of 5G on the map, and each has talked up big plans to expand (Verizon also brought their service to Denver and Providence, RI last week). Although it’s still early, the 5G adoption from major cities marks a positive trend that should keep the U.S. on pace with other countries.”

Government’s Own Pro-vaccine Medical Expert Admits There is a Vaccine-Autism Link That is Being Covered Up (w/video – 11min) –  http://healthimpactnews.com/2019/governments-own-pro-vaccine-medical-expert-admits-there-is-a-vaccine-autism-link-that-is-being-covered-up/ – “[O]n Full Measure, we will be running a replay of what I think is the most important vaccine-autism report this year… It tells how the government’s own pro-vaccine medical expert, a world-renowned pediatric neurologist, concluded — based on scientific studies and other scientific information — that vaccines can cause autism, after all, in “exceptional” cases… The physician, Dr. Andrew Zimmerman, goes on to say that the government went on to misrepresent his opinion in vaccine court and cover up what he had told them… The story is so important that it triggered a wave of vaccine industry propaganda. There was an organized effort to falsely claim that the Dr. Zimmerman is somehow “anti-vaccine” or, perhaps, no longer of sound mind… Other false claims included that Dr. Zimmerman’s opinions have been misunderstood or mischaracterized. Fortunately, you can read his full affidavit and published studies for yourself. Click here.

Synagogues (in the U.S.) are now conducting active shooter drills during services – After gunmen massacre worshipers at Poway and Pittsburgh, US congregations learning how to hide, flee and fight back against attackers – by Ben Sales – https://www.timesofisrael.com/synagogues-are-now-conducting-active-shooter-drills-during-services/ – ” ‘It was not a high-energy, kind of catching people off-guard kind of thing,’ (Rabbi Neil) Cooper said five days after the June 22 drill at his Temple Beth Hillel-Beth El in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania. ‘We also wanted to let people know, more than anything else, that we’re on top of this. We have a procedure. We have people looking out.’ ”

Freedom Articles covers American Intelligence Media “Zuckerberg Dossier”: Who Created Facebook? New Letter from Alleged Insider Claims Zuckerberg is a Frontman for Military Intelligence – by Makia Freeman – https://freedom-articles.toolsforfreedom.com/who-created-facebook-zuckerberg-dossier-darpa-cia/ – “The letter makes many explosive claims as quoted below. I encourage you to read it for yourself. The main themes are that: – Mark Zuckerberg did not create Facebook but was chosen as a front man to make the military surveillance social media network go public; – Zuckerberg was involved in CIA mind control programs as a child; – Zuckerberg has many MIC (Military Intelligence Complex) handlers behind him who are controlling him and telling him exactly what to do; – Zuckerberg stole code by hacking into the email account of the son of Michael McKibben, owner of Leader Technologies and the real inventor of scalable social media. Michael had emailed his son Max the white papers written to describe the new invention; – Zuckerberg is either unable or barely able to write code, so the idea that he wrote innovative and unique code for Facebook is a giant, absurd lie.” – Original article on Patriots For Truth (AIM): https://patriots4truth.org/2019/06/13/the-zuckerberg-dossier/

No reason for Iran’s uranium enrichment besides making nukes, says Boltonhttps://www.timesofisrael.com/no-reason-for-irans-uranium-enrichment-besides-making-nukes-says-bolton/How does one know that John Bolton is lying?…

Look At This Map – It Shows Devastating Crop Losses Are Literally Happening All Over The Globe – by Michael Snyder – http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/look-at-this-map-it-shows-devastating-crop-losses-are-literally-happening-all-over-the-globe – ” Ice Age Farmer has compiled a “Grand Solar Minimum Crop Loss Map” which you can view right here, and I appreciate our friends at ANP for pointing it out to us.  Ice Age Farmer’s map shows that there are literally dozens of locations all over the globe right now that are reporting significant crop losses, and this is really unlike anything we have ever seen before.  Some parts of our planet are dealing with horrific drought, but in the middle of the United States it just won’t stop raining.  In some areas of the world it is too cold, while others are experiencing record heat.  Everywhere we look we see extremes, and the behavior of our sun is the primary reason this is happening.” – Comment: Solar activity is a prominent factor here, but another is from weather modification / weather warfare operations.

From the The-Oracle-Speaks Desk: Mossad chief: Iran definitely behind attacks on Gulf oil sites, embassy in Iraq – In extensive speech, Yossi Cohen warns of threat posed by Tehran enriching uranium past limits set by 2015 nuclear agreement – by Judah Ari Gross – https://www.timesofisrael.com/mossad-chief-iran-definitely-behind-attacks-on-gulf-oil-sites-embassy-in-iraq/ – ” ‘I say to you, with certainty, based on the best sources of both Israeli and Western espionage, that Iran is behind these attacks. They were approved by Iranian leadership and carried out, in large part, by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and its proxies,’ Yossi Cohen said, speaking at Israel’s Interdisciplinary Center’s Herzliya Conference.”

Ex-CIA director Pompeo: ‘We lied, we cheated, we stole’ – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DPt-zXn05acDoes anyone seriously think that Mossad would have a different policy?

Israeli Strikes On Damascus And Homs Injure And Kill Many Civilians (Videos) – https://southfront.org/israeli-strikes-on-damascus-and-homs-injures-or-kills-dozens-many-civilians-videos/ – “One of the Israeli missiles hit a civilian area in the district of Sahnaya west of Damascus. The Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) said that 4 civilians, including a 3-month old baby, were killed as a result. 22 other civilians, mostly women and children, were injured… This was the first time an Israeli strike on Syria led to civilian casualties. This is a dangerous development that may force Damascus to rethink its strategy towards Israel… The Israeli strike was one of the biggest this year, which confirms that Tel Aviv is not only determined to go on with its attacks on Syria, but also to step-up their scale and intensity.”

Provoking Iran Over & Over: US Throwing Kitchen Sink at Islamic Republic – by Makia Freeman –  http://freedom-articles.toolsforfreedom.com/us-provoking-iran-again-66-years/ –  “Provoking Iran has become a favorite US pastime, it seems. The CIA, along with the Mossad and MI6, just can’t seem to help themselves when it comes to bullying, meddling with and provoking the Persian nation. From Operation Ajax in 1953 to the Iranian Revolution of 1979, from shooting down an Iran Air commercial passenger plane in 1988 to pulling out of JCPOA in 2018 to (last week) violating Iranian air space in 2019, the USG (United States Government) is engaging in extreme provocation of the Islamic Republic in the hopes of getting it to take the bait. If you’re relatively new to this topic and can’t quite figure out what to believe, or to understand who is provoking whom, read on to find out the shocking history of US interference in Iran.”

If you ever use the encrypted messaging options on programs like iMessage, WhatsApp, Signal, Wickr, Telegram, or any other service, your time to discuss things privately over the phone may be running out. The US government doesn’t like for anything to get in the way of their ability to spy on or ‘investigate” even the most mundane of conversations. – Read about the potential banning of end-to-end encryption here: https://www.theorganicprepper.com/outlaw-encrypted-messaging/

FBI Called Upon to Investigate NY Corruption in Removing Vaccine Religious Exemptions – by Liz Young – http://healthimpactnews.com/2019/fbi-called-upon-to-investigate-ny-corruption-in-removing-vaccine-religious-exemptions/ – “He has published a video filmed during the meeting that shows the committee did not have enough votes to bring the bill to the full Assembly Floor, and that Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, who is not part of the Committee on Health, called over one Assemblyman who voted “no,” Nader Sayegh, and convinced him to change his vote… Without this change of vote, the bill would have died and never come to the full Assembly Floor for a vote… As a result, the bill did make it to the floor, and 20 million New Yorkers who had a religious exemption to vaccines lost that exemption… The day before this vote, Barry states that a Merck Pharmaceutical subsidiary announced that it was investing $48 million in the Albany, New York area which was bringing in 115 new jobs.”

Web Research Links for the Week of 6/24/19

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Europe’s Missing Islamic State Fighters – by Soeren Kern – https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/14459/europe-returning-jihadists – “”The United States is asking Britain, France, Germany and other European allies to take back over 800 ISIS fighters that we captured in Syria and put them on trial… The alternative is not a good one in that we will be forced to release them…” — U.S. President Donald Trump, Twitter, February 16, 2019… The Wall Street Journal, in a recent editorial, “The West’s Foreign Fighter Problem,” noted that European governments face a “Catch-22″ situation: either repatriate and prosecute their jihadis, or risk that they disappear off the radar and carry out new attacks in Europe… The German government has lost track of scores of Germans who travelled to Iraq and Syria in recent years to join the Islamic State (IS). The revelation comes amid growing fears that some of these fighters are returning to Germany undetected by authorities.”

Texas CPS Medically Kidnaps 4 Year Old Homeschooled Boy After Parents Complain About Poor Doctor Care – by Jeremy Newman – http://healthimpactnews.com/2019/texas-cps-medically-kidnaps-4-year-old-homeschooled-boy-after-parents-complain-about-poor-doctor-care/ – “On April 22, nearly two months prior to this horrific incident, the Pardos had filed an official complaint against the Children’s Hospital for the poor treatment of Drake by several of the hospital’s doctors… They informed the family that they would review the matter and resolve it within 45 days. On day 46, with the family still having heard nothing from the Children’s Hospital, CPS showed up at the family’s door with an affidavit signed by one of the hospital’s doctors… The removal of Drake was in clear violation of state law because CPS: 1. Refused for nearly two weeks to provide the family with any information about the accusations against them. This was a violation of TAC 700.508.  2. Claimed that there was an immediate danger to Drake which required an emergency removal, despite CPS having already delayed for two weeks. This was a violation of Family Code 262.102.  3. Failed to make any reasonable efforts to avoid the need for removal, such as by failing to conduct any interviews with the family or to offer any alternatives to the removal of Drake. This was a violation of Family Code 262.102.”

