Saturday, December 5, 2020

Crime and Punishment: WATCH Russian Jets Wipe Out Terrorists in Syria’s Idlib

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from Sputnik News:

Russia’s Defense Ministry has released a video of airstrikes against positions of terrorists in the Syrian province of Idlib.

The footage, published on the Russian Defense Ministry’s YouTube channel, showed the airstrikes destroying a spate of terrorist targets, including ammunition depots, armored vehicles and multiple launch rocket systems.

This video shows elimination of the terrorists’ armored vehicles, car bomb services and underground base in the Idlib province, where a total of 10 airstrikes have been launched by Russian warplanes in the past 24 hours.

Earlier, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov denied the claims of the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights about alleged strikes of the Russian Aerospace Forces on settlements in Idlib.

“The aircraft of Russian Aerospace Forces do not strike settlements in the Syrian Arab Republic. The statements of the Observatory citing unnamed ‘witnesses’ and ‘volunteers’ are unsubstantiated as usual and serve as ‘information cover-up’ for actions of the Al Nusra Front [a terrorist group],” Konashenkov said.

He explained that the targets included underground bases of militants, located far from residential neighborhoods as well as sweatshops for loading guns on cars which were used during both preparations and offensive of the terrorists against positions of the Russian military police in the north of Hama province in order to take Russian servicemen hostage.

Konashenkov noted that the Russian Defense Ministry had the objective monitoring data for all the strikes.

Read More @ SputnikNews.com

Legislation Seeking to Strip Taxpayer Funding from Sports Arenas Gains Momentum Following National Anthem Protests

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by Katherine Rodriguez, Breitbart:

Members of Congress are growing more interested in legislation that seeks to strip taxpayer funding from sports arenas following the recent NFL protests of the National Anthem.

Sen. James Lankford’s (R-OK) spokesperson told the Daily Caller on Sunday that interest in the “Eliminating Federal Tax Subsidies for Stadiums Act of 2017” (S. 1342) proposed by Lankford and his Democratic co-sponsor Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) in June, has grown in the past four weeks.

Booker and Lankford’s bill would ban professional sports teams from using federal tax-exempt funding and would amend the tax code to treat any bonds as taxable regardless of who is providing the bonds.

“Professional sports teams generate billions of dollars in revenue,” Booker said in a statement. “There’s no reason why we should give these multimillion-dollar businesses a federal tax break to build new stadiums. It’s not fair to finance these expensive projects on the backs of taxpayers, especially when wealthy teams end up reaping most of the benefits.”

Lankford agreed with his Democratic co-sponsor.

“The federal government is responsible for a lot of important functions, but financing sports stadiums for multi-million—sometimes billion—dollar franchises is definitely not one of them,” Lankford said.

Read More @ Breitbart.com

NBC PANELIST: US NATIONAL ANTHEM IS ‘WHITE SUPREMACIST’

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by Steve Watson, Infowars:

Media claims Trump using racist code language

The media coverage of the weekend’s sporting ‘protests’ against comments made by President Trump focused almost entirely on projecting the talking point of ‘racism’, with one talking head even suggesting that the national anthem itself is racist.

Stephen Henderson, an editor for the Detroit Free Press suggested on NBC’s Meet The Press seriously claimed that the national anthem is “white supremacist” while discussing the football and baseball players who are refusing to stand for it.

Henderson made the comments after Rich Lowry of the National Review argued that race is being falsely injected into the narrative because neither the US flag or the national anthem are “white supremacist”.

Henderson chimed in to exclaim “some of the words of the national anthem are white supremacist.”

“You think the national anthem is racist?” an exasperated Lowry replied.

“I think this is a country whose history is racist, whose history is steeped in white supremacy, and the anthem reflects that in its very words.” Henderson responded.

Lowry maintained his position in spite of Henderson’s bizarre claims, firing back “It’s also a nation with very important ideals that have worn down those injustices over time and created a more just society. And people have died under that flag for those ideals.”

Read More @ Infowars.com

How to End the Korea Crisis

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by Ron Paul, Ron Paul Liberty Report:

The descent of US/North Korea “crisis” to the level of schoolyard taunts should be remembered as one of the most bizarre, dangerous, and disgraceful chapters in US foreign policy history.

