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Jun 16 12:20

Drug addicts will get free heroin under new UK police-led scheme


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Jun 16 12:17

Congress directs Pentagon to press Saudi Arabia on Yemen refueling bill

Congress wants the Pentagon to hold the Saudi-led coalition accountable for paying off the last of its overdue refueling bills for the Yemen war.

The Senate version of the National Defense Authorization Act, released today, calls on Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan to notify Congress each month of any outstanding bills for the $299 million cost of the three-year refueling mission until the federal government is repaid in full.

The Pentagon refueled warplanes for Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates starting in March 2015. The assistance ended in November 2018, when both sides agreed to terminate the mission as Congress pressed to end US support for the Yemen campaign.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

To the US Congress, a word, please: yes, I understand that Uncle Sam is now having to play "collection agency" on Saudi Arabia's past-due bills.

But Ladies and Gentlemen of the House and Senate; the core question which must be asked, and answered by you is, what the hell, please, is the US military still doing in Yemen, aiding an abetting Saudi war crimes here?!?

Just because it is an industrial strength "taboo subject" (which the presstitutes ignore, as though it were Kryptonite), doesn't mean that it doesn't at some level, reach a collective sense that things are going very, very badly for the Saudis and the Americans.

Jun 16 12:04

When Underperformance Reaches An Extreme

Jun 16 12:02

AWKWARD: AOC babbles about protecting the ‘rule of law,’ admits Dems have a ‘very real chance’ of losing to Trump (watch)


Jun 16 11:23

An age-old argument (Cartoon)

Jun 16 11:10

Netanyahu’s wife convicted for misusing public funds after racking up $50k in catering bills

The judge in a Jerusalem court ordered Sara Netanyahu to pay NIS 55,000 ($15,210) as a fine and compensation on Sunday, after she had agreed to a plea deal four days earlier. Sara, the third wife of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, was initially indicted for spending $100,000 in state funds on luxurious meals from the country’s top restaurants between 2010 and 2013. Such expenses are forbidden, as she had already been allocated a full-time chef at the residence – something she reportedly misrepresented to internal auditors when filing her expenses. The size of the alleged overspend was slashed to $50,000 this week, though she will not have to pay back even the reduced amount in full, unless the state pursues a separate civil case.

Jun 16 11:08

‘Is it diplomacy, Mr Pompeo?’ Iran recalls US history of false-flag ops, questions tanker attacks

The incidents involving two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman this week may have been carried out at the direction of the US, a top Iranian official implied, citing its record of using “false-flag” operations to justify wars.

The attacks on the oil tankers were “suspicious” and seem to be “supplementary” to economic pressure being applied on the country, Speaker Ali Larijani stated on Sunday.

“These actions and accusations are supplementary to economic sanctions because [the US] did not reach their goals through the sanctions,” Larijani said, as quoted by Iranian media. The official then apparently accused Washington of possibly being behind the attacks, citing “America’s historical record in the area” of false-flag operations.



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Jun 16 11:07

Iran summons British ambassador in Tehran over UK siding with US on tankers incident

Tehran summoned the British ambassador to Iran, Rob Macaire, to its Foreign Ministry on Saturday, ISNA news agency has reported. The Iranian diplomats voiced their protest to Macaire over London’s backing of Washington’s claims that Tehran was behind the explosions on oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman earlier this week.

The ambassador was told that the UK’s anti-Iranian stance was “unacceptable” and that the British “follow-up policy,” which sees it agreeing with everything the US says without asking for proof, must cease.

Jun 16 11:05

US must show evidence if it wants to claim Russia breached nuke test treaty – Moscow

If the United States accuses Russia of violating a crucial nuclear test treaty, there should be robust evidence backing up those claims, the Russian Foreign Ministry official has said.

Washington on Thursday “assessed that Russia has conducted nuclear weapons tests,” Ambassador Mikhail Ulyanov tweeted. “This allegation was earlier disregarded by CTBTO Prepcom on the basis of data of international monitoring system. Interesting: 2 weeks ago US said ‘probably.’ Now it’s affirmative. Did the US get new evidence?,” he wrote.

Jun 16 11:03

Delta Airlines Refuses To Boycott Georgia Over Abortion Laws


Jun 16 10:40

Saudi crown prince calls for a 'decisive stand' against Iran as he blames regime for attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman says his kingdom does not want war
But he 'will not hesitate to deal with threats to its people, its sovereignty or its vital interests', according to comments published by Saudi-owned newspaper.

