Sunday, June 16, 2019

Think US Media Won’t Help Lead Nation Into War With Iran Based on Flimsy or False Intelligence? Looks Like They Already Are

by Jake Johnson, Jon Queally, Common Dreams:

“Do U.S. reporters, anchors, and editors really want more Middle Eastern blood on their hands? If not, they need to fix their rather credulous and increasingly hawkish coverage of Iran—and fix it fast.”

If there were any lingering hopes that the corporate media learned from its role in perpetuating the lies that led to the 2003 invasion of Iraq and would never again help start a Middle East war on the basis of false or flimsy evidence, the headlines that blared across the front pages of major U.S. news websites Thursday night indicated that such hopes were badly misplaced.

Clash of Civilizations 2.0

by James Corbett, The International Forecaster:

Readers will recall that last week’s edition of this column ended on something of an intellectual puzzler. To wit: If the Tiananmen Square Massacre narrative that is routinely used to demonize the Chinese government on the world stage is demonstrably wrong (even by the admission of US diplomats and BBC reporters), then why doesn’t the Chinese government say something?

As I concluded in “The Truth About Tiananmen“:

“This type of silence in the face of attack is unfathomable to the Western mind. When someone is spreading rumors and easily debunkable lies about you, you speak up. You set the record straight. You fight back. You do something . . . don’t you?”

Well, perhaps one key to unlocking this mystery is in the stipulation: The Western mind. We all understand that silence is consent and that anyone who remains silent in the face of accusations is thereby tacitly admitting to their guilt, right? But who is “we”? Does our shared understanding of the meaning of silence come from a specific cultural heritage? And if so, what is the shared understanding of the meaning of silence for the Chinese?

College Student Went Undercover to Catch Pedophiles and Nabbed a Decorated Cop

by Matt Agorist, The Free Thought Project:

A college student-turned pedophile hunter, went undercover to catch child predators online and low and behold—he caught a cop.

San Francisco, CA — A 20-year-old college student named Ethan is making headlines this week after he used a Snapchat filter to go undercover and ensnare pedophiles trying to lure children. He was successful and his catch was a San Mateo cop.

Ethan — who is not using his last name out of fear that police may retaliate — told authorities he had a female friend who had been molested as a child. This was the apparent impetus behind his undercover scheme to go online and catch the predators.

US Military Intelligence Accuses Russia of Nuclear Testing, Provides No Evidence

by Jason Ditz, The Anti Media:

US military intelligence agency the DIA has issued a new statement directly accusing the Russian government of conducting low-yield nuclear tests in the course of developing more advanced nuclear arms.

This is the second time the DIA has suggested Russia was conducting nuclear tests in the past month. The statement today, as with the previous one, came with no evidence that any such testing ever took place.

THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA IS PETRIFIED — Dr. Dave Janda

from SGT Report:

Dr. Dave Janda from Operation Freedom joins me to discuss the mass censorship of the alt-media and Dr. Janda says the mainstream media is petrified because President Trump and AG Barr are going to break the back of Big Brother AND the deep state. Part 2 will post on Sunday night.

WE ARE ALL THE FOURTH ESTATE NOW.

from SGT Report:

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Our free speech is NOT hate speech and the FIRST Amendment must be defended. And because the mainstream “news” media has done such a deplorable job, we are ALL the Fourth Estate now.

NXIVM Trial: Both Sides Rest Their Case After Jurors See Porn Photos of Mexican Child Sex Slave

by Patrick Howley, Big League Politics:

The NXIVM trial will proceed to closing arguments Monday, with both sides resting their cases Friday after weeks of emotional testimony including from the upstate New York cult’s imprisoned sex slaves.

An FBI agent showed jurors Thursday a series of photos of an underage teen sex slave named Camila, alleging that cult leader Keith Raniere — who stands accused of sex trafficking — made pornographic photos of her. Camila was an illegal immigrant trafficked into the cult from Mexico.

The Gulf of Credibility

by Craig Murray, Craig Murray:

I really cannot begin to fathom how stupid you would have to be to believe that Iran would attack a Japanese oil tanker at the very moment that the Japanese Prime Minister was sitting down to friendly, US-disapproved talks in Tehran on economic cooperation that can help Iran survive the effects of US economic sanctions.

The Japanese-owned Kokuka Courageous was holed above the water line. That rules out a torpedo attack, which is the explanation being touted by the neo-cons.

The second vessel, the Front Altair, is Norwegian owned and 50% Russian crewed (the others being Filipinos). It is owned by Frontline, a massive tanker leasing company that also has a specific record of being helpful to Iran in continuing to ship oil despite sanctions.

Four insane data privacy scandals, just from this month

by Simon Black, Sovereign Man:

For this Friday’s roll-up of bizarre and disturbing stories from around the world, we found ourselves zeroing-in on some ridiculous data privacy violations.

Soccer app spies on fans

The Spanish soccer (sigh, OK– football) league, known by fans around the world simply as La Liga, knew that most pubs across Europe showing its matches weren’t paying for the subscription.

La Liga was sick of losing out on royalties from the pirated video streams. So they turned their fans into unwitting spies.

McCabe: Comey’s Draft Statement Exonerating Clinton Two Months before Her FBI Interview Was Not Normal Protocol

from True Pundit:

WASHINGTON — “This is the only time I am aware of, sir.” “I have not seen that before, sir.” “I’ve never seen that.”

These are just some of the words utilized by former acting FBI director Andrew McCabe when asked during closed door testimony about an email penned by disgraced ex-FBI chief James Comey circulating a draft statement exonerating Hillary Clinton in the private email server case a full two months before the FBI interviewed Clinton and other witnesses in the criminal probe.

Doug Casey: The Deep State Is the Source of Our Economic Problems

by Doug Casey, Casey Research:

As longtime readers know, Doug Casey says we’re well into what he calls the Greater Depression.

America is headed for trouble… and it’s critical to know exactly what’s going on.

That’s why today’s essay is so important. In it, Doug explains the source behind every negative thing that’s happening right now… and what’s really going on behind the scenes.

It’s one of the most educational and entertaining pieces you’ll read all year.