President Trump, who holds the lives of millions of Koreans and Americans in his hands, has taken to calling the North Korean dictator “rocket man on a suicide mission.” Why? To goad him into launching some sort of action to provoke an American response? Maybe the US president is not even going to wait for that. We remember from the Tonkin Gulf false flag that the provocation doesn’t even need to be real. We are in extremely dangerous territory and Congress for the most part either remains asleep or is cheering on the sabre-rattling.

Now we have North Korean threats to detonate hydrogen bombs over the Pacific Ocean and US threats to “totally destroy” the country.

We are told that North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un is a “madman.” That’s just what they said about Saddam, Gaddafi, Assad, and everyone else the neocons target for US military action. We don’t need to be fans of North Korea to be skeptical of the war propaganda delivered by the mainstream media to the benefit of the neocons and the military industrial complex.

Where are the cooler heads in Washington to tone down this war footing?

Making matters worse, there is very little understanding of the history of the conflict. The US spends more on its military than the next ten or so countries combined, with thousands of nuclear weapons that can destroy the world many times over. Nearly 70 years ago a US-led attack on Korea led to mass destruction and the death of nearly 30 percent of the North Korean population. That war has not yet ended.

Why hasn’t a peace treaty been signed? Newly-elected South Korean president Moon Jae-in has proposed direct negotiations with North Korea leading to a peace treaty. The US does not favor such a bilateral process. In fact, the US laughed off a perfectly sensible offer made by the Russians and Chinese, with the agreement of the North Koreans, for a “double freeze” – the North Koreans would suspend missile launches if the US and South Korea suspend military exercises aimed at the overthrow of the North Korean government.

Read More @ RonPaulLibertyReport.com

Venezuelan Women Turn To Prostitution To Afford Food

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by Mac Slavo, SHTFPlan:

All twelve women who work at the “Show Malilo Night Club” brothel in Arauca, Colombia are from Venezuela. As Venezuela’s socialist economic crisis continues, many Venezuelan women have turned to the sex trade in neighboring Colombia to eat and provide for their families.

“We’ve got lots of teachers, some doctors, many professional women and one petroleum engineer,” brothel owner Gabriel Sánchez said of the women who sell their bodies for $25 an hour.  “All of them showed up with their degrees in hand.” Sanchez who is 60 years-old, started the brothel in Arauca, Colombia after he lost his job in a car repair shop in Venezuela thanks to the government’s socialist policies.

Sánchez and others in the sex industry say Venezuelans dominate the trade now because they’re willing to work for less pay. “I would say 99 percent of the prostitutes in this town are Venezuelan,” he said. Amid food shortages, hyperinflation, rampant poverty driven by socialism, and U.S. sanctions, waves of economic refugees have fled the country. Those with the means to do so have gone to places like Miami, Santiago, and Panama. But those who are less fortunate, have had to sink low to simply eat.

A recent study suggested as many as 350,000 Venezuelans had entered Colombia in the last six years. With jobs scarce in the country though, many young (and some not so young) women are turning to the world’s oldest profession to make ends meet. According to the Miami Heraldprostituting for money to buy basic necessities has become commonplace for Venezuelan women.

“If you had told me four years ago that I would be here, doing this, I wouldn’t have believed you,” said Dayana, who asked that her last name not be used. “But we’ve gone from crisis to crisis to crisis, and now look where we are.” Dayana is a 30-year-old mother of four who found herself struggling to feed her family in Caracas.  Seven months ago, she came to Colombia looking for work. Without an employment permit, she found herself working as a prostitute in the capital, Bogotá.  Dayana said she used to be the manager of a food-processing plant on the outskirts of Caracas, but that job disappeared after the government seized the factory and “looted it,” she said.

