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          Bernie Sanders Hits 1 Million Donations in Less Than Two Months      Comment   Translate Page      

Bernie Sanders Hits 1 Million Donations in Less Than Two MonthsLucy NicholsonSen. Bernie Sanders' (I-VT) 2020 campaign announced Friday that it has received one million donations since he launched his second presidential bid on Feb. 19. “We did it! The grassroots movement has made 1 millions donations and counting to the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign,” wrote the senator’s official Twitter account, accompanied by a video touting the figures. “This is how we’re going to defeat Donald Trump and transform this country.” While the campaign initially set a goal to reach the mark by the end of the first quarter, the one-million donation mile marker reflects the fundraising prowess of his operation and is another indicator that the Vermont senator is off to a faster start than his initial long-shot bid in the 2016 campaign.His campaign also hit one million donations during that previous White House bid, but it took a full five months and was announced in Sept. 2015. The Sanders team has slashed that time in half for the 2020 race.The one-million donation milestone had also been reached by both of President Barack Obama’s campaigns in 2008 and 2012. Many of the 2020 Democratic contenders have revealed their fundraising totals for the first quarter prior to the filing deadline on Monday. So far, Sanders has led with a total of $18.2 raised. Trailing him in fundraising haul are Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) with $12 million, former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-TX) with $9.4 million, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg with $7 million, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) with $6 million. Prior to Friday’s announcement, Sanders’ team also said his total came from 525,000 contributors. Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast here

           Comment on Federal Judge Attacks Trump As Adopting The Same Rhetoric and Tactics As The KKK by Mark M.       Comment   Translate Page      
You are, of course, allowed your own opinion--no matter how uninformed it reveals you to be. However, you are not allowed your own facts. In reality, President Barack HUSSEIN Obama was the greatest President of the United States and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces since Harry Truman. But more alarming to your ilk, prior to his marriage, he undoubtedly had "access" to the white women. this is to "ok, but they can have the fat ones" ronnie
           Comment on Federal Judge Attacks Trump As Adopting The Same Rhetoric and Tactics As The KKK by enigmainblackcom       Comment   Translate Page      
I kinda do want to go there. Some of the people here have apparently not seen or heard of a racist act committed by a white person since (take your pick) the end of the Civil War, the end of he Civil Rights Era, the passage of Brown v. Board, or most recently the election of Barack Obama.
           Comment on Federal Judge Attacks Trump As Adopting The Same Rhetoric and Tactics As The KKK by Anonymous       Comment   Translate Page      
An Obama appointee. No surprise.
           Comment on Federal Judge Attacks Trump As Adopting The Same Rhetoric and Tactics As The KKK by Rosalyn       Comment   Translate Page all that Democrats offer, like LBJ, Obama and Hillary, is trinkets to bribe blacks to keep them as their slave holders, their masters Blacks in Congress like Maxine Waters, Sheila Jackson Lee, now prisoner Corrine Brown, et al, love their wealth and power as they trample on people of color. Truth to power. Deal with it
           Comment on Federal Judge Attacks Trump As Adopting The Same Rhetoric and Tactics As The KKK by P. Hill       Comment   Translate Page      
You're right, 'M', it's truly laughable that Trump spent the first weekend of his presidency claiming his inaugural crowd was bigger than Obama's. We should have known then that Trump would be a very unstable president.
           Comment on General Debate 14 April 2019 by John Warren       Comment   Translate Page      
I could only read so far before the nausea overcame my resolve. This is not Ardern the humble and compassionate. This is Ardern the vain, patronising, and supremely self-serving. Ardern is anything but "fiercely intelligent", and the evidence of that abounds, particularly in QT where she is frequently minced up and spat out. As for Obama-sensei's wise, intensely profound and penetrating advice on parenting: it's for the ages, man. Geezer should write a book on it. Barf, barf and triple barf.
          Fox's Neil Cavuto dismisses the illegality of plan to send migrants to sanctuary cities because Trump is "at wits end"      Comment   Translate Page      

NEIL CAVUTO (ANCHOR): What John touched on at the beginning there, this idea that the president wants to call the Democrats out on helping him deal with this crisis at the border. So Vijay Johnson, the former Homeland Security secretary under Barack Obama, admitted on this count, this president is right. Democratic strategist, Antjuan Seawright, GOP strategist Holly Turner. Holly, the president is arguing here, this was his idea. This wasn't something that an aide tossed around and then they dismissed and apparently he's still actively considering it. If he still is actively considering it and it would be deemed illegal to do, where is this going? 

HOLLY TURNER (GOP STRATEGIST): Well, look, the president is not going to implement something that is blatantly illegal. 


TURNER: No come on Antjuan, let me talk now. The president is exploring different solutions. He's a problem solver. He wants to solve this problem. I don't see why the Democrats are upset about this. Seems like a win-win to me. Sanctuary cities get what they want, illegal aliens occupying their city borders and the rest of the country gets what they want, which is these people are not released in to their communities. So I don't really understand what the big problem is. Let the president go through the legal examination and see if it's something that's going to work out for the country. But all and all, seems like a good solution to me. 

CAVUTO: Antjuan? 

TURNER: Holly, so you're saying you're okay with doing something that Democrats and Republicans agree that is illegal? 

CAVUTO: Technically so are sanctuary cities. They're technically illegal, but go ahead. 

SEABRIGHT: Cavuto --

CAVUTO: Neil is fine. 

SEAWRIGHT: What this is, is a red meat throw towards Trump's base because he knew it would form some type of outrage, anger, frustration, the same things that Trump thrives off of every single day, and it's going to throw the news cycle all about this.

CAVUTO: Antjuan he can't win or lose no matter what he does. No, no, you were the first one to acknowledge that we've got some issues at the border to address. Would you at least acknowledge we're at the point where the president is raising this as a possible solution in the meantime because Democrats are not helping him out with anything?

SEAWRIGHT: But Neil, that's not how you get to solutions in Washington D.C. You do it by coming together, Democrats and Republicans working that a bipartisan solution that 60 percent of the American people want. 

CAVUTO: Antjuan, there's no democratic support for a wall. It's fine. I get it. 

SEAWRIGHT: That's not true. 

CAVUTO: But then you then move on to say all right, when it comes to these crowded facilities, you wanted to put -- Democrats got to agree to a cap on that. So the president is sort of locked in this position, these places are overflowing. It gets to the point where a couple of weekends ago, many had to be let out of a couple of facilities with the understanding being we would get a better procedure going forward. We don't have one. No one is finding one. What do you do? 

SEAWRIGHT: What you and I both know is that when the president really wants something, he will go to his caucus in the legislative branch and get it done. So he can instruct his caucus to work with House Democrats to come up with a solution that he will sign into law, that he will deal with immigration in a real way -- 

CAVUTO: But you didn't answer my question. Are you willing to say, all right, maybe the president -- I'm not endorsing his idea and it is illegal, but he's really at wits end. I have got to do something. I've got 100,000 such crossings to deal with. And it's out of control and no one's helping me. 


Fox regular argues closing the border is worth economic cost: "It's about time Americans in this generation were subjected to sacrifice"

On Fox, former Border Patrol chief says they don't use "cages," just "chain link fence" for "safety and security"

How Fox has been using racist, nativist, and anti-immigrant rhetoric to talk about border issues

          Presidential Moral Leadership Really Matters      Comment   Translate Page      

Maybe it’s because my family is dominated by academics, but I’m fortunate not to have any close or even remote relations that watch Fox News or regurgitate the network’s toxic talking points. A lot of people aren’t so fortunate. Luke O’Neil has collected a bunch of sob stories for a piece in the Guardian. Here’s a typical example:

I don’t watch Fox News because of course it warps your psyche, but it must have changed tone after Trump was elected. My dad slowly became even more xenophobic and angry than he used to be.

My wife and I are worried about letting our daughter stay with our respective parents, because their toxic anger and resentment is slowly becoming their entire identity. I hate what Fox News has done to almost everyone in my family. It’s absolute poison and the only thing I think is worse is that there are people who think that destroying the morals and conscience of multiple generations is worth a few more bucks. I absolutely refuse to believe that people like Hannity don’t know what they are doing.

I wish I could do something, but who has the time or energy to combat that?

This hits on a theme I often discuss, which is the destruction of people’s morals and conscience. As things have taken a darker and darker turn in our country, and really throughout the world, in the last two decades, I’ve come to see moral leadership as more and more important. I don’t think human beings are basically good or fundamentally bad, but they’re highly malleable. How they behave, even what they feel, can be influenced by whether they’re asked to be generous or resentful, welcoming or defensive, optimistic or angry.

Fox News definitely seeks to make many “bucks” by catering to people’s worst instincts, and it actually transforms people. It makes people fearful and furious. A liberal who spends all day watching MSNBC will have reasons to be anxious and upset, too, but they’ll also be receiving constant messages about the value of tolerance, inclusiveness, and care for the vulnerable. For the most part, the moral instruction is consistent with what you might hear Pope Francis say about the poor and with Martin Luther King Jr.’s aspiration that we judge people by the content of their character rather than the color of their skin.

Fox News has such a broad reach in our culture that it is measurably damaging people’s morals and conscience. It’s turning good people into bad people, much the way that civil or sectarian conflicts harden populations against each other, sometimes for centuries. But it’s still just a news outlet. It’s influence is nothing compared to the influence of Donald Trump who has transformed one of American’s two major political parties into smoldering heap of dung.

I sometimes rolled my eyes when President Obama exhorted us with moral language and insisted that America was fundamentally good, and far better than how it was presenting itself. But, just by making that effort, he incrementally made us better people. Sometimes we are blessed with the right leaders at the right time, and sometimes we seem to be plagued by poor leadership. Right now, the West seems to be lacking competent leaders, and it’s having a crippling effect here at home and also in Europe. But we’re also suffering from outright bad moral leadership in some cases.

I began my adult life as a secular-minded philosophy student, impatient with moral arguments and suspicious of leaders who spoke in moral terms. My initial problem with the Bush administration was that their reckless disregard for the truth prevented people from having reality-based conversations. I no longer see this as the primary threat we face. What I see now is a daily devolution of the basic goodness and generosity of our people. Every day this gets worse, the path back gets longer, and the prospect of societal breakdown grows.

Our next president will hopefully bring as much of the country together as possible, but what they absolutely must do is exert moral leadership to stem and reverse this tide. If they can.


          Senate Republicans Miss the Filibuster       Comment   Translate Page      

Before the filibuster was eliminated for most presidential nominees, the White House needed to negotiate with the other party to assure that their candidates were at least minimally acceptable. Without a handful of votes from the other side, there was no way to get their people confirmed. President Trump would have been laughed out of town if he suggested he might select Herman Cain and Stephen Moore to serve on the Federal Reserve board. In retrospect, the old system often saved the Senate leaders of the president’s own party from having to play the heavy. Ridiculous nominees were generally rejected internally within the White House vetting process for lack of viability. If they somehow slipped through and were sent to the Senate, the opposition party played the bad guy by rejecting them.

This system has now been upended. The Republicans in the Senate have no cover anymore if they want to deny the president a nomination. The solution is to tell the White House in advance that they should not make these nominations because they’ll be rejected.

Senate Republican leaders are sending a message to members troubled by President Donald Trump’s controversial Federal Reserve picks: Speak up.

During Tuesday afternoon’s Senate Republican lunch, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell advised senators concerned about Trump’s selection of former presidential candidate and pizza executive Herman Cain and conservative economic commentator Stephen Moore to share their views with the White House now, before Trump officially moves forward with the nominations, a source familiar with the remarks told CNN.

The basic conversation here is pretty straightforward. A Republican senator or his or her staffer calls the White House chief of staff or the congressional liaison. They tell them that if they go forward with a nomination, they cannot count on their vote. If enough Republican senators send this message to the White House, they can dissuade the nomination from going forward. The benefit to the White House is that they can avoid embarrassment. This is also a benefit to the people who are under consideration for the jobs. The benefit for the Republican senators is that they can buck their own president quietly and behind the scenes and won’t come under pressure to back someone who is manifestly unfit for the position.

You can see how uneasy the Senate Republicans are about defying the president.

In hallway interviews with nearly 20 Republican senators on Tuesday, most were reluctant to candidly discuss Cain’s potential nomination. Many said they hadn’t heard the days-old news that Trump was planning to select him. Others opted to withhold comment, while some expressed vague reservations.

Most of them are uncomfortable even discussing these nominations. Some responses lack candor and others are outright disingenuous. They want to issue to disappear, but they are the only ones who can make the issue disappear. Most of all, they’d like to avoid being put in this position in the first place:

Republicans are in a slightly better position to confirm contentious appointees than they were before the 2018 midterm elections, with their new majority of 53, but they can still afford to lose only a few votes before any nomination would be doomed.

That concern prompted Sen. John Cornyn of Texas on Tuesday to warn the White House to consult in advance with Senate leaders on nominations like these.

The Senate is supposed to provide their advice and consent to presidential nominations, and certainly the hearing process can give them that opportunity. But it’s better politics to do most of the vetting prior to making any announcements. The president clearly expects the Senate Republicans to approve anyone he nominates because it is now technically within their power to approve people with no Democratic support.

Many warned that the Senate would break if the filibuster was weakened or eliminated, and here is an example of a worst case scenario. By blocking acceptable nominations during the Obama administration just to slow down business in the Senate, Mitch McConnell forced the Democrats to find a work-around. Now the Republicans are having difficulty rejecting ludicrous candidates because the White House sees no reason not to send them forward.


          Deradicalization plan found to be total failure      Comment   Translate Page      

More Islamic terrorists released from prison after having been sent through “deradicalization” programs are returning to terrorism, reports Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin. WND reported last year that critics of Barack Obama’s decision to release five Afghan Taliban terrorists in exchange for Bowe Bergdahl, who deserted his assignment in the Middle East, warned they would return […]

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          Kim Kardashian pivots to law      Comment   Translate Page      
"First year of law school," Kim Kardashian West told US Vogue in her May cover interview, "you have to cover three subjects: criminal law, torts, and contracts." (For the record, there are a few others, too, including constitutional law and civil procedure). For Kardashian, "Torts is the most confusing, contracts the most boring, and crim law I can do in my sleep. Took my first test, I got a 100. Super easy for me."

Kardashian announced this week in the same interview that she began a four-year apprenticeship with a law firm in San Francisco last summer and wants to take the California bar exam in 2022. (She is not enrolled in law school. Under California law, aspiring lawyers can undertake an apprenticeship and if they pass the bar exam, they can practice law -- even without a law school degree).

The reality superstar's pivot to becoming a lawyer -- apparently motivated by her stated desire to do more to improve the criminal justice system, "to fight to fix it," -- has prompted a mixed response. Many have predictably derided the move as idiotic, telling her to stay in her lane. Others have called the criticism sexist, highlighting the obvious comparison between Kardashian and Reese Witherspoon's character in the 2001 movie "Legally Blonde," Elle Woods -- also initially dismissed in her law school efforts because of her looks and past persona.

The bottom line is this: Kardashian is inspiring for choosing a new path as a 38-year-old mother of three -- and she is also the nauseatingly privileged proof that in today's America, no option is off-limits for the very wealthy.

In many ways, this is the most interesting thing Kim Kardashian West has ever done. And it says a lot about the susceptibility of the public and press to her carefully-constructed image that so few saw this coming.

There are some obvious ways in which this path makes sense for Kardashian. Her father, Robert Kardashian, was a well-known lawyer, part of OJ Simpson's defense team. She has already demonstrated an interest in the law, making herself heard on criminal justice issues and playing a significant part last year in President Trump's release of Alice Marie Johnson, a 63-year-old woman who'd been in an Alabama prison on a nonviolent drug charge since 1996.

Meeting with Trump, alongside CNN commentator and activist Van Jones, plus several lawyers, Kardashian West helped persuade the President with a force of argument Jones described as "the most effective, emotionally intelligent intervention that I've ever seen in American politics." She has also worked for months with #cut50, a bipartisan advocacy group aiming to reform the criminal-justice system. Compared with some of her other ventures -- advertising dangerous slimming teas to her legions of young female fans, for example -- this looks not just like a step in a far more positive direction, but a break from the brand the Kardashian family has built over the years.

The Kardashians are described in public discourse variously as mercenary, feminist, impressive, groundbreaking, and sickeningly superficial. There are strong arguments to be made for every case, but despite so many opposing characteristics, they tend to be referred to as a monolith -- not individuals so much as component parts of a vast, unprecedented money machine.

Kim Kardashian, for years the most famous member of her family, was somehow the most Kardashian. She was the most polished, the most bankable (until sister Kylie Jenner's ascent), almost inhumanly adapted to the constant whirl of 5 a.m. workouts, three-hour makeup sessions, photo shoots and paparazzi that the machine demanded. She leaned in to the living doll persona, which the media so eagerly bestowed upon her, and as a result, many now have difficulty imagining her as anything but that.

Throughout 16 seasons of the reality show that made her family world-famous, Kim's demeanor has scarcely changed. A couple of upsetting instances aside, she has remained placid throughout, more prone to asking questions than volunteering confidences herself. When emotions ran high as Caitlin Jenner went public with her transition, Kim was often the mediator, allowing everyone their say, but intervening to defuse tense conversations when necessary.

In a way, it is her predictability that makes Kim Kardashian such comforting television. With her, you always know what you're getting. In retrospect, some of those considered responses signpost a personality that could be mesh with a career in law.

When in 2017, Kardashian described the process of identifying the men who robbed her at gunpoint in her Paris hotel room in October 2016, she was matter of fact. She itemized events without adding color or emotion, even noting that the men who had attacked her were 'pretty honest' in their recall of that night. Her most revealing comment was that it was "interesting" to know that they had been following her for over a year. She added that she was "thankful" for the experience, as it had afforded her "all the background info'"she needed on how she could protect herself in future.

Her recent foray into criminal justice also isn't the first time that digging below her contoured surface has revealed unexpected depths. Following the Parkland shooting last year, she tweeted to urge Congress to do its job and "protect Americans from senseless gun violence." She also took to Twitter in 2015 to denounce lax gun laws, after David Conley bought a gun online to kill his ex-girlfriend, her husband, and her six children, including his own son (she tweeted, "Does this not sicken you?"). She did so again after the 2017 Las Vegas music festival shooting to share an image denouncing high capacity firearms as inconsistent with the Second Amendment.

Every time she has spoken out on gun laws, Kim has been met with derogatory remarks such as, "Stick to selfies." But she has backed up her tweets. In 2016, she met with gun violence survivors from Sandy Hook and San Bernardino. For several years, she's been a creative council member of the organization Everytown For Gun Safety, which is dedicated to gun safety and fighting for legislative reform. In 2017, she recognized National Gun Violence Awareness Day by speaking out against a bill signed by Trump that revoked an Obama-era regulation. She may not always broadcast it, but Kim Kardashian does her homework.

As far as her metamorphosis from reality star into woke lawyer goes, the proof will be in the pudding. If her previous activities -- not to mention the acquisitive tendencies of her mother, Kris Jenner -- are any indication, within the next decade we will see a Kardashian law firm, capitalizing on the family name but well-stocked with qualified lawyers to ensure it goes the distance (and makes as much money as possible). For now though, as a woman whose career thus far has been fed by sex appeal and social media, Kardashian's move is a bold one, picking a direction that demands a completely different skill set, and flies in the face of expectations. When asked by Vogue what she will be remembered for, she replied aptly, "For my many talents."

          Barack Obama pays heartfelt tribute to late rapper Nipsey Hussle: 'He saw hope'      Comment   Translate Page      
A message from the former president was read at Nipsey Hussle's funeral at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Thursday.
          Obama's Anti-Islamic State Envoy: 'We Have Exposed Their Lies'      Comment   Translate Page      
The US has scored some successes against the Islamic State with the deployment of special forces. In a SPIEGEL interview, President Obama's anti-IS envoy Brett McGurk says the terrorist militia is shrinking and calls for help from NATO in battling the Islamists.
          The Legal Narrative Funnel That's Being Used To Extradite Assange      Comment   Translate Page      

Authored by Caitlin Johnstone via,

Isn’t it interesting how an Ecuadorian “asylum conditions” technicality, a UK bail technicality, and a US whistleblowing technicality all just so happened to converge in a way that just so happens to look exactly the same as imprisoning a journalist for telling the truth?

Following the arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, top UK officials all began simultaneously piping the following exact phrase into public consciousness: “No one is above the law.”

“This goes to show that in the United Kingdom, no one is above the law,” Prime Minister Theresa May told parliament after Assange’s arrest.

“Julian Assange is no hero and no one is above the law,” tweeted Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt.

“Nearly 7 years after entering the Ecuadorean Embassy, I can confirm Julian Assange is now in police custody and rightly facing justice in the UK. I would like to thank Ecuador for its cooperation and @metpoliceuk for its professionalism. No one is above the law,” tweeted Home Secretary Sajid Javid.

Over and over again that phrase showed up to be unquestioningly re-bleated by the human livestock known as the British press in all their reporting on the Assange case: No one is above the law. No one is above the law. No one is above the law. Something tells me they really want people to know that, with regard to Julian Assange, no one is above the law.

But what is “the law” in this particular case? What they are constantly referring to as “the law” with regard to Assange is in fact nothing more than a combination of ridiculous bureaucratic technicalities which can be (and have been) interpreted very differently, but are now instead being interpreted in a way which just so happens to lead to a truth-telling journalist being locked in a cage, awaiting extradition to the same government which tortured Chelsea Manning.

Now, the US is a Free Democracy™. When you are a Free Democracy™, you can’t just go around imprisoning journalists willy nilly simply for telling the truth about your government. That’s something other countries do, bad countries, the kind of country the US routinely invades in order to help spread Freedom and Democracy™. The US would never do that. But it would diddle a bunch of narratives in such a way that just so happens to achieve exactly the same result.

As we discussed yesterday, the Trump administration’s extradition request is accompanied by criminal charges which are based on the same information which the Obama administration declined to charge Assange for, a point which has been discussed in more detail in a new article by The Intercept’s Glenn Greenwald and Micah Lee. The Obama administration looked at the evidence and concluded that there was no way to charge Assange with anything without endangering press freedoms, then the Trump administration looked at literally the exact same evidence and said screw press freedoms, we’re going after him. They wanted to punish Assange and show the world what happens to a journalist who exposes US war crimes, so they changed the narrative to make it happen.

But they couldn’t extradite Assange from the UK if the British government didn’t legally have Assange in custody.

To get around this problem, the UK, which is functionally just a province within the US-centralized empire, used a bail technicality to justify his arrest. After the Swedish government decided to drop its sexual assault investigation without issuing any charges, Assange’s legal team attempted last year to get a British arrest warrant dropped for a bail violation which went into effect when the WikiLeaks founder took political asylum in the Ecuadorian embassy. The judge in that case, Emma Arbuthnot, just happens to be married to former Tory junior Defence Minister and government whip James Arbuthnot, who served as director of Security Intelligence Consultancy SC Strategy Ltd with a former head of MI6. Lady Arbuthnot denied Assange’s request with extreme vitriol, despite his argument that British law does have provisions which allow for the time he’d already served under functional house arrest to count toward far more time than would be served for violating bail. The British government kept police stationed outside the embassy at taxpayers’ expense with orders to arrest Assange on sight.

But they couldn’t arrest Assange as long as he had legal political asylum in the Ecuadorian embassy.

To get around that problem, Ecuador’s new president Lenin Moreno found himself being courted by the US government, meeting with Vice President Mike Pence and reportedly discussing Assange after US Democratic senators petitioned Pence to push for Moreno to revoke political asylum. The New York Times reported last year that in 2017 Paul Manafort met with Moreno and offered to broker a deal where Ecuador could receive debt relief aid in exchange for handing Assange over, and just last month Ecuador ended up receiving a 4.2 billion dollar loan from the Washington-based IMF. And then, lo and behold, we just so happen to see Ecuador justifying the revocation of political asylum under the absurd claim that Assange had violated conditions that were only recently invented, using narratives that were based on wild distortions and outright lies.

In this way a kind of narrative funnel was created, funneling Assange from the embassy to British police on the imaginary narrative that Assange had violated asylum conditions and that he needs to serve time for a bail violation, which in turn allows for Assange to be funneled from the UK into the US on the imaginary narrative that he broke some kind of law by trying to help Chelsea Manning cover her tracks and avoid detection, which is all made possible by the fact that the government of Australia (another province in the US-centralized empire) has refused to provide any protection for its citizen. And the end result just so happens to look the same as what you see when a journalist tries to expose malfeasance in an overtly totalitarian government.

This is called Nice Guy Fascism. With a little narrative manipulation you get to act just like a brutal totalitarian regime and then say it’s not because you’re a brutal totalitarian regime, it’s because you’re deeply deeply concerned about the adherence to a specific interpretation of the bureaucratic technicalities of bail protocol. No one is above the law. No one is above the law. No one is above the law.

They keep saying “No one is above the law,” but what they really mean is “No one is safe from the law.” Our rulers are using Assange to show that they can get anyone who tells the truth about them, even if there are laws and policies in place which ostensibly prohibit that.

Manipulators love the rule of law, because they are able to twist it toward their infernal ends. It’s always possible to squint at laws in such a way that it allows them to be interpreted to the benefit of the powerful, which is why lawyers are often horrible human beings. All the most horrific things that have been done throughout the history of civilization have been carried out not by criminals but by law-abiding citizens, because they were perfectly legal under the ruling governments of that time. Genocide, slavery, torture, the use of the atomic bomb: all perfectly legal and state-sanctioned in their time.

They want you looking at “the rule of law”. They want you fixated on it. But really “the rule of law” is nothing other than a series of mental narratives which are treated as reality by existing power structures. Assange is a prisoner by narrative, because he punched holes in the authorized narratives of the powerful. Whoever controls the narrative controls the world.

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          If South Korea Wants a Cold War with Japan, Trump Won’t Stop It      Comment   Translate Page      
If South Korea Wants a Cold War with Japan, Trump Won’t Stop It

shutterstock_1042795348This is a re-post of an essay I wrote a few weeks ago for the Lowy Institute. I am also happy to say that I was translated into Japanese, here.

So everyone knows that South Korea and Japan are having another spat – this time over compensation of Korean forced labor during the Imperial period. Korean courts have opened the door for lawsuits, while Japan continues to insist that all such claims were resolved at the time of normalization treaty. Korean officials I’ve talked with tell me that there is nothing the government can do. This is coming from the courts. I find that highly unlikely given the extreme presidentialization of the South Korean constitutional order and regular POTROK flouting of checks-and-balances.

But my concern here is that the  South Korean push on Japan on yet another issue will not lead to pushback. Trump doesn’t care about this stuff. He’s racist, dislikes allies, and gets most animated when telling them to pay more. SK conservatives, who have traditionally slowed the march to a precipice with Japan, are out of power. And Abe is burned out on this issue (‘Korea fatigue’).

So if the South Korean left genuinely wants a breach with Japan, and a slide into a cold war over Dokdo/Takeshima, Sea of Japan/East Sea, comfort women, labor reparations, and so on, then they’ll get it this time. This is very worrisome, but also a ‘useful’ social science natural experiment moment: we will learn just how far the South Korean left is willing to go on Japan, because the traditional brakes are not there this time.

The full essay follows the jump…



Relations between South Korea and Japan are spiraling downwardagain. This is a depressingly regular event. Every few years, these neighbors slide into a serious spat, driven usually by disputes over historical interpretation – the record of Japan’s colonialism in Korea from 1910 to 1945 – or territory – Dokdo to Korea, Takeshima to Japan, and the Liancourt Rocks to the rest of us. It often gets pretty nasty pretty fast, as this one is becoming too.

The commentary on this topic has been enormous (start here). Western analysts particularly tend to be flummoxed that South Korea exerts so much effort on this question, despite living flush against three dictatorships (North Korea, China, and Russia). Much international relations theory – balance of threat realism and democratic peace theory particularly – suggest that these two states should cooperate far more. But the South Koreans are simply not interested: anti-Japanism is a core nationalist narrative here. Japan has increasingly responded in kind.

There is no need to go over all these details again (my own thinking is here). This time the fight is over wartime compensation for Korean forced labor in wartime Japan (here is the movie version which pretty well captures the South Korean national attitude on this issue). The Korean side is now threatening to even expropriate Japanese corporate assets in South Korea to pay these claims.

The morality of this South Korean claim is arguable, but suffice to say that Japan will not accept these claims. It is threatening to respond, starting with tariffs on Korean products and restricting market access, and likely threatening to block any later South Korean accession to the CPTPP.

My concern here however is the lack of the usual brakes on these spirals, specifically the American administration and South Korean conservatives.

Trump Won’t Bother


The primary brake on these disputes has traditionally been the Americans. Indeed, the Americans have often been the informal umpire of this dispute, particularly for the South Korean side. South Koreans and Korean-Americans have made a concerted effort to ‘win’ American opinion to their cause on Japan by erecting comfort women statues in the United States, lobbying to change the name of the Sea of Japan to the East Sea in US textbooks and maps, and bringing the issue up directly in bilateral talks with the Americans. Many South Koreans over the years here have told me that the US should push Japan much harder on these questions.

The Japanese initially sought to ignore this, but the South Korean effort has been successful enough, that Japan now routinely protest these changes.

The American government’s position is officially neutrality, but increasingly that is difficult. The US has been forced to intervene repeatedly. President Barack Obama explicitly met with South Korean President Park Geun-Hye and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to bridge a split three years ago. US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi asked current South Korean President Moon Jae-In this year on his visit to Washington to avoid breach with Japan.

But with Donald Trump now in the presidency, it is unclear if he is willing to do the same. Trump is famously disdainful of US allies. His primary interest in Japan has been trade tariffs, car imports, and getting nominated for a Nobel Prize. His primary interest in South Korea has been demanding increased payment for US security guarantees. He has been burned in dealing Korea to date over the Northern nuclear program. Trump is also a racist. It is unlikely that he cares much if America’s Asian allies tear each other.

South Korea’s Conservatives are Out of Power


The other traditional constraint on deterioration is the presence of conservatives and national security hawks in South Korea’s government. The South Korean right has long shared a basic hawkish alignment preference for the US and Japan, in opposition to North Korea, the Soviet Union in the past, and China today.

In a curious reversal of traditional left-right political patterns, the South Korean right is the ‘internationalist’ bloc, while the South Korean left is the nationalist one. It is the South Korean left, for example, which has emphasized the common ‘Koreanness’ between North and South Korea and has sought various breakthroughs with Pyongyang over the decades. Conversely, it is the South Korean right which has emphasized an international ideological alignment of South Korea with other liberal, democratic and anti-communist states, most obviously the US and Japan.

It must also be said that many South Korean conservatives are descended from the founder fathers of South Korea, many of whom were collaborators with the Japanese empire. This remains a thorny issue of nationalist contention in South Korea.

Whatever the background issues, the point is that the South Korean right has often tried to maintain a basic working relationship with Japan and avoid an open breach over divisive, highly politicized historical issues. Former President Park, for example, sought to put to rest the comfort women dispute with a deal several years ago.

The South Korean left rejects this outreach and emphasizes, often with great militancy, Japan’s need to apologize continuously. The current leftist president has abandoned Park’s comfort women deal and has made no effort to head off the emerging legal battle of reparatory confiscations of Japanese corporate assets. The South Korean right has been left carping on the sidelines.

Thomas Friedman has long argued that US ties allow centrists in the Middle East to defeat their maximalists by insisting that Washington ties their hands. I believe the same is the case in South Korea and Japan. Maximalists on both sides – often NGOs and ‘citizens groups’ – would drive the relationship to the brink, but US pressure, often behind the scenes, acted as a critical brake. Centrist elites who lacked the courage to directly challenge maximalists could blame their restraint on the Americans.

This no longer operates and is particularly relevant for South Korea, as the forced labor compensation issue here is driving the current downswing. If this drive in South Korea picks up national momentum, the Moon government may not be able to stop it. Indeed, the Moon government may not want to, and Trump likely does not care enough to bother to intervene. We could be racing toward a real cliff here.

Japanese colleagues and friends have long asked me if the South Koreans actually want a breach, a genuinely competitive or cold war-like relationship with Japan. I have always thought that was not the case, and I still believe a majority of South Koreans want a better relationship – but they fear saying this publicly given intense nationalist emotions on this question. We may now found out just how far South Korea is willing to go. Its president is publicly aggressive on Japanese historical issues; a new historical issue – wartime labor – has just arisen and is sliding quickly into the standard nationalist framing of relations with Japan; the Japanese prime minister is a conservative exhausted with the Korea question; and the Trump administration is checked out on this issue. Yikes.

Robert E Kelly
Assistant Professor
Department of Political Science & Diplomacy
Pusan National University




           Comment on Might Deport Later by William Teach       Comment   Translate Page      
So if an illegal alien hurts or kills you, a family member, or a friend, you're good with that? Or ruins their life through identity theft? Which wouldn't have happened if they weren't in the country. Even Obama knew to deport illegals. But, hey, tell us again how Dems aren't for Open Borders.
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I am hereby awarding my 2019 Award for the “Best Use of Alinsky’s Rule #4: "Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules" to President Trump. I know it’s still early but the President’s plan to resettle “refugees” in sanctuary cities cannot be topped.

In one short tweet he’s exposed every progressive twit in America, along with all their talking points, for the pack of hypocritical NIMBYs they are.

Because every Progressive Democrat worth their salt has gone on record praising the virtues of “undocumented” immigrants, who they refuse to call “illegal.” How many times have they told us that all immigration is good and more immigration is even better? How many times have they told us that there is no such thing as an illegal human, that there is no distinction between legal and illegal immigration? And if you disagree you are worse than Hitler.

“Everyone is welcome in California”- Gavin Newsome

“We offer a home to immigrants, that’s who we are”- Elizabeth Warren

“Bring these people out of the shadows” –  Kamala Harris

“Immigration is not a security issue…there is no such thing as an illegal human.” – Kirsten Gillibrand

Yet offer to give them what they claim they want and they will accuse you of “dumping” - their word, not the President’s – refugees in their back yard, of using immigrant/refugees as “props” to “punish political enemies.”  Be careful now progs, your slip is showing. I mean, refugees never used to be considered “props used to punish political enemies,” not when Obama targeted small towns to resettle Syrian refugees.

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Rural folks in Montana are pushing back against plans by urban elites to plant hundreds of Muslims from the Third World into Helena and Missoula. They plan a protest rally at 10 a.m. Monday in front of the county courthouse in Missoula.

So how, I ask you, can salt of the earth immigrants possibly be used as props? How can sending these cities, run by enlightened progressives, more of the very people they say they welcome with open arms be considered a punishment? Unless, as Obama said, you mean they’re being punished with a baby - or babies as the case may be.

Otherwise I don’t see how you can possible object to President Trump’s offer to resettle these human beings in some of the finest cities in America. It sure seems better than holding them in cages like Obama did, before eventually transferring them to what Progressives consider “hell holes” in flyover America like Podunk Iowa, South Dakota, Montana and Nebraska.

Instead Trump’s refugees will get to enjoy all the privileges of living in  LA, San Francisco, New York, Chicago, Philadelphia and Boston. There they will be able to avail themselves of all the finest medical care public money can buy in their overburdened emergency rooms, enjoy the finest education in their overloaded schools and overwhelm their overtaxed social services system.

I would have to say, well played Mr. President. Even Mr. Alinsky would have to commend your gamesmanship.

“The American people have resoundingly rejected this Administration’s toxic anti-immigrant policies, and Democrats will continue to advance immigration policies that keep us safe and honor our values.”


Have they, Nancy?

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Would anyone like to seriously discuss immigration reform now? Maybe, now that MSM even acknowledges we might have a slight problem at the border: 'Breaking point': Mainstream media outlets change their tune on border crisis amid illegal immigration surge.

          Revealed: Two Decades Before College Admissions Scandal, The Clintons Tried To Game System For Chelsea’s Boyfriend      Comment   Translate Page      
And when people wouldn’t go along with them, they made them pay. Via Washington Examiner: Bill and Hillary Clinton tried to bully a prestigious scholarship program into selecting Chelsea Clinton’s then-boyfriend and then sought “payback” when they were resisted, according to a former top foreign policy adviser to Barack Obama. The episode took place nearly […]
          Pete Buttigieg and the viral allure of the charming politician      Comment   Translate Page      

Pete Buttigieg has a certain familiarity to him.

The South Bend mayor doesn't come across as just another politician. He doesn't pretentiously talk down to Americans. He doesn't maintain a rigid air of professionalism or keep his personal life and his interests to himself. Buttigieg instead makes every effort to be incredibly transparent, personable, and down-to-earth.

He is, quite frankly, an exceptionally charming guy. In the past few weeks, as he's gained popularity in his bid for the presidency in 2020, he's reminded many people of a certain former president: Barack Obama.

A campaign sign explains how to pronounce Buttigieg.

A campaign sign explains how to pronounce Buttigieg.

