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October 17, 2019

Oct 17 12:51

US Senate Sanctions Bill Targets Turkey Over Syria Campaign, S-400 Purchase

The Trump administration greenlit sanctions against Turkish officials and entities on Monday over Ankara's operation in northern Syria. Previously, lawmakers had sought to sanction Turkey under the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) over its purchase of Russian-made S-400 air defence systems.

A bipartisan group of senators including Republican Lindsey Graham and Democrat Chris Van Hollen has put together legislation known as the 'Turkey Sanctions Bill', with the bill proposing 'wide-ranging mandatory sanctions' against Turkey.

Senator Graham said he expected strong bipartisan support for the bill.

Oct 17 12:03

Donald Trump, Alone Against All

Alone, against his opposition, against his administration and against his allies, President Trump does not seem to be able to fulfil his campaign commitments. Three years after his election, the House of Representatives launched an impeachment procedure against him because he is fighting against the corruption of the Clinton clan.

Donald Trump’s main campaign commitment to end the offensive Rumsfeld/Cebrowski military strategy and replace it with a policy of Jacksonian cooperation is met with strong internal US and external opposition from US allies. More than ever, the President appears alone, absolutely alone, in the face of the transatlantic political class.

As soon as he was elected and even before the transfer of power in 2017, Donald Trump was presented as a manic-depressive narcissist, a weak and authoritarian personality, a crypto-fascist. As soon as he joined the White House, the press called for his physical murder

Oct 17 11:47

O’Keefe Strikes Again! Undercover Video Shows CNN Production Supervisor Wishing For Trump’s Death, ‘Hopefully He Dies Soon’

Project Veritas unveiled Part 3 of its #ExposeCNN series on Thursday.

CNN conceded on video they are “left leaning” but don’t want to openly admit it.

O’Keefe also caught CNN Field Production Supervisor Gerald Sisnette wishing for President Trump’s death.

“This is a story that’s not gonna go away,” Mr. Sisnette said.

“Oh the Ukraine thing? Or just Trump in general?” the CNN whistleblower asked.

“Trump in general. The only way this will go away is when he [Trump] dies. Hopefully soon,” Gerald Sisnette said.

Oct 17 11:34

Pence announces Turkish ceasefire in Syria

video of Pence announcing cease fire
Note that this agreement is between the US and Turkey. The Kurds are not part of this, nor has Syria committed to the plan.

Oct 17 11:20

The most entertaining way to watch the CNN democrat presidential debate...6 comedians making fun of everything they say


Oct 17 10:57

EFF on Why Fiber-to-the-Home is “Vastly Superior” to Cable and 5G, and How Greed Is Dictating That Americans Don’t Get It

By B.N. Frank

Although Fiber Optics with a wired internet connection has been touted by some as being completely safe, there are Americans still experiencing adverse health effects after it has been installed in their homes and neighborhoods. A wired internet connection using a copper landline still seems to be the biologically safest option; however, this isn’t available everywhere anymore.

Fiber-to-the-Home WITHOUT small cells attached is definitely a safer option to fiber with small cells attached. However, this option is more expensive for telecoms to provide so they don’t want to do it. Unfortunately, the embarrassingly corrupt FCC along with many American elected officials are still catering to the Telecoms despite increasing 5G lawsuits, opposition and warnings.

Thanks to EFF for acknowledging that it doesn’t have to be this way...

Oct 17 09:50

Bank of England Warns of an ‘Abrupt’ Financial Collapse due to Climate Emergency

The coming "financial collapse" will likely be due to climate change warns Bank of England governor

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"Honest. We didn't mess up the economy. It was caused by human-caused global warming, which means it's really all your fault.

Can you take this rope off of my neck now? It's scratchy!"

Oct 17 09:49

Manufactured climate hysteria of Greta Thunberg a repeat of what Severn Cullis-Suzuki did back in 1992

Many people don’t realize this, but Greta Thunberg’s little climate temper tantrum at the United Nations recently has already been tried on at least one prior occasion.

It was the year 1992, in fact, when 12-year-old Severn Cullis-Suzuki of Canada spoke at the plenary session of the U.N.’s Earth Summit, which took place in Rio de Janeiro that year, saying many of the same things that Greta is now parroting.

Severn, who repeatedly spoke of her “fear” of global warming at the summit, used many of the same buzzwords as Greta, including constant references to being “just a child.” Severn also read her carefully crafted speech, which was obviously written by someone other than herself.