The US have also claimed Iranians fired a missile at a US drone in the area hours before the attack but missed, an official told CNN.

The tankers were attacked in strikes south of the Strait of Hormuz, a vital shipping route and major transit route for oil.

'The kingdom does not want a war in the region but it will not hesitate to deal with any threats to its people, its sovereignty, or its vital interests,' he added.

Tehran and Washington have both said they have no interest in war - but this has done little to assuage concerns the arch foes could stumble in to conflict.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Well, coming from the Butcher of Yemen, (Prince Mohammed bin Salman), I hope this statement has calmed down those in the independent media, that they are in "no harm" from possibly having published an opinion about the incident which "did not carry water for either Washington's or Saudi Arabia's accusations".

And that pathetic little black and white, grainy image, allegedly showing an Iranian military personnel, pulling off the limpet mine from the ship?!?

HIGH SCHOOL folks; HIGH SCHOOL!!!!!!!

A clever middle-school kid with the right suite of software on their computer, could have pulled this off with ease.

But to both President Trump and Prince bin Salman, there is a question which, logically, must be both asked, and answered; why would the Iranian leadership attempt to do something so ham-fistedly, pig-headedly idiotic, when they understand that there are elements in both the American and Israeli governments are SALIVATING to find a "justification" for attacking it?!?

The short answer is, HELL, no!!

And gentlemen, another comment: the Iranian leadership may be many things; but one thing it is not, is stupid; and I also believe that they love their kids, just as much as Americans and Israelis love their children also.

War, here, is completely unjustifiable, and morally wrong.

Jun 16 10:39

African migrants illegally enter US then swiftly disperse to 16 cities across America



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Jun 16 10:28

'And I hope to be remembered for being a virgin': Stormy Daniels mocks Sarah Sanders after the departing White House Press Secretary said she wants to be thought of as 'transparent and honest'

Stormy Daniels, the porn actress who allegedly had an affair with President Trump, trolled outgoing White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders with a tweet that went viral on Friday.


Jun 16 10:27

Presidential week in Provence: Obamas arrive in south of France on private jet for vacation at $60,000-a-week, 18th century farmhouse - just days after Sasha graduated from high school

Former US president Barack Obama and his family arrived in Avignon in the south of France for a week's holiday just days after they were pictured celebrating daughter Sasha's graduation from high school.

Jun 16 10:17

Inflation: The Soviet Tool for Destroying Money

By Chris Calton

In March 1919, the Communist Party headed by Vladimir Lenin stated in its newly drafted program that among the party objectives was the complete abolition of money. The State Bank of Russia would be “abolished and turned into the central bookkeeping office of the Communist society.”1 In theory, the ruling party could have simply decreed money out of existence, but this would fail to eliminate the circulation of currency throughout a vast country that the Bolsheviks did not fully control in 1919.

Instead, their strategy was to resort to the printing press. The banks were among the first institutions the Bolsheviks seized...

Jun 16 10:12

Did Army College Just Cave? Islam Expert Postponed After Muslim Activists’ Uproar

The Muslim community successfully got the U.S. Army War College to postpone bringing a speaker to campus that a Muslim’s rights group claimed is an “islamophobe.”


Jun 16 10:07

James Comey just said law enforcement should be 'apolitical' and the internet is melting down

Former FBI Director James Comey set social media on fire on Saturday when he, without any apparent self-reference, sagely prognosticated on the apolitical nature of justice and the enforcement of laws. To be perfectly clear, let us repeat that this was James Comey.

Jun 16 10:06

Thousands of immigrants quarantined after being exposed to contagious viral diseases

Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials have quarantined more than 5,000 immigrant adults who were potentially exposed to contagious viral diseases at immigrant detention centers.

Jun 16 10:05

California Goes Off the Deep End as Inmates Gain Right To Possess Marijuana in Prison


Jun 16 10:05

More Than 500 Torture Cases Documented By UN In Ukraine Conflict

KYIV -- The UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine has documented more than 500 cases of ill-treatment, incommunicado detention, and torture by both Ukrainian government forces and Russia-backed separatists since the conflict erupted in April 2014, the mission’s head said in Kyiv on June 13.