“5G Ready”? UK Government’s “5G Rural First”: “Dangerously High” Levels of Electromagnetic Field Radiation (EMF) in Southern England – Glastonbury Festival-goers Are Walking into an EMF Minefield – by Annie Dieu-Le-Veut – https://www.globalresearch.ca/glastonbury-festival-goers-walking-emf-minefield/5681851 – “A couple of weeks before, I had attended a meeting of Pilton’s parish council. It was standing room only as residents packed in to express their dismay about a telecommunications mast that had been erected, without any consultation with them, in the children’s skate-board park. Engineers had informed one of them that it was going to be made “5G ready” at the end of May, in time for the music festival… 5G technology was installed at Glastonbury Festival this year by EE as part of a governmental agenda called 5G Rural First. This is a promotional push dreamed up by urbanite marketeers that purports to be about giving better internet access to country dwellers. In reality, though, good folks have paid £250 a ticket to be used as guinea-pigs in a 1.4 square mile test bed for an untested technology that could have serious implications for their health.” (emphasis added)

From the What-Part-Of-Tyranny-Do-You-Not-Understand Desk: Watch as Cops Detain Entire Bar, Seal Off All Exits, Force EVERYONE to Submit to Record Check – by Matt Agorist – https://www.activistpost.com/2019/06/watch-as-cops-detain-entire-bar-seal-off-all-exits-force-everyone-to-submit-to-record-check.html – “The sheer scope of (this) violation is up there in the most egregious cases on which we’ve ever reported here at TFTP… Over the weekend, at a popular Michigan City bar, there was no crime and no one had been suspected of committing a crime… Despite these facts, more than a dozen officers raided this peaceful establishment in which patrons were enjoying their Saturday night. Police officers with the Michigan City Police Department blocked all the exits and the rights-violating process began… After police trapped them inside, every person in the bar was forced to line up and submit their identification to one of the many police officers who had set up laptops. Only after they submitted to the background checks were the patrons allowed to leave… In the state of Indiana, a person only has to show their identification to law enforcement only if they have been stopped for an infraction or ordinance violation. Obviously, every single person inside this bar was not suspected of a crime, which made this process unconstitutional… However, as the video shows, police didn’t accuse anyone of committing an infraction and detained them anyway.”

The Saker Interviews A.B. Abrams About the Geostrategic Developments in Asiahttp://www.unz.com/tsaker/the-saker-interviews-a-b-abrams-about-the-geostrategic-developments-in-asia/ – “I wrote this book with the purpose of elucidating the nature of Western intervention in the region over the past 75 years, and analyzing prominent trends in the West’s involvement in the Asia-Pacific from the Pacific War with Imperial Japan to the current conflicts with China and North Korea. I attempt to show that Western conduct towards populations in the region, the designs of the Western powers for the region, and the means by which these have been pursued, have remained consistent over these past decades. This context is critical to understanding the present and future nature of Western intervention in the Asia-Pacific… A.B. Abrams: There may be marginalized extreme nationalists in China who see a national security from almost everybody, but in mainstream discourse there are no such perceptions. To the contrary, Russia’s immense contribution to Chinese security is widely recognized – not only in terms of technological transfers but also in terms of the value of the joint front the two powers have formed. Russia not only lacks a history of annexing East Asian countries or projecting force against them, but it is also heavily reliant on China in particular both to keep its defense sector active and to undermine Western attempts to isolate it. Russian aggression against China is unthinkable for Moscow – even if China did not possess its current military strength and nuclear deterrence capabilities. This is something widely understood in China and elsewhere… I would dispute that Russia’s military is vastly more capable than China’s own, as other than nuclear weapons there is a similar level of capabilities in most sectors in both countries.”

Demasking the Torture of Julian Assange – by Nils Melzer, UN Special Rapporteur on Torture –  http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/51840.htm – “I know, you may think I am deluded. How could life in an Embassy with a cat and a skateboard ever amount to torture? That’s exactly what I thought, too, when Assange first appealed to my office for protection. Like most of the public, I had been subconsciously poisoned by the relentless smear campaign, which had been disseminated over the years. So it took a second knock on my door to get my reluctant attention. But once I looked into the facts of this case, what I found filled me with repulsion and disbelief.”

Turkey Moving Special Forces, Military Equipment to Syrian Border – Reportshttps://sputniknews.com/military/201906281076088951-turkey-moving-special-forces-military-equipment-to-syrian-border/ – “Turkey is moving special forces and military equipment to its border with Syria, the Anadolu news agency reported on Friday, after Turkish forces shelled the Syrian army’s positions in Idlib… A convoy of armoured vehicles and special forces units have arrived in Reyhanli and Kirikhan cities in Turkey’s southern province of Hatay on the border with Syria, according to the local media… The shelling by the Turkish forces came a day after a Turkish soldier had been killed in an attack on a Turkish observation post in Idlib. The Turkish Defence Ministry has said that the shelling had been carried out from the territory controlled by the Syrian government and was deliberate.”

Students Build Vacuum That Sucks Up Microplastics From Sand on the Beach – Canadian students venture to clean the world’s most polluted beach with their own invention – by Eslias Marat – https://www.wakingtimes.com/2019/06/28/students-build-vacuum-that-sucks-up-microplastics-from-sand-on-the-beach/ – “Like any vacuum cleaner, the gigantic machine uses a handheld hose to suck up plastic and sand before dumping it into a huge tank of water. As the plastic floats to the top of the water, the sand sinks to the bottom so that it can be returned to the beach.”

In Israel the Push to Destroy Jerusalem’s Iconic Al-Aqsa Mosque Goes Mainstream – This ancient site that dates back to the year 705 C.E. is being targeted for destruction by extremist groups that seek to erase Jerusalem’s Muslim heritage in pursuit of colonial ambitions and the fulfillment of end-times prophecy – by Whitney Webb – https://www.mintpressnews.com/israel-jerusalem-al-aqsa-third-temple/259926/ – “Some observers may have noticed the growing effort by some Israeli government and religious officials to remove the Dome of the Rock and Al-Aqsa mosque from the Jerusalem skyline, not only erasing the holy site in official posters, banners and educational material but also physically removing the building itself. For instance, current Knesset member of the ruling Likud Party, American-born Yehuda Glick, was also the director of the government-funded Temple Institute, which has created relics and detailed architectural plans for a temple that they hope will soon replace Al-Aqsa. Glick is also close friends with Yehuda Etzion, who was part of a failed plot in 1984 to blow up Al-Aqsa mosque and served prison time as a result… ‘In the end we’ll build the temple and it will be a house of prayer for all nations,’ Glick told Israeli newspaper Maariv in 2012. A year later, Israel’s Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel stated that ‘[w]e’ve built many little, little temples…but we need to build a real Temple on the Temple Mount.’ Ariel stated that the new Jewish Temple must be built on the site where Al-Aqsa currently sits ‘as it is at the forefront of Jewish salvation.’ ” (emphasis added)

Uruguay Walks Out of OAS Meeting Rejecting Guaido Repshttps://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Uruguay-Walks-Out-of-OAS-Meeting-Rejecting-Guaido-Reps-20190627-0016.html

American Intelligence Media on 5G: Trump advocates 5G nightmare on humanityhttps://patriots4truth.org/2019/04/13/trump-advocates-5g-nightmare-on-humanity/ – “Are the Deagel population predictions making sense? It will be a quiet death for humanity as the elites and globalists take us out. We wonder how many times in human civilization they have done this to an unsuspecting population. Dumb us down, then wipe us out. Then change the history books and suppress the science so that the sheeple will never know what happened to their ancestors.”

Members Of Pro-Kiev “Volunteer Battalions” Leave Eastern Ukraine To Join Militant Groups In Syria: LPRhttps://southfront.org/members-of-pro-kiev-volunteer-battalions-leave-eastern-ukraine-to-join-militant-groups-in-syria-lpr/ – “Members of the pro-Kiev “volunteer battalions” were leaving the Donbass, to go and fight in Syria, on the side of ISIS, the press officer of forces the Lugansk People’s Republic, Ivan Filiponenko,  said at a briefing.… According to him, one of the reasons was that the long delays in payments in the zone of the so-called “Joint Forces Operation,” in the Donbass.: ‘Long delays in cash payments in the JFO zone, as well as the unstable situation in the country caused Ukrainian militants from the volunteer battalions to leave for the Syrian Arab Republic to participate in the military conflict on the side of the Islamic State (ISIS),” Filiponenko said… At the same time, he stressed that these people, that have combat experience in the Donbass and considers war to be a way of earning money, “has the full support of the special services of Ukraine.”: ‘According to our data, representatives of a specially created structure attached to the security service of Ukraine are involved in preparing the necessary documents for Ukrainian nationalists and organizing their unhindered entry into the Syrian Arab Republic,’ Filiponenko added.”

New coup attempt thwarted in Venezuela: Madurohttps://www.presstv.com/Detail/2019/06/27/599531/maduro-coup-guaido-arrest-assassination – “Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro says security forces have  foiled an opposition coup attempt that included plans to assassinate him and other top political figures… ‘We have revealed, dismantled and captured a fascist band of terrorists that planned a coup against Venezuelan society and Venezuelan democracy,’ Maduro said in a Wednesday evening broadcast… ‘They are captured, behind bars, with clear evidence after following this group of criminals and fascists.’.. The plan allegedly involved an attack on the headquarters of the Sebin intelligence agency to release General Raul Baduel, a former defense minister arrested on corruption accusations in 2009 after falling out with the Socialist Party… Maduro said the plan involved opposition leader Juan Guaido as well as political leaders from Chile, Colombia and the United States, but Guaido dismissed the accusations as lies… Communications Minister Jorge Rodriguez said the plan involved both active and retired army officers and was to have been executed between Sunday and Monday this past weekend.”

Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham Suffers Heavy Losses In Failed Attack On Syrian Armyhttps://southfront.org/hayat-tahrir-al-sham-suffers-heavy-losses-in-failed-attack-on-syrian-army/ – “A military source told Muraselon, a pro-government news outlet, that the army destroyed at least one battle tank and two armored vehicles during the clashes around the two towns… ‘Several militants were also killed and injured, their bodies are still scattered over the nearby hills,’ the source added… This was the second attack on the SAA this week. Three days ago, militants of the “Wa Harid al-Muminin” operations room, a coalition of al-Qaeda-affiliated groups that’s allied to HTS, attacked several positions near the town of Atshan in northern Hama, killing at least 18 Syrian soldiers… These repeated attacks may force the SAA to resume in ground operations in Greater Idlib very soon. Russian and Syrian warplanes are already intensifying their airstrikes on the region.” (underlined emphasis added)

This article is now shadow-banned on Facebook and Twitter, and, of course, not to be found on GoolagGoogle: None Dare Call It Sedition – by Patrick Wood – https://www.technocracy.news/none-dare-call-it-sedition/ – “Google has now flatly stated its intent to influence and control public perception so as to manipulate and determine national political election outcomes. It does this by using AI algorithms to skew search results, presenting only their political views, and suppressing dissenting or alternative views… However, this is not a free speech issue. Google is not a news organization. It does not hire journalists nor does it create original content. Rather, Google is an information utility that simply indexes existing and new journalistic content… Google’s all-powerful and pervasive Internet crawler is able to discover virtually 100% of everything published in the world, on an hour-by-hour or minute-by-minute basis. In other words, Google knows everything there is to know. The question is, will it tell all that it knows or only part of it?

You Are Being Trolled – by Dmitry Orlov – http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/51829.htm – “There being nothing better for it to do, the US is trying very hard to troll the whole world, but more and more the world is either refusing to be trolled or trolling the US right back… • When the US threatens to cut off access to the US financial system, the world works on circumventing it… • When the US imposes tariffs and sanctions, the world responds by reworking its trading relationships to exclude the US… • When the US threatens countries with military intervention, the world responds by constructing new alliances and making security arrangements that isolate the US… But most importantly, the world simply waits. The US is now running a budget deficit that is over a trillion dollars a year and taking on debt at about the same rate as it was during the height of the previous financial collapse. What do you think will happen when the next financial collapse hits? (According to a lot of authoritative voices, it should hit either this year or the next.) Meanwhile, I hope that you enjoy being trolled, because I am sure there will be more trolling from the US, just, you know, to keep busy, I guess.”

Pastor Jailed During ‘Drag Queen Story Hour,’ SWAT Team Snipers Positioned Atop Library Roof – by Heather Clark – https://christiannews.net/2019/06/16/pastor-jailed-during-drag-queen-story-hour-camo-spotter-positioned-atop-library-roof/ – “SPOKANE, Wash. — A Baptist pastor was arrested and jailed on Saturday after refusing to move across the street from the Spokane, Washington Public Library while exercising his free speech against a “Drag Queen Story Hour.” The event had a significant militaristic police presence, including camouflaged snipers positioned atop the roof to oversee the large crowd that stood both for and against the men dressed like women reading stories to children… Afhsin Yaghtin of New Covenant Baptist Church was arrested for obstructing an officer as he contended with police that the South Hill Library is public property and that he should be able to speak adjacent to the facility instead of being required to stand across the street.”

More US Warships Arrive In The Mideast Even As Trump Signals Draw Down – by Tyler Durden –  https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-06-24/more-us-warships-arrive-middle-east-even-trump-signals-draw-down – “The new military arrivals to the region came just as US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with Saudi King Salman and separately with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the port city of Jeddah to tackle the escalating crisis with Iran in the Persian Gulf… Pompeo has described his hastily arranged visit as focused on putting together an international coalition against Iran, and further that it will coincide with new US sanctions on Tehran, expected to be announced at some point Monday… The visit also comes just as Iran’s military has threatened to shoot down more US drones should they violate Iran’s airspace… Both the Saudis and the Israelis have pushed for a more muscular US response to “Iranian aggression” in the region, thus both MbS and Netanyahu must have been deeply disappointed that last Thursday night’s readied American military response never materialized… By all appearances, despite Trump’s clear preference to no longer be engaged in ‘protecting the shipping lanes for other countries’ while receiving “zero compensation” in return, it appears the US Navy is prepared to continue doing just that… As of Monday morning the State Department has laid out a plan to equip commercial ship escorts traversing the Gulf region with “camera monitoring” which would supposedly “deter Iran” according to a breaking Bloomberg report.”

The Geopolitics of World War III (22 min) – by StormCloudsGatheringVery high-quality short doc from STG, with many useful data points

Eleven 2020 Democrats Back Free Health Care for Illegal Immigrants – by Sean Moran – https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/06/23/eleven-2020-democrats-back-health-care-illegal-immigrants/# – “According to a New York Times survey, eleven 2020 Democrat presidential candidates backed free healthcare for illegal immigrants either under Medicare for All or a public option, while eight Democrats either did not answer the question or did not provide a clear answer… Here are the 2020 Democrats that backed health care for illegal immigrants:  ● Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO); ●Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ); ● South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg; ● Julian Castro; ● Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA); ● Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA); ● Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-VT); ● Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA); ● Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA); ● Marianne Williamson; ● Businessman Andrew Yang.

Eve of Destruction: Iran Strikes Back – by The Polemicist – www.thepolemicist.net/2019/06/eve-of-destruction-iran-strikes-back.html – “What would help the most to deter the calamity is if more Americans understand, along with Iran (and Israel) what the object of the game really is, and make clear they don’t want to play it. That requires that enough Americans, among the populace and the decision makers—especially the military decision makers—drop the ideology of invincibility and exceptionalism, see and warn of the real dangers, and just say “No!”.. That may be happening. This unprecedented episode where the President orders a military attack and then very publicly calls it off at the last minute may indicate that there’s some serious re-thinking going on. WaPo tells us that ‘The decision has divided his top advisers, with senior Pentagon officials opposing the decision to strike and national security adviser John Bolton strongly supporting it.’.. Which is more plausible: That Trump was absolutely certain the U-S-of-A could “obliterate” Iran, and only called off the strike because he was repelled by the idea of killing 150 people? Or that someone among those foreign or domestic influencers who had actual, dispassionate knowledge of the forces arrayed, and who did care about watery graves and burning cities and oil fields, had the courage to say: ‘Do this, and we are fucked.’?”

Web Research Links for the Week of 6/17/19

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US military gets lost, ‘invades’ small Romanian village, blames the weather (VIDEO) – https://www.rt.com/news/462419-us-invades-romanian-farm/ – ” ‘We entered the area between the tanks, but they did not notice us. They defied us, they went from the sunflower fields to the corn, then on to the wheat.’.. When the Romanian police eventually arrived, they shed some light on the situation. Apparently, the Americans mixed up their coordinates, ending up in the farmers’ fields on their way to Bordusani, some 10 kilometers north – and the designated exercise site for week-long NATO maneuvers code-named Saber Guardian 2019… The US Army said its unit crossed into the private farmland as a result of “adverse weather conditions,” according to local media… While there is no estimate yet of the total damage caused, a statement by the Romanian defense industry indicated that the wayward soldiers had destroyed hectares of crops. Local authorities have already begun a process to pursue compensation.”

A Company In Canada Linked To The Raelians Claims To Be Cloning Human Beings – by Arjun Walia – https://www.collective-evolution.com/2019/06/20/news-company-canada-raeliansl-claims-clone-human-beings/ – “Clonaid actually made news headlines all over the world when they announced they’d received a large donation to fund the cloning of a human child. Dr. Brigitte Boisselier, Ph.D. (scientific director of Clonaid) and a former chemist from Air Liquide were in charge of the operation, and for years the company was under regulatory suspicion and bombarded by media coverage… In 2001, she announced that a baby had been born, but following multiple lawsuits and controversy, no evidence of the human clone was provided and mainstream media insinuated that the entire debacle had been a hoax.”

U.S. Launched Cyber Attack On Iran’s Missile And Rocket Systems Under Trump’s CommandReport – https://southfront.org/u-s-launched-cyber-attack-on-irans-missile-and-rocket-systems-under-trumps-command-report/ – “Washington Post said that the cyber-attack was crippling to Iran’s military command and control systems. However, no one was injured or killed… ‘This is not something they can put back together so easily,’ one of the sources told the Washington-based newspaper… Last April, the U.S. designated the IRGC as a foreign terrorist organization, which explains how Trump was able to authorize such a large-scale covert attack.”

5G SOLUTIONS with Cal Washington | Red Pill Expo 2019 PreviewCal Washington interviewed by Richard Grove. Assimilating the information in this one youtube could be equivalent to a college course in autonomy.

Cal Washington’s presentation on levels of Jurisdiction from the InPower Movement:
InPower Episode #1: A Mass Action of Liability (2017)

Trump Stopped Strike on Iran Because It Was ‘Not Proportionate’ – by Michael D. Shear, Helene Cooper and Eric Schmitt –  https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/21/us/politics/trump-iran-attack.html –  “President Trump said Friday morning that the United States military had been “cocked and loaded” for a strike against Iran on Thursday night, but that he called it off with 10 minutes to spare when a general told him that 150 people would probably die in the attack.”