Oct 17 09:47

In "Obscene" Move, Oil Tanker Rates Explode To Record Levels Amid Flurry Of Geopolitical Risks

In a world where multiple-sigma events now happen with daily regularity, few people seemed to notice an unprecedented event taking place in the oil tanker industry, where spot charter contacts for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) exploded above $300,000 as the industry digested the fallout from the US focusing its spotlight on sanctions on oil, especially China's Cosco Shipping company, and from the latest security incident in the Middle East.

As Lloyd's List notes, the Baltic Exchange Dirty Tanker Index, which aggregates global shipbroking charter rates, reported that by Friday afternoon, rates for West Africa to China VLCC routes had almost doubled within a day to reach $278,057. Middle East Gulf to Singapore and China routes had reached $305,998 and $300,391 respectively, marking an almost 100% day-on-day increase.

Oct 17 09:47

Ethics Complaint Filed Against Rep Adam Schiff For Trying to Obtain Naked Photos of Trump

A Republican challenging Rep. Adam Schiff for his House seat has filed an ethics complaint against the lawmaker over a phone call in which he was caught on tape trying to secure naked photos of President Trump.

The conversation in question involved Schiff falling victim to Russian pranksters Vladimir Kyzetsov and Alexei Stolyarov in 2018. The comedians, posing as a Ukrainian member of Parliament, Andriy Parubiy, promised dirt on President Trump, including some compromising photos.

Oct 17 09:46

VIDEO – GLOBAL WARMING PROTESTERS IN BRITAIN ARE BEING PAID $500 A WEEK BY GEORGE SOROS TO PROTEST!

George Soros should be arrested and thrown in prison and have all of his money and assets forfeited to reimburse taxpayers for the cost of dealing with these radical leftists protesters.

Oct 17 09:44

ABC Admits to Using Fake Footage of Kurdish ‘Slaughter’ by Turkey to Push the Pro-War Agenda of the Establishment

ABC News aired a video that they claimed was Turkish forces committing “slaughter in Syria” against the Kurds, who helped defeat ISIS, but the video footage was really from a machine gun and military weapon show that took place at a gun range in Kentucky in 2017. ABC News admitted the “error.” James Corbett explains that the pro-war media objected to President Trump removing 1,000 US troops from Syria, and has been caught lying again to the American public to keep the wars going. Corbett gives numerous examples of other times that the media has been caught using propaganda and lies to manipulate the public.


Oct 17 09:44

Commuters who attacked Extinction Rebellion Tube protesters could face police investigation - latest news

The stupid police have just made heroes and martyrs out of these heroic Brits. The people will eventually turn on their government and have a little thing called a Revolution to get their country back. Go Brits!

The actions of commuters who dragged Extinction Rebellion Tube protesters from the roof of a train are being investigated by the police as it emerged one of the activists is a Buddhist teacher.

British Transport Police have made eight arrests after protesters climbed on top of roofs of Underground carriages on Thursday morning.

Oct 17 09:43

After detecting life on Mars in 1976 and sweeping it under the rug, NASA banned life-detection experiments to hide the truth from the world

Now, the former NASA engineer who designed the experiment that confirmed the presence of life on Mars is speaking out. His name is Gilbert V. Levin, and in a new op-ed published in Scientific American, he lays out his belief that life was already confirmed on Mars in the 1970s.

“I was fortunate to have participated in that historic adventure as experimenter of the Labeled Release (LR) life detection experiment on NASA’s spectacular Viking mission to Mars in 1976,” writes Levin. “On July 30, 1976, the LR returned its initial results from Mars. Amazingly, they were positive. As the experiment progressed, a total of four positive results, supported by five varied controls, streamed down from the twin Viking spacecraft landed some 4,000 miles apart. The data curves signaled the detection of microbial respiration on the Red Planet. The curves from Mars were similar to those produced by LR tests of soils on Earth.”

Oct 17 09:41

New Developments in the Skripal Case Reveal it for the Sham it Always Was.

Earlier this month (October 2019) however, the Coroners Court issued a public statement in which is announced that the inquest into Dawn Sturgess’ death had been adjourned indefinitely.

This is an extraordinary development. It means in effect that the whole of the allegations made over the preceding 18 months, about the cause of death, the persons allegedly responsible, and all the political and propaganda barrage that went with it has now effectively being abandoned.