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If the healthcare issue is due for a revival, as President Donald Trump is indicating, then it’s worth recalling, and seeking to learn from, some of the pitfalls that befell the big and ambitious healthcare plan of his predecessor, Barack Obama.
          NOT ONLY DO WE AGREE ON THE RULES WE AGREE ON THE POLICIES:      Comment   Translate Page      
Our Political Fights Are Bad Because We Don't Agree on the Rules (JIM GERAGHTY, April 12, 2019, National Review)

One of the reasons our politics is so contentious and angry is that we can't agree on what the rules are. Some of us want to argue that certain policies are good and certain policies are bad. But a vocal chunk of Americans don't really care about what the policies are; they would much rather argue that their side is right. They don't care if these are the same policies or comparable to those they denounced earlier. The system is clogged with bad-faith arguments, hypocrisy, and flip-flopping.

What do most Americans and most American policymakers think of running trillion-a-year deficits? It depends upon whether their party's president is the one running up the debts. When the other guys are in power, it's reckless endangerment of our children's future. When their own guys are in power, it's a necessary step to ensure economic growth.

When someone prominent is accused of a crime, is the bigger concern the rights of the accused and the burden of proof, or the rights of the victim to have her account heard and for the crime to be punished? For many people, it depends upon the partisan status of the person accused. Some people believed the accusations against Brett Kavanaugh instantly and adamantly insisted his confirmation to the Supreme Court was a great injustice; some of those same people take little interest in the women accusing Virginia lieutenant governor Justin Fairfax -- and some people reversed their responses in the other direction.

The antiwar movement around Iraq and Afghanistan proved to be an anti-Bush movement; once Obama was in office, the protests grew more sparse and less covered. When one side's leaders take military action, it's protecting Americans in a dangerous world; when the other side's leaders take military action, it's irresponsible warmongering.

For many Americans, when the side they like uses heated rhetoric, it's speaking truth to power. When the side they don't like uses heated rhetoric, it's hate speech and dangerous incitement.

We have so few policy differences at the End of History that all we have left to argue about is which sneeches have star bellies. After all, the deficit doesn't matter; Bret Kavanaugh is indistinguishable from Merrick Garland judicially; and we all agree that Saddam needed to be removed.

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From Rep. Meadows email: "As many of you know, several of my colleagues and I have been deeply involved in making sure we get to the bottom of how exactly the Mueller probe started. Americans deserve to know the truth. Remember: the Russian dossier was fake, the FISA system was rampantly abused, the ‘intelligence’ used by the Department of Justice and FBI was biased and inaccurate, and DOJ and FBI executives used leaks and the media to peddle the collusion conspiracy theory all along."

And it is going to be pursued and pursued and pursued during the 2019 - 2020 election cycle by the Republicans. Our never ending election cycle......

As David Swanson said, the Democrats picked the one candidate that could lose to Trump and then picked the one issue that would blow up on them in the next election. And the Obama administration DOJ, FBI and CIA have a lot to answer for, not to mention the DNC and Clinton campaign. Probably charges are going to come their way. Maybe Clapper will finally go to jail. He belongs there for lying under oath to Congress many years ago, but Obama DOJ did nothing about that.

And of course, our corporate media will pay no price at all for all this bullshit. Maddow alone has made millions peddling this garbage.

And meanwhile, a real journalist, Assange, is in prison for publishing the truth. And Manning is in prison again for leaking the truth. They should be celebrated heroes not in prison. They should be the ones on our TVs. But that would be like hoping the Democratic party members would actually read the leaked DNC and Podesta emails. Just not going to happen - I guess because the American people would rather stay stupid and not think at all.

          Tens of thousands mourn Nipsey Hussle. But his memorial service was all about South L.A. [Video]      Comment   Translate Page      
Ermias "Nipsey Hussle" Asghedom's hearse covered with the Eritrean flag as his older brother, Samiel, and loved ones, are by his side. Even in death, Nipsey is still putting Eritrea on the map. RIP Hawey. 

Tens of thousands mourn Nipsey Hussle. But his memorial service was all about South L.A.

By Angel Jennings | Los Angeles Times

Nipsey Hussle, the Grammy-nominated rapper who never abandoned his ’hood, made his final victory lap around Los Angeles on Thursday — a star-studded event that was bathed in blackness.

The family of the 33-year-old, who was shot to death March 31, gave the rights to stream a three-hour memorial service at Staples Center to BET and Tidal, the music streaming service owned by rap mogul Jay Z.

Instead of relying solely on Los Angeles police, the family used members of the Nation of Islam to handle their personal security and control the crowd along a lengthy procession through South Los Angeles.

It was an event the likes of which the city has never quite seen. For 25 miles, bystanders lined the streets snapping photos, releasing balloons and throwing flowers at the hearse as it passed. In some places, people climbed utility poles and buildings, including Slauson Donuts, to get a better view. So many mourners flooded the streets that the procession was stopped periodically in gridlock.

And at the end of this tour, the family put Hussle’s body in the hands of Angelus Funeral Home — a staple of a black-owned business off Crenshaw Boulevard.

Tens of thousands of fans, many of them dressed in blue and white, came out Thursday to grieve and celebrate the life of Hussle — a beloved hometown hero whose music and community activism reverberated from Los Angeles to his father’s homeland of Eritrea.

“He is the prophetic voice of all in that community,” Minister Louis Farrakhan, the Nation of Islam leader, told the crowd at Staples Center. “He lived the gang life, but he didn’t stay there. He lived the life of the ’hood, but he rose above the pull of gravity. Ermias was more than a hip-hop artist: He was a voice; he was a brilliant mind, and the spirit of God was in his life.”

Born Ermias Joseph Asghedom, Hussle was gunned down in broad daylight outside his clothing store off Slauson Avenue. Police say it was most likely a personal grudge and not gang ties that led to his death. An acquaintance named Eric Holder has been charged with murder.

Thursday’s daylong tribute to Hussle started with a morning memorial service at 21,000-seat Staples Center and ended with a 25.5-mile procession through streets lined with people on foot, on motorcycles and doing wheelies on ATVs.

Free tickets for the service — attended by a who’s who of black entertainment, including Stevie Wonder and Snoop Dogg — were gone within minutes. The only other time Staples Center has been used to memorialize an entertainer was in 2009, when Michael Jackson died.

Hussle, who in his rap lyrics and interviews said that he was a member the Rollin’ 60s Crips gang, had left that lifestyle behind, but he never left his Hyde Park neighborhood or its people, speakers reminded the crowd. He was a frequent face in the L-shaped strip mall that he owned and where he opened the Marathon Clothing store. He hired felons. And he was on a mission to revitalize his struggling neighborhood.

“He put his heart and soul on Crenshaw and Slauson,” said his brother, Samiel Asghedom.

The service began almost an hour late Thursday morning, as thousands of fans waited in line outside Staples Center. Inside, an image of the slain rapper — bathed in shades of blue — was projected large on a center screen and flanked by identical images of him dressed in all white, with palm trees stretched high in the sky behind him. Fans — some wearing shirts from Hussle’s clothing brand with “Crenshaw” scribbled on the front — filled the cavernous space.

Before speakers climbed onstage, the lights inside were kept dim as the title track from Hussle’s Grammy-nominated album “Victory Lap” played. But the solemn tone quickly transformed into a concert vibe as people jumped to their feet and erupted in screams. Music blared from speakers, and the glare of cellphones illuminated the darkness as the crowd shouted the slain rapper’s name.

The sea of people pulsed with the music.

Those in the crowd rose to their feet as the DJ shouted, “The victory lap continues,” an homage to Hussle’s motto. If there was any doubt if this was going to be an event of mourning or jubilation, the DJ set the tone and kept shouting “Celebration!”

The crowd responded with chants of “Nipsey! Nipsey! Nipsey!”

Throughout the service, family and friends shared touching and often humorous memories of Hussle.

His father, Dawit Asghedom, spoke of how strong his son was, saying how he was born with his umbilical cord around his neck but pulled through.

Fellow rapper Snoop Dogg recalled how he and Hussle created a bond over music and entrepreneurship. “He had vision for me that I didn’t even have for myself,” he said.

Kameron Carter, the son of Hussle’s girlfriend, Lauren London, and rapper Lil Wayne, wore a cobalt blue suit and matching tie as he took the stage. His mother, dressed all in white, and Hussle’s other children looked on as the boy spoke.

“On the night of April 2, I had a dream. I was in paradise, and I was playing in the ocean water when Ermias popped up right behind me. He said, ‘What up, Killa?’ I turned around and yelled his name and gave him a hug,” Kameron, 9, said. “I realized Ermias told me what heaven was like; he told me it was paradise.”

As they stood onstage, Hussle’s 2-year-old son, Kross Asghedom, grabbed the microphone, put it to his mouth and grinned.

In giving her own eulogy, London said she had “never felt this type of pain before.”

“I know everybody is hurting, but I’d like to say something to my city of Los Angeles,” she concluded after a few minutes. “If you’re from L.A., stand up. This pain is ours. We know what it meant to us. We lost an incredible soul. We lost somebody very rare to us. We lost a real one and we won’t ever be the same, but … the marathon continues.”

In perhaps the biggest surprise of the morning, publicist Karen Civil read a letter from a man many in the black community have dubbed their “forever POTUS” — former President Barack Obama.

“While most folks look at the Crenshaw neighborhood where he grew up and see only gangs, bullets, and despair, Nipsey saw potential,” Obama wrote.

“He saw hope. He saw a community that, even through its flaws, taught him to always keep going. His choice to invest in that community rather than ignore it.”

In his eulogy, Farrakhan used Hussle’s tragic ending as a rallying cry for rival gang members to honor Hussle and abandon the street life.

“He walked among the blue with a heart full of red, and all the colors in between, because his life was for unity,” he said. “His homecoming will be a life call for us to get up from where we are and be a new man and new woman.”

Later, Hussle’s body, carried in a silver hearse, made its way down Vermont Avenue to Watts, where Nipsey spent some of his formative years and honed his craft at the Watts Towers Arts Center, and through Inglewood, through Hyde Park and finally up Crenshaw to the funeral home.

The procession was quintessentially L.A., full of flashy cars performing show-offy maneuvers. At 49th Street, a lowrider car tilted onto one side. Other cars sped and swerved as passengers dangled precariously out of open windows, some waving programs from the memorial service.

Marie Durrah watched the service on TV, then came out to see the procession. She grew up on 67th Street in Crenshaw, which would later become Hussle’s turf.

“It was beautiful in its own right,” said Durrah, 53, who works for the county. “Different neighborhoods gathering together to pay homage to someone who did a lot for his community.”


(Times staff writers Cindy Chang, Julia Wick, Alexa Diaz, Richard Winton, Alejandra Reyes-Velarde and Jaclyn Cosgrove contributed to this report.)

          DR BOYCE WATKINS New Book: IF 'NIPSEY HUSSEL' Had Been MURDERED BY A WHITE MAN Who Was Tied To The MOST MURDEROUS ORGANIZATION OF BLACK PEOPLE In The Past 100 YearsShooting Him 6 TIMES As Nipsey BEGGED FOR HIS LIFE And Then Finally KICKING HIM IN THE HEAD As His Black Body Laid On The Ground, His Life Evaporating Away      Comment   Translate Page      

Dr Boyce Watkins Shares One FLAW/FRAUD With "The Nation Of Islam":



The Hardest Undergrad Class That I Ever Took Was ECONOMETRICS.


BEFORE I Go On My 5 Mile Walks With My Dog Both Days Of The Weekend I TAKE One "Naproxen Sodium" Tablet So My Knees Don't Hurt For The Rest Of The Day.


  • Take 1 Caplet Every 8 To 12 Hours Wile Symptoms Last
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How Did BARACK OBAMA Managed To:




(Now That They Are Out Of POWER) Dr Boyce CLAIMS He Does Not Like THE OBAMA'S Because "They Are NOW Doing NOTHING FOR BLACK PEOPLE".

Dr Boyce Calls MICHELLE OBAMA An "Uncle Tom" - Like OPRAH


NOTE: I have a stack of recent "NY Times" papers piled up that I need to rifle through in order to find the article about the WHITE MAN who convinced his publishing company that BY PAYING THE OBAMA'S A HANDSOME ADVANCE that there are enough WHITE LIBERALS and "WE ARE IN THE WHITE HOUSE NEGROES" who would MAKE HER BOOK a BEST SELLER - even though she NEVER TELLS US HOW SHE FELT when HER HUSBAND RAN A COUP IN LIBYA - with FULL KNOWLEDGE that the BLACK RACIAL SERVICES MACHINE that is focusing on POLICE VIOLENCE AGAINST BLACK PEOPLE would LOOK THE OTHER WAY about a US COUP along with THE UK, ITALY AND FRANCE in an AFRICAN NATION

This May Be A REPRINT In "The Australian" Newspaper But They Have A PAYWALL So I Can't Access The Article

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          Sen. Kamala Harris Says She’s Not An ‘Obama Democrat’      Comment   Translate Page      
The California Senator is being her own person.   Sen. Kamala Harris has been out on the campaign trail for what will be an epic battle to win the Democratic primary for president. She was one of many candidates who must decide if they want to distance themselves from former President Barack Obama or align themselves with him. […]
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          William Barr Receives Eight Criminal Referral Letter from Congress for Comey, Strzok, and McCabe (HA Goodman)      Comment   Translate Page      


Grand Jury Indicts Former Obama Counsel Greg Craig for Mueller Probe Link to Paul Manafort

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, April 14th, 2019.]
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Karan pita Ajsel sta joj je Alejna uradila da je toliko naljutilo? Nihal ponovo kuje planove sa svojom majkom sta ce i kako izaci iz problema u koje je zapala. Ajsel pocinje pametno razmisljati da nikog ne povrijedi ali da se polaho osvećuje osobama koje su je jako povrijedile. Alejna saznavsi istinu svojih roditelja napusta ...
          La prossima mossa dell’amministrazione Trump sarà andare in guerra?      Comment   Translate Page      
Da quando Mr. MAGA è arrivato alla Casa Bianca, sono rimasto stupito dal livello di pura stupidità e, francamente, dall’immoralità di questa amministrazione. Obama è stato quasi altrettanto incompetente e
          College students and alum outraged and 'shaking' that Mike Pence will speak at commencement      Comment   Translate Page      

The picture of the aggrieved and trembling college student unable to cope with hearing unpleasant things, or simply things with which they disagree, is fast becoming the face of higher education in the United States. It is therefore not a surprise that the invitation of Vice President Mike Pence to speak on a campus might result in some safe space complaining.

It is perhaps somewhat a surprise that, in this case, it's an evangelical Christian school: Taylor University. In the VP's own state of Indiana.

After it was announced that the Vice President of the United States would give the graduating students the honor of high office at their commencement, some students, and even alum and parents, went into meltdown. PJ Media's Tyler O'Neil has their reactions.

Naturally, there was a petition.

"Inviting Vice President Pence to Taylor University and giving him a coveted platform for his political views makes our alumni, faculty, staff and current students complicit in the Trump-Pence Administration's policies, which we believe are not consistent with the Christian ethic of love we hold dear," Alex Hoekstra, a former staffer for President Barack Obama and a 2007 Taylor University graduate, said in the petition.

Others proved more angry and visceral.

"I have never been made to feel so physically ill by an email before. Taylor University, you should be ashamed of yourselves," Claire Hadley, who graduated from Taylor in 2015, began in a long Facebook post. "I am physically shaking. The fact that the school who claims to love and support me, and each of it's [sic] students and alum, would invite such a vile individual to speak on the most important day of the year??"

"VP Pence is no friend of mine. He does not support me. He does not support equality," Hadley declared. "He does not uphold the values that are at the very core of the church, my own faith, and I would hope, of this University. He is rooted in hate. To stand beside President Trump would have been enough to put him on my watch list." She argued that Mike Pence "only values you if you fit in his very narrow, white, straight, box."

"Taylor University, I feel personally attacked," she concluded. "Please, I'm begging you. Don't do this."
Lindsey Snyder, a 2014 graduate, said she emailed Taylor University President Lowell Haines. "This invitation gravely concerns me, because whether intentional or not, it is politicizing Taylor University, aligning the school with the current administration," she reported writing. "Many current and former Taylor students are adamantly against some of Pence's stances and will no doubt feel unsafe at their own graduation. Even if it was someone less controversial than Pence, having a political figure speak at commencement alights unnecessary and grievous conflict."

There is so much more. Not everyone had the same reaction, and some among the student body and the alumni have responded. On Saturday, O'Neil reported that a counter-petition has been launched, and is picking up steam.

O'Neil spoke with one graduate, Kevin Holtsberry of the class of '94, who told him "Inviting the sitting vice president of the United States, and former Indiana governor and congressman, to speak at commencement is not an attack on students, faculty or alumni with differing political views or opinions about Mike Pence," Kevin Holtsberry.

The fact that these students at a Christian university in middle America, in the state where Pence was the governor not that long ago, shows just how far the "woke" college experience has extended. It's not just coastal elites. It's right in your backyard.

          Barack Obama Pays Tribute To Nipsey Hussle In Open Letter: “Nipsey Saw Potential. He Saw Hope.”      Comment   Translate Page      
Barack Obama wrote a letter to the late Nipsey Hussle that was read at the funeral.
          well, here it is again... damn...       Comment   Translate Page      
Saturday yowls and roars, most beloved and beautiful KitKats... yes, the world appears to still be spinning... whatever ... this Big Cat is experiencing a flashback... at fifteen she walked out of high school, as she's explained before... well, with the recent EXPOSE' of congress, the sheer monumental stupidity this Big Cat [kindergartners are smarter] is witnessing everyday by most of the congressional establishment critters -- as exampled by the AG Barr CIRCUS CIRCUS dumber-than-dumb questioning display... Barr, who actually has some real brain power, ran proverbial circles around these idiot-tards ... PLUS, the endless, stomach-turning, hell-level corruption ... the fact that most in congress could care less about WE REAL AMERICANS ... yeah, the Kougar wants to walk out again -- just given the complete insult to her intelligence, which high school was... and given the absolute oppression-suppression, the LACK OF FREEDOM, the stay-in-the-box YOU HAVE TO THINK/BELIEVE THIS WAY .... well, here it is again... damn... 



SHATTERED: Mount Vernon Exposes Politico’s Very Fake News Story About Trump’s Visit To George Washington’s Estate


Ecuadorian Government Websites Hacked and Taken Offline Over Julian Assange Arrest

Ecuadorian Government Websites Hacked and Taken Offline Over Julian Assange Arrest

Mapping Armaggedon: Earth's looming tsunamis and mega-quakes...


Further, the horror perpetrated against Native American children... the sheer persecution-brutality against the Bundy family and the good patriots involved in helping them ... may the perpetrators get what's coming to them... now! 



Prior to the removal of the page, Correa lambasted his successor in a series of posts

Facebook has unpublished the page of Ecuador’s former president, Rafael Correa, the social media giant confirmed on Thursday, claiming that the popular leftist leader violated the company’s security policies. 

"...Since 2015, Correa—who lives with his family in Brussels, Belgium—had used the social platform to great effect, using strongly-worded posts, video interviews, and live-streams as a platform amid the Ecuadorean media’s de facto blackout of the former leader, who remains reviled by the center-right former opposition and sections of the country’s left.
Former President Correa minced no words in his assessment of Moreno, denouncing him in an English-language tweet as “the greatest traitor in Ecuadorian and Latin American history … Moreno is a corrupt man, but what he has done is a crime that humanity will never forget.” ...


Trump Fires Off Late Night Tweet – Calls Democrats’ Open Border Policies “TREASONOUS”

President Trump fired off a late night tweet Wednesday, calling the actions taken by Democrats to keep the borders wide open, “TREASONOUS.”

Thank you, President Trump for calling it what it is!
“I think what the Democrats are doing with the Border is TREASONOUS. Their Open Border mindset is putting our Country at risk. Will not let this happen!” Trump said in a tweet.

There is a huge crisis at the US-Mexico border with record number of illegal aliens flooding into the United States.
Asylum seekers are being released into communities because of dangerous “catch and release” policies and Congress refuses to act.
No doubt these caravans of illegals are being funded by open border zealots looking to destroy US sovereignty.
Multiple caravans full of military-aged Central Americans and other migrants from all over the world are currently marching to the US border where they will seek asylum then be released into the US.

Rio Grande Valley (RGV) Sector Chief Patrol Agent Rodolfo Karisch said that in his sector alone, border agents have captured people trying to enter the country illegally from more than 50 different countries, including Turkey, China, Bangladesh, Egypt and Romania. “People are traveling across hemispheres to attempt to illegally enter the U.S., using the same pathways as the Central Americans,” he told lawmakers.
“Karisch noted that Border Patrol has apprehended more families illegally crossing the border in the first five months of fiscal 2019 than during all of fiscal 2018,” Fox News reported. “Customs and Border Protection (CBP) apprehended more than 76,000 migrants across the border in February and said it was on track to apprehend more than 100,000 in March. In the Rio Grande Valley alone, Karisch said that at current pace, they would have more than 260,000 apprehensions in his sector by the end of fiscal 2019. There were 162,000 in RGV last year. He also said that his agents apprehend, on average, 1,000 people a day.”
President Trump declared a national emergency in February to secure funding for a border wall, however, the insanely dangerous asylum laws are causing the biggest surge of illegal aliens flooding over the border.
Despite nearly 100,000 illegal invaders being apprehended by border patrol in the month of March alone, Democrats continue to give comfort and aid to the invaders by refusing to stop the border surge.
Judge Richard Seeborg on Monday blocked President Trump’s policy of returning asylum seekers to Mexico as they wait their turn for an immigration judge to hear their cases.
Judge Seeborg, an Obama appointee in San Francisco, granted a request by a civil liberties group that sued the Trump Administration on behalf of 11 asylum seekers from Central America.
Trump is right — what the Democrats are doing with the border is treasonous.


WIKILEAKS claims 'extortion' over leaked Assange footage... 


Breaking the internet: New regulations imperil global network... 


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Dear Savannah, 

You can’t make this up.
Yesterday I went to the Attorney General’s Office in New Hampshire to give them proof of voter fraud.  An admission from an Atkinson man who voted twice in the same election in two different states.

You can view the video HERE.
How did they respond?
They handed me and my executive producer a grand jury subpoena.  
Did the summons mention anything about voter fraud or double voting?  Of course not. 
We are now ordered to appear before a grand jury in Hillsborough County, New Hampshire for an investigation.

Our journalists found a man who admitted to double voting.  Breaking the law!
Now, the response of the AG’s office isn’t to investigate the double voter, but instead our operations.
I will not budge.  I will not capitulate.  And I will not cave to this political pressure.
I will keep releasing voter fraud videos in New Hampshire and I will not be not be intimidated by the misguided use of the grand jury process to try and prevent our lawful investigative journalism.
I'm not asking for your money, I'm asking for your help.
Please help me put pressure on the New Hampshire Attorney General's Office to investigate this voter fraud case right now.  
Please call their investigator Robert J. Sullivan at:603-271-1182
Or you can email him
Tell him the following:
Please investigate Robert A. Bell for admitting to voting twice.  Why did you subpoena James O'Keefe, the journalist, instead of subpoenaing the person who voted twice? 
Be Brave!
James O’Keefe



Chinese cops send people to ‘concentration camps’ if they’re found with Facebook on phones during random stop and searches

Western social media is banned in China’s Xinjiang region where police are accused of seizing phones and installing spyware

"...Offenders are said to be sent to "re-education" camps to clamp down on social media use.
Mandatory spyware is downloaded onto citizen’s phones to restrict what citizens can access.
And police check mobiles for evidence of foreign social media apps like Twitter or WhatsApp.
Xinjiang is home to 11 million Uighurs - one of China’s fifty-five ethnic minorities who have their own language and mainly practice Islam.
The Chinese government is accused of routinely targeting citizens of the region with “counter-terror” measures and brutal policing.
Kasim, who claims to be a Xinjiang native, shared what he says are secretly taken pictures inside the secretive region, which the Chinese government restricts access to by outsiders.
He says he used special software to bypass the government's censors and post the images on Twitter.
And he said living in China is “like Nazi Germany” and likened the Chinese Communist Party to ISIS..."


Your car is watching you. Who owns the data?

Computers on wheels raise thorny questions about data privacy

If you’re driving a late model car or truck, chances are that the vehicle is mostly computers on wheels, collecting and wirelessly transmitting vast quantities of data to the car manufacturer not just on vehicle performance but personal information, too, such as your weight, the restaurants you visit, your music tastes and places you go.
A car can generate about 25 gigabytes of data every hour and as much as 4,000 gigabytes a day, according to some estimates. The data trove in the hands of car makers could be worth as much as $750 billion by 2030, the consulting firm McKinsey has estimated. But consumer groups, aftermarket repair shops and privacy advocates say the data belongs to the car’s owners and the information should be subject to data privacy laws.
Yet Congress has yet to pass comprehensive federal data privacy legislation. And although Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi, chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, has said he would like to see federal privacy legislation passed by the end of the year, it is unclear if that goal can be met.
Financial technology is changing how we do business, and regulators are trying to catch up


Ex-FBI Lawyer James Baker Refuses to Answer Rep. Meadows When Asked if Multiple Trump Associates Were Targeted With FISA Warrants

Ex-FBI Lawyer James Baker Refuses to Answer Rep. Meadows When Asked if Multiple Trump Associates Were Targeted With FISA Warrants


VIDEO: WikiLeaks Editor-in-Chief Warns Other Journalists About the Serious Precedent Being Set if Julian Assange is Extradited

VIDEO: WikiLeaks Editor-in-Chief Warns Other Journalists About the Serious Precedent Being Set if Julian Assange is Extradited


KA-CHING! Socialist Bernie Sanders, Who Owns Three Houses, Admits He’s a Millionaire

KA-CHING! Socialist Bernie Sanders, Who Owns Three Houses, Admits He’s a Millionaire

          The Collusion Delusion Boomerang      Comment   Translate Page      
  Democrats and the media (but I repeat myself) have still not recovered from Attorney General William Barr’s testimony Wednesday that he believes “spying did occur” in 2016, and that he intends to investigate the Obama administration’s surveillance of the Trump campaign. That word “spying” seemed to have a traumatic effect on Democrats, and their […]

          Barr asserts ‘spying did occur’ on 2016 Trump campaign      Comment   Translate Page      
Attorney General William Barr has insinuated that the Obama administration possibly spied on Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, suggesting that he will...
          REPORT: Attorney Requests WH Security Clearance Applications Of Obama Era-Senior Advisers      Comment   Translate Page      

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           Comment on Democrats wrong on Trump tax returns by Brian Marshall       Comment   Translate Page      
I think the entire excuse for the looking into the presidents tax affairs is that they want to make sure that presidents don’t get preferential treatment. If it was genuine, then they should have been looking at Obama’s first.
          Åtal väntas mot ex-rådgivare till Barack Obama      Comment   Translate Page      
President Barack Obamas tidigare juridiske rådgivare Gregory Craig kommer att åtalas i ett fall som har koppling till den så kallade Rysslandsutredningen, uppger Craigs advokater enligt medier.
          Community college four-year degrees are smart policy, not mission creep (opinion)      Comment   Translate Page      

Presidents of America’s public universities are worried that community colleges have strayed from their mission. The source of their concern? The growing push by community colleges, state legislatures and student advocates to grant two-year colleges the authority to award some bachelor’s degrees.

According to Inside Higher Ed’s Survey of Community College Presidents, 70 percent of public university presidents worry that community college baccalaureate programs are evidence of “mission creep.” An even greater share disagrees with the idea that community colleges are well positioned to help low-income and place-bound students complete a bachelor’s degree. And about half of the presidents do not think community colleges can help address disparities in bachelor’s-degree attainment across different racial and ethnic groups.

Community college presidents feel otherwise -- and a growing body of research backs them up. Eighty percent agreed with the statement that their institutions are “in a strong position to offer bachelor’s degrees to students who would otherwise not have access to them due to cost or location,” and 85 percent agreed that giving them degree-granting authority could help close gaps in degree attainment.

Community colleges have been at the center of efforts to increase bachelor’s-degree attainment for over a decade -- whether it was the Obama administration’s American Graduation Initiative or today’s College Promise campaign. But the system we have developed to get community college students to the finish line of a bachelor’s degree does not work very well and may even be making the problem worse.

It is built on the premise that students can transfer easily from a community college to a four-year institution and complete their degree. But the transfer process is rarely easy. According to a 2017 GAO report, community college students lose an average of 37 percent of their credits during transfer. The more credits a student loses, the less likely they are to complete a bachelor’s degree.

There is also evidence that the transfer process is fueling racial and ethnic disparities in degree attainment, as African American and Hispanic students are more likely to start in a community college and thus are more likely to lose credits along the way to a bachelor’s degree, a phenomenon that researchers call the “racial transfer gap.”

Community colleges are the right place to focus efforts to increase bachelor’s-degree attainment. They are home to 40 percent of undergraduate students, and even though many enroll with the goal of completing a bachelor’s degree, fewer than 15 percent will get there. Moving the needle on degree attainment will depend upon increasing that share. But colleges need freedom to explore new strategies beyond transfer.

A growing number of states agree and are granting their community colleges authority to award some bachelor’s degrees themselves. Rather than putting the onus on community college students to go out and find a bachelor’s degree program, they are bringing the bachelor’s degree to the community college.

The degrees are generally work force oriented -- many are bachelor’s of applied science -- and most states require the college provide evidence of unmet labor market demand and/or ensure the degree does not duplicate programs offered by local public universities.

Florida was among the first states to try the approach and has taken it the furthest, with nearly 200 degree offerings in fields like nursing, IT, business and education. All but one of the state’s 28 predominantly two-year institutions offer at least one bachelor’s degree, which cost an average of $13,000, well below what students would pay at a public university. In 2018, more than 6,000 students graduated from those programs.

Would these same students have been just as successful at one of the state’s public universities? It is impossible to know for sure, but a recent study found that enrollments in universities located near one of the colleges actually increased after it started offering bachelor’s degrees. The same study found that enrollments in for-profit institutions, which charge many times more for tuition than public institutions, went down significantly in areas where community colleges offer bachelor’s degrees.

Data from the Florida Department of Education indicate that three out of four students enrolled in the bachelor’s programs were from underserved populations. More research is needed, but these findings suggest that community college bachelor’s degree programs in Florida are serving a different group of students than most public universities -- and providing students an affordable alternative.

On March 15, Wyoming became the 26th state to pass legislation allowing community colleges to offer bachelor’s degrees. A headline from the Associated Press captures the moment this way: “UW fails to nix bill on 4-year degrees at community colleges.” The University of Wyoming, the state’s one -- and only -- public four-year institution, opposed the law, arguing that it contradicted efforts toward greater “efficiency and streamlining.” But for residents of Rock Springs, located 200 miles west of Laramie and home to Western Wyoming Community College, a much more convenient route to a bachelor’s degree will soon open up.

To be sure, state policy makers need to be careful as they consider which degrees two-year colleges should award. The policy emphasis on labor market value is well placed. But as the degree requirements for good jobs continue to rise, ensuring sufficient access to affordable bachelor’s degrees is the bigger challenge. And the fact is, community colleges are well positioned to offer bachelor’s degrees to low-income and place-bound students, and they can help address disparities in degree attainment.

They are more diverse, more affordable and more likely to enroll underrepresented students than their public four-year counterparts, and they operate in many more communities. Leveraging community colleges to expand access to valuable bachelor’s degrees isn’t a case of mission creep -- it’s smart policy.

Mary Alice McCarthy is director of the Center on Education and Skills at New America.

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          BODY COUNT RISES: Marine Who Exposed Hillary Clinton FOUND DEAD      Comment   Translate Page      
Hillary Clinton has damaged our country in more ways than can be counted. Not only did she weaken our country along with former President Barack Obama, but she is also linked to numerous suspicious deaths of people who were either close to her or were close to sensitive information that would see Hillary imprisoned for treason. The “Butcher of Benghazi” proved that she has never cared for the people she was sworn to protect but was more interested in climbing the political ranks. Fortunately, Hillary was unsuccessful in her Presidential campaign or else we would be facing a real crisis.
          2001 with the original score      Comment   Translate Page      
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          Spasavaju živote iz prostorije veličine kioska: Centar "Srce" je jedina adresa za ljude koji žele da dignu ruku na sebe, a sada im preti gašenje      Comment   Translate Page      
Od volontera Centra "Srce" iz Novog Sada, jedinog u Srbiji koji pruža emotivnu podršku osobama u krizi i radi na prevenciji samoubistava, pomoć je zatražilo oko 50.000 građana. Sada je pomoć potrebna njima, jer rade u prostoriji veličine kioska i troškove mogu da pokrivaju još pola godine, [...]
          Obama Agrees with President Trump… Again!      Comment   Translate Page      

The following article, Obama Agrees with President Trump… Again!, was first published on iPatriot.

As Obama indicates, being concerned with illegal immigration (or even immigration in general) is a completely rational stance.

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           Comment on Yes, We Have No Collusion by dhlii       Comment   Translate Page      
There are timelines out the whazzo. Everbody has their own timeline. Every timeline has a spin. We need to try to take a timeline and separate the fact from the fiction. By now we have a pretty good idea of what the facts are - with respect to the conduct of the Trump campaign. We have alot of information regarding the conduct of the investigating into Trump but there are huge holes. Many of these timelines are full of alleged contact between Trump/surogates and russia. Most from the Steele Dossier. So one issue is do you still beleive anything in the Steele Dossier ? What has been occuring over time as we learn more is: We are learning that nearly all the claims about Trump contact with Russia are not merely false, but that the FBI had good reason to doubt them from the begining. For more then two years each news cycle has begun with a "here is the smoking gun" story about Trump. Nearly all of these have ultimately proven false. A few have proven innocuous. conversely as time passes we get more rumouts about what occured inside the Obama administration and early trump administation. With time these slowly change from rumor to fact.
           Comment on Yes, We Have No Collusion by Ron P       Comment   Translate Page      
Roby, what you describe as fear of the future is the same as we, the conservatives and Libertarians felt when Obama was in office and what we fear should someone left of Biden get elected. Remember, Trump is a product of Obama. Had we not had Obama and his division of America, we would not have Trump today. For every action, there is a reaction. Your fear is justified because each reaction is much more divisive each time it occurs and hrings with it political positions much more extreme.
           Comment on Yes, We Have No Collusion by dhlii       Comment   Translate Page      
I provided a link to something a long long time ago. Frankly I think an extended list of the know facts is incredibly damning. BTW there was nothing wrong with Barr's remarks. While Comey eschews the term "spying" changing the label does not change the facts. Whether the FBI or DOJ "spied" on Trump is less clear. There is ZERO question that Stephen Halper was a spy, and was deployed against the Trump campaign. It is unclear whether he was working for CIA or FBI. There is a fair amount of evidence that Halper was not alone. Both Stone and Corsi were approached by people who have since been identified as frequent FBI informants. One of the big areas that has not gotten much attention, nor has there been much evidence made public is about what went on inside the WH, DOJ/FBI/CIA/NSA from dec 2015 through July 2016. There is evidence the Trump investigation was started at the direction of Obama in dec 2015, There is evidence that Obama was personally involved being briefed several times a week. There are suggestions that some "spying" was done in early 2016. But most of what was going on during that time has not been very well documented publicly. Ukraine is likely to be a guagmire of Democrats. There were stories about Clinton and the Ukrianian embassy in 2016. I beleive there is a claim that the Ukrainians had something to do with the Steele Dossier. Ukraine was Clinton's playground from 2009 through 2017. But there has been a power shift in the Ukraine, they have their own version of investigations tearing their politics apart. And today those appear to be benefiting Trump. I expect more stories like that of Biden forcing the Ukrainians to shut down an investigation of a relative. I do not know of what was actually occuring. I would not be surprised to find the Ukrainians involved in trying to provide dirt on Trump or concocting parts of the steele dossier. I would be completely surprised to find any actual direct involvement of Ukraine in the 2016 election. Just as the Trump/Russia collustion narative is completely lunatic - it requires beleiving that Trump is both incredible stupid, incredibly lucky, incredibly good at getting others to keep secrets, and incable of recognizing that the risks are enormous and the benefits miniscule. None of that changes if you turn this into Clinton/Ukraine. It is always going to be hard to sell me that anyone - even Hillary would actively involve a foriegn power in a US election, there is nothing to gain and everything to lose. Use them to get dirt on Trump - absolutely. But exposing that does nothing but diminish any left case against Trump.
          Barack Obama pays heartfelt tribute to late rapper Nipsey Hussle: 'He saw hope'      Comment   Translate Page      
A message from the former president was read at Nipsey Hussle's funeral at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Thursday.
          Leftist in Black Robe      Comment   Translate Page      
  I was going to do a post on Judge Carlton Reeves, but Streiff at Red State has beaten me to the punch: The speaker is Judge Carlton Reeve, he’s an Obama appointee to the federal district court for the… Continue Reading

          The Mathematics of (Hacking) Passwords | Math - Scientific American      Comment   Translate Page      
Photo: Jean-Paul Delahaye
Jean-Paul Delahaye, professor emeritus of computer science at the University of Lille in France and a researcher at the Center for Research in Computer Science explains, The science and art of password setting and cracking continues to evolve, as does the war between password users and abusers.