German Greens look to ban all industrial farming – by Jorg Luyken – https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/06/16/german-greens-look-ban-industrial-farming/ – “The Green party in Germany has said it intends to ban industrial farming as part of a wide-ranging and costly package to combat climate change should they come to power… Katrin Goering-Eckardt, the party’s leader in the Germany parliament, said her party would establish a fund worth at least €100 billion to finance climate projects including dam construction, reforestation and environmentally friendly transportation projects… Ms Goering-Eckardt did not go into further details on a timeline for the prohibition of intensively reared meat.”

Lawyers Say Chelsea Manning Lacks Financial Capacity to Pay Fineshttps://www.sparrowmedia.net/2019/06/lawyers-say-chelsea-manning-lacks-financial-capacity-to-pay-fines/ – “In a reply brief to be filed later today, Chelsea Manning will propose guidelines for a hearing to assess her financial capacity before Judge Anthony Trenga, who, just over a month ago, ordered her to pay fines that could total up to nearly half a million dollars. These fines were imposed in addition to her incarceration… While the government has alleged that she has access to resources that would enable her to pay these fines, that perception is simply wrong, say Chelsea and her lawyers. Although prior to her recent confinement, Ms. Manning was able to earn a living from public speaking, she is not a wealthy person, her team says. Records show she was forced to lay off the individual employed by her small business after her incarceration in March, 2019. She has no personal savings, an uncertain speaking career that has been abruptly halted by her incarceration, and is moving her few belongings into storage, as she can no longer afford to pay her rent.” (emphasis added)

Trump Approves Strikes on Iran, but Then Abruptly Pulls Back – by Michael D. Shear, Eric Schmitt, Michael Crowley and Maggie Haberman – https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/20/world/middleeast/iran-us-drone.html – “President Trump approved military strikes against Iran in retaliation for downing an American surveillance drone, but pulled back from launching them on Thursday night after a day of escalating tensions… As late as 7 p.m., military and diplomatic officials were expecting a strike, after intense discussions and debate at the White House among the president’s top national security officials and congressional leaders, according to multiple senior administration officials involved in or briefed on the deliberations… The operation was underway in its early stages when it was called off, a senior administration official said. Planes were in the air and ships were in position, but no missiles had been fired when word came to stand down, the official said.” – Comment: This may be Trump’s best decision in his presidency so far.

Arizona DCS Arrests Melissa Diegel as “Fugitive from Justice” While Living in Floridahttp://healthimpactnews.com/2019/arizona-dcs-arrests-melissa-diegel-as-fugitive-from-justice-while-living-in-florida/ – “The Daily Caller is reporting that Diegel  is being charged in an eight count indictment, and has been extradited from Florida, where she has lived since 2017, and is now incarcerated in an Arizona jail… Diegel lost her long battle with the State of Arizona and never had her two daughters returned. But apparently Arizona was not content to let Diegel move on with her life, and is now charging her with “child abuse” for seeking medical treatment for her daughters from 2011 through 2014, and prosecuting her as a “fugitive from justice.”.. According to The Daily Caller, Diegel faced a Marion County judge on May 21, 2019, but Arizona failed to produce a warrant and the judge dismissed the charges allowing Diegel to go free…’I went to my extradition hearing this morning and Governor Ducey did not sign the governor’s warrant to bring me back to Arizona so as of right now I am free,’ Diegel reported on Facebook… But later that same day a sheriff’s officer reportedly arrived at her home with a new warrant and took her back into custody.

Trump’s EPA Greenlights ‘Emergency’ Bee-killing Pesticide Over 13.9 Million Acreshttps://21stcenturywire.com/2019/06/20/trump-epa-greenlights-emergency-bee-killing-pesticide-over-13-9-million-acres/ – “The Environmental Protection Agency announced so-called “emergency” approvals today to spray sulfoxaflor — an insecticide it considers “very highly toxic” to bees — on nearly 14 million acres of crops known to attract bees… The approval includes 2019 crops of cotton and sorghum in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Mississippi, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia. Ten of the 11 states have been granted the approvals for at least four consecutive years for the same “emergency.” Five have been given approvals for at least six consecutive years… ‘The only emergency here is the Trump EPA’s reckless approval of this dangerous bee-killing pesticide,’ said Lori Ann Burd, environmental health director at the Center for Biological Diversity. ‘It’s sickening that even amid the current insect apocalypse, the EPA’s priority is protecting pesticide industry profits.’ ”

Arizona DCS Arrests Melissa Diegel as “Fugitive from Justice” While Living in Floridahttp://healthimpactnews.com/2019/arizona-dcs-arrests-melissa-diegel-as-fugitive-from-justice-while-living-in-florida/ – “The Daily Caller is reporting that Diegel  is being charged in an eight count indictment, and has been extradited from Florida, where she has lived since 2017, and is now incarcerated in an Arizona jail… Diegel lost her long battle with the State of Arizona and never had her two daughters returned. But apparently Arizona was not content to let Diegel move on with her life, and is now charging her with “child abuse” for seeking medical treatment for her daughters from 2011 through 2014, and prosecuting her as a “fugitive from justice.”.. According to The Daily Caller, Diegel faced a Marion County judge on May 21, 2019, but Arizona failed to produce a warrant and the judge dismissed the charges allowing Diegel to go free…’I went to my extradition hearing this morning and Governor Ducey did not sign the governor’s warrant to bring me back to Arizona so as of right now I am free,’ Diegel reported on Facebook… But later that same day a sheriff’s officer reportedly arrived at her home with a new warrant and took her back into custody.

Trump’s EPA Greenlights ‘Emergency’ Bee-killing Pesticide Over 13.9 Million Acreshttps://21stcenturywire.com/2019/06/20/trump-epa-greenlights-emergency-bee-killing-pesticide-over-13-9-million-acres/ – “The Environmental Protection Agency announced so-called “emergency” approvals today to spray sulfoxaflor — an insecticide it considers “very highly toxic” to bees — on nearly 14 million acres of crops known to attract bees… The approval includes 2019 crops of cotton and sorghum in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Mississippi, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia. Ten of the 11 states have been granted the approvals for at least four consecutive years for the same “emergency.” Five have been given approvals for at least six consecutive years… ‘The only emergency here is the Trump EPA’s reckless approval of this dangerous bee-killing pesticide,’ said Lori Ann Burd, environmental health director at the Center for Biological Diversity. ‘It’s sickening that even amid the current insect apocalypse, the EPA’s priority is protecting pesticide industry profits.’ ”

Mashed Potato and Another War for Israel – by Linh Dinh – http://www.unz.com/ldinh/mashed-potato-and-another-war-for-israel/ – “On March 31, 2019, the Jerusalem Post asked the American Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, ‘Today being Purim, a celebration, Jews worldwide and here in Jerusalem are talking about the fact that Esther 2,500 years ago saved the Jewish people with God’s help from Haman. And now, 2,500 years later, there’s a new Haman here in the Middle East who wants to eradicate the Jewish people like just like Haman did: the state of Iran. Could it be that President Trump right now has been sort of raised for such a time as this, just like Queen Esther, to help save the Jewish people from the Iranian menace?’.. Pompeo answered that it was quite possible that Trump is the new Esther. Though without the curves, he’s indeed a Jewish whore.”

From the What-Could-Go-Wrong Desk: DHS to Move Biometric Data on Hundreds of Millions of People to Amazon Cloud – (There are several who warn about this trend – the Gov moving data about citizens to the Amazon Cloud… oh goodie!) – https://www.nextgov.com/it-modernization/2019/06/dhs-move-biometric-data-hundreds-millions-people-amazon-cloud/157837/ – “The department seeks a new platform to identify people using fingerprints, irises and faces, and eventually DNA, palm prints, scars and tattoos… Biometrics Cloud Homeland Security  – The Homeland Security Department is looking to upgrade the software it uses to analyze biometric data on hundreds of millions of people around the globe, and it plans to store that information in Amazon’s cloud… The agency’s Office of Biometric Identity Management will replace its legacy biometric analysis platform, called the Automated Biometric Identification System, or IDENT, with a new, more robust system hosted by Amazon Web Services, according to a request for information released Monday… IDENT essentially serves as an enterprisewide clearinghouse for troves of biometric and biographic data collected by the Transportation Security Administration, Customs and Border Protection, Secret Service and other Homeland Security components. The system links fingerprint, iris and face data to biographic information, allowing officials to quickly identify suspected terrorists, immigration violators, criminals and anyone else included in their databases.”

Four to Face Murder Charges in Downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 – by Andrew E. Kramer – https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/19/world/europe/mh17-ukraine-russia-suspects.html – “Five years after a missile shot down an airliner over a war zone in Ukraine, killing all 298 people on board, international prosecutors on Wednesday indicted three men with ties to Russian military and intelligence agencies, and implicated — but did not charge — a senior aide to President Vladimir V. Putin… The criminal charges and the emergence of ever more detailed evidence against the Russian government, which has denied any role in downing Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, could further cool already icy relations between Moscow and the West.” – Comment: This article is an exercise in Black Propaganda (lies) catapulting the story crafted by Western intelligence that MH-17 was shot down by a Buk missile, in the face of robust evidence that it was shot down by one or more jet fighters from Ukraine. There is so much evidence that this was a false flag that it will make your head spin if you dive into it. The Malaysian President recently said that it was a false flag to international media.

Netanyahu, at major drill, warns: IDF has huge destructive power, don’t test us – by Judah Ari Gross – https://www.timesofisrael.com/netanyahu-warns-the-idf-has-immense-destructive-power-dont-test-us/ – ” ‘I hear our neighbors to the north, south and east threatening to destroy us. I say to our enemies: The IDF has an immense destructive power. Do not test us,’ Netanyahu said following his visit… There is growing concern among Israeli and Western intelligence officials that Iran could initiate action against Israel to escalate its feud with the United States and force Washington to the negotiation table, Haaretz reported Wednesday… Intelligence analyses indicated that Iran is disappointed that it hasn’t succeeded so far in forcing the US to rethink the crippling sanctions it reimposed against the Islamic Republic last year when it withdrew from the 2015 nuclear deal, the report said.”