The Coroner’s Court cannot establish to the requisite standard how Ms Sturgess died, much less the identity of any individual or government that might be responsible.

As might be expected, the announcement by the British coroner has been met with a studied silence why the western media. The linking of Ms Sturgess’ death to the alleged activities of two Russian citizens seen in Salisbury on the day the Skripal’s became ill, and the lurid allegations about their alleged activities, have similarly collapsed.


Oct 17 09:38

Megyn Kelly Goes After The Media For Active Bias

Journalist Megyn Kelly went after the media Wednesday for what she described as blatant bias, noting that “it doesn’t belong” and suggesting outlets now worry about being judged for not condemning President Donald Trump.

Kelly spoke to Fox News’s Tucker Carlson on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” in her first television appearance in nearly a year and hit back at the alleged change in journalism over the years.

Oct 17 09:37

Hong Kong Protest Leader Viciously Attacked With Hammers, Wrenches

Across Hong Kong, the tension between the protesters and the government has been getting worse, particularly after an upsurge in violent attacks on individuals, police and demonstrators alike. But in an especially violent and gruesome attack, Jimmy Sham Tsz-kit, the leader of one of Hong Kong's biggest organizers of non-violent demonstrators was brutalized early Thursday by a group of thugs. The attackers reportedly used hammers and wrenches to beat Sham - who was photographed lying in a pool of his own blood on Arran Street in Mong Kak at around 7:40 pm Hong Kong time.

It was the second attack on Sham in two months.

Sham was the leader of Civil Human Rights Front, one of the larger groups that has emerged to organize non-violent pro-democracy demonstrations. The organization told the press that Sham was conscious and in stable condition when he arrived at the hospital. Police said he was bleeding from his head and arms when officers found him.

Oct 17 09:37

Oh, This Is Bad: Joe Biden’s Wife Was Not Killed by Drunk Driver – The Accident Was His Wife’s Fault and Truck Driver Was Haunted by the Tragedy til His Death

For years Joe Biden has told the story about how his wife and daughter were killed by a drunk truck driver in 1972.

The truck driver Curtis Dunn was never charged in the crash.

Newark resident Pamela Hamill wants an apology from U.S. Senator Biden (D-Del.) for his recent characterization of her father as having been drunk during the 1972 accident that killed the Senator’s wife and daughter.

In 2008 Pamela Hamill went public to clear her father’s name.

The crash was Neilia Biden’s fault.

Oct 17 09:36

Monkeys outperform humans when it comes to cognitive flexibility

When it comes to being willing to explore more efficient options to solving a problem, monkeys exhibit more cognitive flexibility than humans, according to a study by Georgia State University psychology researchers.



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Oct 17 09:36

More than 1,000 Palestinians in Gaza have bone infections after being shot by Israeli forces

More than 7,400 Palestinians have been injured by live ammunition during protests in Gaza. About half of those suffering from open fractures, in which the bone is broken near the wound. More than 1,000 of them have developed bone infections; these serious and complex wounds require months – if not years – of dressing, surgery, and physiotherapy. Infections prevent recovery and many of them are resistant to antibiotics. To prevent the spread of resistant bacteria, those with resistant infections have to be isolated in a single room for six weeks.

Oct 17 09:35

WAV audio files are now being used to hide malicious code

Two reports published in the last few months show that malware operators are experimenting with using WAV audio files to hide malicious code.

The technique is known as steganography -- the art of hiding information in plain sight, in another data medium.

In the software field, steganography -- also referred to as stego -- is used to describe the process of hiding files or text in another file, of a different format. For example, hiding plain text inside an image's binary format.

Oct 17 09:33

Graham Threatens, I Will Be 'Trump's Worst Nightmare' If He Abandons Kurds

GRAHAM: “I don’t know, but Erdogan’s not your friend. Pat, you’ve done a great job. To your viewers, if you are not praying for the Kurds, we should all be ashamed of ourselves. It was the Kurds who worked with the American military to destroy ISIS.

If we abandon the Kurds, it will be dishonorable, it will be a disaster. Erdogan invaded Turkey — excuse me — Syria, he has created a vacuum for ISIS to come back.

The Kurds cannot fight Turkey and control the 10,000 ISIS prisoners. I am looking to President Trump to change this.

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Here's your rifle, Lindsey...