With inflation running in excess of 700 percent and the bolivar currency in free fall, finding food and medicine in Venezuela has become a frustrating, time-consuming task. Dayana said she often would spend four to six hours waiting in line hoping to buy a bag of flour. Other times she was forced to buy food on the black market at exorbitant rates. Hunger in Venezuela is rampant. –The Miami Herald

Many in Venezuela didn’t prepare for the certain economic failure and food shortages that inevitably result from socialism. As The Prepper’s Blueprint says “If we have learned one thing studying the history of disasters, it is this: those who are prepared have a better chance at survival than those who are not. A crisis rarely stops with a triggering event. The aftermath can spiral, having the capacity to cripple our normal ways of life.” And Venezuela is in the midst of such a crisis.  This is made evident by the seeking of prostitution jobs by previously successful and professional women.

Read More @ SHTFPlan.com

Keiser Report: Credit Freeze (E1128)

from RT:

 

Max interviews Charles ‘Chuck’ Johnson of GotNews.com about how his operation managed to take down the billions-of-dollars establishment candidates and media empires in this latest US election series. He also reveals who his deep political sources claim is the source of funding for the Steele dossier.

It’s Time to Stop Pretending ‘Free Speech’ Rallies Are Actually About Free Speech

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by Justin King, The Anti Media:

As white supremacists of all sorts rebrand, they still cling to the concept of “free speech rallies”. Do you notice how they don’t invite groups opposed to them to speak? Do you notice all of the speakers are of the alt-right or alt-light variety? Do you notice the blatant racism? The rallies aren’t about free speech. They never were. They’re about getting stupid people to defend them and to side with them based on a buzzword. They wouldn’t get very far calling the “Unite the Right” “free speech” rally a “KKK-Nazi-White Nationalist conference” now would they?

Like all good propagandists, they term themselves something that is ridiculous to oppose. Look at the terms for the two main sides of the abortion debate. You aren’t really going to call yourself “anti-choice” or “anti-life”, are you? It’s a word game typically used to trick those who are of lower intelligence. Free Speech is a lofty ideal, so this time they’re targeting college-educated people. Nobody wants to stand against free speech.

Free speech is one of the most important facets of a free society. A person should be able to stand in the open and state their opinion, no matter how offensive it is. While we may disagree, they should be able to stand in a crowd and sing the praises of Hitler.

These groups aren’t really engaging in free speech though, that’s not the primary objective anyway. The real goal is to unite and organize various groups who openly advocate ethnic cleansing or a terrorist campaign under “leaderless resistance“. These aren’t debates or even forums for the expression of controversial ideas. They’re a front to organize for ethnic cleansing.

The websites of the groups openly proclaim their goals and even as they organize to gain the political power to make the United States a white “ethnostate”, many Americans refuse to believe it. It’s a story as old as time itself. Instead, liberals all over the country are patting themselves on the back for being tolerant and supporting free speech. Supporting the organizational efforts of those wanting to ethnically cleanse the United States doesn’t make you principled. It makes you an accomplice.

Throughout history, there were always groups of scared little boys who saw skin color or language or religion as a good enough reason to use violence. They were always small in number at first. They then tricked the less intelligent of those around them by pretending to defend them against some imagined threat, then they used the academic language of the time to silence dissent by framing it as unpatriotic, then they took power, and people did nothing. See, without the “good German” there never could have been a Hitler. Without the logistical efforts that were allowed to happen, there never could have been a Rwandan genocide.

Throughout history, it has always been the person who didn’t want to stand in solidarity with the minority who allowed the greatest crimes. You may safely stare in the mirror at your white skin and say “it’s just speech”. That’s a big bet to make with someone else’s life. Let’s be honest, the Richard Spencers of the world aren’t coming for people who look like you, are they? You’re not principled. You’re apathetic, or worse, you’re cowardly. For some reason, I doubt you would be so calm if NAMBLA decided to hold meetings next to the playground your kid visits, especially if the group was proclaiming they plan on kidnapping children from playgrounds. It’s just speech, right? Or if ISIS held meetings near you talking about beheading people who look like you? You’re not a free speech advocate. You’re not principled. You’re a person who has chosen to not get involved. That’s fine, but don’t post online about how you support the freedom of speech when you aren’t the one at risk if you’re wrong about their intentions. It doesn’t make you moral, it makes you a fool.

If history has shown us one thing, it’s that when a small group of people say “we’re going to ethnically cleanse this country if we get power”, you need believe them. Mass graves are full of those who mistook efforts to organize for genocide as mere speech.