Photo: Gaetan Charbonneau Getty Images
At one time or another, we have all been frustrated by trying to set a password, only to have it rejected as too weak. We are also told to change our choices regularly. Obviously such measures add safety, but how exactly?

I will explain the mathematical rationale for some standard advice, including clarifying why six characters are not enough for a good password and why you should never use only lowercase letters. I will also explain how hackers can uncover passwords even when stolen data sets lack them.

Here is the logic behind setting hack-resistant passwords. When you are asked to create a password of a certain length and combination of elements, your choice will fit into the realm of all unique options that conform to that rule—into the “space” of possibilities. For example, if you were told to use six lowercase letters—such as, afzjxd, auntie, secret, wwwwww—the space would contain 266, or 308,915,776, possibilities. In other words, there are 26 possible choices for the first letter, 26 possible choices for the second, and so forth. These choices are independent: you do not have to use different letters, so the size of the password space is the product of the possibilities, or 26 x 26 x 26 x 26 x 26 x 26 = 266.

If you are told to select a 12-character password that can include uppercase and lowercase letters, the 10 digits and 10 symbols (say, !, @, #, $, %, ^, &, ?, / and +), you would have 72 possibilities for each of the 12 characters of the password. The size of the possibility space would then be 7212 (19,408,409,961,765,342,806,016, or close to 19 x 1021).

That is more than 62 trillion times the size of the first space. A computer running through all the possibilities for your 12-character password one by one would take 62 trillion times longer. If your computer spent a second visiting the six-character space, it would have to devote two million years to examining each of the passwords in the 12-character space. The multitude of possibilities makes it impractical for a hacker to carry out a plan of attack that might have been feasible for the six-character space...

You can check whether any of your passwords has already been hacked by using a Web tool called Pwned Passwords ( Its database includes more than 500 million passwords obtained after various attacks.

I tried e=mc2e=mc2, which I liked and believed to be secure, and received an unsettling response: “This password has been seen 114 times before.” Additional attempts show that it is difficult to come up with easy-to-memorize passwords that the database does not know. For example, aaaaaa appeared 395,299 times; a1b2c3d4, 113,550 times; abcdcba, 378 times; abczyx, 186 times; acegi, 117 times; clinton, 18,869 times; bush, 3,291 times; obama, 2,391 times; trump, 859 times.

Source: Scientific American

          Barr’s recent actions called ‘truly inexplicable’ by former ally      Comment   Translate Page      
Attorney General William Barr has insinuated that the Obama administration possibly spied on Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, suggesting that he will investigate. Joy Reid and her panel discuss.
          Trump Transgender Military Ban Takes Effect      Comment   Translate Page      
President Trump’s highly controversial and discriminatory military policy to ban all transgender individuals from serving in the United States Military will officially take effect today at the Pentagon. In addition to banning transgender individuals from military service, the Pentagon will also prevent using any DoD or DHS resources to fund sex reassignment procedures or surgeries, which affects current and past military personnel. Specifically, the policy prohibits those diagnosed with gender dysphoria and who have, as a result, sought any medical treatment from serving in military troops. The Department of Defense stated that individuals who opt to not receive medical treatment will still be eligible to serve despite the diagnosis. It is estimated that over 15,000 active duty transgender troop will be impacted by this policy. The official policy approval and installment comes nearly two years after Trump first tweeted about the policy proposal. Those who joined the military prior to Trump’s term in office will be grandfathered under Obama Era policies that protect transgender individuals. This means that they will be permitted to serve, however, they cannot use DoD or DHS resources for medical expenses. Lawyer Shannon Minter, who opposed the ban in court, argued that “This is absolutely ‘Don’t […]

          Leftists FURIOUS about Trump’s New Military Policy for LGBTQ      Comment   Translate Page      

The following article, Leftists FURIOUS about Trump’s New Military Policy for LGBTQ, was first published on The Black Sphere.

It’s about time sanity re-entered our military. In the Era of Obama, America’s military catered to fruits, nuts, and fairies. Instead of training fighting men and women, our military became a cesspool of the Leftist social justice agenda. Well not anymore. President Trump sent a clear sign that things are different under him. As NBC […]

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          Obama Admits Progressive Nuttier than Squirrel Turds      Comment   Translate Page      

The following article, Obama Admits Progressive Nuttier than Squirrel Turds, was first published on The Black Sphere.

Former (thankfully) President Barack Obama finally admitted what most Americans know intimately. Democrats are f’g nuts. Of course he didn’t say it quite that way. Instead he related what Democrats do to participating in a circular firing squad. Barack Obama warned on Saturday that US progressives risk creating a “circular firing squad” at a time when […]

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          Obama Legacy Gets Another Blow as Trump’s RECORD-BREAKING Continues      Comment   Translate Page      

The following article, Obama Legacy Gets Another Blow as Trump’s RECORD-BREAKING Continues, was first published on The Black Sphere.

Much to the chagrin of Leftist Democrats, President Trump’s economy proves how woeful Barack Obama performed in the same role. While Leftists love to claim President Trump received a robust economy from Obama, the facts prove differently. Obama himself said the economy couldn’t grow faster than an average of 2 percent GDP, a figure Trump […]

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          Black Actor SLAMS Obama PRAISES Trump      Comment   Translate Page      

The following article, Black Actor SLAMS Obama PRAISES Trump, was first published on The Black Sphere.

Don’t think Isaiah Washington represents an anomaly. In fact, Washington is the norm among blacks. Naturally, the media and other Leftists don’t want the truth getting out. And that truth is that blacks know Obama sucked and Trump rocks. No “blexit” needed, as black Democrats have for decades known that Democrats are as demonic as […]

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          Obama Admin Warns Border Crisis Boiling Over      Comment   Translate Page      

The following article, Obama Admin Warns Border Crisis Boiling Over, was first published on The Black Sphere.

Once upon a time, President Obama warned the United States cannot tolerate illegal immigration. Then, President Trump worked to turn his lip-service into action. And we all know what happened next. Democrats suddenly started pretending the border crisis doesn’t exist. In fact, not too long ago, Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer stood arm in arm, […]

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          Trump Administration Appointee Does the UNTHINKABLE to Black Colleges      Comment   Translate Page      

The following article, Trump Administration Appointee Does the UNTHINKABLE to Black Colleges, was first published on The Black Sphere.

The Left reminds us daily that President Trump is a racist. Thus, by default his administration is racist, right? I’d love to have these Leftist clowns compare records on race of Obama versus Trump. Even the most benign study would prove Obama to be one of the most racially divisive presidents ever. Meanwhile, President Trump […]

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          Charging Assange reflects dramatic shift in US approach      Comment   Translate Page      
The decision to seek the extradition of Julian Assange marked a dramatic new approach to the founder of WikiLeaks by the U.S. government, a shift that was signaled in the early days of the Trump administration. President Barack Obama’s Justice Department had extensive internal debates about whether to charge Assange amid concerns the case might not hold up in court and would be viewed as an attack on journalism by an administration already taking heat for leak prosecutions. But senior Trump administration officials seemed to make clear early on that they held a different view, dialing up the rhetoric on...
          Re: The Reference Frame: Assange is (also) a terribly treated hero      Comment   Translate Page      

John, ca. 2010, Bradly Manning was a strange US Army Private First Class (Oscar Wilde-in-the-Army), who (stranger yet) had access to the field reports and dispatches of the US Army in Iraq. He sent 300k pages of these documents to Wikileaks, where they were published. He was convicted of espionage.

But he had a novel publicity defense; he always really wanted to be a girl. Western lefties worship the enemies of the West, and of America, and they especially love deviants. And Obama despised the US as much as any lefty, so his Army Secretary sent Manning to sex-change surgeries while Manning was in 'prison', and Obama pardoned 'Chelsea' Manning.

(Considering that the Ft. Hood, TX, killer, mohammadian Nidal Hasan, is still alive, it would have been poetic justice if Hasan had been given the sex-change, and Manning had been shot, and paralyzed...)

          Kommentar zu Können diese Bilder echt sein? von D1      Comment   Translate Page      
Grundsätzlich muss doch erst einmal überlegt werden, welche Fraktion der USA diese Auslieferung betreiben. Ist es die Clinton/Obama-Fraktion, die ihn kaltstellen will oder sind es die Kräfte ("Drain the swamp"), die die Wahrheit herausfinden (oder diese Quelle gegen Clinton einsetzen) wollen. Wenn Assange der Clinton-Fraktion in die Finger gerät, wird er um sein Leben fürchten müssen, weil die noch jede Gefahr zu eliminieren wussten. Oder kommt es zu einem Verfahren, in dem Assange offen berichten kann? Was könnte denn den truthern Besseres geschehen, als dass Assange in einem öffentlichen Verfahren in den USA gegen Clinton und den DNC aussagt? Was, wenn er bestätigt, wer für den Tod von z.B. Seth Rich verantwortlich ist? Was ist mit der Clinton-Stiftung, child trafficking oder dem Lolita Express? Pizza...war da was? Er, der die Podestamails geleakt hat, könnte doch darlegen, was es damit auf sich hat und das Thema wäre in die Öffentlichkeit gezerrt und würde nicht vor sich hin verrotten, was auch Dank der Feigheit der ach so Alternativen, die sich nicht an dieses heiße Eisen trauen, zu befürchten ist. Warum hält sich Trump so auffällig zurück? Vielleicht ist Assange sein Kronzeuge gegen den deep state oder zumindest seinen politischen Gegner, den auch ich verachte? Die versiegelten Anklagen bekämen doch mit einem hochrangigen Kronzeugen eine neue Brisanz. Ich würde nicht ausschließen, dass man ihn als wichtigen Kronzeugen herausgeholt hat. Wäre ich in den USA Teil des tiefen Staates, würde ich gerade sehr kalte Füße haben, weil ein Freak in einer Botschaft nichts ist, aber ein Angeklagter in den USA dagegen ganz anderes Gewicht bekommt. Es geht doch nur um die Anklage, dem Manning das Passwort gegeben zu haben. Und ich wage mich mal soweit vor, dass dies kaum nachzuweisen sein dürfte! Der Vorwurf ist konstruiert. Und als Kronzeuge hat er eine gute Verhandlungssituation.
          Comment on Julian Assange’s Arrest Should Worry Anyone Who Cares About Freedom of the Press by 004780276      Comment   Translate Page      
Philip, So, you opposed Nuland's coup in Ukraine? The regime change in Libya with Barack leading from behind? Hill's sleazy works in Honduras? Warrantless surveillance? Obama placing a missile shield in Romania and his order to modernize our Nukes? Sometimes seeing one's self as "very liberal" is very much like saying "I'm not a racist".
          Matthew T. Mangino: In the criminal justice system things are worse than they seem      Comment   Translate Page      
In 2009, President Barrack Obama appointed Preet Bharara as the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York. President Donald Trump unceremoniously fired him in 2017.
          Barack Obama Pays Tribute To Nipsey Hussle In Open Letter: “Nipsey Saw Potential. He Saw Hope.”      Comment   Translate Page      
Barack Obama wrote a letter to the late Nipsey Hussle that was read at the funeral.
          A doozy of an interview is an amazing demonstration of someone attempting to defend a dumb opinion      Comment   Translate Page      

Over the past three years, everyone has come to know aspects of Trump voters and Republican supporters who either believe every lie and live in a fantasy land which might as well have unicorns and a chapter of elves for Jesus, or know it’s all bullshit but go along because they love tax cuts and judges willing to deprive women of their rights more than they love their country. Both versions of modern conservatism are a big ole’ ball of white resentment in service of a repugnant viewpoint, but I can wrap my head around it. Some of these people actually in their hearts believe the fantasy, and others are partisans willing to bend their beliefs to fit their partisanship. I get it.

But there are others who serve the same master without accepting it. Because the hottest places in hell are reserved for the people who are indifferent, or outwardly disdainful of discussing just how fucked up things are in the world. These triangulating assholes are either like a rebelling emo teenager who sees themselves as being better than everyone else by being above it all and not giving a damn about things they know jack shit about, or they’re people who care more about the etiquette of things than the suffering of things. Somehow the truth of things is not important if it’s not said in a “civil” way.

Author Bret Easton Ellis, no stranger to saying stupid things, made his name by writing fiction about 1980s upper-class angst, amorality, and materialism with Less than ZeroRules of Attraction, and American Psycho. He has a new work of non-fiction, a series of interlocking essays titled White. Ellis’ book decries liberals for labeling Donald Trump and his supporters as racist when they say and do racist things, defends Roseanne Barr and Kanye West, and finds an “overreaction epidemic” among anyone who just doesn’t get over Trump’s election to the presidency. It’s basically “both sides-ism” in long form, coupled with Ellis simultaneously being annoyed by Michelle Obama being “breathlessly condescending” while diminishing the impact of every racist thing Trump has done.  

Things became interesting when Isaac Chotiner of The New Yorker interviewed Ellis and wanted the author to defend his assertions. The result is a horror show, where it becomes clear Ellis can’t explain why he thinks liberals are overreacting. He just does. And besides, he doesn’t care because he’s “not interested in politics,” even though he’s publishing a book about political reactions.

          Democratic Rep. Dave Loebsack will retire from competitive Iowa seat that swung from Obama to Trump      Comment   Translate Page      

On Friday, Democratic Rep. Dave Loebsack announced that he would not seek re-election in Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District. Loebsack leaves behind a southeastern Iowa seat that swung from 56-43 Obama to 49-45 Trump. However this district, which includes Davenport and Iowa City, did back Democratic gubernatorial Fred Hubbell 51-47 even as he was narrowly losing statewide to Republican incumbent Kim Reynolds. Team Red also failed to field a strong candidate against Loebsack last year despite Trump’s win.

Loebsack’s retirement ends a surprising political career. Back in 2006 Loebsack, a political science professor at Cornell College, launched a longshot bid against 15-term GOP Rep. Jim Leach. Leach, who had opposed the Iraq War, was one of the more liberal Republicans in the House, and he had won re-election 59-39 even as John Kerry was carrying his seat 55-44. Loebsack himself also didn’t get off to a strong start when he failed to turn in enough signatures to make the primary ballot. No other Democrat filed, though, and Loebsack was nominated at a special convention.

The general election campaign was an odd one where the two opponents went out of their way to stay positive. Leach, who had been a guest lecturer in Loebsack’s classroom (his campaign manager was also a former Loebsack student), went so far as to condemn mailers from the state Republican Party attacking the Democrat, and he even told the RNC that he wouldn’t caucus with the GOP in the next Congress if they didn’t stop.

Loebsack, for his part, said he was glad the DCCC wasn’t getting involved in his race. While he campaigned against the Bush administration and the Iraq War, Loebsack called Leach a “good man” in his ads. Neither candidate raised much money, and while 2006 was a strong year for Team Blue, it was still a huge surprise when Loebsack unseated Leach 51-49. Leach didn’t seem particularly angry about the upset, and he endorsed Barack Obama two years later.

          Saturday midday open thread: Saving $160 trillion with renewables; surtaxing the 0.1%      Comment   Translate Page      

What’s coming up on Sunday Kos:

  • This isn't the first time right-wingers used 9/11 as a weapon. Remember Limbaugh's lies about Obama, by Ian Reifowitz
  • Donald Trump will be re-elected president of the United States without a real conversation, by Egberto Willies
  • Country is changing—the music genre, that is, by Chris Reeves 
  • Congress needs Trump’s tax returns to investigate $400 billion pass-through scam, by Jon Perr
  • The threat of White Power and Nationalism rises while Conservatives gaslight and ignore the danger, by Frank Vyan Walton
  • 'Democrats must nominate a white guy in 2020.' Oh, really? by Sher Watts Spooner
  • The other mayor running for president: A conversation with Wayne Messam, by Armando
  • Cutting off Puerto Rico's Medicaid is not a 'fiscal cliff.' It will push people off a cliff—to die, by Denise Oliver Velez    

Hemispheric heat wave of 2018 impossible without climate change, study says:

A study presented this week at a scientific conference in Vienna now shows that last summer's extreme heat was an "unprecedented" hemispheric event that would not have happened without heat-trapping greenhouse gas pollution, the researchers said, and that it lasted longer and was more widespread across the Northern Hemisphere than previously realized.

All summers will be like last year if the world warms 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, said the study's lead author Martha Vogel, an extreme-temperature researcher with ETH Zürich Institute for Atmospheric and Climate Science. Even with 1.5 degrees Celsius warming, 25 percent of the Northern Hemisphere will experience a summer as hot as the summer of 2018 two out of every three years, she said.

Democratic Rep. Dave Loebsack of Iowa’s 2nd CD announces retirement: Loebsack is in his seventh term representing the district, which, went for Trump by 4 percentage points in 2016 after being strongly Democratic in other recent presidential elections. It is one of the 55 initial 2020 targets announced by the National Republican Campaign Committee in February.

Critics say FCC’s new rural broadband plan isn’t all that new:

The FCC on Friday received a wave of largely positive press for a new broadband proposal the government claims will revolutionize telecom markets and help drive fiber and fifth-generation (5G) wireless to rural America. But industry watchers say the agency’s proposal is light on actual details, and much of the plan isn’t actually new. [...]

Some industry watchers are skeptical given the agency has spent much of the last few years chipping away at rural and tribal broadband programs, slowly but steadily eliminating numerous consumer protections, and actively trying to obscure the broadband industry’s biggest and most obvious problem: a lack of serious competition. 



Analysis shows Trump tax scam gave 10,260,263 American families a tax hike.

Constraining the political clout of the 1/10th of 1% with a 10% surtax:

It’s well-known by now that the richest 1 percent of American households have essentially doubled the share of national income they claim since the late 1970s. Less well-known is that inequality has even risen within the top 1 percent, with the top 10 percent of that overall group—or the top 0.1 percent—accounting for half of all income within the top 1 percent. [...]

We propose a 10 percent surtax on all income over the top 0.1 percent threshold. For simplicity, the income threshold should be defined by a taxpayer’s adjusted gross income (AGI). The threshold for the tax should be determined by the IRS to have only the top 0.1 percent affected in the first year, then it should be indexed by overall inflation. In the last year of IRS dataavailable (2016), this top 0.1 percent threshold was $2.3 million. The surtax would apply to all income above AGI, including dividends and realized capital gains.

Our preliminary estimate is that such a surtax would raise roughly $75 billion in its first year of implementation and roughly $800 billion in its first decade. 

IRENA reports accelerated switch to renewable sources of electricity would save $160 trillion over the next 30 years: The report found that “new jobs associated with the transition (i.e. renewable generation, energy efficiency and energy flexibility) significantly outweighing the jobs lost in the fossil fuel sector.” There would be 11 million net new jobs gained.

Cummings to issue subpoena for Trump’s financial records on Monday: House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings of Maryland plans to issue a subpoena for 10 years of Donald Trump’s financial records from accounting firm Mazars USA.

Monday through Friday you can catch the Kagro in the Morning Show 9 AM ET by dropping in here, or you can download the Stitcher app (found in the app stores or at, and find a live stream there, by searching for "Netroots Radio.”

           Comment on It seems young adults are not as keen on socialism as some might fear by Shlomo Maistre       Comment   Translate Page      
<blockquote>It seems young adults are not as keen on socialism as some might fear</blockquote> Have you guys really learned nothing? The American people did not want Obamacare. Didn't matter. It still happened and even a Republican White House, Republican House, and Republican Senate didn't repeal it even after those Republicans were elected on the campaign pledge to do just that. The American people did not and do not want rampant illegal immigration into their country. Doesn't matter. The British people did not want UK membership in the EU. Doesn't matter. Young adults may not be as keen on socialism as some might fear. Doesn't really matter.
          Indignan: Assange y WikiLeaks...cinco preguntas y respuestas sobre la gravedad de una detención que ha sacudido el mundo....Por Redacción Vilaweb      Comment   Translate Page      
La detención del fundador de WikiLeaks constituye una enorme amenaza a la libertad de información en todo el mundo

1. ¿Quién es Julian Assange?

Julian Assange es el fundador y la cara pública de WikiLeaks, una organización internacional que ha publicado secretos oficiales que han ayudado a la sociedad a entender mejor cómo funciona el poder. Concretamente, WikiLeaks publicó unos documentos oficiales importantes relacionados con las operaciones militares de Estados Unidos en Afganistán e Irak, lo que cambió radicalmente la percepción de lo que ocurre.
WikiLeaks publicó el vídeo en el que se veía como soldados estadounidenses mataban desde un helicóptero varias personas, entre las que se encontraba un reportero de Reuters. Hasta entonces, los Estados Unidos habían negado los hechos. Posteriormente, se supo que la soldado Chelsea Manning era la fuente de la filtración. Manning fue condenada a 35 años de prisión, pero el presidente Barack Obama, en una de sus últimas decisiones, le conmutó la pena. Sin embargo, Manning volvió a entrar en prisión en marzo pasado, según WikiLeaks, a fin de presionarla para que acusara a WikiLeaks de estar detrás de su decisión de entregar aquellos documentos.
Después de la primera filtración, WikiLeaks publicó por medio de un conjunto de periódicos 92.000 documentos sobre la guerra de Afganistán entre 2004 y 2009. Los documentos demostraron comportamientos criminales del ejército de Estados Unidos, y la Casa Blanca acusó WikiLeaks de poner en peligro sus tropas. La publicación de esos documentos cambió completamente la percepción del público sobre aquella guerra.
Más adelante, el 22 de octubre de 2010, WikiLeaks publicó casi cuatrocientos mil documentos oficiales sobre la guerra de Irak que demostraban el uso sistemático de la tortura por parte del ejército de Estados Unidos y los asesinatos de civiles y gente desarmada. Se considera la mayor filtración de documentos clasificados de la historia.
El 28 de noviembre de 2010, WikiLeaks filtró una colección de 251.187 documentos de correspondencia interna del Departamento de Estado de Estados Unidos. Los documentos aportaron datos nuevos sobre una gran cantidad de cuestiones, tanto de política internacional como interna, de una multitud de estados.
Todas estas filtraciones se hicieron de acuerdo con algunos de los principales diarios y medios del mundo y tomando medidas para evitar situaciones potencialmente peligrosas para personas que no estuvieran directamente vinculadas a actuaciones ilegales.
A partir de 2010, los Estados Unidos comenzaron una intensa campaña de desprestigio y persecución de WikiLeaks que incluía dificultar técnicamente su trabajo y la difusión de las informaciones conseguidas. Por ejemplo, hicieron que las principales empresas informáticas renunciaran a alojar sus servidores y que Visa y Mastercard se negaran a aceptar donaciones para WikiLeaks. Como parte de la campaña, se reclamó la extradición de Julian Assange.

2. ¿Por qué razón Suecia pedía el  extradición?

En el marco de la campaña de presión a WikiLeaks, en noviembre de 2010, Suecia activó una orden de arresto internacional contra Julian Assange por unas acusaciones de agresión sexual y violación que él ya había negado tres meses antes cuando le interrogaron.
Assange se entregó a la policía británica, donde residía, el 7 de diciembre de 2010, y fue retenido diez días hasta que lo dejaron en libertad. Posteriormente, perdió el juicio por extradición y, antes de que el volvieran a detener, entró en la embajada de Ecuador en Londres, que le concedió asilo político. El 12 de diciembre de 2017 recibió la nacionalidad ecuatoriana.
Antes, el 19 de mayo de 2017, la fiscalía sueca había parado la investigación sobre la acusación de violación y pidió revocar la euroorden. La policía británica, sin embargo, mantiene la orden de detención por haber roto el acuerdo judicial de 2012 en refugiarse en la embajada de Ecuador.
No está claro que el Reino Unido atienda una posible demanda de extradición de Suecia o Estados Unidos. De momento, lo único que ha dicho es que no aceptará la extradición a un país donde pueda ser condenado a muerte, como sería el caso de los Estados Unidos. Cuando revocó la euroorden, Suecia advirtió que Assange podía ser detenido si entraba en Suecia antes de agosto de 2020.

3. ¿Por qué le persiguen los Estados Unidos?

Tras la publicación de los documentos militares de Estados Unidos, en 2010, el gobierno estadounidense ordenó perseguir Assange por espionaje. Documentos publicados por Edward Snowden demuestran que la justicia de Estados Unidos ha construido un caso contra Assange y espera poder extraditar para acusarlo de espionaje.
Durante la campaña electoral de 2016, WikiLeaks publicó una serie de correos electrónicos de la candidata Hillary Clinton enviados cuando era secretaria de Estado. Muchos periodistas consideran que estos correos hicieron daño a la campaña de Clinton y sirvieron para relacionarse Assange con una hipotética intervención rusa por las redes sociales para conseguir la victoria de Donald Trump.

4. ¿Cómo es que estaba refugiado en la embajada del  Ecuador en Londres y por qué le han entregado ahora?

Assange se refugió en la embajada de Ecuador cuando supo que había perdido el juicio sobre su extradición a Suecia. Expresó el temor de que las autoridades suecas, que en teoría el demandaban por delitos sexuales, el extraditado a Estados Unidos, que lo quería juzgar por espionaje.
El presidente de Ecuador en 2012, Rafael Correa, garantizó el derecho de asilo a Julian Assange por su defensa de la libertad de expresión y de la libertad de prensa y viendo que su vida corría peligro. A raíz de la detención de Assange, Correa calificó el actual presidente Lenín Moreno, que fue su vicepresidente, del ‘traidor más grande de la historia de América Latina’.
Assange residió desde entonces en una habitación de la embajada de Ecuador en Londres, sin ninguna posibilidad de salir al aire libre, más allá del balcón. Probaron varias veces de trasladarlo a Ecuador, pero las autoridades británicas advertían que pararían el vehículo si salía de la embajada, incluso si lo hacía en un vehículo oficial.
En 2015, Assange pidió el asilo político en el estado francés, pero François Hollande respondió que Assange no corría ningún peligro y que, por tanto, no había ninguna razón para darle asilo político. Islandia también se ofreció a acogerlo, pero volvió a surgir el problema de cómo abandonar el edificio de la embajada.
A partir de octubre de 2016, las relaciones entre Assange y Ecuador se complicaron por la publicación de las revelaciones de WikiLeaks durante la campaña electoral americana. Posteriormente, otras cuestiones, entre las que el apoyo de Assange al proceso de independencia de Cataluña, también le comportar problemas. El 28 de marzo de 2018, Ecuador cortó la conexión de internet a Assange por haber apoyado Carles Puigdemont raíz de la detención del presidente catalán.
El enfrentamiento con el nuevo presidente de Ecuador, Lenín Moreno, que tomó posesión del cargo hace justo un año, proviene sobre todo porque Moreno acusa Assange y WikiLeaks de la filtración de documentos que prueban su corrupción, a pesar de que Assange ha restado incomunicado desde marzo de 2018.

5. La detención de  Assange es legal?

No. La ONU ha dictaminado de manera clara que la detención de hecho de Julian Assange, obligado a permanecer dentro la embajada de Ecuador en Londres, es una detención completamente ilegal, ha pedido la liberación de Assange y una compensación por los años pasados ​​en estas condiciones.
Pero más allá de los hechos legales, la detención de Assange establece un terrible precedente que amenaza la libertad de prensa en todo el mundo, desde el momento que su persecución se basa en el hecho de que ha publicado documentos reales, muy relevantes para la sociedad entienda cómo funciona el poder. La publicación de material clasificado no puede implicar la consideración que quien lo publica es un traidor o puede ser acusado de traición. Si fuera así, ningún editor de ningún periódico se atrevería a publicar nada que no fuera autorizado. De hecho, los editores de los diarios que publicaron las filtraciones de WikiLeaks deberían estar en la misma posición de Assange desde un punto de vista lógico, teniendo en cuenta que el uno y los otros fueron los responsables de la difusión pública de unos documentos que no habían obtenido de manera directa.

1. Qui és Julian Assange?

Julian Assange és el fundador i la cara pública de WikiLeaks, una organització internacional que ha publicat secrets oficials que han ajudat la societat a entendre millor com funciona el poder. Concretament, WikiLeaks va publicar uns documents oficials importants relacionats amb les operacions militars dels Estats Units a l’Afganistan i l’Irac, fet que va canviar radicalment la percepció de què hi passa.
WikiLeaks va publicar el vídeo en què es veia com soldats americans mataven des d’un helicòpter diverses persones, entre les quals un reporter de Reuters. Fins aleshores, els Estats Units havien negat els fets. Posteriorment, es va saber que la soldat Chelsea Manning era la font de la filtració. Manning va ser condemnada a 35 anys de presó, però el president Barack Obama, en una de les seves darreres decisions, va commutar-li la pena. Tanmateix, Manning va tornar a entrar a la presó el març passat, segons WikiLeaks, per pressionar-la perquè acusés WikiLeaks de ser darrere de la seva decisió de lliurar aquells documents.
Després de la primera filtració, WikiLeaks va publicar per mitjà d’un conjunt de diaris 92.000 documents sobre la guerra de l’Afganistan entre el 2004 i el 2009. Els documents van demostrar comportaments criminals de l’exèrcit dels Estats Units, i la Casa Blanca va acusar WikiLeaks de posar en perill les seves tropes. La publicació d’aquells documents va canviar completament la percepció del públic sobre aquella guerra.
Més endavant, el 22 d’octubre de 2010, WikiLeaks va publicar gairebé quatre-cents mil documents oficials sobre la guerra de l’Irac que demostraven l’ús sistemàtic de la tortura per part de l’exèrcit dels Estats Units i els assassinats de civils i gent desarmada. Es considera la més gran filtració de documents classificats de la història.
El 28 de novembre de 2010, WikiLeaks va filtrar una col·lecció de 251.187 documents de correspondència interna del Departament d’Estat dels Estats Units. Els documents van aportar dades noves sobre una gran quantitat de qüestions, tant de política internacional com d’interna, d’una multitud d’estats.
Totes aquestes filtracions es van fer d’acord amb alguns dels principals diaris i mitjans del món i prenent mesures per a evitar situacions potencialment perilloses per a persones que no estiguessin directament vinculades a actuacions il·legals.
A partir del 2010, els Estats Units van començar una intensa campanya de desprestigi i persecució de WikiLeaks que incloïa dificultar tècnicament la seva feina i la difusió de les informacions aconseguides. Per exemple, van fer que les principals empreses informàtiques renunciessin a allotjar els seus servidors i que Visa i Mastercard es neguessin a acceptar donacions per a WikiLeaks. Com a part de la campanya, es va reclamar l’extradició de Julian Assange.

2. Per quina raó Suècia en demanava lextradició?

En el marc de la campanya de pressió a WikiLeaks, el novembre del 2010, Suècia va activar una ordre d’arrest internacional contra Julian Assange per unes acusacions d’agressió sexual i violació que ell ja havia negat tres mesos abans quan el van interrogar.
Assange es va lliurar a la policia britànica, on residia, el 7 de desembre de 2010, i va ser retingut deu dies fins que el van deixar en llibertat. Posteriorment, va perdre el judici per extradició i, abans que el tornessin a detenir, va entrar a l’ambaixada de l’Equador a Londres, que li va concedir asil polític. El 12 de desembre de 2017 va rebre la nacionalitat equatoriana.
Abans, el 19 de maig de 2017, la fiscalia sueca havia aturat la investigació sobre l’acusació de violació i va demanar de revocar l’euroordre. La policia britànica, però, manté l’ordre de detenció per haver trencat l’acord judicial del 2012 en refugiar-se a l’ambaixada de l’Equador.
No és clar que el Regne Unit atengui una possible demanda d’extradició de Suècia o els Estats Units. De moment, l’única cosa que ha dit és que no acceptarà l’extradició a un país on pugui ser condemnat a mort, com seria el cas dels Estats Units. Quan va revocar l’euroordre, Suècia va advertir que Assange podia ser detingut si entrava a Suècia abans de l’agost del 2020.

3. Per què el persegueixen els Estats Units?

Després de la publicació dels documents militars dels Estats Units, el 2010, el govern americà va ordenar de perseguir Assange per espionatge. Documents publicats per Edward Snowden demostren que la justícia dels Estats Units ha bastit un cas contra Assange i espera poder-lo extradir per acusar-lo d’espionatge.
Durant la campanya electoral del 2016, WikiLeaks va publicar un seguit de correus electrònics de la candidata Hillary Clinton enviats quan era secretària d’Estat. Molts periodistes consideren que aquests correus van fer mal a la campanya de Clinton i van servir per a relacionar Assange amb una hipotètica intervenció russa per les xarxes socials per a aconseguir la victòria de Donald Trump.

4. Com és que està refugiat a lambaixada de lEquador a Londres i per què lhan lliurat ara?

Assange es va refugiar a l’ambaixada de l’Equador quan va saber que havia perdut el judici sobre la seva extradició a Suècia. Va expressar el temor que les autoritats sueques, que en teoria el demandaven per delictes sexuals, l’extradissin als Estats Units, que el volia jutjar per espionatge.
El president de l’Equador el 2012, Rafael Correa, va garantir el dret d’asil a Julian Assange per la seva defensa de la llibertat d’expressió i de la llibertat de premsa i veient que la seva vida corria perill. Arran de la detenció d’Assange, Correa ha qualificat l’actual president Lenín Moreno, que va ser el seu vice-president, del ‘traïdor més gran de la història de l’Amèrica Llatina’.
Assange va residir des d’aleshores en una habitació de l’ambaixada de l’Equador a Londres, sense cap possibilitat de sortir a l’aire lliure, més enllà del balcó. Van provar unes quantes vegades de traslladar-lo a l’Equador, però les autoritats britàniques advertien que aturarien el vehicle si sortia de l’ambaixada, fins i tot si ho feia en un vehicle oficial.
El 2015, Assange va demanar l’asil polític a l’estat francès, però François Hollande va respondre que Assange no corria cap perill i que, per tant, no hi havia cap raó per a donar-li asil polític. Islàndia també es va oferir a acollir-lo, però va tornar a sorgir el problema de com abandonar l’edifici de l’ambaixada.
A partir de l’octubre del 2016, les relacions entre Assange i l’Equador es van complicar per la publicació de les revelacions de WikiLeaks durant la campanya electoral americana. Posteriorment, altres qüestions, entre les quals el suport d’Assange al procés d’independència de Catalunya, també li van comportar problemes. El 28 de març de 2018, l’Equador va tallar la connexió d’internet a Assange per haver donat suport a Carles Puigdemont arran de la detenció del president català.
L’enfrontament amb el nou president de l’Equador, Lenín Moreno, que va prendre possessió del càrrec ara fa just un any, prové sobretot perquè Moreno acusa Assange i WikiLeaks de la filtració de documents que proven la seva corrupció, malgrat que Assange ha restat incomunicat des del març del 2018.

5. La detenció dAssange és legal?

No. L’ONU ha dictaminat de manera clara que la detenció de fet de Julian Assange, obligat a romandre dins l’ambaixada de l’Equador a Londres, és una detenció completament il·legal, ha demanat l’alliberament d’Assange i una compensació pels anys passats en aquestes condicions.
Però més enllà dels fets legals, la detenció d’Assange estableix un terrible precedent que amenaça la llibertat de premsa a tot el món, des del moment que la seva persecució es basa en el fet que ha publicat documents reals, molt rellevants perquè la societat entengui com funciona el poder. La publicació de material classificat no pot implicar la consideració que qui el publica és un traïdor o pot ser acusat de traïció. Si fos així, cap editor de cap diari s’atreviria a publicar res que no fos autoritzat. De fet, els editors dels diaris que van publicar les filtracions de WikiLeaks haurien d’estar en la mateixa posició d’Assange des d’un punt de vista lògic, tenint en compte que l’un i els altres van ser els responsables de la difusió pública d’uns documents que no havien obtingut de manera directa.

          Indignado: Detona caso Assange intenso debate sobre futuro de la libertad de prensa y expresión...David Brooks      Comment   Translate Page      
Periódico La Jornada

Nueva York. El arresto y pedido de extradición de Julian Assange detonó, una vez más, un intenso debate sobre la libertad de la prensa en Estados Unidos y en torno al controvertido fundador de Wikileaks, lo cual definirá el futuro de una de las supuestas libertades civiles sagradas en el orden democrático de este país.

Tal vez lo más sorprendente es que algunos grandes medios –incluyendo el New York Times y el Washington Post (el cual argumentó que Assange no es un héroe de la libertad de prensa y que merece enfrentar la justicia estadunidense sin necesariamente impactar las libertades civiles)– periodistas y columnistas influyentes y hasta algunas organizaciones de defensa de libertades de expresión dieron el beneficio de la duda al Departamento de Justicia de que su acusación no era un ataque inmediato a la libertad de prensa. Expresaron alivio de que el cargo criminal formulado contra Assange se centra sólo en una conspiración para lograr una intrusión ilícita a computadoras del Pentágono para obtener información clasificada. O sea, no es un cargo que criminaliza las actividades periodísticas tradicionales como algunos temían.