Narrative Management = Reality Management – by Caitlin Johnstone – https://medium.com/@caityjohnstone/narrative-management-reality-management-5ccdadfcb66a – “I’ve taken to calling such things “narrative management operations” lately, because that’s a much clearer illustration of their function than simply labeling them propaganda constructs and psyops (though those labels are certainly accurate as well). Countless operations have been set up both inside and outside of Syria to control the narrative about what’s happening there, and now if a casual observer decides to find out more about the Syrian conflict they’ll almost certainly be consuming information that has been filtered through narrative management ops that have been funded by governments within the US-centralized power alliance… It’s like trying to figure out what’s going on at the other end of a large room that’s been filled with smoke and mirrors.”

U.S. Is Preparing ‘Tactical Assault’ On ‘Nuclear Facility’ In Iran: Reporthttps://southfront.org/u-s-is-preparing-tactical-assault-on-nuclear-facility-in-iran-report/ – “The report claimed that the attack will be justified by Iran’s supposed involvement in the attack on oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman on June 13… ‘The bombing will be massive but will be limited to a specific target,’ Maariv quoted an anonymous Western diplomat… The supposed military action under consideration is an aerial bombardment of an Iranian facility linked to its nuclear program, according to the report… The report also noted that the US is going to continue reinforcing its military presence in the Middle East.”

A USS Liberty’s Hero’s Passing – This article was written in 2014 on the occasion of Halbardier’s death – by Ray McGovern – https://consortiumnews.com/2019/06/08/a-uss-libertys-heros-passing/ – “Terry Halbardier, who as a 23-year old seaman in 1967 thwarted Israeli attempts to sink the USS Liberty, died on Aug. 11 in Visalia, California. It took the U.S. government 42 years after the attack to recognize Halbardier’s heroism by awarding him the Silver Star, a delay explained by Washington’s determination to downplay Israeli responsibility for the 34 Americans killed and the 174 wounded… On June 8, 1967, during the Six-Day War, the Israeli military attacked the USS Liberty, an American spy ship which had been monitoring Israeli transmissions about the conflict. Intercepted Israeli communications indicated that the goal was to sink the Liberty and leave no survivors… Warplanes and torpedo boats had already killed 34 and wounded 174, when Halbardier slid over the Liberty’s napalm-glazed deck to jury-rig an antenna and get an SOS off to the Sixth Fleet.  The Israelis intercepted the SOS and broke off the attack immediately. In effect, Halbardier prevented the massacre of all 294 onboard. Still, the infamy of the attack on the Liberty was two-fold… First, the Liberty, a virtually defenseless intelligence collection platform prominently flying an American flag in international waters, came under deliberate attack by Israeli aircraft and three 60-ton Israeli torpedo boats off the coast of the Sinai on a cloudless June afternoon during the six-day Israeli-Arab war. Second, President Lyndon Johnson called back carrier aircraft dispatched to defend the Liberty lest Israel be embarrassed, the start of an unconscionable cover-up, including top Navy brass, that persists to this day.” – (emphasis added)

Trump: “I Think I Know” Who Was Behind 9/11 Attacks – by Tyler Durden – https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-06-17/trump-i-think-i-know-who-was-behind-911-attacks – ” President Trump says he knows who was behind the September 11, 2001 attacks, telling  ABC News’s George Stephanopoulos “Iraq did not knock down the World Trade Center,” adding ‘It were (sic!) other people. And I think I know who the other people were. And you might also.‘.. “It was a terrible decision to go into the Middle East. Terrible,” said Trump, adding ‘We’re now up to almost $8 trillion. And when we want to build a roadway, a highway, a school, or something, everyone’s always fighting over money. It’s ridiculous. So that was a bad decision.’..  Trump came under fire during the 2016 election when he claimed ‘There were people that were cheering on the other side of New Jersey, where you have large Arab populations,’ adding ‘They were cheering as the World Trade Center came down.’ Defending his comments, Trump pointed to a September 18, 2001 Washington Post article which reads ‘In Jersey City, within hours of two jetliners’ plowing into the World Trade Center, law enforcement authorities detained and questioned a number of people who were allegedly seen celebrating the attacks and holding tailgate-style parties on rooftops while they watched the devastation on the other side of the river.’ ” – Comment: This from the World’s Pre-eminent Player of 4D Chess…

Donald Trump at Ground Zero right after the 9/11 attacks (Trump’s part of the video is the first 4min 30sec) – Comment: Priceless

Convenient “Tanker Attacks” as US Seeks War with Iran – by Tony Cartalucci – https://www.globalresearch.ca/convenient-tanker-attacks-as-us-seeks-war-with-iran/5680510 – “The U.S. already had warned ships that “Iran or its proxies” could be targeting maritime traffic in the region. America is deploying an aircraft carrier and B-52 bombers to the Persian Gulf to counter alleged, still-unspecified threats from Tehran… This more recent incident will likely be further exploited by the US to continue building up its military forces in the region, applying pressure on Iran, and moving the entire globe closer toward war with Iran… The US has already arrayed its forces across the Middle East to aid in ongoing proxy wars against Iran and its allies as well as prepare for conventional war with Tehran itself… All of this amounts to a renewed push toward a more direct conflict between the United States and Iran after years of proxy war in Syria Washington-backed forces have decisively lost… It is also a continuation of long-standing US foreign policy regarding Iran put into motion over a decade ago and carried out by each respective presidency since.”

Chinese dissidents are being executed for their organs, former hospital worker says – by Steven W. Mosher – https://nypost.com/2019/06/01/chinese-dissidents-are-being-executed-for-their-organs-former-hospital-worker-says/ – “The prisoner was brought in, tied hand and foot, but very much alive. The army doctor in charge sliced him open from chest to belly button and exposed his two kidneys. “Cut the veins and arteries,” he told his shocked intern. George did as he was told. Blood spurted everywhere… The kidneys were placed in an organ-transplant container… Then the doctor ordered George to remove the man’s eyeballs. Hearing that, the dying prisoner gave him a look of sheer terror, and George froze. “I can’t do it,” he told the doctor, who then quickly scooped out the man’s eyeballs himself… George was so unnerved by what he had seen that he soon quit his job at the hospital and returned home. Later, afraid that he might be the next victim of China’s forced organ-transplant business, he fled to Canada and assumed a new identity.”

Sen. Cotton: Iran’s ‘Unprovoked Attack on Commercial Shipping Warrants Retaliatory Military Strikes’ – by Patrick Goodenough – https://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/patrick-goodenough/sen-cotton-irans-unprovoked-attack-commercial-shipping-warrants – ” ‘The fastest way to get the fire and fury of the U.S. military unleashed on you is to interfere with the freedom of navigation on the open seas and in the air,’ Cotton told CBS’ “Face the Nation.”.. ‘That’s exactly what Iran is doing in one of the world’s most important strategic chokepoints.’ ”

Extensive Anthology That Refutes Man-Made Global Warminghttps://www.technocracy.news/extensive-anthology-refutes-man-made-global-warming/Over 150 links to articles on the real science behind Earth’s climate

It’s Back to Cold War Days Over the Baltic – by Wayne Madsen – https://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2019/06/16/its-back-cold-war-days-over-baltic/  – Comment: The tip-toe toward war with Russia continues.

Web Research Links for the Week of 6/10/19

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Turkey Strikes Syrian Army In Response To New Attack On Observation Post In Northern Hamahttps://southfront.org/turkey-strikes-syrian-army-in-response-to-new-attack-on-observation-post-in-northern-hama/ – “Turkey said on Sunday that its military stuck positions of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in response to a new attack on one of its observation posts around Syria’s Idlib… In an official statement, Ankara’s Ministry of National Defense said that the Syrian military shelled one of its posts in the northern Hama countryside near the town of Murak. The ministry said that the attack was “deliberate.” However, it resulted in material damage only… Ankara said that its military retaliated by striking positions of the SAA in an unspecified location after ‘taking the necessary initiatives with Moscow.’.. Syrian pro-government sources confirmed that positions of the SAA near the towns of Tell Bazzam and al-Kabariyah were shelled by the Turkish artillery. The sources claimed that the Turkish observation post near Murak was the source of the fire.”

US Central Command Blames Iran For Attacks On MQ-9 Combat Drones In Persian Gulf Regionhttps://southfront.org/us-central-command-blames-iran-for-attacks-on-mq-9-combat-drones-in-persian-gulf-region/ – “The US continues  to fuel tensions in the Persian Gulf region. First, US Central Command accused Iran of attacking oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman. Then, it accused Iran of working to shoot down MQ-9 combat drones in the region.”

Saudi Arabia Bows to Pressure, Not to Execute Teen Arrested at 13 over Protestshttps://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Saudi-Arabia-Bows-to-Pressure-Not-to-Execute-Teen-Arrested-at-13-over-Protests-20190616-0004.html – “…young man from Saudi Arabia’s minority Shiite Muslim community who was arrested at the age of 13 will not be executed and could be released by 2022, a Saudi official told Reuters Saturday following reports of his pending execution… Murtaja Qureiris, who was detained in September 2014, has received an initial 12-year prison sentence with time served since his arrest and four years suspended for his young age, according to the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. The sentence is subject to appeal… ‘He will not be executed,’ the official added… Qureiris, now 18 was detained when 13-years-old for taking part in a Shitte-led protest when he was 10-years-old.”