Read More @ TheAntiMedia.com

NORTH KOREA TO THE USA: “YOU HAVE DECLARED WAR ON US” AND “WE WILL SHOOT DOWN YOUR WARPLANES”

by Harvey Organ, Harvey Organ Blog:

RUSSIA STATES THAT THE USA KILLED A BIG TIME GENERAL ON THE WESTERN SIDE OF DEIR-EZ-ZOR: IRAQI KURDISTAN HELD ITS INDEPENDENCE VOTE TODAY AND TURKEY, IRAQ AND IRAN READY TO ATTACK/CATALONIA LOOKS DEFIANT TO HOLD ITS REFERENDUM VOTE ON OCT 1/2017/CONDITIONS IN PUERTO RICO DIRE/GOLD UP $14.00 AND SILVER IS UP 16 CENTS

GOLD: $1308.45 UP   $14.00

Silver: $17.11  UP 16 CENT(S)

Closing access prices:

Gold $1311.25

silver: $17.17

SHANGHAI GOLD FIX:  FIRST FIX  10 15 PM EST  (2:15 SHANGHAI LOCAL TIME)

SECOND FIX:  2:15 AM EST  (6:15 SHANGHAI LOCAL TIME)

SHANGHAI FIRST GOLD FIX: $1299.46 DOLLARS PER OZ

NY PRICE OF GOLD AT EXACT SAME TIME:  $1292.68

PREMIUM FIRST FIX:  $6.78 (premiums getting larger)

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SECOND SHANGHAI GOLD FIX: $1298.02

NY GOLD PRICE AT THE EXACT SAME TIME: $1293.70

Premium of Shanghai 2nd fix/NY:$4.32  

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LONDON FIRST GOLD FIX:  5:30 am est  $1295.50

NY PRICING AT THE EXACT SAME TIME: $1293.19 ????

LONDON SECOND GOLD FIX  10 AM: $1293.30

NY PRICING AT THE EXACT SAME TIME. 1293.95

For comex gold:

SEPTEMBER/

NOTICES FILINGS TODAY FOR SEPT CONTRACT MONTH: 0 NOTICE(S) FOR  NIL  OZ.

TOTAL NOTICES SO FAR: 83 FOR 8300 OZ  (0.2581 TONNES)

For silver:

SEPTEMBER

 

 67 NOTICES FILED TODAY FOR

 

650,000  OZ/

Total number of notices filed so far this month: 6,303 for 31,515,000 oz

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 We had 4 major events today to spark gold

1. North Korea stated that the USA has basically declared war on her and that North Korea will shoot down any USA war planes

2. Kurdistan is holding a referendum on independence today and already Iran, Iraq and  Turkey stated that they are ready to mount an offensive against them

3. trouble in Catalonia as the government of Spain is trying to stop the vote on independence on Oct 1

4. A Russian General was killed by rocket fire in Syria and this fire supposedly came from the USA..

all of the above makes people seek gold as a safe haven..

Let us have a look at the data for today

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In silver, the total open interest FELL BY 1321 contracts from  189,605 DOWN TO 188,644 WITH THE TINY FALL IN PRICE THAT SILVER UNDERTOOK IN FRIDAY’S TRADING (DOWN 5 CENTS ). ON FRIDAY, OUR BANKERS TOOK A LITTLE SIESTA FROM THE PREVIOUS 9 DAYS OF TORMENT.  A TINY AMOUNT OF SILVER LONGS EXITED THE CASINO BUT MOST OF OUR SILVER PLAYERS ARE RESOLUTE WILLING TO TAKE ON OUR BANKERS.  REMEMBER THAT WE HAVE NOW ENTERED OPTIONS EXPIRY WEEK SO EXPECT CONTINUAL WHACKING OF OUR PRECIOUS METALS. 

RESULT: A SMALL FALL IN OI COMEX  WITH THE 5 CENT PRICE FALL.  A SMALL FRACTION OF LONGS LEFT BUT MOST OF OUR SILVER PLAYERS ARE RESOLUTE IN THEIR DETERMINATION TO TAKE ON THE BANKERS.

