Category Archives: Politics

Our schools are safe – networks and politicians panic

In the past 67 years mass shootings of more than 10 persons (including the killer) have claimed 453 lives, some seven per year, averaging one event every other year. Two massacres – Las Vegas (59 killed in 2017), and Orlando (50 killed in 2016) – account for about one quarter of all attacks.

Seven of those mass shootings were in our schools, claiming 131 lives, since 1950.

The U.S. has 139,126 schools, which means that – on average – a single school in a thousand will have a mass shooting death once every 67 years. In short, institutes of learning have always been extremely safe places for Americans.

By comparison, 79 have been shot and killed in Chicago since the beginning of the year. A person is murdered every 18 minutes in that “gun-free” city; someone is shot every 4 minutes on average.

Such facts mean little to politicians who smell votes or media that counts viewers and readers – bad news is good news for the profits of the penny-pinching corporations that run today’s networks and newspapers.

For example, if federal law is changed by the fund-raisers in Congress, a 20-year-old security guard will be too young to buy a rifle in New Hampshire, while the same state’s laws allow her 13-year-old sister to marry. Continue reading →

Grenfell Tower of despair forces inspections that find most similar structures are just as dangerous

Trump ignores own warning about tech swamp snakes; now IBM has more jobs in India than U.S.

IBM’s chief executive, Ginni Rometty was anxious to meet with the newly-elected Donald Trump in December, last year, and she pledged that her tech firm would create 25,000 new American jobs. She also promised that IBM will be investing in the United States by bringing $1 billion to create training programs and opening new offices.

Promises are cheap. But Mr. Trump was quick to praise Rometty, and even included her in the June 19 Tech Summit, pushed by his son-in-law, Jared Kushner. A tech council was supposed to be formed at that time, but nothing happened since then.

What did happen is that these companies, virtually all of them, continued to send jobs overseas and/or hire foreign workers on Visa programs to replace American workers.

No better example is IBM. Rometty’s promise to hire 25,000 workers was “clarified” to mean 25,000 workers over the next four years, and the reaction from employees was harsh: Continue reading →

Flight delayed? – blame the very, very rich!

It was a legendary story in our newsroom, retold to new hires as a warning never to antagonize top management.

The company had a private jet, used by about a half dozen top execs, and reports had it that the CEO had called one of his local publishers to meet him at a small airport.

When the subordinate arrived he was fired on the spot for some past infraction and told to find his own way home from the airport without his auto. Then, the CEO was driven away in the company car, previously used by the employee.

Anyone who has stood in line at an airport, or waited for a delayed flight, appreciates the inequality of the very rich flying around the country with instant takeoffs and landings. The CEO story above may not be entirely true, but it reflects the anger Continue reading →

Deep State, bankers, corporations, and politicians combine to “Keep America Just Like It Is Now”

“Everyone is entitled to their opinion.”

National Security Council (NSC) Advisor Herb Ray McMaster apparently disagrees with that adage, and fired staffer Rich Higgins for spilling the beans on the Deep State of corporate cronies, intellectual phonies and political hacks.

Higgins served NSC’s strategic-planning office as director for strategic planning. He was fired on July 21.

The memo, written near the end of May, said the mindset within the White House is inadequate to the threat:

This is not politics as usual but rather political warfare at an unprecedented level that is openly engaged in the direct targeting of a seated president through manipulation of the news cycle. It must be recognized on its own terms so that immediate action can be taken.


Rich Higgins

Earlier this year, Higgins had pushed to declassify documents dealing with radical Islam and Iran, including Presidential Study Directive 11, produced by the Obama administration before the Arab Spring, that outlined unrest throughout the Middle East, according to a report in The Atlantic.

McMaster also recently fired Derek Harvey, senior director for the NSC Middle East strategy. Before removal, Harvey produced a list of NSC holdovers from the Obama Administration and presented it to McMaster, who declined to fire them, the report said.

This past week, McMaster was touted by Sen. John McCain, many mass media pundits, Democrat Party leadership and the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). Continue reading →

Spies, lies and your lost privacy

Sharyl Attkisson – former CBS investigative reporter, and five-time Emmy winner – has been surveilled, her computer hacked, her career threatened, all because of her exposes of government and political corruption.

