from Sarah Westall:
by Pam Martens and Russ Martens, Wall St On Parade:
Earlier this week, James Freeman, the Assistant Editor of The Wall Street Journal’s editorial page, wrote an opinion piece headlined as “We’ll Never Know How Bad the Federal Reserve Is.” Freeman is also a Fox News contributor so one might be prone to suspect there is that typical right-wing bias to bash the Fed.
Freeman, however, has a legitimate beef. His new book, “Borrowed Time: Two Centuries of Booms, Busts and Bailouts at Citi,” with co-author Vern McKinley was published this week and Freeman laments in the article about how the Fed “hides and then destroys documents.” If you’re a journalist attempting to compile a truthful and accurate account about a financial institution or a financial era and a key institution holding those documents refuses to release them, then the American people have lost the ability to exercise oversight of their government.
by Jason Ditz, AntiWar:
A group of lawyers aligned to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has filed formal charges against a number of US Air Force officers who are stationed at Turkey’s Incirlik Air Base. The complaint accuses them of having ties to terrorist groups, and of being in league with the banned Gulenist organization.
Since the failed 2016 military coup, Erdogan has blamed cleric Fethullah Gulen for plots against him, and has been targeting any and all perceived enemies, accusing them of being in league with Gulen. This is the first time US troops, let alone US troops inside Turkey, have faced such charges.
by Michael Snyder, The Economic Collapse Blog:
So many top professionals in the financial industry are sounding the alarm about a coming stock market crash right now. And there certainly have been rumblings in 2018 – not too long ago we had a three day stretch that was called “the tech bloodbath”, and during that time Facebook had the worst day for a single company in stock market history. But we haven’t seen the really big “crash” yet. Many have been waiting for it to happen for several years, and some people out there are convinced that it is never going to come at all. Of course the truth is that we are in perhaps the largest stock market bubble that our nation has ever seen, and all other large stock market bubbles have always ended with a major price collapse. So whether it happens immediately or it takes a little while longer, it is inevitable that stock prices will eventually return to their long-term averages.
by Joseph P. Farrell, Giza Death Star:
Ms. M.K. found this story, and passed it along, and this is one that I simply have to talk about. As regular readers here are well aware, I’m fascinated by the story – or rather, the lack of a story – about missing Malaysia Air flight 370. I’ve tried to stay abreast of this story as “developments” occur, but it has been frustrating for one very obvious reason, namely, that every “development” is really a “non-development,” and thus it is far more accurate to say that I’ve been trying to stay abreast as new non-developments non-occur.
The most recent non-development that non-occurred was the Malaysian government’s release of its final official report, which ran to about 400 pages, and which essentially stated what we already knew, which is next to nothing.
Hollywood Director James Gunn Publicly Posted Photos of Himself at a Pedophilia-Themed ‘To Catch a Predator’ Party
by Jim Hoft, The Gateway Pundit:
It seems that disgraced Guardians of the Galaxy writer and director James Gunn doesn’t just like to “joke” about pedophilia — he also attends pedophilia themed parties.
Featured on his website were photos of himself attending a “To Catch a Predator” themed party — based on the show which busted pedophiles who targeted children online.
by Jon Rappoport, No More Fake News:
“You see, censorship is good if the person being censored is someone you don’t like. That’s right. You didn’t know that, did you? That’s the secret meaning of the 1st Amendment.”
—Here is how foul the political air is now, how low the ‘logic’ has sunk. If you don’t agree that Facebook censoring a particular person is a good thing, then you must be supporting that censored person. You must be on his side. There is no middle ground. There is no Bill of Rights. There is only like and hate, and hate implies there is a target to be censored—
Whole generations are being raised to think of censorship as a pleasant solution to speech they don’t like, people they don’t like, ideas they don’t like.
by Peter van Buren, Ron Paul Institute:
More than a few people have cited the exchange below as justification for my forever trip down the Memory Hole, my ban from Twitter. I used to be there as @wemeantwell.
My bad zombie joke about #MAGA, or anything else I wrote that was flippant, is not writing I’m proud of. But ask yourself if indeed what I was doing, in the words of Twitter’s auto-response to me, “harasses, intimidates, or uses fear to silence someone else’s voice,” or if I was just being rude and childish. Ask yourself if whatever I did means you can never read anything I’ve written on Twitter over the past seven years, if it means I should never be allowed to write there again.
Does it justify censorship?