Pero para otros, el cargo formulado de esa manera es una envoltura justo para evitar denuncias del atropello de la libertad de expresión, pero que su objetivo obviamente es nada menos que castigar a alguien que se atrevió a obtener, publicar y difundir documentos oficiales secretos que implicaron al gobierno estadunidense en violaciones de derechos humanos, maniobras diplomáticas intervencionistas, y hasta posibles crímenes de guerra.

El régimen de Donald Trump, quien repetidamente declara que los medios son enemigos del pueblo, no ocultó su deseo de perseguir a Assange. En abril de 2017, cuando el actual secretario de Estado Mike Pompeo era el jefe de la CIA, afirmó: “Tenemos que reconocer que ya no podemos permitir más a Assange y a sus colegas la actitud de usar los valores de la libre expresión en contra de nosotros… Eso se acaba ahora”, recuerda The Intercept.

Por su parte, la cúpula demócrata, en un ejemplo inusual de bipartidismo, también festejó el arresto de Assange junto con los republicanos ya que aún no le perdona al fundadsor de Wikileaks la divulgación de correos electrónicos jaqueados del Comité Demócrata Nacional durante la contienda de 2016. Hillary Clinton expresó que Assange ahora tiene que responder por lo que ha hecho y afirmó que los cargos no estaban relacionados con la libertad de prensa, mientras el líder de la fracción demócrata del Senado, Chuck Schumer, declaró que espera que Assange pronto rendirá cuentas por su intromisión en nuevas elecciones a nombre de Putin y el gobierno ruso.

Sin embargo, varios periodistas y defensores de libertades civiles denunciaron que obviamente el objetivo del arresto y extradición es castigar no sólo a los filtradores de información secreta –lo cual hizo el gobierno de Barack Obama a escala sin precedente–, sino ahora con Assange, a los periodistas que difunden y publican la información.

Daniel Ellsberg, el famoso filtrador de los Papeles del Pentágono, consideró que el arresto de Assange es un intento claro para rescindir la libertad de la prensa. Señalo que este es el primer caso de una acusación contra un periodista y editor, y si es exitosa, no será la última, comentó en entrevista con The Real News Network. Advirtió que si esto avanza “la libertad de la prensa no está a salvo, se acaba, y nuestra república está en sus últimos días….”.

La acusación contra Assange implica amenazas graves a las libertades de prensa, no sólo en Estados Unidos, sino alrededor del mundo, escribe el periodista Glenn Greenwald de The Intercept –uno de los reporteros que colaboró con Edward Snowden– y advirtió que con ello se busca criminalizar varias actividades al centro del periodismo de investigación. [

Concluye que en el caso de Assange, figura controvertida en Estados Unidos ya que hay un consenso bipartidista en su contra, más importante que los sentimientos personales sobre Assange es el enorme paso que esta acusación representa para la meta explícitamente declarada del gobierno de Trump de criminalizar el periodismo que incluye reportar sobre información clasificada. Oponerse a esa meta amenazante no requiere de admiración o afecto para Assange. Sencillamente requiere creer en la importancia crítica de una prensa libre en una democracia.

Matt Taibbi, el gran reportero político de Rolling Stone, coincide con Greenwald en ese punto, y escribió: la acusación actual es la extension de un esfuerzo de años, antes de Trump, de construir un argumento legal contra alguien que divulgó secretos vergonzosos.

Bruce Shapiro, director del Dart Center for Journalism, escribió en The Nation que en la acusación se afirma que hubo una conspiración para filtrar información filtrada, y subraya que eso es algo que hacen los reporteros constantemente. Afirma que esta acusación en este contexto es una persecución políticamente motivada, que tiene serias implicaciones sobre la libertad de expresión constitucional.

Este es un caso de libertad de prensa. Punto. Assange está siendo castigado por hacer valientemente su trabajo como un periodista, ahora sujeto de una de las cacerías de brujas más peligrosas en la historia de Estados Unidos, justo porque reveló información que el público estadunidense tenía un derecho de conocer sobre crímenes de guerra del gobierno estadunidense, declaró el veterano periodista Robert Scheer, ahora director de Truthdig.

Varios activistas y comentaristas resaltaron que Assange, Chelsea Manning, y Edward Snowden –como Ellsberg hace medio siglo– revelaron al público mundial crímenes de guerra y violaciones a derechos civiles y humanos por las autoridades, pero ellos son los acusados de ser criminales.


          Valerie Jarrett: Politics, the Obamas and Finding My Voice      Comment   Translate Page      


Valerie Jarrett
Former Senior Adviser to President Barack Obama; Author, Finding My Voice: My Journey to the West Wing and the Path Forward

In Conversation with London Breed
Mayor, City of San Francisco

This program was recorded in front of a live audience at The Marines Memorial Theatre in San Francisco on April 11th, 2019.

          04/13 Links: Trump says Netanyahu election win means a ‘better chance for peace’; The Implosion of Jeremy Corbyn; Ilhan Omar, Con Artist; Elan Carr: Boycotting Israel is Anti-Semitic; EU's Collusion with Iran      Comment   Translate Page      
From Ian:

The Implosion of Jeremy Corbyn
According to polling by The Jewish Chronicle, 85 percent of British Jews now think that Corbyn is anti-Semitic. And that was before this week’s bombshell: documents obtained by The Sunday Times showing that Labour failed to investigate hundreds of anti-Semitism complaints, and let hundreds more slide. The documents show not only that Labour’s procedures for investigating anti-Semitic incidents were—despite public assurances to the contrary—dismally subpar, but also that members of Corbyn’s office directly intervened in more than one in 10 investigations, despite having claimed that they were impartial.

A council candidate who said that Jewish members of Parliament were “Zionist infiltrators” was allowed to continue his campaign. Out of 863 alleged incidents detailed in the files, only 29 resulted in a party member being expelled; 145 resulted in a “formal warning”—which is largely meaningless—and 191 cases were resolved as requiring no action. The rest, the Times reports, are unresolved, including 249 that haven’t even been opened.

A Labour spokesperson said that the report “does not reflect the full details … and is not up to date,” a non-denial that did nothing to stem the bleeding. That evening, the Jewish Labour Movement—one of the party’s oldest affiliates, linked to Labour since 1903—passed a vote of no confidence in Corbyn.

A year earlier, in March 2018, the story broke that Corbyn had been a member of three secret Facebook groups in which virulent anti-Semitic memes were sometimes shared. Understandable, perhaps, in radical campaign circles. My enemy’s enemy is my friend, right? We’re protesting an occupation, not forming a government. There’s nothing anti-Semitic about deploring Israel Defense Forces violence in Gaza, but if Palestine is your cause, sometimes you’re going to meet people who really just hate Jews—just like if Israel is your cause, sometimes you’re going to meet people who really just hate Muslims.

In one of the groups, Corbyn wrote supportively to the artist of a mural in London. It wouldn’t have been so bad—just a throwaway comment—except the mural depicted anti-Semitic tropes so blatant you could see them from space, hook noses and all. Corbyn trying to apologize was an agonizing sight. “I sincerely regret that I did not look more closely at the image I was commenting on,” he said. “I am sincerely sorry for the pain which has been caused.” It was as if, in a lifetime of fighting for causes—framing the world as good versus evil—he never really learned how to say sorry.

Abe Greenwald: Ilhan Omar, Con Artist
You see? She’s just an all-loving, rage-filled, anti-Semitic victim of prejudice.

If you set aside the canned baby talk of her speeches and articles, her actions don’t reveal much in the way of understanding and compassion. Or was she “showing up with love” when she claimed that Americans who support Israel are guilty of “allegiance to a foreign country” and that pro-Israel American leaders are somehow being paid off to support the Jewish state, and that—lest we forget—“Israel has hypnotized the world, may Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel?” Are all these examples of what she sees as a “mission as humans to love one another”?

Whenever Omar gets called out for her anti-Semitism or anti-Americanism, she makes a steady retreat back to the faux-compassion and understanding, simultaneously vowing to “learn” from her actions and claiming innocent victimhood. It’s then that her liberal supporters seize on her sunny rhetoric and denounce all the criticism that’s come her way. That’s precisely what’s been happening since she was caught describing 9/11 as a null event.

The con artist will thrive as long her marks are willing to be conned. Which is to say, Ilhan Omar has a bright future in the Democratic Party.
Seeking Israel From the Left
Israel has always been a Rorschach test for the left, Susie Linfield argues in her new book about intellectuals' writings on the first decades of the Jewish home state. And she's right, if not quite in the way she may have intended the metaphor.

Yes, Israel is like a Rorschach test, in the sense that many people over the 70 years of the country's existence have seen in its abstract representation some strange specificity wrought by their own fervid imagination. But Israel is like a Rorschach test in another and more important way. Something disturbing is revealed when the symmetrical inkblots of a Rorschach test provoke descriptions of violence and hatred. And something just as disturbing is revealed when the image of Israel provokes ferocious anger and unrelenting hostility.

Which it does, for a large percentage of the left these days. In her introduction and conclusion, Linfield points out that Israel was created by people who were often socialists, and it enjoyed considerable support among leftists in the West into the 1960s. But somehow, these days, Israel faces a violent antipathy from the left. An important task for historians lies in exploring how that reversal came about.

Linfield, a journalism professor at NYU, is a self-proclaimed leftist worried about the ways in which anti-Zionism has led to a surge of anti-Semitism. And yet, despite her interest in the question of why the left has rejected Israel, she attempts something different in The Lions' Den. In essence, she attacks the premise. Examining the work of prior generations of prominent intellectuals and journalists, The Lions' Den suggests that Israel has always provoked strange notions in intellectuals.

The figures Linfield takes up are a gallery of prominent Jewish left-leaning thinkers from the 1940s on—especially in her chapters on Hannah Arendt, Arthur Koestler, Isaac Deutscher, Maxime Rodinson, I.F. Stone, and Noam Chomsky. She focuses as well on two further figures: Fred Halliday (the only gentile writer she takes up) and Albert Memmi (the Tunisian writer and only non-Westerner in the book). All of them were sometime Zionists, and all of them indulged anti-Zionism. By describing their intellectual journeys—and their intellectual peculiarities—Linfield hopes to illuminate the left's odd
relation to Israel.

Pompeo says PM’s West Bank sovereignty vow won’t hurt Trump peace plan
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday said he did not believe Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s talk of extending Israeli sovereignty to West Bank settlements would hurt the Trump administration’s long-gestating peace plan.

His comments would appear to indicate that the US plan does not provide for Palestinian statehood, or even for Palestinian control of substantive contiguous territory in the West Bank.

Asked during a CNN interview by anchor Jake Tapper whether he thought Netanyahu “vowing to annex the West Bank” could hurt the US proposal, Pompeo answered “I don’t.”

“I think that the vision that we’ll lay out is going to represent a significant change from the model that’s been used,” he added.

“We’ve had a lot of ideas for 40 years. They did not deliver peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians,” he said. “Our idea is to put forward a vision that has ideas that are new, that are different, that are unique, that tries to reframe and reshape what’s been an intractable problem.”

He said the Trump administration wanted “a better life” for both Israelis and Palestinians.

In interviews days before the elections, Netanyahu said he intended to gradually apply Israeli law to all settlements, and that he hoped he could do so with the agreement of the United States.
Trump says Netanyahu election win means a ‘better chance for peace’
US President Donald Trump on Wednesday congratulated Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on his win in the Israeli election, and said it would improve the chances of success for his administration’s much-anticipated peace plan.

“I think we have a better chance now that Bibi has won,” Trump told reporters on the White House South Lawn before heading to Texas, using Netanyahu’s nickname. “The fact that Bibi has won, I think we’ll see some pretty good actions in terms of peace.”

“Everybody said you can’t have peace in the Middle East with Israel and Palestinians. I think we have a chance and I think we now have a better chance,” the US president added.

The White House has said it would release its peace proposal following the elections in Israel, though a report on Israeli television earlier this week said the exact timing would be dependent on the outcome of the vote.

With over 97 percent of ballots counted, and his Likud party and fellow right-wing and religious parties poised to secure a clear majority of Knesset seats, Netanyahu emerged from Tuesday’s elections in the best position to muster a coalition.

“I’d like to congratulate Bibi Netanyahu. It looks like that race has been won by him. It may be a little early but I’m hearing he’s won it and won it in good fashion,” Trump said.
Algemeiner Editor-in-Chief: Trump Peace Plan Likely to Be Very Different From Previous Initiatives
President Donald Trump’s upcoming peace plan for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict will likely be very different from previous such attempts, said Algemeiner editor-in-chief Dovid Efune on Thursday.

Speaking to i24 News, Efune said of the Trump plan, “We’ve suspected for a long time that it’s going to be quite different from what people are expecting. When we’ve spoken about peace plans in the past, typically there’s this land-for-peace equation, there’s a two-state solution, there is a framework which we’ve come to expect over decades. I’d be very surprised if its going to be along those lines.”

“I think we’re going to see a regional initiative,” he added. “We’ve had assurances time and time again from different members of the Trump administration that they would not be looking to predetermine the outcome. They won’t be coming to the table and saying, ‘Here’s what the results should be.’”

“It’s about creating a framework,” said Efune. “It’s about empowering, creating incentives, and trying to broaden the issue to regional peace and not just the Israeli-Palestinian discussion.”

Bill Clinton: Netanyahu ‘knows how to hit people where they’re tender’
Former US President Bill Clinton hailed the political prowess of newly re-elected Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, saying the “highly intelligent” Israeli leader should never be underestimated, but adding a back-handed compliment.

“You should never underestimate him, he’s highly intelligent, he understands his electorate,” Clinton said on stage Thursday at an event in New York City, as final vote counts in Israel confirmed that Netanyahu is heading for a fifth term as prime minister.

Then Clinton added: “He’s smart and able and he knows how to hit people where they’re tender.”

Clinton was speaking at an event at the Beacon Theater alongside his wife, former US secretary of state and failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

“There’s lots of minority parties in Israel, and more of them are aligned with the settler movement or religious fundamentalism than secularism or wanting peace,” he said. “Israel is a vital democracy, and they are having these debates and they will work it out.”

“There has to be some approach to reconciling the security needs of the Israelis with the need for greater autonomy and governance by the Palestinians,” Clinton said.

Boycotting Israel is Anti-Semitic, Says Newly-Sworn In Envoy Elan Carr
The United States swore in Elan Carr as the new Special Envoy for Monitoring and Combating Anti-Semitism on Thursday after the position had been left vacant since January 20, 2017.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo administered the oath of office. The secretary remarked that Carr, a Jewish-American Army veteran and the grandson of Holocaust survivors, was chosen for the “fierceness and vigor that he’ll bring to combating anti-Semitism.”

The envoy’s position was established by the Global Anti-Semitism Review Act of 2004. On his first day in the congressionally mandated post, Carr vowed to fight the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaign and described the organized boycott of Israel as anti-Semitic.

“An individual has a right to buy or not buy what they please. However, if there is an organized movement to economically strangle the state of Israel, that is anti-Semitic,” Carr said. “We are going to focus relentlessly on eradicating this false distinction between anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism.”

Pete Buttigieg calls Mike Pence a ‘Pharisee.’ Here’s why that angers Jews
Pete Buttigieg has a word he likes to use to describe Vice President Mike Pence: “Pharisee.”

Jewish scholars would like him to stop doing that.

Buttigieg, the 37-year-old mayor of South Bend, Indiana, who is running a dark horse campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination, has advanced the idea of liberal candidates using religious language to express their values.

The flip side of that, Buttigieg says, is that Republican leaders don’t practice the religious values they preach. He takes particular aim at Pence, who often speaks of his own conservative Christian values while serving under President Donald Trump. Buttigieg has criticized Trump for paying off an adult film actress with whom he allegedly had an affair.

Buttigieg believes that reeks of hypocrisy, so he uses an age-old Christian metaphor for hypocrites: the Pharisees.

“There’s an awful lot about Pharisees in there,” Buttigieg told The Washington Post this week, referring to the New Testament while discussing Pence. “And when you see someone, especially somebody who has such a dogmatic take on faith that they bring it into public life, being willing to attach themselves to this administration for the purposes of gaining power, it is alarmingly resonant with some New Testament themes, and not in a good way.”

The Pharisees were one of several Jewish sects during the first century, the time of Jesus. They also included the rabbis of the Talmud and the creators of Rabbinic Judaism, the ideological ancestor of mainstream Jewish practice today.

But in Christian discourse, the Pharisees have taken on the role of “hypocrites, fools and a brood of vipers, full of extortion, greed, and iniquity,” wrote Amy-Jill Levine, a professor at the Vanderbilt University Divinity School, in an article in Sojourners magazine. That’s because the New Testament Gospels say Pharisee leaders criticized Jesus and lambaste them for hypocrisy.
Rivlin rebukes Bolsonaro: ‘No one will order forgiveness of the Jewish people’
President Reuven Rivlin on Saturday rebuked his Brazilian counterpart Jair Bolsonaro for saying this week that the crimes of the Holocaust can be forgiven, though not forgotten.

“No one will order the forgiveness of the Jewish people, and it can never be bought in the name of interests,” he said.

“What [the Nazis] did to us is etched into our memory, the memory of an ancient people,” Rivlin wrote on Twitter.

“We will never cooperate with those who deny the truth or try to erase it from memory — not by individuals and groups, not by party leaders and not by heads of state,” he wrote, the last being in apparent reference to Bolsonaro.

“We will never forgive and never forget. No one will order the forgiveness of the Jewish people, and it can never be bought in the name of interests.”

Rivlin said the Jewish people would “always fight against anti-Semitism and xenophobia,” while calling on politicians not to wade into historically fraught matters. “Political leaders are responsible for shaping the future. Historians describe the past and research what happened. Neither should stray into the territory of the other,” he said.
Yad Vashem slams Bolsonaro after Holocaust comments
President Reuven Rivlin and Yad Vashem took Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro to task on Saturday for saying the crimes of the Holocaust can be forgiven, though not forgotten.

“We can forgive, but we cannot forget,” said Bolsonaro – a strong supporter of Israel who has reversed his country’s previously negative positions regarding Israel – at a meeting with Evangelical pastors in Rio de Janeiro on Thursday.
“Those that forget their past are sentenced not to have a future. We need to act so that the Holocaust will not repeat itself,” the Brazilian leader said.
Iranian forces said killed in reported Israel airstrike on Syria missile factory
A number of Iranian forces were reportedly killed in an airstrike on a Syrian military position near the city of Masyaf in western Hama province overnight Friday-Saturday. Syrian state media said Israeli jets carried out the raid in the middle of the night, firing missiles while flying in Lebanese airspace.

Syria’s official state news agency SANA said Israel targeted a military site in the area, but that Syrian air defenses intercepted the attack, downing some of the missiles fired. The regime mouthpiece said the interception resulted in the destruction of several buildings and the wounding of three “fighters.” The area is known to house Iranian forces and their Lebanese proxy, Hezbollah.

According to a report by the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights in Arabic, Iranian “elements” and pro-Iranian militants were killed in the alleged attack, and 17 people were injured.

Israel does not regularly comment on alleged strikes in Syria, though it has acknowledged some operations.

The Observatory said Saturday that the strike targeted a Syrian military college in the town and two buildings used by Iranian forces in nearby villages — a development center for medium-range missiles in Zawi and a training camp in Sheikh Ghadban.
Abbas swears in new PA government led by his Fatah ally, Mohammad Shtayyeh
A new Palestinian Authority government was sworn in by PA President Mahmoud Abbas on Saturday, a month after he tapped longtime ally Mohammad Shtayyeh, a member of his Fatah party, as the next premier.

The 61-year-old Shtayyeh is replacing Rami Hamdallah, who served as prime minister of the Palestinian government since 2013. He is seen as being critical of the Gaza Strip’s Hamas rulers, as well as a proponent of continuing peace talks with Israel.

The new 21-member cabinet includes some fresh faces, but senior officials, such as Foreign Minister Riyad al-Malki and Finance Minister Shukri Bishara, are keeping their positions.

Novelist Atef Abu Seif of Gaza, who was recently badly beaten during Hamas’s crackdown on protesters in the Strip, will become culture minister.

Shtayyeh’s government replaces a technocratic administration, which had the nominal backing of Hamas and all other Palestinian factions.
Thousands protest along Gaza border, 15-year-old shot dead - report
A 15-year-old boy was shot in the stomach during clashes with IDF forces east of the Jabaliya refugee camp, according to the Hamas Health Ministry on Friday.

According to the report, two other people were injured by gunfire in clashes with IDF forces east of Gaza City, when 9,000 demonstrators protested in five locations along the Gaza border.

A Palestinian was arrested after cutting the fence into Israel, waving a Palestinian flag.

The border protests began on March 30th and has seen over half a million people violently demonstrating along the security fence with Israel demanding an end to the 12-year long blockade, congregating at points along the border range between several thousand to 45,000 each day.

The one year anniversary of the border riots last week saw some 40,000 Palestinians demonstrate along the border fence and saw three Palestinians killed by IDF fire.

The cross-border violence immediately played into Israel's election campaign, which concluded earlier this week with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu heading toward a record fifth term in office.

But Egyptian mediators intervened to avoid further escalation by persuading Israel to lift restrictions on the movement of goods and people in and out of Gaza and expand the breadth of Mediterranean waters where Gazans can fish.
EU's Collusion with Iran
The main purpose of the Instrument in Support of Trade Exchanges (INSTEX) is to ensure that Europe -- and potentially third countries -- can continue doing business with the mullahs in Iran without risking US penalties for contravening US sanctions.

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini seems strongly committed to ensuring that Iran -- and Europe -- continue receiving economic benefits from the illegal, unsigned, and unratified Iran nuclear deal. Mogherini insisted that Iran is complying with the JCPOA. It is not. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, referring to documents seized by Israel, stated that the nuclear deal was "built on lies" .

No amount of human rights abuses, however atrocious -- or terrorism, even against its own citizens; or cheating to acquire deliverable nuclear capability to unleash on Israel, the US and eventually threaten the entire West -- will, it seems, deter the EU from its criminal collusion with Iran. Europe seems determined to wade into its own destruction with its eyes wide open.
The IAEA’s Blind Spots on Iran’s Nuclear Program
On April 9, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani boasted that “today and throughout the past year, we have launched 114 new technologies via the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran. This is the message to the world: You have not succeeded, and you will not succeed in preventing the progress and development of the Iranian people and their nuclear program. If yesterday you feared our IR-1 centrifuges, well, here you go!”

He has reason to boast. The 2015 Iranian nuclear deal brokered by former President Barack Obama was extremely weak, but yet, given its weaknesses, the agency that was expected to monitor Iran’s compliance has been exceedingly lax.

On April 4, The Wall Street Journal reported that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspected a warehouse in Tehran that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last year said housed nuclear equipment and materials.

When negotiating the Iranian nuclear deal, President Obama promised “anytime, anywhere inspections.” Yet six months elapsed from Netanyahu’s speech until the inspection. The question is what took the IAEA so long?

WaPo Rushes to Defend Ilhan Omar’s 9/11 Remarks, Fails Spectacularly
The Washington Post, in full white knight mode, rushed to Omar’s defense in publishing a piece in which they claimed context was needed.

After quoting several lines from her speech (which did not change what she said), “fact checker” Glenn Kessler wrote:

We will leave it to readers to determine whether Omar should have referred to “terrorists” or if the context for “some people” is clear from the speech.

When we listened to the whole speech, we were reminded of President George W. Bush’s phrasing in two famous moments after the Sept. 11 attacks.

“I can hear you! I can hear you! The rest of the world hears you! And the people — and the people who knocked these buildings down will hear all of us soon!” – Bullhorn address to Ground Zero rescue workers, Sept. 14, 2001

The other one was an Islamic Center speech in which President Bush defended Muslims in the aftermath of 9/11.

Kessler suggests that Bush’s bullhorn comments and the ones he made defending Muslims were no different than Omar’s speech.

In reality, the context surrounding Bush’s speeches meant everything after the terrorist attacks. He was by no means downplaying what happened. In the coming weeks and months, his administration would respond forcefully to the attacks.

On the other hand, the context the Post provided for Omar’s speech didn’t do her any justice. In fact, the context provided by the full video made her “some people did something” quote even worse.

Making things worse still is Omar’s widely-known reputation for repeating anti-Semitic tropes, which is a significant context for drawing conclusions about what Omar says all on its own.
Group Planning NY Rally Urging Schumer To Get Ilhan Omar Off Foreign Affairs Committee
A group called The Coalition to Get Ilhan Omar off the Foreign Affairs Committee is holding a rally on May 19 titled “Operation: Schumer’s Doorstep.”

The group states: “The Coalition seeks to mobilize Americans of all political, ethnic and religious backgrounds who are concerned about Rep. Ilhan Omar’s continuing presence on the House Foreign Affairs Committee. The Coalition’s first goal is to enlist (through all reasonable means of persuasion granted by the Constitution) Senator Schumer in the cause. The event will be part peaceful protest, prayer vigil, and press conference.”

The rally will be held outside Schumer’s building by Prospect Park in Brooklyn.

The group counsels, “We’d like people of faith to lead a prayer calling for Schumer to gain the courage of his convictions so that from this moment on, the senator will fight with every fiber of his being to drive Omar off the committee. We pray for him to become the Shomer he has always said he is.”

Dems to Redefine Hate Crime as ‘Disagreeing with Ilhan Omar About Anything’ (satire)

Claiming that existing language did not go far enough to protect victims of racism and Islamophobia, House Democrats have passed a bill redefining the term “hate crime” to include “any criticism of, or disagreement with, Representative Ilhan Omar.”

The bill comes after Omar’s description of the September 11 attacks as “some people did something” sparked outrage and led to criticism that she showed a lack of sensitivity towards victims of the attacks. Her defenders, however, said these criticisms led to death threats against the Congresswoman.

“Clearly, there could only be one reason that someone would criticize an elected member of Congress, and that is sheer bigotry,” Representative Ro Khanna said on the House floor. “No criticism of Congresswoman Omar’s religious beliefs, her actions, or her political views will be tolerated.”

After initially resisting, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was forced to bring the bill to the floor after several progressive party members threatened to lock themselves in their rooms until she agreed to do so. For some freshman lawmakers, however, the bill does not go far enough.
University of North Carolina Condemns ‘Disturbing, Hateful Language’ After Palestinian Rapper Performs Self-Described ‘Antisemitic Song’
The interim chancellor of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill has rebuked a recent campus performance by a Palestinian rapper who sang a self-described “antisemitic song” and asked audience members to invoke Mel Gibson when participating.

Palestinian rapper Tamer Nafar of the hip hop group DAM performed at UNC on the evening of March 22, as part of a 3-day academic conference on the Gaza Strip. The conference was sponsored by the UNC Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies and Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies, and co-sponsored by multiple departments.

“This is my antisemitic song,” Nafar was recorded saying in a clip shared by filmmaker Ami Horowitz.

“Let’s try it together,” the rapper said while encouraging audience members to join him. “I need your help, I cannot be antisemitic alone.”

New York Times Suggests “Terrorist” Label for Israel
These contorted paragraphs are a prime example of how the newspaper’s preoccupation with casting Israel in a negative light comes at the expense of a well-informed public. Straightforward coverage of the U.S. decision about the Revolutionary Guard would leave readers with a clear understanding of the American criteria for designating Foreign Terrorist Organizations, would forthrightly describe the U.S. justification for applying the designation to Iran, and would not mislead about the State Department’s policy direction.

CAMERA’s billboard outside the New York Times building calls out the newspaper’s biased and inflammatory coverage.

What’s the actual criteria for designating a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO), if not use of violence by intelligence services? The Foundation for Defense of Democracies explains that
U.S. law defines “terrorism” as “premeditated, politically motivated violence perpetrated against noncombatant targets by subnational groups or clandestine agents.” To be designated as an FTO under U.S. law, a foreign organization must engage in terrorism or terrorist activities that “threatens the security of United States nationals or the national security of the United States.”

That’s easy enough. And easy enough for a Times reporter to research. The passages in quotes come directly from the US Code. Similar language appears on the State Department’s Foreign Terrorist Organizations web page, which notes that in order to be listed, an organization must engage in “terrorist activity or terrorism” and “must threaten the security of U.S. nationals or the national security … of the United States.”

That’s why use of violence by, for example, a French intelligence agency doesn’t put that agency at risk for being designated a Foreign Terrorist Organization. The U.S. didn’t view their use of force as terrorism, and doesn’t regard their ally’s actions as threatening American security. The same goes for Israeli intelligence — which works closely with American intelligence agencies.
Jewish Canadian mayor: ban on wearing religious symbols 'ethnic cleansing'
The Jewish mayor of a Canadian town compared a proposed bill that would bar religious symbols on some public workers to “ethnic cleansing.”

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau asked William Steinberg, mayor since 2005 of the affluent town of Hampstead in Montreal’s west end, to apologize for the remark.

“We shouldn’t use words like that,” Trudeau, who opposes the bill, told reporters in Ottawa last Friday. “We don’t need to go to extremes.”

Steinberg instead defended using the term, saying he meant “ethnic cleansing” only in a “non-violent” sense.

The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs, B’nai Brith and human rights groups have denounced the proposed law as discriminatory and contrary to Canadian human rights charters, but polls consistently show most Quebecers supporting it by a healthy majority.
SpaceIL chief: ‘Beresheet 2 starts tomorrow, we’ll put our flag on the moon’
Following the Israeli spacecraft Beresheet’s failure to land safely on the moon this week, SpaceIL chairman Morris Kahn on Saturday announced he was launching project Beresheet 2, effective immediately, adding: “We started something and we need to finish it. We’ll put our flag on the moon.”

The small spacecraft, the world’s first privately funded moon lander, crashed into the lunar surface Thursday night during an attempted landing, apparently due to a technical glitch that caused its main engine to stop mid-landing.

Appearing on Channel 12’s “Meet the Press,” South African-born billionaire Kahn said work on the successor to Beresheet would start Sunday.

“The response we’ve gotten has been amazing. The amount of thank yous and letters is amazing,” he said. “Over the weekend I’ve had time to think about what happened, and the truth is seeing all the encouragement and support from people all over the world is amazing.

“It gave me time to think and I thought it would be a shame to leave things like that. I’ve come to announce a new project: Beresheet 2. We started something and we need to finish it. We’ll put our flag on the moon.”

He added that “Project Beresheet 2 begins tomorrow… A mission team will be meeting tomorrow to start work.”

Space Industry Leaders Praise Israel’s SpaceIL for Beresheet Moon Mission
Astronauts and scientists at the US space agency NASA commended the Israeli non-profit organization SpaceIL for its efforts after its spacecraft “Beresheet” failed to land safely on the moon on Thursday.

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said, “While NASA regrets the end of the SpaceIL mission without a successful lunar landing of the Beresheet lander, we congratulate SpaceIL, the Israel Aerospace Industries and the state of Israel on the incredible accomplishment of sending the first privately funded mission into lunar orbit.”

“Every attempt to reach new milestones holds opportunities for us to learn, adjust and progress,” he added. “I have no doubt that Israel and SpaceIL will continue to explore and I look forward to celebrating their future achievements.”

Famed Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin, wrote in a Twitter message to SpaceIL, “Never lose hope – your hard work, teamwork, and innovation is inspiring to all!” European Space Agency astronaut Tim Peake expressed disappointment over Beresheet’s failed moon landing but said SpaceIL has “much to be proud of.”

Beresheet lifted off from Cape Canaveral in Florida on Feb. 22 and succeeded in entering the moon’s orbit, a feat only seven countries have accomplished. It is assumed that the aircraft crashed into the surface of the moon.
The forgotten female WWII-era spy who stayed silent under gruesome Nazi torture
Despite unimaginable torture by the Nazis, imprisonment in concentration camps and uncertainty over the fate of her lover and fellow spy, Allied agent Odette Sansom never betrayed the clandestine ring she was part of in occupied France during World War II.

While operating under the code name “Lise,” the French-born, British-residing Sansom helped aid the resistance in her homeland. Her actual name — which changed after the war during her several marriages — would be honored in the annals of espionage when she received the George Cross after the war. She was the first woman who had faced enemy fire to receive the honor, the second-highest award in the UK.

A posthumous UK postage stamp honoring her for her wartime service lists her as Odette Hallowes, the surname of her third husband.

While her exploits made her a celebrity in ensuing years, Sansom has become largely forgotten. A recently published book, “Code Name Lise: The True Story of the Woman Who Became WWII’s Most Highly Decorated Spy,” by Larry Loftis, aims to set the record straight.

“It’s a story of a particular heroine whom 99 percent of people — 99 percent of WWII historians — probably don’t know who she is,” Loftis told The Times of Israel. “Her family is thrilled I wrote about her life.”
Scottish Rescuer of Jewish Children From Holocaust to Be Honored in Budapest
A church missionary from Scotland who traveled to Hungary to help Jewish schoolchildren during the Second World War will be commemorated this weekend at a special ceremony in Budapest.

Jane Haining, a native of Dumfriesshire, was captured by the Nazi authorities, who deported her to the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp in Poland where she later perished.

Haining was arrested by the Gestapo in 1944 for harboring more than 400 children, the majority Jewish orphans, at the Scottish Mission School in Budapest.

When WWII began, Haining refused to return home to Scotland, choosing to stay with the children. She wrote: “If these children need me in days of sunshine, how much more do they need me in days of darkness?”

In 2010, she was posthumously awarded a Hero of the Holocaust medal by the British government. Photographs, a video, letters, a copy of her handwritten last will and testament and her Hero of the Holocaust Medal are on display at the church in her hometown of Dunscore.

Haining is also the only Scot to be honored as “righteous among the nations” – the term used for non-Jews who risked their lives to protect Jews from extermination – by Yad Vashem, Israel’s national Holocaust memorial center in Jerusalem.

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As Democrats prepare to introduce ‘No Ban Act’ legislation to end what they say is President Donald Trump’s racist Muslim ban they should take a moment to read the new Government Accountability Office report issued Thursday. It shows that under President Obama the travel ban rate for security reasons in 2015 was 16 times higher than under Trump in 2017 based on the one year data that was available to GAO.

It also indicates a very significant finding: that the Trump administration’s executive orders not only did not increase its refusal rate -for terrorism and security related reasons- but it was lower for the respective years studied.

GAO’s analysis indicates that, out of the nearly 2.8 million NIV applications refused in fiscal year 2017, 1,338 applications were refused specifically due to visa entry restrictions implemented per the executive actions,” stated the report.

In fact, the nonimmigrant visa refusal rate rose under Obama’s tenure from about “14 percent in fiscal year 2012 to about 22 percent in fiscal year 2016, and remained about the same in fiscal year 2017; averaging about 18 percent over the time period,” according to the report. “The total number of NIVs issued peaked in fiscal year 2015 at about 10.89 million, before falling in fiscal years 2016 and 2017 to 10.38 million and 9.68 million, respectively.”

For example, in 2015, “CBP data showed that it identified and interdicted over 22,000 high-risk air travelers through these programs” according to the most recent data available at the time of GAO’s report it stated.


Nonimmigrant visa’s are those issued to foreign nationals seeking admission into the United States. Some examples are visas issued to tourists, students and businessmen seeking temporary status.

According to the GAO, “the number of adjudications peaked at about 13.4 million in fiscal year 2016, and decreased by about 880,000 adjudications in fiscal year 2017.”

State Department Stats

From the time period above, the State Department denied roughly 18 percent of adjudicated applications “of which more than 90 percent were because the applicant did not qualify for the visa sought” and only “0.05 percent were due to terrorism and security-related concerns.”

The report noted that previous successful and attempted terrorist attacks against the United States raised questions about the U.S. vetting system. One example listed in the report was the December 2015, terrorist attack in  San Bernardino, California, which led to the deaths of 14 people with dozens more injured. One of the attackers was admitted into the United States under a nonimmigrant visa, stated the report.

Lack of Vetting 

President Trump issued his executive travel ban in 2017 based on the apparent lack of vetting and what some security analysts described as an “open gateway” for applicants from nations affiliated with terrorist organizations.

“Trump’s ban was not targeting Muslims it was using common sense to keep dangerous persons from entering the country through the visa system based on factual evidence of past attempted attacks and ones that we couldn’t stop,” said a DHS official, who was not authorized to speak to the media.

“The failure was that system tied the hands of adjudicators in many cases – they just didn’t have all the information necessary to appropriately vet those entering the United States,” the DHS official added. “For nations like Syria, Libya and Yemen it’s almost impossible to know the intentions of those being vetted because those nations are not stable or have well functioning governments.”

The report noted that an August 2018, analysis of State data “indicates that relatively few applicants— approximately 0.05 percent—were refused for terrorism and other security-related reasons from fiscal years 2012 through 2017.”

It also shows that in 2017, under President Trump there was not a significant increase in refusals because State Department “data indicate that 1,256 refusals (or 0.05 percent) were based on terrorism and other security-related concerns, of which 357 refusals were specifically for terrorism-related reasons.”