 In ounces, the OI is still represented by just UNDER 1 BILLION oz i.e.  0.943 BILLION TO BE EXACT or 134{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} of annual global silver production (ex Russia & ex China).

FOR THE NEW FRONT MAY MONTH/ THEY FILED: 67 NOTICE(S) FOR 335,000OZ OF SILVER

In gold, the open interest FELL BY A CONSIDERABLE 8,896 CONTRACTS DESPITE THE  RISE  in price of gold ($1.70 GAIN WITH FRIDAY’S COMEX TRADING.  The new OI for the gold complex rests at 552,379. WE ARE AGAIN EXPERIENCING THE SAME PHENOMENON AS WE ENTER ‘FIRST DAY DELIVERIES WEEK’ IN AN ACTIVE DELIVERY MONTH, I.E. THE ISSUANCE OF A HUGE NUMBER OF EFP’S WHICH ENTITLE THE HOLDER TO THE FIAT PROFIT PLUS A FUTURE DELIVERABLE PRODUCT ON ANOTHER EXCHANGE PROBABLY A LONDON BASED FORWARD. IT SEEMS THAT OVER 8900 EFP CONTRACTS WERE ISSUED. THESE ARE ‘EMERGENCY’ CONTRACTS WHERE THE SHORT HOLDERS DO NOT HAVE PHYSICAL TO DELIVER UPON A LONG AND SO THEY OFF- LOAD IT TO A PHYSICAL ZONE LIKE LONDON. WE ARE NOW ENTERING OPTIONS EXPIRY WEEK SO EXPECT THE PRICES OF BOTH GOLD AND SILVER TO BE SUBDUED. IT FINISHES THIS COMING FRIDAY MORNING .

 

Result: A HUGE DECREASE IN OI WITH THE  RISE IN PRICE IN GOLD ($1.70). DEMAND FOR GOLD STILL HIGH BUT LONGS TRANSFERRED TO ANOTHER PHYSICAL EXCHANGE LIKE LONDON. 

we had: 0 notice(s) filed upon for NIL oz of gold.

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With respect to our two criminal funds, the GLD and the SLV:

GLD:

Tonight , we got this huge news: we had another big change in gold inventory:

a huge deposit of 3.84 tonnes.

Inventory rests tonight: 856.08 tonnes. Whenever GLD inventory advances so does our gold price.

SLV

Today: a huge change in inventory: a deposit of 1.842 million oz/

INVENTORY RESTS AT 326.757 MILLION OZ

 

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First, here is an outline of what will be discussed tonight:

1. Today, we had the open interest in silver FELL BY  1321 contracts from 189,865  DOWN TO 188,644 (AND now A LITTLE FURTHER FROM THE NEW COMEX RECORD SET ON FRIDAY/APRIL 21/2017 AT 234,787) DESPITE FRIDAY’S 5 CENT LOSS IN TRADING. WE LOST A TINY FRACTION OF LONGS BUT STILL THE MAJORITY OF SILVER LONGS ARE RESOLUTE WILLING TO TAKE ON THE BANKERS. WE HAVE NOW ENTERED OPTION’S EXPIRY WEEK

RESULT:  A SMALL SIZED DROP IN SILVER OI  AT THE COMEX WITH THE TINY LOSS IN PRICE OF 5 CENTS IN FRIDAY’S TRADING. 

(report Harvey)

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2.a) The Shanghai and London gold fix report

(Harvey)

 

2 b) Gold/silver trading overnight Europe, Goldcore

(Mark O’Byrne/zerohedge

and in NY:  Bloomberg

3. ASIAN AFFAIRS

i)Late SUNDAY night/MONDAY morning: Shanghai closed DOWN 10.98 POINTS OR 0.33{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528}   / /Hang Sang CLOSED DOWN 380.18 POINTS OR 1.36{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528}/ The Nikkei closed UP 101.13 POINTS OR 0.50{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528}/Australia’s all ordinaires CLOSED UP 0.02{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528}/Chinese yuan (ONSHORE) closed WELL  DOWN at 6.6230/Oil UP to 50.92 dollars per barrel for WTI and 57.55 for Brent. Stocks in Europe OPENED MOSTLY RED . Offshore yuan trades  6.6155 yuan to the dollar vs 6.6230 for onshore yuan. NOW THE OFFSHORE MOVED MUCH STRONGER  TO THE ONSHORE YUAN/ ONSHORE YUAN HUGELY WEAKER (TO THE DOLLAR)  AND THE OFFSHORE YUAN IS WEAKER TO THE DOLLAR AND THIS IS COUPLED WITH THE STRONGER  DOLLAR. CHINA IS NOT VERY HAPPY TODAY