Oct 17 09:32

Abortion Clinics Harvest Scalps of Aborted Babies, Sell Them to Researchers Treating Baldness


Oct 17 09:31

Not a Fake: WH Releases Menacing Letter Trump Sent Turkey's President - So Intense People Thought It Wasn't Real

President Donald J. Trump might as well be Muhammed Ali at this point. The man has mastered the rope-a-dope fighting style, and the establishment media and his political opponents still haven’t caught on.

Oct 17 09:31

WATCH: Climate Protesters Climbing on London Underground Trains Physically Removed by Angry Public

The Brits are fighting back now. They have had enough of the Sor's bought and paid for bums disrupting their lives!
Wish Americans would grow a set and do the same!

Extinction Rebellion protesters attempting to bring the London Underground subway system to a halt by climbing on top of trains got a sense of how much support they enjoy among ordinary members of the public when angry commuters pelted them with rubbish and physically dragged them back to the platform.

Oct 17 09:31

After Running Fake Footage of Turkey Attacking Kurds, ABC Makes Fake Trump Quote Go Viral

A number of establishment media outlets were forced to issue corrections or editor’s notes on Wednesday after they misquoted President Donald Trump, who was speaking at the White House on the situation in Syria.

Oct 17 09:20

California’s deliberate blackouts were outrageous and harmful. They’re going to happen again.

Until more data comes in, it won’t be possible to know how much the blackouts cost the state, but Stanford’s Michael Wara, an expert on electricity policy in California, estimates the total will come in somewhere between $1.8 billion and $2.6 billion.

If the rest of the country was vaguely aware that there were blackouts in California, what many don’t yet fully understand is how ugly it was and how pissed off people are. And above all, they don’t understand one of the most bonkers features of the whole situation: Everyone agrees it is going to happen again.

Indeed, blackouts like last week’s are likely to be a feature of life in the state for years to come. Region 9 of FEMA, which covers California, called them the “new normal.”


Oct 17 09:06

photo Gun control for dummies

Oct 17 09:03

California's Gov. Newsom Signs Law Putting Illegals on State Boards

- Maybe Moonbeam Brown Wasn't So Bad

Oct 17 08:40

Three Reasons You Have Neck Pain — And Why “Bad Posture” Probably Isn’t One Of Them

By Christian Worsfold, University of Hertfordshire

If you suffer from neck pain, you’re not alone. Spinal pain is one of the leading causes of disability worldwide and its occurrence has increased dramatically over the past 25 years. While most episodes of neck pain are likely to get better within a few months, half to three-quarters of people who have neck pain will experience repeated episodes of pain.

It’s often said there are “good and bad postures” and that specific postures can contribute to spinal pain but this belief is not supported by scientific evidence...

Oct 17 08:19

Teen Found Chopped to Pieces, ICE Blames Social Justice-Obsessed County

Several weeks after a teenager’s body was found hacked to pieces, Immigration and Customs Enforcement says the horrific crime could have been easily avoided if one liberal Washington county had just listened to them.

Oct 17 08:19

Democrats Are Leaving The Party In Droves


Oct 17 08:19

Two 'Squad' Members Back Bernie; AOC Poll Numbers Sag

It looks like socialism trumps sisterhood — at least sometimes.

Oct 17 08:16

Rockets GM Daryl Morey was bombarded by a Chinese 'troll mob' after his pro-Hong Kong tweet

Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey was apparently the victim of a targeted social media campaign initiated by a state-affiliated Chinese "troll mob" after he tweeted in support of Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Oct 17 08:16

EXCLUSIVE: FBI Claims The DOJ Is Lying! Refuses To Locate Any Seth Rich Records In FOIA Request!

Despite Prior FBI Statements that Seth Rich’s DNC Computer and Emails Were Investigated, FBI Now Claims No Related Docs in FOIA Request. Attorney Requesting Documents Demands Court Step In.

Oct 17 08:10

Adam Schiff Hit with Two Ethics Complaints Over 'Ukraine' Prank Call

House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff was looking for ammunition against President Donald Trump.

Oct 17 08:10

Horrifying Report Says Girls Hold in Urine, Don't Drink, Skip School To Avoid Boys in Gender-Neutral Restrooms

Can unisex bathrooms lead to bladder infections for young girls? Because of how they’re being implemented in the United Kingdom, at least one doctor thinks so.