From 2012 To 2017 Most NIVS Were Denied For Reasons Other Than Security or Terrorism

State data indicate that more than 90 percent of NIVs refused each year from fiscal years 2012 through 2017 were based on the consular officers’ determination that the applicants were ineligible nonimmigrants—in other words, the consular officers believed that the applicant was an intending immigrant seeking to stay permanently in the United States, which would generally violate NIV conditions, or that the applicant otherwise failed to demonstrate eligibility for the particular visa he or she was seeking. For example, an applicant applying for a student visa could be refused as an ineligible nonimmigrant for failure to demonstrate possession of sufficient funds to cover his or her educational expenses, as required.

Under former President Obama the numbers were much higher. For example, “in fiscal year 2015 DHS’s predeparture programs stopped 22,000 high-risk travelers from entering the country.”

The Numbers and and Ilhan Omar’s “No Ban Act”

The numbers are important. Why? Because some Democrats, led by Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar, have introduced “The No Ban Act,”  which directly targets the Trump administration’s travel ban policy. The policy prevents persons from nations such as Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen and Somalia from entering the country. The reason being, is that the majority of these nations do not have a functioning government capable of documenting or clearing those traveling to the United States and concern that some of these countries are safe-havens for terrorist organizations, as listed by the State Department. 

Last year, Trump’s third executive travel ban order was upheld in a 5-4 ruling by the Supreme Court.

Chief Justice John Roberts, who authored the majority opinion, noted that the president was within his authority to impose the ban. Trump based the ban on extensive national security concerns regarding travelers from these nations.

Roberts opinion noted it was not the court’s place to pass judgment on Trump’s previous comments during the campaign regarding immigrants.

Justice Sonia Sotomayor, wrote the dissenting opinion, and said Trump’s comments targeting Muslims should have been the reason to strike down his travel ban.

Omar’s bill, however, will face a steep battle in Congress and the Senate. It would effectively end Trump’s policies to limit entry from these unstable and mostly ungoverned nations. It would also limit the government ability to conduct extreme vetting of immigrants who attempt to comet to the U.S. from countries designated as a threat because of ties to terrorism.

Here’s what Omar had to say: 

“The Muslim ban is a moral stain on our country’s history,” Omar said.

“Proud to have joined my colleagues in introducing the #NoBanAct yesterday to put an end to this discriminatory ban,” Omar said on Twitter.

Omar could not be immediately reached for comment.

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  • About 2.8 million nonimmigrant visa applications were refused in fiscal year 2017—over 90% of which were because the applicant di 0.05% of applications were refused for security-related concerns

  • 1,338 visa applications were refused because of the President’s visa entry restrictions for people from certain countries.

  • In fiscal year 2015 DHS’s predeparture programs stopped 22,000 high-risk travelers from entering the country


In August 2018, GAO reported that the total number of nonimmigrant visa (NIV) applications that Department of State (State) consular officers adjudicated annually increased from fiscal years 2012 through 2016, but decreased in fiscal year 2017 (the most recent data available at the time of GAO’s report).


NIVs are issued to foreign nationals, such as tourists, business visitors, and students, seeking temporary admission into the United States. The number of adjudications peaked at about 13.4 million in fiscal year 2016, and decreased by about 880,000 adjudications in fiscal year 2017. State refused about 18 percent of adjudicated applications during this time period, of which more than 90 percent were because the applicant did not qualify for the visa sought and 0.05 percent were due to terrorism and security-related concerns. In 2017, two executive orders and a proclamation issued by the President required, among other actions, visa entry restrictions for nationals of certain listed countries of concern. GAO’s analysis indicates that, out of the nearly 2.8 million NIV applications refused in fiscal year 2017, 1,338 applications were refused specifically due to visa entry restrictions implemented per the executive actions.

Nonimmigrant Visa Adjudications, Fiscal Years 2012 through 2017

In January 2017, GAO reported that the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) operates predeparture programs to help identify and interdict high-risk travelers before they board U.S.- bound flights. CBP officers inspect all U.S.-bound travelers on those flights that are precleared at the 15 Preclearance locations at foreign airports—which serve as U.S. ports of entry—and, if deemed inadmissible, a traveler will not be permitted to board the aircraft. CBP also operates nine Immigration Advisory Program and two Joint Security Program locations, as well as three Regional Carrier Liaison Groups, through which CBP may recommend that air carriers not permit identified high-risk travelers to board U.S.-bound flights.

CBP Data High Risk

CBP data showed that it identified and interdicted over 22,000 high-risk air travelers through these programs in fiscal year 2015 (the most recent data available at the time of GAO’s report). While CBP tracked some data, such as the number of travelers deemed inadmissible, it had not fully evaluated the overall effectiveness of these programs. GAO recommended that CBP develop a system of performance measures and baselines to better position CBP to assess program performance. As of December 2018, CBP set preliminary performance targets for fiscal year 2019, and plans to set targets for future fiscal years by October 31, 2019. GAO will continue to review CBP’s actions to address this recommendation.

Why GAO Did This Study

Previous attempted and successful terrorist attacks against the United States have raised questions about the security of the U.S. government’s screening and vetting processes for NIVs. State manages the visa adjudication process. DHS seeks to identify and interdict travelers who are potential security threats to the United States, such as foreign fighters and potential terrorists, human traffickers, drug smugglers and otherwise inadmissible persons, at the earliest possible point in time. DHS also has certain responsibilities for strengthening the security of the visa process. In 2017, the President issued executive actions directing agencies to improve visa screening and vetting, and establishing nationality-based visa entry restrictions, which the Supreme Court upheld in June 2018.

This statement addresses (1) data and information on NIV adjudications and (2) CBP programs aimed at preventing high-risk travelers from boarding U.S.-bound flights. This statement is based on prior products GAO issued in January 2017 and August 2018, along with selected updates conducted in December 2018 to obtain information from DHS on actions it has taken to address a prior GAO recommendation.

What GAO Recommends

GAO previously recommended that CBP evaluate the effectiveness of its predeparture programs. DHS agreed with GAO’s recommendation and CBP has actions under way to address it.

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I’m Jumping Off the Trump Train: Assange Was the Last Straw

I’m Jumping Off the Trump Train: Assange Was the Last Straw

On March 6, 2016, this Deplorable issued a statement formally endorsing Donald J. Trump for the presidency of the United State.
I now hereby withdraw that endorsement.
No doubt this declaration from your Working Boy will be greeted with the same deafening indifference as my earlier less than earth-shattering announcement of support.
Keep calm. The planet will continue to spin on its axis at a 23.44 degree tilt.
As I tweeted on April 4, when it appeared that Ecuadorian President Lenín [sic] Moreno was going to cough up Julian Assange:
“If this comes to pass & #JulianAssange is brought to #US in chains like a Gaulish chieftain in a Roman triumph can we definitively declare that any possible #Trump revolution is over & the #DeepState won?”
A quick perusal of social media since Assange’s arrest shows that many others have reached a similar conclusion.
But why? To be sure, there have been other betrayals. The two strikes on Syria on phony chemical warfare accusations come immediately to mind. Or Trump’s failure to build the Mexican wall, coupled with repeated humiliating defeats in Congress with the predictability of Charlie Brown’s getting suckered by Lucy into trying to kick the football.
At the same time there were excuses. On Syria, maybe the President was fed false intelligence. Or maybe Ivanka was upsetDaaaddyyy, you have to dooo something! Or maybe Trump knew the CW accusations against Damascus were fake but felt he had to act (an ominous sign in itself) to deflect charges of being Putin’s puppet, hence what could be deemed deliberately pinprick pro forma strikes. On the wall, well you can’t trust lawyers’ advice, he just doesn’t understand his legal authority well enough, or maybe he…
But the Assange arrest and his upcoming renditi– – oops! – extradition to the United States are different.  There’s no nuance. No excuse. No false intel report. No poor legal advice.
It’s plain and simple. The same entities (Deep State, permanent government, the oligarchy, the Borg, whatever term you like) that targeted Trump with the phony Russia collusion narrative  want Assange’s scalp nailed to the wall. It’s one thing for favored outlets like the Washington Post and CNN to disseminate classified information that favors the Deep State, quite another to reveal information contrary to its interests. As the premier dispenser of embarrassing secrets that facilitates online dissidence from the established narrative (also under attack by governments and their tech giant accomplices) an example must be made of Assange pour encourager les autres. He can count on being sentenced to rotting for decades in a nasty Office Space federal prison (the US will gladly waive the death penalty to spare the Brits’ prissy Euro-consciences) but may very well die soon enough of natural causes, perhaps like Slobodan Milošević.
An essential role in Assange’s betrayal by Moreno was played by Trump’s Veep Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Former President Rafael Correa says a direct condition of Moreno’s getting a $4.2 billion IMF loan was Assange’s head on a platter. That’s a lot more plausible than establishment media reports that Assange was ejected for transgressing the Ecuadorians’ fastidious hygiene standards, which (whether based in fact or not) are just cynical defamations to justify his upcoming lynching.
It’s irrelevant whether Trump – who theoretically is the boss of all US agency operatives working with their Brit colleagues to get their mitts on Assange – let the nab go forward because he was unwilling to order his minions to stand down or was powerless to do so. In that regard, it’s similar to pointlessly asking why he has the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad national security team he does. Is it because of “Javanka”? Is it because he’s beholden to a gaggle of oligarchs? (Supposedly his being a self-financed billionaire made him immune from such influences.)  Is it areflection of a personality disorder?
In the end it doesn’t matter why, all that matters is what is. With Assange’s arrest Trump is now exposed as the wholly owned subsidiary of the Swamp he ran against.  He’s now just a wheel fixed to an axle. All he can do now is it spin.
In my 2016 endorsement I asked the questions – only questions, not predictions – of what Trump might hopefully accomplish:
‘Can we trust Trump? Will he build his wall and secure our borders? Renovate our deteriorating infrastructure? Restore our manufacturing base? Audit the Federal Reserve and defenestrate the banksters? Restore the GOP’s long-lost reputation (now hardly remembered by anyone) as the “Peace Party” that got us out of wars the Democrats started? Sign a bill to defund Planned Parenthood, as long as they continue to perform abortions (which they will)? Exclude actual or potential Islamic terroristsDump our freeloading so-called “allies”? Cease the PC trashing of every tradition in which Americans once took pride? Reunite a nation sundered by Barack Obama and the GOP mandarins, with their divide et impera Punch and Judy show of class and racial discord?
‘Can Trump really “Make America Great Again”? Or at least slow our decline and give our country another chance?
‘I don’t know.  But I do know that none of the more mannerly politicians served up by the oligarchy will.
“Trust not in princes…” (Ps. 146:3) Neither Trump nor any other politician should be accepted on blind faith. Who really can say if Trump can win or if he does how he would govern. Who can say what’s really in his mind and heart or if, in God’s eyes, he’s a good man or a bad one. But given the dire warning from the likes of Mitt Romney, I like the odds with Trump better than with any of the available alternatives. When the character of his enemies is considered – particularly Warfare State neoconservatives (some of whom at least have the honesty to defect openly to Hillary) – my willingness to gamble on him only increases.’
Even in retrospect it was then a gamble worth taking, indeed the only responsible choice given the horrifying alternative. More, given what Trump promised that departed from the usual nonsense served up by the GOP, the fact that Trump got the nomination instead of the NPCs on the shelf was itself perhaps a sign of that the historic American nation still had a fighting chance.
As for what we hoped he might deliver to “Make America Great Again,” we can see now that the answers to all of the above questions are and will remain an emphatic No. Sure, we got a marginally better tax bill passed, something that any Republican White House and Congress would have done. He may have made minor progress on trade.  If we are really lucky, he’ll get another Supreme Court pick and Roe v. Wade will be overturned – marvelous to be sure, but it won’t same this country.
Trump has utterly failed to control the border, much less deal with related issues like remittances, birthright citizenship, and aliens illegally voting. As retired Army Colonel Douglas Macgregor observes: “Surely, Trump should have concluded by now that without an Executive Order that commits the U.S. Army to the defense of the southern border and limits cross-border traffic to legitimate commercial activity, mass illegal immigration will not stop… In a word, Trump refuses to take command and match rhetoric with action, then he will join the pantheon of failed presidents that promised the world only, this time, the American Republic’s existence hangs in the balance.”
Unfortunately, Trump’s appointees – uniformly neoconservatives, Bush-era warmongers, and GOP apparatchiki – have better things for our military to do than defending our own country, to which they are at best indifferent. We can be thankful that Trump hasn’t started any new wars, yet, but his underlings’ dogged commitment to regime change in Venezuela and Iran may change that. His outreach to North Korea hangs by a thread in the face of blatant attempts to sabotage it.
One hopes that at least some animal-level gut instinct will preclude Trump’s crossing that dark river and ruining what’s left of his presidency as George W. Bush did in Iraq. If his lunatics are reckless enough to stumble us into a war with Russia, Trump’s reelection will be the least of anyone’s concerns.
Even without a war his remaining time in office will not be the revival of America that he promised. Let’s keep in mind that for many decades now transformative Democratic presidents have not left this country the same way they found it: FDR, LBJ, Clinton, Obama. By contrast, Republican presidents’ tenures have been at best plateaus along our decline (Eisenhower, Reagan) or positively contributed (Nixon, the two Bushes) to the march of what the Left regards as “Progress” toward their abolition of the historic America and birth of a dystopian Cultural Marxist dictatorship of victims: a borderless, multiethnic, multilingual, multireligious, multisexual, ahistorical, fake country.
Perhaps the saddest thing is that even if he survives in office until the 2020 vote (and he might not) Trump still will almost certainly be the lesser of two evils, in the manner to which we have become accustomed. Despite his no longer representing a threat to the Swamp, the critters will continue to hate him anyway as an avatar of the America they seek to destroy: European ethnicity, Christian (culturally if not spiritually or morally), English-speaking, toxically masculine. He might even win, given the Wall Street and Democratic Socialist Democrats’ ripping each others’ guts out and the solid 35 to 40 percent of the folks who think from Trump’s tweets and stump speeches he’s actually delivering on his promises.
Either way, though, the outcome will be the same. The man who had what is almost certainly to have been the last peaceful, political chance save what’s left of the American republic will thrash around for a few more years, having become little more than a catalyst for our nation’s demise and perhaps its dissolution.
This is not to say that there is no hope. Maybe tomorrow Trump will pardon Assange. Maybe he’ll decide to militarize the Mexican border. Maybe he’ll fire his whole national security team and, for good measure, pull us out of Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq – and NATO. Maybe Barr really will hold the FISA miscreants to account. Maybe…
…maybe there will be an outpouring of miracles that match the one that occurred when Trump improbably was elected in the first place. But as is the case with miracles, the odds are not good.

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Hi Everyone! I’ve late to this clearly but I’ve discovered another outlet for positivity in the world - an ESPN show called SC Featured. It’s all uplifting or interesting or funny stories with a sports angle. Love it! Anyway, this story is almost a year old and I’m just seeing it now. So freaky I had to share it! Poor guy! Poor Cleveland! 😁
          Attorneys General Sue Trump Administration Over School Nutrition Rollbacks      Comment   Translate Page      
A coalition of state attorneys general is suing the Trump administration for weakening the federal nutrition standards for school meals that are fed to about 30 million children across the country. "Over a million children in New York — especially those in low-income communities and communities of color — depend on the meals served daily by their schools to be healthy, nutritious, and prepare them for learning," New York Attorney General Letitia James said in a statement announcing the lawsuit. Joining James in the lawsuit are the attorneys general of California, the District of Columbia, Illinois, Minnesota, New Mexico and Vermont. As we've reported , last year the Trump administration gave school lunch administrators more flexibility in serving up refined grains, including white breads, biscuits and white pastas. The move weakened standards set during the Obama administration aimed at serving more nutritious and fiber-dense whole grains, which are a key part of a healthy diet. In
          Forgiveness, Acceptance, Barack Obama And Robert E. Lee      Comment   Translate Page      
This is kind of a blog post to myself, but I hope you get something out of it as well.

I'm a big fan of Robert E. Lee. To me, he's second only to George Washington as the greatest American of all time. I won't go into the reasons here. Let's just leave it at that. I understand that Lee fought for the Confederacy and they were trying to preserve slavery. I still love the guy.

Some people are big fans of Barack Obama. Barack never met a type of abortion he didn't support, including the type where the baby is about 7 pounds and you have to suck out its brains and then crush its skull to get it out of the mother, dead. A lot of people who love Barack know that and love him anyway.

If I want people to respect my preferences, then I need to respect theirs. I wouldn't make their choice and they wouldn't make mine, but in the end, how big of a deal is it anyway? Loving Robert E. Lee doesn't mean you support slavery and loving Barack doesn't mean you think crushing the skulls of babies is fine.

Maybe we'd be better off if we learned to respect each other's preferences even if we don't fully understand them.

The Big Man himself.

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From Jenna Orkin

JG Michael Parallax View:  Journalist Jenna Orkin on 9/11's Deadly Dust (also some discussion of Mike Ruppert towards the end)

Trump Is Trying To Change The Meaning Of Instructor, And It's Not Good

How Wikileaks 'threatened' Ecuador before Julian Assange finally got arrested

Justice Department charges WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange with conspiracy to hack a government computer

It Begins: Ex-Obama Counsel To Be Indicted Following Mueller Probe

Israeli scientists are about to attempt the first private moon landing, and you can watch live video of the historic feat

World Faces "Uphill Battle" With Average IQ Of Just 82!

The guy who invented the IQ test predicted it would be abused.  He was smart.  I wonder what his IQ was.

UBS Expects 75,000 US Store Closures In Coming 'Retail Cleansing'

China Rising In The Caribbean

Too close for comfort?

Russia Releases Never Before Seen Video Of Advanced Arctic Base 

Michael Avenatti Indicted On 36 Counts By Grand Jury

           Comment on Greg Craig: A Washington Insider May Be Headed to Jail for His Work in Ukraine by Investigation Nation: Mueller, Russiagate, and Fake Politics – The Greanville Post       Comment   Translate Page      
[…] contributions made to state Democratic campaigns. And/or CraigGate, involving powerful Democratic fixer and Obama White House Counsel, Gregory Craig, who has already been referred to federal prosecutors […]
          Honorary Obama bro will not allow Rep. Dan Crenshaw to shirk the racist hatred he incited      Comment   Translate Page      

Rep. Dan Crenshaw can't just quote someone accurately and think he can get away with it.

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          Trump Lies About Obama-Era Lawyer, Doesn't Mention Charges Stem From Working With Trump Campaign Manager      Comment   Translate Page      
(Graphic via CallToActivism)

Donald Trump got oh-so-excited about a former member of the Obama administration, Gregory Craig, being indicted this week.

As Call To Activism points out, though, the charges against Craig came from his involvement with former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort years after leaving the Obama administration.

From The New York Times:

The indictment alleged that, while a partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, Mr. Craig took on work on behalf of the government of Viktor F. Yanukovych, then the president of Ukraine.

The work was brought to Mr. Craig by Paul Manafort, then a political consultant for Mr. Yanukovych and later the campaign chairman for President Trump in 2016.

The charges stated that Mr. Craig lied in order to avoid registering with the Justice Department under the Foreign Agents Registration Act and withheld information about the full scope of his activities.

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Are you sure that Obama is stil president ? I thought that the current presidents name is trump.
          Shaheen: Defending Obamacare 'Only the Start' - GOP Should Work With Dems on Health Care      Comment   Translate Page      
During Friday’s Democratic Weekly Address, Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) discussed the court battle over the Affordable Care Act, said that defending the law is only the beginning, and stated that “it’s time for Republicans in Congress to come together with
          Some South Texas stores give away books to promote reading      Comment   Translate Page      
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Dr. Jimie Owsley grew up in a home without many books.

The Corpus Christi Caller-Times reported that she lived in a rough part of Chicago, so embarking to the library on her own wasn’t an option. Then she made a discovery: She wasn’t prepared.

“By the time I got to college I realized that I could not carry on meaningful conversations in basic geography, history,” Owsley said. “So, by the time I went to medical school, I was just reading like a sponge.”

When she moved to Washington, D.C., to complete her medical residency, she said she discovered great bookstores.

Owsley is a contracted emergency room doctor for CHRISTUS Spohn Health System, operates a low-cost health care clinic and owns one of the only locally owned bookstores in South Texas.

Helping children become smarter and more literate is the goal behind initiatives at her By the Book Bookstore and another just over the bridge.

Owsley opened By the Book in December 2016, but the business then hibernated as the city began working on the roads at Ayers Street and Santa Fe for about two years.

The stores recently reopened full time as the road construction was completed.

Each day, they select a book that is up for grabs and the first person to come in and ask for the book gets it for free.

“The books are typically children’s books or classics, and they are available to really anyone,” Owsley said. “But the purpose is to build libraries. Pretty much anything I do, I know I want to give back to the community.”

At Books Ink in Portland, children can get a free book every week by answering a question. If they can’t answer the question, they still get the book – along with some homework.

Owner Jennifer Hay celebrated 15 years in business April 1 and said the purpose is to help grow libraries in homes.

“I want to make reading fun for kids,” she said. “Make it not a chore. They get to choose their book and do with it what they want. Kids that like to read will become adults that like to read.”

“I’ve been in homes where there are no books, and if there are no books, you don’t develop a love of reading,” Hay said.

Spending time reading to your children every day and having them read to you will help them grow as readers and develop their love of reading, Owsley said.

“When I was young, we didn’t have any books in our home, and I felt that I really missed out,” she said. “I think multiple things build a relationship, but certainly reading is one of those. I think every parent should have books in their home. They should read to their children.”

Helping children and adults be smarter is a major focus of By the Book. When Owsley discovered her son was born hearing impaired, doctors said the best thing for him would be to read 10 books a day.

“In his age group at Barnes and Noble, you go through 10 books a day pretty quickly, so I started ordering books online,” Owsley said. “But I really wanted him to get more nonfiction information, in case he lost his hearing one day.”

At her store, she offers books such as “Quantum Entanglement for Babies,” “Quantum Physics for Babies” and “The Little President: A Presidential Primer.”

When reading a book herself, she likes her kids to read a similar book, and then they discuss it as a family. She offers books at the store for parents interested in doing this with their children. For example, if the parent wants to read a book on Michelle Obama, there is a child-appropriate Michelle Obama book.

“I wanted books that made people smarter – professional books, medical books, law books – but I also wanted a parallel with the appropriate age group,” Owsley said. “I wanted books to improve yourself.”

Kelly Kimball’s two daughters learned how to spell by playing Scrabble at Books Ink.

One of her daughters is dyslexic, but she was never made to feel like she wasn’t good enough to play.

It is that sense of community that has kept the family coming back year after year, Kimball said.

The family began visiting the bookstore when the girls were 3 and 10. They now are 18 and 25.

“We don’t have community spaces anymore.” Hay said. “Nobody chats with their neighbors, nobody sits on a porch and waves to people, and I just wanted a place where if somebody came in they would be able to talk to another person.”

She has tried to give other small businesses an opportunity to grow, hosting tarot card readings, chair massages and other business events.

The bookstore also has several weekly and monthly events including Scrabble nights, poetry readings, a book club and book signings.

“I don’t have Wi-Fi, I’m never going to have a TV in here, so when people come in they talk to one another, and I just felt that we needed something like that,” Hay said.

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Today in a diplomatic ceremony hosted by U.S. Archivist David Ferriero at the National Archives, U.S. officials completed the turnover of some 7,500 CIA, FBI, DOD, NSC and State Department records—47,000 pages in total—to Argentina’s Minister of Justice and Human Rights, German Garavano. Ferriero said that reviewers worked for a total of 32,000 hours to complete the task, which began during the Obama administration and was completed under the Trump administration, and were able to release the documents 97% unredacted.

           Comment on Trump Thinks the US and Israel should be allowed to commit War Crimes and not be charged!!! by friendsofsyria       Comment   Translate Page      
What if a member of the public says they do not recognise the courts of the land, will they not be charged? It is the same for the courts of the planet, of course all war criminals will say they don't recognise the court. The ICC was put into place to stop war crimes and the two most criminal countries think it is ok to commit war crimes and start wars all around the world purely for money. It has to stop and it is about time George W Bush, Hilary Clinton, Barak Obama, Tony Blair and John Howard are arrested.
          Trump wields power on pipeline, energy projects      Comment   Translate Page      
WASHINGTON – Eager to jump-start the stalled Keystone XL oil pipeline and other energy projects, President Donald Trump has acted to assert executive power over pipelines and such infrastructure.

He issued a new permit for Keystone XL and insisted this exercise of presidential authority was not subject to judicial review. Then he signed an executive order clarifying that the president alone has the power to grant permits for cross-border projects such as pipelines. A separate order makes it harder for states to block pipelines and other energy projects on the basis of environmental concerns.

Taken together, the actions amount to a broad assertion of power that reverses more than 50 years of precedent that delegated decision-making on energy projects to individual agencies.

Trump has shown a willingness to override his own agencies to accomplish his aims. His actions, if upheld by the courts, could consolidate power over energy projects at the White House, increasing the influence of the president’s political advisers and potentially cutting out experts and career officials throughout the government.

“Too often badly needed energy infrastructure is being held back by special interest groups, entrenched bureaucracies and radical activists,” Trump said Wednesday before signing the executive orders at an event in Texas.

Pipeline opponents say Trump acted illegally. They have asked a federal court to block the new Keystone permit, arguing that it is an effort to get around an earlier court ruling.

But one legal expert said Trump’s approach might succeed.

“He has now created a whole new decision-making structure” for cross-border pipelines, said Richard Pierce, a law professor at George Washington University.

If the courts follow a 1992 Supreme Court ruling, they may find that action taken by the State Department in approving or rejecting the pipeline “is nonreviewable, because it doesn’t qualify as final agency action,” Pierce said. Further, Trump’s decision would not be subject to review because of a separate law that declares the president is not an agency and therefore is not bound by rules that apply to agency actions.

“That’s a very clever approach that might well work,” Pierce said.

Trump’s actions are “typical of this presidency,” said Holly Doremus, an environmental law professor at the University of California, Berkeley. She said Trump frequently seeks to stretch the limits of his power, and she cited Trump’s declaration of an emergency that he says allows him to shift more money to construction of a promised wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

In the case of Keystone, Trump appears to be arguing that the new presidential permit, issued March 29, gets around restrictions under the National Environmental Policy Act or other laws, because the statutes apply to executive-branch agencies but not to the president, Doremus said.

“If the president is the only discretionary decision maker, NEPA simply does not apply,” she said.

While Trump’s theory is plausible, it is unclear who is the ultimate decision-maker on Keystone XL, Doremus said. The pipeline would ship crude oil from the tar sands of western Canada to U.S. refineries along the Gulf of Mexico.

Both a 2015 rejection of the project by the Obama administration and a 2017 approval by Trump were issued by the State Department under terms of a 2004 executive order that delegated presidential authority for cross-border projects to that agency.

Trump’s executive order revokes the 2004 order, issued by President George W. Bush. Bush’s action extended an executive order first issued by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1968.

“It’s surprising that the president would come in and single-handedly try to circumvent 50 years of precedent for these types of projects by just issuing a permit himself,” said Doug Hayes, a Sierra Club attorney who has sued to block the Keystone project in court.

In November, U.S. District Judge Brian Morris in Montana ruled that the Trump administration did not fully consider potential oil spills and other impacts when it approved the pipeline in 2017. Morris ordered a new environmental review of the pipeline.

The White House said the new permit issued by Trump “dispels any uncertainty” about the long-delayed project, which was first proposed a decade ago by Calgary-based TransCanada.

Trump’s move on Keystone XL reinforces the idea that “the presidential permit is indeed an exercise of presidential authority that is not subject to judicial review,” according to the White House.

Under the new order, federal officials still would conduct environmental reviews of the project, but they would be carried out by agencies other than the State Department, the White House said.

TransCanada spokesman Matthew John said the administration’s action “clearly demonstrates to the courts that the permit is (the) product of presidential decision-making and should not be subject to additional environmental review.”

Carl Tobias, a law professor at the University of Richmond, said it was “strange” that Trump issued the executive order after granting the new permit.

“The White House is making the argument supposedly that he has untrammeled authority and doesn’t have to obey the laws of Congress” in approving a cross-border pipeline, Tobias said. “I’m dubious and I think a number of other people are, too.”

Kathryn Watts, a law professor at the University of Washington, said it’s unclear what happens next. Trump’s permit wades into “uncharted, unsettled” legal territory, she said.


Associated Press writer Matthew Brown in Billings, Montana, contributed to this report.

          《华盛顿邮报》:欧洲人担心特朗普会摧毁跨大西洋联盟和欧盟      Comment   Translate Page      
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华盛顿邮报照片插图:由Jasper Juinen /彭博新闻和Al Drago /彭博新闻摄影的(特朗普)的照片



特朗普上台之后的各种行为在世界上产生了很大的影响,特别是对于欧洲和美国的联盟、或是对跨大西洋联盟而言。特朗普对于美国和欧洲之间事务的"不受控制"和"随心所欲",对于跨大西洋联盟的稳固产生了恶劣影响,而这让欧洲和欧洲各国领导人非常不安。虽然特朗普能否连任前景还不明朗,欧洲人也倾向于"等待"而不是"改变"。但是在欧洲,也逐渐开始有更多人认为,欧洲应该不再依赖美国,而是单独行动,即实践"后大西洋世界"的概念。华盛顿邮报的专栏记者丹·巴尔兹(Dan Balz)和吉夫·威特(Giff Witte)于2019年2月4日在《华盛顿邮报》(The Washington Post)上发表了《欧洲人担心特朗普会对跨大西洋联盟和联盟的状态产生威胁》(Europeans fear Trump may threaten not just the transatlantic bond, but the state of their union)一文,对于欧洲和美国关系的现状以及欧洲已经采取和可能将会采取的对策进行了分析。


作者:丹·巴尔兹(Dan Balz); 吉夫·威特(Giff Witte)




官员认为,无论特朗普有意还是无意,他都已经严重地削弱了历任美国总统花费了近七十年的时间培养起来的跨大西洋关系的基础。正如美国前外交部长西格玛•加布里尔(Sigmar Gabriel)所说的那样:"他已经造成了苏联人梦寐以求的破坏。"




埃马纽埃尔·马克龙(Emmanuel Macron)听取了特朗普总统在2018年在白宫草坪上讲话的消息。(Andrew Harrer / Bloomberg News)。


德国总理安吉拉·默克尔(Angela Merkel)、英国首相特蕾莎·梅(Theresa May)和法国总统埃马纽埃尔·马克龙(Emmanuel Macron)已经尝试了不同的策略,努力和特朗普发展一致可靠的关系。由于没有更好的选择,欧洲的主导策略是等待特朗普下台,并尽量保证损失不要扩大。









"他开启了回归民族主义、主权主义本能的大门。但至少在欧洲大陆,特别是欧盟,这两类观点已经和主流观点背道而驰。" 伦敦智库英国皇家国际事务研究所(Chatham House)主任罗宾•尼布莱特(Robin Niblett)表示,"欧盟站在特朗普主义的(Trumpist)世界观的对立面."

德国总理安吉拉·默克尔在布宜诺斯艾利斯举行的20国集团峰会晚宴上与特朗普会谈。 (Guido Bergmann / Bundesregierung / Getty Images)



"他不明白什么是联盟。"巴黎国际战略研究所高级研究员弗朗索瓦·海斯堡(François Heisbourg)指出,"联盟是一个永恒的宽广范围。特朗普对世界的理解中不存在无条件的联盟这样的概念。"




"几十年来,你们美国就是解决方案," 巴黎法国国际关系研究所的高级顾问多米尼克•莫伊西(Dominique Moïsi)告诉两位来访的美国人,"而现在,美国成了另一个问题。但我们还没有足够的力量来对抗你们。"

在欧洲人看来,和以往冲突的很大区别在于,特朗普对欧洲大陆的联合充满敌意,并且他表现出这种敌意的方式很像弗拉基米尔·普京(Vladimir Putin)的俄罗斯或者其他西方的对手。特朗普为英国退出欧盟感到高兴,并且质问马克龙为何法国不也离开欧盟。

"我们不习惯看到美国对欧洲项目的威胁。"德国外交部副部长尼尔斯·安纳(Niels Annen)说。


"在美国人试图分裂欧洲的那一刻,它就要分裂了。"柏林的德国马歇尔基金会主任托马斯·克莱恩-布罗克霍夫(Thomas Kleine-Brockhoff)说,"这是一个建立在美国保证基础上的脆弱结构。"

特朗普在2017年布鲁塞尔北约峰会期间与马克龙握手。 (Jasper Juinen /彭博新闻)







特朗普在2018年北约峰会期间与英国首相特蕾莎·梅合影。(Emmanuel Dunand / AFP / Getty Images)


美国长期以来要求要求其他北约伙伴增加国防预算,特朗普在这方面取得了一些成果。巴拉克·奥巴马(Barack Obama)在担任总统的期间做了同样的事情,但是收效更为有限。尽管如此,欧洲国家仍然没有达到特朗普的要求。



欧洲人说,北约是建立在硬件和软件结合的基础上的。硬件是这个联盟的军事实力。有关官员说,在美国全面合作的情况下,北约军事力量仍然保持良好状态。软件则是信任和自信。"特朗普关于美国退出北约的推文比美国在东翼数十亿美元的投资还要严重。" 柏林的欧洲对外关系委员会联席主席约瑟夫·詹宁(Josef Janning)说。










"在一开始,她试图向特朗普解释事情之间是怎么联系的,以及它们之间的关联。" 阿尔穆特·莫勒(Almut Möller)说,他和詹宁(Janning)一起领导欧洲对外关系委员会的柏林办事处,"她希望能够和理性的另一边伙伴打交道。"

特朗普去年在巴黎凯旋门举行的仪式上与默克尔握手,这是1918年11月11日100周年纪念第一次世界大战结束的活动的一部分。(Ludovic Marin / AFP / Getty Images)





德国的经济部长,并且也是默克尔最亲密的顾问之一彼得·阿尔特迈尔(Peter Altmaier)在一次采访中拒绝对特朗普提出任何直接批评,并且故意对"任何一个人都可以对跨越几代人的伙伴关系造成严重损害"的观点轻描淡写。



默克尔的跨大西洋协调员彼得·拜尔(Peter Beyer)表示,在很多可靠的对话者已经离开或者即将离开的政府中,他很难知道该和谁交流。他说,现在德国正在努力使其和美国的接触多样化,在美国国会、美国各州和城市之间建立关系。





在马克龙4月份的国事访问期间,特朗普在白宫的新闻发布会上和马克龙握手。 (Andrew Harrer /彭博新闻)












从表面上看,去年夏天特朗普对英国的访问似乎是对英国首相的羞辱。在接受英国一家报纸采访的时候,总统对梅关于英国脱欧的辩论的处理方式不屑一顾,并且赞扬了鲍里斯·约翰逊(Boris Johnson),后者刚刚辞去了英国外交部长的职务,以抗议首相采取的脱欧政策。特朗普认为,梅的政治对手约翰逊,将会成为"一个伟大的首相。"


英国人战略性地策划了特朗普的这次访问。他们在温斯顿·丘吉尔(Winston Churchill)的出生地布莱尼姆宫(Blenheim Palace)举行了盛大的仪式。这样的表演是总统所喜欢的,并且这个表演旨在将两国融合在一起。"这个编排中包含了很多的想法,"一位英国高级官员说,"这次旅行并不是为了个人关系,而是为了国家关系,而国家关系的化学反应非常良好。"












"马克龙和默克尔都谈到了欧洲需要,有能力实现战略自治,而不是依赖美国保障安全。但是只要德国在国防上开支依然这么少,只要德国的战略文化和法国如此不同,这一目标就不可能实现。"欧洲改革中心的主任查尔斯·格兰特(Charles Grant)指出,"但他们应该要言出必行。"

一些人越来越不耐烦于等待这种情况发生,他们试图敦促欧洲加快行动。"我们必须长大。我们必须成熟。"德国议会中的外交事务委员会主席诺伯特·罗特根(Norbert Röttgen)说,"我们必须要学会成为国际关系中的成年人。"









去年,马克龙,梅和默克尔在保加利亚举行欧盟领导人峰会之前。 (Jasper Juinen /彭博新闻)




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Restored Republic via a GCR as of April 14 2019

Compiled 14 April 12:01 am EST by Judy Byington, MSW, LCSW, ret. CEO, Child Abuse Recovery, Author, “Twenty Two Faces: the biography of Jenny Hill.”As a young child Jenny was tortured by a Satanic coven under direction of a CIA Operative, forced to witness a child sacrifice and save for divine intervention, was almost killed herself: Articles on a CIA/Vatican Ninth Circle Child Sacrifice Cult:

Below is a summary of information from the Internet. It would be up to the individual reader to do their own research and decide whether or not it is valid. A Special Thank You to Martha for her untiring research, to Dale who keeps me in line and Ken who uncovers almost unlimited intel on pedophilia to help us Save the Children.