Kushner as a Colonial Administrator: Let’s Talk About The ‘Israeli Model’ – by Ramzy Baroud – https://www.telesurenglish.net/opinion/Kushner-as-a-Colonial-Administrator-Lets-Talk-About-The-Israeli-Model-20190613-0009.html – “He has been pushing his so-called ‘Deal of the Century’ relentlessly  while including in his various meets and conferences countries such as Poland, Brazil and Croatia, but not Palestine… Indeed, this is what transpired at the Warsaw conference on ‘peace and security’ in the Middle East. The same charade, also led by Kushner, is expected to be rebooted in Bahrain on June 25… Much has been said about the subtle racism in Kushner’s words, reeking with the stench of old colonial discourses where the natives were seen as lesser, incapable of rational thinking beings who needed the civilized ‘whites’ of the western hemisphere to help them cope with their backwardness and inherent incompetence… Kushner, whose credentials are merely based on his familial connections to Trump and family friendship with Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, is now poised to be the colonial administrator of old, making and enforcing the law while the hapless natives have no other option but to either accommodate or receive their due punishment.”

Turkey Supplied Idlib Militants With Anti-Aircraft Missiles: Reporthttps://southfront.org/turkey-supplied-idlib-militants-with-anti-aircraft-missiles-report/ – “Russian news agency Sputnik claimed in a new report released on June 14: ‘Turkey’s support for armed the groups has begun to take a new turn recently, it is characterized by providing them with advanced weaponry, such as TOW and Kornet [anti-tank guided] missiles, in addition to man-portable air-defense systems [MANPADs],’ Bassel Shartuh, Sputnik’s reporter in Hama, said in the report… According to Sputnik, one of the Turkish-supplied MANPADs was used by the militants to hit a Su-22M4 fighter bomber of the Syrian Arab Air Force (SyAAF) over northern Hama last week. Shartuh said that the warplane survived the hit

Israeli Mossad Is Training SDF Intelligence Personnel – Reporthttps://southfront.org/israeli-mossad-is-training-sdf-intelligence-personnel-report/ – “Israel’s national intelligence agency, known as Mossad, is training security personnel of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), al-Khabour, a news outlet with strong connections in northeastern Syria, revealed on June 14… According to the outlet, 20 personnel of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), the core of the SDF, are on their way to Israel to attend a training course by the Mossad. The chosen personnel had passed several tests, which were held in the SDF-held area… ’20 personnel were transferred to the city of Arbil in northern Iraq, in preparation for their transfer to occupied Palestine,’ a local source told al-Khabour… Regarding the aim of this alleged cooperation program, the source claimed that Israel wants to establish a friendly intelligence service in the SDF-held areas. The service would recruit spies for the Mossad and provide information of interest for Israel.”

NYT: US Implemented Malware Into Russia’s Power Gridhttps://southfront.org/nyt-us-implemented-malware-into-russias-power-grid/ – “The US was ramping up alleged digital attacks on Russia’s power grid ‘in a warning to President Vladimir V. Putin,’ the NYT reported citing mostly anonymous current and former government officials… According to the outlet, interviews conducted over the last three months described a previously unreported deployment of US computer code inside Russia’s power grid and other targets. The alleged move was a classified accompaniment to more publicly discussed action directed at Moscow’s alleged hacking and disinformation attempts surrounding the US 2018 midterm elections… Anonymous advocates of the alleged strategy said that it had been long overdue after years of warnings from the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI that Russia had allegedly inserted malware that could sabotage American power plants, oil and gas pipelines, or water supplies in any future conflict with the United States.

US Military Intelligence Accuses Russia of Nuclear Testing – DIA provides no evidence of accusation – by Jason Ditz – https://news.antiwar.com/2019/06/14/us-military-intelligence-accuses-russia-of-nuclear-testing/ – “As one Russian MP pointed out last time the DIA made such an accusation, nuclear tests aren’t exactly secret. There is a huge global array of seismic devices that would immediately detect any nuclear tests carried out, and no such tests have been detected in Russia.”

UK signs Assange extradition papers to US – The US request still needs to be approved by the British courts – by Zia Weise – https://www.politico.eu/article/uk-sajid-javid-signs-wikileaks-julian-assange-extradition-papers-to-us/ – “The U.S. extradition request will still have to be approved by the British courts. Assange is due to appear in court Friday for a hearing on the matter, according to Javid… ‘There is an extradition request from the U.S. that is before the courts tomorrow but yesterday I signed the extradition order and certified it,’ Javid said, speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today program Thursday… He added: ‘It is a decision ultimately for the courts, but there is a very important part of it for the home secretary and I want to see justice done at all times and we’ve got a legitimate extradition request, so I’ve signed it, but the final decision is now with the courts.’ ”

Exclusive: Facebook’s Process to Label You a ‘Hate Agent’ Revealed – by Allum Bokhari –  https://www.breitbart.com/tech/2019/06/13/exclusive-facebooks-process-to-label-you-a-hate-agent-revealed/ – “The document, titled “Hate Agent Policy Review” outlines a series of “signals” that Facebook uses to determine if someone ought to be categorized as a “hate agent” and banned from the platform… Those signals include a wide range of on- and off-platform behavior. If you praise the wrong individual, interview them, or appear at events alongside them, Facebook may categorize you as a “hate agent.”.. Facebook may also categorize you as a hate agent if you self-identify with or advocate for a “Designated Hateful Ideology,” if you associate with a “Designated Hate Entity” (one of the examples cited by Facebook as a “hate entity” includes Islam critic Tommy Robinson), or if you have “tattoos of hate symbols or hate slogans.” (The document cites no examples of these, but the media and “anti-racism” advocacy groups increasingly label innocuous items as “hate symbols,” including a cartoon frog and the “OK” hand sign.)”

Plans to ‘hack Earth’s weather’ could start World War 3, panicked scientists warn – by Charlotte Edwards –  https://www.thesun.co.uk/tech/9293808/weather-hacking-world-war-3/ – “CLIMATE change may end up causing World War 3 if individual countries start to try and save themselves by hacking the weather with a process called geoengineering… Many experts are in favour of geoengineering, which involves manipulating the atmosphere by blocking sunlight or isolating excess carbon, but weather hacking in one region could have negative impacts in another and lead to global conflict, according to scientists… The worse case scenario is that Earth’s atmospheric chemistry is irreversibly altered and causes freak weather conditions like monsoons, hurricanes and heatwaves that could kill thousands and increase global tensions… However, geoengineering may be the only way to reach the goals for reducing climate change set out in the Paris agreement and so many countries may agree to trialling it anyway.”

Brazil: Millions Protest Bolsonaro’s Neoliberal Pension Reformhttps://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Brazil-Millions-Protest-Bolsonaros-Neoliberal-Pension-Reform-20190614-0005.html – “In Brazil the Popular Brazil Front, People Without Fear Front along with hundreds of other social movements and student organizations, as well as twelve of the country’s largest trade unions are staging a massive general strike against President Jair Bolsonaro’s plan to privatize the nation’s pension system… ‘We know that this pension reform is a fraud, it’s a lie, and the working class is going to pay a high price for it. That is why we are out here,’ Luiz Gonzaga da Silva, leader within the Central of Popular Movements (CMP) told the press Friday morning as the nation was brought to a halt from the strike.”

I recommend yesterday’s X22 Spotlight interview of Michael Pento. Pento seems to have a lot of credibility with Dave, who seems to kind of pussyfoot around with some of the assertions he makes aggressively on X22 Reports – about Trump controlling the Fed, etc., which Pento pretty much blows out of the water with his confident analyses of the historical moment based on his deep understanding of financial systems. The picture Pento paints is not one of a system that anyone has substantial control over, but of one that is running away from anyone’s ability to reign it in, and that is taking us for a ride to remember, and not in a good way. The Purge Is Coming, Then A Reset Of The Currency: Michael Pento” – Though Dave puts “Then a Reset Of The Currency” in the title, the reset Pento is suggesting is hardly the orderly reorganization of world finances that Q speaks of. It’s of some kind of “reset of the currency” after several YEARS of “stagflation” – extreme low growth and high inflation, essentially a major depression (a word that Pento uses), followed by “a collapse.” Hardly Happy Days are Here Again.

UK signs Assange extradition papers to US – The US request still needs to be approved by the British courts – by Zia Weise – https://www.politico.eu/article/uk-sajid-javid-signs-wikileaks-julian-assange-extradition-papers-to-us/ – “The U.S. extradition request will still have to be approved by the British courts. Assange is due to appear in court Friday for a hearing on the matter, according to Javid… ‘There is an extradition request from the U.S. that is before the courts tomorrow but yesterday I signed the extradition order and certified it,’ Javid said, speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today program Thursday… He added: ‘It is a decision ultimately for the courts, but there is a very important part of it for the home secretary and I want to see justice done at all times and we’ve got a legitimate extradition request, so I’ve signed it, but the final decision is now with the courts.’ ”
Seven Reasons To Be Highly Skeptical Of The Gulf Of Oman Incident – by Caitlin Johnstone – https://caitlinjohnstone.com/2019/06/14/seven-reasons-to-be-highly-skeptical-of-the-gulf-of-oman-incident/

From the Blast-From-The-Past Desk: The US Empire Is Acting Like A Desperate, Cornered Animal, Because That’s What It Is – by Caitlin Johnstone – https://caitlinjohnstone.com/2018/03/02/the-us-empire-is-acting-like-a-desperate-cornered-animal-because-thats-what-it-is/ – “This is both good news and potentially very bad news. The good news is that once America is no longer the seat of a depraved dominant plutocracy that is trying to rule the world, there will no longer be a vested interest in keeping Americans poor, impotent, and blinded by propaganda in order to ensure that the populace of their home base doesn’t rise up and seize political power. All the resources that now go toward endless war and global domination could then be used by the American people, for the American people, while still maintaining a military to protect the nation’s easily-defended shores. A real economy that isn’t propped up with the barrel of a gun could emerge, and the good qualities of a decent citizenry could enable them to thrive like a real, normal nation… The bad news is that cornered animals are dangerous, and desperate times call for desperate measures. There is indeed the very real possibility that America’s oligarchs will plunge the nation and its allies into a humanity-threatening world war rather than acquiesce to the emergence of a multipolar world and lose their empire. The more of our fellow humans we can awaken to what is going on, the greater the likelihood of the former future rather than the latter. I really hope we win.