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Food Truck Giving Free Food to Hurricane Workers, Kicked Out of Town for Not Having a Permit

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by Matt Agorist, The Free Thought Project:

A food truck, who was offering free food to utility workers, was kicked out of town for not having a permit. But he couldn’t get a permit, because city hall was closed.

Green Cove Springs, FL — After Irma devastated Florida, most restaurants and stores were shut down in certain areas. Green Cove Springs was one of those places. So, when Jack Roundtree, owner of the Triple J BBQ food truck, arrived in town, not only was he welcomed with open arms — he was desperately needed. As he sold BBQ to paying customers, Roundtree used the extra money to feed utility workers for free for all their hard work. However, once officials saw a man who’d dare sell food in their town without paying them first, police were called in to make quick work of this entrepreneurial good samaritan.

Shut down and get out of town—is what Roundtree was told by local authorities for both providing charity and a much-needed product and service. Why was Roundtree told to get out of town, you ask? Well, he hadn’t paid the local government for the ‘privilege’ to sell food to those in need inside Green Cove Springs.

Roundtree is no outlaw. In fact, Green Cove Springs actually encouraged him to sell his BBQ during their monthly Saturday-in-the-Park event before the hurricane. But not this time.

Even if he would’ve gone to city hall to buy a permit to sell during the Irma aftermath, however, he couldn’t—they were closed.

According to Clay Today:

“It was interesting to learn that Roundtree and his truck were encouraged to serve customers during Green Cove’s monthly Saturday-in-the-Park event without a permit, but during Irma’s aftermath, not so much.

“Had Roundtree decided to press his case at City Hall, he would have been greeted with a sign that read: ‘Due to Hurricane Irma, City Hall offices and services will re-open on Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017.’”

So, instead of allowing Roundtree to offer free food to utility workers and sell food to people during their time of need, and just get a permit after government employees decided to return to work—they just kicked him out of town.

Here’s how one Green Cove Spring witness, Bettie Tune, described the events at Rich’s on her Facebook page, as reported by Clay Today:

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U.S. President Donald Trump Quietly Signs Law To Allow Warrantless Searches In Parts Of VA, DC And MD

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by Aaron Kesel, Activist Post:

As former White House chief of staff and current Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has said: “You never let a serious crisis go to waste.” While everyone was worried about the hurricanes, U.S. President Donald Trump signed away the Fourth Amendment buried in a new bill. He set a precedent by empowering the police state to allow warrantless searches in parts of VA, MD and D.C. near the Metro train system.

The government can now openly enter and search private property without a warrant in parts of Virginia, Maryland and D.C.

The House Joint Resolution 76 was signed into law on Tuesday, Aug. 22, by President Trump. The text is rather boring, starting off with: “Granting the consent and approval of Congress for the Commonwealth of Virginia, the State of Maryland, and the District of Columbia to enter into a compact relating to the establishment of the Washington Metrorail Safety Commission.”

CNN explained, “This law lets Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia form a new panel called the Washington Metrorail Safety Commission to oversee the safety of the D.C.-area public transportation Metro train system.”

The new safety commission will take over from the current Federal Transit Agency (FTA), which has been in charge of safety oversight for the Washington Metropolitan Area Interstate Compact (WMATA) since October 2015.

“We’ll set this up and get the FTA out of Metro. They are happy to get out, and we’re happy to get them out,” Metro Board of Directors Chair Jack Evans told Bloomberg BNA. “I’m glad we got this thing. If nothing else, we’ll get our money.”