Patience is a Virtue. Having Virtue is a sign of a good moral being. Good moral beings have the power to overcome evil and change the world. In all your giving, please don’t forget exploited children.

Judy Note: Zim redemption notification and receipt of 800#s for currency exchangers to set apts at special redemption/ exchange centers and negotiate for higher rates was expected sometime over the weekend and at least by Mon. April 15 – which was the start date for Tier 5, the general public, to exchange in banks at their front screen rates.

Mon. April 15 was the date around the Muller Report release – which when combined with expectations of Assange spilling the beans and news around Obama’s former White House attorney’s indictment – was bound to take up Headlines, along with a Stock Market bust – and cover up buzz around our appointments – the monies from which should bring the Stock Market back (after having crashed US Inc.’s big corporations that had flourished under war contracts and use of Cabal’s fiat monies).

April 15 was tax day. The defunct IRS was no longer taking our monies as it now funneled to the new US Treasury in Reno. Mon. April 15 was also the day when over 90,000 sealed indictments were expected to be filed against global elites in federal courts across the nation. Litigation on those indictments were ongoing in federal courts and at GITMO.

It was my understanding that Zim redemption would be done exclusively by a certain bank, where they would adjust your rate according to what you asked for in your Humanitarian Plan. Regular banks were not expected to do Zim redemption. It was advised to hold onto your Zim and currencies until validated instructions were made available, do not give them to anyone including groups or group leaders, redeem all you bought yourself and keep a constant eye on your Zim and currency during your exchange/ redemption. There were a lot of sneaky people out there who would try to take advantage.

A. April 13 2019 Sat. Update, MarkZ: MarkZ Saturday Q&A 4-13-19 "Positioning and Big Expectations" MarkZ Disclaimer: Please consider everything on this call as my opinion. People who take notes do not catch everything and its best to watch the video so that you get everything in context. Be sure to consult a professional for any financial decisions

1. There was very little news overnight, other than package positioning and expectation of things happening this afternoon Sat. April 13.

2. I received one very excited call from the attorney who helped set up my SKR. He said our funding was in place, CMKX was in position and said they could see the numbers.

3. Pkgs delivery today Sat. April 13 and tomorrow Sun. April 14. Omegas were part of the PP's – part of the St. Germaine Trust and were expected today as well. There was expectation that some delivery would come this afternoon. There has been bank pinging today Sat. April 13.

4. nflemingjr: Part of the problem on CMKX was that they had to be paid in the new currency.

5. If package deliveries were in force tonight Sat. April 13, I expected 800 numbers tonight or tomorrow Sun. April 14.

6. There was no holdup, just logistics as they positioned for release.

7. Paymasters were being made liquid so we could go. It was going to be a shotgun start.

8. Saturday info tends to come out late in the afternoon.

9. I am told 800# Sunday evening April 14 or before so that appointment's could start on Monday morning April 15. This just made logistical sense.

10. nflemingjr: Anytime the 800 numbers would be out.

11. nflemingjr: The final rates were locked in last night Fri. April 12 after the banks in Hawaii closed and have been put on the screen as of last night. Paymasters were reporting that they could see the funds in their accounts.

12. Yes I have also been told that. They report they can physically see them and it was positioned for a shotgun release. (Fleming was very connected and he has very good information).

13. nflemingjr: I am waiting for the rates now. Yes they are doing testing today.

14. I am being told same thing. There is a lot of testing and a lot of pinging. There is a whole lot to watch today.

15. Member: Last I heard from a Hong Kong Source was that 800#s go out Monday Night (USA), April 15.

16. I am told all packages would be delivered by USPS. Inside would be a 100k debit card with instant access as soon as we called and activated it.

17. nflemingjr: There are some things that I can say and there are some things I cannot say because I will get chewed out.

18. nflemingjr: They waited for the banks to close in Hawaii before posting.

19. Member: So do you think the time between ring on your doorbell with CMKX and release of 800s to you will be within hours? MZ: Yes within hours. It will be a shotgun start.

20. I am told we are all done in Iraq, just waiting for the CBI to announce it.

21. nflemingjr: The CBI in Iraq is an independent agency from the government and does not need the permission from their government to RI.

22. In case we are still under old tax laws don't use any word but "exchange.” Do not say “cash in.”

23. I am still saying 99.9% that we would be in the banks on Mon. April 15.

24. I have not heard anything on Peticelli bonds yet but I have heard Mexican gold bonds are ready to process by Mon. April 15 am. This was very exciting.

B. April 13 2019 Philip Tilton: Beta Testing today among groups. It’s about to go down.

C. April 12 2019 11:12 pm EST Bank Story, Sarah: "Got a Date from my Local Bank" by Sarah - 4.12.19 I made a phone call to my local bank here in Province of Quebec, Canada for a technical issue online and asked the teller about the upcoming revaluation of currencies. He said that on April 15 everything will be in place and to call back. I could not buy Dong, Dinar or Zim from them but he said they would exchange them and that I would certainly be richer.

D. April 12 2019 11:13 pm EST Bank Story, Derek: Talked to HSBC Today" by Derek - 4.12.19 I talk to a lady at HSBC in Philadelphia bank today (April 12) and asked her if they were doing the Zim Bond Currency exchange. It was interesting how she said to me “Not as of today we are not” with a smile! She then asked me how much I had. I told her. She said to hold on to it. So I took that as that it would be soon. I am sure she couldn't say much about it.

E. April 12 2019 11:18 pm EST Fraud Alert, Tony: "Fraud Alert" by Tony - 4.12.19
Just a FYI. I received a notice from my WF account that someone tried signing my card up for their Zelle money transfer program and it wasn't me! The only transactions on that account were my recent purchases of additional currency from Treasury Vault, and TravelEx. My suspicions are the first two. I don't think TravelEx would do it but idk. WF said it was a merchant simply using a Visa name otherwise no other merchant info. These companies of course know we are about to receive big money and wish to steal it! Needless to say that account is now closed, but I wanted to warn all of you that one of these companies is out to steal your money, so check your accounts and be very cautious as you proceed forward and if you purchase from one of these companies. Tony

F. New Tax Bill: On Sat. April 6 both the Senate and House passed a bill that replaced the IRS/Federal Reserve system, imposing a national sales tax at a rate of 23% on the use or consumption of taxable property (not food or medicine) in lieu of the current income taxes, payroll taxes, estate and gift taxes. That new tax bill has not been formally announced and it was not known if it was signed by President Trump.

G. Breaking News from the Mueller Report Release: Rep. Devin Nunes, R-California — who served as chairman of the House Intelligence Committee – has referred at least eight suspects to the U.S. Justice Department for investigation of a collusion hoax, failure to conduct a “real” investigation of Hillary Clinton, leaks and allegations emanating from the Democratic Party, CNN, MSNBC and New York Times, powerful people who ran federal law enforcement agencies (FBI, ATF), upper-echelon intelligence community members at the CIA, NSA, ODNI (Office of the Director of National Intelligence), FISA abuse, conspiracy to lie to the FISA Court, misleading the FISA court and manipulation of intelligence by the FBI and Justice Department to knowingly use an unsubstantiated “dossier” to garner search warrants.

H. The Global Currency Reset Past, Present, Future:

Sun. March 24: The Mueller Report exonerated President Trump and officially turned on the RV process at the new US Treasury offices in Reno, Atlanta and Chicago, where personnel were told to keep it quiet.

Mon. March 25: European sources indicated that the RV had been released, Paymasters hydrated, the military activated, Fines and Penalties handled, some SKRs made liquid. In 27 states a limited number of exchanges at low teaser rates done on the Dinar and Dong.

Fri. March 29: At this end of the banking business quarter the banks of 209 countries participating in the Global Currency Reset were made Basel IV compliant, Gold became a world currency and Central Banks recognized gold holdings as cash reserves. The new USTN became tradable Fri. night March 29.

Sat. March 30 at 6 pm EST: The City of London Bank was eliminated per British Law – Brexit, Russia and China came online with their Quantum Financial System alternative to the SWIFT System that worked with the CIPS system.

Mon. April 1: Banks across the globe participating in the Global Currency Reset were declared Basil 3 or Basil 4 compliant, were now sovereign and owned by the countries they represented. The Central Banks of the Cabal system that since the 1800s had been under control of the privately owned US Inc, City of London and Vatican Bank, made the transition to a gold/asset-backed Quantum Financial System under control of the different sovereign countries. Iraq announced in mosques that they were International and open for business. SKRS could now be made liquid, exchange/ redemption accounts fully accessible, structured payouts would begin earning interest and a new US Taxpayer plan was in force.

Mon. April 1 at 7:35 pm EST international banking wires were halted for transactions and then reopened Tues. April 2 at 7:35 pm EST. Also on Mon. April 1 at 9:30 pm EST Fedwire® Funds Services were closed for transactions and then reopened Tues. April 2 at 11:30 pm EST. The Cabal system was defunct as the Quantum Financial System (QFS) took over. The QFS started up in full mode in Hong Kong and some in the US began receiving RV packages.

Thurs. April 4: Funds were released April 4 at 3 pm Hong Kong time for payment of ongoing operations at the global level of coins and Dinars according to sources of Asian Royalty. The new Dinar was international and became tradable on April 4 at 9 pm EST.

Fri. April 5 at 9 am funds were in Master Paymaster accounts.

Sat. April 6: On Sat. April 6 both the Senate and House passed a bill that replaced the IRS/Federal Reserve system, imposing a national sales tax at a rate of 23% on the use or consumption of taxable property (not food or medicine) in lieu of the current income taxes, payroll taxes, estate and gift taxes.

Tues. April 9: The SKR's processed in Reno late Mon. April 8 into Tues. April 9. Late night Tues. April 9 banks were being connected to the 800 number reservation system.

Thurs. April 11: The ten year legal tender term limit for Zimbabwe's bond notes (2008 and 2009 trillion series) was reached April 11, 2019. All Zimbabwe 2008/2009 bond notes must be redeemed and destroyed as per international law.

Fri. April 12: Deadline for Zim Bonds redemption, Brexit Exit and as by international law the BIS having recognized gold as money, the deadline for gold backed digital credits, including the US dollar, to come on line in Central Banks. New currency rates were locked in on the bank screens.

Sun. April 14 to Mon. night April 15: Zim redemption and currency exchanges were expected to begin in a shotgun approach – everything at once.

Mon. April 15: The new Zimbabwe Central Bank rate or sovereign rate will take effect, deadline for receipt of 800#s for currency redeemers to set apts at special exchange/ redemption centers, plus the start date for Tier 5, the general public, to begin exchanging in banks. By this April 15 the count was expected to reach 90,000 sealed indictments filed against global elites in federal courts across the nation.

Thurs. August 1: GESARA expected to be implemented, Cabal contained and a formal announcement of the Gold/asset-backed standard.

Updates for the Week Prior:

Restored Republic via a GCR: Update as of April 13, 2019

Restored Republic via a GCR: Update as of April 12, 2019

Restored Republic via a GCR: Update as of April 11, 2019

Restored Republic via a GCR: Update as of April 10, 2019

Restored Republic via a GCR: Update as of April 9, 2019

Restored Republic via a GCR: Update as of April 8, 2019

Restored Republic via a GCR: Update as of April 7, 2019

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          "Response to Open Mind and Nancy" by Brian - 4.13.19      Comment   Translate Page      
Entry Submitted by Brian at 4:34 PM EDT on April 13, 2019

"In Response to Brian about dgt" by Open Mind - 4.13.19

"Re: Open Mind, Brian, and dgt" by Nancy - 4.13.19

Open Mind, And your point is...?

Love is love. You may characterize it as spineless or tough, but that doesn't make love any different than what it is. It is the most powerful force in the universe. And trying to put down love as some kind of weak, namby pamby excuse for lack of courage is just your rather poor perception, not truth. I hope you will keep your mind open enough to realize that you could be wrong. And keeping your heart open is more important than keeping your mind open, tho' both are recommended. You can believe anything you want, but that doesn't make it true.

Nancy, I respect your support of your political hero, Donald Trump. But I do want you to acknowledge that he is a very privileged and flawed narcissist, who lies more than he tells the truth. The fact that he cages thousands of very young children for months while keeping them away from their parents is enough to tell me he is totally unfit to hold any political office, let alone the highest office in the land. What he is doing is flagrant kidnapping and mass child abuse, plain and simple. If you can't see that, i pity your passion for this emotionally crippled, amoral man, Donald Trump. The damage he is doing to these thousands of families is incalculable. And the fact he is now cutting off financial aid to their countries of origin, says to me he wants more refugees, not less. Is that possible? Yes, he loves this issue because it keeps his base of xenophobes happy. I'm not saying his whole following is xenophobic, but most of them are. That's why racists love him, too. And i'm not saying he's racist, but he uses racism, fear and division to increase his appeal and power.

As to his taxes, i can't go into the details you imply i don't have, so i refer you to the book, "The Making of Donald Trump" by David Cay Johnston, a Pulitzer prize winning investigative journalist, who has reported in specific details that Trump has submitted at least two fraudulent tax returns, and has gone bankrupt at least four times. He promised he would release his tax returns during the campaign and now he is fighting tooth and nail against the lawful demand by the House Chairman of the Ways and Means committee to turn over the last six years of his tax filings and related info. He'll say anything to get what he wants. And he doesn't pay his just debts, he abuses women, including his wives and mistresses... but i digress.

I didn't mention Clinton and the British prince in regard to Epstein because they weren't relevant to the point i made. Trump likes people like monster Epstein because they are like him. Trump said he knew him for 15 years when he said he's a terrific guy, as noted in said article. The old birds of a feather flocking principle - stands to reason, doesn't it?

I'm also not saying that good cannot come from Trump being US President, but i can't see it anywhere on the horizon, unless it's true that he is dismantling the oligarchy, which is doubtful because he is so obsessed with his wall, cutting taxes on billionaires, and maintaining his base of fans. I do not believe Trump is totally evil, but he has a lot of convincing to do to persuade the majority of Americans that he is an acceptable President, like Obama was. Oh yeah, Obama was elected twice by majorities of voters (over 50%), while Trump slid under wire due to the deeply flawed electoral college system, because he lost the popular vote by three million votes. A fact conveniently forgotten by Trump's fans, who get very upset at Trump's critics, like me.

Maybe Socrates didn't like Democracy, but is there a fairer way to select our leaders? Equality is better than superiority/inferiority. I tend to believe that the extremes cancel each other out, unless there is a contravening factor like the electoral college.

Separative beliefs are the sine qua non of separation, division and fear. That's why Trump likes Putin, Kim Jong Un, Erdogan, Netanyahu, etc. They are autocrats like himself, and they believe laws are guidelines, not really pertaining to them or what they do. Separative beliefs (like colored skin makes one 'other') are what keeps religions separate and societies divided. They are what authoritarians in power use consistantly, because most humans have split minds, blaming others for their conditions. When humans realize that we are all individualized aspects of the ONE CREATOR, we will understand each other far, far better than we do now. And we will forgive each other much more easily than we do now, too.

Again, i respect your right to your point of view, I just believe it is too narrow, separative and judgmental, like Trump's POV - the flocking principle again. I just hope that before too long, we can all respect each other enough to realize that we all have a very long journey ahead of us, and cooperation and respect will make our journey much more pleasant, joyful and fulfilling.

So yes, forgiveness, first of ourselves, and flowing from that, all others, is the key to learning to love ourselves and all others. May every ONE be blessed and fulfilled. And thanks for considering my POV!


ps Trump is the only President with the majority of voters disapproving of his performance for his whole term in office (except for the very beginning). Scroll down for comparison with other presidents since Truman.

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Trump and his pal

Trump Approval Plummets In Five Key Swing States
by Oliver Willis

Trump’s approval rating has fallen double digits in five key states that he won since the election. The data shows that in addition to his overall poor approval Trump faces electoral college headwinds before the 2020 election.

In Morning Consult’s most recent survey, Trump is down in the following swing states: Florida (-24 points), Ohio (-20), Michigan (-19), Wisconsin (-18), and Pennsylvania (-17).

In 2016, Trump won all of those states, which together represent 93 electoral votes. Trump’s electoral vote margin of victory was 74 points that year.

By recent comparison, President Barack Obama defeated John McCain by 192 electoral votes in 2008 and Obama beat Mitt Romney by 126 electoral votes in 2012.

Trump also lost the popular vote to Hillary Clinton by nearly 3 million votes.

Since being sworn in, Trump has never had the support of 50 percent or more of the American people when national polls are averaged.

Even in states where he is likely to win re-election, like Texas, Alabama, Mississippi, and Wyoming, Trump has seen steep double-digit declines in support.

The poor showing could very well be the result of a presidency swimming in corruption, incompetence and bigotry. Trump’s sole major legislative accomplishment was the tax scam, which rewarded the uber-wealthy and giant corporations and has been resoundingly panned by average Americans.

With the aid of congressional leaders like Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Trump has been able to pack federal courts and the Supreme Court with right-wing mediocrities of questionable moral character.

But Americans do not approve. In the first national election under Trump’s leadership, his party lost control of the House of Representatives by a national popular vote margin of over 9.7 million votes.

When Trump and his ideas are on the ballot, most voters vote against them. And now, in the states he will need the most to win a second term, he is under water.

For poll numbers updated daily see also FiveThirtyEight.

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*今回は2019月04月09日(火)-04月13日(土) に掲載した5本のブログ記事を以下にまとめました。


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EXCLU JDD. Carole Ghosn : "Tout le monde a lache Carlos"

ParBruna Basini Herve Gattegno 

JDDスクープ カルロス・ゴーン「誰もが彼を見捨てた」

パルブルナ・バジ二  エルベ・ガテニョ

2019年4月6日 Le Journal du Dimanche 『JDD ジュルナール・デュ・ディマンシュ』


②2019月04月10日(水) 日本語ブログ)









▲Ancien bras droit de Carlos Ghosn, Hari Nada est suspecte de collaborer avec le procureur japonais, mais aussi d'avoir joue le role de lanceur d'alerte.


17.02.2019 Le Journal du Dimanche JDD

【Image1】Hari Nada (a gauche), etait le "super-directeur de cabinet" de Carlos Ghosn et est suspecte de l'avoir trahi.



Officiellement, il s'appelle Hemant- Kumar Nadanasabapathy. Mais il fait carriere sous le nom de Hari Nada. C'est plus facile a memoriser. Depuis l'arrestation de Carlos Ghosn dans son jet qui venait se poser sur le tarmac de l'aeroport de Tokyo Haneda le 19 novembre, on sait qu'il joue un role central dans l'affaire. Certains se demandent meme s'il n'est pas le cerveau qui a orchestre toute l'operation. Dote d'un passeport anglais mais d'origine malaisienne, ce juriste de formation etait le directeur general du bureau de l'ancien president de Nissan. Il travaillait main dans la main avec Greg Kelly, "son pere spirituel", selon un proche de Carlos Ghosn.

正式には、彼の名前はHemant-Kumar Nadanasabapathyだ。しかし、彼はHari Nada(ハリ・ナダ)の名前でキャリアを積んだ。覚えやすいからだ。 11月19日に東京羽田空港の駐機場に着陸したジェット機でカルロス・ゴーンが逮捕されて以来、彼が事件の中心的な役割を果たしていることが知られている。彼はオペレーション全体を統括した「脳」ではないのかと思う人さえいる。パスポートは英国のものだがマレーシア出身の弁護士は、日産の元会長の官房長官を務めた。カルロスゴーンの親友の話によると、彼は「精神的な父親」であるグレッグ・ケリーと手を取り合って働いていたと言う。

Il n'a pas ete inquiete par la justice nippone


Incite fortement par Nada a surmonter des ennuis de sante pour venir au Japon, Kelly a egalement ete arrete le 19 novembre mais libere sous caution depuis. HariNada, lui, n'a pas ete inquiete par le procureur nippon. Les medias l'ont donc presente rapidement comme le lanceur d'alerte qui a declenche la procedure. Certains en deduisent logiquement qu'il a passe un accord de cooperation avec les enqueteurs.


Dans son edition du 10 fevrier, le JDD a revele qu'il a envoye le 4 janvier un e-mail au nom de Nissan a Thierry Bollore, le nouveau directeur general de Renault. Preuve qu'il a conserve un role important chez le constructeur. "C'est lui qui pilote l'enquete contre Carlos Ghosn", estime-t-on dans l'entourage du president dechu, sur la foi de temoignages glanes discretement aupres de salaries de l'entreprise.

JDDは2月10日の記事で、1月4日にルノーの新しい最高経営責任者になったティエリー・ボロールあてに日産の名で電子メールを送たことを暴露した。彼が日産で重要な役割を保っている証拠であった。 「カルロス・ゴーンに対する調査を率いているのは彼です」と言うのは、失脚したカルロス・ゴーン会長の側近で日産の従業員の正直な証言を慎重に集めた人物が言っている。

Ghosn avait une confiance aveugle en lui


Son CV officiel indique que l'homme, age aujourd'hui de 54 ans, est entre chez Nissan en 1990, neuf ans avant la signature de l'alliance avec Renault, pour occuper le poste de conseiller juridique. Il a ensuite ete envoye au Royaume-Uni avant d'etre nomme directeur delegue du departement juridique a Tokyo en 2008. Promu vice-president en 2012, il integre l'equipe rapprochee de Carlos Ghosn avec cette fois le titre de vice-president corporate charge de Nissan et de l'alliance en avril 2014. Au passage, il devient egalement, et cela a toute son -importanceaujourd'hui, responsable des audits internes de l'entreprise. Toujours elegant, tres discret, Hari Nada s'etait sans doute fait remarquer du grand patron en gerant certains de ses dossiers lorsqu'il etait au service juridique.


Il etait en copie de tous les e-mails, meme les plus sensibles


Ce qui est sur, c'est qu'il savait absolument tout de la vie professionnelle et personnelle de Carlos Ghosn. Son job ressemblait a celui d'un super-directeur decabinet. Il etait la plaque tournante des informations envoyees a son chef ou emises par lui. Le president de l'Alliance Renault-Nissan avait une confiance aveugle en lui. Il etait en copie de tous les e-mails qu'il recevait, meme les plus sensibles. Il etait donc bien plus qu'un simple executant. Il avait acces a tous les secrets de l'alliance, de Nissan et de Renault. Nada s'occupait egalement des moyens materiels mis a la disposition de son patron. Le JDD s'est procure un certain nombre d'elements qui l'attestent, au fil des annees, de maniere edifiante.

確実なのは、彼がカルロス・ゴーンの職業生活および私生活についてすべてを確実に知っていたということです。彼の仕事は内閣官房長官のようでした。彼は親分に送られた、あるいは彼によって発信された情報の中心でした。ルノー ・日産同盟の大統領は彼に盲目の信頼を持っていました。彼は受信したすべての電子メールをコピーしており、最も機密性の高いものでもありました。彼は単なる執行者以上のものでした。彼はルノー ・日産同盟のすべての秘密へアクセスできました。ハリ・ナダはまた彼の親分が使えるれた物質的な資源の世話をしました。 JDDは何年にもわたってそれを証明する多くの証拠を啓発的な方法で取得してきました。

Dirigeant de toutes les structures juridiques


Flash-back en 2011. Carlos Ghosn possede la triple nationalite francaise, libanaise et bresilienne. Il est tres present au Bresil, un marche important pour Nissan. Des echanges d'e-mails montrent que Hari Nada suit deja de pres le dossier du logement du president de Nissan. Vania Rufino, l'assistante de Ghosn, lui faitsuivre un courriel de l'avocat Pedro Birman, du cabinet Gouvea Vieira Advogados.Il est question de l'appartement qu'il doit occuper bientot. "Cher Monsieur Hari, ecrit le juriste bresilien le 21 decembre, on m'a assure que tous les services et prestations seront prets pour l'arrivee du CEO. Vania m'a dit qu'elle allait transmettre toutes les factures (cable TV, Internet, gaz, eau, electricite) a Hamsa 1 mais seulement apres qu'il aura quitte les lieux : cela evitera tout risque d'interruption de ces services pendant le sejour du CEO a Rio."

2011年のフラッシュバックの時、カルロス・ゴーンは、フランス、レバノン、ブラジルの3つの国籍を持っていた。日産にとって重要な市場であるブラジルにおいて彼の存在は非常に大きかった。電子メールのやりとりを見れば、ハリ・ナダがすでに日産『大統領』の住宅問題に密接に関わっていることを示している。ゴーンのアシスタントのVania Rufinoが、Gouvea Vieira Advogadosの弁護士であるPedro Birmanからの電子メールをハリ・ナダに転送したものがある。それは彼がすぐに処理しなければならないアパートに関するものである。 このメールは12月21日にブラジルの弁護士が書いた者である。「親愛なるハリ氏。私はCEOの到着のためにすべてのサービスの用意ができていると確信しています。VaniaはCEOがアパートを去った後にすべての請求書(ケーブルテレビ、インターネット、ガス、水道、電気)を Hamsa 1に送ると言っています。CEOがリオ滞在中にこれらのサービスが中断される危険をを回避するためです。」

Hamsa 1 est une filiale creee par Nissan dans les iles Vierges britanniques pourgerer le bien immobilier mis a la disposition de Carlos Ghosn a Rio. Le 6 fevrier 2012, Hari Nada signe lui-meme les documents de Nissan qui permettent l'ouverture d'un compte bancaire de non-resident pour effectuer les paiements pris en charge par Hamsa 1. Une societe s?ur appelee Hamsa effectue les memes missions au Liban. Dans tous les cas, Hari Nada est aux manettes. Il est d'ailleurs l'un desdirigeants de toutes les structures juridiques creees entre la maison mere japonaise et ces entites.

Hamsa 1は、カルロス・ゴーンのために用意されたリオの資産を管理するために、英領バージン諸島に日産が設立した子会社です。 2012年2月6日、ハリ・ナダはハムサ1が行う支払いのために非居住者の銀行口座の開設許可する日産の文書に署名した。ハムサという名の会社はレバノンで同じ役割をしていた。どちらもハリ・ナダが担当しています。彼は、日本の本社とこれらの子会社の間に作られたすべての法務関係を管理していた指導者の一人なのです。



③2019月04月11日(木) 仏日語ブログ

【Blog franco-japonais】【仏日語ブログ記事No.3151】

■Voici l'article entier d'interview avec Mme Carole Ghosn publie le 06 Avril 2019 par le journal francais avec la traduction japonaise.


EXCLU JDD. Carole Ghosn : "Tout le monde a lache Carlos"

ParBruna Basini Herve Gattegno 

JDDスクープ カルロス・ゴーン「誰もが彼を見捨てた」

パルブルナ・バジ二  エルベ・ガテニョ

2019年4月6日 Le Journal du Dimanche 『JDD ジュルナール・デュ・ディマンシュ』

(Debut de l'article) (記事はじめ)

INTERVIEW - Le Journal du dimanche a pu s'entretenir longuement avec Carole Ghosn, femme de l'ancien patron de Renault. Elle decrit un homme "fier" et "digne".

インタビュー: 『ジュルナール・デュ・ディマンシュ』は、ルノー・日産の元会長の妻、キャロル・ゴーン夫人と長時間話すことができた。彼女は「誇り高く」「威厳のある」夫について語った。

【Image 】Carole Ghosn, samedi, a Paris

【画像】キャロル・ゴーン夫人 土曜日 パリにて

20190408Carole Ghosn

Elle est arrivee a Paris hier matin, apres deux jours d’angoisse et une nuit passee dans l'avion. Jeudi a Tokyo, au Japon, l'ancien patron de Renault-Nissan Carlos Ghosn a ete arrete sous ses yeux et conduit une nouvelle fois en prison. Decidee a defendre son mari, qu’elle dit victime d’un "coup monte" et "lache partout le monde", Carole Ghosn a longuement recu le Journal du dimanche. Elle proclame son innocence et en appelle au president de la Republique, Emmanuel Macron.

Vous avez quitte Tokyo quarante-huit heures apres l’arrestation de votre mari. Pourquoi?


Je me suis sentie en danger. J’ai attendu de savoir si Carlos allait rester en prison ou s'il pouvait sortir vite. Quand j'ai compris et que les avocats m’ont dit que je ne pourrais plus communiquer avec lui pendant des jours, j’ai pris ma decision. Jeudi soir, j’ai dormi chez des voisins, sur un sofa. La police japonaise m’avait pris mon passeport libanais mais il me restait mon passeport americain. Vendredi soir, l’ambassadeur de France m’a accompagnee a l’aeroport, il ne m’a pas lachee jusque dans l’avion. J’ai cru revivre la scene du film Argo, jusqu’a la derniere seconde je ne savais pas si on me laisserait decoller. C’etait irreel.


Je me suis sentie humiliee


Avez-vous ete choquee par les conditions de sa nouvelle arrestation?


Les procureurs et la police ont sonne a la porte a 6 heures moins dix du matin. Ils etaient au moins vingt pour l'arreter et fouiller un deux-pieces de 50 metres carres. Des qu'ils sont entres, ils nous ont ordonne de debrancher la camera de surveillance qui etait dans la piece, c'est la justice japonaise qui nous a obliges a l'installer pour controler nos faits et gestes, mais eux ne voulaient pas'etre filmes. Carlos a dit qu'il ne voulait pas y toucher, alors ils ont mis dupapier sur l'objectif. Pendant la perquisition, ils m'ont suivie a chaque pas. On m'a fouillee plusieurs fois - j'etais en pyjama, je ne vois pas ce que j'aurais pu cacher! Une femme m'a suivie jusque dans ma douche, jusqu'aux toilettes. Jeme suis sentie humiliee.


Ont-ils saisi des documents?


Oui, et ils ont pris mon ordinateur - Carlos n'avait pas le droit d'en avoir un ?, ma tablette, mes telephones. Je les ai supplies de m'en laisser un. Je leur ai dit : "Je ne parle pas japonais, je ne connais personne ici, je dois pouvoir joindre mes enfants." Ils n'ont rien voulu savoir. Ils ont tout retourne pendant trois heures, ils ont photographie mes cartes de credit. Quand ils ont voulu me faire signer un mandat en japonais, j'ai refuse. Puis ils ont voulu m'emmener avec eux. Sur le conseil de mon avocat, j'ai refuse.


Les avocats nous ont dit qu'une telle chose n'arrivait jamais


Comment a reagi Carlos Ghosn?


Il est reste fier, la tete haute, digne et calme. Mais je voyais de la peine dans ses yeux. Il s’inquietait pour moi plus que pour lui. Il est d’une force incroyable. Au moment de partir, il a voulu emporter un livre, ils ont dit non?; il a essaye de prendre du chocolat, ils ont dit non. Moi j’etais indignee, je demandais pourquoi. Ils repondaient?: "This is Japan, this is our law [nous sommes au Japon, c’est la loi]." Il m’a embrassee, il m’a dit "je t’aime" et ils l’ont emmene. Moi, j’etais paniquee, j’arrivais a peine a respirer.


Vous vous attendiez a un tel rebondissement?


Les avocats nous ont dit qu'une telle chose n'arrivait jamais. Il a ete libere contre une caution de 8 millions d'euros et il a respecte tout ce qui lui etait impose, il n'y avait aucune raison, sauf si on voulait le faire taire. Mercredi, un grand journal japonais a dit qu'il allait etre arrete. On ne s'attendait pas a ce qu'ils arrivent aussi vite. La presse, oui : jeudi, des l'aube, les journalistes etaient devant notre immeuble.


J'en appelle au president de la Republique


Vous dites que les procureurs voulaient le faire taire. Qu'entendez-vous par la?

Il preparait une conference de presse qui devait avoir lieu le 11 avril. On avait reserve une salle au Foreign Press Club de Tokyo. Quand il a compris qu'il allait etre arrete, il a enregistre une interview par Skype pour TF1 et LCI. Il a aussi enregistre une video en anglais ou il donne sa version de l'affaire. Il avait envie de designer les responsables de ce qui lui arrive. Ce sont les avocats qui l'ont, elle sera diffusee bientot.


Vous sentez-vous soutenue par la France?


Non. Je ne veux pas que mon mari soit au-dessus des lois mais qu’il soit juge de facon equitable. Je sais qu’il est innocent. Je demande solennellement qu’onlui laisse la presomption d’innocence comme a tout citoyen francais et j’en appelle au president de la Republique. Dans les medias, Carlos est deja coupable. On oublie ce qu’il a fait pour Renault et Nissan; il a redresse ces entreprises, sauve des emplois, contribue a la grandeur de la France. Tout ca, on l’oublie. On ne parle plus que de son salaire, on le decrit comme un homme assoiffe d’argent. Au Liban, ou je suis nee, on admire les hommes d’exception. Carlos est parti de rien, sa famille n’etait pas riche. Je suis choquee par les reactions en France. Tout le monde l’a laisse tomber, par lachete, y compris les patrons. Ca me degoute.


Peut-etre qu'ils font quelque chose mais moi, je ne vois rien


Vous aviez ecrit a Emmanuel Macron. Vous a-t-il repondu?


Il m'a repondu gentiment, mais apres deux semaines de silence, pour me dire qu'il faisait tout ce qui est possible pour mon mari. Depuis, quand j'appelle son secretaire general ou lui envoie des SMS, rien. Peut-etre qu'ils font quelque chose mais moi, je ne vois rien. Il y a quelques annees, Barack Obama voulait faire venir Carlos pour redresser General Motors. On lui offrait le double de son salaire chez Renault-Nissan! Je lui ai dit : "Pourquoi tu n'y vas pas?" Il m'a repondu : "Je suis loyal." Il aimait ses entreprises et leurs salaries. Il voulait mener l'alliance jusqu'au bout.

マクロン大統領は2週間の沈黙の後に親切な返事をくれて、私の夫のために可能な限りのことをしていると話しました。それ以来、私が官房長官に電話しても、彼にSMSを送っても返事はありません。彼らはが何かをしているのかもしれませんが、私は何も見えません。数年前バラク・オバマ米大統領がカルロスにゼネラルモーターズの立て直しを依頼してきました。オバマ米大統領はルノー ・日産の給料の2倍を払うと言いました。私は「どうして行かなかったの?」と聞きました。彼は「私はルノー・日産に忠実だから」と答えました。彼は自分の会社と従業員を愛していました。彼はルノー・日産の二社同盟を最後までやり遂げたかったのです。

Comment avez-vous vecu pendant ses quelques semaines de liberte depuis le 6 mars?

On a ete si heureux de se retrouver apres tout ce temps. On a eu du mal a trouver un logement. La justice a exige qu'il ait un domicile a Tokyo, mais aucun Japonais n'a voulu nous louer un appartement ? ils avaient peur de la ruee des journalistes. C'est une Francaise qui a accepte. La presse a parle d'un appartement luxueux : c'est un deux-pieces dans le quartier de Shibuya. Le 6 mars, quand il est sorti de prison, il lui a fallu six heures pour arriver jusque-la. Il avait son deguisement d'ouvrier ? c'etait l'idee de l'avocat, lui aurait prefere un costume ?, il s'est couche par terre dans un taxi. Il y avait cinq voitures identiques pour egarer les journalistes qui le suivaient, il etait dans la quatrieme. Les chaines de tele japonaises avaient des helicopteres qui filmaient depuis le ciel. Quand je l'ai retrouve, il m'a dit qu'il etait heureux de pouvoir prendre une douche chaude sans avoir a se presser.

私たちはついに再会できてとても嬉しかったです。私たちは住むところを見つけるのに苦労しました。裁判官は彼が東京に住むことを要求しましたが、日本人は私たちにアパートを貸したくなかったのです。 彼らはジャーナリストの取材攻勢を恐れていたのです。貸してくれたのはフランス人女性でした。マスコミは贅沢なアパートと言っていますが、渋谷にある2部屋の小さなアパートです。 3月6日に彼が拘置所から出た時、そこに着くのに6時間かかりました。彼は労働者の服装で偽装をしていました 。それは弁護士のアイディアでした、彼はスーツを着たかったはずです。彼はタクシーの中では床に臥せました。追跡する報道陣をまくために同じ車を5台用意しました、彼は4番目の車に乗っていました。日本のテレビ局は空からヘリコプターで撮影していました。彼と再会した時、彼は「急ぐ必要なしに熱いシャワーを浴びることは幸せだ」と言いました。

Sans la notion du temps qui passe, il etait desoriente


Vous a-t-il decrit ses conditions de detention?


Le plus dur pour lui, c'etait quand on l'enfermait a cle le vendredi apres-midi jusqu'au lundi matin. Il se retrouvait seul sans un bruit, sans lumiere du jour,dans une cellule mal chauffee, avec une lampe en permanence. Tous les jours, un procureur venait l'interroger pendant des heures. Au debut, il dormait par terre, ensuite il a eu droit a une sorte de banquette ? les Japonais appellent ca un "lit a l'occidentale". La premiere semaine, il a perdu dix kilos. Il a eu de la fievre, les medecins se sont inquietes. Il etait prive de ses medicaments pour le c?ur ; seuls les medicaments japonais sont autorises. On lui a aussi confisquesa montre. Sans la notion du temps qui passe, il etait desoriente.