“We believe, however, that this is the tip of the iceberg, as torture is a systemic issue in Ukraine that was exacerbated by the armed conflict,” Fiona Frazer told reporters at a press conference where she presented a new UN report.

In many instances, Frazer said, “the alleged perpetrators are the state security services and the so-called ‘ministries of state security’ of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic and the self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, I know you are "juggling a zillion chain saws" right now, as we say in our colloquial English, meaning, you are dealing with a number of crises in Ukraine, and trying to triage them at this moment.

But please, as a human being first, and secondly, as a Ukrainian Jew, who understands the horrific depths of ,"faith based" lethal behaviour inflicted on your ancestors, you have to try to get this madness to stop.

I would like to commend to you a little historical study, about the German Nazi in World War II, who refused to torture his English-speaking prisoners of war. The man's name was Hanns-Joachim Gottlob Scharff.

Wikipedia: Hans Scharff

Between both World wars, Scharff studied English, and had a magnificent grasp of the language.

But rather than use the torture techniques well-known - and used - by the Nazi SS upon their prisoners, Scharff used only kindness, even inviting them out for day passes at cultural events. He was able to convince these prisoners that he already knew everything about them, and their operations, when he really didn't, and was a superb interrogator.

When the war concluded, the US military brass was so completely taken by him, that they invited him to give seminars about how his technique worked.

Because, Mr. President, torture...only gets the tortured person to say whatever his torturers want him to say, to get the torture to stop, even if the information is completely, and horribly, wrong.

So, President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, I - and other thinking Americans - wish (and pray) you "God Speed" on this very tough set of situations you confront, in this "tightrope" walk between Russian, and Western, interests.

And may its resolution come about in a way that is good for all Ukrainians.

Jun 16 10:01

Axing America’s Android: Huawei files to trademark own mobile operating system worldwide

Chinese technology giant Huawei is in the process of launching its “Hongmeng” operating system (OS) to replace Google’s Android OS, the firm’s vice president of public affairs and communications Andrew Williamson, has said.

Huawei was blacklisted last month by US President Donald Trump’s administration which accused the company of spying for the Chinese government. The world’s biggest maker of telecoms network gear was barred from doing business with US tech companies, including Alphabet’s Google, whose Android OS is used in Huawei’s phones.

Jun 16 10:00

‘I’ll f**king bury you!’ McAfee vows to expose corrupt US officials & CIA agents if ‘disappeared’

Bitcoin evangelist John McAfee has threatened to “bury” the US government if they keep harassing him over unpaid taxes, promising to leak a huge trove of files proving corruption throughout Washington and its allies.

“I’ve collected files on corruption in governments. For the first time, I’m naming names and specifics,” McAfee warned in a string of tweets stretching back to Sunday. Vowing to release over 31 terabytes of “incriminating data” to the press if arrested or otherwise “disappeared,” he posted the names of a “corrupt CIA agent and two Bahamian officials” along with claims they’d taken bribes and been involved with drug trafficking, apparently to show he was not bluffing.

Jun 16 10:00

Barrels in US Lake Likely Contain Agent Orange Ingredients

On Thursday, a contractor for the US Environmental Protection Agency started an operation to remove barrels containing defoliants from Wallowa Lake in Oregon.

Last August, recreational divers Lisa Anderson and William Lambert came across barrels labeled as containing 2,4-D and 2,4,5-T, which are defoliants, chemicals that when sprayed on plants cause their leaves to fall off. The two defoliants combined are also known as Agent Orange.



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Jun 16 09:59

US warns Israel against Chinese investment, pushes ‘can’t be friends’ with China line

The United States is concerned about China’s deepening investment in Israel, and its latest military budget bill explicitly warns its Middle Eastern ally against doing business with Beijing, citing “security implications.”

Though President Donald Trump has repeatedly talked up his unwavering support for Israel and its now troubled prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, the US Senate is becoming restless over China’s growing ties with the Jewish state.

In particular, Israel’s decision to lease a port in the northern city of Haifa to the Shanghai International Port Group has come under intense scrutiny. A draft text of the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act – which sets out the US military’s budget and priorities for the forthcoming year – includes a specific reference to the port.