Oct 17 07:47

Would-be presidential candidate vows to end US support for Al-Qaeda

Would-be Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard has stated publicly that the US government has supported Al-Qaeda terrorists, not least in their bid to overthrow the Syrian government. Gabbard is the most high-profile US politician to confirm what has been speculated about widely over the years and has vowed to end such support.

The Hawaiian Congresswoman and military veteran who served in Iraq has long been critical of US involvement in Syria. She made her comment during a debate between the Democratic Party’s presidential hopefuls. If elected, she said that she would “stop supporting terrorists like Al-Qaeda who have been the ground force for the regime-change war in Syria.”

Oct 17 07:46

Israel demands that US should maintain strategic base in Syria

Israel has called on the United States to maintain a military base in south-eastern Syria for strategic and geopolitical reasons, Israeli TV channel Kan reported yesterday.

Al-Tanf base, set up and controlled by the US military in 2016 during the ongoing Syrian conflict, lies in a strategically important area near Syria’s borders with Jordan and Iraq. It serves as a base for a group known as the Revolutionary Commando Army which opposes both the Syrian regime and Daesh and has received training from the US in Jordan.

Israel stressed that the US military presence in Al-Tanf is of paramount importance due to its location near the Syria-Iraq border in particular, making it an obstacle to the creation of a land corridor by Iran. Such a corridor, which Israel has long warned about, will reportedly help Iran to transport arms, fighters and supplies via the Shia militias that it controls in Iraq all the way through Syria to Lebanon where Tehran’s powerful proxy Hezbollah is based.

Oct 17 07:45

Israel arrests Al-Aqsa Mosque preacher

Israeli occupation forces yesterday arrested Sheikh Ismail Nawahda, a preacher at Al-Aqsa Mosque, at the Qalandia checkpoint in the occupied West Bank, Wafa news agency reported.

Another 22 Palestinians were also detained yesterday from across the occupied West Bank, the news agency added.

Sheikh Nawahda was taken in for investigation at one of the Israeli police stations in West Jerusalem.

Palestinian lawyer Khaldoun Nijm said he was accused by the Israeli occupation for inciting violence during the sermons he gives on Fridays.

Oct 17 07:44

Full Video Inside 'Secretive' US Special Forces Base In Syria Released By Russian Media

After early this week American forces hastily abandoned their base in Manbij amid a general US draw down from the region, and a Damascus-Syrian Kurdish deal for reunion to fight the invading Turks, hawkish CNN pundit Michael Weiss lamented that "the Russian takeover of the U.S. base in Manbij is the first instance of Moscow claiming an abandoned U.S. military installation since World War II" (though Vietnam may have actually been the last instance).

The Russians did immediately roll in to Manbij, surprisingly in some degree of coordination with the Pentagon. A US defense official admitted, "It is essentially a handover" and added, "it’s a quick out, not something that will include walk-throughs, etc. Everything is about making out with as much as possible of our things while destroying any sensitive equipment that cannot be moved."



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Oct 17 07:43

Sales of the U.S. Constitution have hit a record high under President Trump

The NPD Group, responsible for the national count called BookScan, said that sales of the Founding Fathers’ roadmap to democracy are about three times higher than they were under former Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush.

Since Trump became the GOP front-runner in the 2016 presidential election, sales have jumped, said NPD. Some 275,000 copies were sold that year, “which is the greatest number of print edition sales of the U.S. Constitution sold since NPD BookScan began tracking U.S. book sales in 2004,” said the group.

Once in office, sales continued to rise, increasing 60% to an average of 19,800 copies sold each month during his first 33 months.

“By way of comparison, an average of 7,500 were sold monthly in Barack Obama’s first term and 5,600 in George W. Bush’s second term,” said NPD.

Oct 17 07:42

CNN Pretty Much Just Confirmed Project Veritas's Whistleblower Is Telling The Truth

CNN really isn't doing itself any favors to distance itself from Project Veritas' groundbreaking video release this week focusing on the inner-workings of their network. On Wednesday, CNN released a digital ad showing that the network is solely focused on impeachment. On tape, Project Veritas caught CNN president Jeff Zucker saying this is all he wants to focus on, and ignore pretty much the rest of everything in the news.

Cary Poarch, a contract employee in Washington Bureau, became so sick with what he saw at CNN that he decided to turn to Project Veritas and go undercover. He recorded hours of top brass, including Zucker, discussing how they shape the news. The videos have confirmed what we all suspected for quite some time, but which CNN has vehemently denied. It is obvious to anybody with a brain that the "news" station leans to the left and despises President Trump, but it still claims to be unbiased.