SHOCK as Trump signs executive order that will end most regulations and oversight on genetically engineered food – by Mike Adams – https://www.naturalnews.com/2019-06-12-trump-signs-executive-order-genetically-engineered-food.html – “Even though Trump is far from an “establishment” Republican, to the frustration of health-conscious Americans, he just signed an executive order that might as well be called “the GMO Streamlining Act.” As reported by the Associated Press, this executive order directs federal agencies to reduce or eliminate regulations and oversight mechanisms that might help ensure the safety of genetically engineered crops… In other words, President Trump just ordered the federal government to turn American into a massive GMO experiment where anything goes.”

Pompeo Says Intelligence Points to Iran in Tanker Attack in Gulf of Oman – by Edward Wong – https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/13/us/politics/oil-tanker-attack-pompeo.html – “Mr. Pompeo did not present any evidence to back up the assessment of Iran’s involvement. The assertion is certain to further fuel tensions between the Trump administration and Iranian leaders, which have been at heightened levels since early May, when the White House announced military movements in response to what American officials have said is an increased threat from Iran… Speaking at a news conference in Washington, Mr. Pompeo said the sabotage against the two tankers was only the latest in a series of recent violent acts by Iran… ‘Taken as a whole, these unprovoked attacks present a clear threat to international peace and security,’ he said… ‘Iran is lashing out because the regime wants our successful ‘maximum pressure’ campaign lifted,’ Mr. Pompeo said Thursday. He added that the administration’s policy continues to focus on using diplomatic and economic pressure to ‘bring Iran back to the negotiating table at the appropriate time.’ ”

The Incredible Disappearance of Shai Masot – by Craig Murray – https://www.craigmurray.org.uk/archives/2019/06/the-incredible-disappearance-of-shai-masot/ – “The overwhelming majority of the tens of thousands who will read this article know who Shai Masot is and know why his activities are absolutely central to the Willsman story… And here is the truly terrifying thing: The overwhelming majority of the mainstream media “journalists” who produced those scores of stories about Willsman also know exactly who Shai Masot is and why his activities are central to the Willsman narrative. And every single one of those journalists chose to self-censor the crucial information that casts a shade over the “Willsman is an anti-semite” line. Every single one. Their self-censorship is not necessarily a conscious and singular act, though in many cases it will be. They are simply imbued with the line they are supposed to adopt, the facts they are supposed to ignore, to forward their career and remain accepted in their social group… Because the plain truth is that the Al Jazeera documentary The Lobby (part 1 below) showed to the entire political world that Mr Willsman’s thesis about the involvement of the Israeli Embassy in British politics and its objectives is broadly true.”

F-35′s Stealth Coating Has Big Problems With Supersonic Speedshttps://southfront.org/f-35-stealth-coating-has-big-problems-with-supersonic-speeds/ – “The F-35 B and C joint strike fighters can only fly at supersonic speeds for short bursts of time at very high altitudes before there being significant risk of structural damage and loss of stealth capability, Defense News reported, citing documents exclusively obtained by the outlet… Moreover, the US Department of Defense has no plans to implement a fix to the problem, which not only influences the F-35 airframe, but also the low-observable coating that keeps it stealthy, in addition to the many antennas located on the back of the fighter jet… The F-35 Joint Program Office reportedly classified the issues for the “B” and “C”, respectively for the US Navy and Marine Corps, models as separate category 1 deficiencies, indicating in one document that the problem presents a challenge to accomplishing one of the key missions of the fighter jet. Category 1 is the most serious class of deficiency… Notably, both deficiencies were first observed in 2011 when both the F-35B and F-35C fighter jets flew at Mach 1.3 and Mach 1.4.”

The Trade War Is About To Become An Economic World War III – by Brandon Smith – https://www.activistpost.com/2019/06/the-trade-war-is-about-to-become-an-economic-world-war-iii.html – “…the ideals that globalists hate get blamed for the wars they help start, then they introduce their centralized systems as a “solution” to the problems they created. The trade war situation will be no different… The public enthusiasm for the trade war is an artificially induced fervor, perpetuated by elites within the Trump Administration cabinet, including Rothschild banking agent Wilber Ross, Council On Foreign Relations member Robert E. Lighthizer, Goldman Sachs member Steve Mnuchin, and Bilderberg attendee Mike Pompeo. It showcases a clear desire to escalate global tensions.  But why?”

Saudis Suggest Iran-Backed Houthi Rebels Responsible For Tanker Attack – by Tyler Durden – https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-06-13/2-tankers-damaged-after-suspected-torpedo-attack-near-strait-hormuz-oil-soars – “And just like that…war with Iran is now almost assured… Roughly one month after the US accused Iran of attacking Saudi- and UAE-docked oil tankers with naval mines in the Strait of Hormuz, two oil tankers were attacked in the Sea of Oman (not far from where the prior attacks occurred), leaving both ships seriously damaged, Bloomberg reports… So far, no casualties have been reported. The attack left one of the ships “ablaze and adrift,” according to the Associated Press… Sailors from both vessels were being evacuated as the US Navy rushed to assist… senior officials from the US and UAE have attributed the attack to a “state actor,” though they neglected to explicitly name Iran… All this is happening before the investigation into the attacks has even begun. And BBG’s Javier Blas pointed out that should Iran be found responsible, it would be a strange turn of events since the Front Altair is owned by John Frederiksen, the owner of the Frontline Tanker company, who moved oil for Iran during the “tanker war” with Iraq… A spokesman for the Saudi-led coalition supporting Yemen’s government in the country’s civil war has come out and blamed Iran for Thursday’s attack, saying they believe they can connect it to a similar tanker bombing last year in the Red Sea committed by Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthi rebels. The spokesman called the attack a “major escalation”, and reiterated in what sounded to us like a thinly veiled threat that Saudi Arabia has the capacity to protect its vital institutions.”

Ian R Crane Interviews John Smith on the UK Common Law Court and the effort to keep the British Government from extradictitng Lynn Thyer, who was not charged in the UK for breaking the law regarding the use of GC-maf, a natural substance in our bodies, that is proven to help fight cancers. (38 min – timestamped at 10:45 and ends at 58:30) – https://youtu.be/5YhbZHxjJmw?t=645 – John Smith’s Common Law Court website: https://www.commonlawcourt.com

California Lawmakers Plan to Give Health Benefits to Illegal Immigrants – by Hannah Bleau – https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/06/10/california-lawmakers-plan-give-health-benefits-illegal-immigrants/ – “Democrat state lawmakers in progressive California have agreed to a plan that would extend health benefits to qualifying illegal immigrants residing in the state… The legislature has a June 15 deadline and is expected to approve the deal in the coming days. It essentially extends eligibility to California’s Medicaid program to young low-income illegal immigrants between the ages of 19 and 25. The move is part of a broader budget plan, which clocks in around $213 billion… Expanding California’s Medicaid program to low-income illegals would cost the state about $98 million per year. According to the Associated Press, roughly 90,000 will qualify… ‘California believes that health is a fundamental right,’ State Sen. Holly Mitchell (D) said, according to the news outlet… A number of Democrat state lawmakers wanted to take it a step further, offering coverage for all illegals in the state, but Democrat Gov. Gavin Newsom rejected the proposal, citing rising costs.”

US fuels conditions at refugee camps enabling terrorists’ return to Syria, says top brasshttp://tass.com/world/1063074 – “The United States is artificially creating inhuman conditions for refugees at the Rukban and Al-Hawl camps under its control, thus creating the risks that terror groups might return to Syria, Head of the Russian National Defense Management Center Col. Gen, Mikhail Mizintsev said on Monday… The general stressed that the control by the US and its allies over the Syrian territories and also the Rukban and Al-Hawl camps delays the effort to end the Syrian conflict, worsens the crime situation and hinders the process of returning refugees.”

Iran Calls For ‘Elimination’ Of Dollar To Stop US ‘Economic Terrorism’ – by Tyler Durden  – https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-06-10/iran-calls-elimination-dollar-stop-us-economic-terrorism – “Iran has been preparing for de-dollarization for quite some time. Earlier this year, Iran announced that four of its banks had developed a gold-backed cryptocurrency called PayMon… Iran is also escalating its de-dollarization effort by seeking a bilateral rial-yuan agreement with China… The writing is on the wall for dollar hegemony: Iran is leading the charge, intending to eliminate the dollar from its trade, a move that could potentially lead to a shooting war with the Americans.”