Jun 16 09:59

Refusal to hand over Venezuelan gold means end of Britain as a financial center – Prof. Wolff

The freezing of Venezuelan gold by the Bank of England is a signal to all countries out of step with US interests to withdraw their money, according to economist and co-founder of Democracy at Work, Professor Richard Wolff.
He told RT America that Britain and its central bank have shown themselves to be “under the thumb of the United States.”

“That is a signal to every country that has or may have difficulties with the US, [that they had] better get their money out of England and out of London because it’s not the safe place as it once was,” he said.

Jun 16 09:58

7 times Putin apparently trounced US at St. Petersburg Forum

Vladimir Putin had a lot to say about the US at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, warning that Washington's policies may turn global economy into battle royal and suggesting that dollar's role should be revised.

Even though the Russian president didn't always identify the US or the Donald Trump administration by name, he didn't mince words about America's aggressive economic policies either.

'US hegemony contradicts aims of humanity's future'

Jun 16 09:57

Chinese company making F-35 parts?! Embarrassing ‘discovery’ further erodes ‘Huawei spying’ hysteria

After a Chinese company was found manufacturing circuit boards for the F-35 jet, the UK Ministry of Defense insisted there is nothing to worry about, rendering the fuss over omnipresent Beijing spies increasingly silly.

Exception PCB, a Chinese-owned company based in Gloucestershire, England, manufactures the circuit boards that control the engines, lighting, fuel and navigation systems of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the most expensive weapons system ever made. While the UK’s Ministry of Defense insists the company is an established supplier to the defense industry and presents “no risk,” months of flogging the China-spying narrative have done their job, and UK media and politicians are up in arms over this “shocking revelation.”

Jun 16 09:57

The Stories are Beginning to Exceed even the Gullibility of Americans

The past couple of days have seen interesting developments. The US or Israel struck a Japanese ship with small rockets and tried to blame it on Iranian mines. The Japanese ship owner put a halt to the false flag event. He pointed out that the damage was above, not below the water line and that crew members observed objects approaching in the air. https://www.lewrockwell.com/2019/06/no_author/the-gulf-of-credibility/

Jun 16 09:56

We're not a dumpster! Indonesia sends plastic, shoes & DIAPERS disguised as paper waste back to US

Indonesia says it won’t become yet another world “dumping ground” after it returned five containers of waste back to the US, joining the growing number of Asian nations to recently turn away Western ‘recyclables.’

The waste arrived in Indonesia from Seattle back in March. The cargo, shipped by a Canadian company, was supposed to contain paper recycling material, but the Environment and Forestry Ministry discovered multiple “impurities” inside five containers and ordered them to be “re-exported.”

The containers were filled with “significant amounts” of various plastic waste and shoes, in addition to other rubbish such as wood scraps, fabrics and even diapers. “Although the containers were originally from Canada, the country of departure was the US,” said Waste and Hazardous Waste Management Directorate General Secretary Sayid Muhadhar.

Jun 16 09:55

‘Assange extradition should be warning to liberals who believe in American democracy’ – Zizek

The UK’s decision to extradite WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange to the US should be taken as a warning to all liberals who still have any faith in ‘American liberal democracy,’ says cultural philosopher Slavoj Zizek.

The Slovenian sociologist told RT that signing of the extradition order is just one of two recent events that really worry him. The other “ominous” event was the Ecuadorian government’s invitation to US authorities to take possession of Assange’s property from its London embassy when he was taken to prison, including book manuscripts, computers and other personal possessions.

“The nightmare is that the accuser was directly invited to take possession of all these documents. This breaks even the elementary the norms of legality,” Zizek explained.



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Jun 16 09:54

Could John Bolton soon be SACKED? Will it avert Iran war? Former CIA agent Kiriakou positive on both

Hawkish National Security Advisor John Bolton has steered the Trump administration towards multiple conflicts. However, CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou tells RT he’s learned that Bolton’s days in the White House may be numbered.

Since joining the Trump administration in April of last year, Bolton has taken the hardest line possible on every geopolitical flare-up. From advocating “humanitarian intervention” in Venezuela, to briefing journalists about a plan to deploy 100,000 troops to the Middle East, to rumors of him “sabotaging” Trump’s summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong-un last year, Bolton has trumpeted escalation and confrontation as a panacea to all of America’s foreign policy ills.