彼にとって最も困難だったのは、金曜日の午後から月曜日の朝まで鍵をかけた独房に閉じ込められた時でした。音がせず、日光も入らず、寒い独房で、つけっぱなしの電灯の下で一人でいたのです。毎日検察官が来て何時間も尋問しました。最初彼は床で寝ていました。その後一種のベンチが許されました。 日本人はそれを「西洋式ベッド」と呼んでいます。最初の一週間で彼は10キロ痩せました。彼には微熱があって医者が心配していました。彼は心臓病の薬を奪われました。日本の薬だけが許可されました。時計が没収されたので、時間の観念がなくなり混乱しました。

A-t-il exprime des regrets, par exemple sur sa facon de diriger ses entreprises?

Il a eu des resultats extraordinaires, pourquoi aurait-il eu des regrets? La seule chose, c'est qu'il ne pouvait pas etre assez present, c'est pour ca qu'il n'apas vu venir le coup monte qui se preparait contre lui. A son arrivee a Tokyo le 19 novembre, les procureurs sont venus le prendre dans l'aeroport en pretextant qu'il y avait un probleme avec son visa. Il ne s'est pas mefie, et ils l'ont jete en prison sans meme l'avoir interroge.

驚くべき成果を出しましたのになぜ彼は後悔するですか?唯一の後悔は、彼が充分に会社にいられなかったことです、そのため彼は、彼に反対して準備していたクーデターを予見できなかったのです。 昨年11月19日に羽田空港に到着した時、検察官は彼のビザに問題があるとウソを言って彼を逮捕しました。彼は警戒していませんでした。そして彼らは尋問さえせずに拘置所に入れたのです。

A-t-il pu prendre connaissance des charges retenues contre lui?


A ma connaissance, il n'a vu aucun document, en tout cas aucune preuve.


Carlos a toujours ete attentif aux autres, c'est le contraire d'un homme arrogant

Songeait-il parfois a sa vie apres Renault-Nissan?


Oui, il voulait devenir professeur, donner des conferences, aider les jeunes. S'investir dans l'education.


On a beaucoup parle de votre train de vie, etait-il fastueux?


Cette description est fausse. Carlos a toujours ete attentif aux autres, c'est le contraire d'un homme arrogant. Chez Nissan, il a impose des quotas pour promouvoir les femmes. Il donnait son temps et son attention, meme a un simple employe. Sa vie n'a jamais ete facile. Il travaillait enormement, dormait peu, passait cent jours par an dans des avions.

この質問は誤りです。 カルロスは常に他人に気を配っていました、傲慢な人間の反対です。 日産で彼は女性を昇進させるために目標人数を課しました。 彼は一般の従業員に対しても時間と注意を向けました。 彼の人生は決して容易ではありませんでした。 彼は猛烈に働いき、少しか眠らず、年に百日間も飛行機の中で過ごしました。

Etes-vous inquiete pour l'avenir?


Je redoute un proces inequitable. Je me demande comment tout ca va finir. Quand j'ai connu Carlos, il m'a dit : "Je vais t'offrir une vie excitante." Il y a quelques jours, il m'a demande pardon en souriant parce qu'il ne pensait pas a ce genre d'aventure! C'est un homme fier et courageux. Il ne se laissera pas abattre.
私は不公平な裁判を恐れています。 どのようにしてすべてが終わるのだろうかと自問してります。 私がカルロスに会った時、彼は「私はあなたに刺激的な人生を贈りたい」と言いました。 彼は数日前、笑いながら私に許しを請いました。なぜなら彼はこの種の冒険について考えが及ばなかったからです。彼は誇り高く勇気ある人です。 彼は敗北したままでいるはずがありません。

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【画像1】 野口英世の左目


答え:異様に拡大された『野口英世の左目』は『世界統一政府樹立』を目指す『ロスチャイルド国際金融マフィア』の秘密結社『イルミナテ』のシンボルマークの中にある『全視    眼』である。









(3)秘密3:1000円札を透かして見ると表の『野口英世の左目』が裏の『富士山』の六合目 に重なるようになっている!







答え:ドル札を発行する米国中央銀行FRBは米国政府は一株も持たず『ロスチャイルド国際金融マ フィア』が100%の株を持っている100%民間銀行であrる。彼らが支配しているか  らこそ秘密結社『イルミナティ』のシンボルマークを印刷できるのだ。




答え:向かって上部左のラテン語文字は『Annuit(ウインク)』、上部右のラテン語文字は『Coeptis(企て)』、下部の文字は『Nuvos Ordo Seclohum(新世紀秩序)』。その意味は「神よ!我々の試み【新世紀秩序】を認めた給へ!」である。





【画像7】『ロスチャイルド国際マフィア』初代、マイヤー・アムシェル・ロスチャイルド (1744年2月23日-1812年9月19日)



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▲『国民保険料の異常値上げ』の実例 (Litera記事抜粋)
























■国民健康保険料が大幅値上げ、年収400万円で年間10万円増額のケースも! 安倍政権は“人でなし”政権だ

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John Leonard writes in American Thinker,
In 1972, Republicans were caught using former CIA operatives to spy on their political rivals. In 2016, Democrats have now been caught using active FBI and senior Department of Justice employees to spy on President Trump. It is no longer debatable whether or not it happened, because A. G. Barr just told us it happened. The only question that remains is whether or not they had any sort of justifiable reason for doing so, except that question seems to have already been resolved by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, because his report found no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government. In fact, the opposite appears to be true -- it looks as if federal agencies conspired with foreign governments to entrap peripheral members of the Trump campaign.

Heads need to roll. Maybe even literally. This appears to be the crime of sedition, the act of conspiring to incite rebellion against the authority of our government. If it could be proved that a foreign government had been involved in the conspiracy, the crimes involved might even rise to the level of treason. Sedition is bad enough.

At the heart of the Watergate scandal was a bungled burglary. No one got hurt. If Nixon hadn’t tried to obstruct justice, his presidency might have survived the scandal. Watergate is about to become ancient history because it pales in comparison to what the Obama administration just did. Innocent American citizens have had their lives destroyed in a criminal attempt to topple the Trump administration. Let’s recap how it happened.

To the surprise of pretty much everyone except Donald Trump, he rose to the top of the field and became the Republican nominee. Despite Bernie Sanders appearing to win most of the primaries and having the enthusiasm of most liberals behind him, Hillary Clinton became the Democratic nominee because the fix was in before the votes were cast. While working for the Democratic National Committee and campaign of Hillary Clinton, Marc Elias (from the law firm Perkins-Coie) hired Fusion GPS to create opposition research now commonly known as the “Steele dossier,” a collection of memos full of salacious unsubstantiated rumors and ridiculous claims that only a gullible maverick like Senator John McCain would believe. Fortunately for the conspirators, McCain passed the dossier over to James Comey at the FBI, giving the Obama administration an excuse to open a counterintelligence investigation into Trump even though they knew the “information” originated from the Clinton campaign and was unverified.

...Although President Obama frequently claimed he never knew about anything until after he’d seen it in the news, he might not be able get away with pleading ignorance this time. According to texts sent between Lisa Page and Peter Strzok, President Obama wanted to know everything they were doing. In contrast, Nixon didn’t find out about the Watergate break-in until after it had already happened.
Read more here.
          Bill Priestap's testimony      Comment   Translate Page      
In Real Clear Investigations, Eric Felten reveals
recently released testimony that ex-FBI official Edward William Priestap provided to Congress in a closed-door interview last summer.

...his testimony contains extensive indications of wrongdoing, including that the FBI and DoJ targeted Trump and did so with information it made no effort to verify. It paints a portrait of the Obama-era bureau as one that was unconcerned with political interference in investigations and was willing to enlist the help of close foreign allies to bring down its target. And, perhaps presaging a defense to Barr’s claim that American officials had spied on the Trump campaign, it showcases the euphemisms that can be used to disguise “spying.”

...The political abuse foremost in Republican minds was, and remains, that collection of howlers and hearsay allegedly compiled by Christopher Steele, who was sold to the public as a high-minded former British spy instead of a man being paid by the Clinton campaign to dirty up Trump. Steele’s efforts were lapped up by the FBI and DoJ even though the lawmen knew Steele was peddling political work-product — opposition research paid for by Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee.

...So what did we learn from Bill Priestap’s compendious and revealing testimony?

We learned that the FBI and Justice targeted and took action against Trump.

We learned that the FBI, according to Priestap, is incapable of securing a FISA warrant with information that isn’t credible, although the judge’s approval of the warrant means by definition that the information is credible.

We learned that the FBI believes political interference in an investigation can be proper as long as the bureau isn’t acting purely politically.

We learned that the FBI did send at least one asset to do to the Trump campaign an activity that even the bureau would call “spying” — if it were done by foreign operatives.

We learned that the origins of the Trump-Russia tale will never be fully understood until the part played by British intelligence is made clear.

That’s an awful lot to take away from one largely neglected transcript. But it suggests just how much remains unknown about the Trump-Russia investigation while providing a glimpse at the people that want to keep it that way.
Read more here.
          The dam is about to break!      Comment   Translate Page      
From Director Blue:
As a public service for long-time viewers of CNN and MSNBC who were shocked to discover that the two-year-long narrative of Trump-Russia collusion was a total and complete hoax, the following tidbits may help in your red-pill journey:

Did you know that Obama’s CIA director, John Brennan, was a Communist and, according to a former FBI agent, is a convert to Islam?

In court proceedings in the UK, Christopher Steele, the man behind the “Russian Dossier”, has admitted under oath that the entire document was “unverified material" and expressed shock that it was made public by BuzzFeed.

Remember when Rep. Adam Schiff published a response to the “Nunes Memo”, outlining how the DOJ and FBI really didn’t violate any norms, laws or protocols in spying on the Trump campaign (and, later, the administration)? Guess what? Now that the transcripts of DOJ/FBI officials are becoming public, it turns out Schiff’s document is filled with lies and misstatements. Exhibit 1: Schiff’s claim that the “Collusion” probe was opened in July of 2016. This appears to be a direct lie, as both The New York Times and Rep. Devin Nunes have confirmed that the secret investigation into Trump began in “late 2015, early 2016”.

Obama-era FBI director James Comey also apparently lied about when the investigation began. Like his disgraced, fired FBI deputy Andrew McCabe, Comey is reported to be the subject of a criminal referral for perjury and leaking of classified information.

Stay tuned for more, my fellow open-minded liberals. The dam is about to break.

          Midnight Meme Of The Day!      Comment   Translate Page      

by Noah

Sunday Thoughts:

Now that their raving lunatic leader Donald Trump has gone and claimed that windmills cause cancer, it's only a matter of time before his fellow inmates in Republican Jesusville start attributing all sorts of things to "evil windmills." Wind power is the new "Great Satan" of the sick Republican Hive Mind.

I can see Mike Pence and Lindsey Graham suffering great pangs of inner conflict. I can see Alex Jones' Info Wars and "FOX News" doing hours and hours on the topic. Senile Lou Dobbs will shake his fist at the winds and blame "the gays" for a destructive F4 tornado in Oklahoma. Pat Robertson, with his history of blaming gay people for all of society's ills, will be a special guest on Hannity, replacing fellow asylum denizen Rudy Giuliani. Maybe even both loons will appear together with Sean a couple of nights per week. Wouldn't that be special? FOX And Fiends will be all in just like they were with that fake story about the Los Angeles Police zooming around LA with jet packs on their backs, Obama being born in Kenya, etc. Tucker Carlson will start sweating profusely and call upon a contractor to seal all of his windows shut permanently. Then, one night, live on the air, he'll start panicking and screaming about the breeze of the air conditioning in the TV studio. The screen will go blank black and then be replaced by a rainbow test pattern accompanied by the steady hum of wind turbines, thus proving the conspiracy was true all along, at least in the minds of these sickos.

          The real hacking danger: China      Comment   Translate Page      
NPR Frontline has a report on China's stealing intellectual property from the US for at least 20 years.

why? Because if the companies complained, China might not let them use their cheap labor to make profits.

Technology theft and other unfair business practices originating from China are costing the American economy more than $57 billion a year, White House officials believe, and they expect that figure to grow. Yet an investigation by NPR and FRONTLINE into why three successive administrations failed to stop cyberhacking from China found an unlikely obstacle for the government — the victims themselves.
In dozens of interviews with U.S. government and business representatives, officials involved in commerce with China said hacking and theft were an open secret for almost two decades, allowed to quietly continue because U.S. companies had too much money at stake to make waves
read the whole article.

This is indeed an open secret, and the Frontline program is supposed to be about Trumpieboy's trade war with China. Trump was in business and knows how these things work of course, but don't expect an accurate account of why he decided to fight back, because, as the saying goes: "orange man bad".

sigh. I wish Congress would recognize that there are very real problems that need bi partisan cooperation instead of constantly whining and obstructing reform to make political points.

In other news, there are hints that Trump will shut down the Federal OPM office (who allowed my files to be hacked).

The WAPO hyperventillates about it but does admit:

Today the agency is widely viewed as slow and ineffective, though, with a long-lingering backlog of background investigations and risk-averse leadership that has failed to respond to calls for faster hiring and recruiting for a changing workforce. “In order to really ramp up the mission around people, we need to have an infrastructure for people management that is really world-class,” Weichert said.
in other words, reorganize the place. Given the advances in technology for records since the office was established, one hopes it is about time the office is reorganized and made more efficient.

But of course, this is government, which takes forever to do anything and tends to be years behind the private sector. If we needed something repaired or replaced at our clinic, it took months and lots of paperwork to get it done. As for computers: we had MSDos for our medical records in 2000, for example, even though Windows 1 was released in 1985... And then we were hacked and went back to using paper records.

ah but the problem with the bureaucracy is that their priorities are more important than the priorities of actually doing what they were tasked to do.
The plan has raised suspicions from federal employees, who have watched the administration attempt to freeze their pay, weaken the power of their unions, and move to clear a faster path to discipline and firing.
Translation: Right now, it's almost impossible to fire an employee who isn't needed, and it is difficult to fire a lazy or incompetent employee.
The American Federation of Government Employees, the largest federal employee union, with 750,000 members, is calling the idea “Trump’s Dangerous Plan to Abolish OPM” and predicting a “disastrous” result if policy for federal employees moves so close to the White House.

presumably they will slow down their work and do things wrong just to "punish" Trumpieboy.

Ah, but the realization that something needs to be done is a bipartisan agreement, which the WAPO admits if you read down to near the end of the long article:

Breaking up the OPM is not a Republican idea, though. The Obama administration discussed internally whether to do it, and so did Hillary Clinton’s team in 2016, civil service experts said. And the agency drew bipartisan fury in 2015 when U.S. officials alleged Chinese hackers stole millions of personnel records by hacking through the agency’s weak security system.

why yes. And who was fired for this security breech? Anyone? Anyone? 


update: from Lawfareblog via Belmontclub:

OPM Chief Information Officer Donna Seymour acknowledged that the information compromised in the data breach included “SF-86 data as well as clearance adjudication information.” This was a particularly dismaying disclosure ... The full breadth of the security clearance data at risk remains unclear.
For instance, U.S. officials have “neither confirmed nor denied” whether OPM’s database was linked with Scattered Castles, the intelligence community’s database of “sensitive clearance holders” ... To make matters worse, it appears that OPM maintained an unsecured and unencrypted database for the security clearances ... Along with the aforementioned databases, the OPM systems are linked electronically to other agencies and databases, and it stored much of this data alongside the security clearance files. 
and Belmnot club adds:

 This is conceivably the biggest headline that never was; quite a feat in an period whose intelligence disasters included Snowden, Wikileaks-Manning, the rollup of the CIA network in China, missing the rise of ISIS and the burning of the US diplomatic stations in Benghazi. When you combine the litany of disasters with what we now know about lobbying for foreign governments in Washington it’s probable that Collusion has been out of control for some time. It’s a design defect. DC was meant to be a national capital not the 'capital of the world' which it has now become. The federal bureaucracy, the press corps and its defensive agencies were designed for more homogenous national age. They seem unable to cope with the corrosion of the global world.

          Revenge is a dish served best cold      Comment   Translate Page      

Assange just pulled the deadman switch, and a lot of Wikileaks are now on the web.

most of them are about old news, but hey, whatever.

update: The links I posted are old, identical to the files on the wayback machine site.

But excuse me if I am amused, because a lot of stuff that was leaked in the past revealed shennanigans or faux pas that made people mad (e.g. the US Ambassador noted most US tourists to the Philippines were looking for sex. Well, duh).

But a lot of the problem is the failure of the US Government to take hacking seriously.

For example, Obama hid the fact that China hacked my OPM federal personnel file,

An Hillary saw no reason to worry if sensitive information could be hakced from her unsecured server, or carried and placed on Anthony Weiner's computer, even though he surfed porn sites that hack you all the time.

A lot of the reason the gov't wants to get Assange is about leaking "secrets" which are often rumors and can be spun as propaganda.

But the big reason the Democrats hate him now is about leaking that Hillary's dirty tricks stole the primaries from Bernie. Yet, as Rush pointed out, that wasn't "leaked" but was hacked because Podesta answered a phishing email.

          Presidential Moral Leadership Really Matters      Comment   Translate Page      

Maybe it’s because my family is dominated by academics, but I’m fortunate not to have any close or even remote relations that watch Fox News or regurgitate the network’s toxic talking points. A lot of people aren’t so fortunate. Luke O’Neil has collected a bunch of sob stories for a piece in the Guardian. Here’s a typical example:

I don’t watch Fox News because of course it warps your psyche, but it must have changed tone after Trump was elected. My dad slowly became even more xenophobic and angry than he used to be.

My wife and I are worried about letting our daughter stay with our respective parents, because their toxic anger and resentment is slowly becoming their entire identity. I hate what Fox News has done to almost everyone in my family. It’s absolute poison and the only thing I think is worse is that there are people who think that destroying the morals and conscience of multiple generations is worth a few more bucks. I absolutely refuse to believe that people like Hannity don’t know what they are doing.

I wish I could do something, but who has the time or energy to combat that?

This hits on a theme I often discuss, which is the destruction of people’s morals and conscience. As things have taken a darker and darker turn in our country, and really throughout the world, in the last two decades, I’ve come to see moral leadership as more and more important. I don’t think human beings are basically good or fundamentally bad, but they’re highly malleable. How they behave, even what they feel, can be influenced by whether they’re asked to be generous or resentful, welcoming or defensive, optimistic or angry.

Fox News definitely seeks to make many “bucks” by catering to people’s worst instincts, and it actually transforms people. It makes people fearful and furious. A liberal who spends all day watching MSNBC will have reasons to be anxious and upset, too, but they’ll also be receiving constant messages about the value of tolerance, inclusiveness, and care for the vulnerable. For the most part, the moral instruction is consistent with what you might hear Pope Francis say about the poor and with Martin Luther King Jr.’s aspiration that we judge people by the content of their character rather than the color of their skin.

Fox News has such a broad reach in our culture that it is measurably damaging people’s morals and conscience. It’s turning good people into bad people, much the way that civil or sectarian conflicts harden populations against each other, sometimes for centuries. But it’s still just a news outlet. It’s influence is nothing compared to the influence of Donald Trump who has transformed one of American’s two major political parties into smoldering heap of dung.

I sometimes rolled my eyes when President Obama exhorted us with moral language and insisted that America was fundamentally good, and far better than how it was presenting itself. But, just by making that effort, he incrementally made us better people. Sometimes we are blessed with the right leaders at the right time, and sometimes we seem to be plagued by poor leadership. Right now, the West seems to be lacking competent leaders, and it’s having a crippling effect here at home and also in Europe. But we’re also suffering from outright bad moral leadership in some cases.

I began my adult life as a secular-minded philosophy student, impatient with moral arguments and suspicious of leaders who spoke in moral terms. My initial problem with the Bush administration was that their reckless disregard for the truth prevented people from having reality-based conversations. I no longer see this as the primary threat we face. What I see now is a daily devolution of the basic goodness and generosity of our people. Every day this gets worse, the path back gets longer, and the prospect of societal breakdown grows.

Our next president will hopefully bring as much of the country together as possible, but what they absolutely must do is exert moral leadership to stem and reverse this tide. If they can.


          Senate Republicans Miss the Filibuster       Comment   Translate Page      

Before the filibuster was eliminated for most presidential nominees, the White House needed to negotiate with the other party to assure that their candidates were at least minimally acceptable. Without a handful of votes from the other side, there was no way to get their people confirmed. President Trump would have been laughed out of town if he suggested he might select Herman Cain and Stephen Moore to serve on the Federal Reserve board. In retrospect, the old system often saved the Senate leaders of the president’s own party from having to play the heavy. Ridiculous nominees were generally rejected internally within the White House vetting process for lack of viability. If they somehow slipped through and were sent to the Senate, the opposition party played the bad guy by rejecting them.

This system has now been upended. The Republicans in the Senate have no cover anymore if they want to deny the president a nomination. The solution is to tell the White House in advance that they should not make these nominations because they’ll be rejected.

Senate Republican leaders are sending a message to members troubled by President Donald Trump’s controversial Federal Reserve picks: Speak up.

During Tuesday afternoon’s Senate Republican lunch, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell advised senators concerned about Trump’s selection of former presidential candidate and pizza executive Herman Cain and conservative economic commentator Stephen Moore to share their views with the White House now, before Trump officially moves forward with the nominations, a source familiar with the remarks told CNN.

The basic conversation here is pretty straightforward. A Republican senator or his or her staffer calls the White House chief of staff or the congressional liaison. They tell them that if they go forward with a nomination, they cannot count on their vote. If enough Republican senators send this message to the White House, they can dissuade the nomination from going forward. The benefit to the White House is that they can avoid embarrassment. This is also a benefit to the people who are under consideration for the jobs. The benefit for the Republican senators is that they can buck their own president quietly and behind the scenes and won’t come under pressure to back someone who is manifestly unfit for the position.

You can see how uneasy the Senate Republicans are about defying the president.

In hallway interviews with nearly 20 Republican senators on Tuesday, most were reluctant to candidly discuss Cain’s potential nomination. Many said they hadn’t heard the days-old news that Trump was planning to select him. Others opted to withhold comment, while some expressed vague reservations.

Most of them are uncomfortable even discussing these nominations. Some responses lack candor and others are outright disingenuous. They want to issue to disappear, but they are the only ones who can make the issue disappear. Most of all, they’d like to avoid being put in this position in the first place:

Republicans are in a slightly better position to confirm contentious appointees than they were before the 2018 midterm elections, with their new majority of 53, but they can still afford to lose only a few votes before any nomination would be doomed.

That concern prompted Sen. John Cornyn of Texas on Tuesday to warn the White House to consult in advance with Senate leaders on nominations like these.

The Senate is supposed to provide their advice and consent to presidential nominations, and certainly the hearing process can give them that opportunity. But it’s better politics to do most of the vetting prior to making any announcements. The president clearly expects the Senate Republicans to approve anyone he nominates because it is now technically within their power to approve people with no Democratic support.

Many warned that the Senate would break if the filibuster was weakened or eliminated, and here is an example of a worst case scenario. By blocking acceptable nominations during the Obama administration just to slow down business in the Senate, Mitch McConnell forced the Democrats to find a work-around. Now the Republicans are having difficulty rejecting ludicrous candidates because the White House sees no reason not to send them forward.


          Obama CIA Chief John Brennan Bashes Trump For “Lack of Humanity” — Implies POTUS Is Coward      Comment   Translate Page      

The post Obama CIA Chief John Brennan Bashes Trump For “Lack of Humanity” — Implies POTUS Is Coward appeared first on I Love My Freedom.

John Brennan, like so many other members of Barack Obama’s cabinet, knows so very little of which he speaks. For example, here are two tweets from President Trump… Get Your FREE Trump 2020 Flag Before We Run Out Due to the fact that Democrats are unwilling to change our very dangerous immigration laws, we are indeed, as reported, giving strong considerations to placing Illegal Immigrants in Sanctuary Cities only…. Due to the fact that Democrats are unwilling to change our very dangerous immigration laws, we are indeed, as reported, giving strong considerations to placing Illegal Immigrants in Sanctuary Cities only….

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          Slay! Michelle Obama Gave Us Life In This Baby Pink Suit      Comment   Translate Page      
Take a look at this $2000 bedazzled crystal applique suit the Former First Lady rocked at the first leg of her European "Becoming" book tour in Copenhagen, Denmark.
          Belo cveće      Comment   Translate Page      
BELO CVEĆE 1 Simbolizam zasnovan na boji cveća je posebno poglavlje u tradiciji, nudi bogatu i značajnu priču, staru hiljadama godina. Boja cveća koju izaberete za buket je jednako važna kao i vrsta cveća koju ste izabrali. Bela boja označava čistoću i mir, odaje utisak nežnosti i mekoće. Takođe, ova boja je simbol nevinosti, rođenja, dobrote, duhovnosti, svetosti. Dopada se osobama koje teže slobodi, onima koji žele naglasiti čistotu i predanost. Bela boja je izuzetno elegantna ...
          Sanity and Humanity Return to the World Bank?      Comment   Translate Page      
President Obama infamously told Africans they should focus on their “bountiful” wind, solar and biofuel. If they use “dirty” fossil fuels to raise living standards “to the point where everybody has got a car, and everybody has got air conditioning, and everybody has got a big house, well, the planet will boil over.” So when South Africa applied for a World Bank loan to finish its low-pollution coal-fired Medupi power plant, his administration voted “present,” and the loan was approved by a bare majority of other bank member nations. The Obama Overseas Private Investment Corporation refused to support construction of...
          Trump Administration To Allow 2,700 Central American Children Into The U.S.      Comment   Translate Page      
Ana Garcia (left) and her daughter Genesis Amaya of Valley Stream, N.Y., were reunited through the Central American Minors program in 2016 before President Trump terminated the program.

Ana Garcia (left) and her daughter Genesis Amaya of Valley Stream, N.Y., were reunited through the Central American Minors program in 2016 before President Trump terminated the program.; Credit: Claudia Torrens/AP

Richard Gonzales | NPR

The Trump administration has agreed to settle a lawsuit with a dozen Central American families who challenged the government's cancellation of a program that was designed to reunite children in that region with their parents living in the U.S.

As a result, some 2,700 children living in Central America may be allowed to enter the U.S. at a time when the Trump administration is actively trying to dissuade other migrants from attempting to come to this country.

The program, called the Central American Minors program, was initiated during the Obama administration in 2014 in response to a surge of unaccompanied minors who sought to join their parents. Minors in Central America who had parents residing legally in the U.S. were eligible to apply for permanent residence as refugees, or for parole — a designation allowing someone to legally reside in the U.S. Over 1,335 minors arrived in the United States, according to a 2018 court order.

That order followed the Trump administration's termination of the program in August 2017. The government also rescinded parole for about 2,700 minors who already had been conditionally approved, but had not yet traveled to the U.S.

The International Refugee Assistance Project and the law firm Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP, filed suit on behalf of the families whose children essentially were in the pipeline when the administration canceled the program. The plaintiffs alleged that there was a "secret shutdown" of the program in the early days of the Trump administration, even as the government continued to solicit and accept funds from applicants to pay for medical examinations and travel to the U.S.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler ruled in December 2018 that the administration's mass revocation of the conditional approvals for the minors was illegal. In a March 1 ruling, she ordered the government to resume processing the children. But she did not compel the Department of Homeland Security to "reach any particular outcome with respect to the processing of any individual beneficiary."

Under the terms of the settlement, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service "agrees to process the approximately 2,700 individuals who were conditionally approved for parole prior to the CAM Parole program's termination and then issued rescission notices, as well as any later born children who are classified as add-ons."

According to a statement announcing the settlement, the International Refugee Assistance Project said, "The government anticipates most applicants will be approved for parole and allowed to travel to the U.S."

One plaintiff, identified in court documents only as "S.A.," had applied on behalf of her daughter and grandchild.

"My heart jumps and cries for joy because there are so many who need to escape danger. I have faith that I will be together with my daughter and grandson soon," she said in the IRAP statement.

"We are so pleased that after many years apart our clients will finally have the opportunity to reunite with each other in safety," said IRAP Litigation Staff Attorney Linda Evarts.

The Justice Department did not immediately respond to an email request for comment.

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          "Wrigley Field" with Pulitzer Prize-winner Ira Berkow      Comment   Translate Page      

On a June evening, a Pulitzer Prize-winner returned to the Bergino Baseball Clubhouse.

This stunning tribute to Wrigley Field, written by journalist Ira Berkow, coincides with the 100th anniversary of “the one and only.”  Wrigley Field brilliantly and beautifully documents the stadium’s entire career through a decade-by-decade account, a priceless collection of historical photographs and memorabilia, and vivid first-person reminiscences of the people to whom this great place has meant so much.

Notable fans interviewed for this book include Barack Obama, Scott Turow, Joe Mantegna, Sara Paretsky, Jim Bouton, and George Will, among others. With a foreword by former major leaguer Kerry Wood and a preface by former U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, this is a keepsake book for all baseball fans.

Ira Berkow, a sports columnist and feature writer for The New York Times for 26 years, shared a Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting and was a Pulitzer finalist for Distinguished Commentary.  The author of 20 books, Ira was born and raised in Chicago, but has called New York home for many years.

An evening of storytelling in the Clubhouse with Pulitzer Prize-winner Ira Berkow.  Listen in...

           Reactie op Hoe neutraal is de Zweedse aangifte tegen Assange? door Arend Zeevat       Comment   Translate Page      
Hoe neutraal is Julian Assange? Opnieuw blijkt niets te zijn wat het lijkt en niets blijkt te zijn wat het is. .html Citaat uit het artikel: "THE ASSANGE-ROTHSCHILD CONNECTION What is the basis of the deep bond between Julian Assange and the Rothschilds? The Rothschilds with their estimated 400 billion (at least) fortune, and passion for Israel, naturally have a great interest in media control, taking a direct role on boards supervising leading global media such as the UK Guardian and The Economist. But in order to really control media, one needs to control the 'opposition' media as well, and to channel the energies of potential dissidents. During the Obama era, it was decided to give the world two fake 'dissident heroes', pumped by Rothschild and CIA partner media, who would deceive the entire world. These two fake dissidents, Julian Assange and Edward Snowden, perhaps exceeded expectations in how they duped the public, despite their obvious Rothschild and CIA-establishment connections, and despite obvious trouble signs such as indulging Israel and aggressively opposing 9-11 truth. Assange and Snowden provided many side benefits for the global NWO cabal, such as de-legitimising real dissidents, with many people saying things like, 'Well, if it was true, wouldn't Assange and Snowden, and their 'brave' media, be telling us about it?' The tragic unknowable is how many dissidents were crushed and silenced, even killed, after being lured into the 'rat trap' of Snowden & Assange and their media."
           Comment on Everyone Should Hear by Bobfr (@Our4thEstate)       Comment   Translate Page
           Comment on Everyone Should Hear by meta       Comment   Translate Page      
Yes, I felt the same way. I get choked up every time I see that photo and to know how much the photographer is admired and shared enhances the work.
           Comment on Everyone Should Hear by jacquelineoboomer       Comment   Translate Page      
Wow. Now, that's how it's done.
           Comment on Everyone Should Hear by jacquelineoboomer       Comment   Translate Page
           Comment on Everyone Should Hear by jacquelineoboomer       Comment   Translate Page      
Oh thanks so much for sharing that from Pete. When all these wonderful people get together and stand together (to include the fine #44 in the last paragraph), the world seems a better place.
           Michelle Obama enjoys dinner at celebrity's favourite £100-a-head Mayfair restaurant       Comment   Translate Page      
Former First Lady Michelle Obama enjoyed dinner at Scott's in Mayfair ahead of her sell-out show at the O2 arena where she will deliver a talk about her bestselling memoir, Becoming.
          Truth be told, the idea that “Netanyahu has killed the two-state solution” is silly - by Victor Rosenthal      Comment   Translate Page      
...PM Netanyahu’s decision to extend Israeli law to the settlements in Area C would not have any effect whatever on Palestinians living under the control of the Palestinian authority, and it does not change the status of the territories in which they are located. Israel will never abandon Judea and Samaria entirely, although it is possible that some part of them could become an autonomous Palestinian entity. But – for security, if for no other reason – Israel could never agree to a sovereign Arab state west of the Jordan, nor could it agree to the kind of massive withdrawal and dismantling of settlements that was envisioned in the Obama period.

Victor Rosenthal..
Abu Yehuda..
12 April '19..

I don’t know how many times I’ve seen Judea and Samaria referred to as “occupied Palestinian territories,” and Jewish settlements there called “illegal under international law.” But the territories are not “Palestinian,” they are not “occupied,” Jewish communities there are not illegal, and Israel is not oppressing millions of Palestinians who also live there.

PM Netanyahu’s promise to extend Israeli sovereignty to the settlements – and not, by the way, “to annex the West Bank” as so many headlines have it – has re-ignited debate about these issues. But nothing’s changed. Here are some popular but false statements about Judea/Samaria and the Jewish communities that have been established there:

1. The “West Bank” is “Palestinian land” which Israel is occupying

Judea and Samaria, like the rest of Israel and Jordan, were part of the Ottoman Empire from the 16th Century until the end of WWI. After the war, the League of Nations agreed to set aside this portion of the former Ottoman territory to be held in trust by Britain to become a national home for the Jewish people. Britain gave the eastern portion to Abdullah bin Hussein as a reward for his help and that of his father, Sharif Hussein of Hejaz, in the war; this would ultimately become Jordan. The land between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean, including what would become the State of Israel and Judea/Samaria and Gaza became the Mandate for Palestine.

The Arabs living in the Mandate were strongly opposed to Jewish sovereignty, and the British, from a combination of the desire to appease the Arabs to reduce their violence (which expressed itself against both Jews and the British rulers), the desire to keep “Palestine” under their control for strategic purposes, and sheer antisemitism, abandoned their responsibility to the Jewish people and tried to throttle Jewish immigration, while allowing Arabs from surrounding areas to enter.

In November 1947, the UN – which had assumed the obligations of the League of Nations – passed a resolution (UNGA 181) recommending the partition of the Mandate into a Jewish and Arab state. The Palestinian Jews were prepared to accept a truncated state (it would be the second truncation of the land originally set aside for the Jews), but the Palestinian Arabs and the Arab nations wanted all the territory to be under Arab sovereignty, and rejected the resolution.

It is important to note two things: first, the resolution, because it was passed by the General Assembly and not by the Security Council under Chapter VII of the UN Charter, was advisory, not mandatory. And second, because the recommendations were never implemented, they became moot.

The British, exhausted after WWII and tired of the attacks against their occupation forces by both Jews and Arabs, ended the Mandate in May, 1948, and went home. The Jews, who had used the Mandate period to build all the institutions required for a state – an army, an educational system, a labor federation, various state enterprises, and more – declared the State of Israel in the area assigned to them by the partition resolution. The Arabs, who could have done the same, did not do so. They redoubled their violent attacks on Jews. At the same time, the armies of five Arab nations invaded the area, intending to destroy the new state of Israel and take the land for themselves (and not to establish a state for the Palestinian Arabs!)

The war that followed ended with a cease-fire in 1949. The Arab nations would not agree to make a permanent peace or recognize the Jewish state, but they signed cease-fire agreements that demarcated the positions of their troops. These agreements explicitly stipulated that the cease-fire lines were not national borders. The areas of Judea/Samaria and Gaza were occupied by Jordan and Egypt respectively, and in 1950 Jordan formally annexed the territory it had occupied and named it the “West Bank.” This is the first time that name was used to refer to what had previously been called “Judea and Samaria.”

The Arab invasion clearly violated the UN Charter, being a “use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence” of the State of Israel, and therefore the annexation of Judea and Samaria was also illegal. Only Britain (and possibly Pakistan) recognized it. During the war and afterwards, Jordan regularly committed war crimes, violating the Geneva Conventions by ethnically cleansing the Jewish population from the territories they occupied, destroying Jewish synagogues and cemeteries, and not allowing access to Jewish and Christian holy sites during the entire 19-year occupation.

In 1967 the Arabs again planned to destroy Israel, and some Arab leaders even made genocidal statements. Although it is true that Israel fired the first shots, it is generally accepted that this was a case of legitimate military preemption of an imminent attack, and that Israel’s actions were justified self-defense. The war ended with Israel in possession of Judea and Samaria, as well as Gaza.

The argument is made that the UN charter forbids acquisition of territory by force. That is not correct. It says that

All Members shall refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state, or in any other manner inconsistent with the Purposes of the United Nations. (Art. 2, Sec. 4)

But it also says that

Nothing in the present Charter shall impair the inherent right of individual or collective self-defence if an armed attack occurs against a Member of the United Nations, until the Security Council has taken measures necessary to maintain international peace and security. … (Art. 51)

If Israel’s actions in 1967 were legal, what is the status of Judea and Samaria? Many people say that it is a “belligerent occupation.” If so, it would still be entirely legal, just as the allied occupation of Germany after WWII was legal. But if it is an occupation, whose territory is being occupied? Not Jordan’s, whose possession of it was illegal from the start!