Belt and Road Harmony – and Hostility – by Brian Cloughley –  https://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2019/06/11/belt-and-road-harmony-and-hostility/ –  “On June 5 the Washington Post reported that in its most recent persecution of migrant children “The Trump administration is cancelling English classes, recreational programs and legal aid for unaccompanied minors staying in federal migrant shelters nationwide.” One shelter employee spoke for all civilised people when he said that “educational classes and sports activities are crucial to maintaining physical and mental health while the children are in custody” but this means nothing to Trump and his followers, so many of whom seem to be bigots who actually take pleasure in making life disagreeable and distressing for people who have done them no harm but have in some fashion displeased them… The BRI is drawing nations together, and Trump Washington doesn’t like this sort of thing, except on its own strict terms. The mammoth project that is intended to benefit all who care to join it is anathema to a country that Trump declares is “the greatest place on earth,” and whose representatives seek every opportunity to denigrate the venture which, so far, involves over sixty nations… At the 2018 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit, Vice President Pence told 21 national leaders (including President Xi) that the United States doesn’t “offer a constricting belt or a one-way road” and in March 2019 Secretary of State Pompeo declared the BRI to be ‘a non-economic offer,’ against which Washington is ‘working diligently to make sure everyone in the world understands that threat.’ ”

The Immortal State – by Jon Rappoport – https://www.davidicke.com/article/540393/the-immortal-state – “The huge central government of every major nation in the world would like to be immortal. It would like to exist for all time. It would like to justify its status and importance by continuing on into an indefinite future. It would like to become so powerful and persistent that no citizen even bothers to imagine an alternative… The current size of government in any big city in the world dwarfs the original 18th-century federal government in the United States. And this isn’t even considering the various partnerships modern governments enter into with giant corporations and banks… Modern governments help spawn synthetic archetypes, the most prominent of which is “good citizen.” A person tries to support and obey all the rules and edicts, while somehow working to improve government. The archetype exists because the most important element has been lost: PARTICIPATION.”

Daily Mail Loses Nearly 50% Of Daily Search Traffic After Latest Google Algorithm Change – by Chris Menahan – http://www.informationliberation.com/?id=60314 – “Google is now screwing over even normie-tier right-wing news sites in their quest to purge all content from the internet which counters leftist narratives in advance of the 2020 election… From Fast Company: ‘A few days ago, Google warned publishers that change was on the horizon. The search giant was tweaking its algorithm, and it wanted to let publishers know that they may notice a shift. The company said the change (dubbed the June 2019 core update) wasn’t huge–but any algorithm change will likely affect the websites that rely on accruing search results.’.. The new algorithm was launched this past Monday, and some publishers are already taking a big hit. Most notable among them is the Daily Mail, which reportedly complained about losing up to 50% of its daily search traffic as a result of this update. The SEO director of the website even seems to have taken to Google’s help forums to report the huge drop, as spotted by the blog Search Engine Roundtable. He added that they saw their “Discover traffic drop by 90%” and it ‘has not improved.’ ”

From the Beyond-Kafkaesque Desk: Drama on the tarmac: US judge foils secret deportation to Israel – by Ali Abunimah – https://electronicintifada.net/content/drama-tarmac-us-judge-foils-secret-deportation-israel/27551 – “To understand the almost unbelievable chain of events of recent days, we have to go back to 2003, when Ashqar reached an agreement with ICE to voluntarily leave the United States… If he did not comply, he would be ordered deported to Jordan… Ashqar had a job offer to teach abroad and was planning to leave the US, but US authorities prevented him from complying with the agreement: Immediately after he signed it, the government summoned him to appear before a grand jury in Chicago… Ashqar refused to testify and in 2007 the government indicted him for conspiracy and obstruction of justice… He was the co-defendant of Muhammad Salah in a 2007 “terrorism” trial in Chicago that was part of the US government’s post-9/11 nationwide crackdown on Palestinian activists as part of its “war on terror.”.. Ashqar and Salah were acquitted by a federal jury on all the charges supposedly linking them to fundraising for Hamas… Salah, who died in 2016, was nonetheless convicted of a single count of obstruction of justice and spent less than a year in prison… Ashqar was convicted on one count of criminal contempt of court for his refusal to testify before US grand juries and received an extraordinarily harsh sentence of 11 years.”

On Biblical Celebrities and Jewish Symbolism – by Gilad Atzmon – https://www.gilad.co.uk/writings/2019/6/9/on-biblical-celebrities-and-jewish-symbolism – “On Friday, the entire Jewish media sphere was shaken by the fact that the DC Dyke march decided to ban the Jewish Pride Flag… Apparently the march’s organizers decided to ban “nationalist symbols,” including flags that represent what Jewish event organizer, Yael Horowitz, called ‘nations that have specific oppressive tendencies.’.. March organizer Rae Gaines, another Jewish ethnic activist and a member of the left-wing Jewish group IfNotNow, — wrote via Facebook Messenger to would-be participant A.J. Campbell, the former director of the lesbian Jewish group Nice Jewish Girls, ‘The issue (with the Jewish Pride flag) is where the Star of David is positioned in a way that looks like an Israeli flag, it creates an unsafe space.’.. We are being treated to a Jewish street fight at the heart of the LGBTQ shtetl.”

San Francisco May Lock Up Mentally Ill Homeless People – by Tyler Durden – https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-06-04/san-francisco-may-lock-mentally-ill-homeless-people – “San Francisco authorities are expected to consider a Tuesday proposal that would force mentally ill drug addicts into treatment centers against their will, according to ABC News… Known as conservatorship, the program has the endorsement of Mayor London Breed and others, who say it’s a necessary step to deal with often-homeless addicts who may be a danger to themselves or others. The program would allow a court to appoint a public conservator for those who have been involuntarily detained for psychiatric hospitalization at least eight times in a year under section 5150 of California’s welfare and institutions code. According to the report, treatment could last for up to a year. So far, San Francisco’s public health department has identified 55 individuals who would qualify for the program, and 48 more who have been detained six or seven times.”

MSM Mourns Death Of CIA-Backed Syrian Al-Qaeda/ISIS Ally – by Caitlin Johnstone – https://medium.com/@caityjohnstone/msm-mourns-death-of-cia-backed-syrian-al-qaeda-isis-ally-466d12a597de – “You will see continuing melodramatic garment-rending from the US State Department and its mass media stenographers about “war crimes” and “human rights violations” as though the responsibility for this violence rests somewhere other than on the US-centralized power alliance, but they will be lying. What these warmongering propagandists are doing is exactly the same as paying a bunch of violent thugs to break into a home and murder its owner, then standing by and sounding the alarm about the way the homeowner chooses to fight off their assailants.”

Judge Orders British Man Opposing 5G Released from Jail – Attempts to Silence Him Failed – by John P. Thomas –  http://healthimpactnews.com/2019/judge-orders-british-man-opposing-5g-released-from-jail-attempts-to-silence-him-failed/ – “Mark Steele told me what happened: ‘It all started with the Council sending council officers, workers, and councilors to my home to exaggerate and fabricate evidence about the events that happened as they engaged with me… I knew all the time this was a set-up and I played along. We now have all of the evidence of the false statements and perjury of the witnesses… Two councilors made false witness testimony about me and I was arrested. I spent a day in Police custody. It all came out in court and I was charged and found guilty of a lesser offence as I had admitted calling them baby killers… Then they sought a full gagging order in the Civil Courts to stop any output about 5G from me. Their claim was I was frightening vulnerable people in the area. This was the civil case, which failed… The Judge demanded that the 5G risk be debated. I was given an injunction to not break the law, which I haven’t… I did send two emails to all councilors telling them to do their duty and uphold the law. I mentioned the crime of not complying with the law – [As a result] the court said this was intimidation of the Councilors and I was fined £250 suspended for two years… The Council is still trying to silence me about 5G. However, the problem they have is the Court has sanctioned me to carry on the campaign. The recorder Nolan stated the ‘public have a right to know,’ ‘this is democracy in action.’ ”

Totally fun read (if you’re into this kind of thing): The Arrival of the Anti-Christ, Delayed – by Israel Shamir – http://www.unz.com/ishamir/the-arrival-of-the-anti-christ-delayed/ – “Thus, the two great plans of Bibi: the trilateral meeting in Jerusalem and Deal of the Century went down when Bibi failed to form a government. These nasty plans weren’t aborted by Israeli Left, or by American alt-Right, neither by Russian Orthodox Christians. One man did it: Avigdor Lieberman, an Israeli politician, the head of a small party representing Russian Israelis. It is difficult to like him, but he sabotaged or at least postponed the advent of the Jewish Messiah, aka Antichrist… I’d compare him with Gollum, the revolting and treacherous creature that followed Frodo in the Lord of the Rings. When Frodo had made his mad attempt to claim the Ring for himself, Gollum had saved the quest. He bit off Frodo’s finger and fell with the Ring into the Fire River of Orodruin. Even Gollum may have something yet to do, Gandalf concluded… He did it out of sheer spite. Netanyahu did not treat him with due respect; he felt himself used and never appreciated. In the end, he refused all tempting offers of Netanyahu and fell into Orodruin together with the Knesset… For the readers dissatisfied with the simple explanation of sheer spite, I can offer another version rumoured in Israel. They say Lieberman did it following wily Putin’s orders. Putin was not keen to be pushed by Netanyahu and Trump to act against Iran; he didn’t want to quarrel with these two leaders either. He activated Lieberman and torpedoed the new Netanyahu’s government. Se non è vero, è ben trovato. If it is not true, it is a good story.

Exposing Human Programming … stepping out of the Matrix! (2hr 5min) – Talk by Ian R Crane – https://youtu.be/H8gwX89AdCE – “Groomed to becoming consumers, we become unwitting but willing slaves to the Temple of Global Corporatism … an agenda which serves to suppress our true selves, preventing us from realising who we are and from achieving our full potential.” – In this prescient (from 2012!), though occasionally somewhat pokey, talk by Ian at the Open Mind Conference in Europe, he delves into the power and importance of the Right Brain, and concludes by talking about a possible shift of humanity away from ego domination through an ongoing awakening.

Quantum Leaps, Long Assumed to Be Instantaneous, Take Time – An experiment caught a quantum system in the middle of a jump — something the originators of quantum mechanics assumed was impossible – by Philip Ball – https://portside.org/2019-06-09/quantum-leaps-long-assumed-be-instantaneous-take-time