Jun 16 09:54

‘This is about shutting down dissent’ – John Pilger on Assange US extradition case

The attempt to extradite WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange from the UK to the US is not only about locking up the Australian, but about “shutting down dissent” and “investigative journalism,” claims journalist John Pilger.

Speaking outside Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London on Friday following the decision to open a new, full US extradition hearing in February 2020, Pilger insisted that the motivation of the American authorities in pursuing Assange was clear to see.

... [It] is quite clear that on a wider level this is an attempt to shut down WikiLeaks and put Assange away, but it’s also about shutting down dissent. It’s mainly about shutting down investigative journalism.

Jun 16 09:53

Iran to 'take further measures' if JCPOA sides fail it: Rouhani

President Hassan Rouhani has renewed Iran's ultimatum to scale back its commitments under a 2015 multilateral nuclear deal in the absence of "a proper response" from the remaining signatories.

Rouhani said Saturday Iran's compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) has repeatedly been verified by the UN nuclear agency.

The president touched on the US pullout from the JCPOA and its reimposition of illegal sanctions on Tehran, saying Iran still believes that the remaining sides could play an important role in increasing regional global and stability if they honored their obligations.

"Obviously, Iran cannot unilaterally remain the sole party committed to the JCPOA," Rouhani told the 5th Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures in Asia (CICA) in Tajikistan's capital Dushanbe.

Jun 16 09:53

Hundreds of Illegal Aliens From Ebola-Stricken Congo Who Arrived in San Antonio Last Week Quickly Fan Out Across Country

Hundreds of illegal aliens from ebola-stricken Democratic Republic of Congo were dumped in the streets of San Antonio, Texas last week.

The aliens didn’t speak English and according to a local reporter, San Antonio is in desperate need for French speaking volunteers.

“City confirms hundreds of migrants from the Congo have arrived in SA. The city is in desperate need for French speaking volunteers,” reported Jaleesa Irizarry of Kens 5 San Antonio.


Jun 16 09:52

MP Lashes Out at Merkel for Doing Too Little to Repair Relations With Russia, Playing to US Tune

Ahead of a visit by German lawmakers to Russia, one of them, Gregor Gysi from the left-wing party Die Linke, has accused Angela Merkel of failing to steer relations between the two countries out of the impasse in which they’ve been mired for years.

The number 2 in the Bundestag’s German-Russian group, Gregor Gysi, from Die Linke has told Sputnik that lifting tit-for-tat sanctions would help to solve international conflicts.

“The sanctions, imposed by the West, further aggravated the situation [in relations with Russia]. Russia responded with sanctions, too. That is why lifting them bilaterally would be a condition for renewing active dynamics in the dialogue between Germany and Russia”, Gysi stated, noting this demands that the German government take a corresponding stance.

Jun 16 09:51

How NeoCon Billionaire Paul Singer Is Driving the Outsourcing of US Tech Jobs to Israel

Several U.S. tech giants including Google, Microsoft and Intel Corporation have filled top positions with former members of Israeli military intelligence and are heavily investing in their Israeli branches while laying off thousands of American employees, all while receiving millions of dollars in U.S. government subsidies funded by American taxpayers.

Jun 16 09:51

Angela Merkel: German multiculturalism has 'utterly failed'

The German chancellor, Angela Merkel, has courted growing anti-immigrant opinion in Germany by claiming the country's attempts to create a multicultural society have "utterly failed".

Speaking to a meeting of young members of her Christian Democratic Union party, Merkel said the idea of people from different cultural backgrounds living happily "side by side" did not work.

She said the onus was on immigrants to do more to integrate into German society.

"This [multicultural] approach has failed, utterly failed," Merkel told the meeting in Potsdam, west of Berlin, yesterday.

Jun 16 09:50

Millions In Argentina And Uruguay Without Electricity After Power Failure

Argentina and Uruguay woke up in darkness Sunday after an unprecedented power failure cascaded across their shared electrical grid, affecting millions of people.

The Edesur electric utility tweeted that "a massive failure" left Argentina and Uruguay without power. The BBC reported that parts of Paraguay were also affected.

Edesur's spokesperson Alejandra Martinez told Argentinian media "something like this never happened," according to the BBC.

By about 12 noon local time, Edesur tweeted that it had restored service to 450,000 customers, with hospitals and health centers a priority.