Oct 17 07:41

Trump dismisses Turkey's invasion of Syria: 'It's not our border'

President Donald Trump on Wednesday downplayed the escalating tensions in the Middle East in the aftermath of his abrupt withdrawal of American troops from northeastern Syria, referring to the area as "not our border" and to Kurdish forces as "no angels."

"If Turkey goes into Syria, that’s between Turkey and Syria," he said to reporters in the Oval Office. "It’s not between Turkey and the United States, like a lot of stupid people would like us to — would like you to believe."

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FYI the media misquoted Trump on this.

Oct 17 07:39

Not another dollar! Russia & Turkey agree on settlements in national currencies

Moscow and Ankara inked an agreement on using Russian rubles and Turkish lira in mutual payments and settlements, the Russian Finance Ministry announced on Tuesday.

The deal is aimed at gradually switching to using national currencies in mutual trade, the ministry said. Trade turnover between the two countries grew by 16 percent last year, reaching $25.5 billion.

According to the ministry, the agreement aims for “further expansion and strengthening of interbank interaction, as well as ensuring uninterrupted payments between business entities of the two countries.”

Oct 17 07:38

Turkey's Erdogan threw Trump's 'don't be a fool' letter in the trash and considered it 'the final straw' before launching his offensive in Syria

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan trashed a letter from Donald Trump which urged him not to 'be a fool' over Syria, it was revealed today.

Turkish officials told the BBC that the letter was 'thoroughly rejected' by Erdogan last week, who promptly placed it in the trash and considered it 'the final straw'.

In Trump's October 9 letter, written as Erdogan's forces prepared to cross into Syria, the president wrote: 'History will look upon you favorably if you get this done the right and humane way. It will look upon you forever as the devil if good things don't happen ... Don't be a tough guy. Don't be a fool!'

Oct 17 07:37

House Dems Unanimously Vote to Condemn Withdrawal From Syria

Positions from Democrat leaders suggested an unconditional opposition to Trump ending any war and withdrawing any troops under any circumstances. They also objected to the notion that a president could end a war without their permission.

Oct 17 07:36

US Destroys Former Syria Base, Leaves More Cities

US forces continue to withdraw from Syria, and on their way out the door are trying to take various measures to either destroy facilities or to spite Russian troops who are moving in.

One former US base, near Kobane, has been totally destroyed by US airstrikes. Some officials presented this as a “show of force,” though against whom was unclear. This base was the one the US accused Turkey of bracketing with artillery fire early in the invasion.

Another US base, near Manbij, was not destroyed in time. The US stripped it of gear, and left it for Russia. The US also drew crude pictures of penises on the walls, along with insulting phrases.

The US coalition also issued a statement on Wednesday reporting that they’d withdrawn from the cities of Tabqah and Raqqa. US forces also left a cement factory belonging to Lafarge.

Oct 17 07:35

US Special Envoy: Syria Pullout Doesn’t Effect Iran Strategy

US special envoy on Iran Brian Hook told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday that the administration does not consider the withdrawal from Syria to in any way impact US hostility toward Iran.

Hook said the administration remains “very comfortable” with its Iran strategy, and that the “maximum pressure” campaign will continue. He added troops in northern Syria never had an Iran mission set.

Some Senators were eager to make Syria all about Iran, however, with Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) claiming Iran was “smiling from ear to ear as Turkey rushed into Syria.” Romney also claimed Turkey’s invasion made Assad stronger.

Oct 17 07:34

US Officials Confirm Secret Cyber Attack on Iran After Saudi Oil Refineries Hit

US officials have told Reuters that in response to the attacks on a pair of Saudi oil refineries in mid-September, the US carried out a cyber attack against Iran, damaging physical hardware in the process.

Such an attack has been alleged before, and these officials are only confirming on condition of anonymity, and even then are refusing to provide any details on what was actually attacked.

The Pentagon said they don’t discuss any of their cyber attacks, and so they are neither going to confirm or deny if they did it. Iran denied that they were attacked, suggesting the officials “must have dreamt it.”

Oct 17 07:33

Is the Impeachment Process Fair? By Andrew P. Napolitano

Last week, the White House legal counsel wrote to congressional leaders stating President Donald Trump’s legal views of the impeachment investigation now being conducted by the House of Representatives. The essence of Pat Cipollone’s letter argued that the impeachment investigation is illegitimate, unconstitutional and unfair.