Last week she reported on a meeting with “a small group of reliable, formerly high-placed intelligence officials who have dropped a few interesting tidbits on me of late.”

This was her understanding of methods used by the government, based on the discussions:

  • SharylAtkisson_Top2It’s not true that wiretaps and/or electronic surveillance of U.S. citizens can “only” be done with a FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) court order.
  • Besides the FISA court, “wiretapping” or electronic surveillance can also be done under Title III authority. The government used this authority, for example, in the Justice Department’s secret Fast and Furious “gunwalking” case.
  • Additionally, U.S. Presidents have the power to issue secret presidential directives that can authorize otherwise illegal acts (theoretically in the country’s best interests). These directives may come with pre-planned cover stories to be used in the event the operation is exposed, and they come with indemnity for those involved, giving them permission to lie about the operation or their involvement without fear of prosecution.
  • The public will rarely know about such presidential directives since most who see them must sign agreements that promise nondisclosure and consent to polygraphs.

Attkisson said that “computer surveillance is a grey area in the intelligence community where many insiders argue the traditional privacy restrictions and surveillance rules don’t necessarily apply.” Continue reading →

DNC “Russian” hack was “proven” by associate of Rice/Farkas; FBI and NSA never examined servers

Susan Rice and Dr. Evelyn Farkas have so much in common.

Both served in the Barack Obama administration, Rice at State and Farkas at Defense. Both are in the news – Farkas’ remarks about the “alleged” Russian hacking of Democratic National Committee (DNC) servers, and Rice’s unmasking of private American’s names in government surveillance.

Both have been leaders in the Atlantic Council, which hates Russia almost as much as Sen. John McCain (R-AZ). Other council honchos include Henry Kissinger, Brent Snowcroft and Madeleine Albright – globalists all. The Council is a big deal in war hawk circles, but there is something peculiar. It is financed not only by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Inc., the U.S. State Department,  NATO ACT, it has been funded by the Ploughshares Fund, which has received its money from billionaire George Soros’ Open Society Foundations.

And both Rice and Farkas have served on the Atlantic Council alongside Dmitri Alperovitch, co-founder of CrowdStrike, the third-party company hired by the DNC and allowed by the FBI to make its assessment about alleged Russian hacking into the Democratic National Committee (DNC). Dimitri was named in 2013 as one of Foreign Policy’s Top 100 Leading Global Thinkers, along with other globalists, including Angela Merkel, John Kerry, Ben Bernanke and Jeff Bezos.

In April last year, officials at the DNC noticed that their dossiers on Donald Trump had been hacked, Continue reading →

Israel gets two F-35s – only because fog lifts in Italy!

The F-35 is a $400 billion program to replace the current fleet of U.S. fighter planes for the Army, Air Force and Navy.f35

The program has serious problems.

Yesterday was an example. Two F-35s were set to arrive in the early afternoon  in Israel – the first delivered outside the United States.

Everyone seemed excited at first. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter was there to praise the new fighters. Israel’s top officials had also gathered to greet the $100 million (each) planes.

“There’s no better symbol of the US commitment to Israel’s security that the F-35, the most capable aircraft in the skies,” Carter declared.

The excitement was palpable, as witness this Defense Department tweet: : F-35s will help U.S. and Israel air forces operate more jointly and more effectively. Together, we will dominate the skies.

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John Forbes Kerry, Marty “Smarty” Indyk, and ??? – how foreign money influences State Department

Secretary of State John Forbes Kerry said Sunday he thinks Israel is “heading to a place of danger” because of settlement growth, and he had been “pushing uphill” with the Israeli government, because a majority of the ruling coalition does not support a two-state solution.

There’s a basic choice that has to be made. Are there going to be continued settlements, is there going to be continued implementation of the settlement policy, or is there going to be a separation and the creation of two states?

Kerry was speaking at the Brookings Institute, an organization whose leadership includes Martin Indyk, the man who ran John Kerry’s Continue reading →

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