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Jun 16 09:42

Russia Slams CBS News For Cooperating With Syrian Al-Qaeda In Idlib

The Russian embassy in Syria has slammed CBS News for sending its reporters into Idlib province, which is controlled by the al-Qaeda group Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), at a moment of a stepped up joint Russian-Syrian aerial assault campaign over the northwestern territory.

Over the weekend the embassy tweeted of the CBS team's reporting from Idlib: CBS News crew + a "white helmet" (not wearing one, apparently) = another act of media warfare in the making.

Jun 16 09:42

Trump’s Betrayal of White America

“Unlike other presidents, I keep my promises,” Trump boasted in a speech delivered on Saturday to the Republican Jewish Congress at a luxury hotel in Las Vegas. Many in the audience wore red yarmulkes emblazoned with his name. In his speech, Trump condemned Democrats for allowing “the terrible scourge of anti-Semitism to take root in their party” and emphasized his loyalty to Israel.

Trump has kept some of his promises. So far, he has kept every promise that he made to the Jewish community. Yet he has reneged on his promises to white America – the promises that got him elected in the first place. It is a betrayal of the highest order: millions of white Americans placed their hopes in Trump and wholeheartedly believed that he would be the one to make America great again. They were willing to endure social ostracism and imperil their livelihoods by supporting him. In return, Trump has turned his back on them and rendered his promises void.

Jun 16 09:41

Better quality imagery of the actual Oman Gulf tanker attack



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Jun 16 09:38

Police to Take No Action over Comedian Jo Brand’s Battery Acid Joke

The Metropolitan Police Service has confirmed that it will not be taking any further action over comments made by comedian Jo Brand when she joked about throwing battery acid at politicians.

Police had opened an investigation on Friday into the comments made on Tuesday on BBC Radio 4’s Heresy programme. The remarks were prompted by the spate of assaults committed by leftists who threw milkshakes at right-wing European Parliament election candidates, including at Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage. The comedian had said:

Certain unpleasant characters are being thrown to the fore, and they’re very, very easy to hate, and I’m kind of thinking, why bother with a milkshake when you could get some battery acid?

That’s just me, sorry, I’m not gonna do it, it’s purely a fantasy, but I think milk shakes are pathetic, I honestly do. Sorry.

Jun 16 09:38

POMPEO UNVEILS NEW US STRATEGY OF ATTRIBUTING BLAME FOR ATTACKS BEFORE THEY HAVE HAPPENED

The US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, has blamed Iran for the deaths of 23 Swedish sailors in an attack on an oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz. However, in what is said to be an unusual move, the incident referred to by Mr Pompeo hasn’t yet happened and no-one has died. Nonetheless, Mr Pompeo was adamant that Iran must bear responsibility for the future incident, and has vowed a strong response:

“It is the assessment of the US Government that Iran will be responsible for this terrible incident, which could well happen in the next few days or weeks. This possible future attack is a threat to international peace and security, a blatant assault on the freedom of navigation, and an unacceptable escalation of tension by Iran. We cannot let this possible attack go unanswered.”

Jun 16 09:37

FACEBOOK INSIDER CONFESSES ALL

The following anonymous document claims to be written by a Facebook insider who was Mark Zuckerberg’s lover from their freshman year at Harvard. Mark’s continuing indiscretions with his ongoing government contract keep getting him in trouble to this day. Mark was supposed to simply be the fake “boy genius” of Larry Summers’ (Harvard’s president) social media project funded by DARPA/In-Q-Tel (CIA)/IBM and the secretive international “public-private” group called The Highlands Group organized with the DoD Office of Net Assessment.

Jun 16 09:36

‘I think when we talk about price, that’s the rubbing point with Republicans…’

Sen. Ted Cruz, a conservative movement star, wants to team up with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the rising star among Democratic ’ progressives.

It won’t be easy.

Cruz, a Texas Republican, offered on Twitter to join the New York Democrat on a “simple, clean” bill that would make birth control available for sale over the counter.

Cruz has not elaborated on what a “simple, clean” bill would look like, but Ocasio-Cortez told McClatchy she was concerned that a Republican-backed measure would not include provisions for insurance coverage for over-the-counter birth control.