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Thoughts on Trump, Fake Patriotism and ‘Taking a Knee’

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by Michael Krieger, Liberty Blitzkrieg:

Americans do not and should not worship idols. We do not and should not worship the flag. As a nation we stand in respect for the national anthem and stand in respect for the flag not simply because we were born here or because it’s our flag. We stand in respect because the flag represents a specific set of values and principles.

– From the recently published piece: I Understand Why They Knelt

I almost always disagree with mainstream critiques of Trump, which is why I tend to stay away from commenting on the endless battles between the destructive and dangerous status quo and the dangerous and destructive Donald Trump. Critiques of Trump from status quo types and their supporters are almost always hysterical and superficial, based upon the false premise that everything was going just fine until Trump was elected.

I believe that sort of myth making is as dangerous as Trump himself, and I’ll never support a preposterous “resistance” strategy which elevates Wall Street CEOs, the CIA, neo-cons, neo-liberals and all sorts of other destructive elements of our society into saviors. These shallow resistance types focus on the symptom of the disease versus the disease itself, and therefore can never offer a constructive path to a batter future. That said, in this instance I completely agree with the view that Trump’s authoritarian tweets with regard to NFL player protests in recent days are extremely dangerous and encourage his supporters to rally around a debased and superficial fake patriotism based on symbolism as opposed to ideals and values.

First, let’s start with a little history. Former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick started his protest in August 2016 when Barack Obama was still President and the mainstream narrative assumed Hillary Clinton would defeat Donald Trump handily later that year. He was clear about the intentions behind his protest from the beginning, which related to his disgust with unaccountable police brutality against people of color. Here’s some of what he had to say when asked about his actions a year ago:

“I’m going to continue to stand with the people that are being oppressed. To me, this is something that has to change. When there’s significant change and I feel that flag represents what it’s supposed to represent, and this country is representing people the way that it’s supposed to, I’ll stand.”

“This stand wasn’t for me. This is because I’m seeing things happen to people that don’t have a voice, people that don’t have a platform to talk and have their voices heard, and effect change. So I’m in the position where I can do that and I’m going to do that for people that can’t.”

“It’s something that can unify this team. It’s something that can unify this country. If we have these real conversations that are uncomfortable for a lot of people. If we have these conversations, there’s a better understanding of where both sides are coming from.”

“I have great respect for the men and women that have fought for this country. I have family, I have friends that have gone and fought for this country. And they fight for freedom, they fight for the people, they fight for liberty and justice, for everyone. That’s not happening. People are dying in vain because this country isn’t holding their end of the bargain up, as far as giving freedom and justice, liberty to everybody. That’s something that’s not happening. I’ve seen videos, I’ve seen circumstances where men and women that have been in the military have come back and been treated unjustly by the country they fought have for, and have been murdered by the country they fought for, on our land. That’s not right.”

Kaepernick has suffered the consequences of his actions, as he remains unsigned by any NFL team following last season’s protest and the controversy that followed. This is what tends to happen when someone sticks their neck out to make a point and enough people, especially extremely wealthy people like the owners of NFL teams, don’t like it. As anyone who’s ever held a job knows, if you act in a way that the boss doesn’t like and you do it consistently enough, you’ll get fired. This is simply how power dynamics work.

I’m sure Kaepernick knew this going in, yet he stuck to his principles irrespective of the likely negative consequences that would follow. Whether you agree or not with how he decided to make his point, I think it’s disingenuous to argue he wasn’t coming from a genuine place. If he had started this protest after Trump’s election, I would have seen it as superficial and fame-whoring, but that’s not what happened. He started it while the first black President was in office. Like it or not, the guy was clearly coming from a genuine place and sacrificed a lot to stand his ground.

Which brings me to Trump’s commentary on the subject. Much can be revealed about his nature and his plans for the future by analyzing some of what he said. First, here’s what got the whole thing going. During a Friday rally in Alabama, Trump said the following:

“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. He is fired.”

In subsequent days, he added to that angry, authoritarian rant with a stream of related tweets, some of which are highlighted below:

These tweets are interesting. He conflates wealth and success with a requirement to be submissive. This is an implied threat that if you want to be successful in America, you’d better learn to stay in line.

Read More @ LibertyBlitzkrieg.com