The last entity in legitimate possession of Judea/Samaria was the British Mandate, which no longer exists. But the only national entity that could reasonably have been considered the inheritor of the Mandate’s boundaries is the State of Israel. Given also that the Mandate was intended for the purpose of establishing a national home for the Jewish people, and considering the well-documented claim of the Jewish people to be the aboriginal inhabitants of the land, it is reasonable to see the events of 1967 as the liberation of territory that was illegally occupied, and its return to the legitimate owner, Israel.

In 1988, King Hussein of Jordan relinquished his claim to Judea and Samaria, in favor of the PLO. But since Jordan had no legitimate rights to the territory to begin with, the gesture was meaningless.

It is true that the Palestinian Arabs wish to possess Judea and Samaria (not to mention Haifa and Tel Aviv), and there are numerous members of the UN that agree with them for religious, cultural, economic, and yes – antisemitic – reasons. But wishing will not make the 1949 armistice lines a border, and wishing will not make Palestinian Arabs the legitimate heirs of the British Mandate, nor – despite their creative approach to history – the aboriginal inhabitants of the Land of Israel.

2. Settlements are illegal under international law

This is a favorite of many news media and European governments, who feel a compulsion to add “which are illegal under international law” after any mention of Israeli settlements. But even if you accept (as I do not) that Israel’s possession of Judea and Samaria constitutes belligerent occupation, the usual argument that settlements constitute a violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention provision against population transfer into an occupied territory is very weak. This protocol was established after WWII with the intent of criminalizing actions such as Germany’s deportation of its Jewish residents to occupied Poland, and not to prohibit voluntary settlement on public lands (a more complete treatment of this subject is here). It should be noted that there have been additions made (e.g., the 1977 “Additional Protocol I”) to the Geneva convention specifically aimed at Israeli policy, but Israel and other nations, including the US, have not ratified them.

3. Israel is oppressing millions of Palestinians in Judea and Samaria

When Israel and the PLO signed the Oslo Accords in 1993-5, they agreed to divide Judea and Samaria into Areas A, B and C. Area A was under Palestinian security control and civil control, Area B (much smaller) under Palestinian civil control and Israeli security control, and Area C under full Israeli control. Area C contains all Jewish settlements. More than 95% of the Palestinian population lives in areas A and B, where they are governed by the Palestinian Authority (PA). While it is true that Israel’s security forces reserve the right to enter area A to arrest wanted terrorists, Palestinians have civil and political rights granted by the Palestinian Authority to vote and hold political office. There are Palestinian courts and Palestinian police, Palestinian ministries of health, finance, labor, etc. It’s hardly fair to blame Israel for the fact that the PA is corrupt and dictatorial, and hasn’t held an election for years.


PM Netanyahu’s decision to extend Israeli law to the settlements in Area C would not have any effect whatever on Palestinians living under the control of the Palestinian authority, and it does not change the status of the territories in which they are located. Israel will never abandon Judea and Samaria entirely, although it is possible that some part of them could become an autonomous Palestinian entity. But – for security, if for no other reason – Israel could never agree to a sovereign Arab state west of the Jordan, nor could it agree to the kind of massive withdrawal and dismantling of settlements that was envisioned in the Obama period. So the idea that “Netanyahu has killed the two-state solution” is silly. The two-state solution was never alive because of simple geostrategic facts.

Isn’t it nice that international law agrees.
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Nobody lifts a finger to get Omar and the other dissidents out of the Congress. What other country would let themselves be run by a group that included Muslim terrorists. Of course she was voted in....Obama filled her district of Minnesota with Muslims from Somalia. Why Minnesota, i wonder?
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Right wing media organizations openly propagandize on behalf of right wing politicians. What else is new?

by digby

To my mind this piece from 2017 proves that Wikileaks behaved exactly like Breitbart and Fox News, advising their preferred candidate about strategy, running derogatory stories about his rival and covering for his crimes and corruption. Recall that Trump hired Steve Bannon directly from the Breitbart editor's job to formally run his campaign.

The difference, of course, is that Breitbart and Fox don't pretend to be a "radical transparency" organization devoted to exposing government power wherever they find it. They have no problem owning the fact that they are cheap, partisan whores who are working for the advancement of an authoritarian scumbag largely in order to own the libs. That's what Julian Assange did during the 2016 election. He's just less honest about it:

Just before the stroke of midnight on September 20, 2016, at the height of last year’s presidential election, the WikiLeaks Twitter account sent a private direct message to Donald Trump Jr., the Republican nominee’s oldest son and campaign surrogate. “A PAC run anti-Trump site is about to launch,” WikiLeaks wrote. “The PAC is a recycled pro-Iraq war PAC. We have guessed the password. It is ‘putintrump.’ See ‘About’ for who is behind it. Any comments?” (The site, which has since become a joint project with Mother Jones, was founded by Rob Glaser, a tech entrepreneur, and was funded by Progress for USA Political Action Committee.)

The next morning, about 12 hours later, Trump Jr. responded to WikiLeaks. “Off the record I don’t know who that is, but I’ll ask around,” he wrote on September 21, 2016. “Thanks.”

The messages, obtained by The Atlantic, were also turned over by Trump Jr.’s lawyers to congressional investigators. They are part of a long—and largely one-sided—correspondence between WikiLeaks and the president’s son that continued until at least July 2017. The messages show WikiLeaks, a radical transparency organization that the American intelligence community believes was chosen by the Russian government to disseminate the information it had hacked, actively soliciting Trump Jr.’s cooperation. WikiLeaks made a series of increasingly bold requests, including asking for Trump’s tax returns, urging the Trump campaign on Election Day to reject the results of the election as rigged, and requesting that the president-elect tell Australia to appoint Julian Assange ambassador to the United States.
Though Trump Jr. mostly ignored the frequent messages from WikiLeaks, he at times appears to have acted on its requests. When WikiLeaks first reached out to Trump Jr. about, for instance, Trump Jr. followed up on his promise to “ask around.” According to a source familiar with the congressional investigations into Russian interference with the 2016 campaign, who requested anonymity because the investigation is ongoing, on the same day that Trump Jr. received the first message from WikiLeaks, he emailed other senior officials with the Trump campaign, including Steve Bannon, Kellyanne Conway, Brad Parscale, and Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner, telling them WikiLeaks had made contact. Kushner then forwarded the email to campaign communications staffer Hope Hicks. At no point during the 10-month correspondence does Trump Jr. rebuff WikiLeaks, which had published stolen documents and was already observed to be releasing information that benefited Russian interests.

WikiLeaks played a pivotal role in the presidential campaign. In July 2016, on the first day of the Democratic National Convention, WikiLeaks released emails stolen from the Democratic National Committee's servers that spring. The emails showed DNC officials denigrating Bernie Sanders, renewing tensions on the eve of Clinton’s acceptance of the nomination. On October 7, less than an hour after the Washington Post released the Access Hollywood tape, in which Trump bragged about sexually assaulting women, Wikileaks released emails that hackers had pilfered from the personal email account of Clinton’s campaign manager John Podesta.

On October 3, 2016, WikiLeaks wrote again. “Hiya, it’d be great if you guys could comment on/push this story,” WikiLeaks suggested, attaching a quote from then-Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton about wanting to “just drone” WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange.

“Already did that earlier today,” Trump Jr. responded an hour-and-a-half later. “It’s amazing what she can get away with.”

Two minutes later, Trump Jr. wrote again, asking, “What’s behind this Wednesday leak I keep reading about?” The day before, Roger Stone, an informal advisor to Donald Trump, had tweeted, “Wednesday@HillaryClinton is done. #WikiLeaks.”

WikiLeaks didn’t respond to that message, but on October 12, 2016, the account again messaged Trump Jr. “Hey Donald, great to see you and your dad talking about our publications,” WikiLeaks wrote. (At a rally on October 10, Donald Trump had proclaimed, “I love WikiLeaks!”)

“Strongly suggest your dad tweets this link if he mentions us,” WikiLeaks went on, pointing Trump Jr. to the link, which it said would help Trump’s followers dig through the trove of stolen documents and find stories. “There’s many great stories the press are missing and we’re sure some of your follows [sic] will find it,” WikiLeaks went on. “Btw we just released Podesta Emails Part 4.”

Trump Jr. did not respond to this message. But just 15 minutes after it was sent, as The Wall Street Journal’s Byron Tau pointed out, Donald Trump himself tweeted, “Very little pick-up by the dishonest media of incredible information provided by WikiLeaks. So dishonest! Rigged system!”

Two days later, on October 14, 2016, Trump Jr. tweeted out the link WikiLeaks had provided him. “For those who have the time to read about all the corruption and hypocrisy all the @wikileaks emails are right here:,” he wrote.

After this point, Trump Jr. ceased to respond to WikiLeaks’s direct messages, but WikiLeaks escalated its requests.

“Hey Don. We have an unusual idea,” WikiLeaks wrote on October 21, 2016. “Leak us one or more of your father’s tax returns.” WikiLeaks then laid out three reasons why this would benefit both the Trumps and WikiLeaks. One, The New York Times had already published a fragment of Trump’s tax returns on October 1; two, the rest could come out any time “through the most biased source (e.g. NYT/MSNBC).”

It is the third reason, though, WikiLeaks wrote, that “is the real kicker.” “If we publish them it will dramatically improve the perception of our impartiality,” WikiLeaks explained. “That means that the vast amount of stuff that we are publishing on Clinton will have much higher impact, because it won’t be perceived as coming from a ‘pro-Trump’ ‘pro-Russia’ source.” It then provided an email address and link where the Trump campaign could send the tax returns, and adds, “The same for any other negative stuff (documents, recordings) that you think has a decent chance of coming out. Let us put it out.”

Trump Jr. did not respond to this message.

WikiLeaks didn’t write again until Election Day, November 8, 2016. “Hi Don if your father ‘loses’ we think it is much more interesting if he DOES NOT conceed [sic] and spends time CHALLENGING the media and other types of rigging that occurred—as he has implied that he might do,” WikiLeaks wrote at 6:35pm, when the idea that Clinton would win was still the prevailing conventional wisdom. (As late as 7:00pm that night, FiveThirtyEight, a trusted prognosticator of the election, gave Clinton a 71 percent chance of winning the presidency.) WikiLeaks insisted that contesting the election results would be good for Trump’s rumored plans to start a media network should he lose the presidency. “The discussion can be transformative as it exposes media corruption, primary corruption, PAC corruption, etc.,” WikiLeaks wrote.

Shortly after midnight that day, when it was clear that Trump had beaten all expectations and won the presidency, WikiLeaks sent him a simple message: “Wow.”

Trump Jr. did not respond to these messages either, but WikiLeaks was undeterred. “Hi Don. Hope you’re doing well!” WikiLeaks wrote on December 16 to Trump Jr., who was by then the son of the president-elect. “In relation to Mr. Assange: Obama/Clinton placed pressure on Sweden, UK and Australia (his home country) to illicitly go after Mr. Assange. It would be real easy and helpful for your dad to suggest that Australia appoint Assange ambassador to [Washington,] DC.”

WikiLeaks even imagined how Trump might put it: “‘That’s a real smart tough guy and the most famous australian [sic] you have!’ or something similar,” WikiLeaks wrote. “They won’t do it but it will send the right signals to Australia, UK + Sweden to start following the law and stop bending it to ingratiate themselves with the Clintons.” (On December 7, Assange, proclaiming his innocence, had released his testimony in front of London investigators looking into accusations that he had committed alleged sexual assault.)

In the winter and spring, WikiLeaks went largely silent, only occasionally sending Trump Jr. links. But on July 11, 2017, three days after The New York Times broke the story about Trump Jr.’s June 2016 meeting with Natalia Veselnitskaya, a Russian lawyer with connections to Russia’s powerful prosecutor general, WikiLeaks got in touch again.

“Hi Don. Sorry to hear about your problems,” WikiLeaks wrote. “We have an idea that may help a little. We are VERY interested in confidentially obtaining and publishing a copy of the email(s) cited in the New York Times today,” citing a reference in the paper to emails Trump Jr had exchanged with Rob Goldstone, a publicist who had helped set up the meeting. “We think this is strongly in your interest,” WikiLeaks went on. It then reprised many of the same arguments it made in trying to convince Trump Jr. to turn over his father’s tax returns, including the argument that Trump’s enemies in the press were using the emails to spin an unfavorable narrative of the meeting. “Us publishing not only deprives them of this ability but is beautifully confounding.”

The message was sent at 9:29 am on July 11. Trump Jr. did not respond, but just hours later, he posted the emails himself, on his own Twitter feed.

Some time after 2011 or so, Wikileaks morphed into plain old partisan yellow journalism worthy of no more respect as a journalistic organization than Newsmax or Glenn Beck's The Blaze. It's protected under the First Amendment but you can't blame liberals for being reluctant to energetically take up the cause after what he did. The ACLU will do it, no doubt, as will other defenders of free speech. But you can bet the right wingers like Trump and Hannity will run as fast as they can now that Assange is in custody and can no longer help them out.No one should ever expect the right wing to defend free speech unless it directly benefits them.

This is a good rundown of the civil liberties and press freedom concerns about the Assange charges. Even miscreant yellow journalists have a right to publish and protect their sources.

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Na wah o my brother! You don't need to talk too much on this issue, let Atiku produce his BIRTH CERTIFICATE, agreed that he was born in 1946, he should have a birth certificate, Obama shut up Trump's mouth, then Atiku if you want us to shut up our mouth produce your birth certificate, and how did you enlist in the Nigeria Customs? Please ATIKU do this so that your supporters can be proud of you.
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No problem. Let Abubakar produce his birth certificate. Obama did when Trump challenged him.
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          Arrest of Julian Assange is Just Theatre       Comment   Translate Page      
(Assange gives Masonic sign of recognition while in custody of cop with Masonic checkered headband ) 

Assange is a Rothschild-Israeli Operative 


by Brabantian

This past week, Britain got the perfect media distraction from its massive betrayal of Brexit voters - the 'arrest' of Julian Assange in the London Ecuador Embassy, a month after Ecuador received $4.2 billion in funding from the USA-dominated IMF.  Ecuador is also lined up for a new USA trade 'deal'.

We all tend to be too eager for a 'hero' against the establishment, so we don't recognize that sometimes, a fake 'hero' is supplied by the CIA's own favoured media outlets.

(Thought only Popes do this sign) 

And indeed, there is evidence that anti-9-11-truth Assange, is a Mossad - CIA fraud, with a long history tied to the world's wealthiest family, the Israel-devoted Rothschilds. We need to see what every major government knows, there is nothing real about either Julian Assange or Edward Snowden.

The 'Assange living in the Ecuador embassy for 7 years' story, is apparently a fairy tale, an easy hoax to pull off, with Assange only there for photos and meetings. The IMF - USA cash & trade deal for Ecuador, not only rewards the staging the 'arrest' of Assange, but also the cover-up of the fact he was never really living there.

Assange was easily moved in & out to Rothschild friends' homes, using wig, fake glasses & moustache, workman's uniforms etc; London police on 24 / 7 watch, helping under national security orders; Ecuador embassy staff perhaps bribed, and facing career destruction or worse, plus no media support, if they say anything.

To fill out the details, one can start by noting the very friendly, mutual-praise relationship between Julian Assange and Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu, documented on Veterans Today.

Haaretz even reports Turkish leading figures close to Erdogan talking about the evidence of Wikileaks as an Israeli-supported operation, the Turks saying: "Israel is very pleased. Israel has been making statements for days, even before the release of these [Wikileaks] documents. Documents were released and they immediately said, Israel will not suffer from this. How did they know that?"

Veterans Today reports they learned of Israeli media quoting Bibi Netanyahu saying, "Assange is talking to us and nothing will be released that will hurt us", VT adding: "Wikileaks is a unit of Israeli intelligence ... as early as 2011, Julian Assange admitted that all Wikileaks material was submitted to Israel before publishing, with some of that editing and reviewing done at New York Times offices by staff from the Israeli consulate in New York. We have on the spot confirmation of this. "
Assange's childhood in Australia was enmeshed with a CIA-tied mind-control cult abusing children, called 'The Family'


One of Julian Assange's early 'Wikileaks' campaigns, was to greatly damage the 1800s-vintage Swiss Bank Julius Baer (Julius Bär), the great rival to the Rothschild Bank in Switzerland.

At age 52, wealthy Julius Baer CEO Alex Widmer was found 'mysteriously dead', allegedly 'suicide'. Assange provided 'leaks' about Julius Baer and its clients, Assange claiming to be concerned about 'tax evasion', striking fear into the bank's customers, and eventually sinking the bank's share value 60%.

Julius Baer went to court in the USA where Wikileaks was hosted, to stop Wikileaks revealing client data ... the Fox Rothschild law firm represented Wikileaks, won, and got Wikileaks back dishing dirt on the Rothschild bank rival, permanently damaging it.

Another Julian Assange lawyer has been Mark Stephens of Finers Stephens Innocent, legal advisors to Rothschild Waddesdon Trust.

A person who has posted bail for Assange, is UK socialite Jemima Khan née Goldsmith (Goldschmidt), a sister in law of the Rothschilds, her brother Ben wed Kate Rothschild, her father James Goldsmith a Rothschild cousin.
The Rothschild-backed and supervised 'The Economist' touted Julian as a great 'hero' for his Swiss bank leaking that helped the Rothschild bank trounce its competitor.

The UK Guardian news site, major early promoter of Assange, has had 'Scott Trust' board supervision from Paul Myners of Rothschild Ltd & Sons, and Anthony Salz of Investment Bank Rothschild.

Assange has stayed at the country mansion of Vaughan Smith, owner of media organisation Frontline Trust, where Assange has been a speaker, 'Frontline' funded by George Soros ... Soros is a partner of Rothschild cousin Goldsmith, and Richard Katz of Rothschild & Sons has been director of the Soros Open Society Institute, with other Rothschild bank employees also on Soros boards.

The pumper of Edward Snowden, Glen Greenwald has been a Rothschild family employee too, brought in after they realised it was too ridiculous to sell Snowden via the Washington Post reporter Snowden first 'leaked' to, Bart Gellman, who is the biographer & friend of USA Vice President & warmonger Dick Cheney ... Now, Greenwald is funded by CIA-Ukraine meddling billionaire Pierre Omidyar.

Notice that despite 'USA federal criminal indictment' etc, there is no seizure of Wikileaks funds etc. or deplatforming of its touts - Wikileaks successfully shilling for donations even now ... whilst many other people, have been de-platformed, banned, blocked from fundraising etc, for mere slightly dissident opinion, without even an accusation of crime.

At age 82, US longtime CIA adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski admitted on 29 November 2010 on USA television, the PBS News Hour, that Wikileaks were clearly intel-agency seeded and selected.

Aside from Wikileaks material on countries targeted by the US-Nato or Israel - such as the 'Arab Spring' incitement material - 'Wikileaks' regarding the USA were 'nothing dramatically new' (US foreign torture etc); 'control file' material (Hillary-bashing, to hold over her head in case she won); and overall designed to 'rat trap' - lure, identify & destroy - real dissidents lured into contacting Wikileaks.

At least two people who contacted Assange have turned up dead - Seth Rich & Peter W Smith. Assange pretends to be 'concerned' about the former; he denies receiving the latter's files. Others are jailed.

Tho they claim to fear extradition, Assange and Snowden, like good CIA assets, refuse to use the devastating files on USA Virginia federal judge bribery which have stopped other extraditions, even though those judges are the exact ones who would allegedly put Assange & Snowden on trial. It is all been a fraud with these 'fake heroes', and the Satanists are having a good laugh over it.


Why was Assange 'arrested' now? The 'seven years living in a tiny room in the London Ecuador Embassy' story, was obviously getting long in the tooth, harder to believe the longer it continued. Assange and Snowden are creations of the Obama CIA, and shortly after Trump took office, moves were made toward winding down the Assange hoax, with Sweden even dropping their dodgy 'rape charges' against Assange in early 2017. The timing at the moment was chosen to distract from the British Brexit debacle, now tearing apart British society with the betrayal of 17 million UK Brexit voters.

There is also the fact that the ongoing travails of a supposed 'dissident hero', with a popular 'personality', distracts from many things, such as Israel's latest bombing attack on Syria, or on Gaza. Every week for a while there can be some new 'Assange story' twist and turn.

We may have news-headline 'Assange updates' ahead for months or even years, perhaps ending finally in some fake 'people's victory' for Assange, or perhaps even a fake 'trial' and a fake 'imprisonment', as people suspect take place for some of these unlikely purported 'lone wolf attackers' who are presented to us in various suspicious 'killing events'.


What is the basis of the deep bond between Julian Assange and the Rothschilds? The Rothschilds with their estimated 400 billion (at least) fortune, and passion for Israel, naturally have a great interest in media control, taking a direct role on boards supervising leading global media such as the UK Guardian and The Economist.

But in order to really control media, one needs to control the 'opposition' media as well, and to channel the energies of potential dissidents. During the Obama era, it was decided to give the world two fake 'dissident heroes', pumped by Rothschild and CIA partner media, who would deceive the entire world. These two fake dissidents, Julian Assange and Edward Snowden, perhaps exceeded expectations in how they duped the public, despite their obvious Rothschild and CIA-establishment connections, and despite obvious trouble signs such as indulging Israel and aggressively opposing 9-11 truth.

Assange and Snowden provided many side benefits for the global NWO cabal, such as de-legitimising real dissidents, with many people saying things like, 'Well, if it was true, wouldn't Assange and Snowden, and their 'brave' media, be telling us about it?' The tragic unknowable is how many dissidents were crushed and silenced, even killed, after being lured into the 'rat trap' of Snowden & Assange and their media.
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"The U.S. figure, however, would have been smaller had President Obama not made his infamous pivot towards austerity and the “Grand Bargain” that he sought to negotiate with Republicans to weaken the safety net. It was really the Grand Betrayal of his campaign promises and the American people." There are "square deals" and bad deals. You don't achieve justice by cutting the baby in half. The Democrats "pragmatic" policies of appeasement helped bring Trump to the White House. That's very much different from seeking honorable solutions that most people are able to live with. "He and his successor he chose created the self-inflicted wound of austerity that further enriched the elites and impoverished the working class." Is there perhaps a "pecking order" gene, that absent strong support and awareness for justice, nudges us to abuse those deprived of power? The poor, the weakened elderly, children, the disabled, and social minorities are traditional targets for such abuse, and in a sufficiently laissez faire society, people are inclined to look the other way. Apart from vainglorious self-celebrating of narcissistic bullies, this seems like a formula for an ugly life experience for all involved. Many anti-utopian examples exist in the world and in history, but this chaffs the empathetic strands of our nature; and sometimes social progress is made. It's just that the battle is never final, and vigilance, courage, and effort can take no more than momentary rests. Power tends to corrupt unless we stand against it, and up for one another.
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The United States handed thousands of documents Friday to Argentina on disappearances by the former US-backed military dictatorship, completing Washington's biggest-ever transfer of documents to another government. With a ceremony at the National Archives, the grand Greco-Roman building in central Washington that is home to the US Constitution and other founding documents, the United States fulfilled a pledge made three years ago by then president Barack Obama when he honoured the victims of the 1976-1983 military regime on a visit to Buenos Aires. Receiving the files from the archivist of the United States, Argentina's Justice Minister German Garavano said the documents "will be fundamental to justice." "This is good news for the Argentine people to learn from the past and not repeat this in the future," he said. In an accompanying letter to his Argentine counterpart Mauricio Macri, President Donald Trump said the declassification "demonstrates our shared commitment to promoting open and transparent government." "It also reflects the importance that the United States places in its relations with Argentina," said Trump, who visited Buenos Aires in late 2018. "My hope is that...
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Với lối tuyên truyền đậm chất của cộng sản là "nói như rồng leo, luôn vẽ ra khung trời hoa mộng kèm theo những hứa hẹn hão huyền,..." những thập kỷ qua đảng Dân chủ đã "cướp được" hầu hết cảm tình của các cử tri có trình độ "chánh trị bình dân" ở nước Mỹ.

Ngược lại các nghị viên ưu tú của Đảng Cộng Hòa vì quá phụ thuộc vào "bầy cá mập" ở Mỹ bởi sau lưng các cá nhân của ứng viên tổng thống đều có cả đống đô la của bầy cá mập. Đây là một điểm yếu đã bị phe Dân chủ công phá thành công.

Bằng chứng là khi Obama đắc cử tổng thống, ông ta đã ban hành Đạo luật thuế theo phương châm "lấy của nhà giàu chia cho nhà nghèo", đánh thuế rất cao vào những người có thu nhập cao để chia lại cho những người "không muốn làm mà muốn hưởng thụ với mức độ thụ hưởng phải chăng".

Đòn công phá vào điểm yếu của Đảng Cộng hòa mà Obama tung ra rất thành công, hàng loạt công ty, tập đoàn lớn của Mỹ phải "đào tẩu" ra nước ngoài để "né thuế Obama - hưởng thuế ưu đãi của nước sở tại". Nạn thất nghiệp ở Mỹ tăng mạnh càng làm cho hình ảnh của Obama nổi lên trong lòng công chúng Mỹ bởi trong lúc mất việc, thất nghiệp thì các gói hỗ trợ của Obama như những cơn mưa rào giữa sa mạc khô hạn, họ nhận được ơn sủng từ Obama thì họ chỉ biết ơn Obama - đảng Dân chủ chứ họ không thèm biết nguồn gốc của thứ "hồng hơn nhơn nghĩa giả vờ kia" có được từ việc Obama đã móc túi, bóc lột chất xám của giới thượng lưu Mỹ một cách tàn bạo.

Obama và phe Dân chủ đã chiếm được cảm tình của số đông cử tri Mỹ bởi họ biết vận dụng nguyên lý nhân nghĩa "ai cho tôi bát cháo khi tôi đói lủi thì tôi tôn sùng họ hơn là những người giảng kinh Koran khi tôi đói lả". Và khi số đông bị chinh phục bằng sự phỉnh phờ, hội chứng "chủ nghĩa cộng sản" lại phát tác mạnh mẽ ngay trong lòng nước Mỹ bởi "lòng căm thù giai cấp" nảy sinh, những người "vô sản" nhận được đặc ơn của Obama - phe Dân chủ sẽ tỏ ra thù ghét "bọn tư sản mại bản" và cuối cùng chủ nghĩa số đông sẽ áp đảo.

Nhưng nước Mỹ và nhân loại lại diễm phúc thay khi sản sanh ra ông Donald Trump, ông Peter Navarro và các người con ưu tú khác của nước Mỹ đã tín thác vào ông Trump. Không như truyền thống cũ là các ứng viên tổng thống của Đảng Cộng Hòa luôn nhận lãnh sự trợ giúp tài chánh - truyền thông từ những con cá mập để sau khi đắc cử phải "ơn đền, ân báo" mà đánh mất vai trò "phụng sự tổ quốc - phục vụ nhân dân". Ông Trump tự bỏ tiền túi của mình ra để tranh cử, tự thân vận động mà không cần hậu thuẫn của các hãng truyền thông lớn,...

Chính vì ông Trump "nhất mã nhất thương" xông ra trận tiền nên không lạ lẫm gì việc ông phải "Tứ bề thọ địch", địch trước mặt là phe Dân chủ, địch bên trái là truyền thông bẩn - Fake News, địch bên phải là khối cnxh quái thai và "giặc sau lưng nhà vua đó" là những trụ cột, linh hồn của Đảng Cộng Hòa như gia tộc Bush, cú đêm Kissinger, gia tộc John McCain,...

Nhưng nước Mỹ vẫn là nước Mỹ, dân Mỹ vẫn là hàng thượng đẳng. Dù Obama và phe Dân chủ có chiếm được cảm tình của số đông nhưng cái chân lý "quý hồ tinh hơn quý hồ đa" vẫn mãi là chân lý, ông Trump vẫn tin dùng nguyên lý của ma phương "Cửu long ngũ hổ địch nhất nhơn" và ông chỉ cần "nhị nhơn thất tướng phò lục quốc" chứ không cần có trong tay thập vạn binh mã nhưng toàn là mã què, binh hèn, thà có kẻ địch mạnh còn hơn có đồng đội ngu ngốc, yếu hèn. Những tinh tú của nước Mỹ như ông Mike Pence, Robert Lighthizer, Peter Navarro, ông Mike Pompeo, ông John Bolton, Patrick Shanahan,... đã tề tựu quanh ông để cùng "Make America Great Again - Làm nước Mỹ vĩ đại trở lại - MAGA".

Theo lẽ thường tình, khi ta có một ngoại lực tác động vào một vật thể thì vật thể đó sẽ sản sinh ra một nội lực tác động ngược lại với mô đun độ lớn bằng ngoại lực nhưng trái dấu, ngược chiều. Và nếu nội lực của vật thể không đủ lớn so với ngoại lực tác động thì vật thể sẽ bị phá hoại. Ông Trump và cộng sự của ông cũng vậy, phải có một nội lực vững chắc để biến nó thành ngoại lực tác động vào địch quân làm cho địch quân tan tác, vỡ nát. Hay như trong Tây Du Ký bên Tàu, để đạt thành chánh quả thì Đường Tam Tạng phải bị ma quỉ đánh phá liên tu bất tận, phải có một tâm Phật trinh nguyên, cương liệt mới được thụ phong "Chiên Đàn Công Đức Phật".

Công lý đã chiến thắng - ông Trump đã chiến thắng và lẽ thường tình "bên thắng sẽ có bên bại", niềm vui của BÊN THẮNG CUỘC là nỗi buồn, nỗi ô nhục của BÊN THUA CUỘC. Sẽ tai hại hơn cho BÊN THUA CUỘC là phe Dân chủ bởi "thủ lãnh tinh thần" của họ là cựu tổng thống Obama, gia đình cựu tổng thống Bill Clinton, gia tộc Bush, gia tộc Kissinger, John McCain,... đã bị sụp đổ. Ai sẽ đủ cân lượng để thay họ đi vận động cho ứng viên của mình đấu với ông Trump trong mùa bầu cử năm 2020 đây ? Không có ai xứng tầm làm đối thủ của ông Trump nữa cả.

Nhân đây tôi xin nhắc lại nhận định của tôi ngay sau khi kết quả cuộc bầu cử giữa kỳ giở chén, đó là việc ông Trump bỏ Hạ viện lấy Thượng viện đã thể hiện đẳng cấp chánh trị TUYỆT ĐỈNH của ông ta. Bởi như chúng ta biết đó, những ứng viên được ông Trump đích thân vận động đều thắng cử, ngược lại những ứng viên được Obama đích thân vận động hầu như đều thất cử.

Sở dĩ ông Trump chỉ giữ Thượng viện mà thả Hạ viện vì ông muốn giữ thanh kiếm báu ở Thượng viện để chém đứt các đòn bẩn bựa, vu cáo ông từ Hạ viện do phe Dân chủ kiểm soát. Vậy tại sao ông không hốt luôn Hạ viện để loại bỏ phiền phức khi nó rơi vào tay đảng Dân chủ như hiện nay ?

Như đã nói, việc ông Trump bỏ Hạ viện lấy Thượng viện đã thể hiện đẳng cấp chánh trị TUYỆT ĐỈNH của ông ta. Quí vị hẳn đã nghe tôi nói cách làm chánh trị của ông Trump là cách diệt cỏ dại phổ biến của bà con nông dân bên Việt nam hiện nay. Đó là dùng thuốc diệt cỏ lưu dẫn - Glyphosate và thuốc diệt cháy - Paraquat.

Nếu ông Trump ra sức giữ luôn Hạ viện, đồng nghĩa ông chỉ diệt cỏ cháy bằng thuốc Paraquat, gốc rễ của nó sẽ hồi sinh mạnh mẽ sau này. Vì vậy ông chọn giải pháp diệt cỏ bằng thuốc lưu dẫn - Glyphosate khi buông tay ở Hạ viện để phe Dân chủ làm mưa, làm gió, mặc sức đánh phá ông vì bất đồng quan điểm, vì tị hiềm cá nhân chứ không vì "Làm nước Mỹ vĩ đại trở lại - MAGA". Ông thả Hạ viện và kích hoạt cho họ múa hết chiêu hèn bằng cách ông tung ra những quyết sách có lợi cho nước Mỹ nhưng biết trước phe Dân chủ sẽ ra sức cản phá. Chiêu này hệt như bà con nông dân muốn "diệt cỏ" phải "dụ cỏ" bằng cách pha thêm vào thuốc lưu dẫn Glyphosate một lượng phân Ure nhất định để cỏ thấy phân há miệng hút vô nhưng không hay biết mình đã bị nông dân dụ hút thuốc độc Glyphosate để thân, cành, gốc rễ bị hủy diệt toàn bộ.

Đảng Dân chủ sẽ tan nát dưới tay ông Trump để Đảng Cộng hòa thống lãnh nước Mỹ tấn công hủy diệt khối cnxh quái thai bởi cái thứ cnxh quái thai này là cỏ dại sống ký sinh trong đống rác của cuộc đời, diệt nó sẽ rất trường kỳ, cam go. Muốn diệt cnxh quái thai thì trước tiên phải "Làm nước Mỹ vĩ đại trở lại - MAGA". Muốn MAGA thì phải đánh tan cái đảng Con Lừa, nơi mà cnxh quái thai đang ký sinh vào đó dưới bàn tay phối ngẫu của cú đêm Kissinger - Bill Clinton - Obama.

Tran Hung


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It's hard to evade politics, even in a weekend science update. for example when a top Republican factotum declares: “Science is a Democrat thing.” 

Um. They say it proudly! Yes, science, but also every single fact-based profession. Including medicine, law, teaching, journalism and those "deep state" enemies -- the Intel/FBI/military officer corps -- who know that fact and science and climate change are real.

== Long ago at least they had an excuse for ignorance... ==

As we re-examine our distant past...

We’re finding numerous past eras when the male population in a region was winnowed to a narrow gene pool or else replaced by newcomers. One massive swing happened about 12,000 years ago, about the same time that two technologies might have exacerbated male death rates: agricultural kingdoms and the availability of plentiful beer. (This is actually my own theory, based upon traveller reports from Polynesia and other places that told of kings ordering the instant death of offending louts. It would help explain human resistance to addiction, which though terribly imperfect is greater than in most species.)

Now comes evidence that a mass migration of males transformed the genetic make-up of people in Spain during the Bronze Age. It remains unclear whether there was a violent invasion or whether a male-centric social structure played an important role.” Interesting article!  And yet, in my “contrarian gadfly” role, I must point out that while dominance by top king-chief-patriarchs seems the most likely explanation, there IS another way that a Y chromosome winnowing could have occurred. 

Female dominance. There have been a few cases of matriarchy in which women councils exerted strong control over which males were allowed to breed. It is quite conceivable (get it?) for such councils to enforce hypergamy – preference to share those males who meet strict standards, rather than “settle” for average. 

A mild version of this practice was seen among the Cherokee and Iroquois, for example.  Yes, our sad litany of nasty and oppressive patriarchies was far more common. But it’s wrong simply to assume that Y chromosome winnowing happened because of inter-male strife. It might have been female selection, which is actually the great driver of evolution in many non-human species.

== More evidence from the past ==

And the Denisovan story gets even more complicated and strange: our Denisovan cousins may have mated with modern humans as recently as 15,000 years ago.

A fossil discovery in North Dakota is strongly believed to be a fish that was blasted and killed precisely the very day that the Cretaceous ended with the Chicxulub meteorite impact, 66 million years ago, the most incredible (and precise) paleontological discovery of the century, so far. If this story is even 5% Just wow.

Meanwhile a new fossil trove in China - the Qingjiang biota - has yielded thousands of Cambrian period specimens, with dozens of new species, yet to be named.

Gabonionta are the earliest multicellular macroscopic organisms discovered so far, vastly older –by almost 4x ! – than previous evidence for complex life. Known only from their fossilized mucous trails in black shale from Gabon. Likely something like colonial amoebae or slime molds, they seem to have appeared almost right after Earth finally got appreciable oxygen in its atmosphere. Good science reporting.

My old Caltech housemate Joe Kirschvink has done it again, proving (with colleagues) that humans have a small but verified sensitivity to magnetic fields. 

== Tech updates ==

Via Peter Diamandis: Researchers at Boston University have mathematically designed a 3D acoustic metamaterial that can block up to 94 percent of noise flowing through it. Most dramatically, however, the 3D-printed structure reflects noise-producing vibrations without impeding the passage of light or airflow itself.

GauGAN, from NVIDIA, may be the “MS Paint for the AI age.” Using a generative adversarial network (GAN) trained on 1 million Flickr images, GauGAN can create photorealistic images from just a few lines drawn by a user. As an example, a user could click on “tree,” draw a line, and GauGAN will create an image