The illegitimacy argument contended that since the House has yet to vote to authorize an investigation of the president, its committees lack subpoena power. The unconstitutional argument offered that since impeachment seeks to overturn a valid election, it is a thinly veiled coup and thus is in violation of the Constitution. And his unfairness argument states that the president is entitled to due process at every stage of the impeachment proceedings.

These are valid political arguments. But as legal offerings, they are profoundly misguided. Here is the backstory.

Oct 17 07:32

North Korea's Kim sends "defiant" sanctions message at sacred mountain

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un rode a white horse to Mt. Paektu and lashed out at sanctions imposed on the country, the state-run KCNA news agency reported Wednesday — hailing the action as "a great event of weighty importance."

The big picture: The images at the sacred, active volcano and accompanying proclamation that "there will be a great operation to strike the world with wonder again and make a step forward in the Korean revolution" comes days after denuclearization talks between North Korea and the U.S. broke down.

Oct 17 07:31

U.S. Coalition - forces have left Syrian cities of Raqqa, Tabqah, Lafarge factory

The U.S.-led coalition said on Wednesday that its forces had left the Syrian cities of Tabqah and Raqqa as well as a Lafarge cement factory as part of the withdrawal from northeast Syria.

“Coalition forces continue a deliberate withdrawal from northeast Syria. On Oct. 16, we vacated the Lafarge Cement Factory, Raqqa, and Tabqah,” coalition spokesman Colonel Myles B. Caggins said on Twitter.

Oct 17 07:30

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – OCTOBER 17, 2019: SYRIAN ARMY ENTERING KOBANI AND RAQQA

On October 16, units of the Syrian Army entered the city of Raqqah for the first time since 2014. The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) has controlled the city since 2017, when they with help from the United States seized it from ISIS. The Syrian Army reportedly established several observation posts in the area and continued deployment within the SDF-held area.

According to pro-government sources, government troops are also preparing to enter the Omar oil fields. A day earlier, on October 15, Syrian troops and Russian Military Police units started patrolling the contact line between Turkish-backed forces and the SDF near Manbij.

On October 16, US-led coalition forces withdrew from the Kharab Ashk military base where dozens of US and French troops had been deployed. US-led forces burned the base in order to destroy equipment that they were not able to evacuate.

Oct 17 07:29

America sold over $55 billion in weapons in FY19

The U.S. sold $55.4 billion worth of weapons to allies and partners around the globe in fiscal 2019, a nearly flat change from the previous fiscal year.

Of that total, $48.25 billion came in payments from partner nations, $3.67 billion from grant assistance programs such as Foreign Military Financing and the Global Peacekeeping Operations Initiative, and $3.47 billion for cases funded under Department of Defense Title 10 grant assistance programs, such as train and equip programs or the Afghan Security Forces Fund.

In FY17, the U.S. sold $41.93 billion in Foreign Military Sales, or FMS, deals. That number jumped a dramatic 33 percent in FY18 to $55.6 billion in deals.

While another major jump did not happen in FY19, Lt. Gen. Charles Hooper, the head of the Defense Security Cooperation Agency, expressed confidence that the various efforts to reform his agency would continue to pay off.

Oct 17 07:10

How GE Screwed Over Its Retirees

Oct 17 07:08

Police confiscate firearms of Korean War veteran, 84, after waitress mishears conversation

A Korean War veteran who has served in some capacity with local law enforcement for a span of six decades had his firearms confiscated and was relieved of his duties as an elementary school crossing guard last month, after a waitress overheard what she perceived to be a "threat" in a passing conversation at a coffee shop.

Oct 17 07:08

Donald Trump Jr. hits back at critics who compare him and his siblings to Hunter Biden

Donald Trump Jr., the son of President Donald Trump, defended himself Wednesday night from critics who have sought to compare the foreign business deals of himself and his siblings to those of Hunter Biden, the son of former Vice President and current Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.

Oct 17 07:07

Samsung: Anyone's thumbprint can unlock Galaxy S10 phone

A flaw that means any fingerprint can unlock a Galaxy S10 phone has been acknowledged by Samsung.

It promised a software patch that would fix the problem.

The issue was spotted by a British woman whose husband was able to unlock her phone with his thumbprint just by adding a cheap screen protector.

When the S10 was launched, in March, Samsung described the fingerprint authentication system as "revolutionary".

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