Jun 16 09:36

Trump Discusses Primary Challenge for Amash After GOP Betrayals

‘The only people still fixated on the Russia collusion hoax are political foes of President Trump hoping to defeat him in 2020 by any desperate means possible…’

Jun 16 09:35

Liberal Zionists worry: Annexation will make Israel a political issue in presidential campaignNews

After US Ambassador David Friedman gave a thumbs-up to possible Israeli annexation of portions of the West Bank last week, Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg seized on the threat for political capital, saying he would make Israel pay a price in aid for such a move. “If Prime Minister Netanyahu makes good on his threat to annex West Bank settlements, he should know that a President Buttigieg would take steps to ensure that American taxpayers won’t help foot the bill,” said the South Bend mayor.

In seeming to threaten sanctions against Israel, Buttigieg is leading the Democratic field– much as Beto O’Rourke jumped to the front on Netanyahu’s racism some weeks ago. Buttigieg is even ahead of Bernie Sanders. Though Sanders and Elizabeth Warren have co-sponsored a resolution condemning the idea of annexation because it is a threat to the two-state solution.

Jun 16 09:35

U.S. mainstream media fails to challenge Trump administration’s push toward war with Iran

The risky U.S. moves to provoke a war with Iran continue, and the American mainstream media is still transmitting the Trump administration’s views almost without challenge:

* The New York Times has run lengthy accounts about the alleged Iranian attack on oil tankers, but the paper buried the skepticism about the U.S. version lower in its articles.

* A respected Israeli expert, writing in Haaretz, calmly explained why “Iran is the immediate, but unlikely suspect” in the attacks. Nothing like his point of view has gotten prominent play in America.

* The most influential foreign affairs columnist in the world, Thomas Friedman of the New York Times, is still missing in action, a good 6 weeks after the Trump administration launched its latest effort to provoke Iran.

* None of the mainstream coverage explains that Israel is a big factor instigating the rising American hostility to Iran.

Jun 16 09:34

Trade War Nightmare Causes Collapse In Demand For US Industrial Space, Says Cushman & Wakefield

The latest Cushman & Wakefield commercial real estate report shows demand for US industrial space collapsed 60% on year in 1Q19, reflecting the global synchronized decline and the deepening trade war.

Cushman & Wakefield's economists warned President Trump's trade war is unraveling complex supply chains around the world that have led to a slump in demand for industrial space. They also said the restocking trend by importers forced by the tariffs is likely over. There is also another possibility that the slowdown could be linked to some seasonal factors, the economist said.

"It is possible that the trade dispute is causing disruptions to supply chains which are causing demand for industrial space to slow. Another possibility is companies may have overstocked before the implementation of tariffs in 2018. Seasonality, a general slowing in the global economy and lagging supply may also have been the main culprits," economists Kevin Thorpe and Rebecca Rockey said in the report.

Jun 16 09:34

Credit Card Debt Spikes In Hawaii As Economy Falters  

Experian said all 50 states plus Washington, DC, saw an increase in its average credit card debt on a YoY basis.

Hawaii had an average credit card debt increase of 3.4% over the past year, experienced the most significant growth in credit card usage among any state.

Experian said the average credit card debt in Hawaii is approximately $6,500, which is $500 more than the national average.

Separately, a report from WalletHub suggests why Hawaiians are increasingly using their credits cards. The report collected data from 28 key indicators of economic performance and growth from the island state, determined its economy is the worst in the country because of slow GDP growth, low exports per capita, and relatively few tech jobs.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Thank you, TSA!

Jun 16 09:31

Christian School Says Leftist Tabloid Duped California into Armed Gov’t Raid

A Christian boarding school in Northern California recently experienced the ugly, long arm of state law after it was subject to a SWAT-style raid courtesy of information authorities allegedly gathered from a left-leaning tabloid website.

Jun 16 09:28

Felons May Soon Make the Most Important Decision in California’s Justice System

There has been a lot of talk about criminal justice reform over the past year, and it is generally a good thing to help reintegrate non-violent former felons into society and even restore certain rights for those who’ve paid their debt in full.

Jun 16 09:27

Disgraced Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe Says Now Is The Time To Try To Impeach Trump

After a leading question from CNN host Chris Cuomo, fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe said now is “absolutely” the time to start impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump.

Jun 16 09:25

Trump Endorses Amendment That Would Let Congress Prohibit Flag Burning

On Friday, Rep. Steve Womack (R-AR) and Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) "introduced a Constitutional Amendment to give Congress the authority to prohibit burning the American flag," according to Daines’ official website.

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