Thursday, May 23, 2019

Russia Accuses Al-Qaeda of Trying to Fake Another Chemical Attack in Syria

by Jason Ditz, The Anti Media:

Intermittent fighting between Syria’s government and al-Qaeda forces in Idlib turned into full-blown fighting Tuesday, with an al-Qaeda counter-attack hitting Syrian government forces in the area. Reports are that 26 soldiers and 18 jihadists were slain in the fighting.

This fighting took place on the border between Idlib and Hama Provinces, and likely will be the area where fighting continues to rage, as Syrian forces build up to invade the neighboring territory held by al-Qaeda.

Direct Democracy Is the Future of Human Governance – Part 1

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by Michael Krieger, Liberty Blitzkrieg:

Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men, even when they exercise influence and not authority: still more when you superadd the tendency or the certainty of corruption by authority. There is no worse heresy than that the office sanctifies the holder of it. That is the point at which the negation of Catholicism and the negation of Liberalism meet and keep high festival, and the end learns to justify the means.

– Lord Acton

Texting While Walking May Soon Be Fineable in New York. Similar U.S. Legislation Passed Elsewhere Already. Will It Be Enough to Deter Screen Addicts?

by BN Frank, Activist Post:

Research from the Mayo Clinic determined that texting on smartphones triggers a new type of brain rhythm. “Digital Addiction” or “Screen Addiction” has been validated by many credible sources as a serious medical condition despite the fact that some are still actively promoting heavy screen use as normal, productive and sometimes even cool.

Texting and walking is a safety concern and not just for those who are doing it.  But will legislation and fines be enough to stop addicts?  Or should there be more efforts to discourage heavy screen use in children and adults whether they are walking in public places or not?

Venezuela Sells Another $570 Million In Gold Despite Sanctions

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from Silver Doctors:

Venezuela sold about $570 million in gold from central bank reserves over the past two weeks, skirting U.S. Treasury sanctions designed to…

by Chris Powell of the Gold Anti-Trust Action Committee (GATA)

By Patricia Laya
Bloomberg News

Venezuela sold about $570 million in gold from central bank reserves over the past two weeks, skirting U.S. Treasury sanctions designed to freeze assets of the Nicolas Maduro administration, according to people with knowledge of the matter.

The Media are Intentionally Distorting Assange Case – It’s Time to Correct the Record

by Charlotte Gracias, 21st Century Wire:

In 2019, media propaganda and distortion of the truth is commonplace. It is equally, if not more evident, in the treatment of Julian Assange by many mainstream media journalists. As a journalist himself, Julian Assange fought relentlessly to expose the truth, putting his own life at risk and this made him a target of harassment by the state sponsored media in the UK, US and Australia.

Can we trust the mainstream media? Can we trust what they have written and are writing about Assange, Manning and Wikileaks?

OPCW, Douma and the Post Truth World

by James ONeill, New Eastern Outlook:

The Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) came into effect on 29 April 1997. 193 Member States of the United Nations have ratified it. The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) is the United Nations body charged with the task of monitoring compliance with the CWC. It is based in The Hague. Among its powers are the powers to investigate allegations of the use of chemical weapons, and (since June 2018) the power to assign blame.

The investigations are carried out by a Fact Finding Mission, which compromises a team of experts from the relevant scientific disciplines. Additional technical assistance is frequently sought from bodies external to the OPCW, typically university departments.

FBI May Be Forced To Turn Over Charts Of Potential Law Violations By Former Secretary Of State Hillary Clinton

by Tim Brown, Freedom OutPost:

The FBI may be forced to turn over charts they have that contain information on potential “statutory violations” that were committed by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton with her use of a non-secure, non-government illegal email server to conduct government business.

The news comes as government watchdog Judicial Watch filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the Justice Department seeking draft copies of the FBI charts.

The Question of Gold Price Manipulation? – Craig Hemke (21/05/2019)

by Craig Hemke, Sprott Money:

That this is even a question reveals the intellectual laziness of those who ask. However, since this is coming up with regularity again, here’s another post on the subject.

First, a summary of recent admissions and convictions against The Banks:

• LIBOR manipulation: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Libor_scandal (Note the section where it’s noted that LIBOR fixing operates as a “cartel”.)

• Forex manipulation: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/05/16/eu-regulators-fine… (Again, note the use of the term “cartel”.)

COHEN ADMITTED IT WAS ‘PLAUSIBLE’ THAT TRUMP WASN’T TELLING HIM TO LIE TO CONGRESS

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by Chuck Ross, The Daily Caller:

  • Former Trump attorney Michael Cohen acknowledged he might have misinterpreted what he’s claimed were instructions from President Donald Trump to lie to Congress about negotiations to build a Trump Tower in Moscow.
  • Cohen testified in March that he believed Trump was instructing him to lie by telling him to “cooperate” with House investigators in 2017.
  • Cohen said he believed Trump was telling him in coded language to lie, but he admitted it was “plausible” he had misinterpreted Trump’s comments.
  • The testimony, released Monday, further undercuts a BuzzFeed report that Trump directed Cohen to lie to Congress.

While everyone was watching Game of Thrones, Big Tech just seized monopoly control over all information, knowledge and “news”

by Ethan Huff, Natural News:

As tens of millions of filth-addicted Americans have been gorging themselves on the trashy, low-grade HBO pornography series “Game of Thrones,” Apple has quietly taken yet another step towards absolute totalitarianism, banning Natural News from its “Apple News” platformfor publishing information that Apple claims is “rejected by the scientific community.”

It would appear as though Apple is particularly offended by Natural News telling the truth about carbon dioxide (CO2), the “greenhouse gas” that climate fanatics claim is causing “global warming.” Since we don’t subscribe to the pseudoscientific fear-mongering that CO2 is a “pollutant,” Apple says we’re spreading “misinformation,” which is apparently no longer allowed, First Amendment be damned.